Wizards Take a 'Close' Look at the Magic: The Gathering Arena Standard, Which Could Mean a Pissing Ban

    Wizards Take a 'Close' Look at the Magic: The Gathering Arena Standard, Which Could Mean a Pissing Ban

    Goodbye

    Standard Magic: The Gathering is in a very strange place right now thanks to the new rotation.

    In the hundred or so games I've played since Zendikar arrived, the vast majority of decks in competitive play err on the side of the ramp. For those of you who don't play Magic, the concept of ramping is to literally increase your lands from the start, so you can afford to play powerful, game-changing cards. All you have to do is survive a few rounds to do it, which is easy when you have things like life gain on your side.



    Yes, I'm referring to Uro, which isn't just a ramp and life-gain card for a measly three mana; it's also a closer one, as you can take the card out of your graveyard. This has been a problem for a while, but now that the Landfall mechanic is in place (which allows players to play lands), the situation is worse than before.

    Landfall is a weird mechanic because lands that transform into other lands (Evolving Wilds, Fabled Passage) count as playing two lands. Once you're set up (which for the ramp is a few turns long) you can create that landslide feel where you trigger tons of late game effects early on (the new Omnath combos do well with that for early nonsense, as Lotus Cobras do).


    So what is the solution? I'm sure every player has their own way of dealing with it, but it looks like we might be saying goodbye to Uro as early as next week. Wizards of the Coast says they are “monitoring developments to the standard closely” and “will provide an update on the format early next week.” If you own several of the creatures above, know that their days may be numbered.



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