Today, as part of our on-going Magic the Gathering feature, we have a review of the Magic 2014 Core Set Fat Pack. We will be running reviews of the core set items over the next couple of weeks, including the event deck and deckbuilder’s toolkit (please note, the feature may be interrupted by our next-gen launches, but will return after these events). We also have a Duel Decks set to review, with more Magic reviews coming in the very near future.

To give you an idea of the concept of a fat pack, if you are new to the game, here is an extract from our previous Theros fat pack review explaining the contents:

“A fat pack is a great way for players of all experience levels to jump into the new expansion. It offers a deck of basic land cards along with NINE 15-card booster packs, to allow you to build a deck custom to your specifications. While the intro packs are a fantastic way to ‘pick up and play’ for a great price, a fat pack gives allows you to play with a more personal library.

Also included with the Fat Pack is a catalogue of cards, listing all the cards in the Magic 2014 core series and giving some of their details; two deck boxes (themed around the core set design, allowing you to store your decks) and a life counter (20-sided die). The 80 basic land cards included are split up between each of the five types and when mixed with some of the 135 cards from your booster packs (90 common, 27 uncommon, 9 land and 9 rare/mythic rare) allow you to create at least one powerful, custom tailored deck with a 2014 Core Set theme. You will also have a nice setup of backup cards, and with the addition of a few extra boosters, or even an intro pack or two, you might be able to create a second, backup deck.

The box in which a fat pack is packed is great for card storage. It has plenty of room to carry all your decks, and with the addition of two deck boxes, it is very easy to segregate your decks by the set they are from (Magic 2014 in this case). There are a total of 249 cards in the Magic 2014 Core Set, and with the 135 cards from the booster packs in the Fat Pack, you will have a great variation and selection of this lineup to carry with you as a collector or player.”

This product is mainly aimed at collectors of Magic the Gathering (or players who also like collecting everything from the game) or people new to the game who would like to stock-up on some basic land cards, as well as a handy carrying case and two deck boxes. It is a limited production item, so be sure to get yours before they go out of stock, as they will not be made for long! They are available to purchase now for approximately $39.99/€34.99/£29.99.

One of the nice things about the Core Set is that it is far more focused towards new players, and has a very simple theme (particularly in comparison to Theros, which is more suitable for experienced players). It is very easy to build an effective deck which can launch you straight into the game with a very good chance if you build your first deck using the Magic 2014 Core set for your deck building. One of the great assets to have when building your deck would be the core set deckbuilder’s toolkit, which we will be reviewing over the next week. It has a lot of varying cards and gives new players a great chance to join the game.

I definitely recommend this set, particularly for new players, but also for collectors and those more experienced at Magic. The Magic 2014 set may be simple overall, but, combined with an expansion set, can be extremely powerful. Some cards included in the set have not been seen before in any other set, and are a great addition to any deck. A fat pack is a great way to get a good selection of the cards without breaking the bank.