Kalidesh did not impress me.
I’m not sold on Artifact tribal (where you center your deck around a specific creature type; in this case Artifact). I hated the time when Blue-Black was the go to for Artifacts. Ravnica’s 2 colour guilds made me love my two favorite colours and Dimir has always felt like home. Theros did a great job keeping the themes of Blue-Black and Innistrad’s second round was still in that nice sweet spot with those colours. Kalidesh felt like a step back to a lazy Blue-Black themes.
Secondly I dislike gimmick mechanics. I don’t mind them in limited (only cards of that set) but most of my MtG play is outside of limited. Energy was lame. Unless it would be repeated in follow up sets or felt more part of the MtG and less of an add-on I was felt little desire to invest in cards that had energy.
Now I was glad for the return of the Dwarves to MtG. I also loved the new Aetherborn race and the concept behind them. I also liked the modern science-fantasy aesthetic similar to the last couple of Final Fantasy games. Lastly the Vehicle mechanic was awesome. It felt natural fitting simply in the rules of MtG without any changes to current play or extra tokens (unlike energy) that need to be slapped on.
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