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Secret Lair Drop Series:
The Walking Dead
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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Shooting star
Design Mark Rosewater[1]
Release date October 4, 2020
Set size 1 mini-set
(5 cards, 6 tokens)
Expansion code SLD[2]
Secret Lair Drop Series
Showcase: Zendikar Revisited The Walking Dead Extra Life 2020
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Secret Lair Drop Series: Showcase: Zendikar Revisited Secret Lair Drop Series:
The Walking Dead
Secret Lair Drop Series: Extra Life 2020

The Walking Dead is a drop of cards in the Secret Lair product range and a continuation of the Secret Lair Drop Series.[3] It became available for pre-order purchase from the Wizards of the Coast webshop secretlair.wizards.com from October 4th through October 12th, 2020. The price was $49.99.[4] It retroactively also became part of the Universes Beyond product line.

Description[]

This set is a tie-in with The Walking Dead franchise, which includes a comic book series, television series, web series, films, novels, video games, and various other media such as audiobooks and soundtracks. It features a post-apocalyptic world where the undead, known as walkers, have taken over. Entertainment One, the producing company of The Walking Dead, is owned by Hasbro. Hasbro is also the owner of Wizards of the Coast.

With this drop, the premise of only reprints with alternate art for Secret Lairs was abandoned. Mark Heggen revealed that R&D viewed Secret Lair platform as a product - testing grounds platform that let them try things they couldn't do in normal products.[5]

The foil cards included in this very special Secret Lair drop are completely new to Magic, depicting iconic characters of the long-running and critically acclaimed TV series. These are mechanically unique cards that are legal in Eternal formats. Each of the cards have mechanics that are inspired by either the characters or the elements of The Walking Dead universe that they represent.[6] This drop also comes with five Zombie tokens, each an important walker from the show, and one Treasure token.

When you ordered the Secret Lair Drop, you'd also get a single-use code that added the same cards from the physical product to your Magic Online account.[7]

Card list[]

Secret lair card promoting The Walking Dead tv show.

Drop Card number Card/Token Artist Notes
The Walking Dead 143 Rick, Steadfast Leader Jake Murray Portrays Rick Grimes.
The Walking Dead 144 Daryl, Hunter of Walkers Romana Kendelic Portrays Daryl Dixon.
The Walking Dead 145 Glenn, the Voice of Calm Paolo Puggioni Portrays Glenn Rhee.
The Walking Dead 146 Michonne, Ruthless Survivor Romana Kendelic Portrays Michonne.
The Walking Dead 147 Negan, the Cold-Blooded Jake Murray Portrays Negan.
The Walking Dead 148 Walker Dave Allsop {B} 2/2 Zombie token creature[8]
"Bicycle Girl". Quote by Rick Grimes.
The Walking Dead 149 Walker Josh Hass {B} 2/2 Zombie token creature
"Well Walker". Quote by Dale Horvath.
The Walking Dead 150 Walker Devin Platts {B} 2/2 Zombie token creature
"Blade Walker". Quote by Glenn Rhee.
The Walking Dead 151 Walker Nils Hamm {B} 2/2 Zombie token creature
"Winslow". Quote by Jadis
The Walking Dead 152 Walker Dave Allsop {B} 2/2 Zombie token creature
"Metal Head". Quote by Eugene Porter
The Walking Dead 153 Treasure Jason Felix {C} Artifact token
Depicts Rick's badge and hat

Walker[]

Daryl's and Michonne's cards referred to "Walker tokens" in their rules text, without defining what a Walker is. Although clearly intended to be a black 2/2 zombie named Walker, this initially wasn't covered by the Comprehensive Rules. This was rectified in the Kaldheim update.[9][10]

Rules[]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (November 19, 2021—Innistrad: Crimson Vow)

Walker Token
A Walker token is a 2/2 black Zombie creature token named Walker. For more information on predefined tokens, see rule 111.10.

From the Comprehensive Rules (November 19, 2021—Innistrad: Crimson Vow)

  • 111.10. Some effects instruct a player to create a predefined token. These effects use the definition below to determine the characteristics the token is created with. The effect that creates a predefined token may also modify or add to the predefined characteristics.
    • 111.10a A Treasure token is a colorless Treasure artifact token with “{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.”
    • 111.10b A Food token is a colorless Food artifact token with “{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.”
    • 111.10c A Gold token is a colorless Gold artifact token with “Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.”
    • 111.10d A Walker token is a 2/2 black Zombie creature token named Walker.
    • 111.10e A Shard token is a colorless Shard enchantment token with “{2}, Sacrifice this enchantment: Scry 1, then draw a card.”
    • 111.10f A Clue token is a colorless Clue artifact token with “{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.”
    • 111.10g A Blood token is a colorless Blood artifact token with “{1}, {T}, Discard a card, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.”

Bonus card[]

In contrast to most of the other Secret Lair drops so far, this product didn't contain one of the 36 stained-glass War of the Spark planeswalkers as a bonus card. It was replaced by a legendary artifact called Lucille (Negan's weapon of choice) with art by Jason Felix. It is numbered #541 (it is numbered in sequence with the stained-glass walkers and the white-border Tibalt from Secret Lair Drop Series: April Fools).

Controversy[]

Secret Lair The Walking Dead.jpg

“  Miss a Drop. It's Gone.  ”

The fact that the set features unique cards instead of reprints (like the Secret Lair series originally was envisioned), garnered a lot of criticism.[11][12][13][14] People argued that the cards should have been silver-bordered or that the double-naming technique used for the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Box Toppers should have been used.[15][16] In response, Wizards of the Coast argued that the Magic version (same card mechanically, but with a Magic name and art) could be printed in any number of future products.[17][18][19][20]

Even though the reaction among the fans was very negative, the Walking Dead was the best selling drop, luring in buyers from outside of the Magic world. This prompted the company to keep on experimenting in this realm, and leading to the set becoming part of the the Universes Beyond-series.[21][22]

When WotC announced in June 2021 that they would do canon versions of Universes Beyond Secret Lairs, The Walking Dead was excluded.[23] However, implementing something similar wasn't off the table in the future.[24]In October 2021, Wizards of the Coast reversed their stance on this and decided that they would apply this to The Walking Dead as well.[25]

References[]

  1. Mark Rosewater (February 26, 2021). "If cards from other ips aren't subject to the same scrutiny they aren't going to mesh. Are they going to be?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Information below the text box
  3. The Zendikar Adventuring Party (Video). Magic: The Gathering. YouTube (September 1, 2020).
  4. Wizards of the Coast (September 28, 2020). "The Walking Dead Shambles into Secret Lair". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Weekly MTG - Secret Lair: The Walking Dead (Video). Magic: The Gathering. YouTube (October 2, 2020).
  6. Trilby Beresford (September 28, 2020). "'Magic the Gathering' Reveals Crossover With 'The Walking Dead' (Exclusive)". Hollywoodreporter.com.
  7. Magic Online (September 29, 2020). "Secret Lair X The Walking Dead cards will *definitely* be available on MTGO.". Twitter.
  8. Mark Rosewater (October 3, 2020). "So the TWD cards use Walker as a stand-in for “2/2 [color?] Zombie creature token”?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  9. FYI: The Comprehensive Rules will have a reference to The Walking Dead. Reddit (October, 2020).
  10. Matt Tabak (February 2, 2021). "Kaldheim Comprehensive Rules Changes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. MTGG Secret Lair (September 28, 2020). "On October 4, the universes of Magic: The Gathering and AMC's The Walking Dead will collide in a one-of-a-kind Secret Lair crossover!". Twitter.
  12. Magic: The Gathering Is The Walking Dead (Video). Tolarian Community College. YouTube (September 30, 2020).
  13. Kendra Smith (September 30, 2020). "The Problem with The Walking Dead Secret Lair". Coolstuffinc.com.
  14. SaffronOlive (October 2, 2020). "If You Are Not Happy with the State of Magic, Stop Giving Wizards Your Money". Mtggoldfish.com.
  15. Mark Rosewater (September 28, 2020). "This secret lair is a very very dangerous slope to go down.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  16. Mark Rosewater (September 28, 2020). "I’ve been getting a lot of feedback today.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  17. Mark Rosewater (September 28, 2020). "While the Secret Lair is the one chance to get the Walking Dead versions of these cards, we have the ability to print the Magic versions of these cards in future products.". Twitter.
  18. MTG Secret Lair (September 28, 2020). "We could imagine reprinting these same cards with new art, or mechanically-similar versions of these cards with different names and creative treatments.". Twitter.
  19. Weekly MTG - Secret Lair: The Walking Dead (Video). Magic: The Gathering. YouTube (October 2, 2020).
  20. Mark Rosewater (October 1, 2020). "Some Answers". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  21. Weekly MTG: Secret Lair 2021 Sneak Peak. Magicthegather.com (December 3, 2020).
  22. Wizards of the Coast (February 25, 2021). "Magic's Voyages to the Universes Beyond". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Wizards of the Coast (June 7, 2021). "Secret Lair Universes Beyond Update". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Magic: The Gathering (June 7, 2021). "We want to use this new Secret Lair drop as a way to gauge feedback.". Twitter.
  25. Magic: The Gathering (October 22, 2021). "TGIF, folks!". Twitter.
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