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DCI judge foil Force of Will revealed

Today May 8, 2014 Wizards of the Coast revealed in an article by Trick Jarrett on that level two DCI judges who've certified another judge since 2005 will receive a brand new special alternate art premium foil Force of Will.

Force of Will
Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.
Force of Will from "Alliances"
Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

Force of Will - 3UU
Instant (Uncommon)
You may pay 1 life and exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay Force of Will's mana cost.
Counter target spell.

Originally printed in Alliances, Force of Will is one of the most iconic Magic: the Gathering cards of all time. Force of Will is "the glue" that holds everything together in Eternal formats such as Vintage and Legacy. Force of Will was later printed on Magic Online in the first Masters Edition set. Force of Will received new art for the Legacy Championship by Matt Stewart, and was later distributed as a Magic Online promo.

Back when Alliances first came out back during the summer of 1996, many Magic: the Gathering players scoffed in error at the casting cost of Force of Will's five converted mana. Counterspell was still in print at the time, and only cost two mana.

Force of Will's alternate casting cost was seen as a huge card disadvantage not worth risking. Like Necropotence, Force of Will remained a sleeper card until it "came out of nowhere" and into the spotlight of competitive Magic deck lists. Both cards would ultimately end up in one of the most broken extended decks ever: "Trix."

Force of Will would later become the most played Magic: the Gathering cards of all time, with a secondary market value of more than the rest of the entire Alliances expansion set combined.

Because this new DCI foil Force of Will is only headed to level two judges who've certified another judge and there are only 5,000 judges total, we guesstimate there will only be around 3,000 copies made. That's just 750 play sets. With over 12 million registered players, only a very lucky privileged few will actually own one. We suspect that the DCI judge foil Force of Will will become of the the most highly sought after promos in the game, easily eclipsing $500 on the secondary market.

Speaking as an eternal player, this writer would've loved to see an old frame promo using the original art. There's still hope yet, as we've seen Wizards of the Coast print numerous promos of the same card before. There was a DCI Swords to Plowshares and another foil Swords to Plowshares in From The Vault: Twenty. The same was true for Dark Ritual. Be it in another From The Vault, as a Grand Prix promo, or again as a judge promo ten years down the line, we highly doubt this will be the last time Force of Will is reprinted.

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