I guess they really don’t want people to play Standard.
Short one this time.
Aaron Forsythe, the VP of design at WotC, tweeted this out four days ago:
Over the past few years, Standard play has dried up in many stores. I have my own list of possible reasons, but I’d love to hear from you about your store community. Why has sanctioned Standard play declined relative to other formats in your store?
Having to ask is really actually kind of embarrassing… I don’t mean asking in general, but in this case. It should be pretty obvious why they have been driving people away from the format.
This was calculated based ont he Baldur’s Gate Open. I’m pretty sure the other Opens work a bit differently, but this probably gives you an idea.
It would seem that despite all fears to the contrary, Arena has actually sort of brought back the previously forgotten art of deckbuilding.
Caveat: I’m not going to go into how to play MtG competitively without spending much money. There’s an easy answer for that: Be good enough to be sponsored for the cards or have strong enough network to be able to loan cards. In both cases this can only happen after initial investment, unless you are very lucky with the latter one.
Well, I managed to forget to do this regularly, so here’s all the 21 parts in this 10 hour playlist.
I’ve been trying to play some Brawl on Arena recently, but the format is just horrible. Than the format was also mentioned on Goldfish’s podcast and that reminded me that Gavin Verhey seems to have been the person behind the format. At least he was the one strongly advocating it publicly.
Making the sacrifice, so you don’t have to.
Five in one. Almost two and a half hours of me rambling about the ideas behind the cards and the set. I wouldn’t recommend trying to listen to all of them at once.