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.