After Disney Lorcana, another new trading card game is in the starting blocks: Star Wars Unlimited. The name suggests what it's about: George Lucas' powerful sci-fantasy epic. Fantasy Flight Games is no longer stingy with information. The rarity levels of the cards have recently become known - and they are quite something.
Two obvious things make up a trading card game: playing and collecting. It will be no different with Star Wars Unlimited. However, Ravensburger has set the bar pretty high with Disney Lorcana, because the trading card game has significantly exceeded the publisher's expectations, is quite rare in stores and rare cards are now steadily increasing in value on the secondary market. A highlight for fans at Disney Lorcana are the so-called Enchanted cards, particularly rare cards with a borderless design. Star Wars Unlimited However, the thing with the rarity levels could be even better: The Star Wars trading card game, which is published in German by Asmodee, uses a similar system to Disney Lorcana, but introduces another rarity level, which only affects one central type of card: the leaders.
Star Wars Unlimited: Particularly rare and foiled
The rarity system in Star Wars Unlimited is also basically two-tiered: cards not only have a rarity level, but with a bit of luck they can also be foiled. This often increases the value, sometimes even significantly. We already know this from Disney Lorcana. The basic premise is well known: According to Fantasy Flight Games, a booster in Star Wars Unlimted contains 16 cards, each of which includes a base and a leader. The 14 cards come from the regular card pool.
There will be four levels of rarity: Common, Uncommon, Rare and Legendary. Each booster contains nine common cards and three uncommon cards, although one card has a higher status and could be rare or legendary. The last card in the pack is a foiled card - which one is completely random. It can be an unusual standard card or a particularly rare example.
And then there are the so-called hyperspace maps: at Star Wars Unlimited These cards have a special artwork as a background or border. Basically, these cards are comparable to the borderless Enchanted cards from Disney Lorcana.
The rarity can take this to the extreme with the right combination: “Every card in a pack can appear in a hyperspace variant, including leaders and bases,” explains Fantasy Flight Games. Even the foil cards would have a hyperspace design. So if a card is a hyperspace version and is also foiled, this can lead to a significant jump in price.
That could have been it, but Fantasy Flight Games takes the rarity thing to the extreme. Because the so-called showcase cards, exclusive variants of the leader cards, are even rarer. “These cards have alternative artwork, a unique frame and are also foil cards,” says the publisher. These cards are supposed to be “precious pieces of jewelry” – and it shows. How rare are the showcase cards? Pretty rare! “There are only a few and they are spread out widely,” summarizes Fantasy Flight Games. However, the publisher has also published the rarity distribution. The information can be used as a vague guide, but it should be borne in mind that the information is that of a perfect probability distribution.
Rarity of cards in Star Wars Unlimited:
- Foil: 1 card per booster
- Legendary: One card per eight boosters
- Hyperspace: Two for every three boosters
- Rare/Legendary + Hyperspace: One for every 15 boosters
- Rare/Legendary + Hyperspace + Foil: One for every 50 boosters
- : One per twelve displays
The rarity is particularly noticeable with the showcase cards. In Star Wars Unlimited, one display contains 24 boosters. In any case, this should have a significant impact on the value.
By the way, there is a reason for putting together the cards for the boosters: Fantasy Flight Games wants to support organized play, i.e. draft and sealed formats on site in the game stores. Because bases and leaders are absolutely necessary to play according to the rules, these card types must also be found 100 percent in the booster packs.
Should come onto the market Star Wars Unlimited in the first half of 2024.
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