Ultimate Masters was awesome! The packs were exciting to open. There was a chance you could open a pile of money or some key card you've always wanted but never bought. Looking at the singles at the store presented a great opportunity to build your collection. Either for deck building, or just owning the cards. It was fun.
Ravnica Allegiance is not Ultimate Masters. It's not the Ultimate Warrior. It's not the Ultimate Showdown. It's not even Ultimate Frisbee!
It's got Shocklands for the third time! So, that's cool...right? Overall, I think this is the least excited I have been about a set in a long time. (Editor's note: Brando says that about every set.) It didn't really present anything for me that I was excited about. That is, until my most recent order showed up in the mailbox and I opened up my Mirror March!
Every set I try and pick out one card that I am going to have the most fun with. The one card I can do something cool with. This time, it was Mirror March. I didn't even know it until I really sat down and looked at the card. It gave my favourite deck, Norin the Wary, the possibility to devastate the whole table at the end every turn! That is cool. More than just that though, it also opens up build space in decks that wasn't there before. That is the mark of a good card. It inspired me to open up some decks and see if I could shoehorn it in. And I did.
I had to go out and buy 2 more copies of Mirror March because I liked it so much. Will it get me 100 goblin tokens? Will it get me my whole graveyard back to my hand?! Will it give my opponents 2000 elephants!?!?! Or will it do sweet f*cking nothing?
I love variance like that! It's what I play the game for and it all came stapled to a card that will run you 14 cents in a year. Don't get much better than that!
There are lots of reasons to collect cards. Maybe you want full sets. Or maybe you want playsets of Standard playable stuff. For me, it's the interesting places the cards could take me in the future. I want to play cards that are awful and get mileage out of them. I think, for that reason, Mirror March is the most exciting thing in this set. I was much happier getting my hands on an extra copy of that than I was opening another shockland. Cards like Mirror March are an adventure! A possibility! A storm of possibilities even! Cards like this make me happy that I have devoted so much to collecting this game. It feels like a reward and a challenge all at the same time. And that is pretty cool.
There was also a card that I had to own because it sports my new favourite art.
Clearly, I needed a few of those. The fact that it is a pretty solid card adds to the allure. There was also a super awesome upgrade for Fires of Yavimaya. It also presents a really neat chance to have a fun alter done! We discussed Rythm of the Wild on our Ravnica Allegiance set review. Check it out on our Episodes tab.
Other than that, Ravnica Allegiance (for me) really only represents a chance to pick up some cool trade fodder for when something better comes along.
At least it isn't $9,417 per pack.
See you next time, and happy collecting!