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The Power 10
By Tom Bergmann
Tom Bergmann

"The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall..."
--Francis Bacon

Interesting words of warning...

There's a thread that appeared recently on the CPA issues forum, one that asked for the inclusion of some very special cards into 7th edition. Cards with a certain "Magical" reputation.

I'm talking, of course, about the Power 9.

You all know the cards I'm talking about. Black Lotus. Moxes. Time Walk/Twister. Ancestral Recall. Library of Alexandria.


Yes, I include the Library (thence the title of this article). No Power type 1 deck would be the same without it.

I've never owned the blue ones, in proxy form or otherwise, but I've played with the others a lot, and I can tell you truthfully that the game just isn't the same without them.

Now, before you go thinking I'm one of those "killer combo" players let me set the record straight. I use them in my type 1 deck where they fuel things like my Jade Statues, Icy Manipulators, and Bosium Strips. They're good, fast mana - nothing more, but there's just something about them...

Something, well, Magic.

So I can understand newer players wanting access to these cards. I really do. I felt that way myself, when I got into the game during the Revised era. What's up with a set called "Unlimited" being rendered out of print anyway? If it's Unlimited, then it's without limit. To me, that meant it should have never even been Revised, let alone changed 3 times since then.

But for all that, I have to admit, that for the current environment they'd be all wrong. They're too much speed in an format with too many combos as it is. They'd cause WotC to try and deal with the Restricted thing in type 2 again, which is something I know they don't want to do.

There's also the possible legal ramifications of the "Restricted List" as well, to consider. Hasbro may or may not be legally bound by it, but either way I doubt they'd risk the hassle.


Maybe the answer is something I came up with a while ago, and brought up again in a reply to the thread on the Board. Why not re-release the cards in a "Collectors Edition" special pack? Make them with different card backs...change the shape of the cards (like with the Alpha cards, but different)...give them different color borders (teal?)...Anything to differentiate them from the originals. Don't allow them to be used in ANY sanctioned tournament formats.

And charge people a LOT of money for them! They could easily get $100., $200., even $300. for them, since it's only a fraction of the price people would pay for the originals, if they could find them.

Ya' think WotC might be interested now?

Special thanks to The Chaos Turtle for the quote, and for the article idea. I was blocking, man, and you helped me out.

Tom Bergmann
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CPA Member

"I do not teach. I simply reveal."
-Daudi, Femeref tutor

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