Everyone remembers their first taste of power

Written by Ron Saikowski, December 14th, 2017

How can you forget? Like most firsts, yours probably came about in some oddball way, in some way you hadn’t planned for or expected. Just like mine did.

I remember buying my first power card. I stood in the game store looking at it in the glass cabinet... sitting there all by itself. It wasn’t there the day before. I’m positive of that. I would have seen it. A single Unlimited Mox Emerald. The rest of the set had yet to arrive the owner told me.

I didn’t play Green at all though. What good was it going to do me? I wasn’t a “creature” player. No interest in them. I was a blue/white control man at heart. Always have been, always will be.

But actually seeing it that day made me decide to finally break down and get a set for my deck. Until that point, it'd been something I was planning to do in the future, but not really worried about it. My friends and I knew they “helped” out your deck and supposedly increased speed, but it wasn’t the end of the world if you didn’t have them.

The biggest hurdle I faced was trying to decide if it was really worth adding to my deck. What was I going to take out so I could put this in? What five cards were I going to take out to fit the whole set in? Who does that?

Now I did splash the tiniest amount of green in my deck at the time. One card exactly. Regrowth. Still play that card in my deck today. But did that warrant adding a Mox Emerald? I already ran a couple of Tropical Islands and Savannahs to make sure I had the green mana when I needed it anyway.

I thought I had problems back then.

While it was a bit expensive, it wasn't high enough to break the bank for me. I still dragged my feet for a while before I bit the bullet and finally picked it up. By the time I managed to get the remaining four and then the biggest one of all, I think they’d climbed in price slightly.

I don’t remember which one came next. Sometimes I feel bad because I don't. It was so long ago now that the first one is all I remember. I don't remember how long it took me to get all of them either. Turns out I never used the Ruby.

I just got all of them so I'd have the whole set.


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IMAGE: My set of power... minus the Ruby since I never use it.
KEYWORDS: Old School Magic, power, mox


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