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You mean Lhurgoyf ? No.
Functional reprint means it has the same ability, this is close.
But functional reprint also means the same mana cost.
Mono-green ramp does not stand a chance in competitive legacy play. I suggest you switch to modern and get some 1-drop mana dorks like Llanowar Elves
, Arbor Elf
, and even 2-drops like Sylvan Caryatid
I would remove the Ring of Three Wishes just because its a slow card. Also for more mana pump you could switch Wild Nacatl for Llanowar Elves . Its still a cheap 1 drop that gets your hydras out bigger. Also look into Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx for stupid amounts of mana mid game. My recommendations for sizing it down (other than than the rings) is to drop at least 1 Xenagos, God of Revels , possibly one or more Hydra Broodmaster s, and move your Mistcutter Hydra s to the sideboard. Your remaining hydras can pump themselves pretty well without Xenagod even though he's nice to have. To finish the drop to 60 I'd take out basic lands, yeah they keep your dual lands untapped but you only need one on the field for that.
I agree with @AngryBearTony. There are already intro decks for every set, not to mention all the other various pre-made decks you can buy. Maro also stated in the article that they would make a new product just for beginners, which would more than make up for the lack of a core set.
As for reprints: not having a core set actually gives them more freedom to spread reprints out among all the sets, rather than just print one core set with a bunch of reprints and then have next to none in the expansions. This does mean that we will see less plane-specific reprints, like Llanowar Elves , but that's what they made less plane-specific cards (Elvish Mystic ) to take their place. That doesn't mean we'll never return to Dominaria and see the Llanowar Elves again, just that Elvish Mystic will be far more common now, instead.
All in all, I'd expect us to get about the same amount of reprints each year, with some of them being relegated to beginner products. Sort of like what they did this year, with some cards being standard legal but not actually appearing in packs, just the beginner decks.
I expect the change will be a good thing, overall. Rotation is one of the reasons I like playing standard rather than modern or legacy; I like that the meta shifts around far more often and far more drastically than the eternal formats. This change will put more of an emphasis on those shifts, and keep the meta from stagnating (like it has been since after Theros came out).
Speaking of eternal formats, I think people are underestimating what this change could do for those as well. Expansion set in place of a core set means more new mechanics and more new cards every year. Core sets, in general, have a far lower power level than expansions, and rarely print anything (other than chase reprints) that is viable in eternal formats, so this also increases the likelihood of them printing new cards that are viable in those formats, rather than one or two new cards coming out every year, we could get five or more. This will increase the rate at which the meta changes in eternal formats. It won't effect them nearly as much as it will standard, but it will still effect them.
The only thing that I'm unsure of is how this will effect the secondary market. It's something wizards doesn't like to talk about, but is important to the game none the less. I feel like the initial price on cards will still be about the same, as tournament level players will still need playsets of all the good cards right away, just like they do now. However the cards value will depreciate faster because they leave standard sooner. This could ultimately lead to an overall price drop, but could also just lead to the prices changing more rapidly. Right now card values for standard staples usually drop at a slow rate until they bottom out right after rotation. Cards being in standard for a shorter time frame could cause them to start out just as high, but bottom out at faster rate than before, which could lower consumer confidence and decrease sales of individual cards.
tl;dr : We won't really know the impact this has for at least a year or two, probably more before we really see all the ramifications of the change. I'm mostly optimistic, but I guess we'll see.
|Power / Toughness||1/1|
|Avg. draft pick||5.23|
|Avg. cube pick||8.06|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|2012 Core Set||Common|
|2011 Core Set||Common|
|2010 Core Set||Common|
|Classic Sixth Edition||Common|
|Limited Edition Beta||Common|
|Limited Edition Alpha||Common|
|Promo set for Gatherer||Rare|
|Battle Royale Box Set||Common|