Yup, it’s official. You can now go to a game store in the middle of a global crisis, spend $100 of your hard-earned dollars, and receive one pack of Magic cards. That’s a single booster pack, not a booster box. Welcome to Double Masters VIP edition.
This Product Is Not for You
“This product is not for you” was a bit of a meme in the MTG community, but boy is it more true than ever. Not long ago, we reported the announcement of Double Masters - a really cool premium set aimed at only the most passionate - and rich - MTG fans.
The set contains some really cool cards from throughout Magic’s history, playable in Eternal formats such as Modern, and it’s double - with 2 rares in every pack and 2 box-toppers in every box!
That’s good and all, but Double Masters is not your regular themed expansion and costs significantly more to buy, making it a premium offering for hardcores only. There’s one little problem though.
The Premium Edition Has a Premium Edition
Get this: Double Masters has a VIP edition that costs significantly more. $100 per pack, to be exact. Here’s what you get for that hefty price:
Contents: 33 cards + 2 foil tokens of which:
- 2 foil borderless cards (only found in VIP edition) (cards with a rare symbol will appear twice as often as cards with a mythic symbol)
- 2 foil rares/mythic rares
- 8 foil uncommons
- 9 foil commons
- 10 full-art basic lands (only found in VIP edition, 2 of each basic)
- 2 foil full-art basic lands (only found in VIP edition, 2 randomly selected from among the 10 options)
- 2 foil tokens (only found in VIP edition, token on both sides)
The lands are cool full-arts - the ones we’ve already seen in Unhinged and Zendikar.
How’s the Gameplay Though?
Okay, we get it, it’s expensive. But is it fun to play? There is no gameplay here. These boosters are not designed for Draft, Sealed, or any other format. All they are meant to do is give you a dopamine rush and the hope of opening a full-art Urza land or something. Don’t even think about MTGA integration either.
Is It Worth It?
Well… is it? This is a whale product aimed at super-spenders. And Heliod knows there’s plenty of whales playing Magic. If you crack a full-art Jace the Mind Sculptor, Mana Crypt, or Blightsteel Colossus in your $100 pack, you’ll actually make a profit on it. And it might encourage Wizards to make even more fancy-schmancy sets like this, maybe even locking exclusive cards behind these ultra-premium paywalls.
So, financially speaking, it might even be worth it.
Is it good for the game or the community - NO. Hundred times no.