A Very Special Episode of Unlimited Adventures: Scryings Spoiler

Greetings Old School community far and wide. We are getting ever so close to the big 2 holidays here in the states and I don't know about you but if you are celebrating Thanksgiving then I am sure you are starting to feel the same hunger pangs that I am. You may be wondering why I am posting so soon after the pretty big article describing my adventures at Eternal Weekend a few weeks ago. No, I do not have any new Unlimited cards in my collection. Tonight I have the privilege of being a part of a radical, tubular, nay bodacious idea from our friends in Europe.

On December 28th a new set will be released into the Old School community. How is this possible you say? Surely Wizards wants nothing do with us. Are those wild-eyed Scandinavians creating cards from scratch? No, Scyings is being released. It will be a collection of 116 cards from Fallen Empires through Weatherlight. Those of you who were playing like me back in 1995 surely remember the excitement when the first rumblings of a set of reprints from the 1993/1994 sets was being discussed. I remember people thinking we might see cards like Library of Alexandria and Black Lotus printed again. The set that would become Chronicles obviously did not include any power or the major heavy hitters from Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, or The Dark but it was still an awesome way for the vast majority of people who never got to play with those cards to take a look back. Which brings us once again to Scryings, the set that that the community designed. And now without further ado:

Enduring Renewal.  A mind bendingly cool enchantment released in 1995 as part of the Ice Age expansion. Ice Age was of course the first truly stand-alone expansion, including basic lands and reprints of cards such as Giant Growth and Swords to Plowshares. Theoretically it could be played on its own. I cracked a ton of Ice Age packs back in 1995 and still look at the rares occasionally as I flip through my binder. I never did see Enduring Renewal. In fact I was unaware of the card until Magnus graciously asked me to do a spoiler for Scryings.

Scryings is more than just a collection of cool cards from 1994 to 1997. It is a testament to the vibrancy of this global community and the many people who give it color. It is the set that the community built. On a personal level it is extremely exciting. Those of you who have been following my blog since the beginning know that I started back in April 1994 and stopped around 1998. That being said I never opened more than 2 or 3 packs from any set after Alliances. My play group consisted of my brother Jimmy, my Dad, my sister and my cousin. When I got back into the game this January it was like awakening from a 20 year Magic coma. This set truly is a "reverse Chronicles" for me. I am unfamiliar with nearly every single card printed after Ice Age. For me it is literally as if I am standing in 1994 and looking into a crystal ball. I for one know what one of the biggest Christmas presents for me will be this year: the release of Scryings.


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