I pre-ordered my box of Modern Masters 2017 for a steep discount…(information respectfully withheld. Thanks! You know who you are!) Put it this way, I got a serious good deal.
Like the other “Masters” sets, this box only came with 24 packs. But every pack contains a foil. AND this time the set was loaded up with re-prints people have been asking for!
How did I fare?
This time I only have one picture, which will tell most of the story.
I already put my rares away…sorry guys. These are the commons and uncommons. The story is “Return to Ravnica/Innistraad” srandard. You could even draft deck archetypes with this set.
Maybe you can’t tell from the picture, but the stack of “gold” cards is about 1/3 taller than the traditional cards. This is a set that wants you to build multi-color decks.
So what rares did I pull?
The notable ones were.
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Cavern of Souls
Zur the Enchanter
Notably, I didn’t pull Snapcaster Mage, Liliana of the Veil, or Damnation. I didn’t pull a Serum Visions or a Path to Exile either. But two awesome lands, Griselbrand, and the angel were all great pulls.
I decided to build a “cube commander” deck for Zur the Enchanter. Basically a singleton deck with Esper colors. I haven’t played it yet, but I know it will be janky when I do because there are only two valid enchantments! (Seal of Doom and Gift of Orzova)
So did I draft? Both me and the SpartanKid did so at the Tangled Web…$35 per entry fee…that’s steep! But at $10 a pack, that’s why.
I think we both drafted traditional draft style decks. Mine was based on “bloodrush” Which was incredible Green Red strategy back in RtR block. The SpartanKid drafted mono-white. Probably not a great choice…but he crafted a successfully annoying Soul Sisters deck. In fact, mine was annoying too if you were lucky! Giantbaiting + Dragon Fodder+ Revive = YOU WIN. But most of the time the opponent just had an early flier that I could only hold off for so long before I was ran over.
I did manage to draft Terminus, Obzedat, Goblin Guide, and Misty Rainforest. But since I was in red green only the latter two made the cut…This set is so good that Misty Rainforest was actually passed to me! I don’t know what they pulled….???
I wound up trading for a foil Damnation, and so I am all around happy with my investment. If you read my blog, you know I have been burned a few times buying MTG boxes. I felt confident that it would work out, and it did reasonably.
However, I did see “Rudy,” some You-Tube guy open a totally wack box, and follow that up with a box that contained all five fetch lands, Liliana, and Blood Moon. So the potential for this to have gone either way in the other direction was there.
I was encouraged as one of my regular opponents sat beside me while I opened the packs from my box. I was unaware of some of what I had. I have a foil Grafdiggers Cage now. Somehow that is a card that hasn’t been on my radar. But I see incredible play value there now. That guy also proclaimed jealousy when I opened Goblin Guide, and then drafted him as well!
I don’t know that I will get to draft this set anymore. Opportunity dries up as the supply will. If you read my previous post, you know I was looking forward to drafting Gifts Ungiven, or possibly pulling a foil Liliana of the Veil. But I also realistically knew those were long shots.
I am going to refrain from rating this set based on my experience. I have opened 27 packs and played with 24 of the cards, rather unsuccessfully. I was fighting against myself as well, as I was really sick and started to get tired at around 10:00 PM. I was making bonehead mistakes, like Traitorous Instinct on Ogre Jailbreaker, when I didn’t own a gate, for instance. That really doesn’t say much for me and my skills on that day, and so I can’t rate it. I do think the draft environment really wants you to aim for three colors. At the Tangled Web, there are a few “fixer hogs.” They take all of the fixers, and then they get to pick the best stuff on the last pack. I can’t draft that way. Maybe I should try it out. But it seems I would rather know my strategy from the first twenty cards I draft.