This one caught me by surprise this week, as I admittedly didn’t even have this announcement on my calendar! As Frank pointed out to me on this week’s Magic TV, it says something about the state of Standard that I didn’t even think to prepare for this one.
Still, the effect on Vintage should be pretty profound, here’s the cliff notes version:
• Yawgmoth’s Bargain is no longer restricted.
You might have noticed that an unusually considerable deluge of new Ixalan previews at the beginning of this week, and unfortunately, it was the result of theft. Scott Kelly and Blake Rasmussen have the details.
From Around the Web
Modern rewards practice and experience above all else, but you can get a leg up with some help from those who have already done the work. Rafael Abrahams at Complete Kotaku interviews Emma Handy, Zac Elsik, and Thien Nguyen about Modern, and their strategies for succeeding in a diverse format.
A federal judge in California sided with Wizards of the Coast on this point: the judge program is voluntary. Cyrus Farivar at Ars Technica has the story.
Kyle Hill at Nerdist breaks down and evaluates the new preconstructed decks from Commander 2017.
If you want to play control in Legacy, you know that Miracles is no longer an option. Luckily, there’s still hope for the Delverless, and Keith Capstick at Mana Deprived has a complete teardown of “4C Czech Pile,” a good stuff deck packed with disruption, card advantage, and the best creatures the format has to offer.
Yeah this is a logroll, sue me! (Please don’t sue me.) Alex Ullman at Gathering Magic interviews our own Eric Froehlich, and how he’s come to appreciate Pauper—and the aspects of it that surprised him the most as an outsider to the format.
In September, we’ll say goodbye to many cards that defined Standard, and with them, decks that relied on those cards. Which matter most?
Vintage caught a sizable shake-up in the latest B&R announcement. Bob Huang brings you the details.
Pwning n00bs is timeless lingo, but a few galling phrases linger in our collective vocabulary.
Gabriel Nassif pilots his current preferred control configuration with Kalitas, black removal, and The Scarab God.
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— Brad Nelson (@fffreakmtg) August 28, 2017
Ok, I'm in for another season of VSL. Good riddance Mentor.
— Paul Rietzl (@paulrietzl) August 28, 2017
— Steve Rubin (@RubinZoo) August 28, 2017
Just announced this on TDSL. We start two weeks from tonight. Gonna be awesome! pic.twitter.com/z8n7KoIoMd
— Randy Buehler (@rbuehler) August 30, 2017
Dem Boyz may not have been the favorites at the start of #TDSL but they have undeniably done the best job of not getting paired against PGO
— Reid Duke (@ReidDuke) August 30, 2017
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