I really like the idea of this thread! I tried to do something similar to this on Instagram where I picked my favorite common, uncommon, holo and ultra rare, etc and posted them in one pic and asked what everyone elses favorites were from the set. It never really caught on though (because who cares about commons anymore right?)
Looking through my set, the swablu definitely sticks out to me as far as the commons go. Can’t beat that playroom look. The secret rare rayquaza I believe I remember it being a $90 card at one point, because of play-ability. It didn’t have a regular, less expensive version like the exs had. If you wanted the attacks that it had, you needed that exact card. Plus I’m sure the fact that it was a rayquaza helped…
I opened one box of the set when it was released, and the full art I pulled was the mew. So that likely would be the one I would be attached to the most. And as far as my favorite holo, I’d have to say that Ampharos and Wailord are interchangeable with my top spot. Maybe slightly in Ampharos’ favor.
The set was continuing the trend of the early BW era, and I had no issues really with anything, though once boundaries crossed came out next and upped the game with the secret rares, it really makes the secret rares from dragons exalted seem a bit lackluster in terms of shine. Amazing what a gold border can do. Haha
You could say that the pull rates weren’t good, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It really helped the sets collect-ability and value in the long run. Plus I like something that isn’t easy. The people I see complaining the most about the pull rates are the people in today’s world that didn’t collect when the set was released. It’s much harder to find the full arts and such in good condition and for a good price now. One guy I saw complain that he only got one full art out of a box he opened a few months ago and he was all sorts of pissed and felt like he got ripped off. He just didn’t understand that no matter what one he pulled, it was going to be a good one, and that you only got 1 per box (aside from the rare instance that you get 2) There may be more ultra rares in today’s sets, but you pull roughly 6-7 on average per box. That 6/24 is still close to the proportions of the black and white sets. You pull 2 exs and one full art to make 3/12. That means you pulled 1/4 of the ultra rares, the same as newer sets. The fact that sets are overprinted now is what kills the value of the new sets (at least for now) And I realize those stats aren’t totally accurate. But they are ballparked from my sleep deprived mind. I also didn’t include secret rares in that either.
Looks like I got a bit off topic with that, my apologies. Dragons Exalted was a fantastic set. It will probably be pretty rare for me to say that a set was just awful in every way. I look for the good characteristics of the sets, otherwise you end up with hatred and a negative view of a set, of which there’s no reason for. Again, I really like the idea of this thread. I must’ve missed the other ones. Can’t wait to see more!