Profit or Power? – Fate Reforged Clash Pack Review (Video)
This last weekend I was able to get my hands on the new Fate Reforged Clash Pack. For those of you who aren’t aware of the Clash Packs, they are the new product Wizards have introduced as an alternative to Event Decks. So starting with Magic 15 we had a Clash Pack. Then with Khans we had an Event Deck. Now with the release of Fate Reforged we are back to a Clash Pack.
Check out the video where we unbox it and get a look at those lovely shiny rares.
It differs from the Event Deck in a number of ways.
First: the price. It’s roughly a fiver more expensive but for the extra cash you get more cards. The Event Deck is 75 cards; a main deck of 60 and a 15 card sideboard. With the Clash Pack you get two 60 card decks, which are designed to play against each other much like the Duel Decks, but there is a next level with the Clash Packs. After you’ve played with the decks a while and understand the interaction between the cards, you are supposed to make one 60 card deck using the entire 120 card pool and then take this to FNM.
Another high energy explosive ball! Smart thing I use telekinesis to open my birthday presents.
I like the philosophy behind it. Being competitive at FNM isn’t the same as Top 8s in GPs or even in the new PPTQs. FNM is the first level above casual play and therefore the Event Deck or these new Clash Packs can make a decent showing against the brew-heavy metas of Friday Night Magic. These two decks play great against each other and I would say the way in which they show off their themes is easy to understand and not too much more difficult to master. The Constellation-based deck does a great job of showing how powerful that deck could be.
But, being a sort of halfway house to a competitive deck, the cards that really shine are only 1 ofs. I can understand why Wizards wouldn’t print a deck with full playsets of big money cards. It would drop the price of people cards for one thing, but it would also stop the decks from getting into the hands of the intended target market, namely the newer players.
Ah, don’t panic though, because they have thrown us a bone with the inclusion of new art work on some pretty cool Standard playables. And this is where the product gets interesting, for me at least. I’ve been playing a while, and I’ve got quite a few of these cards already, but I do want those alternate art cards. So I have a few options. Maybe my LGS will buy a few just to open and they will sell the singles so I can get hold of them for a fair price? Or perhaps the box has enough value in it that even if I’m not planning on building this to take to FNM, I can buy it, break it down and trade away the cards I don’t need?
My father owned a boat, so since my childhood I could smell something fishy going on.
Let’s have a look at the box price vs card price…
Fate Reforged Clash Pack has an RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of £25, although as of the time of writing Manaleak had them on sale for only £19.99.
[card]Hero’s Downfall[/card] £8
[card]Whip of Erebos[/card] £5
[card]Courser of Kruphix[/card] £8
(At this point you’ve made the sale price up in value if you were to buy the cards individually.)
[card]Doomwake Giant[/card] £3
[card]Scuttling Doom Engine[/card] £3
[card]Sultai Ascendancy[/card] £1
[card]Reaper of the Wilds[/card] £1
[card]Necropolis Fiend[/card] £1
Not to mention a few of the uncommons that have been holding their tradable value for a while now.
So just over £30 total, meaning as soon as you buy the box you’re up. Say you need one [card]Scuttling Doom Engine[/card] for your artifact-based EDH deck. It’s worth spending the money on this box for just that one single card, because so many of the other cards have a decent value.
I can see that Wizards have had to walk a line here and in some aspects it suffers from the same issues as the Event Decks do: namely that they tend to have a lot of older cards in them. We would expect a few more cards from the Fate Reforged set in a Fate Reforged product. If I remember back to the days when I started out, I can’t say that I would have cared that much about expansions and such but I can see why it might irk some people. As I said in the video, I think this product hits the spot for newer players and there is just sweet honey value in it from long term players to ensure enough of these get opened and anyone who wants a shiny new art [card]Hero’s Downfall[/card] can get one. Or, in my case, four.
Community Question: What type of player do you see yourself as? Do you prefer Clash Packs or Event Decks, and why?
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As always, I want to know what you think about the Clash Packs. Get in the comments and have your say.
Thanks for reading,