- Nov 10, 2017
Can someone explain to me how standard cycles work now? I was researching this block but apparently blocks aren’t a thing anymore.
Sorry, haven’t played in like 8 years.
Sorry, haven’t played in like 8 years.
Three expansion sets release each year + one core set. No small sets anymore, all sets are big standalone sets. The expansion sets for a given year may or may not be related in story or theme.
Yeah that seems...impossible? No matter what you think about Maro like, he's probably the single most involved person in Magic over its entire history out of anyone on the planet.
MaRo was asked about it yesterday and he had no idea it existed. So somehow they're making a Magic documentary without having talked to MaRo, which seems kind of impossible to me, unless they haven't actually interviewed people yet. Like I'm pretty sure even if they didn't ask MaRo directly, he'd yeet his way into the interview room. Or maybe the interview was so long ago he lost track.
what is more Fun Inviting Replayable and Exciting than a red Yawgmoth's Will that doesn't exile the cards played?Saturday at my LGS was filled with people complaining about Thassa’s Oracle combo.
I really don’t see the Pioneer combo meta staying for more than a couple more months without people abandoning the format in droves.
Why did these chucklefucks print a Red Yawgmoth’s Will in a standard legal set again?
The worst part is I keep seeing people blame the problem on Pioneer’s lack of efficient interaction. That seems reasonable until you remember that Inverter Oracle wins with two ETB abilities protected by Thoughtsieze, while Lotus Breach plays out of the graveyard. The best way to beat these decks is to go under them; Lotus Breach’s worst matchup is mono-Red aggro, while Inverter Oracle’s is... Lotus Breach.
having best decks is fine, but the situation is a bit dire because the best 3 decks (65% of the meta) are all combo decksI think it's too early to ban stuff after 2 events very close together. It probably doesn't help that there was a long period of no real events and everyone was getting away with playing bad decks. If you want a format to be supported it's going to have best decks, and the answer isn't constant bannings.
Combo decks are always going to be at their best right after being discovered. Dig should probably be banned but I don't think Wizards need to rush into anything.having best decks is fine, but the situation is a bit dire because the best 3 decks (65% of the meta) are all combo decks
and then you have a tutor-for-emrakul deck taking up 10% of the remainder
and then you have the finance side where nobody knows what decks to buy because you either buy something that gets banned or something that's underpowered. since the format is new, the delay on any statement about what is or isn't going to be legal hurts because so many people are looking to buy their first deck
There's nothing to suggest those mistakes stopped in 2020. The two best decks are based around Theros cards.Combo decks are always going to be at their best right after being discovered. Dig should probably be banned but I don't think Wizards need to rush into anything.
I agree the approach to announcements is really poor. Even when something doesn't need banning the community discourse is going to continue to be shit, and Wizards will have created the environment themselves through a combination of poor policy and 2019s card mistakes.
Improved, sure, because there was no way it could get worse.Don't know what it is, but I feel like I get back into Magic this time of year every year, and have been getting deep into Theros draft on Arena.
I really, really like the lower power level, and Escape is one of my favorite limited mechanics in a long time. That said, black is ridiculously overpowered and the bots seem miscalibrated (getting Final Death 6th/7th, lifelink 4/4 rare as late as 6th, and drafting 6 NIghtmare Shepherds in 9 or 10 drafts). The play quality in traditional (bo3 unranked) also seems... suspect lol, and I'm near even in terms of gems after 9 or 10 drafts despite making some pretty bone-headed mistakes that I'll chalk up to being rusty
I have a ton of wildcards and am considering whether to use them for this standard format. Reading up and Eldraine standard seems like it was miserable; is the current format improved post-banning? The current flavor of Azorius control seems less oppressive than when Dominaria was around, and Jeskai Fires looks fun to pilot.
So what you're saying is, there's never been a better time!
I have to get more info on this to see if it's anything I care about. 2 pack limited doesn't exactly scream fun to me as it takes away like... any deck building which is a huge draw for limited...
Jumpstart is a new booster product with 20 cards that all work together with a single theme, ex: Goblins, Garruk, Doctor. You take two booster packs and put them together into a 40-card deck.
And because Prereleases are fun, we're going to be holding a Prerelease for Jumpstart June 20-21! Check with your local stores to see if you can sign up for a Jumpstart event.
- Each booster contains 20 cards centered on a theme. What theme each booster contains is randomized, but each themed 20 cards will be sealed inside the pack and labled.
- One in three boosters includes an extra rare.
- It's loaded with reprints—almost 500!
- Jumpstart introduces 37 new cards to the game. These will not be Standard-, Pioneer-, or Modern-legal cards. They are legal in Legacy, Vintage, and Commander.
- It's closely tied to Core Set 2021—they share a lot of content and release near one another—but Jumpstart is a stand-alone product.
- All cards are legal in Eternal formats (Legacy, Vintage, and Commander)
- Every pack includes one basic land with art that matches the pack's theme. A few of them use thematically appropriate lands from M21, but most of them use brand-new themed land art created for Jumpstart.
We also plan to bring this fun play experience to MTG Arena sometime this year!
Like Jumpstart itself, Prereleases for this product are going to be a little bit different.
Jumpstart Prereleases will be run all day. Each player will get two Jumpstart boosters to create a deck and then they just—play. Play enough matches, get a promo card. And if you want to jump back in? Hey, go right ahead. You may even earn another promo.
Stream confirmed that while this is coming to Arena, this is NOT coming to MTGO.
And we have names for the Ikoria-themed Commander 2020 decks
I'll give any form of limited a try, but can definitely see the lack of appeal to most folks. As unique as it sounds, it still doesn't sound all that interesting relative to something like Modern Horizons.