For me, the Magic is, and always has been, on the plane of Dominaria.
Dominaria is where I acquired my first Starter Deck of Magic cards. On Dominaria is where I first learned to play and explored the game with my brother and cousins. And Dominaria has always had the most interesting characters, locations, and storylines.
The plane has weathered a Brother’s War, an Ice Age, Slivers, Phyrexians, Tolaria breaking time, Rebels, The Cabal, and is still standing (sort of).
It’s been over a decade since Magic has returned to the homeland (but, let’s not mention Homelands…), and I am beyond stoked to see what has been going on in Dominaria since we last visited in Time Spiral block. There are so many possibilities, and I can’t wait to see what’s going on in some of the key locations: Llanowar, Shiv, and Yavimaya.
I cannot remember looking forward to anything in Magic this much since I began playing over 20 years ago. I’ve been anxiously looking forward to Dominaria and revisiting some of my favorite sites and storylines ever since I first heard about the project last year.
I mean, Urza has to come back at some point for another showdown with some Phrexianized Mishra, right?
And Then the Release Notes Were Leaked
So it’s all up there and I could just look at it at any time? It kind of makes me rethink my verbiage. “Can’t wait…” Feels hollow. Feels bad.
It really is a shame to have another set leaked in advance of spoiler season. I know that there is a lot of anticipation for new sets (especially one as epic as DOM) but it takes something away from the experience when it isn’t done right. I want to see a set shown off, piece by piece, and explained by those who created it and not just a blob of text as a release file!
I’VE BEEN ROBBED!!! I WANT MY SPOILER SEASON BACK!!!
Spoiler Alert: I haven’t looked yet and don’t intend to for a while. Despite having tried to stay in “the bubble,” I’ve still seen Karn and Mox Amber on social media. All I can say is, wow, I can’t wait to see the rest!
I also feel bad for the design team that worked on the project. What a feel bad—to get a shot at designing cards for one of the most awaited and epic expansions of all time and having all of that hard work bulk revealed in advance of spoiler season.
From what I’ve read about the subject it looks like it was just an honest mistake where the wrong notes from the wrong set leaked out, but the consequence stinks no matter what side you’re on—designer, corporate, or just consumer. It seems really unfair to not have the chance to show it off properly.
The first thing I did this weekend when I heard about the leak was visit Wizard’s page to figure out what the heck was going on. It looks like Wizards published the notes in every language and is going to be soft launching the spoiler material on their site over the course of the next week or so.
I decided that because it is Dominaria and because I want the full fanboy, slow-roll experience, I’m going to get my information from the source rather than binging the release notes for immediate gratification.
First of all, I’d like to get the information from the design team themselves on the Mothership. I want to hear about these new mechanics from the mouths of the individuals who worked on them. It’s their chance to shine, and I want to hear it from the source.
Second of all, I want to get my information in pieces rather than try to eat the whole cake in one sitting. A Magic expansion is big and there are a lot of moving pieces in the mix. I want to enjoy the experience, piece by piece, rather than go “full-on cookie monster” on the spoiler.
I want to be able to think about each mechanic for a while: what it means, how it works, and how to use it.
Leaks Ruin the Anticipation
As a long-time Magic writer, I’ve weathered my share of new releases with varying levels of enthusiasm and interest. Some sets look great and exciting. Some sets, less so.
Magic has been a part of my life since I was in 5th grade back in 1995. I actually care about returning to Dominaria. I’m excited to see what they’ve done with the place while I’ve been away fighting over the other reaches of the multiverse.
Would it be better if the leak never happened? Obviously. It’s bad for everybody. Wizards can’t promote their new product the way it deserves. The players miss out on seeing the set featured one piece at a time.
Nonetheless, I’m resolved to get the maximum excitement out of the experience for myself. I’ve waited 12 years to go back to Dominaria, so what’s another couple of weeks?
I’m not going to lie—it stings that I could be surfing for Battle Box cards right now, but I’ve decided to pump the brakes. There will be infinite time for that (thanks, Ripetide Project!) but only one opportunity to experience the cards for the first time.
Some things are worth waiting for. I can wait for Dominaria and I’m very excited for the future of Magic, back on the plane where it all began.