The Spoilers from Innistrad keep on coming. Check out the previous article for more on these spoilers and take the jump for the ca-raaazy new mechanic (along with my thoughts on it.)
The new mechanic, Transform (yes, the one I had already talked about, I jumped the gun a little bit on it) is represented by what they are calling double faced cards.
yes, a card that has no “back” no “Magic: The Gathering, Deckmaster” flip-side. A card that is a permanent on both sides.
How does it work?
One of two ways, if you’re using sleeves, then you can just put the card in and flip it within the sleeves when the card triggers.
If you don’t then you get yourself a checklist card:
you check which card the checklist represents (ahead of time, of course) and then shuffle that into your deck. The checklist card has a normal cardback.
Ok, calm down, take a deep breath, let’s talk about this.
Is This a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?
Well, it’s new and strange that makes it somewhat exciting, but I can’t help but feel that this just adds an unnecessary level of complexity to the game. This new mechanic is going to necessitate a change to drafting rules, for example.
The guys at Wizards assure us that they’ve thought of every potential problem regarding double-faced cards. And I believe them, but my real concern is that this feels gimmicky. I’ll withhold judgement until I see how these cards actually play, but for now I am quite weary.
If you’d like to see a full treatment of this (and the other Innistrad rules) you can visit Magic: The Gathering’s official site.