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A Complete Review of Judgment
In case you don't know, Magic Online is intended to be an online version of Magic: the Gathering, set up by Wizards of the Coast. As far as I've heard, it plays very nicely, but the big drawback is that the intended pricing structure is insane. To play it, you'll have to buy virtual boosters at retail prices, which is more than what most players pay for their cards, because they can easily be bought online for less than retail.
Judgment poses an interesting problem as far as spelling is concerned. Both "Judgment" and "Judgement" are acceptable spellings in the English language and I'm not sure which one Wizards of the Coast decided to use. It could be a hassle when searching for the new cards on eBay.
Anyway, on with the review. If you've read my other set reviews, you know that I will comment on any aspect of the card that springs to mind, but I will only mark it based on what I, as a casual player, think of the card. Ratings go from 1 for the cards I'll only use as drink coasters to 5 for cards that are going to give my friends nightmares because of all the devious decks that I can build around them.
ConclusionA quick tally of the card ratings in Judgement:
But it isn't. Not as far as I'm concerned, anyway. I've come away with a very positive feeling about Judgment, possibly because it encourages defensive decks. It completely reset the standards when it comes to lifegain decks, even giving them a very playable in-theme victory condition.
There is the matter of flavor texts. I've been going on about them for a while now, and Judgment doesn't bring any improvement. Flavor texts still largely consist of unimaginative posturing on the level of "I'll get you next time, Gadget! Next time!", illogical sayings/expressions/writings and pun after pun after pun. I actually don't mind the puns, they're usually good for a chuckle, but there are some I have to read twice before I realize it's even supposed to be a pun. That just leaves me with the uncomfortable feeling you get when a relative tells you a bad joke and you feel obligated to laugh at it. I wish Wizards of the Coast would just hire a professional writer to write flavor texts. That won't cost much, considering writers are used to being underpaid and hungry.
In summary, Judgment looks like another solid set. It's a bit heavy on the hosers, but I can live with that. It'll be interesting to see how the wishes play out. They should be at least as popular as the various tutors, because they act as tutors without needing to have the cards you'll want to tutor for in your deck.