Due to 'Production Issues'
Posted by Milton Griepp on September 9, 2020 @ 8:12 pm CT
Shipments of Zendikar Rising, due for release on September 25 (see "’Zendikar Rising’ Product Line Revealed"), will arrive in two waves, the company said. The first wave will arrive for the intended release date; a second wave will arrive in stores 7 to 10 days after launch. Zendikar Rising Bundles are unlikely to be available at launch.
Shipments of Commander Legends Collector Boosters (see "’WotC Drops Deets on ‘Commander Legends’") will be pushed back two weeks from their planned release date of November 6 to November 20. Commander Legends Draft Booster Packs and Displays are expected to ship on time.
These are not the first delays of Magic: The Gathering products in the COVID era. There has been a steady string of delays, beginning with Ikoria: Lair of the Behemoths, and more recently on Commander Collection: Green (see "WotC Announces Further Magic Production Delay").
The Zendikar Rising release was also made more challenging for some retailers by a rapid change in WotC’s distributor roster; it dropped ACD Distribution last month, requiring ACD customers to quickly make new arrangements for the September release (see "WotC Says ACD Distribution ‘No Longer an Option’").