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MTG: Double Masters VIP Edition

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Magic the Gathering (MtG) is a collectable card game for 2 or more players. Each game represents a battle between powerful wizards, known as Planeswalkers, who have the ability to travel the multiverse. Players will cast spells, summon creatures, and deploy artifacts to overcome their opponents. Typically, a player will win by reducing their opponent’s starting life points to zero…
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Magic the Gathering (MtG) is a collectable card game for 2 or more players. Each game represents a battle between powerful wizards, known as Planeswalkers, who have the ability to travel the multiverse. Players will cast spells, summon creatures, and deploy artifacts to overcome their opponents. Typically, a player will win by reducing their opponent’s starting life points to zero, but there are other paths to victory. To play the game, each player will need a deck of at least 60 cards. Players may use pre-constructed decks or customised decks created from their personal card collection. Double Masters is a compilation set, made up largely of reprinted cards, released on 7th August 2020. 332 cards make up this set: 91 commons, 80 uncommons, 121 rares and 40 mythic rares. ‘Double’ is the key word for the set in terms of them, each booster back has two rare slots. Double the standard! When drafting this set, you take two cards as your first pick from a booster. Also, a number of cards have doubling effects/mechanics. The VIP Edition replaces the Collectors Booster product, for this set. Each VIP Edition pack contains 35 cards: x2 foil showcase, borderless cards. x2 foil rares (or 1 foil rare, and 1 foil mythic rare) x8 foil uncommons x9 foil commons x10 full-art basic lands x2 foil full-art basic lands x2 foil double-sided tokens Player Count: 2+ Time: Depending on format 20 – 70 minutes Age: 13+

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  • Full of high-powered reprints and fan favorites, Double Masters contains the some of the most beloved - and feared - Magic: The Gathering cards ever created.
  • As beautiful as they are powerful, most of the cards in Double Masters VIP Edition are foil—23 foil Magic cards in total.
  • Contents: 33 cards + 2 foil tokens2 foil borderless cards (only found in VIP edition) (cards with a rare symbol will appear twice as often as cards with a mythic symbol)
    2 foil rares/mythic rares
    8 foil uncommons
    9 foil commons
    10 full-art basic lands (only found in VIP edition, 2 of each basic)
    2 foil full-art basic lands (only found in VIP edition, 2 randomly selected from among the 10 options)
    2 foil tokens (only found in VIP edition, token on both sides)

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MtG Double Masters Feature

Hello spellslingers, and curious game fans along for the ride. This is quite a year for Magic the Gathering (MtG) fans. Wizards of the Coast (WotC) are dropping new products with increasing regularity, offering something, they hope, for everyone.  This is great for players and collectors, but less so for our wallets!

Core Set 2021 (M21) dropped in early July, which I was very excited for. I'm still enjoying deck building, and playing with M21! Roughly a month on, and we already have two new products to check out.  Jumpstart landed on 17 July, bringing with it a new way to play magic, and some great reprints. Now we have Double Masters, the latest in the 'Masters' product series.

Before I move on to the new set, here is a brief overview of MtG, for the uninitiated:

MtG is a collectable card game for two or more players. Each game represents a battle between powerful wizards, known as Planeswalkers, who have the ability to travel a multi-verse. You’ll discover countless worlds inhabited by species as varied as the fantastic lands they live in.

Players will cast spells, summon creatures, and deploy artifacts to overcome their opponents. Typically, a player will win by reducing their opponent’s starting life points to zero. However, there are other paths to victory!  Expansion sets are released regularly. Each expansion adds cards to the available pool. Players now have thousands of cards from which to collect and play within customised decks.

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The Set

Double Masters is a compilation set, made up largely of reprinted cards, released on 7 August 2020. 332 cards make up this set: 91 commons, 80 uncommons, 121 rares, 40 mythic rares.

A lack of fetch lands in his product is a disappointment, given it's cost; but it does include the full set of filter lands. These cards were originally printed in Shadowmoor and Eventide. At the cost of tapping the land and paying one mana, each generates two mana, in three variations.

The Filter Lands:

Mystic Gate, Sunken Ruins, Graven Cairns, Fire-Lit Thicket, Wooded Bastion, Fetid Heath, Cascade Bluffs, Twilight Mire, Rugged Prairie, and Flooded Grove.

This set is sold in Draft Booster packs, boxes (containing 24 packs), and a special 'VIP Edition'.

The VIP Edition contains 35 (mostly foil) cards, that will appeal to the collectors amongst us. This includes 2 foil showcase, borderless cards, randomly selected from a pool of 40 cards. Of that 40, 32 are Mythic Rare or Rare. Included are cards like: Blightsteel Colossus, Kaalia of the Vast, and Atraxa, Paetors' Voice.

It also includes two other foil rares (or one rare, and one mythic rare); and 10 full art basic lands (Reprints from Battle of Zendikar). Full art lands are understandably popular amongst the MtG community, they look great.

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Theme and Strategy

'Double' is the key word for the set in terms of them, each booster back has two rare slots. Double the standard! When drafting this set, you take two cards as your first pick from a booster. Also, a number of cards have doubling effects/mechanics.

In regards to deckbuilding strategies in limited formats, Double Masters leans into a number of archetypes. These include: Reanimator (Blue/Red), Artifacts (White/Blue), Morbid (Black/Green), and Go Wide (Green/White). Briefly, for new players: An archetype is a recurring deck/strategy that have been (or are) prevalent in tournaments.

Signpost cards for drafting:

White/BlueBlue/BlackBlack/RedRed/GreenGreen/White
Hanna, Ship's NavigatorBaleful StrixFalkenrath AristocratSavageborn HydraRhys the Redeemed
Meddling MageTime SieveFulminator MageVexing ShusherVoice of Resurgence
Glassdust HulkSphinx SummonerUnlicensed DisintegrationGhor-Clan RampagerSelesnya Guildmage

 

White/BlueBlue/RedBlack/GreenRed/WhiteGreen/Blue
Merciless EvictionBrudiclad, Telchor EngineerMaelstrom PulseSunforgerArixmethes, Slumbering Isle
Vish Kal, Blood ArbiterJhoira, Weatherlight CaptainMazirek, Kraul Death PriestSwiftblade VindicatorProgenitor Mimic
Hidden StockpileIzzet CharmDeathreap RitualWeapons TrainerYavimaya's Embrace

 

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My Thoughts

Overall, I like the set. It's an enjoyable set to draft and play in isolation, and is packed with some great cards. The reprints will increase the availability of sought after cards, whilst also lowering the prices on the secondary singles market. That's always a good thing for players.

The would-be collector in me appreciates the alternate artwork and showcase cases. Since the inclusion of showcase cards in Throne of Eldraine, I've seriously considered collecting again. However, I have so far held back. In all honesty, I will very likely hold back from buying into Double Masters in a big way.

Double Masters is an expensive product. It's one of the most expensive MtG products in recent years, if not ever.  It does pack a lot of value, and it does make some highly sought after cards available again, via reprints. However, the price tag is off putting. Collectors and competitive players will get value from Double Masters. To those I would suggest picking up a booster box to draft, for post-pandemic play!

However, if you're a new and/or casual player I would suggest you consider Core Set 2021 or JumpStart products. Both sets will give you better value, and help you establish, or expand your collection. Also, with Jumpstart, you will have an easier, quicker way to deckbuild in limited formats.

 

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    Rating

    • Artwork
    • Complexity
    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You might like

    • Sought after reprints
    • New Cards, and alternative artwork

    Might not like

    • Being a collectable card game
    • The price tag