Wizards of the Coast brings you their next installment of the Commander series, Commander’s Arsenal. Arsenal will be released on November 2nd, 2012 and will include some rare and valuable cards.
18 premium foil cards
10 oversized premium foil cards
120 UltraPRO foil card sleeves
20 double-sided Battle Marks
A life counter that goes up to 99
Here’s what you actually get: 10 of 18
As you can clearly see, there is one stand-out card in Commander’s Arsenal thus far, Loyal Retainers. Loyal Retainers legitimizes this set for the avid Commander player, but alienates new players looking to build Commander decks. With a suggested retail price of $74.99, WOTC has forced themselves to re-print cards from rare sets that rarely see play and do not promote growth within the small community of Commander enthusiasts. Sorry for the negative review of WOTC’s newest Commander product, but I think they could have done better.
Where has the original Commander flair gone? I was hoping Wizards would print a Commander set that rivaled the awesomeness of last year. Unfortunately, WOTC has taken this “From the Vaults” method of special sets and subjugated it on Commander. WOTC should be reaching out to new players like they did with last year’s immensely successful Commander sets. What a bargain it was, new players could purchase a ready-made, 100-card deck with inclusions like Scavenging Ooze and Flusterstorm for only $20! Why has WOTC reverted to the “From the Vaults” type of special sets?
Have you noticed the price points of these sets incrementally rise over the years? What’s the reason for this? The inclusion of Loyal Retainers is the culprit here. I think if WOTC wants to raise the price of their sets, they need to include stronger Commander cards like: Mana Drain, Nether Void, Moat, or Gauntlet of Might (Yes, I do understand that everything previously mentioned with the exception of Mana Drain is on the reserved list). Any of these would have pushed Commander’s Arsenal much further than Loyal Retainers.
For those of you who do purchase this set, I think we should all hope that legacy players attempt to make Loyal Retainers playable and keep the price of this set high.
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