What if I told you there was a Magic product that you need to own, regardless of what or how you play?
I would most certainly be lying to you, but the new Magic 2015 Clash Pack has a lot to offer to a wide range of players. Today, I thought I’d take a look at exactly who should pick one up and why. But first, let’s take a look at whats in the box.
We have two pre-made 60 card decks consisting of cards from the Magic 2015 core set and Theros block. Each has 6 rares (for a total of 12) and 3 Alternate-art foil cards. You also get a cardboard deck box, rules inserts and a strategy guild on how to play each deck individually and combine them into one.
A few of the sweet Alt-art foils!
So what does all this mean for you? Well, that depends who you are!
The Brand new player
First and foremost, welcome to your new hobby! The clash pack decks are very straight forward and you don’t need to be a rules master to play them. That’s not to say they’re weak, there’s some powerful beasties in there that can lay down the hurt. Most people get into magic in pairs, either one experienced spell slinger bringing a mate in or two completely new players taking the plunge. Both decks are nicely balanced so if you have a partner in crime, it’ll keep things even. If you decide to venture further down the Magic rabbit hole, you’ll be well set up for the journey (as I’ll detail below).
So you’ve ventured away from the kitchen table and played at your local game store. Maybe you’ve done a few drafts or a pre-release and think you’re ready to battle some standard on Friday nights. Unlike the event decks you may have seen, the clash pack only contains cards from M15 and Theros. This means that come September 26th, all of your cards are still legal! The combined decklist also gives you a great place to start your standard journey, including a couple of format all-stars and sweet lands.
Alternate-art Temple of Mystery (left) and it’s less impressive Theros version (right)
You saw what Courser of Kruphix and Prognostic Sphinx did at Pro Tour Journey into Nyx right? Courser is already predicted to be a big part of next standard and has a price tag to match. There’s plenty of cards that fit into existing archetypes here and a couple that could spike in the future.
The decks are also a great tool if you want to ‘pay it forward’ and teach some friends how to play. More people to play with is never a bad thing.
Oh man, have you seen those foils! In a format defined by mana ramp and card draw, Green and Blue is a pretty popular colour combination. Why drop Hydra Broodmaster on your turn when you can do it on someone else’s with Prophet of Kruphix? Maybe you monstrous it the turn after and attack with your hydra force when it comes back to you. Seriously though those foils are sweet, I know you guys love foils. FOILS!
Now every turn can be yours!
The gift buyer
You know they play Magic, but haven’t got a clue what it’s all about. As you can see, the Clash Pack appeals to a wide range of magic players so it’s sure to be a hit. If you want to go the extra mile, why not hit them up for a few games and learn to play yourself? Not much can top sharing your hobby with someone.
Regardless of which category you do/don’t fit into, the new Clash Pack is definitely worth checking out. Be sure to give a call to your local game store to see if they have any in stock!