Toby Elliot announced a new organization structure for judge levels. Instead of the previous 5-tier system, there are now 3 designations: Level 1 – Regular REL In-Store Judge, Level 2 – Competitive REL Judge, and Level 3 – Premier Judge.
Hasbro announced this week that Greg Leeds has resigned as CEO of Wizards of the Coast and will be replaced by Chris Cocks, who makes the move from Microsoft.
Jim Davis won the first post-Shadows-over-Innistrad Standard event with Bant Collected Company, in a Top 8 with 6 other white decks, including 4 Human Aggro decks.
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In March, “Mg” covered an Old-School Magic event—a format where only cards printed up to the The Dark are legal. ChannelFireball features Old-School Magic as a side event format at all of its Grand Prix.
At MTGprice, Jim Casale reviewed the results of the SCG Open in Baltimore, and why white aggro dominated (Short version: Declaration in Stone is insane).
Ross Merriam covered the best and most interesting versions of white/black midrange at SCG Baltimore, along with his recommendations on the best card choices for the current metagame at StarCityGames.
At Gathering Magic, Alex Ullman broke down one of Pauper’s defining archetypes—Mono-Black Control—and how the deck may change with Shadows over Innistrad.
And at TCGPlayer, Adam Yurchick goes over how Ancestral Vision will shake up Modern, and in particular how it could bring back one of Magic’s greatest aggro-control decks: Faeries.
5 ChannelFireball Posts You Shouldn’t Miss
If you’re looking for Modern brews with Vision and Sword to get started on, PV covered a ton of angles from Lantern Control to UW Control to Faeries.
Brian DeMars pens an insightful and illuminating look at what it takes to effect change in yourself as a person and as a player.
Reid Duke went a different direction with Ancestral Vision—slotting the newly unbanned draw spell into a midrange deck with Tarmogoyf, Huntmaster of the Fells, and countermagic.
LSV wrapped up his full Shadows over Innistrad Set Review last week—in his last post you’ll find links to every color for Limited and Constructed.
If you discard exactly the 5th card to Jace, VP and it is a madness card, Jace won't transform because madness auto exiles no matter what.
— Riki Hayashi (@mtgRikipedia) March 30, 2016
Today I'm on tilt because Athena/Minerva doesn't get a planet named after her.
— Reid Duke (@ReidDuke) March 24, 2016
Just saw our same-art reprints of Dead Weight and Unruly Mob called "lazy". Ouch! This was our attempt to create familiarity/continuity.
— Aaron Forsythe (@mtgaaron) April 3, 2016
If you Reduce to Ashes a Thing in the Ice, does the ice melt first so it flips? #FlavorJudge
— Joe Spanier (@FoundOmega) April 12, 2016
Shadows Over Innistrad draft prep. pic.twitter.com/t18xvFni4R
— Luis Scott-Vargas (@lsv) April 9, 2016