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Shards of Alara Theme Decks October 10, 2008

Posted by ricsta in Casual, Shards of Alara.
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On Wednsday I stopped by Wal-Mart and checked out the CCG section on my way out. I tend to refrain from purchasing Magic cards from retail stores to help keep my local gaming stores in business. But, I saw foils and anyone who has traded with me knows I loves me some foils (especially foreign). Turns out each Shards of Alara starter deck comes with one foil rare. Looking over the five shards I pulled out the Esper and Bant starter decks and purchased them with out knowing what they contained or what the price would be.

I was pleasantly suprised that for $12.50 I received a well conceived starter deck and a Shards of Alara booster pack. I picked the two Shards based on the foils themselves: Battlegrace Angel and Master of Etherium. I felt those two in foil would be worth the cost of the kit themselves and I would be eventually playing with both of them in a deck. Oh, and the extra booster pack puts these guys over the edge.

Wizards really did a wonderful job putting these together. For additional information regarding these starter decks click here then click on one of the two links below “theme decks” and you’ll pull up a list of the cards included in each shard. You will notice there are some Tenth Edition cards included, but they fit right in with the theme of each deck.

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1. Gemini6Ice - October 10, 2008

They contain out-of-block cards? That’s a little disappointing to me… 😦

2. ricsta - October 11, 2008

Yeah, I thought it was funny they put some in too, but they fit the deck’s idea well.

3. DeaD_GoD - October 13, 2008

I believe there addition was mainly for new players. ie how to fit decks together over multiple block.

I believe you were spot on with the Master of Etherium, So far one of the most expensive rares in Shards.

4. Dee - October 15, 2008

Wow. Foil Battlegrace Angel. That’s pretty awesome.

5. Trevor Chamberlain - November 5, 2008

the out of block card idea is interesting… I wonder how the decks will fare in battle with the commonly used “Guildpact” decks, I currently am working on a deck, but I can’t seem to get it to “Tick” how I want it to, but we’ll see how these SOA intro pack ideas will affect the way it works… I don’t like though how they don’t have 60 cards like they used to, but I’ll enjoy seeing how things go with the SOA block, peace out 🙂
-Trevor


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