We got shocked by the announcement of Phyrexian Negator being in Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition (on sale Friday, btw. Though around here, most likely means next Friday). I mean, here was a Reserved List card being printed in foil Mythic Rare in a for-sale product!
Wizards of the Coast has been doing foil reprints of Reserved List cards before this. What do you think a portion of the Judge Promo Foils were? Survival of the Fittest, Phyrexian Dreadnaught, Phyrexian Negator (ironically enough, but it was a while back) for just a few examples.
Then came another Reserved List bombshell...the original Masticore in From the Vault: Relics!
"Damn! What happened to the Reserved List!?" people said.
"WAH! My cards will be worthless. Wizards doesn't keep their word!" other people said.
Guess who Wizards of the Coast listened to?
Find out the answer to this and previews of the final Reserved List printings...after the jump!
In yet another change to the Reserved List policy, after 2010 Wizards of the Coast will no longer print tournament-legal versions of Reprint List cards, no matter how any suggested card could be released.
To clarify, Wizards of the Coast has never reprinted a Reserved List card in a non-foil version (unless you count when Clone was reprinted in Onslaught, but the Reprint Policy changed to allow printing old Commons and Uncommons while leaving just the Rares on the Reserved List). It's this addition of foil version that's new.
All is not lost, though. We did get a nice side-effect to this announcement...free previews!
We know what's on tap Reserved List-wise for Duel Deck: Phyexia vs. the Coalition...but in case you forgot:
As for From the Vault: Relics, here's what we get from the Reserved List (using pictures of the old versions, too, as a slight bonus to you for not doing the Rise of the Eldrazi spoilers sooner. ;) ):
(Images courtesy www.magiccards.info)
(BTW, is anyone else excited about Mox Diamond being in here? :) )
Finally, we have the last round of Judge Promos that will come from the Reserved List. These will be released throughout the year, with Phyrexian Dreadnaught already available (and at $80 for this version!).
(again, images courtesy of www.magiccards.info, with Phyrexian Dreadnaught from starcitygames.com)
I must say, it's sad that those who's concern is mainly their wallets seemed to override Wizards of the Coast's decisions to give a little more accessibility of older cards to newer players.
But let's enjoy this ride while it lasts. Let 2010 be forever known in Magic as "The Year of Slightly Higher Old Card Accessibility!" (...too long, isn't it? ha ha.)