Modern Masters 2015

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Modern Masters 2015
MM2 logo.jpg
Set Information
Set symbol
Design Erik Lauer (lead)
Ben Hayes
Ken Nagle
Development Tom LaPille (lead)
Ben Hayes
Max McCall
Adam Prosak
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date May 22, 2015
Themes and
Arcane, Eldrazi and Drones, Elementals, Spiritcraft, Hybrid mana, Phyrexian mana
Keywords and/
or ability words
Annihilator, Affinity, Landcycling, Bloodthirst, Changeling, Convoke, Evoke, Domain, Exalted, Graft, (Multi)kicker, Landcycling, Living weapon, Metalcraft, Proliferate, Soulshift, Sunburst, Wither
Set size 249 cards
(101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares)
Expansion code MM2[1]
Physical Masters series
Modern Masters Modern Masters 2015 Eternal Masters
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Tempest Remastered Modern Masters 2015 Magic Origins

Modern Masters 2015, officially styled as Modern Masters (2015 Edition), is the second set in the Modern Masters series. It is a booster-based compilation set containing cards legal in, and intended for, the Modern format. It was released on May 22, 2015.[2][3]

Set details[edit | edit source]

“  Draft Like a Master  ”

Modern Masters 2015 is a 249 card set consisting of reprints of cards originally printed between Eighth Edition and New Phyrexia. Modern Masters 2015 is exclusively booster-based, thus no satellite products such as preconstructed theme decks are branded with the set. Each booster contains 15 playable cards: 10 commons, 3 uncommons, 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 Modern Masters 2015 does not contain a run of basic lands. 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 Modern Masters was set to $9.99 ($3 higher than the first Modern Masters set). 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. As an experiment, the packaging for english language boosters was made of recyclable paperboard.[4] This gave cause for concern about the possibilty of resealing the packages with other content and also about printing and collation issues.[5][6] The packaging material features the word Magic, without : The Gathering, a first in Magic history. The 16-card boosters (the sixteenth card is a marketing card) feature artwork from Noble Hierarch, Karn Liberated and Vendilion Clique.[7] A number of cards changed rarity from their original printing to create a better drafting environment[8] or because mythic rare wasn't introduced until the Alara block. Some cards receive new artwork.[9]

The set was printed in English, Japanese and Chinese Simplified.

Paperboard booster
Paperboard booster, back side

Magic Story[edit | edit source]

Main article: Magic Story
Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
The Dragon's Errand Alexander Smith 2015-05-06 Kamigawa Kiki-Jiki, Meloku

Magic Online[edit | edit source]

Modern Masters 2015 released on Magic Online on May 29, 2015. It was not available for redemption.[10]

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

Some mechanics were dictated by cards that were wanted for constructed reasons. Other mechanics were chosen because they were synergistic with those mechanics and each other. As the two new blocks entering were Zendikar and Scars of Mirrodin blocks, R&D leaned slightly on choosing themes from those two blocks.[11] During the coverage of GP Utrecht (Modern Masters Weekend) the following limited archetypes were presented on one of the official Twitch channels:

Changes in rarity[edit | edit source]

Common to Uncommon[edit | edit source]

Uncommon to Common[edit | edit source]

Rare to Common[edit | edit source]

Rare to Uncommon[edit | edit source]

Rare to Mythic[edit | edit source]

Mythic to Rare[edit | edit source]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

There are two cycles in Modern Masters 2015, one of which is a double cycle:

Token cards[edit | edit source]

The set comes with 16 tokens.[14]

Token Last featured in Produced by Notes
0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn Rise of the Eldrazi Ulamog spawn
0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn Rise of the Eldrazi Emrakul spawn
0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn Rise of the Eldrazi Kozilek spawn
1/1 white Soldier Commander 2014
1/1 white Spirit with flying Fate Reforged
1/1 black Faerie Rogue with flying Shadowmoor New art
0/0 black Germ Commander 2014
1/1 black Thrull Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic Art from Magic Online
3/3 green Elephant Conspiracy
1/1 green Insect Magic 2015
1/1 green Saproling Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas
1/1 green Snake Khans of Tarkir
2/2 green Wolf Magic 2015
1/1 green/black Worm Modern Masters
3/3 colorless Golem Theros
1/1 colorless Myr New Phyrexia

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Printed on the card frame.
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (December 8, 2014.) “Announcing Modern Masters (2015 Edition)”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Matt Tabak et al.. (May 12, 2015 .) “Modern Masters 2015 Edition Release Notes”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Blake Rasmussen. (February 24, 2015.) “Recyclable Modern Masters Packaging”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Wizards of the Coast. (May 21, 2015.) “Modern Masters Packaging Concerns”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Wizards of the Coast. (May 26, 2015 .) “Concerns with Modern Masters 2015 Edition Booster Packs”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Blake Rasmussen. (May 4, 2015 .) “Modern Masters 2015 Edition Packaging”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mark Rosewater. (May 4, 2015 .) “Mining the Past”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Michael Yichao. (May 20, 2015.) “A New Coat of Paint for Modern Masters 2015 Edition”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Alli Medwin. (May 25, 2015.) “Modern Design, Modern Mastery”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Ben Hayes. (May 4, 2015.) “Developing and Designing Modern Masters 2015 Edition”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Sam Stoddard. (May 8, 2015.) “Not-so-New World Order”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Marshall Sutcliffe. (May 6, 2015.) “Modern Masters 2015 Edition Previews”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Blake Rasmussen. (May 7, 2015.) “Tokens of Modern Masters 2015 Edition”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Wizards of the Coast. (January 18, 2016.) “January 18, 2016 Banned and Restricted Announcement”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Wizards of the Coast. (April 4, 2016.) “April 4, 2016 Banned and Restricted Announcement”,, Wizards of the Coast.

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