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December 22, 2016

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Next Level Analysis – End of The Year Wants

Hello and welcome to this week’s version of Next Level Analysis. Each week we take a deeper look into the latest decks and the cards performing best in them. Each week the goal is to pick up a new strategy or idea that can help you take your game to the next level either at your local card shop or at a large tournament. For the readers who enjoy reading my weekly article, I hate to announce that I plan on taking a couple week break with the upcoming holidays and starting out the new year with Grand Prix Louisville. I want to thank you for a great year here on MTG Canada and I hope that the new year brings many new adventures for the Magic the Gathering community.

So, what better way to end the year than asking for a gift, right? As we have delved deep into the holiday season I thought that this week we could look at some gifts to ask Wizards of the Coast for. Now, asking for single X or single Y to be reprinted is easy enough but I am going to stick to sealed product ideas that I would like to see them bring back. Over the years, we have seen many products come and go, however, the recent release of Planechase Anthology makes me hopeful to see other products brought back. So, without further ado lets count down the top five products I want to see brought back.

#5 Modern Event Deck

In May of 2014 Wizards released the March of the Multitudes, Modern Event Deck. This deck contained a 60 Card Deck, 15 Card Sideboard, Sleeves and Life Die all in a deck box for players who wanted to get into modern. This was the first attempt at an event deck that was not for a standard set, and the last all in one. The deck may not have been super competitive but with some revamping it could see results when taken to a local Friday Night Magic. The deck contained cards such as; Inquisition of Kozilek, Sword of Feast and Famine and Elspeth, Knight-Errant. I would like to see another run at a modern event deck as the concept behind the deck was great. A list tidbit that leads me to believe we will see another Modern Event Deck is the official three letter code given to the set by Wizards of the Coast. With the abbreviation of MD1, there has to eventually be an MD2 right?

#4 Premium Deck Series


Premium Decks released each November from 2009 until 2011 and featured fully foiled decks. The three decks that released before the cancelation of the series included; Slivers, Graveborn and Fire and Lightning. These decks allowed players to get older cards with the new border system in foil for the first time. However the series came to a screeching halt when head Magic Designer Mark Rosewater stated that, “not enough of you loved it” and cancelled the series for good. Due to the high cost of production and not enough interest in the decks make me believe we will not see another Premium Deck for a long time.

#3 Un-Series

Magic released a humour set in August of 1998 by the name of Unglued that left players wanting more. The second instalment of humour came in November of 2004 in the form of Unhinged. Unhinged was originally announced as an April Fools joke in 2004 but thankfully this set was more than just a joke and made it to the printer unlike Unglued 2 that was scrapped during the design phase. These sets brought us many great cards like City of Ass, Little Girl and not to mention the tri of Rock Lobster, Paper Tiger and Scissors Lizard. Many players would love a third set to come out as it has been many years and drafting all three sets together would be a blast. Hopefully soon this dream can be a reality.

#2 Premium Foil Booster Packs

Everyone loves opening a foil. So, who wouldn’t love opening 15 foils?!? In January of 2010 this dream became a reality when Alara Premium Booster Packs were released. Each pack contained 15 foil cards from the block. This was a great idea as it gave collectors a unique product to open. However, it drastically had an impact on the price of the cards from this set. With so many foils being opened cards from the Shards of Alara block don’t really demand a high price tag in foil. Unfortunately, I do not believe we will see these packs again due to high costs of production similarly to the Premium Decks I previously talked about. So what would I like to see brought back most you might be asking. Well without further ado here we are…

#1 Collector’s Edition

Everyone wants to own a Black Lotus, and Collector’s edition made it possible to do so at a much lower price tag. Yes the card may not be legal in tournaments, but how many players are running out to play in sanctioned Vintage tournaments? The cards from Collector’s Edition can be played in the 93/94 format so these are a great option for players looking to play with cards from “back in the day”. With the reserved list preventing these cards from being printed again we would love seeing a special non tournament legal edition of these cards to see another print run. This set was originally released back in December of 1993, which happens to be the best month and best year ever….as it was when I was born. However if we ever were to see another Collector’s Edition set I doubt we would still see the MSRP of $49.99 like when it originally released.

Well that’s it, 5 products I would love to see be announced in the upcoming year. Until next time I hope everyone continues to look forward to reading my article each week. I will be back the second week in January after Grand Prix Louisville with another GP Recap on what cards we saw being traded most at the booth.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article and all of the other great ones that can be found on MTG Canada. Until next time, best of luck in taking your game to the next level. I also would love to hear from you whether it be feedback on my article of a list that you would like me to look into. I hope to see some of you at Grand Prix Louisville. Be sure to stop by the Wizard’s Tower booth and check out the great deals we have on the cards you might be looking for or want to sell. You can send any questions or feedback to and I will get back to you as soon as possible.