Away from Keyboard – Magic: The Gathering – Double Masters 2022
The Double Masters 2022 set has been designed specifically for drafting in Magic: The Gathering. The 2022 set follows in the footsteps of the original Double Masters set and gives Magic players a series of powerful re-print cards with some exciting new designs and some cool visual representations. If you have read any of my previous Magic: The Gathering articles previously, you know that I adore opening packs primarily to view the artwork, and so the Double Masters 2022 set is awesome.
Strangely, the Double Masters set does not contain any new game mechanics. However, there is one land card – Cryptic Spires – that lets players choose the lands when the deck is being created. As players create their deck, players circle two of the mana symbols depicted on the bottom of the card. The Cryptic Spires card can then tap for mana of either of those two colours. As such, the card is quite powerful, allowing gamers to use Cryptic Spires card for multiple land types depending on the need during a match.
The cards and new features
Each pack of draft boosters contains two rare cards and two foils in every pack of sixteen cards.
As mentioned, the focus of the Double Masters set is not on any new mechanics, but on the wonderful card art provided by the set. The Double Masters 2022 set contains 331 cards in total, including 80 borderless cards, so there is much to admire in terms of the art on show.
And although there are no new mechanics in the set, the main feature of Double Masters 2022 set is the three-colour format, with 133 multicoloured cards, of which many require three colours to cast onto the battlefield. As mentioned, many of the cards have featured before, but have been re-imagined in the Double Masters 2022 set and many of them will now feature the triple colour scheme adding a new dimension to tactics.
Apart from the previously mentioned Cryptic Spires land card, many of the other land cards featured in the Double Masters 2022 set will be dual colour lands. This certainly helps players with deck building around some of the creature and other spell cards that require three colours.
There are four Planeswalkers that have returned in the Double Masters 2022 set. The Planeswalkers range in value, and have a variety of abilities.
Liliana, the Last Hope (Black)
Wrenn and Six (Red and Green)
Aminatou, the Fateshifter (White, Blue and Black)
Nicol Bolas, God-Pharoah (Blue, Black and Red)
Powerful colorless Legendary Creatures
If you want some late-game Legendary creatures that could put a quick end to the battle, then the Double Masters 2022 set has some hefty hitters. Emrakul (mana cost 15) is a 15/15 Legendary creature that lets the player have an extra turn, whilst Kozilek (mana cost 10) and Ulamog (mana cost 11) are Legendary Creatures that requires defenders to sacrifice four permanents whenever they attack.
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