Would You Like to See More "Remastered" Sets?
Posted on June 20, 2019, 8:01 p.m. by DemonDragonJ
In this post, Mark Rosewater states that WotC cannot simply reprint an entire set in its original form, but a reader made an interesting post about having more "remastered" sets.
Tempest Remastered was an online-only (regrettably) set that collected the best cards from the entire Tempest block and condensed them into a single excellent set. I personally would like to see WotC do the same for more blocks, especially their older blocks (akin to remastering old movies and music), which very much need to be updated. I myself would like to see "remastered" versions of every block from Odyssey through the original Innistrad, although I am certain that WotC would choose only certain blocks to receive that treatment.
What does everyone else say about this? Would you like to see more "remastered" sets?
I want reprint sets that aren't limited print run and don't up shift the rarity of cards because of their power. The secondary market is crazy and only getting worse.
June 20, 2019 9:21 p.m.
Gidgetimer, I can fully understand that, as there are numerous cards that I believe are essential but also too expensive and therefore deserve to be reprinted more frequently.
June 20, 2019 10:10 p.m.
Honestly I'd love there to be remaster sets, but I feel they could be used as a vehicle to pull people to magic fests as special "draft" packs (3 packs in a small box, because boxes are often short for sealed on demand events...) and they literally only be available to draft at magic fests. and this is coming from someone who is a 2 day drive min from the nearest place to get big events.
June 20, 2019 11:46 p.m.
I object to remastered sets: I think they should just reprint more cards.
Just make a "return to" set, and reprint and fix as many cards as you can from the original.
June 21, 2019 12:06 a.m.
Remastered works in MTGO for 2 reasons:
Some sets are not available on MTGO. With remastered sets WOTC gets the chance to code just a few cards that people will actually carre about and it is less work.
Most remastered sets have Reserved List cards in them.
Because of those two reasons, I do not think Remastered in Paper is a viable thing.
However, really, how many of those old cards are really necessary to be reprinted? I mean, sure a few commander staples would benefit from a reprint like this, but they can use the annual Commander product for that.
Even still, I would like Wizards to print more new stuff than old cardboard and keep the game moving forward.
June 21, 2019 3:53 a.m.
Boza Yes, Force of Will, Food Chain, and cards like that are only in Commander. Legacy staples and vintage cards I believe should also be reprinted.
June 21, 2019 9:33 a.m.
SynergyBuild, yes, they still can. The current sets allow for that to happen. Not really a legacy staple, but Goblin Ringleader just got reprinted in core set 2020. Force of will got 2 extra printings (not that it helped, since it was a mythic both times). Tarmogoyf is lower now than it has been in the past decade.
Force of Will - an alliance card. So, in order to get FOW in this type of product, you need Alliances Remastered. What are the cards people expect from there besides FOW. The next three cards in Alliances are Helm of Obedience , Thawing Glaciers and Lake of the Dead , Kjeldoran Outpost . All three are Reserved list, so a Paper Remastered set will not include them.
In fact, if you exclude FOW and all Reserved list cards, the most expensive card is Lim-Dul's Vault , which is a whooping 7 dollars. Hardly the pack mover. And it was reprinted in Commander 2013. Which means that they can do it again.
Overall, there is no need to remaster sets for a few cards than to simply reprint in existing products.