MTG Murders at Karlov Manor Play Boosters & Commander Deck Unboxing
February 23, 2024 Andrew Cheng

The new Murders at Karlov Manor set for Magic: The Gathering is quite a bit different than previous expansions. After all, it marks the debut of MTG’s new Play Boosters, which combine Draft and Set Boosters. Moving forward, the latter two products will no longer be sold, and Play Boosters will be used for Limited formats, including Sealed and Draft.

While the switch to Play Boosters affect the distribution of cards in the pack, the value remains the same, as Wizards of the Coast puts it. We received a box of Play Boosters from the Murders at Karlov Manor set – along with a Deep Clue Sea Commander deck – so without further ado, here’s our unboxing!

Let’s start with the Deep Clue Sea Commander deck, which is one of four pre-constructed decks from the Murders at Karlov Manor set. This Green-White-Blue Commander deck is headlined by Morska, Undersea Sleuth, and it focuses on Clue tokens for drawing cards and enabling some powerful abilities.

Also included in every Murders at Karlov Manor Commander deck is a Collector Booster Sample Pack, which contains two cards. One of them is a rare or mythic rare card with a Booster Fun treatment from the set (non-foil or traditional foil), while the other one is a traditional foil uncommon or common with the showcase dossier or showcase magnified treatment.

For our particular sample pack, we got Warleader’s Call and Deadly Complication; both of which feature the showcase magnified treatment.

Next, we have the Murders at Karlov Manor Play Boosters. Featuring 14 playable cards (two more from Set Boosters) each pack features six to seven commons – the seventh common has a chance to be replaced with a card from The List or Special Guests – three uncommons, a rare or mythic rare, a Wildcard card of any rarity, a basic land card, a traditional foil card, and an art card, token/ad card, or helper punch-out card.

Compared to Set Boosters, Play Boosters have one less non-foil Wildcard slot, but as mentioned, Wizards says the overall pull value remains the same. Anyway, one of the most valuable cards we got from our box of Play Boosters is Leyline of the Guildpact, which is currently going for $19.99 on Card Kingdom – that comes up to about RM95.

Beyond that, we also managed to pull six (out of 10) rare dual lands from the set, including a very nice full-art Lush Portico. The dual lands we got are currently priced between $6.99 to $8.99 on Card Kingdom (approximately RM35 to RM45), which make them quite valuable cards.

Unfortunately, our other cards were not of particularly high value. The mythic rares that we pulled, for example, are not very expensive. We didn’t get any of the 10 Special Guests either, which are highly desirable reprints – such as Field of Death – with new artworks.

On the brightside, we did get quite a number of full-art impossible basic lands from our Play Boosters in foil and non-foil. We’ve got a few foil basic lands too, which do look quite good.

Overall, Magic: The Gathering’s Murders at Karlov Manor set is quite exciting, especially if you’re a fan or murder mysteries. The expansion is now available for tabletop at various game stores, and it’s offered in Play Boosters, Collector Boosters, Commander Decks, Prerelease Packs, Bundles, and even Gift Bundles.