Sunday, November 19, 2017

Play Points for sale

Wizards store is now offering Play Points for sale. Three bundles to choose from:

  • 240 Play Points for $24 (regular price)
  • 480 Play Points for $45
  • 1200 Play Points for $100.

Let's do some math. We can buy Event Tickets from players at classifieds for around $0.95 each. So, we are able to get 105,26 Event Tickets for $100 or 47,37 Event Tickets for $45. I'm not taking into consideration buying Event Tickets directly from Wizards, because it always costs $1 each and we want to get them as cheap as possible. Remembering, that 10 Play Points are considered as 1 Event Ticket we are coming to conculsion as follows. If we want to save some money it is the most reasonable to buy 1200 Play Points bundle. We must transfer Play Points into Events Tickets for the analysis to see it clear. Spending $100 at Wizards store gives us 120 Event Tickets, in comparizon to 105 Event Tickets bought from sellers in classifieds for the same amount of money. To wrap up, buying direclty from Wizards gives us extra 15 Event Tickets.

These Bundles are only available through the holidays and will disappear from the store when Rivals of Ixalan releases on January 19, 2018.

Monday, November 13, 2017

From the Vault: Transform

Starting November 24 From the Vault: Transform hits the shelves. What could be found inside FtV?
  • Huntmaster of the Fells - New art
  • Garruk Relentless - New art
  • Delver of Secrets - New art
  • Archangel Avacyn
  • Arguel's Blood Fast
  • Arlinn Kord
  • Bloodline Keeper
  • Bruna, the Fading Light
  • Gisela, the Broken Blade
  • Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh
  • Elbrus, the Binding Blade
  • Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
  • Kytheon, Hero of Akros
  • Liliana, Heretical Healer
  • Nissa, Vastwood Seer

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Grand Prix changes

Starting with January 2018, the number of rounds on Day One of any Grand Prix is changing, as is the cut to make Day Two. All Constructed events will have eight rounds on Day One and you need to go at least 6-2 in order to qualify to Day Two where you will play next seven rounds. As a reminder not long ago we needed 7-2 result and later it was shifted to 6-3.

For individual Limited events, Day One will still be nine rounds played with Sealed decks. However, there will be a cut after round 8. All players that didn't score at least 6-2 are eliminated. Then, all remaining players will play round 9 with their Sealed deck and continue competition in Day Two.

The participation promo card at GPs for the first half of 2018 will be Mutavault.

In my opinion, cutting one round is good move. Day One will be shorter. Staying focus and performing at your best level for nine rounds was a tough task.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Unban candidate

The October 17 banlist announcement brought no changes to Modern format. However, Wizards dropped some juicy announcement. 

In the course of discussing options for this announcement, we did discuss unbanning in Modern. However, given the current healthy state of the format and the upcoming Modern Pro Tour, we plan to wait for the results of Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan to evaluate any potential changes for the format. We anticipate making an announcement in February after the results from that tournament come in.

So, if I have to name a one card, which is a safe unban it will be Stoneforge Mystic. Let's find out why. First of all, we need to understand why this card have never been legal in Modern. I firmly believe that Stoneforge being banned had a lot to do with the fact that it was banned in Standard two months prior to the announcement of Modern format. It allows you to cheat out Batterskull on turn three. Raw power. But, is there anything to be afraid of? Is it so broken that it will shake the format up?

In fact, equipments in general see very little play in Modern right now (except from Cranial Plating). They are too slow for Modern format. But, which decks could benefit from Stoneforge? For sure, W/X controls, Abzan and Hatebears. However, Stoneforge is easier to kill now than ever thanks to lately printed Fatal Push, Collective Brutality, and of course Kolaghan’s Command. Commonly played is also Lightning Bolt and Path to Exile. Each deck has an answer to kill this Squire with upside. As long as, Jitte and Skullclamp remains banned Stoneforge is a safe unban.

We will see in February.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

New MTG logo

Since 1993, Magic the Gathering has had almost the same logo. There were some updates, but they were slight. However, this time changes are noticeable. The new logo is a fraternal twin of the Magic: The Gathering Arena logo. But see how it compares to the previous logos. Pay attention only to text Magic the Gathering, not picture as a whole.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Rules changes

- Cards will be checking in what state they are coming on the battlefield, while old rules ignored cards played before. Example: Blood Moon and Shocklands (Sacred Ground). It will always come as untapped Mountain. In the past you could take a 2 dmg hit to have tapped Mountain in play.

- Now, if a spell or ability you play gives an opponent a choice, you must get confirmation from them that they aren’t doing the optional thing. Example: Path of Exile.

- The build times in sealed deck events on the launch weekend of a set (including GPs) have been extended by fifteen minutes.

- You are obliged to place creatures above lands in all feature matches during GP.

- Cards with no borders, for instance Unstable basic lands, are legal in tournaments.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

MTG Arena: some news

There was a Q&A on Twitch regarding MTG Arena last week. You may watch the Twitch video here. Here are some highlights:

  • MTG Arena will not allow trading. The game will be a collectible card game, not a trading game. 
  • MTG Arena will be totally free to play, buy you can pay to accelerate some unlocks.
  • MTG Arena enables you to draft the latest set and play the Standard format. Developers haven't decided yet what happens with cards when a set rotates out of Standard. 
  • MTG Arena will not feature multiplayer, only player vs player.
  • Animations cannot be turned off. However the developer stressed that they will not let the animations interfere with game play much. 

We may deduce, that Standard format players will move from MtGO to Arena. MtGO will be kept alive just for older constructed formats. But, in my opinion Standard is just for the start, the rest will come along gradually.