August was… unexpected. Wizards threw everyone off with their Ban Day decisions. Bans were expected in Standard (based on Wizards’ own statements) and hoped for in multiple other formats. Instead, Modern and Legacy saw unbans. The impact this has had will be on display in this metagame update.
The Pro Tour strongly reflects the impact of Tales of Middle Earth. Modern’s metagame is warping around the set to an alarming degree. The data is quite clear.
The One Ring is driving the metagame changes in Modern. However, the impact isn’t particularly high, and the card’s power remains unclear.
While the quest for The One Ring may be over, Sig doesn’t believe that means a death knell is merited for Tales of Middle Earth collector boosters just yet.
Tales of Middle Earth is not Standard-legal, but its power level is low like that of a Core Set. With that in mind, how much should draft booster boxes cost?
This weekend we experienced Tales of Middle Earth and its effect on Legacy. Mapson takes us through what we saw in Baltimore before looking at what comes next.
The new straight-to-Modern set is flavorful, but a bit underwhelming for the format. Still, David’s found a card that’s going right into his Modern decks.