3, Jul, 24

MTG Assassin's Creed's Monumental Product Prices Leave Players Annoyed

Article at a Glance

This past weekend, MagicCon: Amsterdam took place, and there’s a lot to unpack from the event. First of all, this was the site of Pro Tour Modern Horizons 3, which showcased the pure domination of Bant Nadu. We also got a glimpse at some spoilers from Bloomburrow and Duskmourn, two upcoming MTG premier sets.

The neat contrast between Bloomburrow’s cute animal themes and Duskmourn’s horror aesthetics is quite intriguing, and both sets have players quite excited. As players continue to look ahead towards the release of these sets, though, it seems like the hype for MTG Assassin’s Creed has died down considerably. MTG Assassin’s Creed is officially releasing this Friday.

While there are undoubtedly a multitude of factors contributing to this general lack of interest, it’s clear that the high prices of various MTG Assassin’s Creed products is playing a large part. Players seem generally unhappy with the execution of the set, too, further exacerbating the issue. Let’s take a closer look at what is making many players disappointed.

A Price and Booster Comparison

By far, the number one aspect of MTG Assassin’s Creed that has players up in arms is the miniscule size of the beyond boosters compared to the price of each pack. When it comes to the number of cards in each pack, MTG Assassin’s Creed isn’t too far different from the epilogue boosters from March of the Machine: the Aftermath.

As many of you probably already know, March of the Machine: the Aftermath was not a well-received set. The set’s performance was clearly not up to par, and Mark Rosewater responded to a Blogatog post stating that a return to this design would be “very unlikely.” Player statements such as “shocking how charging full price for half-full packs wasn’t popular” made it abundantly clear where they felt the biggest problem lied.

Aftermath boosters only contained five or six cards but cost roughly the same price as draft boosters from other premier sets at the time. Beyond boosters contain seven cards each and were designed to expand upon the ideas of the epilogue booster. Unfortunately, because of the price of each beyond booster, players are still quite frustrated.

Players pointed out that beyond boosters of MTG Assassin’s Creed cost roughly twice as much as the Aftermath epilogue boosters. According to TCGPlayer market price, the difference appears to be even greater, with a single beyond booster priced at roughly $9.50. For reference, this is about $5 more expensive than the current price of Outlaws of Thunder Junction play boosters, for half the cards. This doesn’t even factor in the fact that most beyond boosters have a basic land as one slot, further making players upset.

This disappointment extends to collector boosters. These sit at about $30. This is about $10 more than an Outlaws of Thunder Junction collector booster, with only 10 cards in total. Collector booster boxes are nearly $300 as a result with only 12 packs per box, which players find baffling.

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Power Level Adds Insult to Injury

Sword of Feast and Famine

Some players believe that, in theory, this wouldn’t be too big of a deal if the cards were individually more powerful. Instead, we get a collection of cards that are somewhat mediocre across the board. That is, at least from a Modern standpoint. Given that these cards are going to be legal in Modern, the assumption seems to be that more of the cards would be strong in the format.

The reality is, the most expensive cards in the set are Sword of Feast and Famine and Cover of Darkness, and these are the only cards that are currently worth over $20 in traditional, non-foil form. Both cards are reprints. Sword is currently Modern legal and sees little to no play, and Cover of Darkness, despite being a new addition to Modern, does not seem like it will meet the bar. Overall, the general weak power level of the new cards has further deterred players from buying products from the set.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

March of the Machine The Aftermath Epilogue Boosters

Players also mentioned the fact that, by smushing MTG Assassin’s Creed between the release of MH3 (the much more impactful Modern-legal set) and spoiler season for Bloomburrow, players were naturally not as focused on the Universes Beyond product. In all facets possible, players feel like MTG Assassin’s Creed is not set up for success.

With how unsuccessful March of the Machine: the Aftermath was, it would take a big change for a miniature set with small boosters to click. Some players have pointed out that, given how long the production cycle for Universes Beyond sets can last, there’s a good chance it was too late to change how this set was going to be printed. The Aftermath set came out just over a year ago, so it’s quite possible there wasn’t enough time for Wizards of the Coast to adjust after determining the issues with the After set.

With all of this in mind, some players are expecting product prices to plummet in the coming weeks. The prices of various products obviously do not match the interest in the set from the player base at large. It’ll take a lot of improvements to make these beyond boosters more compelling in the future. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see how future Universes Beyond sets are handled.

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