Time Spiral Remastered
As someone who is not a huge proponent of empty nostalgia, I think Time Spiral Remastered is a really good concept. Like anything, it's possible — almost inevitable, in the current financial climate the game is operating in — that Remastered sets are a gimmick that gets driven into the ground, but the first attempt — in terms of a physical release — seems like a hit.
I was lucky enough to get into Magic: The Gathering when Revised Edition was on its way out of print. After taking a hiatus from late-1999 or so, until mid-2007, I came back to the game just as the Time Spiral block was ending, leading into the release of Lorwyn.
Now, in 2021, more-or-less 14 years after my return to the game, I'm getting a chance to draft one of the most beloved limited environments in the game's history. This would have been unfeasible otherwise, with the price of sealed product from old sets going for hundreds to thousands of dollars per booster box.
Thanks to COVID-19, the drafting will obviously be postponed until the fall — or possibly even some time in 2022. I am fine with waiting, as long as we eventually get around to doing it.
The biggest hook for the set is the Timeshifted card selection. As with the original Time Spiral set, there was a chance that each pack held an old card, complete with original pre-2003 card frame. The new selections for Time Spiral Remastered are incredible; there are too many great choices to name them all, but the option to play legitimate, old frame versions of Ponder, Chalice Of The Void, the artifact land from Mirrodin, among others fills me with genuine excitement. (I'm sure the cost of the product will reel it in to some extent.)
I enjoyed the Amonkhet Remastered release on MTG Arena, and I hope that Time Spiral Remastered appears on the platform, although it's possible that the different product streams will retain some key differences.
Published: March 3rd, 2021.