Earlier this month, Wizards of the Coast released the latest set for Magic: The Gathering titled Dominaria United. It launched on September 2 for Magic: The Gathering Arena, the digital format for the longstanding game. The tabletop physical card version launched on Friday September 9, 2022, and I was fortunate enough to be sent a boxed media kit thanks to Wizards.
This is the first set in a multi-set storyline which takes place in MTG’s original plane, Dominaria. An apocalyptic threat stirs within Dominaria, and an ancient yet familiar enemy has at last revealed itself. Led by the Praetor Sheoldred, the Phyrexian army is hellbent on invasion after many years in the shadows. With the return of fan-favourite Planeswalkers Karn, Ajani Goldmane, Liliana Vess and Jaya Ballard, Dominaria United sees the beginning of an insidious invasion which threatens not just the destruction of Dominaria, but the entire Multiverse.
The launch of Dominaria United also commences the celebrations for Magic: The Gathering’s 30th anniversary which occurs in 2023. Dominaria United will also continue a fun way to experience Magic with the return of set integrated Jumpstart booster packs. Suited to both newcomers and veterans looking to play matches on the go, Jumpstart is an exciting method of quick deck building designed to get players casting spells from the moment they open their boosters. Each pack, showcasing 10 unique themes from Dominaria’s world, will contain 20 cards that can be combined with any second Jumpstart booster for a rapid, limited-lite format of play.
As usual, the card quality is phenomenal and for someone who has only got into Magic: The Gathering this year starting with Streets of New Capenna, each set I get to unbox shows the fantastic level of detail by the artists. I’m slowly educating myself on the card mechanics and dynamics and received a few mythics and rares highlighted in the image above. The media kit sent across contained a booster set bundle including an oversized spindown life counter, Dominaria United card box, punchouts, counters, eight 12-card booster packs, 20 traditional foil cards and 20 regular basic land cards.
There were also some collector’s booster packs, jumpstart booster packs, as well as a prerelease box that contained another life counter as well as six draft boosters containing 15 cards, a rare Temporal Firestorm card with year stamp, and a code for Magic: The Gathering Arena which gave me six booster packs to use in the game. You can see some of the cards I unpacked in the unboxing video which were excitedly added to my collection.
A big thanks to Wizards of the Coast for sending us this media kit to celebrate the release of Dominaria United ahead of the 30th anniversary of Magic: The Gathering. For more information on the Dominaria United set, visit the official website.
Written by @ChrisJInglis