[Something To Ponder] The Magic the Gathering Supplemental Draft

Hi everybody, and welcome back to another article here on Strictly Average MTG. It’s that time of year! It’s time for the Magic: the Gathering supplemental draft set. Each year we receive at least one supplemental set designed to draft with other players and build a 40 card “limited format” decks. Some years these sets have been 100% reprints, while others have mixed in new cards. This year we will receive one of the latter. With the release of Modern Horizons this week I want to take the time to not only provide some final thoughts on the set as a whole, but also take a look at the supplemental sets we’ve received over the years.

You may be asking yourself “What is a supplemental draft?” Just like in sports, where a draft is an event for all of the teams choose from eligible athletes to select to add to their organization. For example; MLB just finished their draft, selecting players from high school and college to supplement the pool of players on their teams. When it comes to Magic: the Gathering these supplemental draft sets are meant to add to the existing pool of cards available for players all over the world.

Over the years there have been more sets added to their release schedule. The game has grown from having a core set every other year, to every year, to eventually none in order to make room for new Standard cards, and now booster packs available outside of the Standard format for players to enjoy. With these sets there have been reprints of favorite cards, brand new cards showcasing new planes we haven’t visited before, and new mechanics aimed at multi-player play. While each set may be different from the last, they all add a level of fervor to find out what is in the set, and how well the cards will add to existing strategies if not provide new ones.

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This is where Modern Horizons is supposed to come in. However has it delivered? It’s hard to say. As many of you know, I am disappointed in this set. There are several factors to this, and it’s not a “from the hip” reaction just because of what is or is not in this set. Through this article I will explain why this, and other supplemental sets, have either been exciting or disappointing.

Please understand this is not meant to deter you from your enjoyment of this set. No one should be pushing your point of view on anything towards a perceived majority. Everyone’s opinions should hold some level of value, and if you enjoy sets like these (regardless of what is or is not in it) then that’s awesome. Magic: the Gathering is foremost a game, and should be played and enjoyed by all (more on that later).

Here’s what we knew from this set:

  • Designed to skip Standard, going directly to Modern.
  • Approximately fifty cards being reprinted from sets released prior to 8th Edition, and Mirrodin.
  • No reprints of cards currently legal in Modern.
  • New cards.

Sure…they did that, but was it worth it? Let’s take a look at some videos that led up to the release of this set.

Prior to the announcement of Modern Horizons The Professor over at Tolarian Community College had Gavin Verhey on his channel to ask a lot of questions, starting with reprints. You should view it with this link. There is a concern that with the end of Masters sets with Ultimate Masters that there would be a lack of placement for reprints in Modern. Gavin mentions both Battlebond, and Conspiracy. He mentions that a lot of the reprints we asked for that landed in Masters sets meant that the Masters sets took up a lot of space for reprints in other sets. Hold on to that thought for a moment as I’ll touch on that later. There are other points in this video that are also important for all to hear so continue listening then come back.

Then there was the announcement video. This was released on Magic’s live channel titled Weekly MTG. They discuss the details of the set, and showcase two cards. Notice how they mention “draft”? A lot? The focus really felt directed towards draft sets such as Conspiracy and Battlebond. They talked about this set allowing for reprints of cards, and even new designs possibly too powerful for Standard, but on par for Modern. Matt Nass mentions this around the 17:24. Did that happen? In the case of reprints, I don’t think so. New cards? Hard to say.

After this came out there was some follow up content made available. Take a listen to The Professor’s concerns (before the set was out) here. Around the 8:25 mark he even stated if the cards are not powerful enough that they would become draft chaff.

Draft

Chaff

He may have been right. We’ll get to that later in this article.

What I want to do before we get to that is look at all of the sets we have received over the years so we can get an approximate comparison between each of them, and I hope at the end of this we all can understand why, for the most part, that we should be asking for more from these sets than what we have received.

…but how did we even get here to begin with?

How this began

Long before these reprint and supplemental sets began showing up on shelves, reprints of cards could happen anywhere. Sometimes those reprints would be common and uncommon for the purposes of draft (which WOTC still does to this day), but other cards show up at higher rarities as they would be either be tied into the story, or the effect was much needed to keep other cards in check. There have been cards that have entered Standard that some thought 1) were concerns, or 2) made formats warp around them, or 3) make certain decks more challenging to battle against, 4) or cause a few decks (if not just one) to take up too much representation in the metagame, which would lead to less diversity.

We’re always the bad guys, aren’t we?

In the years preceding the Masters sets, and at the dawn of the format we now know as Modern, these cards could be seen all over Standard. Not just for one rotation, but many. There was even a time (as both Mana Leak, and Ponder were reprinted in Magic 2012) they were alongside cards like Delver of Secrets. The community was concerned that the power level of certain cards was warping the format around them, and it felt like we were slowly returning to an era similar to when Caw Blade ruled Standard for a whole summer.

While this was happening a new format was designed with the help of those in the community through Magic Online. Made available in May of 2011, in August of that same year Modern replaced Extended as the format of choice for Pro Tour Philadelphia, and a new format was born.  Knowing that they could not put powerful cards such as Liliana of the Veil back into Standard via a core set (although they tried), and players complaining about powerful cards in Standard such as Thoughtseize being printed in Theros, Wizards knew that this was the path to go for powerful cards.

What we didn’t know is that not only would we see accessibility to a format become an issue, but due to complaints of the past we would be locked out of any quality reprints from Standard core sets until they returned with Core Set 2019 after a four year absence.

A lot of pressure was placed on these reprint sets to deliver for those who play Modern even at the FNM level. So let’s take a look at all of these sets, and then look at Modern Horizons, and its possible full impact on the format.

When reviewing these sets I will only focus on the rares and mythic rares in the sets, and the decks that were made more accessible by their reprinting. I won’t be talking about decks where a card was banned (unless they kept the same strategy after a key card was banned), nor a deck not around at the time of the set being released. Will I mention all possible decks? No. Will I miss some? Probably. The point of this exercise is to truly understand the quality of reprints in these sets so we can realistically set our expectations when a set like this is announced in the future.

Furthermore we can all understand that commons as well as uncommons are reprinted primarily for the use of drafting. While there are some of those rarities more sought after than others it doesn’t require printing a new set to make cards of those rarities available.

Unlike drafting, Modern is viewed as more of a competitive format. If the focus is only on playing the best deck (or playing a competitive deck well) then the cards to do so need to be available.

Modern Masters (2013)

The first of the Masters sets was announced at Pro Tour Ravnica in 2012. This was the first reprints-only set since Chronicles. The Masters sets were originally designed to cover sets that are no longer in print, and were not released in Standard within the last two to three years. This initial set covered cards from the beginnings of this new format to Alara Reborn.

If the name Chronicles sounds familiar to you then you should understand the significance of this reference. That set’s printing caused so much consternation within the community that it caused not only the creation of the (often hated) Reserved List.  It even caused this statement from Bill Rose (then) VP of R&D:

“Wizards has no plans for another reprint expansion. We will continue to publish new editions of the Core Set with new and different reprints, as well as include reprints in expert-level expansions.

We’re happy with the Standard cardpool size maxing out at around 1500. Two three-set blocks plus one Core Set is just over 1500 cards.”

Has…no plans…for another…reprint…

*looks at Modern Masters again*

…no…plans??? I guess Wizards of the Coast broke a promise. Yet no one sued them due to the values of their cards dropping due to being reprinted? No one sued them for breaking a promise???

Editor’s note: If you’re unclear on what is so controversial about this decision, please check out this article.

The first card revealed was Tarmogoyf which would go on to be reprinted quite often to make the card more accessible to those wanting to play the format. While the set was designed to be drafted with a full box (24 packs) it was aimed at those wanting to enter Modern. Let’s crunch some numbers to see how well they did.

Rares & Mythics in set: 68
Quality Rares & Mythics reprints: 27
Quality reprint percentage: 39.7%

Academy Ruins
Aether Vial
Angel’s Grace
Arcbound Ravager
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blood Moon
Bridge From Below
Chalice of the Void
City of Brass
Cryptic Command
Dark Confidant
Death Cloud
Engineered Explosives
Ethersworn Canonist
Gifts Ungiven
Glimmervoid
Kataki, War’s Wage
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
Knight of the Reliquary
Life From the Loam
Lotus Bloom
Maelstrom Pulse
Pact of Negation
Slaughter Pact
Tarmogoyf
Vendilion Clique

Total decks impacted: 12*
Decks:
Ad Nauseum, Affinity, Amulet Titan, All Blue based control decks, Death & Taxes, Birthing Pod (later becoming Collected Company decks), Infect, Jund* (all BGx Midrange decks), Merfolk, Mono Blue Tron, Soul Sisters / Martyr Proc, Storm

For the first reprint set providing nearly 40% of quality reprints for Modern players, there was a lot to choose from. Jund players were probably the real winners here by having two key creatures reprinted for their deck. The problems with this set though was both the low supply, and the MSRP of $6.99 not really being followed. Packs suddenly approached $10 (or more) per pack, and it was something that Wizards of the Coast would take notice of for future sets.

Conspiracy (2014)

Magic: the Gathering’s first attempt, in my opinion, to enter the tabletop boardgame realm, Conspiracy was made specifically to draft without impacting Modern. There were cards in this set unique to the drafting environment, and only legal while drafting! The Conspiracy card type allowed effects that would either happen while drafting, or allow you to start the game with them in play. This set’s mechanics also focused on multiplayer; once the packs were drafted players would split into two pods containing four players instead of traditional drafting where players are paired one on one. Coming in a unique design you could buy the box, draft it, and split the remaining packs among the players based on their record. It was easy for stores to hold these drafts as the packs had a normal MSRP of $3.99 per pack. With the understanding that this set would include few reprints and that nothing was legal in Modern, it was viewed more as a fun set or something to do outside of tournaments.

Only two rares impacted Modern, and just barely. They were:

Reflecting Pool
Terastodon

We need to be reminded that this set was not aimed for Modern; however, how often do sets aimed at Modern reach out to other formats? Why doesn’t it happen the other way too? Let’s keep looking.

Modern Masters (2015)

The second entry into the Modern Masters line of products, this set was also made to draft and touched upon more sets from the past up to Rise of the Eldrazi. The first set to be priced at $9.99 MSRP per pack, and to focus on trying to be environmentally conscious with packs that one could recycle. This was a unique entry into the Masters line from that information alone, but how well did they do when choosing reprints?

Rares & Mythics in set: 68
Quality Rares & Mythics: 18
Quality reprint percentage: 26.5%*
(*included Eldrazi Temple which was downshifted to uncommon, and not banned)

All is Dust
Bitterblossom
Blinkmoth Nexus
Cryptic Command
Dark Confidant
Daybreak Coronet
Eldrazi Temple
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Etched Champion
Fulminator Mage
Karn Liberated
Leyline of Sanctity
Mox Opal
Noble Hierarch
Primeval Titan
Spellskite
Surgical Extraction
Tarmogoyf

Total decks impacted: 9*
Decks:
Affinity, Amulet Titan, Azorius Control* (all Blue based control), Bogles, Faeries, Goryo’s Vengeance* (all versions), Jund* (all BGx Midrange decks), Titan Shift, Tron

This set was a dud. Period. While this set did add some accessibility to Modern overall, this was viewed as a failure. With all of that said, it did not have the lowest quality reprint percentage, and the cards mentioned above still hold a good amount of value on the market. However the chance you would find a card of value in a pack was even more rare than the mythic rarity.

Eternal Masters (2016)

With Eternal Masters we have another set that was focused on other older formats, but with little coming back the other way. While this set did help (a little) with formats like Legacy there were a pair of reprints that helped Modern. Even if just a little.

Heritage Druid (upshifted to rare)
Wrath of God

It would have been great if another one of these sets was released, as drafting with cards aimed specifically at formats older than Modern could have felt more like Cube drafting. Plus, formats older than Modern need a lot of help. This set was so well received it was available for upwards of six months as Wizards of the Coast kept printing it. I wish they would print a new Eternal Masters set.

Conspiracy: Take the Crown (2016)

Conspiracy: Take The Crown (more affectionately called Conspiracy II) followed the same example as the previous set in this series; providing a multiplayer draft experience making the game feel more like a tabletop board game than a collectible card game. The Conspiracy card type returned, and brought some new multiplayer mechanics with it. However this set was once again not aimed at Modern or Standard players, and the MSRP was still $3.99.

This was also another set with few reprints for Modern, however this one had two that actually did help in some manner.

Keep in mind this set came out the same year as Oath of the Gatewatch, which actually had a card named “Kozilek” in it, yet it was decided (I guess?) to reprint Inquisition of Kozilek in a set where Eldrazi are not a part of the story?? It did help though. This card was pushed outside of affordability reaching a high of $27.00 due to this, and the reprint was possibly done as an emergency as a Modern-era uncommons should never be that high in price.

Modern Masters (2017)

With the feedback from the previous Masters set, we returned to traditional booster pack wrappers with Modern Masters 2017. Again the focus here was on draft, but this time we were able to obtain reprints of actual key cards needed for Modern accessibility!

Rares & Mythics in set: 68
Quality Rares & Mythics: 30
Quality reprint percentage: 44.1%

Abrupt Decay
Arid Mesa
Basilisk Collar
Blade Splicer
Blood Moon
Cavern of Souls
Craterhoof Behemoth
Damnation
Death’s Shadow
Gifts Ungiven
Goblin Guide
Grafdigger’s Cage
Griselbrand
Liliana of the Veil
Marsh Flats
Misty Rainforest
Pyromancer Ascension
Ranger of Eos
Restoration Angel
Scalding Tarn
Scavenging Ooze
Snapcaster Mage
Sphinx’s Revelation
Stony Silence
Summoning Trap
Tarmogoyf
Temporal Mastery
Terminus
Verdant Catacombs
Voice of Resurgence

Total decks impacted: 15*
Decks:
Azorius Control* (all Blue based control), Burn, Death & Taxes, Death’s Shadow* (all variants), Eldrazi Aggro, Elves, Faux Pod* (All Abzan/Collected Company decks), Goblins* (all versions), Humans, Infect, Jund* (all BGx Midrange decks), Merfolk, Mono Red Prison, Oops All Turns (Taking Turns decks), Storm, Tron

Touching on sets all the way through to Dragon’s Maze this set felt like the first one where the community’s concerns were heard. Having reprints of long needed cards such as Damnation, Liliana of the Veil, Snapcaster Mage, and the Zendikar fecthlands (just to name a few) made this an instant hit. Modern has since remained (mostly) unchanged since this set, and it really felt like R&D understood what the format was when releasing this set. Having the highest quality reprint percentage at over 44%, this is the set that should be used as a benchmark to make the following sets better.

Unfortunately that did not happen.

Iconic Masters (2017)

Released in the fall of 2017 Iconic Masters was used to provide a reprint set for players to draft at the first and (so far) only HASCON. There was no preview season for this set, which was available for sale in November nearly two months after HASCON. The set was previewed on site at the event, and through opening packs. It was an odd attempt to recreate the original Magic: the Gathering new set experience by giving players the chance to see the cards for the first time when drafting. The internet was a lot different in those days long since passed, and this experience really hurt the set. So did the lack of quality reprints.

Rares & Mythics in set: 68
Quality Rares & Mythics: 17
Quality reprint percentage: 25%

Aether Vial
Ancestral Vision
Anger of the Gods
Bloodghast
Cryptic Command
Glimpse the Unthinkable
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Knight of the Reliquary
Magus of the Moon
Oblivion Stone
Primeval Titan
Restoration Angel
Serra Ascendant
Serum Powder
Supreme Verdict
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
Thoughtseize

Total decks impacted: 8*
Decks:
Azorius Control* (all Blue based control), Death & Taxes, Eldrazi Aggro, Elves, Humans, Jund* (all BGx Midrange decks), Merfolk, Mono Red Prison

It is really a shame this set did not go over so well. There were packs of this available at stores long after printing has stopped, and it’s really difficult to judge if the $9.99 is still even worth it at this point. This was also a set where they attempted to blend the needs of formats older than Modern with the needs for Modern at the same time. In that aspect this set did well in their attempt, but there was much more room for improvement.

Masters 25 (2018)

As part of the celebration of their 25th anniversary Wizards of the Coast released Masters 25 to showcase cards through the game’s history. While hot off the heels of Iconic Masters, this set was looked upon to deliver a lot of key cards for Modern as by this point Modern was 60% of the game’s history.

It failed.

Rares & Mythics in set: 68
Quality Rares & Mythics: 11
Quality reprint percentage: 16%

Azusa, Lost but Seeking
Blood Moon
Chalice of the Void
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Ensnaring Bridge
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Pact of Negation
Rest in Peace
Summoner’s Pact
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Vendilion Clique

Total decks impacted: 8*
Decks:
Ad Nauseum, Amulet Titan, Azorius Control* (all Blue based control), Burn, Death & Taxes, Eldrazi Aggro, Lantern Control, Titan Shift

To say this set represented all of the game’s history was really short sighted. Yes there were a lot of cards at common or uncommon included, and there were also cards that are only legal in formats older than Modern. However when you have a format that is more than half of your history, and you fail this badly, our expectations were not too high. You failed to deliver. This set sat side by side with the previous one on shelves at stores collecting dust. I can probably still find packs to this day at stores who are probably more than happy to move this product to make room for something that has a better chance of selling.

The only thing this set did right was have the quality reprints focused on the rare and mythic spots, but a lot of their choices were lackluster to say the least.

Battlebond (2018)

This set was designed to provide a unique drafting experience by having a partner to fight alongside you, against two other opponents. This format, called Two-Headed Giant (after the card), while always being an option at various pre-release events, felt like it was at least acknowledged with this set. Modern players expected little, if anything, from this set as it was marketed that Battlebond was for those who like to draft as well as EDH players. We were right, as any quality reprints were for those who play formats older than Modern. However with that said of all of these draft sets this one is the most popular.

Ultimate Masters (2018)

Now we get to Ultimate Masters, a set that was not only unexpected, but also felt a little rushed to the finish line. While I’m sure this set was printed for a scheduled for release this year, it was instead released late last year. Honestly I wish this was released this year instead so we could have had a traditional release. However, this set was released to announce the end of the Masters line of sets.

Rares & Mythics in set: 73
Quality Rares & Mythics: 27
Quality reprint percentage: 36.9%

All is Dust
Bitterblossom
Bridge From Below
Cavern of Souls
Celestial Colonnade
Creeping Tar Pit
Daybreak Coronet
Desolate Lighthouse
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Engineered Explosives
Fulminator Mage
Gaddock Teeg
Goryo’s Vengeance
Karn Liberated
Life From the Loam
Liliana of the Veil
Maelstrom Pulse
Noble Hierarch
Raging Ravine
Runed Halo
Sigarda, Host of Herons
Snapcaster Mage
Tarmogoyf
Through the Breach
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Vengevine
Visions of Beyond

Total decks impacted: 13*
Decks:
Azorius Control* (all Blue based control), Bogles, Death & Taxes, Dredge, Eldrazi Aggro, Faux Pod* (All Abzan/Collected Company decks), Faeries, Goryo’s Vengeance* (all versions), Humans, Izzet Phoenix, Jund* (all BGx Midrange decks), Mill, Tron

For a set with a $13.99 MSRP per pack one would think this would have surpassed Modern Masters 2017 for the largest amount of quality reprints. This set even had five more cards that were rare or mythic to choose from. However it fell just short of the record. This set set succeeded at providing reprints for older formats many of which were receiving their second booster box printing, and in some cases making them available in pack foil for the first time. This set also succeeded at providing box toppers from various cards in the set. Instead of a buy-a-box promotional card it made everyone’s box a little more unique as that topper could be a Tarmogoyf.

Sadly the Masters line ended with this set, but imagine if some of these cards were made legal in Modern? This set would have had a lot more excitement around it, and would have been in demand through the beginning months of this year. However its short print run, and high prices of packs didn’t really leave an impressionable mark on Modern. It helped a little, but didn’t have the impact that Modern Masters 2017 did.

Modern Horizons

Now we arrived at Modern Horizons.  A set that is designed to draft, covers some of the game’s history, comes in boxes with 36 packs, and has a price that could be less than those in the Masters sets. However with MSRP no longer being announced for paper product it’s hard to judge what that will be. Providing 254 cards, of which 249 are new (as the basics are obviously not reprints) this set skips Standard and places the cards directly into Modern.

…and Legacy.
…and Vintage.
…and EDH/Commander.
…and so on.

With a set aimed squarely at Modern, and reprinting cards that prior were only legal in formats older than Modern, one would think this set would have an impact similar to either Modern Masters 2017 or Ultimate Masters, right? They have made reprint sets for drafting where Legacy legal cards sat side by side with Modern legal cards, so surely they would understand how to provide that same level of power while making a draft format for those who draft to avoid, right?

Right?

Well it’s going to take some time to fully judge that, but in the meantime let’s take a look at the cards currently available, and what decks that (as of this writing) will impact Modern decks. Again I am only going to look at the rare and mythic spots.

Rares & Mythics in set: 68
Quality Rares & Mythics: 21
Quality reprint percentage: 30.8%

Altar of Dementia
Archmage’s Charm
Cloudshredder Sliver
Collector Ouphe
Fact or Fiction
Fiery Islet
Flusterstorm
Force of Negation
Force of Vigor
Giver of Runes
Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis
Kaya’s Guile
Nurturing Peatland
Prismatic Vista
Ranger-Captain of Eos
Seasoned Pyromancer
Silent Clearing
Sunbaked Canyon
Unsettled Mariner
Waterlogged Grove
Winds of Abandon

Total decks impacted: 10*
Decks:
Azorius Control* (all Blue based control), Death & Taxes, Dredge, Eldrazi Aggro, Humans, Infect, Izzet Phoenix, Jund* (all BGx Midrange decks), Mill, Slivers

For a new set that they spent months hyping, impacting only nine existing decks isn’t a lot. Sure there may be some new decks out there that come from this set, but that’s not the focus of this article. Also, new decks are unproven. Imagine if you put all of your disposable income into a new deck because of these cards, and you lose. A lot. That’s not going to feel really exciting. I do hope that those who do construct a new deck work their tail off to get everything they want out of it. Many of us, unfortunately, don’t feel that this set delivers on our hope of seeing cards from Legacy appear in Modern. While there were some at the common and uncommon rarity levels, those really will impact the draft environment more than Modern.

If this set would have been pitched as a set like Conspiracy, with a focus on a themed draft set, and titled “Magic Horizons” while still indicating that this set was going straight into Modern then perhaps the expectations would not have been set as high.

Remember when I mentioned Gavin Verhey’s visit with The Professor earlier in this article? It was mentioned that the Masters sets were taking up too much space for desired reprints to be placed in other sets. If that were truly the case we would have seen more quality (not quantity) reprints in Modern Horizons. As a matter of fact, take a look at that list again. Not a lot of those cards are reprints. In fact in all of the cards at rare or mythic, not a lot of them are reprints. If they would have learned from Masters 25 this is where the reprints of pre-Modern legal cards should have been. Imagine if in just the rare and mythic spots that half of them were reprints, and the other half new cards? This could have been a better set, and allowed to obtain interest from more than just those who draft or play casual formats such as EDH or Cube Draft.

Adding it all up

So why does Wizards of the Coast reprint cards?  According to the article linked: “The Magic trading card game has tremendous appeal as both a game and a collectible. For us, however, the Magic game is first and foremost a supreme game of strategy and skill. We choose to reprint cards because we believe (a) the cards we reprint make for enjoyable game play, and (b) all Magic players deserve an opportunity to play with these cards. Any card that isn’t on the reserved list may be reprinted.”

I want to take a moment to address the last point first. “All”. That means those who wish to compete, even at the FNM level, and those who wish to casually have fun at the game. These sets should be aimed at both sets of players, which the first point in the quote above illustrates, but as we look at the numbers the level of enthusiasm as well as the expectations often times aren’t reached.

So what does this mean for you, the individual? Honestly that’s up to you, but I don’t see any reason to buy boxes of these products until the line improves (if ever). Obviously if you are more aligned to drafting, let alone have a group of friends to draft with (which is also another requirement if a store does not have a draft night) go right ahead. If you are looking to add to your Modern Dredge deck though, why spend $200 (or more) on a box just to add three to five cards when buying the singles would be a better use of your money.

Speaking of money, it costs a lot to draft these sets. While even $15-$20 to draft Standard may seem like a lot, imagine spending $30-$40 to draft? These sets are made to draft, and when players draft them a small handful of times where do the rest of the packs sit? On the shelf. Probably next to any remaining packs of previous supplemental sets. Shelf space is important for stores, and asking them to buy a certain amount of product to maintain some level of status with you when their consumers can’t afford the packs (let alone draft them) is honestly unfair. If a set was desired by players (such as Modern Masters 2017 that cost might be easier to swallow for the consumer. For sets that aren’t even at 40% reprint quality? Not so much. Why make a product that doesn’t sell, Wizards of the Coast? What if that happens to Modern Horizons? It’s not the consumer’s fault.

Another thing to note, especially with Modern Horizons is that as new cards were revealed, and possible deck ideas were being hatched, existing cards in new deck ideas were starting to increase in price. How can one build a new deck if they can’t afford either the existing cards they don’t have, let alone the new card (or cards) that are pre-selling for more than a player can afford? Regardless of which Legacy cards you think should have been in this set, why is it’s inclusion so damn stressful? Should this happen with these sets, and more importantly should we as the community blindly accept everything Wizards of the Coast releases to us? Or can we be critical for once, and provide feedback in a constructive way so that perhaps the needs of everyone are not only understood, but met.

While not the same as far as product type, Commander 2018 was not received very well among many players. However, criticism about that set was not received with the same level of counter points as criticizing Modern Horizons has. Why is that? Perhaps once we figure that out we can move forward, and demand better products from Wizards of the Coast

In Conclusion

Whew! That was a lot to cover. If you made it this far, give yourself a star. While I hope for positive things from this new direction taken with Modern Horizons, I also hope that all new cards, including those coming into Standard, are tested in Modern. Why? Well one thing that has been proven with Modern Horizons is that they actually have time to do that or this set would have never come to light.

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I’m going on vacation, so no new article next week. In two weeks I’ll return with a reboot of an article series I started. You’ll just have to wait, and see what that will be.

Until next time…

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