Delighted at putting the prospect playing Anthologies behind us, Sam and I cracked open the deck boxes for the last time and brought the decks to battle. The disappointments of the Green/White deck were not far outclassed by those in the Red/Black, but I was mollified, at least, at the prospect of playing burn. Jimi had had little luck in drawing it when she helmed the deck, and I had hopes that my luck would be the better.
Sad to say, Anthologies had already obtained for itself quite the reputation around the house for its- diplomatically-speaking- less than extraordinary gameplay. Still, looking to keep an open mind I was able to convince Jimi to sit down behind the Red/Black deck and play a few games with the decks. Here are our notes from the matches.
Once again we return to the set Wizards released to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of the game we all love, Magic: the Gathering. In our review of the Green/White offering, we found a core of strong cards at the heart of an excess of fluff and inefficiency, but overall a deck that seemed to lack overall direction. Today we turn our attention to that other deck in the Anthologies set: the Black/Red one.
It all might seem rather quaint now, but in 1998 Wizards of the Coast released a boxed set in commemoration of the five year anniversary of the game of Magic. Designed to showcase cards from each set, it was filled with spells and creatures from Alpha to Urza’s Saga and contained two 60-card preconstructed decks: Green/White, and Black/Red. Blue mages who like to complain that design works against them can no doubt take heart at their own absence here.
These days it’s a bit diffcult to find at reasonable cost, but students of the history of the game will perhaps derive as much enjoyment of the book that comes with the set as from the decks. Nevertheless, we here at Ertai’s Lament like to put on our time-travelling cap from time to time and fling ourselves back through time to some of the earlier sets, and getting our hands on Anthologies proved well-nigh irrestistable.