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Infinity: A Future Magic Set June 19, 2009

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In October 2008 I decided to make a satirical article series, The Power Creep, about what Magic will be like 50 years in to the future.

Then around February 2009 I started making an entire Magic set based on the Power Creep articles. I was very curious and perhaps a bit power hungry. What would Magic be like 50 years from now if my predictions were correct? What if moxes and Black Lotus were no longer over-powered? I wanted to know.

Soon after I made some progress with the power creep set I decided to show off some of my newer card ideas in a similar satirical article series, Sixty Years into the Future.

A couple months later in April 2009 I finished my power creep set and named it “Infinity.” I printed out several card images and pasted them onto real magic cards. I had no idea if the set would work at all, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was reasonably balanced. This is based on play testing the set in the form of drafting it and playing sealed decks. I haven’t played constructed decks yet, so I can’t be certain how balanced it would be, but I doubt it would be too horrible.

I decided that four mana in Magic would be like one colored mana in Infinity. (Ancestral Recall would be at least four mana if it was reprinted.) There are one-drops, 1/1 creatures, zero casting cost spells, and 40 card draft decks tend to only need 8-14 lands.

After taking the set seriously, my original power creep predictions were often modified. (They were either too powerful or too weak.) Here are some of my changes:

Serra Exhibitionist

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after

serra exhibitionist

Serra Exhibitionist wasn’t completely overly-powered, but it was too un-fun. 15 power makes the game end quickly. I decided I would rather get it out on the first turn, but win slower.

Anti-War Sentiment

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after

nonviolent sentiment fake magic card

Anti-War Sentiment was somehow renamed and given a slight boost in power. When Ancestral Recall is no longer over-powered, card advantage is pretty important.

God

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after

god fake magic card

God was also too un-fun. I wanted it to be possible to beat someone who played God. It is very very powerful, but it is at least beatable.

Conclusion

The power creep predictions could be correct. Moxes and Black Lotus are not necessarily over-powered.

I wondering if the power creep would end 50 years in the future. Would we need cards to become more powerful after Moxes are normal? My answer is: No. The power creep can continue on for at least another 100 years. There might be a point when we no longer want a power creep, but my ideas for Magic 2070 are even more powerful than ever.

I am now considering making more power creep sets, and I have several ideas already. One set is merely a sequel to Infinity and I have finished a couple rough drafts. My New Core Set Previews involve some of my newer ideas, but I am also excited to make Magic 2080.

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5. Mark H - February 1, 2011

Just stumbled upon this today. If you did the art for the first two cards you’re quite the artist. Also, is there an uncensored version of the first card?

6. James - February 1, 2011

Mark, information about the art can be found in the original power creep articles starting here: http://www.recoculous.com/2008/10/21/power-creep-part-1/

The original picture of Serra had her clothes on.