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Is it possible to merge the "Modern Masters 2017 wishlist/speculation" thread that I started with this one? There is no need to have two separate threads discussing this set.

I, also, say that it is far too early to judge the entire set based upon the few cards that have been revealed. Not every card can be a very valuable one, but I do hope that WotC does not reprint Dark Confidant and Tarmogoyf again, since those cards were reprinted in both of the previous two Modern Masters sets, and also that they do not print a very inexpensive card, such as Comet Storm, as a mythic rare (that card definitely should have been downgraded to a normal rare, in my mind).

I shall share the general opinion that the person on the artwork is Snapcaster Mage, since the previous two sets gave new artwork to Dark Confidant and Shadowmage Infiltrator, two other cards that were designed by winners of events.

February 24, 2017 3:24 p.m.

I am very displeased that members of the Gatewatch are again face cards for this set; will we, the players, be forced to endure them for as long as this game exists? I really hope that WotC does not attempt to make them legacy characters, akin to Superman, Batman, and practically every other superhero, because that could become very boring very quickly. Also, Liliana has reason to be on Amonkhet, to defeat Razaketh, but would any other member of the Gatewatch have any reason to be there? Could WotC not have them split into different groups on different missions? What will happen as they recruit more members? Will every member go to every plane? I initially thought that it would be great if there was a central continuity to the story, but I now feel as if the story shall be suffering due to that, because it will be more difficult for players who have not been following the story since the beginning to understand what is occurring, and each individual plane's story shall feel secondary to the overarching plot of the Gatewatch. I also am very displeased that the two planeswalker cards conveniently do not have any text; that was not a very nice thing to do, to show images of new cards, but not have any text on them.

However, I shall admit that that artwork does look very awesome, so I still am very excited about this upcoming block. Given that many players, myself included, have been desiring an ancient Egypt-themed block for a long time, now, expectations for this block are very high, so I hope that WotC does not disappoint us with it.

February 20, 2017 1:39 a.m.

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GearNoir, perhaps it is, but I believe that it is better than making an English name shorter than it could be simply to allow a translator to have more room for translating the name of the card; the domestic market must be given higher priority than foreign markets.

February 17, 2017 9:51 a.m.

I would definitely like to see a reprint of Countersquall in this set, because that card is more expensive than a counterspell should be, in my mind, and a reprint of Voidslime would be nice, as well, but I imagine that that is unlikely, given that Disallow was recently printed in Aether Revolt.

February 16, 2017 11:48 p.m.

I still am displeased that the MSRP of a single booster pack of this set shall be $10, again, as was the case with Modern Masters 2015. I know that the Masters sets contain a greater number of valuable cards than do most sets, but that is still a ridiculous price, considering that the chances of opening a card that is worth more than the price of the booster pack is very minuscule.

Since I am discussing that subject, the purpose of the Modern Masters sets is to make the modern format more affordable for new players (and, by extension, Eternal Masters is supposed to make eternal formats more affordable to new players), so I am wondering: how well have they accomplished that goal? Have the Masters sets made the formats more affordable?

February 16, 2017 11:42 p.m.

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nobu_the_bard, yes, Breya is one of the cards to which I am referring, but also Sram from Aether Revolt, whom WotC said that they wanted to make both an advisor and an artificer, but did not have room to do so.

Also, if I worked for WotC, I would not care about giving the cards rooms for non-English translations; M:tG's primary audience is English speakers, so I would seek to appeal to them before anyone else, and, if translating a card into a foreign language left so little room that the font needed to be made smaller, that would be the translator's problem, not mine.

February 16, 2017 11:35 p.m.

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There have been numerous instances where employees of WotC have stated that certain lines of text (including creature types) could not be printed on cards because there was not enough room on the cards for them, but why could WotC not simply use a smaller font for those cards? Why is it a rule that all cards must use the same size font for their text?

February 16, 2017 11:35 a.m.

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AwezomePozzum, I do agree that Phyrexia needs to invade more planes, to help increase its threat level, but having it invade every existing plane is lazy writing, just as it would be lazy writing to have the eldrazi invade every previously-visited plane, as well.

February 13, 2017 10:18 p.m.

Delta-117, in which deck was it printed, and why does only one deck have it? Given that those are four-colored decks, all of them very much need that card.

mymanpotsandpans, to me, Vengevine never felt like it should have been a mythic rare; it should have been a regular rare, so I would be perfectly content with it being reprinted as such.

When do previews for this set officially begin? It release is not terribly far away (only a month, approximately).

February 13, 2017 10:17 p.m.

00xtremeninja, that is not the first time that a card's value has decreased after a reprint, and then increased again, with another prominent example being Chromatic Lantern, which I mentioned above. What causes that to happen? Extreme demand for the card?

February 12, 2017 7:32 p.m.

I would like to see both Reliquary Tower and Reflecting Pool reprinted, again, since I believe that both of them are more expensive than they should be. Two obscure lands that I also believe deserve reprints are Miren, the Moaning Well and Mikokoro, Center of the Sea, because they both have very useful abilities.

February 12, 2017 3:08 p.m.

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Phaetion, yes, I forgot about that; that sounds like an excellent way to set up for a future storyline, because there is no way to know how many planes Karn may have accidentally infected.

This thread is digressing from its original topic, so could we please return to the original topic? Even if a return to Lorwyn is unlikely to occur in the near future, what are some ideas that you may have for it?

February 12, 2017 3 p.m.

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AwezomePozzum, yes, but so did Gideon, and he is not from that plane, either. On that subject, it is amazing that Elspeth and Gideon have never met (as far as we know), since both have visited Bant and Elspeth visited Gideon's home plane of Theros.

Phaetion, has it ever been revealed if Elspeth's home plane was conquered by the original Phyrexia or by new Phyrexia?

February 11, 2017 11:32 p.m.

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AwezomePozzum, Elspeth is not from Alara; her home plane has not yet been revealed.

February 11, 2017 10:45 a.m.

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scopesightzx, I would greatly prefer that Bolas have no involvement in a return to Lorwyn, since he already has great involvement in the story.

Kiortio, Mark Rosewater rated Lorwyn as a 7 out of 10 on his Rabiah Scale, meaning that a return there is unlikely in the near future, but I see no reason why we cannot speculate about it. Why was the block poorly received, anyway?

Ixidron, yes, I, also, am hoping for a return to Dominaria, eventually, but I have already started a thread to discuss that subject, so there is no need to discuss it, here.

February 10, 2017 9:47 a.m.

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Another plane that I know to which some players wish to return is Lorwyn, so I shall start this thread to discuss the feasibility of such a return, and what it would imply for the game.

First, the story of the Lorwyn block was, as far as I know, fairly self-contained, not having any major connection to any other storyline in the game (other than the Mending causing the shift from Lorwyn to Shadowmoor to happen earlier than it naturally would have), and ended without any significant cliffhangers or unresolved plot lines, so there may not be sufficient reason, in-story, to return there, at least not in an entire block. If there was to be a return there, I would not wish for the Gatewatch to go for, but for it to again be fairly self-contained, as was the original block and as the two Conspiracy sets are. The only planeswalker who has any reason to go there is Nissa, so I have no problem with her returning there, as long as no one else goes there.

Second, what possible conflict could there be? Would the Great Aurora be causing trouble, again?

Third, what mechanical themes would return? I know that WotC is no longer using the tribal card type, but tribal themes are very strong in Lorwyn and Shadowmoor, so there would need to be a tribal theme of some form in a return that plane. I would also hope for some really good dual lands, again.

What does everyone else say about this? How likely is it that there shall be a return to Lorwyn?

February 10, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Is there a way to keep this thread at the top of the page? I will be updating it every time that releases a new Commander product, and I do not wish to search for it whenever I need to do that.

February 8, 2017 8:50 p.m.

Is there a way to keep this thread at the top of the page? I will be updating it every time that a new planeswalker is added to the game, and I do not wish to search for it whenever I need to do that.

February 8, 2017 8:37 p.m.

00xtremeninja, I agree with that, because that card has become ridiculously expensive, recently.

Atony1400, if this set shall include cards from sets as recent as Dragon's Maze, I would like to see a reprint of Ral Zarek; I know that he is not terribly expensive, currently, but he is still an awesome card, and I believe that he deserves a reprint.

On that subject, another reprint of Elspeth, Knight-Errant would be nice, because she is still expensive, despite her numerous printings.

February 8, 2017 8:24 p.m.






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