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Hammie’s The State of the Program for October 14th      

This series is an ongoing tribute to Erik “Hamtastic” Friborg.
 

News and Discussion Items: 

Innistrad Prerelease: The online Prerelease are ongoing! Details here: Innistrad Prerelease Events. The events will be 16 player Swiss sealed running four rounds, plus Swiss drafts. The prerelease card is the Mayor of Avabruck, which seems fine. He looks to be borderline constructed playable – and more than borderline if he gets a bit of help.
 
My recommendation is to open a Foil Snapcaster Mage, then sell it to the classic folks. They are foil-crazy, and Snapcaster Mage is going to be great in that format.
 
Innistrad Release Events: The online Release Eventsbegins October 19, 2011. Details here. The usual events will be held – drafts, sealed queues and 64 player draft events. Prizes include two new avatars and Ludevic’s Test Subject cards for players making it to the Innistrad Championship.
 
MTGO Product Line Update: Details here. Innistrad is out, and Zendikar block is no longer in the store. Next – Wizards will not sell Event decks online. That makes sense, since the price of the singles online are low enough that buying from BOTs – pretty much any BOTS – is a lot cheaper. Wizards will still sell them in the paper world, but not online. (Say what you will about the online marketplace and BOTs, but they do make newer cards highly available and cheap, to the point that prepackaged decks cannot compete.) Finally, all duel decks will now go off sale after about a year. 
 
Modern Bannings are Finally in Effect: The new B&R list went into effect with the October 12th downtime. The online and offline formats finally match up again (except Classic & Vintage, of course, and Legacy is still missing a few cards.) 
 
PT Honolulu Online PTQ schedule up now: Check it out here. The format is Innistrad sealed, and they start Sunday! The cost is 30 TIX. 
 
Redemption Coming to a Close in early November for Shards Block and M10: The redemption window closes November 7th for Magic 2010, and for Shards of Alara, Conflux and Alara Reborn. If you want to convert those digital sets to cardboard, do it before that date.
 
Commander Upgrades:  Wizards has added more options for us Commander players. Details here.   Now Commander games can have anywhere from one to six players, and that number can be controlled by the game’s creator. 
 
Mercadian Masques Release Date Announced: Finally! Masques block arrives, in its entirety, on December 5th. Details here.
 
This is big for collectors, the Classic crowd, and for Legacy players. It is also cool for the Commander crowd, and anyone who wants black bordered copies of cards like Bribery. Personally, I love the cards in Masques, but I hate the limited format. I learned to draft competitively during Masques block, and played Masque block limited at PTQs, GPs and so forth. I even earned a fair number of PTQ Top 8 pins in Masques block. Even so, I loathed the Masques limited format. 
 
Which does not mean I won’t play it a ton. I want my Rishadan Ports!
 
My biggest fear for the block was that people would be burned out on the format by the time that the third set was released. Since the third set has a very large percentage of total dreck in the rare slot, I figured the few cards worth having would be incredibly scarce. Apparently Wizards had the same concern. They decided to scrap the usual first set, then second set, and finally third set months later release schedule. For Masques, Wizards is creating special Masques Block boosters, with all three sets mixed in the same boosters, and we will be drafting, and playing sealed, with all of those. 
 
I have mixed feelings about this approach. On the one hand, I would have preferred the predictability of drafts if Wizards had simply released all three sets at once, and let us draft Masques, Nemesis, Prophecy. I am also concerned because this may make Mercadian Masques rares less available that the traditional release schedule would have. However, these quibbles are totally outweighed by two factors. First, we get the whole shebang sooner, and we never have to worry about pack imbalance in the payouts. With Masques packs, if you win two packs in each of two consecutive drafts, you will have the right packs to draft again – not 0 Masques, 2 Nemesis and 2 Prophecy. Overall, this is a serious win. Well done Wizards!
 
Details on the Masques roll-out here.
 
Countdown to Masques Block: 52 days.
 
Here’s your classic Masques card for the day:
 
 
 
Misdirection was huge in Vintage for years. First of all, it can change the target of two very brutal cards – Mind Twist and, more importantly, Ancestral Recall. Misdirecting a Recall is especially nice – “you don’t draw those three cards, I do!” That’s game right there, much of the time.
 
The other use for Misdirection is in counter wars. I cast something, you counter it with Mana Drain. I then Misdirect your Mana Drain. Now I cannot use Misdirection to make your Mana Drain counter itself, since the rules say a spell cannot target itself. However, I can use Misdirection to make Mana Drain to target Misdirection. Misdirection is on the stack when targets are chosen, but it is gone when Mana Drain gets around to resolving. Mana Drain is then countered because all its targets are illegal, so it is countered by rule. No free mana for you! 
 
Sorry, I slipped into judge mode, there.   I have answered that question a couple hundred times over the years – it’s routine.
 
Whatever – Mercadian Masques is coming, and I’m psyched about it.
 
I’m also pretty psyched about Innistrad, but it will be a couple days before I can play in the Prerelease events – and I may have to wait for the Release events. Working for a living is overrated – but it’s kinda necessary if you want income, which I do.
 

Tournaments:

Thursday Night Magic for the upcoming week (October 20th):  Innistrad 4-pack sealed! Time to get some cheap Innistrad packs, and play some limited for fun. These events will be packed. (I wonder if I can get the day off, so I can play in the early ones? I think I feel a flu coming on…)  The TNMO card for October is an alternative art Contagion Clasp.
 
Let’s look at the Constructed Tournaments breakdown for the week of October 5th through October 11th.  111 constructed events fired. Let’s look at how they broke down. Legacy and Modern did not fire at all, but this sample ends before the B&R update. Classic fired two events. Yay, Classic!
 
Format
Fired
Format
Fired
Standard
47
Standard Singleton
0
Pauper
30
Kaleidoscope
0
Momir Basic
32
100–card Singleton
0
Modern
0
Classic
2
Legacy
0
Extended
0
Scars Block Constructed
0
-
-
FYI: I got the number fired from the list of results, here.  
 

Cutting Edge Tech:

Standard:  We have now had the second big Standard event with Innistrad in the mix.   At the SCG Open in Nashville, the top deck was Wolf Run Ramp, which is pretty cool. It’s similar to what I was working on for States, but I don’t have the cards, so I am playing a worse version – but it is still cool. After that came a Solar Flare, Mono Red, another Solar Flare, U/W Blade, U/B Control, and two more Solar Flare decks. Here’s the winning deck.
 
Wolf Run Ramp, Brian Sondag, Winner, SCG Open Nashville
4 Copperline Gorge
4 Rootbound Crag
4 Inkmoth Nexus
2 Kessig Wolf Run
9 Forest
3 Mountain

4 Garruk, Primal Hunter

4 Viridian Emissary
3 Primeval Titan
3 Solemn Simulacrum
3 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Acidic Slime
1 Birds of Paradise

4 Rampant Growth
4 Beast Within
4 Green Sun's Zenith
3 Slagstorm

Sideboard)
2 Tree of Redemption
3 Thrun, the Last Troll
4 Sword of Feast and Famine
1 Viridian Corrupter
1 Slagstorm
1 Ratchet Bomb
4 Ancient Grudge
 
Modern: The B&R list changes have happened. Let’s see what happens next week.
 
Legacy: SCG held another big Legacy event. The format is shaking out. The Top 8 was BUG, U/W Stoneblade, BUG #2, B/W Stoneblade, U/B Control, Bant Aggro, Merfolk and Elves. Here’s the winning decklist. (Yes, Todd won, but conceded to his friend who needed the qualifying points. It’s complicated.)
 
Todd Anderson, Winner, SCG Legacy Open at Nashville 
4 Underground Sea
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Misty Rainforest
3 Wasteland
3 Polluted Delta
2 Tropical Island
2 Bayou
1 Riptide Laboratory

4 Tarmogoyf
4 Snapcaster Mage
2 Vendilion Clique

4 Brainstorm
4 Hymn to Tourach
2 Dismember
4 Force of Will
2 Spell Snare
2 Thoughtseize
1 Ponder
1 Go for the Throat
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Diabolic Edict
2 Unearth

3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Sideboard
3 Pernicious Deed
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Spellstutter Sprite
1 Thoughtseize
3 Ghastly Demise
1 Darkblast
2 Spell Pierce
 
Classic fired two DE this week! Well done. The first event was won by a traditional Workshop deck (no Slash Panther) deck, with a Zoo deck coming in second. (Sorry, in Classic, a deck full of small creatures, most of them green, is called “Fish.” I keep forgetting.) The second event saw a Slash Panther Workshops deck go 4-0, with Illusions decks coming in second and fourth. (Fourth only gets a mention because the pilot is a classic newb.)
 

Card Prices:  

Notes: All my prices come from MTGOTraders.com for cards that are available in multiple sets, I am quoting the most recent set’s price, which is almost always the lowest. Thus, the price I’m quoting for Primeval Titan is from M12. If a card is out of stock, take that price with a grain of salt. MTGOTraders may not adjusted prices for a card until they have some to sell.
 
Standard prices are in still flux. Now that we are starting to see decklists from Innistrad Standard, we should see some cards start climbing.   Primeval Titan is the big winner, because of the Wolf Run deck.  
 
Standard & Block Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 11.19
Y
$ 10.66
+ $ 0.53
$ 21.56
Y
$ 17.00
+ $ 4.56
(Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas)
$ 16.95
Y
$ 17.95
- $ 1.00
$ 4.25
Y
$ 3.98
+ $ 0.27
$ 8.90
Y
$ 6.27
+ $ 2.63
$ 8.00
Y
$ 8.75
- $ 0.75
$ 9.00
Y
$ 11.50
- $ 2.50
$ 19.25
Y
$ 19.25
- $ 0.50
(Sword of Feast and Famine)
$ 19.71
Y
$ 19.50
+ $ 0.21
$ 12.45
Y
$ 12.75
- $ 0.30
$ 9.68
Y
$ 10.00
- $ 0.23
$ 10.76
Y
$ 10.10
+ $ 0.66
$ 15.31
Y
$ 13.75
+ $ 1.56
(Sword of War and Peace)
$ 22.21
Y
$ 21.50
+ $ 0.71
$ 7.96
Y
$ 8.75
- $ 0.79
$ 8.55
N
$ 7.50
+ $ 1.05
 $ 13.07
Y
 $ 13.50
- $ 0.43
$ 1.47
Y
$ 2.75
- $ 1.28
$ 1.07
Y
$ 1.95
- $ 0.88
 
Modern prices are still heading down. Every single card in the list went down (except Watery Grave, but since MTGOTraders.com often does not update prices on cards they don’t have in stock, that’s probably down, too. The bans may save the format; we will see. The correct B&R list is finally in place, so we may see some resurgence once the Innistrad release events die down.
 
Modern Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 14.00
Y
$ 14.50
- $ 0.50
$ 6.75
N
$ 6.75
---
$ 14.00
Y
$ 15.00
- $ 1.00
$ 9.00
Y
$ 10.00
- $ 1.00
$ 7.00
Y
$ 8.50
- $ 1.50
$ 7.50
Y
$ 8.00
- $ 0.50
$ 9.50
Y
$ 10.00
- $ 0.50
(Knight of the Reliquary)
$ 6.50
Y
$ 6.75
- $ 0.25
$ 75.00
Y
$ 78.00
- $ 3.00
(Engineered Explosives)
$ 15.50
Y
$ 15.00
- $ 0.50
$ 5.00
Y
$ 5.50
- $ 0.50
$ 12.50
Y
$ 13.00
- $ 0.50
$ 16.66
Y
$ 17.00
- $ 0.32
$ 11.75
Y
$ 12.00
- $ 0.25
$ 15.50
Y
$ 16.00
- $ 0.50
 
Legacy prices have stabilized.  Big Jace is back up this week, but the format, overall, is waiting to see what develops. We will have to wait and see what happens once Innistrad is out. 
 
Legacy Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 112.00
Y
$ 112.00
---
$ 46.00
Y
$ 46.00
---
$ 74.10
Y
$ 74.10
---
$ 28.00
Y
$ 28.00
---
$ 37.00
N
$ 37.00
+ $ 2.00
$ 1.50
Y
$ 1.75
- $ 0.25
$11.75
Y
$12.50
- $ 0.75
$ 18.00
N
$ 18.00
---
$ 17.50
Y
$ 17.50
---
$ 65.00
Y
$ 65.00
---
$ 41.80
Y
$ 41.80
---
$ 4.50
Y
$ 5.00
- $ 0.50
$ 8.75
Y
$ 8.75
---
$ 14.50
Y
$ 14.50
---
$ 11.95
Y
$ 11.95
---
$ 4.75
Y
$ 4.75
---
 
 
 
 
 
 
Note: cards which are staples in both Legacy and Classic may appear in either list. If you don’t see a card in one list, check the other.
 
Classic prices are not moving. The format is on hold, like the rest of the Magic world, while we wait for Innistrad. On the plus side – in under two months we will have Masques block. 
 
Classic Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 94.00
Y
$ 94.00
---
$ 21.00
Y
$ 21.00
---
$ 14.00
Y
$ 16.00
- $ 2.00
$ 12.00
Y
$ 12.00
---
$ 14.50
Y
$ 14.50
---
$ 9.50
Y
$ 9.50
---
$ 28.00
N
$ 28.00
---
$ 42.00
Y
$ 42.00
---
$ 42.00
Y
$ 42.00
---
$ 10.50
Y
$ 11.00
- $ 0.50
$ 22.00
Y
$ 22.00
---
 
The Top Ten:
Here’s this week’s list of the top ten most expensive non-foil, non-promo cards on MTGO. One minor change in the rankings, as Pernicious Deed drops a bit.
 
Most Expensive Cards
Price
Set
Last Week
$ 112.00
MED 1
# 1
$ 94.00
Mirage
# 2
$ 75.00
Future Sight
# 3
$ 74.10
Apocalypse
# 4
$ 65.00
Visions
# 5
$ 46.00
Tempest
# 6
$ 42.00
Weatherlight
# 7
$ 42.00
Odyssey
# 9
$ 41.80
Apocalypse
# 8
$ 37.00
Worldwake
# 10
 

Deck Prices:

Deck prices will return in a week or two, once Innistrad prices stabilize.
 

Weekly Highlights: 

States is this weekend. Innistrad drafting is fun – and this weekend the prereleases are going to be happening online.   
 
On the MTGO side, I not only got time to sit in the queue on a Classic Daily, but it actually fired and I monied. Sweet!   I have been in a dozen or more queues in the last several months, and this is the first time one has actually not sat for half an hour, then refunded my TIX. 
 
Playing >>> not playing.
 
PRJ
 
“one million words” on MTGO.

 

22 Comments

So once again by howlett23 at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 10:39
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WOTC proves they know how to ring the most dollars out of our pockets. While I am happy to finally get MM block, block boosters???? Come on. I know that no one would have bought any Prophecy packs and very little Nemesis packs, but jeez. Couldn't they just run some block drafts/sealed, etc and raise the prize pool to entice players? This way is going to make Rishadan Port RIDICULOUSLY expensive and any other "decent" rares and uncommons are going to be pretty pricey as well, comparatively. I guess maybe the randomness will entice players to draft, but I doubt it..I don't see this as a good thing at all.

That Legacy deck is amazing. by sanhedrin at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 10:47
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That Legacy deck is amazing. I haven't seen the Standard Wolf-Run deck in action yet, but it looks great as well.

I believe that the Masks by ArchGenius at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 11:48
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I believe that the Masks block pack idea was the best call. I quit playing Urza's Block long before the end of its run because of the disparity in pack prices. Port will be expensive and that will drive a lot of drafters to the set. Also there will be commons that will be above the $1 mark which will also attract drafters.

Since WotC doesn't want to even out prize pack distribution, this is the best alternative that will make sure there are reasonably quantities of Masks block cards online.

I don't know about you guys by apaulogy at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 12:48
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But I unloaded my Invigorates and Dazes on Sunday before the announcment. Pretty sure those dropped.

Pete- I think one thing that might be interesting for a week (like a feature), is if you priced commons this way for Pauper players. Or uncommons would get the "third set" discussion going (*cough*dismember*cough*)....

Just a suggestion.

Masques is going to make by Alternate at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 12:57
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Masques is going to make Rishidan Port insane. I have it above Wasteland because it was a part of every deck. But just read Dustbowl. It's really good in Classic.

But wow. I said Modern was stupid and was flamed by everyone that had hands to type. Now everyone is saying the same and it's ok? I guess I'm just an innovator.

When it comes to Innistrad, MTGOTraders really missed out. You were buying Saint of Geist for 10, but another bot above it was buying it for 13. The same goes for the foiled Lilliana I pulled, the foiled Mickaeus (however you spell it), Kessig Wolf Run, and sold my packs for 5 a piece.

But let me just quote myself in what I said about Modern:

"I don't feel like paying $200 for lands and there are only like 3 decks. It's stupid". And I was flamed like there was no tomorrow. I must be a god damn prophet.

And way to get those videos of the pre-release online. I already have 2 done and putting my third on Youtube. It's not like I have gotten a massive amount of views or anything because people want to watch some pre-release videos online before they do it on MTGO.

But I think another Whiffy Penguin video of him playing classic based around fetch lands and Force of Will is really interesting.

**And one massive laugh at all the people who are trying to build INN block decks and new standard decks. Now that there are no more fetch lands and they lost the decks they have been playing for a year, they are all huddled in a corner in the fetal position dreaming up new control. Well guess what, if you are smart, you would know that the deck that will win almost every STD tournament to date is Mono-Red. Solar Flare, or Rainbow Alliance as I like to call it is terrible. I would know, I played it multiple times. Mono-Black gets no love yet it's beast mode

And oh yeah, to all my "fans", just look at tournament decks.
1) What deck is getting a lot of "Tier 1" love? White Weenie. The deck you called garbage flightless bird.

2)What is a card that is getting main-decked.........

NIHIL SPELLBOMB. Oh snap! You just got served once again. I hate penguins anyway. I hope you weren't fed the same way a baby penguin is bud.

I don't know if this by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 15:49
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I don't know if this self-satisfied delirium is really worth a reply, but just for the sake of it, I'd like to point out that nobody is saying Modern is stupid now. If anything, Modern players were looking forward for the bannings to kick in, in order to brew new decks in what will now very likely be the healthiest and most diverse format of the whole game.

And even pre-bannings, if what you saw was a 3-deck format you either can't count or just didn't read any serious analysis of the metagame (looking at the winners of the very first Modern dailies, PureMTGO writer Andrea Fonseca managed to find 30 different decks). And even the Pro Tour Philadelphia was a battle between 6 decks: 12-post, Zoo, Affinity, Pyromancer, Splinter, Infect Shoal. If I had to be stupid, I could say EVERY format is about the 3 best decks of the moment. Sometimes lesser than that.

So don't expect people to stop flaming you too soon. But I'm sure you know that, since apparently you know everything. Well, good for you, but please don't feel too compelled to share your amazing knowledge next time. Be selfish.

Really? by howlett23 at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 15:52
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Are you just going to spout lots of opinions and try to pass them off as facts? As for MTGOTraders missing out, I'm sure they will adjust prices as the market stabilizes..just because you found a couple of dumb or desperate bots and people to make a few extra tix off of doesn't mean they missed out on anything, the damn set has been out for TWO DAYS, there are always idiots out there like you screwing over whoever you can to make a buck or two, which is fine, but don't come in here and try to pass it off as intelligence or prophecy. As for WW, I have been playing with it and against it alot in the last two days and let me tell you it is NOT a T1 deck, granted I am no pro(neither are you) but I have tried about 6 iterations so far with many of the new cards and while WWHuman is decent it is not T1. Monoblack isn't T1 yet either as it lacks a good draw power card and hand disruption is weak at the moment. I pray this changes as I have been playing MBC since $7.50.

Thanks for being a jerk. by Clan Magic Eternal at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 13:21
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"Masques is going to make Rishidan Port insane. I have it above Wasteland because it was a part of every deck. But just read Dustbowl. It's really good in Classic.

But wow. I said Modern was stupid and was flamed by everyone that had hands to type. Now everyone is saying the same and it's ok? I guess I'm just an innovator.

When it comes to Innistrad, MTGOTraders really missed out. You were buying Saint of Geist for 10, but another bot above it was buying it for 13. The same goes for the foiled Lilliana I pulled, the foiled Mickaeus (however you spell it), Kessig Wolf Run, and sold my packs for 5 a piece.

But let me just quote myself in what I said about Modern:

"I don't feel like paying $200 for lands and there are only like 3 decks. It's stupid". And I was flamed like there was no tomorrow. I must be a god damn prophet.

And way to get those videos of the pre-release online. I already have 2 done and putting my third on Youtube. It's not like I have gotten a massive amount of views or anything because people want to watch some pre-release videos online before they do it on MTGO.

But I think another Whiffy Penguin video of him playing classic based around fetch lands and Force of Will is really interesting.

**And one massive laugh at all the people who are trying to build INN block decks and new standard decks. Now that there are no more fetch lands and they lost the decks they have been playing for a year, they are all huddled in a corner in the fetal position dreaming up new control. Well guess what, if you are smart, you would know that the deck that will win almost every STD tournament to date is Mono-Red. Solar Flare, or Rainbow Alliance as I like to call it is terrible. I would know, I played it multiple times. Mono-Black gets no love yet it's beast mode

And oh yeah, to all my "fans", just look at tournament decks.
1) What deck is getting a lot of "Tier 1" love? White Weenie. The deck you called garbage flightless bird.

2)What is a card that is getting main-decked.........

NIHIL SPELLBOMB. Oh snap! You just got served once again. I hate penguins anyway. I hope you weren't fed the same way a baby penguin is bud."

uhm. you continue to just make things up. Port is part of 2, TWO comp legacy decks. goblins and lands. wasteland is part of dozens of legacy comp decks. Dustbowl has seen virtualy no play in years. port will be a bit player in legacy, possibly classic shop decks. dustbowl will not see any play in classic at all. so your wrong there.

Im also pretty sick of your attacks for no reason. whay are you even bringing my name up?Im not sure what your deal is but i would kindly ask that you leave me out of your posts.

and speaking of white weeine? post results of how this is a teir one deck. pretty sure that the philly grudge match and the two scg opens prove that it is not a real deck.

It would be kind of nice if you just dissapeared from this site.

- one flightless bird.

I for one am not huddled in a by Paul Leicht at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 16:39
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I for one am not huddled in a corner. My decks may not be pro but I am finding at least one that does the control job nicely thanks very much.

Inre Alternate: just stop throwing fuel on the fire Whiffy. And dammit log in as yourself.

A few thoughts on mix masques. I really want the rebels and Lin Sivvi. So to me as long as she's not crazy expensive I'm happy that they are coming earlier than expected and all at once. Especially since I suspect that Nemesis packs would not sell at all.

I loved Masque Block when most people hated it but I never drafted it. Or if I did I have completely erased all memories of it. (I must have done so, huge piles of masques commons were tossed out by me years ago when I was cleaning my apartment. I just don't remember any of it.) I do remember playing in Masques standard.

Unfortunately every time I had an OK deck I'd run into Eric Taylor with a better one. :p

I'd love to play port and by walkerdog at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 13:31
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I'd love to play port and dustbowl in one deck alongside strip mine and wasteland. It will probably be EDH, not classic or legacy though :(

Mono-Black is not very good right now. WW is probably fine, tier 1.5ish, which is kind of a wash between your idea that it is tier one and everyone who says it's bad.

Building block decks is huddling up in a corner in the fetal position?
I'm confused.

Your posts make less sense since I've quit drinking.

"Building block decks is by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 15:57
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"Building block decks is huddling up in a corner in the fetal position?"

Yeah, that made me laugh (while simultaneously rolling my eyes). I mean, how you are supposed to build MTG decks anymore once you can't put 4 Black Lotuses in them? Like deckbuilding was about being clever and creative and not just putting the most powerful cards together. What, deckbuilders are supposed to be smart, now? Preposterous.

I can picture Lord Erman facepalming very hard right now.

I can picture Lord Erman by walkerdog at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 17:22
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I can picture Lord Erman summoning Black Djinn of some CMC above 7 and siccing it on Alternate right now.

I had a non-powered vintage by urzishra14 at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 16:10
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I had a non-powered vintage deck that was straight mono black Land D.

4 sinkholes
4 ports
4 wastelands
1 strip mine
4 rain of tears
4 leeches (whatever the ice age leech was)

I can't remember what it used as a win condition. probably Phyrexian Negator or something like that. it was entertaining.

There are so many annoyingly by char49d at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 14:44
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There are so many annoyingly overpriced commons from that set, I'm excited to see Invigorate go down (and hopefully get banned in Pauper) Snuff Out, Daze, etc. Having fringe Legacy cards like Misdirection, Submerge, and Port doesn't hurt either.

Pete, about the Constructed by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 16:04
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Pete, about the Constructed Tournaments breakdown table, I noticed you stopped putting the total number of scheduled tournament in there. I would love to see it again, is it possible? That was important to understand what a low number of fired tournaments actually means, compared to the expected number.

Also, isn't Stoneforge Mystic obsolete now? She's not a chase card anymore, just a "little more than 1 tix" card, like thousands of others, and that's not going to change soon.

adding that percentage takes by one million words at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 16:49
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adding that percentage takes a bit more work - adds about 20 minutes to 4-7 hours I put into each article. It's been worse lately, since the formats keep changing, but once Wizards firms up the weekly schedule, I may do them again.

Stoney is on the way out, but I make changes to all the tables to add Innistrad, move Scars to Modern or Legacy, and so forth. Eventually.

Email three extra days I can add to this weekend, and I'll get it all done right away. :)

adding that percentage takes by one million words at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 19:39
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Anyone else notice that there by themonkey at Fri, 10/14/2011 - 18:15
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Anyone else notice that there is a new format that comes up when you look at the Stats and Format tab of the deck editor? It's called Mentor and I guess it's only available in the new player room. No announcement yet, but it seems to be a format for teaching new players. Great idea.

Yeah Mentor is for teaching by GainsBanding at Sat, 10/15/2011 - 00:48
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Yeah Mentor is for teaching new players. I believe you both start with a Jace Beleren avatar in play, which has game-breaking abilities:

Jace Beleren
Avatar
0: Choose a player. That player reveals his/her hand.
0: Choose a player. That player reveals his/her library. Choose any # of cards from it. That player put those cars into his/her hand.
0: Choose a player. That player untaps all permanents that player controls.
0: Choose a prementant, spell, or card not on the battlefield and return it to it's owner's hand.
Hand: +0 Life: +0

It hasn't been officially announced yet, but here's the gossip on it:
http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75846/28505365/What_is_Mento...

That's pretty much what I by Paul Leicht at Sat, 10/15/2011 - 01:00
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That's pretty much what I surmised and seems very cool. I am going to have to get involved in this when it happens (I mean when they announce how they are going to use it).

Two things - 1-Masques is by deluxeicoff at Sun, 10/16/2011 - 12:34
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Two things -
1-Masques is gonna REALLY shake up pauper (insert evil laugh)
2-Modern is DOA after the bannings - I thought some events would fire...good grief. Is everyone super upset about the bannings? I like modern to continually shake things up...leaving the other formats to grow slower, it's invigorating to see a banned list that big - deckbuilder paradise!

The 1 v. 1 Commander matches by KaraZorEl at Mon, 10/17/2011 - 12:15
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The 1 v. 1 Commander matches contain a glitch that the developers didn't think of- players draw on turn 0 just as they would in multiplayer.