Change! You Can Change. (The Banned & Restricted Update)

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a safe, and enjoyable 4th of July celebration here in the USA (or just had an awesome Wednesday otherwise). What a week! The last time I wrote an article I talked about how we should define The Pro Tour, and before the next one occurs this August there will definitely be a change. So let’s just rip the band-aid off, and get to it. On Monday July 2nd Wizards of the Coast banned both , and from Legacy. There were no other changes. While some braced for this impact it still caused quite

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The Banning of the Ages

Hello folks! If you’re reading this then you may or may not be totally aware of what has happened today in the Legacy format. That’s right. Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe have been banned in Legacy. For quite a while I’ve been of the mind that these cards should be removed from the format. Deathrite Shaman has proven to be a real problem with reducing diversity in the format to the point that there is simply no downside to playing DRS in any deck that supports it, which as it turns out is quite a lot. Deathrite’s power has always

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Something To Ponder: The Pro Tour Is A “Promotional” Tour

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the last few weeks of articles from me, however I want to take a brief detour from that to talk about The Silver Showcase recently announced by Wizards of the Coast, the immediate feedback from that, and why we’re looking at the Pro Tour through a different lens than we should be. For those new to my writing the “Something To Ponder” series of articles were started this year on my page (where I wrote previously to being here), and was made to discuss what was happening

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Strictly Vorthos – The Weatherlight

Howdy folks! It’s Joe and we’re here again for another deep dive into┬áDominaria history! Pretty soon we’ll be jumping into M19 and talking about Elder Dragons, so this is our last little hurrah on Dominaria. This week we’re talking about one of the pieces that ties the whole thing together, the history of the Skyship Weatherlight. Creation of the Weatherlight After the events of the Tolarian Academy explosion, Urza realized that experimenting with time travel was not going to cut it in defeating the Phyrexians. He needed a better plan, a grander plan. One that involved the entire plane of

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