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Time for history lesson! :D
The reserved list was drawn up after the first true reprint set "Chronicles" was released. Players were soo outraged that their cards had dropped in value, that many people were leaving the game en masse.
In response, the Reserved List was announced. They promised to NEVER reprint any of the cards from ALL of the sets had been printed prior to Chronicles. This list of sets included: Alpha, Beta, Unlimited, Revised, Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, The Dark, Fallen Empires, Ice Age, Homelands, Alliances, Mirage, Visions, Weatherlight, Tempest, Stronghold, Exodus, AND FINALLY the entirety of the Urza's block.
Of course, they didn't include any of the cards that had been reprinted prior to this lists creation.
The exact terms of the list, as quoted from their website, is as follows:
"Reserved cards will never be printed again in a functionally identical form. A card is considered functionally identical to another card if it has the same card type, subtypes, abilities, mana cost, power, and toughness. No cards will be added to the reserved list in the future. No cards from the Mercadian Masques set and later sets will be reserved. In consideration of past commitments, however, no cards will be removed from this list. The exclusion of any particular card from the reserved list doesn't Indicate that there are any plans to reprint that card."
Up until the release of From the Vault Relics, Wizards reserved the right to be able to reprint anything on the list in a premium format, as at the time of the lists creation, foils didn't exist. This led to a few interesting reprints:
Sadly, they removed this loophole with the announcement of From the Vault Relics.
Another interesting thing they did with the list, was remove ALL commons and uncommons from it due to the huge public support for the change.
In summary, the Reserved List is now just a list of all the rares from the sets leading up to, but not including, Mercadian Masques. Not all of them are powerful though some are due to the power level of the game at the time.
In fact, the cards on the list were not even that expensive at the time. I've been told that, once upon a time, Black Lotus was at $15. Heck, what's even more hilarious, is that there is an article explaining why they make bad cards, where Mark Rosewater showcases an angry letter he had received which complains about "sucky cards" one such example they used being Lion's Eye Diamond.
May 23, 2017 6:15 p.m.
Not all cards on the reserved list are expensive and/or powerful. Look at Roc of Kher Ridges. Nothing extraordinary, just a 3/3 French vanilla. except its on the reserved list. Interestingly. whilst Fork is on the reserved list, it has not prevented the printing of the likes of Reverberate or Increasing Vengeance.
The filter lands from that aren't that expensive (except Twilight Mire). But they probably shouldn't cost as much as a shock land...
May 20, 2017 10:42 a.m.
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