With 2023 coming to an end, we finally have landed on the last set for the year from Wizards of the Coast and that’s the Lost Caverns of Ixalan. To keep it short and simple, since the Immoral Sun’s disappearance, things have changed in Ixalan and now, the story revolves around finding new stuff. Therefore, this takes us on a journey to look for new resources, only this time, everyone wants it – the Cosmium. But that said, we have cracked a box of MTG Lost Caverns of Ixalan Set Booster here and should you open one?

You can read all about the story at Draftsim, which as usual is wonderfully written.

MTG Lost Caverns of Ixalan Set Booster Review

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Lost Caverns of Ixalan Lands

Basic Lands

MTG Lost Caverns of Ixalan Basic Lands

Once again, with a new set, we get new kinds of basic lands – and unlike Wilds of Eldraine where you can stumble upon those normal basic lands, Lost Caverns of Ixalan gives you full art lands with the emblem on the bottom left corner. The art on this is pretty majestic, although it’s a shame that the text could have been in Aztec-styled font, as this set does take a heavy inspiration from that. But that said, these are some of the nicest-looking lands.

MTG Lost Caverns of Ixalan Basic Lands foil

Just be careful though, because there are people who have mistakenly thrown these lands out thinking that it’s the “Ad” card, which you can find in every pack. The foil version of these lands is pretty neat looking too. It has this gold tint on it.

Other Lands: Restless Lands and Cave Lands

MTG Lost Caverns of Ixalan Basic Lands

There are two different lands you can find and that’s the Cave lands and Restless Lands. Both come in tapped, of course, however, the Cave Lands have a Sacrifice mechanism to them, which can only be activated as a Sorcery. While these lands are extremely slow to play with, the Discover mechanic can accelerate the game by a bit.

Restless Lands made its return for the second time this year as it made its debut in Wilds of Eldraine. It still has the same concept as the WOE Restless Lands – you can tap for either colour and it has an activated ability where you can pay to turn it into a creature until the end of the turn. We cracked the full art Restless Vents which is beautiful.

Lost Caverns of Ixalan Mechanic: Discover and Explore

This set has a few mechanics that are worth talking about, however, the two mechanics that are worth looking at are: Discover and Explore. And honestly, it’s broken as heck.

Discover says: “Exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card with that mana value or less. Cast it without paying its mana cost or put it in your hand. Put the rest on the bottom in random order.” Essentially, Discover is a much better version of Cascade as this ability specifically lets you cast cards that are “less than”.

Explore on the other hand: “Reveal the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand if it’s a land. Otherwise, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature, then put the card back or put it into your graveyard.” This mechanic could pretty much give you free land, saving you from a land-screwed situation and on top of that, it’s a Scry 1 with the added benefit of buffing up the creature on your board.

Only one word to describe these two mechanics: Nasty.

Lost Caverns of Ixalan Special Guest Card

MTG Lost Caverns of Ixalan Special Guest

There’s a chance for you to stumble upon a Special Guest Card in this set, which either brings back cards from other sets with new art, or cards from this set with another art. One of the highly sought-after cards in this Special Guests will be the Mana Crypt as it did get reprinted in this set. We cracked one Special Guest Card and it’s Thrasios, Triton Hero – a card from the Commander 2016 which saw a reprint in Commander Legends.

On the right, we have the box topper card – which we cracked the Lightning Greaves.

Lost Caverns of Ixalan Jurassic World Cards

MTG Lost Caverns of Ixalan Jurassic World Cards

Since this set has to do with Dinosaurs, Magic the Gathering collaborated with Universal Studios to make Jurassic World cards as a part of this set. Instead of getting its own Universes Beyond set, MTG has gone for the same approach as Brothers War and Transformers with a limited number of cards. This time around, there are 26 Jurassic World cards you can get from this set – and can only be cracked from Collector Boosters and Set Boosters.

We cracked three cards – 2 basic lands and a Command Tower, where all three cards feature reversible art. While this approach seems to be cool, if you are only looking to display, it is going to be a bit hard to do so. We didn’t crack any of the Rares and Mythics, which is a bit of a bummer as I wanted Permission Denied – maybe after we overcome the product shortage, I’ll probably get an entire set.

Lost Caverns of Ixalan Alternate Art

The Alternate Art in this set is tastefully done – as there are two different styles you can get. For the Showcase, we have a series of Aztec-inspired art and the Borderless Cards come in different art flavours – over here in this image, we have the dinosaurs in this brush paint art style cards which look pretty cute. There are other kinds of art you could stumble upon, which you can see below, like The Skullspore Nexus, Kellan, Daring Traveller, Echoing Deeps and so on. So, if art is your thing – then this set is no exception.

On to the Mythics and Rares from LCI

We genuinely love the hits in this set, not only we stumbled upon cards that I wanted (to use in my decks), however, ability wise, we also have some impressive cards. Kicking things off with the Mythics, we have the following cards below. We got the Blue and the Green God, which flips to turn into lands and you can flip them back to creatures. And since they are gods, the only way to kill them is by exiling them. We have seen Ojer Pakpatiq, get abused with its rebound ability and the same goes for Ojer Kaslem.

The most expensive card from a value standpoint, has to go to Bonehoard Dracosaur – which is one nasty Dinosaur Dragon with absolute value, bringing extra body into the board and giving you treasure for a 5 mana drop creature. Pantlaza is the face commander for Veloci-ramp-tor and Saheeli is a nice card as well.

We cracked the Skullspore Nexus, which is another nasty card and I am a fan of this art. As for the Rares, one significant card to me would be The Roaming Throne, which will see a lot of action in tribal decks. Tishana’s Tidebinder is another card which sees a huge price increase from 7 USD to 15 USD because of Modern. You can check out the other cards below.

The Commons and Uncommons

Here are all the commons and uncommons you can get from MTG Lost Caverns of Ixalan – all organized based on the colours. There aren’t many significant cards in the common/uncommon pile, however, Spelunking and Poison Dart Frog have been pretty good in Limited formats.

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Verdict: You’re Better off Getting Singles unless…

Personally, after cracking this MTG Lost Caverns of Ixalan Set Booster, it’s safe to say that this is one set you are better off purchasing singles over getting a box. Now yes, while there are good cards in the set, these are cards that can be easily obtained. However, at the time of writing this review – we are facing shortages of the cards, which is also why the prices have been a little stable for now. Once Collector Booster hits the stores, expect the prices to dip – and get your singles then.

However, if you are going after the chase cards like Mana Crypt and Cavern of Souls – I am talking about the Special Neon Ink art and Special Guest cards, then crack those boxes away. If you want the Jurassic World cards, you can wait for singles to be available and get those, but if you want a guaranteed card from those sets, then you have to wait for the Collector Boosters.

And there you have it, the MTG Lost Caverns of Ixalan Set Booster – let us know your thoughts about this new installation and the last one for 2023. Also, stay tuned for more Magic and Tabletop content here (alongside with Tech, Gaming and Lifestyle of course) at The Adventures of Vesper.


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