About Shards of Alara
Alara was once whole and divided into fragments. This became Bant, Esper, Grixis, Jund and Naya. Each has three colors but misses the other two. This set is basically Invasion redux. It is a set focused on gold cards .It has the tools such as tricolor lands, tricolor panoramas and tricolor obelisks to facilitate the use of three colors.
The set has its share of power cards. Among these are Elspeth, Knight Errant, Hellkite Overlord, Stoic Angel, Rafiq of the Many, Ajani Vengeant, Sarkhan Vol and Tezzeret the Seeker. It also has nifty uncommon cards such as Bant Charms, Esper charms, Rhox War Monk, Woolly Thoctar and Infest.
Notable in the set is the introduction of Mythic cards. These are supposed to be Magic the Gathering’s counterpart to ultra rares. Among the mythic cards are Godsire, Elspeth, Knight Errant and Tezzeret the Seeker.
I wished though that Mythic cards were all powerful and seeded with a higher rarity as to make it a truly important card. They should have made mythics one per box and only included the most powerful cards.
I have used Shards of Alara personally and have found the concept to be fun. The set has some ultra powerful cards and some very useful ones. While it may not be at the power levels of Urza’s saga or Tempest, the power level is decent unlike the horrid sets like Homelands and Mercadian Masques.
I would highly recommend this set to anyone. Casual players would thoroughly enjoy this set.