Today, May 12, we finally got an idea as to how the new Vintage Masters set for Magic Online will work. Of course, as you may have already known, the Power 9 will be available. However, the question was how often would we see these special cards? How many packs would we need to open until a person could get their own Black Lotus.
Well have no fear, because Trick Jarrett of DailyMTG.com has answered all of your questions and maybe some more. According to the article, a new rarity had to be created solely for the Power 9. This new rarity is simply called "Special." It is set higher than "Mythic." Here is a quick breakdown of the quantity:
- Special: 9
- Mythic rare: 30
- Rare: 105
- Uncommon: 80
- Common: 101
As a reminder, here is a breakdown of what to expect when you open a pack of Vintage Masters:
- 10 common
- 3 uncommon
- 1 rare or mythic rare or special
- 1 premium foil card (any rarity, including the extremely rare premium foil Power Nine card); OR 1 Power Nine card
How excited does this make you feel? Knowing that there is a chance to open a piece of Power 9. While that chance is still ridiculously low, there is still a chance. Jarrett says that this is just an "oversimplification," but who cares? The most important bit of information that was taken away from this announcement was this little line,
You will open a Power Nine card about once in 53 packs. A specific Power Nine card is about twice as rare as a specific mythic rare.
Opening 53 packs is nothing. It's about a box and a half. At the normal price of $3.99 that comes to a total of $211 and some change. Of course, there is something that is missing from this equation. Maybe 53 packs would have been nothing if they cost the normal price. However, Vintage Masters packs will be about double that price at $6.99. Our new total comes to $370.
Now the question is how will this affect the secondary market price of these cards? Will they equal their paper counterparts? Or will they be cheaper to acquire? One would think the latter since these are digital forms of the cards, and you can't redeem them like other sets. Still, Magic Online provides so many more opportunities for players such as finding a group of like minded players who enjoy the Vintage format. Sometimes it can be hard to find a competitive group in one area. Most of the time, players are scattered. With Magic Online, Vintage players will be in direct connection with each other.
In addition to the latest news regarding the statistics of Vintage Masters, another card was spoiled. In the article by Mark Rosewater, the spoiled card was Yawgmoth's Will. A fan favorite and Vintage staple of anyone looking to manipulate their graveyard. If you don't know what the card does here is a quick breakdown:
Until end of turn, you may play cards from your graveyard.
If a card would be put into your graveyard from anywhere this turn, exile that card instead.
The card was rare when it originally came out in "Urza's Saga," but no word on what it's rarity will be in Vintage Masters.
So what do you think of the latest news about Vintage Masters? Will you be there to Draft it and play as many Sealed events with it? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.
Vintage Masters prerelease events will be held on June 13-16, and will be available on Magic Online June 16. Here's hoping that the servers don't crash.