MTG Assassin’s Creed set divides players as new designs revealed

Joel Loynds
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Players have weighed in on the MagicCon reveal of the new Assassin’s Creed textured foil cards, with the reaction seemingly divisive.

Wizards of the Coast has shown off its new Assassin’s Creed set at MagicCon: Chicago. The initial reveal included the much rarer textured foil cards, which sport a new design to match Ubisoft’s series.

Magic is – until recently – a mostly high fantasy series. It has flirted with technology, but always with the caveat that it’s magical contraptions. As Wizards and Hasbro partner with more popular franchises like Fallout, more modern design aesthetics are seeping in.

The latest design for these textured foil cards focuses on matching the sci-fi side of Assassin’s Creed. A deep purple, with a lot of modern conscious designs leading the way here. While the set will feature traditional Magic card boarders, this particular one has been met with slight trepidation.

So far, only Ezio Auditore Da Firenze (from AC2, Brotherhood, Revelations) and Altaïr Ibn-LaʼAhad (from the first game) have been shown with this frame.

MTG fans react to new Assassin’s Creed card designs

Over on Reddit, the top comment thread points out that it no longer looks like a Magic card:

“This looks like a different card game altogether, yeesh.”

Responding to it, another said that it looked like Wizard’s other trading card game, Netrunner:

“My first thought was “Oh sick, they’re bringing back Netrunner!””

Netrunner was licensed out to Fantasy Flight games, which SubtleNoodle mentions that it “looks like something” the company would “put out”.

Another says that the frame matches Assassin’s Creed, but not Magic:

“The frame isn’t too off base considering the franchise…but it looks so out of place in Magic.”

As some Reddit threads, it eventually devolved into a discussion about what other communities prefer. Off the back of the comment above, the same user said:

“People like the historical aspects of Assassin’s Creed WAYYY more than the sci-fi bits.

“I really hope we can get original frames or some other alt frames.”

Another user chimed in that the Assassin’s Creed Reddit community thinks “there should be more sci-fi things” in the series. Meanwhile, the Magic community seems to want the historical aspects.

Some people, however, have looked right past the design and focused on the game:

“Can’t please everyone and most people are online to complain.

“I’m probably building either Altair or this guy depending on what the rest of the set looks like and I love these frames. Won’t be for everybody but it is for me.”

Universes Beyond: Assassin’s Creed releases July 5, 2024.

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