Mr P –
Hey dude. You need to write something. Let’s talk about Modern Masters.

So I played in a sealed event this weekend, and then I played in a draft, and then I watched a bunch of other drafts, and then last night I traded with a friend who had open a box and a half of the thing, and now I have a foil Tooth and Nail and a foil Adarkar Valkyrie and a foil Mulldrifter and now I wonder why this thing wasn’t called EDH Masters.

Also, your Internet connection sucks.

Oh, and I have a foil Eternal Witness and a foil Kodama’s Reach and I’m awesome. 

But here’s the thing: you know how the EDH tax has raised the price on crap like Decree of Pain? Well, Modern Masters is in the process of tanking the value of things like Stonehewer Giant that are Modern legal but Modern unplayable.

And your Internet connection is totally fired, so I’m talking to myself. 

So here’s a bunch of other crap about Modern Masters – It seems awesome to draft, which makes it sad that its going to be so impossible to actually draft the thing. 

Cass –
Marco 

Mr P –
Polo!

Welcome to the party! How does it feel to have a 56k modem? 

Cass –
I’m in New Hampshire. We just got running water.

So yeah…I’m with this draft lament thing you have going on. For all of the hype of this set (“designed for Limited play”), it seems like the well is going to run dry well before people who actually want to draft it get their fill. 

Also, very jealous of that foil Tooth and Nail.

Mr P –
Don’t be. The new art is ass.

Cass –
Good point.  Call of the Wild called and is filing a lawsuit on the grounds of copyright infringement.

Mr P –
So here’s the thing about Modern Masters draft (and this comes with all the experience of playing in exactly one of them): you know how all drafts are to certain extent bomb-dependent? Boy is that amplified with this set.

Cass – 6:33pm
Seems like that’s very much by design…Like that’s the selling point they’re trying to hype to feed a draft format that needs no hyping to begin with.

Mr P –
I lost my draft to a dude who had one out in his deck, and that out was friggin’ Sword of Fire and Ice.  Nice bomb, dude! 

But anyways, here’s the question; what do you think the printing of this set suggests regarding Wizards approach to reprinting things?  Because they clearly loaded it with stuff specifically for the EDH market.

Cass –
Seems completely like it. I was unaware that Tooth and Nail and Adarkar Valkyrie were Modern staples.  (Kamigawa dragons, what?)

Mr P –
And see, that’s what I find amusing about this thing.  Because when it was announced (and specifically, when it was announced as MODERN Masters), there was this immediate assumption that it would be almost exclusively Modern staples.

And of course, that’s not so much the case.  (They probably could have saved themselves a bunch of Internet bitching if they had just called the thing “Modern-legal Masters.”) 

So here’s the question: does this release suggest that Wizards is prepping a semi-regular release schedule of Modern-legal reprints?  Because that seems like an important question to consider.

Cass –
You’re talking about “Modern Masters II” being worked into the regular set rotation somewhere, correct? 

Mr P –
I’m just asking questions 🙂 

Cass –
Here’s my feeling on things:

First, you’re right.  This set was clearly slanted toward an EDH crowd, because that’s the popular casual format, and casual players buy packs.  After that, it’s drafters who “buy” packs.  Hey!  Weird.  Guess that worked out for the best somehow.  And the new pet format grows almost in spite of the release that took its name.

Which raises another point – I think Wizards of the Coast is incredibly smart about how they position releases.  There’s a reason that Commander’s Arsenal just disappeared from the market even at like a billion times MSRP, or the From The Vault: Bankruptcy series doing the same thing every year.  (And hey…at the end of the day, with all the complaining we as consumers do, we’re still buying in, and they’re still selling out at record pace with each new release.  But I digress…)

There’s a reason they talk about it so far ahead of time as well.  And I think there’s a very good reason that the releases on these “premium products” are set the way they are.  Right now, people are falling all over themselves to buy boxes containing 24 packs for $250.  When was the last time that happened?

Mr P –
Uh, Worldwake?

Cass –
Okay…point there. But we all know that was because of a “mistake” they made with Jace, right?  (I said that with a straight face!) 

You see where this is going?  Nothing they do is mistake.  Right now, Hasbro is green-lighting Modern Masters 4, and that’s because this release feeds Modern a little, EDH a lot, limited play as well, and the hype machine like woah.  Everyone wins.

There’s a very real method to the madness.

Mr P –
Nice conspiracy theory! This article is going great!  But doesn’t that eventually collapse, when people get tired of their midrange cards getting tanked?  Like, people are like “oh, Relic of Progenitus, that’s worth $5.”  And I’m like, “uh, maybe to you.” 

Because by the time GP Vegas finishes and there are FIFTEEN THOUSAND packs of this set opened, how many people do you think will value Relic at anything more than about 5 cents?

Cass –
But who *really* cares there? Look at it this way… 

Does the guy who has a huge collection that already contains 30 Relics care if it sells for five cents or five bucks?  Now, how about the kid on a budget who wants one for an EDH deck, and can now afford one?  Who’s really getting burned here?

Mr P –
But that’s not who we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the guy who got into Modern right before Pro Tour RTR and bought a play set of Street Wraith for $12.

Cass – 6:55pm
You mean the dude whose format is growing and getting company support?  Does he really care if he takes a small bath on that playset, if it means that he has GPs and SCG Opens and Pro Tours and FNMs that now support Modern?

Mr P – 6:56pm
I’m not trying to write anther sky is falling article, I’m just asking what feels like a legitimate question, which is “at what point do people start to feel like this is a clear attempt by Wizard to dabble in the secondary market?” 

Cass – 6:56pm
You know how I feel about that. 🙂

Mr P –
Oh dang! Finance article! 

Cass –
Right?

Mr P –
Do you think this enough to start a fight in the comments section? 

Cass –

Mr P –
Cool! Post this shit, and let’s see what happens!

(And you thought you didn’t have anything to post tonight…)

Cass –
Appreciated. First, though, here’s the *real* question… 

Mr P –
Hurt me. 

Cass –
How are the Legacy players feeling about this turn of events? 😉 

Mr P –
I’m sorry, did you just mention Legacy here?  I though we agreed to not talk about dead formats.

Cass – 7:00pm
There needs to be an emoticon for

So what do you want for that foil Call of the Wild…er Tooth and Nail, anyway…?

Mr P –
You wish.