Early Bans, Baldur’s Gate Clues, and Sweet Decks
Early Bans, Baldur’s Gate Clues, and Sweet Decks
The Wizards did it again! A few days after the end of the Explorer Metagame Challenge, and before bringing the new –and celebrated– format of MTGA to Pioneer, they already announced bans…
That’s right, let’s say goodbye –for now– to Winota, Joiner of Forces and –surely forever– to Tibalt’s Trickery.
The reasons for Winota’s ban are obvious: an explosive strategy that “presents overwhelming boards” and that, unlike what happens in Pioneer, since Explorer has a smaller card pool, it is impossible for opponents to handle.
Wizard clarified that Winota’s situation will be “temporary” and they explained this in the official statement: “AQs this is our first Explorer ban since the format’s launch, we want to reaffirm our intentions that cards banned specifically in this format will become playable again as we realign the ban list to match Pioneer. One of Explorer’s primary goals is fidelity to the Pioneer experience, so we intend to maintain this ban for only as long as it proves necessary. When additional cards are introduced to the format, they will naturally change Winota’s relative standing. As such, we currently plan to unban Winota and reevaluate her position shortly after the release of Dominaria United this fall.”
The case of Tibalt’s Trickery is different, simply because it “creates an extremely negative experience when playing against the card, and its play rate is growing quickly. As a result, Tibalt’s Trickery is banned in Explorer.”
“Since Tibalt’s Trickery is currently not a mainstay of Pioneer play, this ban will not be reevaluated as aggressively as Winota’s”, Wizards explained.
Repercussions of the bans
Players, streamers, and content creators all voiced their opinion of Wizards’ announced bans.
Maro’s Clues for Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate
Mark Rosewater (applauses, please) laid out a number of “clues” before the Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate spoilers begin:
First up, here are some things you can expect:
• a returning mechanic that feels apropos for D&D makes use of a new card type
• a card capable of making an Ox, Boar, or Goat
• the word “seven” appears on two cards and the word “nine” appears on one
• a new legendary colorless artifact token named Volo’s Journal
• a 10/10 creature with flying and trample that you can cast for G
• a lord for Demons, Devils, Imps, and Tieflings
• the character we got a lot of complaints about not being in Adventures in the Forgotten Realms gets a card
• three legendary creatures that are Gods
• a card that enhances all creatures with mana abilities
• a spell that can copy something X times
Next, here are some rules that will be showing up on cards:
• “This spell costs 1 less to cast for each opponent you’re attacking.”
• “That artifact becomes a 0/0 Homunculus artifact creature with flying.”
• “Whenever you cast a spell you don’t own,”
• “If you control neither creature, draw three cards.”
• “you don’t lose the game for having 0 or less life.”
• “Tokens you control have ‘T:”
• “Then choose a third player”
• “where X is the total mana value of Dragons you control.”
• “put a number of time counters on it equal to its mana value.”
• “you may cast your commander from the command zone without paying its mana cost.”
Here are some flavor words in the set:
• Devour Intellect
• Homunculus Servant
• Bigby’s Hand
• Gathered Swarm
• Vicious Mockery
• Blood Drain
• Mantel of Inspiration
• Animate Chains
• Death Ray
Finally, here are some creature type lines in the set:
• Legendary Creature – Halfling Knight
• Legendary Creature – Tiefling Barbarian
• Legendary Creature – Gith Warrior
• Legendary Creature – Dragon Peasant
• Legendary Creature – Vampire Elf Rogue
• Legendary Creature – Bear Warrior
• Legendary Creature – Devil Noble
• Legendary Creature – Human Boar
• Legendary Creature – Cat Devil
• Legendary Creature – Elephant Angel
Check out the Commander Legends: Battle for Balder’s Gate debut on May 17 at 9:00 am PT on Twitch and YouTube.
Decks from Last Weekend
Standard: Naya runes won the $500 Cash GGtoor M:TG Arena Duel #12. Everyone knows the power of Naya Runes, and Andy Monsalve (Blue Robot) explains it in this article https://www.tournamentmtg.com/?p=336.
So, we introduce a different deck that astonished the world (?) last weekend: IZZET LAND DESTRUCTION.
In Explorer, lots of decks reach 7-0 in the Metagame Challenge. Here is a list of options (without Winota)
Deck: Mardu Greasefang by Muse
Deck: Rakdos Sacrifice by Keven Wild
Next Weekend: Arena Open
Next weekend we’ll have the new Arena Open on MTGA.
Day 1 – Streets of New Capenna Sealed (Best-of-One and Best-of-Three)
Day 2 – Streets of New Capenna Player Draft (Best-of-Three)
For this Arena Open, Wizards have adjusted some of the gem rewards from Day 2 to Day 1, giving more players more rewards even sooner:
Gem rewards on Day 2 for earning 0–5 wins have all been reduced by 5,000 gems.
Earning seven wins on Day 1 in Best-of-One now also awards 5,000 gems in addition to Day 2 access.
Earning four wins on Day 1 in Best-of-Three now also awards 6,000 gems in addition to Day 2 access.
Earning one win on Day 1 in Best-of-Three now awards 1,500 gems, up from 1,000.
Event start: May 14 at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC)
Signup end: May 15 at 3 a.m. PT (10:00 UTC)
You’ll have three hours to complete your current run, but you won’t be able to join after this deadline. Matches in progress will be allowed to finish.
Event end: May 15 at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC)
No new matches begin after this time, but matches in progress will be allowed to finish.
Format: Streets of New Capenna Sealed Best-of-One and Best-of-Three
Entry fee: 25,000 gold or 5,000 gems (for both Best-of-One and Best-of-Three)
By Juani Salas