Wizards of The Coast, the group of studios specializing in the creation of trading card, role play digital games and creator of the popular game Magic: The Gathering stated that prices for the physical trading cards involved in the game are going to go up.
With the War in Ukraine, inflation at a recent high, and continuous supply chain and staffing issues resulting from COVID-19, it seems like everything is getting more expensive. According to an article published by Wizards of the Coast, cost of goods, transportation, and manufacturing cost increases have resulted in the need for raised card prices. Because of all this, Magic: The Gathering has resulted decided to increase trading card prices by 11%.
Wizards of the Coast has released a statement about the price hike, “We’ve kept the scope of the price increase as narrow as possible, and will only be adjusting the prices on the following premier sets: Draft Boosters, Set Boosters, Collector Boosters, Bundles and Jumpstart Boosters”.
Although the price increase won’t effect their most expensive products, it will impact those most popular- the cards seeing a price increase are largely sets found in big box stores around the U.S. like Target and Walmart.
Today, you could go to Target and buy a Draft Booster pack for $4.19 and a Set Booster pack for $5.19, but that will no longer be the case once prices change by July. Considering that Wizards of the Coast has recently reported record earnings, and that Magic: the gathering has a growing fan base, it’s disappointing that its creators want to make the game less accessible to some users.