Since Magic: the Gathering has been around since 1993, it has created Much Over nearly 30 years of history. With new mechanics introduced in every new set, MTG’s increasing complexity won’t slow down any time soon. In fact, MTG’s complexity creep may be accelerating thanks to the number of products Wizards release each year. The Wizards of the Coast have also pushed the boundaries of the mechanisms they have recently created. This is in part thanks to everyone’s least favorite format, Alchemy, and the better-displayed Un-Sets. While the future is unclear, these unprecedented design liberties may lead to the strangest MTG mechanic yet; Three-sided folding cards.
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While they may be one of Magic’s logistically frustrating mechanics, double-sided cards aren’t a new invention. He debuted on the Innistrad block since 2011, and players have had more than ten years to get to know the mechanic. For those 10 long years, Wizards have been keen to innovate with the tried and tested formula. This has given rise to double-sided cards, double-sided epics, and cards that transform into Planeswalkers. Earlier this year, WotC introduced cards that can morph into six different types via the specialty mechanic. It debuted in Alchemy, Magic: The first six-sided cards of The Gathering received a lot of taunts. However, this did not deter wizards.
Much to the chagrin of Audio Magic players lamented by Specialize, it looks like an even more absurd mechanic is headed toward the future of Magic; Folding cards. Rather than just being a slim possibility, MTG’s foldable cards should almost certainly be. Regarding the possibility of having folding cards on their blog, Blogatog, Magic’s Lead Designer, Mark Rosewater, revealed that it’s not “if” but “when”. While Rosewater notes that it may not “necessarily happen anytime soon,” it’s clear something the Wizards of the Coast have in mind. Duelmasters have three-sided foldable cards. I suppose someday magic will try themRose water explained.
If you haven’t heard of it before, Dual Masters is another trading card game created by Wizards of the Coast. Despite repeated attempts, Dual Masters have never risen to match the popularity of Magic: The Gathering in the West. However, in Japan the game has proven to be consistently popular and is still being printed later. Although Dual Masters was initially an alternative brand to Magic: the Gathering, the games have many amazing differences. Not all creatures can block, for example, and each player has five shields instead of life points. Plus, of course, Dual Monsters also owns 3-sided folding cards.
known as 3D debit cardsThese foldable cards are so wild, they look honestly cool. Rather than being an impossible-to-shape 3D piece of cardboard, 3D Dragsolution Cards are basically three linked cards that can be folded into different stacks, brochure-style. Through each step of Dragsolution, or transformation, the physical size of the card increases. This makes the advanced shapes of 3D Dragsolution cards incredibly imposing on the battlefield and the scene you see.
Unfortunately, while they look absolutely gorgeous, 3D Dragsolution cards aren’t without issues. For example, there is no case on the market that can properly contain this foldable giant. In addition, the card can be damaged if it is not folded properly, as well as wear over time. These factors can make selling 3D Dragsolution cards very difficult. However, there may still be a solution that makes it worth the cost.
big furry beast
In 1998, long before double-sided cards were in use, MTG experimented with the first multi-sided card: BFM (Big Furry Monster). Appearing in Unglued, BFM (Big Furry Monster) was the predecessor of the unreleased product mechanical link, as well as Meld and Host mechanics. Requiring the player to have both halves of a card to play, BFM (Big Furry Monster) was more than just a solid novelty. While it was weird, BFM (Big Furry Monster) didn’t break Magic’s rules very much. If the Wizards wanted it, you might not even need the Acorn Card to be a Silver Border anymore!
In the end, after Link is canceled, the legacy of BFM (Big Furry Monster) will live on Mix. This diversion variant appeared in the 2016 Eldritch Moon, allowing players to create one oversized card by combining two cards. While Meld was not without its intricacies, the mechanic provided an impressive scene, similar to 3D Dragsolution Cards. Meld’s mechanic also introduced several significant improvements to 3D Dragsolution cards.
For example, while not as impressive as the Energy Handbook, Meld cards didn’t suffer from unnecessary wear and tear. In addition, Meld cards can be part of the player’s main deck due to their thickness and ability to fit on the sleeves. Thus, a Meld card that can meld again to create a larger creature might be a better solution than Dual Masters’ 3D Dragsolution.
long time coming
Fortunately, everything the Wizards of the Coast are planning; It is still far from being implemented. This means that there will hopefully be plenty of time for Wizards to get foldable or trifold cards in MTG. However, so we have to wait and see what the future holds.
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