Eternal Masters

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Eternal Masters
Eternal Masters.png
 
Set symbol
Symbol description
An hourglass made of a shape also used in the expansion symbols of Modern Masters (2013) and Modern Masters 2015
Design team
Tom LaPille (lead)
Ethan Fleischer
Aaron Forsythe
Bryan Hawley
Development team
Adam Prosak (lead)
Sam Stoddard
Bryan Hawley
Art Director
Jeremy Jarvis
Release date
June 10, 2016
Themes and mechanics
Keywords and/or ability words
Set size
249 cards
(101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares)
Expansion code
EMA[1][2]
Development codename
Jitterbug[3]
Physical Masters sets
Modern Masters 2015 Eternal Masters Modern Masters 2017
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Shadows over Innistrad Eternal Masters Eldritch Moon

Eternal Masters is a booster-based compilation set containing cards legal in, and intended for, the Legacy, Commander, and Vintage formats. It was released on June 10, 2016.[1][4]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Eternal Masters booster
Draft Through Eternity

Eternal Masters is a 249 reprint set[5] containing some of the most sought-after cards from throughout the history of Magic — some with new artwork. Eternal Masters is designed to be a unique and enjoyable Draft experience, much like Modern Masters. It does not contain cards from the Reserved List, but it features many Eternal staples. It is aimed at a more advanced player.[6] Eternal Masters was inspired by the Magic Online-only set Vintage Masters, but adds some Modern-legal cards to make the archetypes work.[7][8]

Eternal Masters is exclusively booster-based, thus no satellite products such as Preconstructed decks are branded with the set. Each booster contains 15 playable cards: 10 commons, 3 uncommons and one rare or mythic rare, and one foil card of any rarity replacing the basic land which would normally be found in a booster as Eternal Masters does not contain a run of basic lands.[9] The 16-card boosters (the sixteenth card is a marketing card) feature artwork from Deathrite Shaman, Bloodbraid Elf and Goblin Charbelcher.[10] Due to the higher expected average value of the cards contained in a booster and the lower print run, the MSRP of one booster of Eternal Masters was set to $9.99 (with the MSRP of a booster of the current draft set being $3.49). Due to the higher MSRP booster displays only contain 24 packs, which is also the number required for a regular draft (three boosters for each of eight players), as the set was designed specifically for draft. A number of cards also change rarity to create a better drafting environment.

The set is printed in English, Japanese and Chinese Simplified. Because of the popularity and the limited print run, the distribution is WPN exclusive and partially allocation based.

Controversy[edit | edit source]

On February 16, 2016, the Twitter account [email protected] accused 2-3 unnamed vendors of possession of the card list for Eternal Masters and insider trading. WotC started an investigation, stating that they didn't provide preferential treatment to any card vendor, distributor, or retailer; nor disclosed detailed card set information prior to preview season.[11] The account @Vendorleak later apologised and said they had been mislead and the evidence they had was fabricated. Their twitter account is currently suspended.

Magic Online[edit | edit source]

Eternal Masters will be releasing on Magic Online June 17 and will be available until July 6. The digital MSRP will be $6.99. It will not be available for redemption.

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

Eternal Masters features the following limited archetypes:[12]

Changes in rarity[edit | edit source]

Common to Uncommon[edit | edit source]

Common to Rare[edit | edit source]

Uncommon to Common[edit | edit source]

Uncommon to Rare[edit | edit source]

Uncommon to Mythic[edit | edit source]

Rare to Common[edit | edit source]

Rare to Uncommon[edit | edit source]

Rare to Mythic[edit | edit source]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

There are four cycles in Eternal Masters, one of which is a double cycle.

Mirrored Pairs[edit | edit source]

There is one mirrored pair in Eternal Masters.

  • Blasts: These uncommon modal instants, one blue and one red, both have a casting cost of M and can be cast to either counter a spell of the other's color or to destroy a permanent of the other's color — Hydroblast, Pyroblast.

Token cards[edit | edit source]

The set comes with 15 tokens and one emblem, some of which are printed for the first time.[14]

  1. {C} 1/1 Spirit for Honden of Life’s Web, printed for the first time.
  2. {W} 1/1 Soldier for Raise the Alarm
  3. {W} 1/1 Spirit with Flying for Field of Souls
  4. {U} 5/5 Wall with Defender for Tidal Wave, printed for the first time.
  5. {B} 0/1 Serf for Sengir Autocrat, printed for the first time.
  6. {B} 2/2 Zombie for Wakedancer
  7. {R} 3/1 Beast named Carnivore for Tooth and Claw, printed for the first time.
  8. {R} 2/2 Dragon with Flying and "{R}: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn" for Dragon Egg
  9. {R} 1/1 Elemental for Young Pyromancer
  10. {R} 1/1 Goblin for Beetleback Chief, Mogg War Marshal and Siege-Gang Commander
  11. {G} 3/3 Elephant for Elephant Guide
  12. {G} 1/1 Elf Warrior for Imperious Perfect and Lys Alana Huntmaster
  13. {G} 6/6 Wurm for Roar of the Wurm
  14. {U/R} 5/5 Elemental with Flying for Call the Skybreaker
  15. {R/W} 1/1 Goblin Soldier for Goblin Trenches
  16. Emblem for Dack Fayden

On the back of these tokens appear segments of text hinting to Conspiracy: Take the Crown.

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Cards with new art[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. a b Wizards of the Coast. (February 15, 2016.) “Announcing Eternal Masters”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Printed on the card frame.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (May 23, 2016.) "For most of their life in R&D they were Fears and Jitterbug.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  4. Wizards of the Coast. (June 2, 2016.) “Eternal Masters Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (February 17, 2016.) "Will Eternal Masters contain any cards that are NOT reprints?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (May 23, 2016.) “Eternal Formats of the Spotless Mind”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. a b c Sam Stoddard. (May 27, 2016.) “Learning from the Masters”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Sam Stoddard. (May 27, 2016.) “Learning from the Masters”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Mark Rosewater. (February 17, 2016.) "Will there be a foil in every pack of eternal masters like modern masters?", Tumblr, Tumblr.
  10. Blake Rasmussen. (May 23, 2016.) “Eternal Masters Packaging”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Wizards of the Coast. (February 16, 2016.) “A Statement about the Eternal Masters Card List”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Adam Prosak. (May 24, 2016.) “Developing Eternal Masters”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Meghan Wolff. (May 24, 2016.) “What an Elf Wants (What an Elf Needs)”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Blake Rasmussen. (May 27, 2016.) “The Tokens of Eternal Masters”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Blake Rasmussen. (May 23, 2016.) “Podcast: The Mad Genius and the Skull”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Jacob Van Lunen. (May 24, 2016.) “Spinning the Top”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.