Ultimate Masters: The Highlights
Today we wrapped up Ultimate Masters previews, so if you've been waiting to see the full set before making preorder decisions, now's the time. If you haven’t done so yet, stop reading this and call your distributor.
Content-wise, there are so many highlights, it's difficult to know where to start. But here goes:
1. The Box Toppers: Tarmogoyf, Karakas, Snapcaster Mage, and 37 Others.
On top of each display is one of forty box toppers: a selection of Magic’s most coveted cards, many with new art, and all with extended frames and custom flow-wrap. They're all regular-sized and playable, and there are regular versions of each available in booster packs.
We did our best to make them count. Box toppers include every mythic rare in the set, many of the rares, and two uncommons. (Kitchen Finks and Eternal Witness.) What you see above is just the tip of the iceberg. There's Emrakul, Bitterblossom, Mana Vault. . .again, we did our best to make them count.
2. First-Ever Reprints: Back to Basics, Goryo's Vengeance, "Creature Lands."
Kind of hard to believe, but each of the above has seen just one lonely printing. Back to the Basics punishes greedy mana bases in Legacy (especially since the banning of Deathrite Shaman); Gyoro's Vengeance reanimates Emrakul or Griselbrand to win on the spot in Modern.
But maybe the most notable second printing is the Worldwake "Creature Lands" cycle: Celestial Colonnade, Stirring Wildwood, Creeping Tar Pit, Lavaclaw Reaches, and Raging Ravine.
3. The Least Googleable Card Ever.
Seriously, try it.
4. Clutch Uncommons: Sleight of Hand, Lava Spike.
Some say a Masters set lives and dies in the uncommon slot, and Ultimate is loaded.
Sleight of Hand—a key instant in Modern Storm decks, which win by casting tons of spells and then Grapeshot—gets its first printing in almost fifteen years. Meanwhile, Lava Spike sees more and more play in Modern burn decks, and hasn't seen print since the first ever Masters set. It's here with some pretty striking new art.
There's more, and then there's more, and then there's more. See the full list here, then get in touch with your distributor!