10/22/2012 Feature: "Modern Masters Explained"

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Well, because I am somewhat senior it is easier for me to relate to the female players then it is for some. I have asked a few dozen ladies what they like/dislike about playing Magic. Hands down the most common dislike expressed to me over the years has not been guys hitting on them or being rude. Those things have come up but the most consistent complaints have related to personal hygiene and body odor.
Even if they're maintaining it as part of a settlement? I'll admit, studying law is only a hobby for me, so I defer to you.



If there was a case against wizards and wizards made a settlement, then yes the settlement, not the policy, would have legal force. Admittedly, it would only give protection to those who sued as generally only a party to a contract can sue on it.
Those things have come up but the most consistent complaints have related to personal hygiene and body odor.



A lack of personal hygiene *is* being rude.
In any case, personally I am all in favor of this set. Magic = drafting. This set is draftable. This set is going to be *awesome* to draft. And it's probably going to be easy to sustain my drafting habit by reselling for value. Win-win.

I also *know* my store is going to make our casual Sealed league play with packs of this when it releases, and that's gonna rule.
A lot of people seem to be thinking of "collectors" as people who hoard expensive cards in a backroom, probably around some sort of shrine. The first thing I thought of when hearing "collectors", was "second market card shops", eg Star City Games.

Last I checked, SCG supported getting rid of the reserved list. They're more aware than most that the effects of reprinting a card are not as simple as "increasing supply drives down prices", because it often leads to increased demand as well; and if nothing else, it means more stuff for them to sell. If WotC is avoiding printing enough of this set for retailers' sake, then the response from retailers should be "Y'know what? How about you don't do us any more 'favours'.".

EDIT: Having said that, when I say "last I checked", I mean it; I'm not using it as a form of sarcasm. It has been a year or so since I last had then-current information on this brought to my attention. I don't see any reason why anything would have changed since then, but I can't definitively say it hasn't.



Perhaps I was misunderstood (or did not express myself clearly). I didn't mean that retailers in general or SCG in particular would oppose to reprint runs or threaten to sue them(if they did, WotC would probably have gotten sued for every core set ever printed). What I am saying is that, from a business standpoint, I understand that the print run will be limited for this experiment because frankly, every experiment is by definition a test run.

We don't yet know how popular/unpopular this will be. If it is very popular, flooding the market at once can crash prices and cause a lot of damage before they eventually go back up and stabilize as they are sure to do. If it is unpopular and retailers placed large orders, they'd risk having a lot of excess stock at approximatly double the price of normal boosters. Printing a limited run is (one of) the best way(s) to prevent this from happening. Like people before me said, they can always print more, but they can't come knocking on our doors demanding their cards back.

I'm also not saying "screw collectors/retailers/SCG, just print more for us ! ALL FOR US!!!". I understand that the retailers play a very important role in this balance, and them losing on previous investments or God forbid even go out of business (more likely for smaller retailers who don't have a lot of reserve funds to handle the blow), will not only hurt them, but also players and WotC alike.

I'm just hoping that they found a good balance between FTV availability and Chronicles availability. And that the advised price of $7 gets respected, even if only for the first month
In any case, personally I am all in favor of this set. Magic = drafting. This set is draftable. This set is going to be *awesome* to draft. And it's probably going to be easy to sustain my drafting habit by reselling for value. Win-win.

I also *know* my store is going to make our casual Sealed league play with packs of this when it releases, and that's gonna rule.

Sorry, I must be missing something here. Limited print run, restricted amount to distributors, a more restricted amount to stores (except those that buy direct) and we are planning on there being enough for the end user to draft with? I saw it in the blurb but it seemed incongruent with all the hype about a limited number of cards. Along with that, does limited print run mean "limited" to what the US normally gets or "limited" on a world wide scale (as they are only being printed in English)? And as others have noted, producing a booster for +$.oo5 {my SWAG on cost of a foil} (which already made a tidy profit--oh and for those of you that just never stopped to think of it "no basic lands" only reduces the amount of sorting needed=reduced production costs) and then selling it for $3.00 more probably has very little to do with making sure it doesn't get in the wrong hands (how can any hands be "wrong" if a person is going to toss those cards and have a good time???). Add to that the comment about the power level and not wanting to make every other set we have in the pipeline comparatively unattractive from a price standpoint. The only thing WotC has in the pipeline--according to their sales people--is RTR and 2013. Stores can't order any older product from them. This should read "so the secondary market won't get upset with us". Yet that is not true because just by printing the set said market will get upset. HOLD IT!! Don't get me wrong, I want WotC to make money and keep on producing this wonderful game. I want the secondary market to make money (except the Mass Marketers--who only take and don't give) and keep their stores open so I have a place to play with my friends and can find/buy the cards I want. BUT, Dad nab it!! Be honest about it! This whole line of pure BS makes me sick! Gary
In any case, personally I am all in favor of this set. Magic = drafting. This set is draftable. This set is going to be *awesome* to draft. And it's probably going to be easy to sustain my drafting habit by reselling for value. Win-win.

I also *know* my store is going to make our casual Sealed league play with packs of this when it releases, and that's gonna rule.

Sorry, I must be missing something here. Limited print run, restricted amount to distributors, a more restricted amount to stores (except those that buy direct) and we are planning on there being enough for the end user to draft with? I saw it in the blurb but it seemed incongruent with all the hype about a limited number of cards. Along with that, does limited print run mean "limited" to what the US normally gets or "limited" on a world wide scale (as they are only being printed in English)? And as others have noted, producing a booster for +$.oo5 {my SWAG on cost of a foil} (which already made a tidy profit--oh and for those of you that just never stopped to think of it "no basic lands" only reduces the amount of sorting needed=reduced production costs) and then selling it for $3.00 more probably has very little to do with making sure it doesn't get in the wrong hands (how can any hands be "wrong" if a person is going to toss those cards and have a good time???). Add to that the comment about the power level and not wanting to make every other set we have in the pipeline comparatively unattractive from a price standpoint. The only thing WotC has in the pipeline--according to their sales people--is RTR and 2013. Stores can't order any older product from them. This should read "so the secondary market won't get upset with us". Yet that is not true because just by printing the set said market will get upset. HOLD IT!! Don't get me wrong, I want WotC to make money and keep on producing this wonderful game. I want the secondary market to make money (except the Mass Marketers--who only take and don't give) and keep their stores open so I have a place to play with my friends and can find/buy the cards I want. BUT, Dad nab it!! Be honest about it! This whole line of pure BS makes me sick! Gary



What you seem to be missing is this:

"The Modern Masters set will be English only and sold only through hobby retailers around the world"

I reread the article again and there is no mention of any of this product going to distributors, only to hobby stores.  Yes there is a limited print run and it is likely going to lead to the product getting bought out instantly.  However, if the store wants, they could theoretically run a draft with the cards.  They would have to hold boxes back to do so however.

I also believe that the idea of a conservative print run is being put way out of focus.  The way people here seem to be thinking about it is that a store is only going to have one or two boxes, maybe another box or two for larger stores.  I can imagine conservative as being somewhere between 5-10 boxes a store (closer to the lower end).  But the stores simply won't be getting more if they run out unlike with a normal set where they get cases of boxes and can get more for a certain time period.

Again, this is my speculation and I can be way wrong.  Until they give out more definitive numbers nothing is certain.
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Hay! your take is just as good as anyone at this point unless someone "in the know" speaks up.

I didn't know what to make of the "Hobby retailers". My point was, that if this has the potential of going up in price there is a tendency for distributors to hold on to some--specially those also connected to online sales.

They say "sold" through the retailers but not all retailers buy direct from WotC but also get supplies from distributors. I think only the Premier stores can buy direct--that may have changed since my day.

I hope your amount is close as I would like to see this not become an Arabian Nights set where distributors told stores "thats all WotC sent us" and stores told customers "sorry I can't get any" and some cases both were lying.
Think "limited" as in Coldsnap/Unhinged, not "limited" as in FTV. There's going to be a Grand Prix of this. There's definitely going to be some packs for draft (hell, I expect better than 3:1 odds that WotC will make a Game Day for it), and in whatever case my FLGS's manager, who actually plays in our store league, will divert packs for the league without any shadow of a doubt, because that's just how F my FLGS is.
WOTC needs women to come into the game more
Modern is a great way to do that, since the format is aesthetically stronger than legacy was. 

In order for women to play, it needs to be easy for them to build decks. Women are not competitive the way men are. Girls don't pour over lists for tournys to copy other people's deck. Girls don't think the way guys do. 



Yeah, I know what you mean. I randomly lumped a bunch of my prettiest cards together and suddenly I was playing a Maverick deck in Legacy. It was, like, sooooo pretty and I didn't even see it coming. But my old dual lands were ugly, so I switched them for full-art Zendikar basics. That John Avon Forest is sooooo much prettier, and my feeble, estrogen-crippled brain is incapable of seeing past that, tee hee. ^u^

Women prefer co-operative play. women dont like to totally crush people.



Yes. After the subsequent tournament, I went home and cried because I won over a guy without him even getting to play any of his 5+CMC 4-colour Dragon Tribal deck's big cards and it was just, like, a terrible feeling. Like, if we could just have worked together, then maybe, just maybe, I could have helped him towards victory. But then again, if we had won, I would have cried too, because women hate winning, we only play games so we can socialise and talk about our makeup and purses and other girly stuff.^_^

In all seriousness, I think this set is a step in the right direction as a whole. A smaller one than I would have liked, admittedly, but I am understanding of why Wizards would want to be cautious of this, considering what happened when they decided to throw people a bone by reprinting an old, somewhat-decent card in a duel deck. Wasn't even a good or expensive one, just decent. See, I've been trying to buy into the Legacy for years, but because of happenings during the last year (Moving to a different country to be with my husband), I haven't played Magic in that time. Before I moved, I could buy Savannahs for 35-ish dollars. That's 80 now.

...I don't want to pay 80 dollars for pieces of cardboard that I need to play. One-ofs or niche cards like Karakas or The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, yeah, alright. I own one of the former. I traded for it when it was 30 dollars. Now it's 80 too. So are my Tarmogoyfs. I was originally thinking about just cashing out on the whole game, because I don't feel like keeping up with that. But then I found out about Modern. A format where Wizards can't just throw their hands into the air and go "lolsorryguyz" whenever people are asking for a card to be reprinted? Actually reprinting the cards? Reprinting the shocklands right after making the format? All this is great stuff.

What I'm saying is that Modern, unlike Legacy these days, seems feasible. People might play this. I will have opponents, tournaments, support. I see myself as a rather selfish person, and I am personally glad at the prospect of having my Goyfs take a plunge in value in exchange for a decent playerbase and support for my chosen format. And these days, Modern just seems much, much better than Legacy. Even my husband, who was never really a Magic player, has expressed interest in Modern after I explained to him the difference between it and Legacy. Again - this, to me is much more valuable thanhaving a binder worth a couple thousand dollars.

If this is the future of Magic, then I for one welcome our new reprintable overlords.

EDIT: Oh, and I would like a reprint of the original fetches in Modern. I would like that a lot. Although that might be getting greedy, but I don't really feel like parting with mine as much as I wanna get rid of the duals. Maybe some day. Or maybe I'm just greedy.
Wizards - where reprinting more that a tiny little number of the chase rares in a format they CLAIM to be pushing because ERMAHGERD T3H P00R C0LL3CT0RZ = Verboten!

But

The Standard format, in which 99% of the cards you pay $20 bucks for today will be worth a buck fifty in 18 months when their block rotates = totes legit.  

Perhaps they should decide whether their product is games or equities before they proceed.  Cash grab, plain and simple.
I thought that by playing Standard, you were already accepting that your stuff is gonna take a dip once it rotates? If you don't want that to happen, you can just play a non-rotating format. Like, say... Modern.
i just want to say:

I totally did not foresee this thread swerving into the subject of female gamers. 

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BTW, my optimism about Modern Masters drafting is a bit shot, since I've learned how ridiculously short printed they made Commander's Arsenal straight from the horse's mouth.
BTW, my optimism about Modern Masters drafting is a bit shot, since I've learned how ridiculously short printed they made Commander's Arsenal straight from the horse's mouth.



What does the print run of Commander's Arsenal have to do with Modern Masters?  Wizards hasn't given their definition for "conservative" which is all we know about the amount of Modern Masters to be released.  As I said  "conservative" could mean 5 - 10 boxes a store and no more when they run out.  Compare that to an average set where stores get a good number of boxes and more over time.

As I also said, this is all speculation and I could be way wrong.  Until we have a more definite idea of what conservative is I see little reason to worry.
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BTW, my optimism about Modern Masters drafting is a bit shot, since I've learned how ridiculously short printed they made Commander's Arsenal straight from the horse's mouth.



What does the print run of Commander's Arsenal have to do with Modern Masters?  Wizards hasn't given their definition for "conservative" which is all we know about the amount of Modern Masters to be released.  As I said  "conservative" could mean 5 - 10 boxes a store and no more when they run out.  Compare that to an average set where stores get a good number of boxes and more over time.

As I also said, this is all speculation and I could be way wrong.  Until we have a more definite idea of what conservative is I see little reason to worry.


Your right, there's no definitive proof that they will print too little (like 5-10 boxes) and sell out completely to pre-orders in the first day they take pre-orders, only to collectors who will hang on to them or sell them on ebay for even greater prices. Then if they are sold out there will be plenty of drafts and sealeds and opportunity for casual players to pick up the product and enter the new format they have no cards for.

There's just never been a case of a limited print run selling out so quickly or stores marking up the product considerably above MSRP because they can limiting access to the product.

Raven Cool 
BTW, my optimism about Modern Masters drafting is a bit shot, since I've learned how ridiculously short printed they made Commander's Arsenal straight from the horse's mouth.



What does the print run of Commander's Arsenal have to do with Modern Masters?  Wizards hasn't given their definition for "conservative" which is all we know about the amount of Modern Masters to be released.  As I said  "conservative" could mean 5 - 10 boxes a store and no more when they run out.  Compare that to an average set where stores get a good number of boxes and more over time.

As I also said, this is all speculation and I could be way wrong.  Until we have a more definite idea of what conservative is I see little reason to worry.


Your right, there's no definitive proof that they will print too little (like 5-10 boxes) and sell out completely to pre-orders in the first day they take pre-orders, only to collectors who will hang on to them or sell them on ebay for even greater prices. Then if they are sold out there will be plenty of drafts and sealeds and opportunity for casual players to pick up the product and enter the new format they have no cards for.

There's just never been a case of a limited print run selling out so quickly or stores marking up the product considerably above MSRP because they can limiting access to the product.

Raven  



You are calling it a "limited" print run.  That is the case with FTV and Commander's Arsenal.  This isn't a product like FTV or Commander's Arsenal.  This is an actual set with a large number of cards (229 to be precise) rather than a box product with only a handful of select cards.  Basically, they are releasing another set in June but they won't be cranking out the same amount of boosters as they do for a set like RtR.  The amount will be much smaller since they don't want to drastically increase the amount of any one card on the market.  But I do not believe that we are looking at a one or two boxes per store type deal as is the case with FTV.
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Even in an 'unlimited' print run such as RtR, people will draft the odd card for value. I've been passed and have passed cards up to £10, probably not too many over £10 though. You can't help it when you open a card worth £££. But by and large, it doesn't impact the draft much.

If the price of drafting this is as inflated as predicted, and the availability of drafts limited by the product, I can only see the instances of value drafting going up, and dratfs become more about whether you made back your money. Sad day for drafts.
Even in an 'unlimited' print run such as RtR, people will draft the odd card for value. I've been passed and have passed cards up to £10, probably not too many over £10 though. You can't help it when you open a card worth £££. But by and large, it doesn't impact the draft much.

If the price of drafting this is as inflated as predicted, and the availability of drafts limited by the product, I can only see the instances of value drafting going up, and dratfs become more about whether you made back your money. Sad day for drafts.



Agreed but I think this could be cured by having a rare/mythic redraft at the end where your pick order is determined by where you finished in the draft.  I don't normally advocate this but in a set with some cards going to be worth stupid amounts of money this may be the best option for protecting 'the draft'.
I'm baffled by the amount of stupidity in this thread. Within the last couple pages we've had people say that women prefer Modern because the cards are prettier and that a company saying one thing then doing another actually has some kind of legal ramifications. It's like everybody logs into the board and suddenly forgets everything they know except Magic.
Agreed but I think this could be cured by having a rare/mythic redraft at the end where your pick order is determined by where you finished in the draft.  I don't normally advocate this but in a set with some cards going to be worth stupid amounts of money this may be the best option for protecting 'the draft'.



I hate doing that. It's like telling someone they're not good enough for Mythic A, B, or C because they're no good at drafting.
What do you think drafting should reward? Good game play (drafting + playing), or taking all the cards you want for your trade binder? If it's the latter, what's the point in even playing the draft afterwards? I definitely support redrafting rares based on finishing order because it gets people to actually try to draft a good deck for gameplay. If someone wants Mythic A, B or C, they can buy it or trade for it or open packs trying to get it, but I don't think they should come to a draft table trying to get that particular card they want for their constructed deck. (At least, not unless they're prepared to try to draft well enough to pick it in the redraft, or alternatively collar the person who picked it afterwards to try to trade for it.)
I can't help but be curious about this being a draftable set.  Usually a large set has what....100-150 commons?  It would be hard to find that many commons being played at all in Modern, and  they would mostly be premium removal spells. 

I can't help but be curious about this being a draftable set.  Usually a large set has what....100-150 commons?  It would be hard to find that many commons being played at all in Modern, and  they would mostly be premium removal spells. 


Modern Masters has 101 commons, 60 uncommons, 53 rares, and 15 mythics. So yes, expect a good number of 'filler' commons for Limited playing.

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What do you think drafting should reward? Good game play (drafting + playing), or taking all the cards you want for your trade binder? If it's the latter, what's the point in even playing the draft afterwards? I definitely support redrafting rares based on finishing order because it gets people to actually try to draft a good deck for gameplay. If someone wants Mythic A, B or C, they can buy it or trade for it or open packs trying to get it, but I don't think they should come to a draft table trying to get that particular card they want for their constructed deck. (At least, not unless they're prepared to try to draft well enough to pick it in the redraft, or alternatively collar the person who picked it afterwards to try to trade for it.)



It's discouraging. Someone who's new to, or unskilled at, drafting and/or MTG in general isn't going to like it if the super-cool Mythic they drafted gets taken away after they end up in 6th+ place. That can turn someone off the game real quick. At least if they get to keep it, it'll be something they'll want to use.

Then the people who ARE skilled at drafting can trade it off of them if it's something they DON'T want to use. 

I can't help but be curious about this being a draftable set.  Usually a large set has what....100-150 commons?  It would be hard to find that many commons being played at all in Modern, and  they would mostly be premium removal spells. 


Modern Masters has 101 commons, 60 uncommons, 53 rares, and 15 mythics. So yes, expect a good number of 'filler' commons for Limited playing.



As I understand it, they will also be shifting rarities in this set. So for example, some Uncommons might be made Common for Modern Masters.

~ Tim   

I am Blue/White Reached DCI Rating 1800 on 28/10/11. :D
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56287226 wrote:
190106923 wrote:
Not bad. But what happens flavor wise when one kamahl kills the other one?
Zis iz a sign uf deep psychological troma, buried in zer subconscious mind. By keelink himzelf, Kamahl iz physically expressink hiz feelinks uf self-disgust ova hiz desire for hiz muzzer. [/GermanPsychologistVoice]
56957928 wrote:
57799958 wrote:
That makes no sense to me. If they spelled the ability out on the card in full then it would not be allowed in a mono-black Commander deck, but because they used a keyword to save space it is allowed? ~ Tim
Yup, just like you can have Birds of paradise in a mono green deck but not Noble Hierarch. YAY COLOR IDENTITY
56287226 wrote:
56888618 wrote:
Is algebra really that difficult?
Survey says yes.
56883218 wrote:
57799958 wrote:
You want to make a milky drink. You squeeze a cow.
I love this description. Like the cows are sponges filled with milk. I can see it all Nick Parks claymation-style with the cow's eyes bugging out momentarily as a giant farmer squeezes it like a squeaky dog toy, and milk shoots out of it.
56287226 wrote:
56735468 wrote:
And no judge will ever give you a game loss for playing snow covered lands.
I now have a new goal in life. ;)
I agree with Tiara. Redrafting is horrible. There's no incentive for a below-average player to draft (it's all about expected return after all) which means they never learn to get good at it and it becomes an exclusive format. Raredrafting doesn't significantly impact the "integrity" of a draft, it's usually only one pick out of 45 that's any different to what you would do if winning was more important than getting the valuable cards. I raredraft online all the time and still have a great record.

Redrafting is fine, as long as everyone agrees to it before hand. 

Anyway, about this product, I suspect most people will sell the boosters for a lot more than retail value. Look at the other limited releases, FTV sets tend to be sold in shops at 2-3 times their retail value. The New Commanders Arsenal is selling at some shops for over £200. So will these boosters be the $7-8 they claim? I suspect in the UK you'll be looking at £10 a booster. 
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I agree with cyrus - the recent history of markup is too rampant to ignore, especially when you consider what AF explained about the product:



The power-level of the cards in these boosters is very high compared to the average... [and] there's a foil in every pack...

The set ...will be produced in very conservative quantities... I can't say it enough: our print run is very small...




There's no way that greedy traders will just pass this on at MSRP.

A $3.99 MSRP booster pack sells online for £3, and a draft £12.

A $6.99 MSRP booster pack ought to be £5, and a draft £20, but based on FtV's x3 markup I would guess you're looking at least £10 per booster and therefore £40 per draft. Maybe the local games clubs will leverage that down to a "mere" £30 per draft.

Aaron makes it clear throughout his article that this is a set intended to be drafted. I doubt that this aim is compatible with the likely mark up.
I agree with cyrus - the recent history of markup is too rampant to ignore, especially when you consider what AF explained about the product:



The power-level of the cards in these boosters is very high compared to the average... [and] there's a foil in every pack...

The set ...will be produced in very conservative quantities... I can't say it enough: our print run is very small...




There's no way that greedy traders will just pass this on at MSRP.

A $3.99 MSRP booster pack sells online for £3, and a draft £12.

A $6.99 MSRP booster pack ought to be £5, and a draft £20, but based on FtV's x3 markup I would guess you're looking at least £10 per booster and therefore £40 per draft. Maybe the local games clubs will leverage that down to a "mere" £30 per draft.

Aaron makes it clear throughout his article that this is a set intended to be drafted. I doubt that this aim is compatible with the likely mark up.


The closest product I can think of to Modern Masters are the all-foil Alara packs. They were £10 in the UK... how much were they supposed to be in dollars?

~ Tim 

I am Blue/White Reached DCI Rating 1800 on 28/10/11. :D
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56287226 wrote:
190106923 wrote:
Not bad. But what happens flavor wise when one kamahl kills the other one?
Zis iz a sign uf deep psychological troma, buried in zer subconscious mind. By keelink himzelf, Kamahl iz physically expressink hiz feelinks uf self-disgust ova hiz desire for hiz muzzer. [/GermanPsychologistVoice]
56957928 wrote:
57799958 wrote:
That makes no sense to me. If they spelled the ability out on the card in full then it would not be allowed in a mono-black Commander deck, but because they used a keyword to save space it is allowed? ~ Tim
Yup, just like you can have Birds of paradise in a mono green deck but not Noble Hierarch. YAY COLOR IDENTITY
56287226 wrote:
56888618 wrote:
Is algebra really that difficult?
Survey says yes.
56883218 wrote:
57799958 wrote:
You want to make a milky drink. You squeeze a cow.
I love this description. Like the cows are sponges filled with milk. I can see it all Nick Parks claymation-style with the cow's eyes bugging out momentarily as a giant farmer squeezes it like a squeaky dog toy, and milk shoots out of it.
56287226 wrote:
56735468 wrote:
And no judge will ever give you a game loss for playing snow covered lands.
I now have a new goal in life. ;)
As a new player, I welcome the Modern Masters. I understand that collectors don't want to see prices fall too much, but look...This is a game before it's a collector's item. If you want to buy pieces of cardboard to preserve primarily for their historical and monetary value, go into baseball card collecting

There are a bunch of people like me who want to branch out from Standard into the wider seas of Modern, and this is the perfect way to make it easier for us. The fact that some collectors see it as a zero-sum game, in which the gains of newer players equal their own losses, means that they are not interested in the game per se, only their own wallets. 
This is just another limited release product where the retail price will be ignored and you wont be able to buy a single booster for less than $20. How do they expect people to draft at that price?