With Eternal Masters on the horizon, I thought it would be interesting to look back on our “What we would like to see printed in EM” post to see how close we got and then look ahead to the cards we are most excited about.
The original post included six cards I wanted to see reprinted in EMA. Those cards were: Dark Depths, Rishadan Port, Karakas, Umezawa’s Jitte, Stoneforge Mystic, and Counterbalance. So how did I do? Not very well, actually.
The only reprint I called was Karakas (using the judge foil art).
While I was hoping for some other really cool lands to be reprinted, I am not at all saddened by this set. With that being said, I wanted to take a look at the cards I am excited to see reprinted.
Zane and I have chatted a bit about Eternal Masters, and we both agree the cards we are most excited about are Gamble and Sneak Attack. I have never owned any Gamble and the only Sneak Attack I owned was a Judge foil – I sold it so I could pay my way to my first Grand Prix.
I have always been intrigued by the Legacy Lands deck and, from what I have seen, Gamble is a key part of it. I may not own any Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, but I do have the majority of the deck. Perhaps, for fun, I will proxy the missing cards and give this deck a go. I think it would be a lot of fun.
With Sneak Attack being reprinted (Judge foil art, too), I would imagine Zane will try something crazy with it. Sure, he will be able to build Sneak and Show, but knowing him he will opt for some other zany brew. I am very interested to see what he will come up with.
Mana Crypt should be exciting to me but I recently purchased one – I really should have been more patient. Now if I end up with a Mana Crypt it will go straight into the trade binder or possibly on Pucatrade.
The Hondens look like they could be a lot of fun in limited. You would have to be insanely lucky to get more than one, but it is possible. The Hondens could be a lot of fun in a 5-color Commander deck, too. Possibly Reaper King?
Although I don’t need it now, I am glad to see Entomb getting a reprint. Entomb was originally printed in Odessy and has seen subsequent reprints in the Graveborn Deck and as a judge foil. It has proven difficult, at best, for either Zane or I to track down on Pucatrade.
Of course getting a reprint of Force of Will (new art done by the amazing Terese Nielsen!) is excellent. My friend, Nolan, is in need of FoW for his legacy Merfolk deck and I will be happy to trade any to him.
Zane told me he is stoked to see Ichorid in the set. Go figure, Zane loves reanimator-type stuff.
And that’s pretty much it. Yes, there are some great cards in the set, and we totally plan to get a group together to draft it, but there isn’t anything we felt was a game changer.
Plus, Legacy isn’t a huge format here in northern Wyoming. Outside of Zane, and soon Nolan, there is maybe two other players with genuine Legacy decks. This set will have a nice impact on the Commander crowd, though, which means I will be getting a lot of judge calls for Sylvan Library.
I truly hope this set is well received by the Magic community as a whole. I know there is a lot of talk that this set will have a negative effect on the secondary market but I don’t think it will. Now, I am no Magic finance person, but I know the effect both Modern Masters sets have had. Yes, we have seen some cards drop in price, but nothing drastically. And, in some cases, we have seen prices go up. I expect we will see some of these cards drop in price initially, but they will slowly work their way back up.
Next week we will be doing a video unboxing of a box of Eternal Masters. Be sure to check it out.
Patrick Cossel is the Publisher of the Forge Herald. He is a father, husband, gamer, and level 1 Magic judge. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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