Iconic 25

How to prepare for the different Masters sets.

With all these new releases, we often focus on buying the key cards when they are still cheap. You should not forget the selling either though!

I recently wrote the product description texts for all the products which will be released in the upcoming months. Since Wizards has started to announce all their products at the same time, these announcements are huge because they cover so many products, but they aren't really deep in regards to each single product. Among other things, this really caused me to think about the next two Masters sets – Iconic Masters and Masters 25 – and their similarities, differences, and likely contents.

What should we expect and how should we prepare for them?

I think there will be two major differences between those sets. Iconic Masters will most likely be similar to Eternal Masters in regards to the sets its reprints will be from, focusing a little more on the Legacy pool instead of the Modern pool. It will also not contain any cards from the last three years, and it will focus on huge creatures and splashy effects. To make the draft format really resolve around Angels, Dragons, and devastating spells the set will not contain a lot of the cheap cards that usually dominate Modern and Legacy constructed. Instead it will contain lots of mana acceleration and many of the best Commander cards, which usually combine high casting costs with massive impact.

If we believe this to be the case, we should try to move all the cards that fit the description above, especially those which have become expensive over the years. Obviously, not all of them will be in Iconic Masters, but those that will be in there will lose some of their accumulated value.

You will probably be able to identify the relevant Angels, Demons, Hydras, and so on by yourself, but remember the high impact sorceries as well. For example, I recently sold all my Patriarch's Biddings. It is a powerful spell that was never reprinted since Onslaught, which can lead to exciting board states for all players. I expect exactly these kind of spells to be reprinted in Iconic Masters.

Anniversary Masters

Masters 25 on the other hand will play more like a regular draft format. It will contain at least one card from every set ever printed including the most recent ones when it comes out. Wizards will try to pick a card from each set that will make at least some players reminisce about the “good old times”, when they were casting Wild Mongrel, Fact or Fiction, or Siege-Gang Commander all the time. Masters 25 is still nine months away, but preparing for that set will work very differently. You should look at each set ever printed and try to find the cards you are fond of, or the cards you believe players to remember as a symbol of that set and era. If those cards are cheap anyway, then there is no need to act. It doesn't really matter whether they give us another reprint of Hymn to Tourach, Goblin Grenade, or High Tide from Fallen Empires.

On the other hand if you find expensive cards that have never been reprinted yet to be the best representation of any given set, you should consider moving your copies instead of hoping to dodge a reprint in both Iconic Masters and Masters 25.

For example, what is the first card that comes to mind when you think about the Mercadian Masques set? 

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For a Commander player it could be Bribery or Black Market, both of which would fit well into Iconic Masters already, but if you actually played Standard back in the day, you will know that the most influential card from Masques was Rishadan Port.

I already expected that card to be in Eternal Masters, and the odds for a reprint just keep getting higher. I don't think Port makes sense in the clunky draft format I expect Iconic Masters to be, but it will most likely be in Masters 25.

Let us know in the comments, which card from which set you expect to be in Masters 25!



4 Commenti

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MKM-Insight(03.07.2017 00:10)

Nope. If they ever want to drop the reserved list, they will do so with an official announcement years in advance of actually reprinting any reserved card. Not by just casually dropping Sliver Queen into Iconic Masters.

House-of-Games(02.07.2017 19:50)

Do you think that iconic masters can break the reserved list? I am not talking about power nine, dual lands etc, I am thinking about more casual staples such as Sliver queen or power artifact and so on. Cards like these are "iconic" ones and expensive for no reason at all. Just a random thought and 99,9% fault.

MKM-Insight(26.06.2017 20:13)

Port in Iconic Masters is obviously possible as well, with my argument against it being just the expected limited format, not that it wouldn't be iconic enough for the set. Conveniently this doesn't change all that much. It just makes it more important to sell your Ports soon.

Sunko(26.06.2017 15:00)

I actually DO expect rishadan port to be in iconic masters already. Wizards said it will be "iconic" cards, and whats more iconic (and never reprinted) than the port of rishadan.

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