Due to production issues with two of its wildly popular games, Wizards of the Coast has delayed production on Dungeon & Dragon’s The Deck of Many Things and Magic: The Gathering’s The Lost Caverns of Ixalan.
The first delay was announced on D&D Beyond, where the Wizards of the Coast team reported that after an internal review of early copies of The Deck of Many Things expansion, they found that “the product did not meet our manufacturing standards,” and added that “exercising this right will delay the release of the physical product, both directly from Wizards and from our retail partners.”
Then yesterday, in a separate announcement on its Magic: The Gathering website, Wizards made a similar announcement for the upcoming Commander decks for The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, citing “production issues” as the reason for the delay. In this case, the game manufacturer expects the product to miss its planned pre-release window by at least a week, setting expectations among fans that “In North America, Commander decks for The Lost Caverns of Ixalan will be released during the Pre-release availability will be limited.” Further availability is expected after the release on November 17th.
Wizards of the Coast did not immediately respond to IGN’s question about whether these production/quality control issues were related. It is unclear whether there is a major supply chain issue or whether these rather unusual production delays are simply a coincidence. In any case, players will have to wait a little longer for at least these two add-ons to Wizards’ most popular games.
Not all Dungeons & Dragons expansions have experienced production issues, as Planescape: Adventures in the Multiverse recently launched without incident. Likewise, Magic: The Gathering has spawned a seemingly endless stream of card sets and crossovers, and most recently announced a huge partnership with Marvel.
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