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Feb 04 2014 1:00pm
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Episode 260

Hosts: Sebastian and AJ

Episode Length: 21:40




Modern B&R list changes: Deathrite Shaman evicted! Welcome back Bitterblossom and Wild Nacatl!


Bitterblossom IRL


Commander B&R change: Sylvan Primordial got destroyed! (And replaced by a forest?)






Bitterblossom: 27.92

Deathrite Shaman 3.06

Sylvan Primordial 0.27

Wild Nacatl: 0.37


Fairy uprising:


Vendilion Clique 42.95

Mistbind Clique 5.38

Cryptic Command 23.23

Peppersmoke 0.02


Question of the Week:

On a scale from excited to very excited, how excited are you to see Faeries back in Modern?


Whatcha been playin’:

Seb: Bitterblossom all day everyday

AJ: Archons, Shamen, and a bit of kill everything green in Commander


Questions? Comments? Constructive Criticisms?


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Sylvan Primordial banned by Kumagoro42 at Tue, 02/04/2014 - 15:14
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Where is the announcement of the ban of Sylvan Primordial?
The official DCI announcement says: "Changes to Magic Online-only formats are now announced monthly in the Magic Online Community Group blog." Providing a link to the homepage of the community site. Finding things there is nearly impossible. And how is Commander still a "Magic Online-only format" if they have an ongoing line of paper products advertised as Commander?

The link to mtgcommander.net goes (again) to their (spartan) homepage. There's an "update" link there, but it only shows a raw log with "February 2nd, 2014: Sylvan Primoridal banned." (sic)

No motivation? Is this ban effective immediately?
What gives?

The link helpfully provided by AJ_Impy at Wed, 02/05/2014 - 05:05
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The link helpfully provided by Conqueror and Commander in the facebook comments should address this. I can find no fault in their reasoning: It was ubiquitous, it did do too much, and it was one of the primary search targets in the format. Three rootgrapples, three rampant growths and a huge creature was all a bit too much and that was before you see it flickered, copied, rite of replicationed and so on.

The changes to the B&R list by olaw at Tue, 02/04/2014 - 18:21
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The changes to the B&R list for Modern is certainly very interesting. I think it was right to ban Deathrite Shaman, he was always just ridiculously powerful for 1 mana and I think if it wasn't for the fact that it had just been printed it would have been banned alongside Bloodbraid Elf. I like Deathrite but I think it will be interesting to see how the format adapts to it leaving. Describing Deathrite as a Jund card kind of understates its prevalence. The card also saw play in Pod, Junk, Gifts Control, Rock and Red Deck Wins.

I think the return of Wild Nacatl will probably be good for the format. I think it's fair to say that traditional aggro decks have been lacking in Modern since the banning of Nacatl and introducing a few more aggro decks into the format might mix things up.

Bitterblossom is a card I am less happy to see unbanned. I'm really not sure it's going to be spreading a great deal of joy. It's very powerful, difficult to deal with and goes into a lot of not very fun decks. We'll see how it goes but I'm not too happy to see it come off the banned list.