Most people dropped the swiss ones anyone because they were primarily interested in signing up for the next one and earning a bye.
So people are paying $10 less for what they were already doing. Neat.
@tittliewinks22 I did all that math and spreadsheet creation and didn’t even bother to look at the trial formats. Typical idiot me.
Edit: Now that I can properly read, the new trials setup might be due to space or staffing concerns with having a third format of players at the event, and one that is larger worldwide than the other two. Single elimination frees up seats and judges.
I'm glad you included a play by play of the top 8: Against Null Rods, Counterspells, and Lavinas, Winedope gets double FoW and turn 1 Tinker basically every game. Very lucky.
In the fitness world, which I dabble in, there's the mentality "everyone that's smaller than me is weak and everyone that's bigger than me is on steroids" that some athletes harbor. It's a double-edged sword that they use to simultaneously discredit the work that less accomplished athletes have put in while also dodging more accomplished athletes from doing the same to them by saying those athletes cheated.
Your post is the Magic: the Gathering version of that.
EDIT: Edited out the part Shawn edited out. Shawn and I are friends and there's behind the scenes conversation that people probably need to have posts like this make sense.
Based on the current Oracle text of Finale of Revelation, Stomping Slabs, and Supply // Demand, I imagine a spell that can only be cast once per game would templated thusly:
[Lightning Bolter] - R
[Lightning Bolter] deals 4 damage to any target.
You can't cast spells named [Lightning Bolter] for the rest of the game.
Three time Vintage Champs top 8 competitor Ryan Glackin and I have a running gag that both he or I will order too much food at a restaurant from time to time and give a multiplier to the amount of food we're eating versus how much we should be eating. This started back in 2009 when Ryan ordered two full entrees from a pizza delivery service and I asked him why he ordered "two foods". Since then we have gone back and forth ranking how many foods each other orders and important philosophical arguments such as "how many foods does one eat during a visit to a churrascaria?".
Additionally, Ryan Glackin collects any and all cards that are either non-anthropomorphic cats or are spells that feature non-anthropomorphic cats. Playing into an example of the latter, he uses a Harmless Offering playmat.
This is Ryan Glackin's invitational card.
Cards that should be unrestricted to balance the format, keep some decks in check, and make new archetypes available
Yawgmoth’s Bargain (not played very much, it would help black storm decks to become a great alternative to Gush decks )
The hottest take.
I'm not lazy - I'm efficient!
Which is why I reported your Twitter account for breaking their TOS regarding automation.
After two weeks of my automated complaining, CT has posted some details!
I will let their social media manager know that some percentage of the complaints they were receiving were spambots.
EDIT: "Oh I know, I get the notification at 12pm sharp."
I just thought that this part right here was worth repeating.
Sadly the choice isn't between objective versus subjective. It's between the preferences of the DCI versus the preferences of the DCI combined with information from the peanut gallery.
Anyone that bemoans "the thing I like is gone/disappearing" should talk to a TnT/Oshawa Stompy player about how Survival didn't have any real metagame power for 15 years. Any format that receives new printings will cycle between what an individual player likes and what they don't like.