Aaron Forsythe recently talked about the changes for Magic: M15 out later this year. As with every year’s Core set there is an opportunity for evolution so let’s take a look at what Aaron said.
You Make The Card
For the first time since 2006’s Vanish into Memory (that card did, indeed, vanish into memory), Wizards of the Coast asked the readership of DailyMTG.com, to vote on a series of options that led to the creation of a card, a black enchantment called Waste Not.
Aaron was happy to debut the “finished product” — the actual typeset and ready-for-press version of Waste Not for us all to see!
What’s Going on with That Card Frame?
As you can see from the expansion symbol, Waste Not will be appearing in this year’s core set, Magic 2015. As you can also see, a number of tweaks have been made to the card frame.
Aaron said he spent most of 2013 leading the design of M15, an ambitious set that will introduce a few new things to the game, not the least of which is an update to the existing card frame. He also outlined they have a lot of smart people there who are constantly thinking of ways to improve Magic. Many such ideas involved tweaks to the front of cards, but since Wizards doesn’t want to make sweeping changes to card frames often, they let a few such ideas pile up for a while before picking an opportune time to deploy them in a big batch. It seems M15 will be that time.
There are five big changes visible above on Waste Not. Four are game-wide changes that will be implemented in M15 and every set going forward, and the last is a little something special just for this set. Let’s go over them.
1) The font
Since its inception, Magic has used off-the-shelf fonts on its cards. As a brand, Wizards felt that they’d be better served by having their own unique proprietary font—something with a little edge and character that is still very readable.
In general, they liked the heaviness and shape of the “Matrix Bold” font they’d been using previously, so there are a lot of similarities between the old font and the new, named “Beleren,” which should alleviate any jarring feeling when you mix the two together in decks.
2) The holofoil stamp
You’ll notice a little silver oval in the bottom center of Waste Not. That’s a new unique holofoil stamp that they’re applying to all rares and mythic rares going forward. This stamp makes those cards feel more special, as well as guarantees authenticity.
Commons, uncommons, and basic lands will not feature this stamp.
3) The collector info
In the lower left of the card is a series of letters and numbers that indicate the card’s collector number (122/269), rarity (R), set (M15), and language (EN). The little dot between the set and the language will be a star on premium cards, so just about everything you’d ever need to know about a card’s edition is in one easy-to-read place.
Making the bottom of each card black to accommodate this information was, apparantly, not an easy decision, and may be the most disconcerting part of this frame update, but it was done with the best of intentions. This information is machine-readable by recognition software at their production plants as well. Therefore they hope it will help eliminate the rare packaging error, like cards sneaking into the wrong expansion’s boosters.
4) Decreased border size
In order to fit all this cool new stuff on the cards, they’ve reduced the width of the black border by almost a millimeter all the way around. This reclaimed real estate allows them to have slightly bigger art and text boxes. Yay for my failing old man eyesight! Or will they just add more text? Time will tell if I’ll need to invest in stronger glasses.
5) The designer credit
You’ll notice that they gave everyone credit for making this card in the place normally occupied by flavor text — “Designed by the Magic community.” This is the first time they’ve ever given credit for a specific card design on the card itself, a rare nod at the community as a whole! While every card going forward won’t feature a designer credit, there are a handful of others in Magic 2015, specifically, that will. We’ll have to wait and see what they are closer to the set I’m guessing as Aaron isn’t giving away clues.
Those are the main components of the card frame update. Here’s another M15 card for comparison. This one isn’t rare, so it has no stamp; it’s a creature, so it has a Power/Toughness box; and isn’t black, so you can see the frame design more clearly. All in all, it is an good evolution of the card frame and another card we can confirm in the set.
I’m sure in the coming weeks / months Aaron and his talented team will release more goodies for us to drool over. We’ll try and cover them as we get them.
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