Given how much I have complained about too much product of late this is quite a nice easy opt out for me. I have no problem with the idea of the 40K cards or even the implementation of them in this commander release. I just have less time and enthusiasm for new cards. More product contributes towards burn out and so skipping some will help stave that off. As such I will be skipping this release much like I did for The Walking Dead Secret Lair and other unique cards in Secret Lairs. This skipping is simply a pragmatic one rather than a dislike of the way the product is presented and marketed. The 40K cards are just different enough for me to to be able to not bother and ease the tension on rates of new cards. I will likely do the same with the black bordered un-set cards too. Certainly I could include the cards I like in the cube and one day I might well do that but for now I am going to pretend like these new cards don't exist. That obviously means I will not be doing reviews for them in the short term but perhaps more relevantly it means I will not be taking them into account going forwards which will certainly mean my meta is different to those wishing to use the cards.
That is the main reservation I have about skipping this release - that my cube will start to be less relevant. If I play and test every card I can be somewhat informed and comprehensive in my writing and opinions about cube. As soon as I start leaving stuff out the value of my opinion decreases. This has been happening in a subtle way for years. In 2005 there was only really one way to build a cube as there were only a cubes worth of good cards to put in one! Now we have so many cards to chose from we can build a cube however we like. Cubes can be as diverse as decks in constructed! Over the last couple of years I have built and played with a powered cube, a budget cube, two synergy cubes, a combo cube, a pre-modern cube, a down powered cube, a colour pie informing cube, and all alongside my main cube which still got more play than the rest combined. There is no right or wrong way to build a cube and it is very much dealers choice. I would like to be able to remain comprehensive in my ability to dole out advice on cards and formats but in practice that ship has likely already sailed. So, rather than try and keep up and expedite burn out I am instead going to be skipping some releases I feel like I can get away with, and this is one such set.
In hindsight I somewhat wish I had opted out of all the commander product and the Modern Horizons sets. Basically everything that doesn't go through being standard legal. I think the cube would be a healthier calmer place if I had. Almost all the most egregious cards are to be found in sets that didn't need to pass the bar for standard power levels. As I have already acquired and tested these cards, as well as really liking some of those that came in these releases I am unwilling to retrospectively make that change but it does at least make me more willing to do it going forwards as I am with the 40K and un-finity.
I didn't bother reading the cards on the Secret Lair product I boycotted. I didn't want to be gutted about cool cards I couldn't play. It was a protest not a pragmatic call. This 40K commander set is the latter and I have been reading the cards. They interest me. There are a bunch of interesting things I would like to play with in the 40K commander sets and for the most part I don't think the art is all that different to a wide selection of recent sets and cards. Anything I wished to include would not seem at all out of place in the already highly varied worlds of MtG, certainly more so than the un-finity product (which seems like the black bordering of is a cynical marketing demand ploy). I will just have to settle for banking these releases for a time when I am suddenly desiring of more MtG content than is being released! I hope you all have fun with your 40K cards. I will just have to be sad about and overly ignorant of them, but for now it certainly seems like the right choice.