Last Monday, the Mothership gave us our first look at Modern Masters 2017 showing us a rather odd selection of cards. For those of you who have not seen them yet, here are the pictures:
This is very interesting because, of all of the cards that we for sure know will be in the set, none of them have any value. Of the cards, the most expensive is Griselbrand
The other two, Stoic Angel
and Domri Rade
are worth less than 7 dollars, and will probably tank to 1 or 2 dollars after the reprint. The new art on the Booster Box is probably Snapcaster mage,
which would be a much needed reprint. I think the original Volkan Baga art is probably better, although we haven't seen the entire new art yet, so there is no way of knowing.
Why would WOTC put cards that are not worth much (except for snap), on the booster packs of this set? Well, some conspiracy theories
state that WOTC is deliberately anti-hyping (and sabotaging) the set, which would give them a reason to cut Modern Masters from their product lineup, and tightening the noose around modern's neck. However, I think that this is actually a sign about what the set's limited format will be like. Everything from this point onwards are my predictions about the set, so please be ready: Prediction number one: MM2017 Will be a 3 Color Draft Format.
This makes perfect sense to me. MM2017 will be focusing on Innistrad and Return to Ravnica blocks. Many of the sets in modern have a heavy emphasis on Multicolor. Look at this list I have assembled including set name and main multicolor focus:
Fifth Dawn: 5 Color
Ravnica: City of Guilds: Selesnya, Golgari, Dimir, Boros
Guildpact: Orzhov, Izzet, Gruul
Dissension: Rakdos, Azorius, Simic
Shadowmoor: Ally color Hybrid
Eventide: Enemy Color Hybrid
Shards of Alara: Bant, Esper, Grixis, Jund, Naya
Conflux: 5 Color
Alara Reborn: Multicolor Cards Only
Return to Ravnica: Izzet, Selesnya, Golgari, Rakdos, Azorius
Gatecrash: Dimir, Boros, Orzhov, Gruul, Simic
Dragon's Maze: Every 2 Color Combination, Only Multicolor Uncommons.
RTR Limited was designed so that players would want to draft 3 colors (using 2 guilds from either large set and 1 guild from the other). I think that Stoic Angel is a sign that we might be getting another 3 color set. Since 3 color is much better in draft than in any other kind of limited format, I think MM2017 having a multicolor focus makes sense. I think we will be seeing a higher-than-average amount of multicolor uncommons, but I don't think they will all be multicolor. This leads me into prediction number 2: Prediction number Two: MM2017 Will have mostly valuable uncommons.
I think that many of the uncommons in MM2017 will have some monetary value. With MM2015, many players would be upset because they would open a pack and get no value cards whatsoever. This was partially because the uncommons were so bad.The only valuable uncommons were Remand, Dismember and Lightning bolt. I think that we will be getting at least 15-20 good 3-5 dollar uncommons. Oh yeah, and I think that if this is indeed a multicolor set, Wild Nacatl
will be in the set as an uncommon. Speaking of uncommons, I think that our lands will be much... better than normal in the uncommon slot. This leads me to:Prediction number Three: MM2017 have the RTR shocklands as uncommons.
This probably won't happen, but imagine if you opened a pack of MM2017 and got a Steam vents or an overgrown tomb, and a sweet rare on top of that! I think this would be a great way to reduce the price of modern while still keeping MM2017 fixing really sweet.
Do you agree with my predictions? I will be back tomorrow with the spoilers, so stay tuned!