idSurge wrote: ↑
1 year ago
As I continue to stew about this game, its a few things that really kill me.
1. This format is not the Modern 'we' (aka many of us here) grew up with, and that is ultimately just unfortunate as it WAS the best format in the game.
What's really interesting is that I'll bet the vast majority of people who play Modern today likely only ever existed in a format defined by degenerate nonsense. The identity of Jund, Tron, Twin, Pod, Burn, Affinity, Infect is dead, and has been dead for years. It seems as time goes on, each piece continues to fall into irrelevance, if not banned outright. Modern is now a format where if you are not playing free spells, cheating on mana costs, or massively accelerating, you are choosing to play an objectively weaker strategy. You put yourself at a disadvantage against nearly everything at the top of the format.
And the ultimate irony is that these bans change almost none of that. Amulet Titan, which escaped unharmed, is an amazingly powerful deck, capable of stupidly fast draws and a nigh-unbeatable late game. Urza is still an amazingly powerful deck, and still capable of fast draws with good late game. Tron losing Lattice just means that they only have all the other busted good threats they play considerably ahead of curve. The good decks are still good, the bad decks are still bad.
Ironically, one of the decks I was interested in moving into (Bant Snowblade deck) was only really good because of Oko, and will likely fall back to irrelevance.
I am saddened at the realization of how kind of meaningless this ban announcement is. At least it's done nothing to encourage me to sleeve something up and actually go to an FNM any time soon.