Hey look, another draft video with an extremely old set! If you’ve watched these before, you know the story. Mike had more money than he had sense, and ended up buying unopened boxes of some seriously old Magic sets. What do you do with unopened boxes of seriously old Magic sets? Why, you stream two-man Winchester Drafts of them! Don’t let’s be silly!
But this time, we’re drafting the dreaded Fallen Empires. The first tribal set! Of course, half of those tribes are almost extinct nowadays, but we won’t hold it against them. Homarids just needed to die, after all. Storyline-wise, this set was all about each color handling its own internal conflict, rather than pitting the colors against each other. There were two warring factions in each color, giving the set a bizarre disconnected feel (in my opinion, anyway).
Now for some tidbits of interest. Fallen Empires was MASSIVELY overprinted. Seriously, these things were everywhere. And they still are! It’s a good thing they didn’t come with gum like old baseball cards, or else there would have a serious chance of having to deal with mutated oozes. It was also the last time the tilted T was used to indicate tapping (that nifty little curved arrow thing showed up in the next set). And if you look very carefully at the mana symbols on these cards compared to sets that came after, you’ll see that this is the last set with the “original” ones. It’s easiest to tell on the white symbol.
You might notice that some cards have multiple arts with them. Most of the commons in the set actually have three or even FOUR different images! That’s ridiculous! I was playing back when this was still available, and I’m STILL seeing pictures I’ve never seen before! Here are a few of my favorite examples:
And now, on to the draft! Watch out, Mike and I are not our usual PG-13 rated selves that you might know from the podcast and other places. It was late and we were playing Fallen Empires cards, give us a break.
So that was interesting. Just a word on how this is going to go: there’s only one creature in the entire set with the word “flying” printed on it, and it can’t attack unless the defending player controls an Island. Also, a truly painful number of creatures in the set get counters of various types put on them. That should give you some idea of what you’re in for here. It’s not so much that the cards are bad, just that they ALL have some kind of relevant ability and almost NONE of them have any form of evasion.
And now let’s play with these cards we drafted. Some of the key players in these games were Combat Medic (so annoying for everyone involved), Icatian Skirmishers (SUCH a beating on offense), Armor Thrull (seemed like Mike had like 15 of these stupid things), Necrite (which started a “don’t let it get me” minigame), Zelyon Sword (old-school equipment!), Ring of Renewal (totally unfair when your hand is empty) and Elvish Hunter (the closest thing to removal we had).
So here’s the draft itself. When I saved it to Ustream (immediately after we finished), I wrote this as the description for the video:
“Don’t play Limited with Fallen Empires. Consider this a self-help video for anyone thinking about it or currently doing it. Just don’t.” It was really frustrating to play, but I don’t think it will be so bad to watch, just so you know. Hope you enjoy!
And don’t worry, the next Winchester Draft video I post will be one recorded with my spiffy new HD webcam!