Magic the Gathering: Amonkhet Invocations Review
The soon to be released Amonkhet expansion has brought us another wave of the Masterpiece Series. This time around, the new foily treasures are called the Amonkhet Invocations. Due to the unconventional card frame and text, the Invocations has raised some controversy. If you are not familiar with the Masterpiece Series you may take a look here for a quick overview. In today’s review I will be focusing on the Amonhet Invocations of the Masterpiece Series.
The Amonkhet Invocations has a very unconventional card frame and text which recieved a lot of criticisms from the community. Although the taste of art/card frame can be subjective, the obscure display of card name may cause some issues during game play. The pseudo- Hieroglyph card name can be problematic for players to read during a match. When playing in an event, most of the players are trying to focus on the state of the game rather than trying to figure out the name of a card with obscure texts. While it is fine to call Judge to clarify such an issue, I’d much rather not to have this type of distraction when I am focused on how to win the game. The pseudo- Hieroglyph card name is simply not suited to be used in an event outside casual play. I do not wish to cause any unnecessary disruptions to my opponent or myself with these hard to read pseudo-Hieroglyph card names. It is simply not worth the trouble
Were the Card Selections Good?:
The card selection of the Amonkhet Invocations are quite good. Many players are excited to get their hands on the first time foil Mind Twist and of course pulling a Force of Will is always nice. However I feel that there is an over-representation of Blue cards in the Invocations. There are in total ten blue cards in the set while other colours especially Green received only one spot. There are plenty of powerful Non-Blue spells that can also attract players’ attention. Cards like Life From the Loam, Birds of Paradise, and Magus of Moon are all great examples of powerful Non-Blue cards that can fit into the Invocations theme just fine. If Wizards selected more cards from the other colours we would have a more interesting Invocations roster rather than getting seven different kinds of counter spell cards from Blue.
To Invoke or Not to Invoke?:
Despite of the decent selection of reprints, Amonkhet Invocations has major problems with the text used for card name. The obscure card names may frustrate or confuse players during a match up which isn’t good for a competitive game like Magic. As for the value of the Invocations, due to the controversial card frame/texts, the price may not be as great as the foils of these cards from other sets. The Invocations may initially have a higher price tag but will eventually drop to the same or lower value than their foil counterparts from elsewhere. Personally, I would not invest in them and I will sell my Invocations as soon as possible if I open up one in a booster pack.