Howdy folks! It's Joe here again with another rant and venture into the world of Magic: The Gathering! It's been an interesting month, thanks to spoilers and everything else going on, so let's dive right in!
Unless you were living under a rock (and if you were, no judging as rocks are sweet), this past month was the much celebrated Mythic Invitational at PAX East. First things first let's look at the good part of this event:
This event was sweet from the aspect of promotion of the game and the showcasing of Magic Arena. It was hyped from the get-go and the hype delivered on every aspect. They spent a great amount of time really selling each player that showed up and the coverage aspect was phenomenal. The decision as well to utilize Cardboard Live for the event was perfect. There were some issues here or there with coverage (such as the timer for the round being pretty hard to see) but overall this event went on without any real issues, and the best part was having Brian Kibler and Day9 in the booth. The chemistry was spot on with the commentators and it was just a lot of fun.
The biggest upside of this event was what this means for Magic going forward into the esports arena. This event was huge. It pulled in over 100,000 viewers over the weekend and it was super intense.
So what was bad about the event? Not much other than the format that they chose to use. Duo Standard, even as admitted by Wizards themselves, had some issues. Instead of promoting deck diversity it homogenized it, giving players incentive to play decks like Mono Red Aggro and Esper Control as the two primary mainstays of the format. Suffice to say, Wizards has definitely put the nail in the coffin on Duo Standard, stating that its issues mean it will not be used again for future Mythic level events.
Regardless of that, the Mythic Invitational was indeed a very good thing for the game. Everyone should congratulate Andrea Mengucci on winning the event, but for me, the best competitor was Quicksort. Out of Italy, Quicksort had never played any large competitive Magic event in paper. He grinded his way up the Arena ladder, placing 6th in the Top 8 after 36 hours of straight play. And he placed in the Top 16 of this event. Kudos to this guy, as he was a blast to watch on camera.
War of the Spark
That's right folks, WAR OF THE SPARK is upon us! Nicol Bolas' plans to gain immortal godhood on the back of Planeswalker sparks are finally coming to fruition. When we first learned there would be THIRTY-SIX Planeswalkers in MTGWAR, people were a little frightened. Now that we've seen the set some more, the idea of having uncommon Planeswalkers with only negative loyalty abilities is super sweet. Every one of these walkers is fairly interesting in some way, and I'm really excited to see how they play out. Static abilities on Planeswalkers is great, and this set is shaping up to be one of the most powerful sets in some time. Quite frankly, it's got me super excited!
London Mulligan on MTGO
If you're aching to get a taste of what the London Mulligan is like, look no further than Magic Online. The rule is now live for a month leading up to the Mythic Championship in London, so if you were at all interested in seeing how the rule shapes up, then check it out on there.
Personally, for me, I'm not super thrilled with how this rule functions for Legacy/Vintage, but I also think we have yet to see the full extent of how bad it is for these formats. Once people are angling to really break it we'll see some really busted stuff out of the pipeline.
That's all the time we have this month. Outside of the Mythic Invi, it's been a rather slow month! Hopefully we'll have more to talk about next month, including the outcome of the GREAT LONDON MULLIGAN EXPERIMENT!
Until next time!
|Joseph Dyer (@volrathxp) is an avid Legacy enthusiast. He's admin of the /r/NicFitMTG subreddit, as well as a regular participant on the Source and MTGLegacy subreddits. His knowledge of the Legacy format is deeply rooted in constant analysis, playtesting, and lots of discussion of the format. Joseph's primary accomplishments include a 10–5 finish at GP Columbus 2016 with Rhino Fit, and a 32nd place finish at SCG Columbus Legacy Classic with Sneak Fit.|