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MTG Secret Lairs

MTG Secret Lair products bring unique new art styles and pop culture to the world of Magic: The Gathering - here are the best Secret Lairs.

Magic The Gathering Secret Lair- three versions of the MTG card Serum Visions with different art styles.

The MTG Secret Lair product line has been one of the TCG’s greatest hits over the past few years. They’re sets of limited edition Magic: The Gathering cards, reprints that are dressed to impress with funky new art styles. Magic fans go wild for Secret Lairs, throwing money at them hand over fist – so naturally Wizards of the Coast keeps on making more.

As a result, it’s extremely hard to keep up with the non-stop MTG Secret Lair releases – especially since the MTG Spoiler season is now pretty much a constant presence. These days, a new Secret Lair drop is announced every other month. Since Secret Lair was first created in December 2019, there’ve been a whopping 184 Secret Lairs up for grabs, and the gravy train shows no sign of slowing.

Secret Lairs are a big hit for many reasons. Partly it’s the interesting and experimental art styles; partly it’s the tie-ins with third-party IPs, such as Street FighterStranger Things and Warhammer 40k. Another thing that makes Secret Lairs a hot property is they often hold valuable reprints for rare MTG cards, which are otherwise difficult or costly to get hold of.

If you’re worried about missing out on some snazzy Secret Lair cards, fear not! This guide will cover what’s up for sale at the moment and all the best Secret Lairs that have been and gone in the past, but can often still be found (albeit at a higher price) on the secondary market. Be sure to check back often, as we’ll update this page the second we catch the scent of a new Secret Lair drop.

If you’re looking for bigger Magic: The Gathering releases, the MTG release schedule can keep you updated on all upcoming MTG sets. Our guides to MTG Arena codes and MTG Arena decks can also keep you abreast of shiny new updates to the digital version of the trading card game.

MTG Secret Lair Sheldon's Spellbook - Sheldon Menery, father of Commander, depicted in the card art for Inkshield

Which MTG Secret Lairs are for sale now?

No MTG Secret Lairs are currently on sale. The most recently released Secret Lair, Sheldon’s Spellbook, raised funds for the American Cancer Society in memory of Sheldon Menery, a leading figure in the creation of the MTG Commander format. The next Secret Lair drop will be a tie-in with the MTG Fallout Commander decks.

MTG Secret Lairs - a fire elemental in a funky pattern-filled art style.

Where can I buy MTG Secret Lairs?

When a new Secret Lair is announced, it can be found and bought online from Wizards’ Secret Lair store. You usually have to wait patiently after purchasing, as there’ll be months between clicking ‘pre-order’ and actually receiving your cards. The official Secret Lair website has a support page where you can keep track of the production and shipping status of any Secret Lair you’ve ordered.

Typically, Wizards will put a bunch of MTG Secret Lairs up for sale in one go, in batches known as Secret Lair drops. These will only be available to purchase for about a month, after which they’re gone for good. You have to act fast if you want to snap one up.

…Except it’s not that simple. In fact, you can still obtain cards from many older Secret Lairs if they strike your fancy, thanks to the awesome power of the secondary market. Further below, you’ll find a list of the best Secret Lairs ever released, along with a summary to give a sense of what’s within, and lots of links to help you find these limited edition cards.

MTG Secret Lair card, Ian Malcolm, Convalescent Charmer - illustration of Jeff Goldblum wearing black trousers and an open shirt, exposing his glistening chest

Best MTG Secret Lairs 2023

  • Secret Lair  x Jurassic World Dr. Ian MalcolmA Secret Lair that will go down in history, not because the cards are valuable – Laboratory Maniac; Tasha’s Hideous Laughter; Tasigur, the Golden Fang; Atla Palani, Nest Tender – but because they’re covered in art of Jeff Goldblum from the original Jurassic Park.
  • Secret Lair x Tomb Raider – Part of the Fall Superdrop, this superdrop contains a unique Temur Commander, Lara Croft, Tomb Raider. Everything in the lair is themed around tomb raiding, and lots of it is valuable:  Search for Azcanta, Anger of the Gods, Bow of Nylea, Shadowspear, Academy Ruins
  • Through the Wormhole – The cards in this Secret Lair aren’t particularly valuable, but the contents – Lightning Greaves, Arcane Signet, Sol Ring, Thought Vessel, and Command Tower – are a complete playset of Commander essentials, in a beautiful and consistent art style by Dani Pendergast.
  • Calling All Hydra Heads -this Secret Lair is notable for two reasons. All of the Hydra cards – Zaxara, the Exemplary; Unbound Flourishing; Primordial Hydra; Hydroid Krasis; Gargos, Vicious Watcher, and a Hydra Token – are illustrated in a distinctive 1980s acid punk art style by CatDirty; and the set was only available direct from Friendly Local Gaming Stores.
  • Alayna Danner Artist Series –  This mono-artist Secret Lair is all about angels. But the reason it’s noteworthy is that it was accidentally misprinted: the card Seraph Sanctuary was printed using an unfinished version of Danner’s artwork.

MTG Secret Lairs - illustration by Wizards of the Coast of Megatron, a robot with a gun

Best MTG Secret Lairs 2022

  • Transformers: Optimus Prime vs. Megatron – two copies each of three powerful artifacts, including Commander staple Blightsteel Colossus, themed as the famous bots.
    Just Add Milk  – Secret Lair Just Add Milk reimagines MTG monsters as breakfast cereal mascots. Honestly, it’s pretty cute.
  • Just Some Totally Normal Guys –  There are some real wacky and whimsical characters designs in this Secret Lair.
  • Finally! Left-handed Magic cards – A bunch of left-handed MTG characters on cards with the frames flipped over.
  • Street Fighter – Original Magic card versions of Street Fighter characters, from a Chun-Li with Multikicker to a Ryu with a Hadoken ability.
  • Kamigawa: The Manga: The Cards – a ridiculous name, but a neat Secret Lair, with a classic manga look.
  • Li’l Walkers A bunch of  chibi planeswalkers, from Sorin to Ajani, done up in cute chibi style, that was was exclusively available from the Hasbro Pulse website and Hasbro PulseCon 2022.
  • Pictures of the Floating World – Five land cards in Ukiyo-e style woodcut style – (think the Great Wave off Kanagawa).
  • Shades Not Included – Synthwave interpretations of the five basic land cards.
  • Extra Life – a charity Secret Lair with two sets of three cards; one illustrated by children, one where artists have professionalized the kids’ designs.
  • In Memoriam: Jaya Ballard – The Secret Lair promoted with a real-life Jaya Ballard obituary in the Seattle Times.
  • Special Guest: Junji Ito – the legendary Japanese horror manga author and illustrator applied his trademark style to classic black cards.
  • Secret Lair x Warhammer 40,000: Orks – a Warhammer 40k faction that really deserved its own Magic deck, this secret lair gave us classic MTG cards reskinned as everyone’s favorite far-future warmongers.
  • 30th Anniversary Countdown Kit was an expensive Secret Lair advent calendar packed with reprints in a huge range of styles – and one of the few parts of the MTG 30th Anniversary celebrations that’s been reasonably well received.

MTG Secret Lairs- Wizards of the Coast artwork of Stranger Things protagonist, Eleven.

Best MTG Secret Lairs 2021

  • Fblthp: Completely, Utterly, Totally Lost – A Where’s Waldo-style panorama featuring every Magic fan’s favorite navigationally-challenged Homunculus.
  • Secret Lair x MSCHF Radical takes on five famous cards like Blood Moon and Grim Tutor by American art collective MSCHF.
  • Monster Movie Marathon – Spell cards reimagined as overdramatic classic monster movie posters.
  • Extra Life 2021 – A Secret Lair that features children’s drawings of MTG creatures drawn by children, reinterpreted by professional artists.
  • Phyrexian Praetors Compleat Edition – The five Phyrexian Praetors – but reprinted in the Phyrexian language.
  • Read the Fine Print – Alternate art versions of Liliana’s Contract, and the demons who she made it with,
  • Stranger Things – Original MTG card versions of Stranger Things characters, from Eleven to Chief Hopper.

MTG Secret Lairs - Wizards of the Coast art of Godzilla and Mothra in the background of a landscape

Best MTG Secret Lairs 2020

  • Godzilla Lands –  Basic Land cards with Kaiju stomping about in the background.
  • Theros Stargazing – Five different Secret Lairs featuring fifteen Theros Gods with alt art showing their forms as constellations in the stars.
  • The Walking Dead – Rick, and the rest of The Walking Dead gang, reimagined as Magic cards (this one caused quite an uproar at the time).
  • The Unfathomable Crushing Brutality of Basic Lands – Black and white, metal (the style, not the material) versions of the five Basic Land cards.
  • Can You Feel with a Heart of Steel? – A bunch of artifact cards reimagined as mechs.
  • Ornithological Studies – A Secret Lair for fans of feathered friends, this one’s five cards featuring birds.

MTG Secret Lairs- Wizards of the Coast artwork of MTG creature the Ur-dragon in bright colours

Best MTG Secret Lairs 2019

  • Kaleidoscope Killers – Three five-color creatures given the multi-chromatic treatment they deserve, really popping off the cardboard.
  • OMG KITTIES! – It’s pretty obvious who this Secret Lair, which features cartoon kittens, is targeted towards. Everyone has one friend who wants this.
  • Seeing Visions – Four different alternate-art versions of the card Serum Visions, by four different artists, covering styles from abstract to street art.
  • <explosion sounds> – This Secret Lair includes a bunch of cartoon goblins, in a style very different from MTG’s usual aesthetic.