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by ktkenshinx
18 hours ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

So, is Modern finally crystallizing around two big Astrolabe decks? That should be super worrying and it would be what several people were telling at this forum(@Foodchains, me, etc). I'm not sure why this is super worrisome on its own. Most top Modern cards just have a few top-tier decks that use ...
by ktkenshinx
1 day ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

Your explanation makes sense if and only if someone already has some trust in WotC. There are many reasons for someone NOT trusting in WotC - Twin, numerous bans in Standard, recent design philosophy, shoving Secret Lairs down our throats (no, not everyone receiving them, but many people paying for...
by ktkenshinx
2 days ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

Wizards doing whatever they want, whenever they want is a "fake news" story in my opinion. Time after time, they have showed they are doing what they are doing, because of specific reasons and their line of thinking is consistent and well argumentated(most of the times). 1) Win rates/number of 5-0 ...
by ktkenshinx
2 days ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

But that's the thing, who knows if a deck is breaking rules during multiple "No Changes" announcements? Phoenix and Dredge were ravaging the competitive scene for a year and a half before being acted upon, and it took an insanely MORE broken card to get the community uproar strong enough to finally...
by ktkenshinx
2 days ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

And since we have no access to meaingful data ourselves (especially that precious MTGO win rate), we have no idea what decks are breaking that rule and what are not. It's Schrodinger's Ban at that point. We don't know a deck is breaking a rule or not until WOTC tells us (either by banning it, or by...
by ktkenshinx
2 days ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

ktkenshinx You say wotc use numbers on all ban decisions in the format. I am not sure they do. I think they do mostly, but I also think they look at other data they don't share to do with popularity-unpopularity of strategies and cards. Lattice would be an obvious one. No data I have seen convinces...
by ktkenshinx
5 days ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

I think it fits the Mycosynth Lattice ban nearly perfectly, except that Lattice saw a LOT more play. Karn, TGC with Lattice was played in almost any deck that could fit that in. It gave help to decks that were previously trash, like Ponza and Skred, but more importantly, it pushed E Tron a bit too ...
by ktkenshinx
5 days ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

ktkenshinx , just to clear the clouds here. I think a T3feri ban is absurd and laughable. It is also not being played that much to warrant a ban. Opinions on that? T3feri is a badly designed card that both invalidates one of Magic's fundamentals that makes the game great, instant-speed interaction,...
by ktkenshinx
5 days ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

I am not sure if pure usage would be a good metric to decide whether Astrolabe needs a ban. The comparison to Lightning Bolt or Path to Exile is a bit odd, but I think a comparison to fetchlands is valid; fetchlands are an admitted design mistake by WotC, they are incredibly powerful manafixing wit...
by ktkenshinx
5 days ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

Opinions about what is and is not good for Modern come with the unspoken caveat that they are subjective opinions, that cannot be proven/unproven any more than you can disprove sombody's favourite colour is the wrong or right choice. Numbers about a card being played are meaningless by themselves u...
by ktkenshinx
6 days ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

There has been a lot of theoretical argument about Astrolabe's impact on Modern, as well as some half-formed comparisons to OUaT. Specifically, and especially on Reddit, I've seen a lot of players complain that Astrolabe is getting an unfair pass when OUaT got banned for similar prevalence. We know ...
by ktkenshinx
1 week ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

Challenge isn't up yet but here's the Super Qualifier: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-super-qualifier-2020-03-22 Might do the Reddit breakdown later, but here's the T16 for now: 1. Humans 2. Amulet Titan 3. Dredge 4. Burn 5. Dredge 6. Bant Snow Control 7. Temur F...
by ktkenshinx
1 week ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

Which isn't acceptable to many of us. I guess we should all be all right and overjoyed to 3-2 FNM? :thinking: I just don't understand what you, CFP, and anyone else in this camp actually want from a competitive deck. What are your competitive goals? Are you truly trying to T8 Modern GP events? Mayb...
by ktkenshinx
1 week ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

Too bad we don't have meaningful data to support any of that. But I guess as long as you don't need to be competitively successful, you can play anything you want. Including trash decks like UR Control. Define "competitively successful." This gets back to an old topic we've discussed in the past, w...
by ktkenshinx
1 week ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

I'm really not sure why people are negative about Bant Snow Control being the best control game in town. This really isn't any different from Azorius Control (snowless) being the best control game in town prior to Astrolabe. The only difference is Astrolabe allows the tested UW shell, which we alrea...
by ktkenshinx
1 week ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

I mean, it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to see that Oko was broken and free cantrips are on their #1 hit list. Opal has been a target for years, and Lattice was an easy "get out of jail" card for the atrocious design failure that was Karn, The Repeatable Tutor. As I said in the quoted post, I agre...
by ktkenshinx
1 week ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

I wrote that I got blown out by double Veil of Summer protecting a JtmS a few posts back. The exact same thing just happened with Veil of Summer forcing through a Teferi. I will reiterate: %$#% THIS FORMAT as long as Veil is legal. %$#% IT. How %$#% stupid can WotC be????? they already had 2 opport...
by ktkenshinx
1 week ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

So just to confirm, I think we can basically all agree to if nothing else, meta talks and complaints are completely moot at this point with the virus in it's current state. We can potentially debate MTGO data, but our access to it is extremely limited and at Wotc's discretion. Adding to that, the c...
by ktkenshinx
2 weeks ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

*The interesting part is that the Astrolabe decks have a lot of play to them. They make Modern not so stale, as there are tons, yes, TONS of different lines and deck lists that you can throw together. The issue, if there is one, is that Astrolabe is becoming way to prevalent. I think that Astrolabe...
by ktkenshinx
2 weeks ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

So, is Modern beginning to feel like "play Astrolabe or go home"? I will answer that question after today's PTQ has been published. Prediction: Yes. There are currently many non-Astrolabe decks in Modern, and have been for months. There are also viable blue decks without Astrolabe and viable midran...
by ktkenshinx
2 weeks ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

Veil is awful. Full stop. I hope that things is banned by the end of the year. As for Astrolabe, it's hard to separate out the experimental diversity (I.e. people who are playing around with Astrolabe in different builds) from the true diversity (I.e. different viable Astrolabe decks coexisting). It...
by ktkenshinx
2 weeks ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

Strap in, and play those powerful decks, but I have a sneaking suspicion that we have both been down this road. Nah, I'm good. The point of a non-rotating format is supposed to be that you can just buy into a deck and get to keep/play it. Between inevitable bans and planned obsolescence, that is no...
by ktkenshinx
2 weeks ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

How do you propose we do anything about that? Or do we just let the format die as attendance continues to drop and people don't like the linear rat races combined with constant bannings? I care because I have invested thousands of dollars and years of my life into something I loved, and watch it sp...
by ktkenshinx
2 weeks ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

The most important quote: The criteria we'll be looking at include overall and matchup-by-matchup win rates, success in tournaments, population in the metagame, and community sentiment playing with and against these decks. At last, we have an official quote on their ban metrics: One of them is even...
by ktkenshinx
3 weeks ago
Forum: Modern
Topic: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)
Replies: 6028
Views: 147767

Re: [Official] State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/13/2020)

OUAT definitely makes more openers keepable for Titan decks. It was a good attempt. I think if Titan becomes too good after this, they should really consider Titan himself. Let's see if OUAT curbs the deck though. I would much rather they hit Field or Dryad if they need to ban another card. Wizards...

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