A follower on FB sent the link with the following spoilers for the newest From the Vault set. Is it confirmed? Not entirely since there were no physical product to prove it.
My evaluation so far?
Other than the Portals: Three Kingdoms reprints, I’m sort of disappointed by the selection (Damnation?). Unless you’re only an EDH player, there isn’t a lot to offer here as a constructed Magic player. Sure you’re getting foil versions of some of the most commonly used board wipes in EDH, but many of them are not hard to find (outside of the Portals ones).
And that’s the main problem. I’ve never heard of anyone complaining about the access to Red cards from Three Kingdoms. The Black tutor, sure. Maybe from die/try-hard trying to min/max their decks (which to me is stupid for a format that’s not suppose to be competitive), but for most people, a sharpie couldn’t fix. If your play group are a bunch of humorless dicks that don’t let you play with proxies, you might wanna find another playgroup anyway.
Here’s the spoiled list. If you can get it at MSRP, great, but I wouldn’t spend double the amount unless the secondary market spins out. Here’s some of my final thoughts.
Are the Three Kingdom reprints good?
Are they fetching high prices?
Should you get these if you’re an EDH player?
Should you get these if you don’t play EDH?
Hey Polish here and I just wanted to say that a lot of things are coming soon! I’ve had my hands full with a new odd job to help pay for the unexpected bills that I’ve accumulated in the last month. I’m still having problems saving up for a new computer, or at least pay for the repair bills to Apple. I’ll be posting tons of things on Ebay today, so hopefully I can begin to do work again without having Photoshop/Illustrator crashing on me every sudden button press on a netbook…
Anyway, some of the more common questions people ask me about is when I started playing Magic the Gathering, my favorite colors, etc. It’s kind of interesting because it started way back in 1995 when I remembered seeing Arabian Nights booster packs at the local comic book shop. The semi-bright pink booster looked absolutely goofy to me, but the storeowner said it was one of biggest games that year. I honestly had no idea what Magic was, other than it looked like D&D stuff. Lord of the Rings and fantasy in general didn’t really appeal to me growing up since I grew up watching Fox Kids, reading Marvel and DC comics, and playing video games.
It wasn’t until my childhood friend bought a 4th Edition starter deck for $7 and showed me his deck of cards. I wasn’t completely sold yet until I started to look through the Magic singles at the comic shop.
One of the few cards that caught my eye was Serra Angel. Growing up raised Catholic (by a single mother no less), it was really appealing to me. Then I noticed the price tag and it was $5.00! For those of you that don’t know, five bucks for a single card was really expensive for a 12-year-old at the time. I eventually decided that another two bucks, I could actually play Magic with my friend than just keep the Serra Angel in a card case.
So for the next two years during Jr. High, I casually played with my friend and some random folks at other comic/hobby shops in the Orange County area. I eventually saved up enough money by drawing Ninja Turtles for some classmates at school and was able to buy a Revised Serra Angel. I wasn’t great at building decks or had the money to buy the other major rare cards, but I was playing a white weenie deck. It didn’t cost too much to build and many of them have a natural defense against Necropotence decks. I won a lot of games that I shouldn’t have against much more experienced players thanks to a few White Knights and Crusade.
Right around high school, I began to take the game more seriously as some of my classmates did a lot of local tournaments. My deck was obviously not Standard (type 2) legal at the time, so I eventually had to sell some of my Super Nintendo games and use that money to buy standard legal cards. I obviously stuck with White Weenie briefly since it was the cheapest deck in Standard at the time. Gradually I shifted to Mono-Blue since I grew up hating it so much. I needed to learn how to beat it and to do that I had to pilot it myself. I just loved almost every minute of playing it, but I can’t say the same with most of my friends.
Of course the shift from kitchen table to FNM/Tournament did have it’s own consequences. Having undiagnosed ADHD, it really killed my grades at school. When I would have super focused attention on building Magic decks, I would just zone out in almost every class I was in. When the report card came in, my mom actually forbid me to play anymore MTG until I got my grades up. She packed all my cards and locked them away in the garage cabinet in the apartment building. I ended up just collecting comic book cards (Vamperilla as one of my favorites) and video games in moderation this time obviously. It took over a year until I got my grades up again, but a lot of things changed.
By the time I got back into the Magic, most of my cards got rotated out and I was forced to buy huge chunks of Urza Saga cards to upgrade my old decks or play extended. Mercadian Masques block was so boring and miserable compared to Tempest and Saga that I just didn’t care for Standard as much anymore. I did manage to build a Mono-Black Suicide deck for extended, but there just weren’t enough people that wanted to play Magic anymore at school. Most of my friends that were playing either quit or just moved on to other hobbies. One of them being Pokemon, which I did end up playing til I graduated from High School.
Occasionally, I’d play Magic in college, but being the mono-blue player that I am I eventually learned that no one liked playing against me. I took a decade long hiatus from Magic from 2001 all the way til 2011.
It was definitely Steve Arglye’s work that drew me in back into the game. Seeing the Slave of Bolas artwork was just so amazing I had to get back into the game. I ended up making new friends and a playgroup with the local Marines here. I taught them how to play Magic at an In-N-Out burger joint and learned about EDH and drawing Liliana proxies for all of them.
I jumped into Standard briefly with the 2012 Event Deck, which was only legal for 3 months upon release… and people wonder why I’m so negative about Standard. I’m still playing off and on these days, but things are really slowing down now. The majority of casual MTG players I don’t mind (God bless everyone that wants to build their first mill deck), but it’s the grinder wannabies that think their opinions are facts or the socially awkward man-children that I feel are so toxic to the community that I just feel embarrassed to be a part of.
So these days, I casually enjoy playing Modern with BW Tokens or Mono Black Infect. If I’m testing or playing a competitive game, it’s usually a Red/White/Blue control variants or Splint Twin. As you can tell, I’ll write articles or just draw MTG related stuff on my down time. Liliana is still my favorite Planeswalker since I’ve always loved gothic horror women or very inspired ones. I still have my Vamperilla cards to this day. Again, I think it’s because of my Catholic upbringing…
Hope that clear things up about my MTG gaming history and some of my favorite cards. If you have any questions or comments, follow me on Twitter @PolishTamales or Tumblr - polishtamales.tumblr.com
Have a magical day!