Year Of The Dragon Gets Magical With In-Store Events

Josh Nelson • December 18, 2023

Wizards of the Coast is going full-on Dragon mode for the upcoming Lunar New Year! It's the Year of the Dragon and since Magic: The Gathering is so full of wyrms, wyverns, and other draconic beasties, what better way to celebrate than with all-new promo cards? Let's look at what Wizards has to offer across the coming year!

Dragonlord's Servant || SONG QILIN
Dragonlord's Servant SONG QIJIN
According to the announcement made by Wizards of the Coast:

In celebration of Lunar New Year and kicking off with events in February, there are new promo cards themed for the Year of the Dragon for players to pick up!

Across APAC, except for Japan, these promos will be part of the APAC League returning for 2024. In Japan, select in-store Standard and Limited events will share these new promo cards. And elsewhere globally, Standard Showdown events February 9-18 are where players can find these promos available.

Sarkhan Unbroken || SONG QILIN
Sarkhan Unbroken SONG QIJIN
This means that some* of the Year of the Dragon promo cards are not limited by region this year, unlike in some years past! This is a remarkably cool promotion to celebrate the Lunar New Year with. Furthermore, Wizards provides details on how to obtain these cards in Asian and Pacific Island locations, as well as globally:

Updated for a new year, the APAC League is a year-long series of events featuring the Standard format, a championship playoff, and beautiful Year of the Dragon promo cards for players. Through Lunar New Year Celebration events running until March 31, both promo cards above as well as a 4/4 Dragon creature token are available for players.

There are seven promo cards altogether, including this Dragon token, with lovely, striking art by SONG QIJIN. The details about how to get ahold of the other four promos show that they are to be offered over the year:

Then, across four qualifying seasons at participating stores, additional Standard events and Year of the Dragon promos can be acquired.

  • Qualifier Season 1 (Standard) with Outlaws of Thunder Junction--Promo: Steel Hellkite
  • Qualifier Season 2 (Modern, Standard, Draft, or Sealed) with Modern Horizons 3--Promo: Full-Art Mountain
  • Qualifier Season 3 (Standard) with Bloomburrow--Promo: Korvold, Fae-Cursed King
  • Qualifier Season 4 (Standard) with Duskmourn: House of Horror--Promo: Dragon Tempest

Year Of The Dragon: Lunar New Year Promo Gallery

These promotional cards look like this:

Steel Hellkite || Walleystation
Steel Hellkite Walleystation
Mountain || TSWCK
Mountain TSWCK
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King || Walleystation
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King Walleystation
Dragon Tempest || TSWCK
Dragon TempestTSWCK
These promos will all be available in English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.

Some Year of the Dragon Promos Have A Caveat

The tricky news is in the final sentence of this announcement, however:

Each season offers players opportunities to qualify for the year-end December championship event. Additional details for each qualifying season and the December championship will be available later--check with your local game store for the latest information and event schedule.
(Note: APAC League events are available at participating WPN game stores across APAC outside of Japan.)

What this means is that the last four promos for the Year of the Dragon may only be available in APAC countries, excluding Japan. Of course, this may be disheartening to some, depending on how accessible this region is to you.

Nevertheless, promotional cards for world events like the Year of the Dragon are pretty neat! They are reminiscent of the Holiday cards that Wizards of the Coast puts out every year for some people. Are you planning to pick any of these promos up?

*The promotional versions of Dragonlord's Servant, Sarkhan Unbroken, and the Dragon token are all going to be available outside of APAC countries. The other four are not available outside of that region.

Josh Nelson wears many hats. They are a music journalist when not writing gaming news. Beyond this, they're a scholar of the Sweeney Todd urban legend, a fan of monster-taming RPGs, and a filthy Aristocrats player. Josh has been playing Magic since 2001 and attributes their tenure to nostalgia, effort, and "aesthetic".