When we began our coverage of Return to Ravnica, we focused on a number of themes and mechanics that gave the set a sense of cohesion from the original to the latest iteration. One of the greatest of these wasn’t a particular mechanic so much as it was a much more fundamental innovation- the very guild system itself.
Although the game that is at the heart of this website is intended for recreation and hobby, there exists a series of games that have a much more clinical application. Known academically as game theory, this field looks to study the strategy of decision making. As you might imagine, there’s quite a bit of overlap across the spectrum, and indeed in 2007 Frank Karsten wrote his Introduction to Game Theory on the mothership.
Those waking up to the mothership today are in for a treat- the Return to Ravnica Intro Pack contents have been spoiled!
Some of you may recall last year we staged an event called “Pack to Fortune.” A fun and whimsical fortune-telling device centered around reader participation and an unopened booster pack of cards, we looked to divine what we had in store for the coming year based upon what you opened. It was a lot of fun and we had some great responses.
Those tuning into Daily Arcana on the mothership got an extra treat today with the announcement of the second Planechase release, due next June. Taking one of the smartest pages out of the Commander playbook, these will also feature new Magic cards never seen before in any set, and introduce a new type of oversize card: the Phenomenon! Commander players get some more love, too, with additional Legends (including a ‘wedge Legend’ spoiled today). Head on over and check it out!