Magic Weekly Update

Friday_Night_Magic_3It’s Eternal Masters week Planeswalkers, which means Wizards has been putting out tons of card previews for the newest set. For you veteran Magic players, this means getting to see plenty of classic and powerful cards from old sets with new artwork and text. For those new to the game, you’ll get a ton of powerful new cards to play with and get a glimpse at the long history of the game. Let’s get started, shall we?

Think You Got What it Takes:

Before we get too far into the new set, let’s take a look at a special event hosted by the Niagara Falls Oogie location. If you’ve been dazzled by this years pro tour or have been throwing around the idea of becoming a professional Magic player (or just really want to travel to Honolulu, Hawaii), now is the perfect opportunity. On Saturday, June 11, Niagara Falls will be holding a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier with the new Eternal Masters  set. The winner of the event will receive an invitation to compete in one of the Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers tied to Pro Tour Honolulu 2016. The tournament format will be six boosters sealed and competition cut to top 8 after 5 rounds. So, bring your game faces folks, you won’t be able to make it through sheer Force of Will alone.

Spots are limited for the event, so if you are truly interested make sure to reserve your spot early!

Eternal Magic:

Now, let’s get to some card reveals. For those of you who missed the announcement a while back, let me quickly recap why Eternal Masters  is such a unique set. First off, no card in the set is new, not really. Each card included is a reprint of some of the most sought-after (but still tournament legal) cards throughout Magic’s history. Don’t get me wrong, each card still contains new elements like new artwork, rules text, flavor text, and updated layout. Confused? Let’s have Prodigal Sorcerer (quite literally one of the first Magic cards I ever owned) give us an example:

Prodigal SorcererProdigal Sorcerer

And there’s much more where that came from. Secondly, Eternal Masters  will not be Standard format legal. Instead, the cards will be used for Vintage, Legacy, and Commander formats. As always when I talk about formats, I encourage newer players to learn the differences from Magic’s official site. In simplest terms, Standard only uses the most recent Magic sets while the, “eternal,” formats of legacy and vintage use cards from all legal sets-a.k.a. the beginning of Magic to now. That’s thousands of cards worth of variety, which usually makes for some pretty fun tournaments and ridiculous decks. For those interested, here’s an article  detailing the history of the different formats and how they evolved the way they did. At the end, you’ll meet the design team for Eternal Masters, as well as another card preview.

Now let’s get to some card reveals. For all the cards revealed so far, you can see them all either on Magic’s Facebook or official site. On top of that, there have been plenty of articles based around why a specific card was chosen for the set and its history of play:

Maelstrom Wanderer

Sensei’s Divining Top

Price of Progress

Argothian Enchantress

For even more delights, check out this article going behind the cards featured on the Eternal Masters booster packs or this one previewing the tokens of the set with some new or updated art. I won’t leave you hanging with just that though. For the last bit here, I’ll go over what has been revealed, so far, of my favorite card type-Planeswalkers!

Jace, the Mind Sculptor

As much as I like to complain about Wizards obsession with Jace (both card and story-wise), I am excited for this reprint of one of the original and most powerful versions of Jace. Also, if any character deserves to be in a set covering Magic’s history, it deserves to be the guy who was one of the first Planeswalker cards and has gone through 8 different iterations. Not only that, but he’s one of the few Planeswalkers that has four loyalty abilities, and one of the few that has one with a cost of zero. The ability to constantly draw cards and plan what cards you’ll be drawing will be insanely useful and dominating in a set with so many powerful cards. Not only that, but his -1 can protect him from big threats and his casting cost ensures that you can get him out early game and keep him out until his final ability, which is essentially a game-ender. His abilities make him powerful early and late game, and he’ll definitely be a must-have for this set.

Dack Fayden

So, Dack Fayden is a pretty weird card in general, but he seems an especially odd choice for this set because he’s only ever been seen in Conspiracy, a set and format that plays differently from Vintage, Legacy and Commander. That being said, he’s an extremely cheap to cast and his final ability can potentially be used after only three turns. Pretty much, if you can get him out early game, he’ll easily help you control the board and win the game. His big issue comes with his -2 ability, which is only good against certain cards and decks and doesn’t give him a whole lot of protection. It’s a very situational ability. Now, all Planeswalkers are excellent when you build decks based around their strengths, but in a draft tournament setting I would not be thrilled to pull Dack. He’s an exceptional early game pull, but his lack of survivability will make him more of a liability late game.

Prodigal:

Alright, my example with Prodigal Sorcerer  earlier in the article wasn’t completely without provocation. This week, Wizards took a step away from the Shadows Over Innistrad  story (and right at the climax-those jerks!) to deliver us a special story chapter based around the card with several nostalgic nods to classic Magic storylines and the classic plane of Dominaria. A unique treat for new and old players alike-it’s a fun read.

That’s all for this week folks! Thanks for reading!

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