Monday, August 04, 2014

Digging into the Box XVI: The Revenge of the Nerds?

With all of the excitement of the release of Allen & Ginter's, I had to push back some of my other card related posts.  One such delayed series is my Digging into the Box series in which I detail the various cards and goodies from four different 3200 count boxes that my brother recently gave me.  At the moment, I'm almost done with box #2 - in fact, today's post is the final such post from box #2!

What goodies remain in the second box?  Well, the last column of cards are all Magic:  The Gathering cards.  Unlike the first box, this stack is mostly full of cards from a different expansion sets (though I was too lazy to look up which expansion sets since I've been out of the game for years and years).

Instead of doing actual research, I picked a few different cards that caught my eye for one reason or another - and after all, isn't that more interesting than facts anyhow?!

Villagers of Estwald / Howlpack of Estwald

This is my first transforming card that I've ever encountered.  I will admit that I don't exactly get why a bunch of villagers transform into a pack of howling wolves.  I have no idea how to judge this card in terms of its competitiveness, but my inclination is to say that it's not competitive (even if the transformed side is a 4/6).

Dramatic Rescue

As a casual player, I've always enjoyed cards like Dramatic Rescue.  You get to take a situation that would otherwise be bad for you (losing a creature) and instead save the creature and gain life.  Spoiling other people's plans is a big part of what made Magic fun for me back when I played.

Survey the Wreckage

Of course, not all decks are actually fun to play against.  Back in the day, I had a fairly dominant land destruction deck - but unfortunately it was zero fun to play against (because when you can't play any of your cards what fun is it)?  Needless to say, I didn't play the deck much - but if I still had it I could see Survey the Wreckage finding a home in it (maybe two copies even).


Land searching was always green's specialty, though it doesn't make a lot of sense to me why you can't also search for a forest with this card should you so choose.  Oh well.

Izzet Guildgate & Simic Cluestone

These are both from various Ravnica block sets - and I know that much at least since they both reference different guilds from the land of Ravnica.  The Guildgates are sort of dull (though they'd be awesome if they didn't come into play tapped).  The Simic Cluestone though is a fun card that I could definitely see myself playing (again, remember I've only ever played casually).

Eyes in the Skies

The final card that caught my eye was the aptly named Eyes in the Skies.  I once had a white/blue bird/flying themed deck in which this card would fit in nicely.  On the other hand, I think most of the time populate would only net me one more 1/1 bird so this card is probably way overpriced for my old deck!

Although I don't play Magic anymore, I have to admit that looking through the cards is a lot of fun.  It's almost enough to make me want to dig out all my old cards and create some new decks...


Tony L. said...

What do the names on the bottoms of the cards represent -- the person who came up with the idea for the card?

Nachos Grande said...

I believe those are the names of the artist(s) for the card.

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