Grounded in the Forbidden-level effects of the Elemental Lords, the Elementsabres were one of the most anticipated themes of their time. But when the deck finally arrived it stumbled out of the gates, and it never even made a Top Cut in a Regional Qualifier.

How'd it happen? And what can you do to identify risky themes that may not deliver in the future? We all want to buy in early on the best up-and-coming decks before everybody else figures them out, but we also want to avoid wasting time and money on doomed strategies. Doug looks for some nuggets of wisdom this week, as he discusses the peculiar history of the Elemenstabres.


Why are some of your favorite themes that didn't quite make it, and what do you think held them back? Let us know down in the comments.