I feel pretty good, because I think the most ironic thing I said in preparation of the Modern event deck was “I will be surprised if there isn’t at least 1 Marsh Flats in there.” If I had gotten a little cockier, I’d feel silly right now.
And make no mistake, there was some cocky talk on the interwebs. I saw one exasperated reddit poster essentially lose it and unload a “Why are you people so convinced there won’t be any fetches in the Modern Event Deck?!?” and I saw speculation the ranged from 1 Marsh Flats to 3 and even included people saying the deck might include a Misty Rainforest or Scalding Tarn for splashed off-colors. You couldn’t make this up.
Even I was convinced that the unbanning of Bitterblossom coincided too conveniently with the announcement of the deck and that the 2-sided token was a 1/1 human for Elspeth on one side and a 1/1 Faerie for Bitterblossom on the other. Bitterblossom’s price went way up for no reason, and a reprint would bring it back down. The list was announced tonight on the Mothership.
3 Honor of the Pure
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Intangible Virtue
4 Lingering Souls
3 Path to Exile
4 Raise the Alarm
2 Shrine of Loyal Legions
4 Spectral Procession
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
3 Zealous Persecution
WOW. If I worked at WoTC and saw the tweets where people were arguing about how many copies of Marsh Flats and Fetid Heath would be in the deck, I would work on lynch mob-proofing my house in preparation for the announcement.
This deck has some value, but no one is going to pay $75 to play with this, are they? If your FNM is Modern, you still don’t stand a chance with this deck. If you play this you can probably beat reasonably loose Standard decks, but this isn’t cutting it. I don’t see these selling well and, luckily, I don’t see these upsetting too many prices. Caves of Koilos may take a beating, but I’ll file that under “Who cares?”
All in all, the hype that built up around this product was bound to lead to disappointment. Those who went to bed with visions of a playset of Elspeth, Knight-Errant and Marsh Flats were going to be let down by anything less. Might I submit that someone who literally could not have cared less about this product for anything but a “how will this impact prices?” perspective still managed to be disappointed?
Real talk, this totals far above $75 and while a lot of the value is in small stuff, that may actually help the prices stay up. This isn’t flooding the market with Elspeth nor is it flooding the market with Path to Exile. The sword, the Elspeth and the sideboard goodies may help take the sting out of the feeling of “we were promised jetpacks” that people feel right now even though that was pure invention on their part. We’ll see what this does to prices.