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Eternal Masters
Eternal Masters
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description An hourglass made of a shape also used in the expansion symbols of Modern Masters and Modern Masters 2015
Design Tom LaPille (lead)
Ethan Fleischer
Aaron Forsythe
Bryan Hawley
Development Adam Prosak (lead)
Sam Stoddard
Bryan Hawley
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date June 10, 2016
Plane Multiversal
Set size 249 cards
(101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares)
Expansion code EMA[1]
Development codename Jitterbug[2]
Physical Masters series
Modern Masters 2015 Eternal Masters Modern Masters 2017
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Shadows over Innistrad Eternal Masters Eldritch Moon

Eternal Masters is a booster-based compilation set containing cards legal in, and intended for, the Legacy, Commander, and Vintage formats. It was released on June 10, 2016.[3][4]

Set details[ | ]

EMA booster

Eternal Masters booster

“  Draft Through Eternity  ”

Eternal Masters is a 249 reprint set[5] containing some of the most sought-after cards from throughout the history of Magic — some with new artwork. Eternal Masters is designed to be a unique and enjoyable Draft experience, much like Modern Masters. It does not contain cards from the Reserved List, but it features many Eternal staples. It is aimed at a more advanced player.[6] Eternal Masters was inspired by the Magic Online-only set Vintage Masters, but adds some Modern-legal cards to make the archetypes work.[7][7]

Eternal Masters is exclusively booster-based, thus no satellite products such as Preconstructed decks are branded with the set. Each booster contains 15 playable cards: 10 commons, 3 uncommons and one rare or mythic rare, and one foil card of any rarity replacing the basic land which would normally be found in a booster as Eternal Masters does not contain a run of basic lands.[8] The 16-card boosters (the sixteenth card is a marketing card) feature artwork from Deathrite Shaman, Bloodbraid Elf and Goblin Charbelcher.[9] Due to the higher expected average value of the cards contained in a booster and the lower print run, the MSRP of one booster of Eternal Masters was set to $9.99 (with the MSRP of a booster of the current draft set being $3.49). Due to the higher MSRP booster displays only contain 24 packs, which is also the number required for a regular draft (three boosters for each of eight players), as the set was designed specifically for draft. A number of cards also change rarity to create a better drafting environment.

The set is printed in English, Japanese and Chinese Simplified. Because of the popularity and the limited print run, the distribution is WPN exclusive and partially allocation based.

Magic Story[ | ]

Main article: Magic Story
Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
The Prodigal Sorcerers Mark Price 2016-05-25 Dominaria Kellan Boldt, Enthril, Ghavos
All That Came Before Leah Potyondy 2016-06-01 Mercadia Cho-Akhan, Cho-Fihad, Cho-Shadi, Cho-Hanni, Cho-Ran, Cho-Annu, Cho-Biaal, Cho-Tunni, Sia-am-Erh

Controversy[ | ]

On February 16, 2016, the Twitter account MTGDeepthroat@Vendorleak accused 2-3 unnamed vendors of possession of the card list for Eternal Masters and insider trading. WotC started an investigation, stating that they didn't provide preferential treatment to any card vendor, distributor, or retailer; nor disclosed detailed card set information prior to preview season.[10] The account @Vendorleak later apologised and said they had been mislead and the evidence they had was fabricated. Their Twitter account is currently suspended.

Magic Online[ | ]

Eternal Masters was released on Magic Online on June 17 and was available until July 6. The digital MSRP was $6.99. It was not available for redemption.

Themes and mechanics[ | ]

Eternal Masters features the following limited archetypes:[11]

Changes in rarity[ | ]

Common to Uncommon[ | ]

Common to Rare[ | ]

Uncommon to Common[ | ]

Uncommon to Rare[ | ]

Uncommon to Mythic[ | ]

Rare to Common[ | ]

Rare to Uncommon[ | ]

Rare to Mythic[ | ]

Cycles[ | ]

There are four cycles in Eternal Masters, one of which is a double cycle.

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Legendary pit-fighter champions Jareth, Leonine Titan Arcanis the Omnipotent Visara the Dreadful Rorix Bladewing Silvos, Rogue Elemental
Each of these powerful rare legendary creature cards costs {3}MMM. Reprinted from Onslaught
Honden Honden of Cleansing Fire Honden of Seeing Winds Honden of Night's Reach Honden of Infinite Rage Honden of Life's Web
Each of these uncommon legendary Shrine Enchantments grants their owner something depending on the number of shrines they control. Reprinted from Champions of Kamigawa[7]
Tutors Enlightened Tutor Mystical Tutor Vampiric Tutor Gamble Green Sun's Zenith
Each of these (mythic) rares allows its controller to search their library for a card, albeit with certain conditions. Four of them were part of a mega cycle printed in Mirage, Visions and Urza's Saga. The Worldly Tutor is replaced by Green Sun's Zenith from Mirrodin Besieged.
Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W} {W}{B} {U}{R} {B}{G} {R}{W} {G}{U}
Life-gain Taplands Tranquil Cove Dismal Backwater Bloodfell Caves Rugged Highlands Blossoming Sands Scoured Barrens Swiftwater Cliffs Jungle Hollow Wind-Scarred Crag Thornwood Falls
Ten multi color common lands that enter the battlefield tapped, gain the controller one life and can tap for 2 different colors of mana. Reprinted from Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged

Pairs[ | ]

There is one mirrored pair in Eternal Masters.

Mirrored Pairs Description
These uncommon modal instants, one blue and one red, both have a casting cost of M and can be cast to either counter a spell of the other's color or to destroy a permanent of the other's color

Token cards[ | ]

The set comes with 15 tokens and one emblem, some of which are printed for the first time.[13]

  1. {C} 1/1 Spirit for Honden of Life's Web, printed for the first time.
  2. {W} 1/1 Soldier for Raise the Alarm
  3. {W} 1/1 Spirit with Flying for Field of Souls
  4. {U} 5/5 Wall with Defender for Tidal Wave, printed for the first time.
  5. {B} 0/1 Serf for Sengir Autocrat, printed for the first time.
  6. {B} 2/2 Zombie for Wakedancer
  7. {R} 3/1 Beast named Carnivore for Tooth and Claw, printed for the first time.
  8. {R} 2/2 Dragon with Flying and "{R}: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn" for Dragon Egg
  9. {R} 1/1 Elemental for Young Pyromancer
  10. {R} 1/1 Goblin for Beetleback Chief, Mogg War Marshal and Siege-Gang Commander
  11. {G} 3/3 Elephant for Elephant Guide
  12. {G} 1/1 Elf Warrior for Imperious Perfect and Lys Alana Huntmaster
  13. {G} 6/6 Wurm for Roar of the Wurm
  14. {U/R} 5/5 Elemental with Flying for Call the Skybreaker
  15. {R/W} 1/1 Goblin Soldier for Goblin Trenches
  16. Emblem for Dack Fayden

On the back of these tokens appear segments of text hinting to Conspiracy: Take the Crown.

Notable cards[ | ]

Cards with new art[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Information below the text box
  2. Mark Rosewater (May 23, 2016). "For most of their life in R&D they were Fears and Jitterbug.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. Wizards of the Coast (February 15, 2016). "Announcing Eternal Masters". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast (June 2, 2016). "Eternal Masters Release Notes". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (February 17, 2016). "Will Eternal Masters contain any cards that are NOT reprints?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater (May 23, 2016). "Eternal Formats of the Spotless Mind". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. a b c d Sam Stoddard (May 27, 2016). "Learning from the Masters". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mark Rosewater (February 17, 2016). "Will there be a foil in every pack of eternal masters like modern masters?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  9. Blake Rasmussen (May 23, 2016). "Eternal Masters Packaging". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Wizards of the Coast (February 16, 2016). "A Statement about the Eternal Masters Card List". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Adam Prosak (May 24, 2016). "Developing Eternal Masters". Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Meghan Wolff (May 24, 2016). "What an Elf Wants (What an Elf Needs)". Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Blake Rasmussen (May 27, 2016). "The Tokens of Eternal Masters". Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Blake Rasmussen (May 23, 2016). "Podcast: The Mad Genius and the Skull". Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Jacob Van Lunen (May 24, 2016). "Spinning the Top". Wizards of the Coast.