The release of Amonkhet for Magic: The Gathering brings something that we haven’t seen for a while in Magic. The real world mystique of far off lands, and ancient mysteries that are fantastic and unbelievable but rooted in our own history and civilization.
Serpents, Sphinxes and larger than life Gods are on full display in this set. And the stunning artwork and mythos in this set is truly highlighted in the Magic: the Gathering Masterpiece Set. These 25 cards are amazingly beautiful, with stunning card art, and a hieroglyphic font. If you’re lucky enough to pull one from a booster pack or box – you have the tough choice of selling it or keeping it.
Don’t be a chump! You will get a lot of money going through your hands in the next 5 years. These cards will stop going through your hands in another 6-12 months. If you decide you’re a keeper for these cards (like me) then you’ll want to have a shot at getting them all – so go for it and make it happen!
Here’s… the cards!
Amonkhet Masterpieces Gallery
Aggravated Assault was originally released in the Onslaught expansion from way back in 2002. This is the first time this card has been reprinted. It’s legal to play in all formats, and its power is amazing. If you’ve got the mana, you can get an extra attack phase with all of your creatures untapped and ready for an extra attack!
Buy Attrition at AmazonAttrition, from the 1999 expansion Urza’s Destiny also made an appearance in Magic the Gathering Commander. This is the first time this card has been reprinted. It’s legal to play in all formats, and its power is amazing. Take your smallest creature off the board in exchange for your opponent’s biggest non-black creature. It’s a good trade any day!
Buy Austere Command at AmazonAustere Command was first released in Lorwyn in 2007. It was a popular card then, and it’s remained a favorite from that set. Like Attrition, it came back in Commander. The popularity of this card was due to its flexibility, being able to mass disenchant, break all artifacts, or clean out all creatures big and small.
Buy Aven Mindcensor at AmazonAven Mindcensor was from the Future Sight expansion (part of the Time Spiral block) almost exactly ten years ago! This is a perfect card for a reprint in the Amonkhet Masterpieces set. Just look at the flavor text from the original: “The only question we need to ask is how best to fulfill the will of the God-Pharaoh.” Enough said.
Buy Chain Lightning at AmazonOh, Chain Lightning! How nice to see you again! Originally printed in the Legends expansion in 1994, Chain Lightning has been reprinted in various expansions and rereleases. But it’s never looked as beautiful as it does in the Masterpiece Magic Set from Amonkhet.
Buy Counterspell at AmazonCounterspell, that staple of Magic the Gathering. It’s been around since Alpha and I miss it everytime it goes out and I’m glad everytime it comes back. Definitely a classic card, but I wonder of all the classic cards, why did this one come into the Amonkhet Masterpiece Set?
Buy Diabolic Intent at AmazonI’m not a huge fan of this card. It’s kind of expensive, considering that I have to sacrifice a creature and then I still have to be able to cast the creature I pull out of my library. Compared to some more powerful cards like Demonic Tutor, this just seems underpowered.
Buy Entomb at AmazonFor those practitioners of Black Magic, the idea of searching for a card in your library and sending it directly to your graveyard is logical, just a step in the process to pulling it back into the battlefield. To a blue/red fan, this card seems like a waste. But I do love the art in this Magic Masterpiece.
Wrath of God
Buy Wrath of God at AmazonThis is the card. It’s the perfect card for this set (ok, along with the Sphinx). The art is awesome, the card is awesome and it’s title is perfect for the theme. I think 2 years from now, Wrath of God is the most collectible of the Masterpiece Set from Amonkhet.
Searching for the Amonkhet Masterpiece Set in Booster Packs and Boxes
Ready to go hunting for these Masterpiece set? Here’s where you want to get started. Keep in mind the price you pay per booster pack, and then just start going to town on them.
Amonkhet Planeswalker Decks
Get a guaranteed Planeswalker card, a standard 60 card deck and 2 15-card booster packs. One very nice option is to use the Planeswalker card as trade or resell, so you can offset the cost of the deck and then you can take a chance on the booster packs that come with the decks.