With the success of Modern Masters, R&D now knows that format-specific, draftable, all-reprint sets are something the Magic player base wants. Amid all the serious talk of Modern Masters 2 this year, there were also some not-so-serious suggestions that there should be an "Eternal Format Masters" product, with all the overpowered staples of Vintage and Legacy reprinted. In a way, that facetious rumor has just unbelievably come true - in a feature article on magicthegathering.com, Mike Turian has announced Vintage Masters exclusively for Magic Online, as well as the debut of Vintage as a playable online format on June 11.
Reprinting otherwise unreprintable cards in an online-only set has precedent; four Master's Edition sets were released for MTGO with old and relatively obscure cards, though those editions didn't have concentrated raw power of Vintage powerhouses. Last November, a powered Cube for MTGO was also introduced, which featured, among other things, the Power Nine.
The stated reason for launching Vintage Masters, due out on June 16, 2014, was giving players who would otherwise not be able to surmount the financial and time barriers to entry a chance to play an eternal format. Boosters of the set, which will sell for $6.99, are to include the following:
- 10 commons
- 3 uncommons
- 1 rare or mythic rare
- 1 premium foil card (any rarity, including the extremely rare premium foil Power Nine card), OR 1 Power Nine card
Interestingly, the Power Nine have effectively been placed on a different sheet than the ordinary rares and mythics. This means the MTGO Vintage environment thankfully won't be saturated with them.
Apparently, this set was due to be released this year, like Modern Masters, to coincide with Magic's 20th anniversary, but was pushed back for quality reasons.
Planning on playing Online Vintage this coming summer? Let me know in the comments.