Sunday, November 13, 2016

Frontier - a new format

For some time Wizards are speaking about creation of a new format, which would be the successor of Modern. It would be a new, nonrotating format in which we use cards from the latest sets. Unfortunately, apart from a few vague statements we have never received the details. Players took the matter into theirs own hands and created a format from the bottom up. Ladies and gentlemen, I present a Frontier, the new format in MTG, also known as postmodern.

Frontier was officially born on September 26, when the two largest MTG stores in Japan (Hareruya and BigMagic) announced that they are starting supporting a development of the new format. This was a response to requests from Japanese players, who were fed up with bland and rapidly rotating Standard. The dominance of aggro decks around was an argument too.

All cards that were legal in Standard are available, starting from Magic2015, which was the first set when Wizards printed holograms on Rare and Mythic cards for the first time. Thus, the Frontier includes: Magic 2015, Khans of Tarkir, Fate Reforged, Dragons of Tarkir, Magic Origins, Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon and Kaladesh.

In the last weekend of October, about 300 players (!) in Tokyo gathered and played the first big official tournament in Frontier.

I'm curious how this format will develop. Well, it has the support from shops. Not only in Japan but also in the US. Enthusiasm of players is huge. Will it share the fate of Tiny Leaders, which quickly grew tired. Will it receive a official support from the Wizard? What do you think of the new format?

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