Top 5 Worst Magic the Gathering Sets

Sometimes, Magic the Gathering has some pretty awesome sets such as Return to Ravnica, Innistrad, Alara. But other times, they instead have lackluster sets where nobody enjoys the format at all. Sometimes the meta is determined by three or less decks which have solved the format. Other reasons for hate would be such as lackluster cards, bad story, and no value. Today I’ll try to figure out which is actually the worst set in all of MTG.

#5: Champions of Kamigawa

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So, just a little disclaimer this choice is simply because I don’t want too many people getting angry at me for not putting this set/block in the top 5 because it is so universally hated, but I still do think that it was bad. I mean, just look at the first Iteration of transforming cards. There’s like too much too look at, and it’s quite confusing when that creature attacks and you have no idea which way it should return to as it untaps. Also, with a set value of like just Kiki Jikki, its no surprise that people didn’t like the set even upon release. Some people have forgotten this set, but the one good thing about it is that we finally got the ninja creature type.

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#4: Dragons of Tarkir

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There may be a little bit of bias here, but I can’t be alone believing that there would be a really cool set coming where dragons would be everywhere and all powerful, but was let down. I can safely say that after the hype build up ever since Khans of Tarkir I wanted some really awesome set that would shatter the expectations of any set before, but it didn’t. I guess the one good thing we did get out of it was some cool dragons in every color, but just that. Well, time to start brewing an Abzan Dragons commander deck.

#3: Eldritch Moon

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The supposed plot twist that we were supposed to discover was rather unexciting. I know that the eldrazi are a cool creature type, but as players we were exposed to enough eldrazi before that with a Zendikar return. Plus, cards were pretty lackluster and only around five cards ever saw actual play. Honestly I forgot about this set until I had to do my research for this blog post. I guess the good thing about this set was that we got to see Nahiri get an actual Planeswalker Card, and some new vampires were added to a fun casual build.

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#2: Dragon’s Maze

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Man, I must really hate the last set in each block. This is the fourth one on this list so far. Normally the first few sets a person sees are their favorites because of how memorable they are, and every creature was great back in the day, but that wasn’t how this set went for me. I was a player who genuinely hated this set. Maybe it was because of the ridiculous number of cluestones, maybe the feeling that there was way too many multicolored cards in the set, but I don’t know. I guess the card Maze’s End was kind of cool and the commander deck that went with it. Either way there wasn’t too much going for it, so I’ll pass.

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#1: Conspiracy 2: Take the Crown

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Oh my gosh, this set was god awful. Even in the title of the set there had to be a colon. Why Wizards of the Coast? It has almost no bad cards at all, and it like was creative enough to justify tons of reprints yet give no reprints to others. Like, why did they only have to reprint Show and Tell and not something like Zedruu the Greathearted. I guess the only good thing about it was that it only had two weeks in FNM. Those were the worst two weeks of drafting. However, I’m just messing with all of you guys. I actually did like the set, and think of it as my favorite set of all time in a draft environment. I really do think Wizards of the Coast did a good job designing and balancing this set.

Overall, some sets are good, and some are bad. However, all of them will be remembered somehow, and that’s what matters. Please leave a like if you enjoyed this style of top 5 list, and please tell me what you’d like to see next.

 

Some Fun Casual Formats

After like four years of playing Magic the Gathering, I have found that many of the formats that Wizards of the Coast Promotes aren’t as creative as they can be. For one, most decks have to be 60 cards with no more than 4 copies of any one card. Generally, these are the standard deck construction types. However, why not try something new? How about trying out a new format where you have to build a new type of deck? Here I have compiled a list of formats which are generally unsupported by Wizards of the Coast, but are fun to play at your kitchen table.

Special Deck Formats

Pentagram- Ever wondered what it would look like if hqdefaultthe five colors of Magic went to war against each other? If so, Pentagram may be right for you. In this variant, five players play a game of Magic the Gathering against each other, but are only allowed to use cards of their assigned color. For example, the player representing white is only allowed to use white cards, and so on and so forth for the other colors. play begins with the white player, then goes clockwise. The winner is the last person left in the game.

Prismatic- If you think a commander deck is too small, try this fun format. Here, each player needs a 250 card deck with at least 20 cards of each color. The game then plays like a normal game of Magic the Gathering, except for the minor difference that the big deck mulligan rule is added. The rule states that if the first player’s initial hand has 0, 1, 6, or 7 lands in it, that player can mulligan and draw a new hand of 7 cards (rather than the usual 6).

Tribal Wars-magic_expansion_elvesvsgoblins_other2pic_en In the tribal wars format, two players will each choose a creature type such as elves, goblins, merfolk, etc. and will need to put at least 20 of that creature type into his or her deck. The game plays like a normal game of Magic. However, some playgroups will add a twist and say that you can’t use some of the more popular creature types such as humans, goblins, elves, or merfolk, and instead use some tribe that doesn’t have as much depth to it such as gremlins, cephalids, or cats. Other groups will play with only standard or modern legal cards.

Draft Formats

Cube (Cube Draft)- Do you love drafting and being able to do it whenever you want but not have to pay $12 every time you want to draft? If so, you should build a cube. A cube is a set of around 360 cards that are built to make a fun draft environment. Players will begin the draft by shuffling the cards together, and dealing out three fifteen card “packs” to each player. The draft continues like a normal draft, and once the event is over, all players will remove all basic land cards that they added to their decks, and shuffle them back to draft again and again. Some players like to add really good and competitive cards to their cube, while others will only add in bulk cards that they have lying around in their collection that they have no other use for.

Reject Rares Draft- Some people have way too many cards that they don’t use. A lot of them have the rare rarity, yet they don’t have any function or value. Sometimes called bulk rares, these cards generally are good, but have some reason for not being played such as a different card doing its job better. A Reject Rares draft is a draft format where each participant donate 45 of these bulk rares to be shuffled together, then drafted. The cards drafted by each player are kept, or can be donated to a group pile to make a bulk rare cube.

I personally feel like these formats are fun to play, but what do you think? Have you tried any of these formats, or feel like trying them? What should I talk about next time? Let me know in the comment section down below.

Happy Holidays Cards and Why I Like Them

Ever since 2006, Wizards of the Coast has made a series of foil silver bordered cards which are illegal in every format, but instead can be played just for fun and are given out to the people who work at Wizards of the Coast as well as their business partners. These cards generally are a pun of another card’s name, and will have a holiday (but generally Christmas) theme. I love the idea and find them to be really fun, and love the idea that Wizards has behind this set of cards, but I would personally like to play with them myself. Even though people are selling these cards, they aren’t all that cheap with the cheapest being a $15 card, and it ranges to around $130 for the most expensive one. Seriously, I know they’re cool and all, but I don’t want to pay $15 for a card that I can’t even use in any form of tournament gameplay. Here, I will show all 11 cards at the time of this post and will explain what I like about each of them.

2006-Fruitcake Elemental

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As the first in the series, this card is a completely awesome piece of hilarity. Personally, I know how fruitcake is a ridiculed desert as it tries to be healthy and delicious while accomplishing neither. By making it a card that you would like to receive yet give away at the same time is completely flavorful because if you still have it after the holidays, you’re basically stuck with it for the entire year. Also, I find it quite hilarious that it’s a 7/7 Elemental. Must be the compilation of every Fruitcake in the United States.

2007-Gifts Given

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While Gifts Given is the Holiday promo card, I also included Gifts Ungiven (the real card) as well just to show the similarities in the artwork and in how it functions. The card Gifts Given is the most expensive, as very few of them were ever resold to other people, and its price directly reflects it. Sitting at around $130, it would cost a fortune to play with. Besides that though, I find that this card directly reflects the true holiday spirit of asking for many different things, yet only receiving around half of them, and not even your favorites. Oh well, there’s always next Christmas and your birthday too.

2008-Evil Presents

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Sometimes, you get someone a gift that they hate. This is exactly what is represented on the card Evil Presents. The name itself is a pun on the card Evil Presence, yet it doesn’t reflect the card at all. Sitting at around $50, it must be a hard one to come by. I personally find this card to be quite realistic, as you never know whether that puppy you got your aunt will be an angel or a monster. Either way, this is just a fun card that I’m sure the people at Wizards of the Coast (and whoever else has them) love.

2009-Season’s Beatings

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While extended families are sometimes separated for a good majority of the year, most of them will generally congregate for the holiday season. However, after being separated for this long, some differences may arise. Although violence on this scale isn’t normal, it is worth pointing out that the holidays should be about fun and cheer, and not beating each other up for some disputes, although minor arguments are fine by me (Disclaimer: I do not take responsibility for any disputes you may have at a holiday party).

2010-Snow Mercy

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Clearly a snow globe interpretation of the picture shown of the card No Mercy, it definitely embodies the idea of shaking, snow globes with extra shakable parts, and an aspect of the story line on Dominaria, the original plane that Magic the Gathering was centered on. I find it a great inclusion to use the untap symbol to show a shaken the snow globe. Overall, I believe that this is a fun card that will bring a lot of laughs with it.

2011-Yule Ooze

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Oh the holidays. With Christmas Cookies, Chocolate Cream Pie and Peppermint Bark, we all might put on an extra five pounds around the holidays. However, this thing exemplifies the spirit of eating by eating whatever is in sight. This could range in anything from a human snack, to that pesky enchantment which is bothering you during the game. Nothing is safe. Keep this away from everything you love to prevent it from getting eaten.

2012-Naughty/Nice

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Being one of the more well known of these holiday promos, you can choose to be naughty or nice. By being naughty, you steal another player’s card, but by being nice you can give them one of your cards. Santa will sure be happy with you for choosing to be nice, but let’s be honest here; you can have so much fun with being naughty (Another Disclaimer: I try to promote being nice over being naughty in general. You should all be good and nice people in the real world).

2013-Stocking Tiger

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Everyone who celebrates Christmas knows the fun of dumping out a stocking full of goodies. Some stockings of Magic the Gathering players are filled with cards rather than candy, and this one is too, giving you a booster pack into your hand when it deals damage to an opponent. Its name is a homophone of Stalking Tiger, yet functions almost nothing like it. I find this a great way to spread Christmas cheer, as nothing says use your gifts given quite like a tiger that gives you a gift when he dies.

2014-Mishra’s Toy Shop

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Paying homage to the card Mishra’s Workshop, Mishra’s toy workshop looks to bring joy to your game by making toys as tokens. Who doesn’t love a card that represents Santa’s workshop? I would personally love to use this card, as it works amazingly in a token build. However, with its $30 price tag, I’ll just replace it with another land.

2015-Goblin Sleigh Ride

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Who doesn’t love a classic sleigh ride. I mean, what’s the worst that can happen? You wipe out your entire army? That’s exactly what you try to do with this card, as it allows you to send one of your biggest creatures right into your opponents lineup of cards. This is one of the more fun cards, and I feel as though I could actually get my hands on some of these as they are the cheapest right now at around $15.

2016-Thopter Pie Network

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As the most recent one in the series, Thopter Pie Network is based on a recent card in Magic the Gathering that became a fan favorite. Thopter Spy Network was a card printed in Magic Origins that truly defined Standard at the time. Wizards of the Coast realized that, and despite it having rotated out of Standard, it will always be a fun card that I’m sure sees a lot of casual play. This card hasn’t been given out yet, so there is no price on it yet. I surely can’t wait to see how this card works, and how much fun it would be to play with a fun card such as this.

Overall I have found this cards to be quite fun, despite not being able to play them at all. However, I would like to hear your opinions in the comment section down bellow. Happy Holidays everyone!