This format sounds great! I'm very much a gameplay > aesthetics kind of guy, and this format certainly hits the sweet spot when it comes to format size. With all printings being legal it's much more inclusive as well, and feels much more like a celebration of Magic's past rather than Old School's snooty luxury persona. I'll be brewing this format for sure, and I hope it takes off!
I am happy to talk about decks and also why we made the choices we did on the ban list (I was involved in a lot of the testing of the format). It is a pretty great format that hits those of us with nostalgia that starts just a little later than old school. Definitely some of the most ridiculous magic i have played in the last couple years has been middle school.
It is worth mentionning also that Portal sets are allowed which on top of my head allows:
Imperial Recruiter for Aluren
Personal Tutor for ?
Very interesting format anyway. i think they complete each other with Premodern.
Yep. Stompy gets Jungle Lions, and black gets Hymn to Tourach (Anthologies!). I'm curious to see if there is some sort of turbo-fog deck with Time Warps (Time Warp, Temporal Manipulation, Capture of Jingzhou).
I kinda wish Mind's Desire wasn't banned (since it WAS legal in extended as a 4-of) and there's no format you can play it in as a 4-of. I might be biased but it's probably one of the funnest cards you can play, and I wonder how busted it really is. Maybe you wouldn't mind the question @garbageaggro ?
That being said a 4x Necropotence format is definitely intriguing as hell for me.
@hrishi We have talked about desire a couple times. We just removed a couple other cards before formalizing the format, and wanted to make sure those were cool first (gush and monolith) both seem ok, but we wanted a little time before we let mind's desire free since both those cards could help it.
I think there is a chance it gets unbanned, but we need to figure out how fast it is relative to the rest of the format.
Been brewing ideas based on old standard/extended decks, and fondly remember running something like this.
1 Cabal Coffers
2 Starlit Sanctum
4 Cabal Archon
4 Dark Supplicant
1 Graveborn Muse
4 Rotlung Reanimator
1 Scion of Darkness
2 Shepherd of Rot
1 Visara the Dreadful
4 Withered Wretch
2 Diabolic Edict
2 Grim Tutor
2 Mind Sludge
1 Grave Pact
2 Phyrexian Arena
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Living Death