Quote from Havrekjex »I disagree. All sets had bad cards, but the quality and rate of the good cards declined.Quote from Teysa_Karlov »Quote from Havrekjex »I hated the foils too, and I won´t miss these sets at all. They were fake collector´s items, a horrible reprint outlet, and they always seemed to promise better cards than they could deliver.
But the worst part about the sets was the diminishing card selection quality. I don´t understand why WotC keeps making a good product line, then gradually stops making a decent effort to make said products good, and then discontinue them when they don´t sell as well as they used to. Look at the first FTV sets, like Relics and Realms, and compare them to Lore and Annihilation. Look at the first five or six duel decks sets, which had lots of cool reprints and actually had well constructed decks and somewhat deep gameplay, and compare them to some of the latter ones where the matchup is lopsided or the decks just run past each other. Even the event decks used to be half decent, like the Kuldotha Red one (which had Goblin Guide and also could actually win some FNM matches) or the one with SFM, but then they turned completely embarrassing after a while. Why do they start skimpimg on product development when a product line has been out for a while, instead of delivering consistent quality?
Edit: Here´s some bonus half baseless, half off-topic speculation about the Signature Spellbook product: Did you notice in the new Duel Decks announcement, where they wouldn´t reveal the foil in the green deck? I think it looks like they are about to present some kind of new foil technique and/or art concept. Signature Spellbook is a special product that only has one single foil. I bet they are planning on doing something super special with that one card, like a new 3D or animated effect.
I think that's selection bias showing.
Relics had chaff like Masticore, Jester's Cap, Ivory Tower, and Zuran Orb. Dragons had Draco, Dragon Whelp, Ebon Dragon, Shivan Dragon, Rith the Awakener, Thunder Dragon, and Two-Headed Dragon.
The quality was always a little hit or miss.
Transform has several decent value cards (Jace, Huntmaster, Bloodline Keeper, Delver) that have maintained value, with some lesser cards behind it.
Lore had Dark Depths + Token, Jitte, and Tolaria West, though this one is weaker.
Angels had Entreat, Avacyn, Iona, and Akroma for value
Annihilation... was crap, no question.
But the value level and reprint types are still good. Again, selection bias.