3 days ago
Here me out.
Standard is like a LEGO competition where you are shown bricks that are Red, Blue, Black, White, and Green, and then told that you can use them to build whatever you like.
Then you are shown a LEGO dog that has been made out of Red, Blue, and Green bricks, and a LEGO cat that has been made entirely out of Black bricks, and you are told that unless you make either of those you won't win the competition.
Off you go now and have fun building with your bricks. Too bad if you like White ones.
2 weeks ago
I really enjoyed my last FNM.
There was a variety of decks. People like myself were trying out some really fresh, original builds.
Copy Cat was gone. #1 Mardu Vehicles deck was the only net deck being played, and only two people were playing it.
Then it hit me. This is how Standard had been for me when I first started playing it.
So, what changed?
The prevalence of people copying the winning deck of the Pro Tour is what changed.
The Pro Tour.
What Wizards relies on to drive interest in the Standard format, and sell a lot of cards.
Is it selling more cards, though?
All the net deckers I know buy cards from Sellers, and the net deck cards raise in price.
That must mean that the Sellers have to open packs in order to get the cards.
What happens, though, if you compare how much you make with this process, versus people buying their own packs and building a deck made with a majority of cards they have opened themselves? Buying more packs in the process, to give them more tools to build with.
I don't know, but I'd love to find out.
I was chatting about this with my partner.
He said that he felt like there were actually three viable decks from the Pro Tour that could be played throughout a season, in the past.
He felt that number had dropped with Aether Revolt.
Is the Pro Tour helping to promote Standard, or harming it?
Last FNM was the busiest that I've seen Standard be, for a long time.
I enjoyed it so much that I will be playing again this Friday. I usually only play FNM on a fortnightly basis.
I'm predicting that after the Pro Tour, people who can't afford the top decks will lose interest.
Maybe the Pro Tour does more harm to the format than good.
2 weeks ago
I was reading the oracle text for Cut / Ribbons and thought I'd point something out to people that I picked up.
After you cast the first half of the card PRIORITY STAYS WITH YOU IF YOU WANT TO ALSO CAST THE AFTERMATH HALF.
What that means is that you cast the first half then you can move to cast the second half straight away.
The Opponent can't say, "before you do that ..."
I THINK this means they can't Exile it from the Graveyard with something like Scarab Feast, before you cast it. Someone better with rules pick me up on that, if I've gotten it wrong.
They can still Counter it, though.
2 weeks ago
Pretend that this site has Achievements and list yours.
- Number 1 Standard deck
- Number 1 Joke deck
- Over 200 good suggested cards
- Hub added
- Accidentally started a fight
- Stopped a fight
- Been blocked
- Top 5 deck lord
- Built a deck for someone else
- Pretty name
- Made a custom card
That's about all I can think of, for now.
4 weeks ago
I know that a lot of people think that the top decks for the Amonkhet season are going to be Zombie decks.
What about you?
I wouldn't be surprised if Control decks make a bit of a comeback.