Wow, no posts this year. Well, not to worry, there will be plenty soon, as I’ve had a bigger project going on since summer.
Anyhow, in his book, Next Level Deckbuilding, Patrick Chapin talked about benchmarking creatures. He didn’t actually use the word ‘benchmark’, but that’s what I’m using. Well, that was 2013, so quite a few things have changed since then, so perhaps it’s time to update that.
Yes, if you are not Finnish, that is Poro Invitational. Poromagia is a Finnish game store, so the pun is just kind of obvious. Poro Tour itself consists of four tournaments. This year it was Standard, Sealed and Modern twice. There’s also a bunch of other tournaments, which grant you a few points.
I made it into the finals of the Standard and did fairly well in the Sealed. The Moderns… weell, not good. Don’t tell my team that I might not have taken those tournaments very seriously. Modern just isn’t my format. Based on this I wasn’t really expecting to be invited into the Invitational, but after some people above me in the rankings had to drop out, I made it in from the reserve spots.
Spoilers for new Theros started yesterday. There were leaks before, but I’m going to be boring and join the no-leaks crowd. This means that we only have three cards to play with at this point. Not sure there was anything Standard playable anyhow. (Although there might have been, I just don’t remember.)
As the actual list is going to come out next year, you haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve worked on it quite a bit and the list is mostly ready. What this means is that I know what has been dropped from the 2015 version.
Ah, a new format. Well, sort of. It’s quite obvious that the first decks out there will be strong decks from Standards past or light versions of Modern decks. Like Rally or Saheeli Cat. I’m not going that route.