Magic: The Gathering has long been a part of my life. I can scarcely recall when my life was not littered with beautifully illustrated cards that appeared in my wallet, in my car, on my desk, shoved into a book as a bookmark. It was one of the few hobbies that my brothers, my sister, and I shared. A very generous Chrstimas gift plunged us back into the habit and now my Friday nights are filled with tournaments, candy, and good company.
Avacyn Restored, the latest and greatest Magic: The Gathering expansion hits shelves this week and brings with it two new mechanics: Miracle and Soulbond. I thought I would take a moment to share my thoughts. These are the thoughts of a casual player who loses more than she wins and has fun as long as some elitist isn’t going on about stacks, priorities, end steps, double steps, quick steps, and so on.
The first of the new mechanics is Miracle. Certain Instants and Soreceries have an alternative (aka CHEAP) cost that can be used to play the card if it was the first drawn that turn. I am no rules junky, but the first thought that popped into my head when my sister showed me this particular spoiler was “what the fuck, more shit I need to keep track of.” I was afraid of cheaters. I was afraid of letting the card hit my hand only to think “FUCK NO WHAT DID I JUST DO!?” And now, a few weeks later, I realize that this may just add an interesting new twist to the game. Sort of like remembering to flip my Delver.
Honestly, I am a little more interested in the new Soulbond ability than I am miracle cards (which makes little sense as the deck I am playing now has very few creatures). When a creature with Soulbond enters the field players can choose to pair it with another creature, granting bonus abilities to each. Interesting, yes?
I guess when it comes down to it a casual player like me does not have a lot to say. I missed the pre-release (though my brother and sister brought back several angels to add to my collection). It will be nice to add some new cards to the mix on Friday nights, because after three months of playing the same cards and the same decks the new set is a bit like a breath of fresh air.