I’m bumping this thread because something monumental is happening to Magic the Gathering in just a few weeks: the release of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. IMH will be a cool werewolf themed set and a return to one of Magic’s most tried and true realms, with lots of graveyard recursion and fun call backs to the classic Universal Studios monster movies of the 30s. More importantly it is the start of a new year of Standard, and Throne of Eldraine, Theros Beyond Death, and Ikoria Lair of Behemoths will all rotate out of the premier constructed format.
For those who haven’t kept up with the game recently these sets have been an unprecedented disaster for competitive Magic. After a couple underpowered sets the dev team overcorrected and printed some truly broken cards. For the first time since 1996 a card was banned from Vintage, the format where ostensibly every card ever printed, including the famously busted ones like Black Lotus and Ancestral Recall, is allowed. On top of that, an entire new mechanic had to be nerfed in all formats, and dozens of other cards from the sets were banned in multiple formats. Even with the unprecedented bans and nerfs the cards from these sets dominated Standard, with cards like Bonecrusher Giant and Brazen Borrower showing up in any deck that could cast them regardless of what their gameplan was.
On September 16 they’re finally gone, and we will have an enjoyable Standard again for the first time since early 2019. Rotation also marks the smallest amount of cards available to play, meaning its the best time for new players to join. You won’t have to grind for the best cards in 8 different sets, and everyone will be on relatively equal ground not knowing yet what works and what doesn’t. If you’ve been thinking of trying out the game or jumping back in after a hiatus, you couldn’t pick a better time. Preview season has already started, and the new cards look real neat. Fun twists on staples like shock and doom blade have already been shown off, and the set features gorgeous Gustave Dore-esque block print full art lands.
Jump on in, the Magic’s fine