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Modern Masters 2015
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Set Information
Set symbol
Design Erik Lauer (lead)
Ben Hayes
Ken Nagle
Development Tom LaPille (lead)
Ben Hayes
Max McCall
Adam Prosak
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date May 22, 2015
Plane Multiversal
Themes and mechanics Arcane, Eldrazi and Drones, Elementals, Spiritcraft, Hybrid mana, Phyrexian mana
Keywords/​ability words Annihilator, Affinity, Landcycling, Bloodthirst, Changeling, Convoke, Evoke, Domain, Exalted, Graft, (Multi)kicker, Landcycling, Living weapon, Metalcraft, Proliferate, Soulshift, Sunburst, Wither
Set size 249 cards
(101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares)
Expansion code MM2[1]
Physical Masters series
Modern Masters Modern Masters 2015 Eternal Masters
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Tempest Remastered Modern Masters 2015 Magic Origins

Modern Masters 2015, officially styled as Modern Masters (2015 Edition), is the second set in the Modern Masters series. It is a booster-based compilation set containing cards legal in, and intended for, the Modern format. It was released on May 22, 2015.[2][3]

Set details[ | ]

“  Draft Like a Master  ”

Modern Masters 2015 is a 249 card set consisting of reprints of cards originally printed between Eighth Edition and New Phyrexia. Modern Masters 2015 is exclusively booster-based, thus no satellite products such as preconstructed theme decks are branded with the set. Each booster contains 15 playable cards: 10 commons, 3 uncommons, 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 Modern Masters 2015 does not contain a run of basic lands. 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 Modern Masters was set to $9.99 ($3 higher than the first Modern Masters set). 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. As an experiment, the packaging for English language boosters was made of recyclable paperboard.[4] This gave cause for concern about the possibility of resealing the packages with other content and also about printing and collation issues.[5][6] The packaging material features the word Magic, without : The Gathering, a first in Magic history. The 16-card boosters (the sixteenth card is a marketing card) feature artwork from Noble Hierarch, Karn Liberated and Vendilion Clique.[7] A number of cards changed rarity from their original printing to create a better drafting environment[8] or because mythic rare wasn't introduced until the Alara block. Some cards receive new artwork.[9]

The set was printed in English, Japanese and Chinese Simplified.

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Paperboard booster

MM2 paperboard booster

Paperboard booster, back side

Magic Story[ | ]

Main article: Magic Story
Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
The Dragon's Errand Alexander Smith 2015-05-06 Kamigawa Kiki-Jiki, Meloku

Magic Online[ | ]

Modern Masters 2015 released on Magic Online on May 29, 2015. It was not available for redemption.[10]

Themes and mechanics[ | ]

Some mechanics were dictated by cards that were wanted for constructed reasons. Other mechanics were chosen because they were synergistic with those mechanics and each other. As the two new blocks entering were Zendikar and Scars of Mirrodin blocks, R&D leaned slightly on choosing themes from those two blocks.[11] During the coverage of GP Utrecht (Modern Masters Weekend) the following limited archetypes were presented on one of the official Twitch channels:

Changes in rarity[ | ]

Common to Uncommon[ | ]

Uncommon to Common[ | ]

Rare to Common[ | ]

Rare to Uncommon[ | ]

Rare to Mythic[ | ]

Mythic to Rare[ | ]

Cycles[ | ]

There are two cycles in Modern Masters 2015, one of which is a double cycle:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Enemy color hate Celestial Purge Flashfreeze Deathmark Combust Karplusan Strider
Five uncommon cards that specifically go against the color's two enemy colors.
Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W} {W}{B} {U}{R} {B}{G} {R}{W} {G}{U}
Bounce lands Azorius Chancery Dimir Aqueduct Rakdos Carnarium Gruul Turf Selesnya Sanctuary Orzhov Basilica Izzet Boilerworks Golgari Rot Farm Boros Garrison Simic Growth Chamber
Ten uncommon lands that enter the battlefield tapped, provided its controller returns a land he or she controls to its owner's hand. Each of these lands can tap to produce two mana, one of each of the its associate guild's colors. Reprinted from the Ravnica Block

Token cards[ | ]

The set comes with 16 tokens.[14]

  1. {C} 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn creature with "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}." for Nest Invader, Dread Drone, Kozilek's Predator (Ulamog spawn)
  2. {C} 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn creature with "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}." (Emrakul spawn)
  3. {C} 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn creature with "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}." (Kozilek spawn)
  4. {W} 1/1 Soldier creature for Raise the Alarm
  5. {W} 1/1 Spirit creature with flying for Spectral Procession
  6. {B} 1/1 Faerie Rogue creature with flying for Bitterblossom (new art)
  7. {B} 0/0 Germ creature for Flayer Husk, Mortarpod, Sickleslicer
  8. {B} 1/1 Thrull creature for Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder (Magic Online art)
  9. {G} 3/3 Elephant creature for Bestial Menace
  10. {G} 1/1 Insect creature for Ant Queen
  11. {G} 1/1 Saproling creature for Necrogenesis, Scatter the Seeds, Selesnya Guildmage, Tukatongue Thallid
  12. {G} 1/1 Snake creature for Bestial Menace
  13. {G} 2/2 Wolf creature for Bestial Menace, Wolfbriar Elemental
  14. {B/G} 1/1 Worm creature for Creakwood Liege
  15. {C} 3/3 Golem artifact creature for Precursor Golem
  16. {C} 1/1 Myr artifact creature for Myrsmith

Notable cards[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Information below the text box
  2. Wizards of the Coast (December 8, 2014). "Announcing Modern Masters (2015 Edition)". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Matt Tabak et al. (May 12, 2015). "Modern Masters 2015 Edition Release Notes". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Blake Rasmussen (February 24, 2015). "Recyclable Modern Masters Packaging". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Wizards of the Coast (May 21, 2015). "Modern Masters Packaging Concerns". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Wizards of the Coast (May 26, 2015). "Concerns with Modern Masters 2015 Edition Booster Packs". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Blake Rasmussen (May 4, 2015). "Modern Masters 2015 Edition Packaging". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mark Rosewater (May 4, 2015). "Mining the Past". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Michael Yichao (May 20, 2015). "A New Coat of Paint for Modern Masters 2015 Edition". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Alli Medwin (May 25, 2015). "Modern Design, Modern Mastery". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Ben Hayes (May 4, 2015). "Developing and Designing Modern Masters 2015 Edition". Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Sam Stoddard (May 8, 2015). "Not-so-New World Order". Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Marshall Sutcliffe (May 6, 2015). "Modern Masters 2015 Edition Previews". Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Blake Rasmussen (May 7, 2015). "Tokens of Modern Masters 2015 Edition". Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Wizards of the Coast (January 18, 2016). "January 18, 2016 Banned and Restricted Announcement". Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Wizards of the Coast (April 4, 2016). "April 4, 2016 Banned and Restricted Announcement". Wizards of the Coast.

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