This entry is part 11 of 27 in the series No-Show Monday

This is the only time I’ve actually liked a fake Reddit spoiler card


If you’re a Ravnica set without any shock lands, you’ve got a tough road to hoe in my book. I’ve been pretty down on War of the Spark lately and even though that set falls squarely in the “no-shocks” category I’ve come around a bit in recent days now that I’ve gotten a chance to play with some of the actual cards.  I still don’t think it’s a great set, but for me the logical point of comparison for WotS was the other infamous “no-shock” Ravnica set: Dragon’s Maze.  


Dragon’s Maze gets a lot of shit as a set and it’s not entirely undeserved. I can tell you from experience that playing that set in limited was trash and it didn’t make a huge splash in EDH at the time either.  If I can set the dial on the wayback machine to six years ago when it released on May 3, 2013, I think it’s fair to say that most of us were unimpressed. Overall, Dragon’s Maze just left me waiting for the next round of spoilers to wash the bad taste out of my mouth. (Thankfully, the first Modern Masters set came out the next month and collectively blew our damn minds, so I didn’t have to wait long.)


This whole War of the Terribly Named Set / grumpy-old-man-thing I’ve been going through lately has led me to go back and take a second look at the last Ravnican stepchild with a fresh perspective.  And you know what? It’s actually better than I remember.


Now don’t get me wrong: as pissy as I got on the ‘cast about WotS, I cannot say that Dragon’s Maze is a better set.  I really wanted to for a couple of days, but then the fever broke and I came back to reality.  DM is still meh at best, but it’s actually got way more decent-to-playable cards than I ever gave it credit for.  


Almost exactly ⅓ of the cards are something I’d at least consider, with a little more than a 17% of the 156 non-basic land cards being decent enough to make the final cut in a number of my decks. That’s not a bad batting average for a Magic set.


I’ve broken down the extremely subjective list of “playable” and “marginal” cards from the set below.  Tell me what you think in the comments. Did I miss or (far more likely) overestimate some cards?


Was Dragon’s Maze as bad as we remember or does it just suffer from being in the long shadow of Return to Ravnica?


Playable (27/156)



Marginal (24/156)




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