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Are Open Deck Lists Better for Tournament MTG?

With the return of the Pro Tour and other high level tournaments, we’re seeing more and more tournaments with open deck lists. Is this a good thing? 

Magic is a game of unknown information. You have to make decisions with the uncertainty of what is in your opponent’s hand and all the cards in their deck. Richard Garfield certainly didn’t intend for both players to play with perfect information, so why do some tournaments let both players look at the other players deck list before the match even starts? 

High level tournaments often have coverage. Once you feature someone like LSV or Jon Finkel in Round 1, everyone knows what they’re playing and they find themselves at a big disadvantage for the rest of the tournament. Open deck lists eliminate this problem. 

 

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