On April 4th Wizards announced major changes to the Modern ban list. Eldrazi’s dominance at Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch and the ensuing triple-Modern GP weekend earned Eye of Ugin a ban, while Ancestral Vision and Sword of the Meek both came free in an apparent effort to revitalize control.
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By Reid Duke
Our own Reid Duke offered his quick take in the wake of the ban list changes, with a look at what Vision and Sword might mean for the format.
One of the best resources to get acquainted with the new set than Wizards’ Card Image Gallery for Shadows over Innistrad.
By Ryan Bushard
Over at Gathering Magic, Ryan Bushard brainstormed some nifty brews for the new format: Ramp (with The Gitrog Monster!), Collected Company, Zombies, and BR Vampires.
By Melissa DeTora
Delirium is a tough mechanic to build around, and Melissa DeTora provided the blueprint over at TCGplayer.
By Mike Pawliuk
Finally, at Mana Deprived Mike Pawliuk weighed in on the recent controversy about when you can and should concede from an interesting and unexplored angle: why it’s unfair to newer players that the language of concessions is so defined and conducted by jargon.
“Over time players have developed their own secret language around concessions. This argot empowers experienced players who know the grammar and vocabulary of this language. It siphons power from inexperienced players and makes it easier for them to be taken advantage of.”
played a prerelease. went 4-0. back to my cave
— Logan Nettles (@Jaberwocki) April 3, 2016
Can we emergency unban Tobias Andrion in modern? Would be a tossup whether it would have more impact than Sword the Meek.
— Andrew Cuneo (@AndrewCuneo) April 5, 2016
When Thopter/Sword was good, abrupt decay, Kolaghan's command, scavenging ooze, and RiP didn't exist. Look at Legacy. Sword unban is safe.
— Sam Black (@SamuelHBlack) April 4, 2016
Biggest winner is probably burn, but I bet both of the unbanned cards see more play than bitterblossom.
— Paul Rietzl (@paulrietzl) April 4, 2016
This seems like the right time to issue a PSA. It is Ancestral Vision. Not Visions. Save yourself the frustration of a failed search attempt
— Brian Braun-Duin (@BraunDuinIt) April 4, 2016