My second first glance at Fallen Empires

The Magic Reborn League starts at the 4th of October and everybody is super hyped to start. If you don’t know what the Magic Reborn League is, check out this link. Anne is one of the Reborners and wrote his first piece about Fallen Empires which is one of the sets of which we will open Boosters during the Reborn League. Enjoy!

When I was a teenager, starting to play Magic, Tempest was still widely available. Urza’s Destiny was the latest set and the Sixth Edition rules had just shaken up the game (although I didn’t know that, since I’ve only learned those rules). When I came to the LGS, I was always looking and interessted in the older sets and boosters. Ice Age, Homelands, Visions. But the oldest set available was Fallen Empires (FE). Now when I heard old, I immediately saw pictures of Moxen, Lotus and Library of Alexandria. So, not knowing enough, I bought a pack of Fallen Empires. I have no idea what was in there, but I know the cards went straight into my box of not-playable bulk stuff.

And that was that. I bought a playset of Hymn to Tourach and never looked back at FE again.

Then, some 18 years later, I started playing Old School. Here in the Netherlands, most tournaments are using the Swedish Rules, but since I’ve been playing online as well, EC and Atlantic caused me to revist the FE set. I did a quick scan of the cards, choose some cards that seemed fun, got the playsets and every now and then build an EC or Atlantic deck with them.

All the FE cards I have
These are all my FE cards, for EC and Atlantic.

Then the idea of the Magic Reborn League came along, and we’re going to open old Starter Packs and Boosters! This means that we were also going to open some FE (actually, we’re doing a 25th anniversary ReLaunch party). But there’s no spoilerseason or Limited Set Review to learn all the ins and outs of this set.

So where to begin?
When I was at Joep’s place a few weeks ago, he gave me a FE booster to open (many thanks for that!), so I got my first glance at what will be coming.

My second opened FE Booster
My second opened FE boosterpack!

Erm, ok… So I know Hymn and Order…

Thallid, Goblins, Orcs, Dwarves, Homarids. I’ve seen those tribes come by from time to time (well maybe Homarids not so much…). So it appears FE is a Tribal set. Creatures matter! Which is a good thing for Limited, I think. But since I have no idea what the tribes do, I am going to have to look further for an idea of how this set works, what the good commons are and what colors might stand out. Usualy I open Gatherer and browse all the cards, but I wanted more info on the set as a whole, so i decided to do things the Old School way and got my Magic Official Encyclopedia to have a full visual spoiler and some background story!


Encyclopedia FE p1

Encyclopedia FE p2
“Books are a uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King

It turns out that after the Brother’s War, one continent of Dominaria has fallen into multiple civil wars. The Ice Age is coming (how fitting) and the different tribes are all battling for power. Merfolk and Homarids; Dwarves vs Orcs vs Goblins; The black order of knights vs their own created slave race of Thrulls. You name it! Looks to me that this might actually be something way cooler than I expected. I still have no idea what the cards do, and luckily I have until november to find out. There’s so much to explore! The flavor seems awesome. The fact that some cards have different versions of art makes it hard to know which card is which, but I will have to dive into that. Step one will be exploring all the cards. Step two will be checking the commons an step three will be looking into the different archetypes.

Spoilerseason has just begun!

Author: Anne

I've been playing Magic since 1998. After a break (2001-2007) I got back into the game and via Legacy and Vintage I found my way into Old School 93/94 since 2017.

5 thoughts on “My second first glance at Fallen Empires

  1. We drafted a box a few years back, when they were still less than MSRP, and were pleasantly surprised by how fun it is as a standalone set. It’s power pales in comparison to the other cards or the era, but in isolation, it becomes very fun.

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