Magic: the Gathering's newest set has lots of problems
But when the set was released May 22, fans instead were largely frustrated and underwhelmed. Collectors quickly took to Reddit and Twitter, posting pictures of freshly-opened cards that already had scratches on them, faded-out printing, or packs that were missing rares. Specifically, it appeared that the set's recyclable packaging was damaging the cards.
Additionally, some fans started making videos showing how the packs could be opened, have the cards replaced, and be resealed to look as if they had never been opened.
But for many, the $10 card packs mean drafting the set is going to be a rare experience. And while Wizards has stated that this set will get multiple printings, unlike the first Modern Masters, a video released over the weekend from a card store owner highlights current difficulties in ordering more of the rare set.And for collectors and those trying to build new Modern decks, the set just simply doesn't have enough of the must-have cards. Mythic rares like the elusive Tarmogoyf, despite a third reprinting in MM2015, will still be worth more than $100 because it is so necessary in green decks. Meanwhile, many fans are still angry that the set didn't include Serum Visions, a common card from 2004 that is worth upwards of $10, a ridiculous price for a common.
Ultimately, Modern Masters 2015 is set in stone. But the lessons learned both by the players and by Wizards will assuredly shape how future sets are released—and purchased.
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