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Welcome to the Goyf 2.0 era in Legacy!

Welcome to the Goyf 2.0 era in Legacy!

Today is one of those days that you feel like a part of yourself has died. Well, it actually didn’t die alone, someone killed it. Yes, today the new Banned and Restricted list was published and Mystical Tutor has been banned in Legacy.

I’ve been playing combo decks that included Mystical Tutor for, at least, 5 years. Without Mystical Tutor the DCI just killed two archetypes in a shot: ANT and Reanimator. I haven’t read the explanations on why they banned Mystical Tutor (honestly I don’t care as I lost all my respect for the DCI long time ago) but I can assume the GP Madrid final has something to do with it.

The official June 18th 2010 Banned & Restricted List announcement reads as it follows:

Announcement Date: June 18, 2010
Effective Date: July 1, 2010
Magic Online Effective Date: July 14, 2010 (after the scheduled downtime)

Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules Change: Extended
On July 1, 2010, the following sets will leave the Extended format: Ninth Edition, Mirrodin, Darksteel, Fifth Dawn, Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa, Saviors of Kamigawa, Ravnica: City of Guilds, Guildpact, Dissension, and Coldsnap. From that point forward, the Extended format will include approximately four years of Magic sets instead of seven.

At that time, the following sets will be legal in the Extended format: Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Tenth Edition, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor, Eventide, Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Magic 2010, Zendikar, Worldwake, and Rise of the Eldrazi.

With the upcoming release of Scars of Mirrodin, the following sets will leave the Extended format: Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, and Tenth Edition. One year’s worth of releases will leave Extended with every subsequent fall Magic set.

Extended
Sword of the Meek is banned.
Hypergenesis is banned.

Note: The four cards previously on the banned list (Æther Vial, Disciple of the Vault, Sensei’s Divining Top, and Skullclamp) are in sets that are no longer in the Extended format.

Legacy
Mystical Tutor is banned.
Grim Monolith is no longer banned.
Illusionary Mask is no longer banned.

Zendikar Block Constructed, Standard, Vintage
No changes

Changes to Magic Online–only formats are now announced monthly in the Magic Online Community Group blog.

For an explanation of this announcement, read The Week That Was column today and the Latest Developments column next Friday, June 26. For the complete list of all banned and restricted cards by format, click here.

With this announcement, I can say “bye bye” to my most fetish deck of all times:

So now, with the exception of Belcher, combo is dead in Legacy. Belcher… enough said. You can expect the new Legacy to be a totally aggro format (Zoo, Goyfs, Merfolks, Goblins, etc…), combined with Control and Agro-Control decks.

I don’t even feel like talking about the DCI doing nothing with Vintage. Vintage clearly needs some adjustments, and this was the most awaited list for many players. With Time Vault being über broken/timmy/stupid 2 card combo and MUD being the strongest deck of the format thanks to the über doped Juggernaut called Lodestone Golem, we’ll have to suffer 3 more months without any changes.

Welcome to the Goyf 2.0 era in Legacy!

7 Responses to “Welcome to the Goyf 2.0 era in Legacy!”

  • Your case against Time Vault is nonsense in a format clearly dominated by MUD. Tezzeret Control is no longer the Top Contender. Also, a two card unrestricted two mana combo can be found, much more brainless and timmier tha any Tezzeret deck.

  • I’m not a combo player (so I think that I’m not a Real Man, lol), but I think that those decisions done by DCI are extremely bad for the good health of Legacy.

    The other thing that I don’t understand is why they kill that kind of combo decks, and they still let people play Natural Order + Progenitus…

    The worst is coming now, because in one year Tarmogoyf will be out of Extended (if I had understood the DCI announcement) and all those Tarmogoyf around the world will hit Legacy (and Vintage), fulfilling all the decks. That’s insane.

    Take care.

  • César, is not a personal case against Time Vault. The current 3 pillars of Vintage nowadays are: MUD, Vault/Key and Fish. When you play against MUD, you know you’ll race the Golem. When playing against Vault/Key, you know you can be owned easily no matter how good of a player you are. And playing against Fish is actually quite balanced.

    I’ve been claiming lately the restriction of Mishra’s Workshop and the banning of Time Vault. These 2 changes would have brought balance back to the game, at least in the catalan metagame.

  • Look at the good side, you can return to iPop Negation! (LED+LED+Infernal Pact of Negation backup, “ok?”, “ok”, “in response sacrifice LED’s” xD)

  • Joserrap:

    Yo tambien he perdido mi Ant, pero no pienso dejar el combo, lo proximo una IPop con el añadido de doomsday-Emrakul… veremos como se comporta y si la DCI, no termina por prohibir el combo con su lema favotiro…
    REAL MEN PLAY TARMO!!!!!

  • De hecho, yo pienso ganar en Valencia (de ilusión también se vive!) jugando combo!

    Obviamente las barajas de combo van a perder muchísimo fuelle, pero con la pérdida de velocidad ganamos en solidez.

    Dí no a los switchers!

    (Definición de Switcher: Dícese de aquel jugador de combo que se compró 4 Tarmogoyf)

  • Joserrap:

    Lo unico bueno que tiene esto, es que ahora todos los spell pierce, dispel, mindbreak y demas amor que nos aguardaba en los banquillos se vera reducido… por que quien va a ser el loco que juega combo ahora???

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