With the release of each new set, Wizards of the Coast have been releasing an Event Deck. Event Decks, released the day before the Game Day for each set, contain a 60 card deck and 15 card sideboard built with the aim of getting players ready for tournament play. The decks tend to be more synergistic and powerful than Intro decks, and contain more ‘4 ofs’ (4 being the maximum of a card allowed per deck) to increase consistency. In comparison to an Intro Deck’s two rares, Event Decks contain 10 – further cementing the increased power level.
With the announcement of Magic 2015, came the introduction of a new product: the Clash Pack. Clash Packs are not replacing Event Decks; instead, Clash Packs will alternate with the Event Deck, meaning that you’ll see a Clash Pack for Magic 2015, and an Event Deck for Khans of Tarkir, the Autumn Set. The Clash Pack will then return in the February 2015 set.
A two-player product, the Clash Pack contains two sixty-card decks designed to be played against each other. It’s a great way to introduce new players to Magic while containing cards allowing inspiring competitive players to compete effectively against top decks. Clash Packs differ from Event Decks by containing six premium foil cards with alternative art. Notably, the foil Prophet of Kruphix and Temple of Mystery look absolutely stunning and are amongst the best foil I’ve artwork seen since From the Vault 20’s Cruel Ultimatum.
The Clash Pack comes with instructions that show players how to combine cards from each of its decks to create a new deck designed to be equal in power to what you would expect from an Event Deck. But this is only one combination. There are countless ways to make a deck your own.
In addition to the foils, there is excellent value in the Clash Pack, with plenty of tournament staples, such as Courser of Kruphix (which dominated the last Pro Tour), Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Prognostic Sphinx.
If this Clash Pack is any indication to the quality of future Clash Packs, Event Decks have some serious competition on their hands! The combination of quality foils, powerful cards and a product that can be enjoyed by one or two players is a great piece of design by the Wizards team and results in a product that can be enjoyed by all players, no matter how competitive.
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