As usual, I’m a bit late with this, but still, it’s worth it to discuss the two different banlists.
For those who haven’t stumbled on this yet, WotC accidentally spoiled three cards from Hour of Devastation on their own website. One of them is of course Nicol Bolas, another is Samut as a Planeswalker, and the third one is this…
So, let’s talk about it.
[EDIT] Well, immediately after I published this, I went to the best place for us Finns to think about stuff, namely my sauna, so I felt the need to add a few things to this article.
I was thinking about how to do this for quite a bit and I didn’t seem to find the right place to start. Maybe top-down? Come up with an idea of a world and then populate it by using existing cards? Some strange mechanical thing?
I guess I went for the latter.
I’ve been thinking about why I like certain colors so much more than others. I really like to play red, even though I don’t really like the low-curve, Sligh-style decks, there’s something about it that really works for me. Same for black. At the same time I dislike white quite a bit. So why is that?
If you don’t know, unlike previously CMC of split cards is now the sum of the two parts. This was done due to the abuses on older split cards with cards like As Foretold and the different Expertises (mostly Kari Zev’s Expertise). On the other hand, there are cards that like your cards being expensive.
There’s two split cards in Amonkhet that seem strong here.
Its easy to think of black as the evil guys. It doesn’t necessarily help that in western culture black is often the unlucky, evil color used by the bad guys and in the early days of the game had plenty of black cards with the word ‘evil’ in the title.
This was a tough one. I haven’t played much lately. I only drafted Kaladesh a handful of times and Aether Revolt once. This means these cards don’t resonate with me very strongly, because I haven’t experienced them very much. Another problem is that I just didn’t like Standard during this period, so its hard to have a positive emotional connection to them. While I’m writing this, this feels more like “the cards I hate the least”, but that’s a bit of an exaggeration.
Part of me loves the fact that Monoblack Zombies won, but part of me also hates it, because now everyone know about the deck and how good it is, so I can’t play it anymore. So, let’s dig a little deeper once again.
Oh yes, I’m back with one of those. This time the heading might be way too long, but there we are.
I wonder how many hours of work have I done on different characters before I get to play them over the years? How many times have I used a lot of time on a character only to find out that it didn’t fit into what the GM had in mind at all?
In fiction, AIs are mostly depicted as people with Asperger’s. Its probably not that far off from what a real AI would be like. On the other hand, as people have very varying ideas about what Asperger’s actually is (and my perspective might not be that much better), we need to delve a little deeper.