B&R Announcement March 2017

Published on: 2017-03-13
Last week I argued why we would most likely not see any changes, and that is what happened indeed.

Last week I argued why we would most likely not see any changes, and that is what happened indeed:

Announcement Date: March 13, 2017

No changes to any format.

Next B&R Announcement: April 24, 2017

Some of you might dislike this due to sitting on a pile of Jaces, or because you don't enjoy the current Standard format, but things will stay like they are for at least six more weeks.

During my time as a professional player you could have woken me up in the middle of the night, telling me that a format was “reset” by a banning announcement, and I would have happily started testing right away. When you can use as much of your time as you like to prepare for the next tournaments, new set releases and banning announcements are fun times. You get to explore all the new possibilities, and try to find the “solutions” before the rest of the player base. Hopefully, you can come to the next event with a better deck than everybody else, and get to enjoy the feeling of never dropping a game all day long - the flush of mental superiority.

When you have less time to prepare, you have to take a different stance. You have to trust in net-decks, or archetypes that you learned to play effectively at some point in the past instead. This can be an exciting experience as well. By continuously winning with a decklist that everybody else knows by heart, you prove that you must be doing something right as well.

For the sake of the upcoming MKM Series in Milan I am quite happy with the announcement though. Our tournament audience wants to have fun with all their favorite formats, and this way nobody will be in trouble because their deck became illegal five days before the event. Therefore, everybody can remain confident in their deck choices, and we can celebrate our first stop of another exciting MKMS year. Remember that we have come up with a truly amazing reward structure for our future “Power Eight“, who will receive spectacular attendance fees at every event in 2018. I am really looking forward to seeing the leaderboard shape up this year!

The “details” of the B&R announcement weren't very specific. Regarding Standard they basically said that they will take action if there won't be other archetypes than the current top three decks after Pro Tour Amonkhet. Death's Shadow was specifically mentioned for Modern, but there would need to be a continuous domination of this (or any other deck) for them to take any action.

It might be more interesting to look at what they didn't talk about at all: They didn't talk about any potential unbannings and they didn't mention the Legacy format at all. So I wouldn't expect anything to happen in those two regards in six weeks either.

They didn't state what they dislike about Vintage exactly either, but there seems to be at least something worth discussing there. I will write about potential Vintage changes after I took a good look our Vintage Main event in Milan and the results of the Vintage Super League (which has become quite an important “motor” of that format).

So at the moment you don't need to act regarding the announcement and can go back to making smart plays regarding Modern. Resell your Jace, the Mind Sculptors before he will start dropping again and make good use of the additional weeks you just received to sell your stacks of Saheeli Rai, Scrapheap Scrounger, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, and so on.

I hope to see you in Milan!

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