Iconic Masters: 5 Things to Know
Iconic Masters launches November 17. It's insane.
Here's what else you need to know:
1. It's Meant to Be Drafted
Like all Masters sets, this one's meant for drafting. WPN members can get maximum value out of Iconic Masters by earmarking a portion of their allocation for its intended use: to offer a truly rarified draft experience.
Opportunities to see these cards in a draft environment are scarce, even for veteran players—a lot of Iconic Masters cards are from the early days of Magic, when Booster Drafts weren't as common as they are now.
Plus, the print run can only support so many draft pods. Every time a pack gets opened without getting passed to another player, that number goes down.
2. The draft environment creates an unprecedented power level.
Go through Magic's history, grab the most absurd spells and creatures, put them all in one set and you've got something close to Iconic Masters.
Sometimes that means game-enders like Jin-Gitaxias. Sometimes it means cards usually found at rare appearing at uncommon (Bladewing the Risen, Indulgent Tormentor) to raise the draft's overall power level.
And sometimes it means combos—surprising ones involving cards that were printed a decade apart, plus suitably "iconic" ones, like the famous Channel/Fireball combo, which hasn't been possible in a Limited format for almost twenty-five years.
3. The uncommon slot is loaded.
Again, a lot of cards that usually appear at rare are printed here at uncommon. Beyond those, the uncommon slot features some of the craziest, overpowered uncommons of all time:
4. It's got important reprints for Commander.
Some of those uncommons—like Thran Dynamo—are among the most-played cards in Commander. There's a lot of that. Again, the set's theme is "things with an unreasonable power level," so naturally that means a lot of Commander-relevant stuff:
Consecrated Sphinx is among the most-played blue creatures in Commander; ditto Avacyn, Angel of Hope; plus Vorinclex and the rest praetor cycle (Elesh Norn, Jin-Gitaxias, etc) are super popular.
5. The legendary dragons from Kamigawa get new art.
And they look great.
Incidentally, these also get moved down a rarity level: the last time they all appeared together was the original Modern Masters back in 2013, when they were mythic rare. Here they're in the rare slot—another feature that raises the power level, and the overall draft experience.
So schedule some drafts! Every WPN member of Core level or above has access to at least twelve displays of Iconic Masters, and each display supports one eight-player draft pod. That's twelve opportunities to treat your players to a truly special draft experience.