Ten Minute Magic (April 3, 2016) – Shadows over Innistrad Prerelease, Upcoming Magic: The Gathering Bans, and Trying out Pauper Magic
Join Joseph Dunlap and Joe Butcher, sitting in for Ben Cottee, in this week’s episode of Ten Minute Magic, a weekly podcast format that highlights recent news in the world of Magic: The Gathering and looks at exceptional comments from recent Magic content on the internet.
This is what’s going on in Magic: The Gathering this week…
1. Alternatives to Intentional Draws
As a follow-up to his article from last week, Brian Braun-Duin wrote an article on Monday called Draws and Concessions: A Better Alternative. He starts out by addressing the strongest counterargument, which is that his original proposal – making draws the same as losses – simply treats a symptom instead of the overall problem of collusion. BBD follows up by suggesting a better solution would be what many have said is the most difficult, which is to simply make Intentional Draws and concessions against the rules at higher levels of play such as REL events.
@thepchapin I won't. I also think the landscape of Magic is different 20 years later. Maybe I'm naive, but maybe it can be done better.
— Brian Braun-Duin (@BraunDuinIt) March 29, 2016
The following day, BBD wrote a Facebook post addressing the other common responses he received: “I like collusion,” “It’s uninforceable,” “What about casual events like FNM or prereleases,” and “It’s not that big a deal.” He then discusses two commonly suggested alternatives to BBD’s solutions: Opting out of even playing your final one or two rounds if you’re locked for the Top 8 – which would basically be a free bye – or changing the actual tournament structure.
2. Shadows over Innistrad Double-Faced Cards
Earlier this week, Mark Rosewater revealed some important information about the way double-faced cards will appear in Shadows over Innistrad booster packs. On his Blogatog, Rosewater was asked about the ratio of packs that will receive a second double-faced card, and at what rarity it would occur. Rosewater replied that the first double-faced card, which appears in all booster packs, will either be a common or uncommon that replaces a normal common. One in eight booster packs will also have a second double-faced card, replacing an uncommon, and will either be a rare or mythic.
Seems like a fair trade to us!
The community discussion on Reddit pointed out that there is a possibility of opening Sorin, Grim Nemesis, Arlinn Kord // Arlinn Embraced by the Moon , and Archangel Avacyn // Avacyn, the Purifier in the same pack, assuming one of the double-faced cards is a foil. The discussion moved towards the quandary one might encounter when drafting and coming across a “bomb” such as the one described, and some explained that their local game stores had allowed players to purchase a replacement pack rather than be forced to leave the draft to keep the booster they just opened. It’s not the policy of all stores, but doing so allows drafts to continue with all 8 players, such as when players opened Expeditions. or back in the day, Zendikar Treasures.
3. Upcoming B & R Announcement
While the majority of the Magic community is looking forward to the Shadows over Innistrad prerelease, there are many who are also looking towards this Monday’s Banned & Restricted List Announcement. Will Eye of Ugin or Eldrazi Temple finally see the banhammer in Modern? Will Mishra’s Workshop get hit in Vintage? Are there any more surprises awaiting us Monday?
Just to be certain, though, if you are a Pucatrade user, you might want to double-check your Want list so you don’t receive any unwanted freshly-banned cards. This was a problem when the Splinter Twin ban got leaked ahead of time.
The April 4, 2016 Banned and Restricted Announcement has been made.
Announcement Date: April 4, 2016
Effective Date: April 8, 2016
Magic Online Effective Date: April 13, 2016
Eye of Ugin is banned.
Ancestral Vision is unbanned.
Sword of the Meek is unbanned.
Lodestone Golem is restricted.
Next B&R Announcement: July 18
Important Modern and Vintage Banned and Restricted Announcement by TheManaSource
4. Cancel to Rotate out of Standard
With the release of Shadows over Innistrad next week, Cancel will be rotating out of Standard. This may seem insignificant, but this is actually the first time Cancel will not be in Standard since it was printed 10 years ago. There are, and have always been, better alternatives to Cancel, but with the new block structure and no core sets, we should expect more and more “core” cards such as Cancel to leave the Standard scene altogether.
5. Brazil’s Pre-Release Postponed
Speaking of pre-releases, due to issues with pre-release packs being stuck in customs, Magic players in Brazil will not be able to participate in this weekend’s pre-release. ChannelFireball’s Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa is among those who will have to sit out this weekend while Brazil waits for prerelease product to be cleared through Brazil’s customs. Brazil’s pre-release is tentatively scheduled for next weekend.
6. SCG Open Baltimore
April 9-10th will be our first proper look at the brand new Standard format as the SCG Open weekend in Baltimore showcases the new sets. Look out for plenty of Aggro decks as well as some revamped versions of decks like GW Megamorph as well as decks that avoid the rotation such as Eldrazi Red. What new archetypes will we see in Baltimore to do battle with the remnants of Tarkir?
7. Featured Manaleak Article
George Mostyn wrote an article that resounded with the Magic community: 8 Great Reasons Why Everyone Needs to Give Pauper Magic a Try. The article received many comments where readers praised the Pauper format for its affordability and diversity.
Shane Garvey commented: “Great article. I cannot recommend enough that people try Pauper. It’s kind of ‘Legacy Lite’, and I mean that in a really good way.”
Angelica Alaniz commented: “Discovering Pauper for the first time was the best experience ever. Me and a friend rummaged through old cards to build two Pauper decks just to try it out.”
Tyler Adams commented: “Tron isn’t the only deck that runs Eldrazi, though. I’ve seen RG Ramp that uses Scions for a basically free Ulamog’s Crusher.”
Thank you for joining us in the third installment of Ten Minute Magic. We would love to hear your feedback on the presentation, format, and length – the idea is to run through Magic news and recent article discussions in roughly ten minutes – so please leave a comment with your thoughts and we look forward to hearing from you.
Joseph and Joe