Hey all, Chroberry here with our review of the Cool Stuff We Bought This Week! In the wake of yesterday’s hype announcement, people are certainly buzzing about the new-new mulligan rule that may be affecting all formats, and the possible details of the new Modern product to be announced next week. Anyway, that’s not what you’re here for! It’s time to check out the sweet stuff we got in this week.
Let’s start off with something that I don’t get to see very often, but very much enjoy every time I do. Here’s an awesome selection of some Judge foils from recent years:
I absolutely adore the Old Border on Crucible of Worlds and Sword of Feast and Famine. You’d think that newer style art would clash with the old frame, but they gel together so well here. There’s no better version than these to include in your Commander deck or your cube list.
These Elesh Norns feature the original art, but with a unique twist: they’re written in Phyrexian! This marks the only card in Magic’s history to feature this, and they picked the best of the Praetor cycle to create a very special card to reward our Judges.
At the risk of sounding preachy, I’d like to ask you all to thank your local Judges the next time you see them. They are the glue that holds our local events together, and contribute a ton of their time at not much of a return. That being said, these Judge foils are a nice little reward for their hard work and devotion to the game and our community at large.
Alright, enough sappiness. Here’s another stunning foil for you in a Spanish Lorwyn Thoughtseize. I haven’t had the opportunity to see a foil copy from Lorwyn in person until now, and I’m starting to understand the price tag. The way the bright colors contrast the dark background really look gorgeous in foil. While this one was a bit beat up, we’ve got it posted for a pretty hefty price!
Alright, if you’ll indulge me for yet another week, it’s time for the Old School cards. First up is a Played Beta Nevinyrral’s Disk. The classic Mark Tedin art is one of the most iconic pieces in Beta. I’ve probably seen this artwork thousands of times by now, but I’ll have to admit I’ve never stopped to examine the art closely. What in the fresh hell is going on here? Is that some Eldritch horror passing into our world? Only Larry Niven truly knows.
Even cooler, we also got a graded Summer Magic Version not too long after. Absolutely crazy!
Speaking of insanely expensive cards here’s an Arabian Nights Bazaar of Baghdad, signed by Jeff Menges! After yesterday’s announcement, many vocal Vintage players are left calling for the restriction of this card should the new mulligan rule take effect. While I can’t speak from experience, as I’ve played a grand total of one game against this deck in my very short Vintage career, I have to express how wary I am of this new mulligan rule. There’s a pretty high potential for combo decks that use busted pieces like this to see massive gains in win percentage. Of course, many expressed similar sentiments about the implementation of the Vancouver Scry in 2015, and time has proved it to be a positive change for the game.
So, what do you think of the new mulligan rules? What was your favorite card from this week’s roundup? Let me know in the comments section or on social media. You can follow me on Twitter @chroberry or Instagram @chroberrymtg if you want to see extra goodies and spoilers for next week’s article. Peace!