Exclusive Spoiler - Tree of Perdition
SLIDE #1 - MELD
Hanweir Battlements & Hanweir Garrison = Hanweir, the Writhing Township
Gisela, the Broken Blade & Bruna, the Fading Light = Brisela, Voice of Nightmares
Via Maxime - our own Mishra’s Photoshop - ERUBEN
SLIDE #2 - EMERGE & ESCALATE
Emerge - Wretched Gryff
Escalate - Borrowed Malevolence & Blessed Alliance
SLIDE #3 - DELVER COMPLETED
Delver of Secrets & Insectile Aberration - Innistrad
Aberrant Research & Perfected Form - Shadows over Innistrad
Docent of Perfection & Final Iteration - Eldritch Moon
SLIDE #4 - THALIA & IDENTITY THIEF
Sigarda, Host of Herons protects from original Emrakul abilities
Sigarda, Heron’s Grace protects from new Emrakul abilities
Gather the Townsfolk
Can’t look at Sideboards during Mindslaver effects anymore - even Wishes don’t work.
When Emrakul, the Promised End and Coax from the Blind Eternities were previewed earlier this week, it inspired a lot of discussion about a little-known corner of the tournament rules. Quoting from Section 3.15, Sideboard:
"During a game, players may look at their own sideboard and the sideboard of any players they currently control. The sideboard must remain clearly distinguishable from other cards."
As of Eldritch Moon, this rule is changing. Simply put, you can now never see an opponent's sideboard, even if you control that opponent. The exact language of the rule is being finalized.
The philosophy of the old rule makes sense: You can look at your sideboard. I control you, so I can see whatever you can see. Ergo, I can see your sideboard. But this has huge ramifications at every level of tournament play. It brings up questions of informational access, lengthy note-taking delays, the timing of strategic concessions, team dynamics, even the physical interactions between players.
If you force a player you're controlling to cast a "Wish," you can't have them access any cards in their sideboard. If you make them cast Death Wish, the same rule applies: no cards, even at random sight unseen.
I'm sorry it took the cards' public unveiling to really bring this issue to light, but I'm happy with the result. Now Emrakul can go be the monster she was meant to be.
This rule will be in effect for Magic Online play after the Eldritch Moon release. In addition, I believe (but don't quote me on this one) that there will be better functionality to support looking at your own sideboard.
Not being able to look at their sideboard even for wishes? Feels like not being able to look at their deck when using fetches.
From Matt Tabak:
“There are many reasonable arguments that you should be able to look at an opponent's sideboard while having them cast a Wish. I just wanted to note that that alternative was discussed, considered, but ultimately not passed. We feel this is a corner case interaction, and opted for the overall cleaner rule. MTGO also played a role here. So, if you're decrying the change for that reason, I get you. But don't lose sight of the larger gain. If you feel the larger gain sucks and isn't a gain at all, well, that's cool too.”
Expensive Visa needed for #PTEMN?
“Friends going to PT Sydney, check your emails! Apparently we need a special visa to enter Australia as a result of going there for the PT. According to them the process can take several weeks.” --Christian Calcano
Takes weeks to get
Should Pauper Be a GP format?
This week, Mark Rosewater got his twitter account hacked by a porn spambot. Luckily it was a pretty tame one, happily for the Magic community, but it does make me wonder: what would you expect to be tweeted from the real life Robo Rosewater spambot?
Emrakul, the Promised End: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/access-magic-eldritch-moon-episode-1-2016-06-20
Hanweir, the Writhing Township: https://twitter.com/ZiggyDStarcraft/status/745409689957982209
Coax From the Blind Eternities: http://mythicspoiler.com/emn/cards/coaxfromtheblindeternities.html
Liliana v. Emrakul poster: https://i.imgur.com/v3QV9MC.jpg
The Red Zone:
Don’t Ban Miracles: http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/dont-ban-miracles/
Ban Miracles: http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/ban-miracles/
Blast from the Past
Jace & Stoneforge Mystic Banned
Well this week we finally got the big reveal of the “big bad” in Eldritch Moon and we were all suuuuper surprised to find that it is, in fact, Emrakul. And we were all really just verrrrrry shocked by that. Noooo ideaaaa at allllll that it was gonna be Emrakul… Alright we all kinda knew it was coming. While it is a cool reveal, it was really kinda obvious. So what’s another obvious reveal you expect to come to Magic in the near future?
Orlando Tragedy, community response
SCG, CoolStuff Inc. WotC responds to tragedy in Orlando: https://www.facebook.com/StarCityGames/posts/10153645888357918?pnref=story
Gather the Townsfolk:
MTG Goldfish has Deck Search http://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck_searches/new
Craig Wescoe offering private coaching: https://www.facebook.com/craig.wescoe?fref=ts
Jeff Hoogland quits MTGO: http://www.jeffhoogland.com/2016/06/farewell-to-mtgo/
Access Magic: Eldritch Moon
#TeamNahiri v. #TeamSorin http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/stone-and-blood-2016-06-15
The Red Zone:
Sleep In Specials at Constructed GPs.
Just like Playmats before it.
Limited GPs still provide a service - prereg’ing your pool for you. This doesn’t fall from the sky. HOWEVER - You should still have the free option of showing up an hour before hand to register and build.
Professional Event Services hosted GP Columbus w free online deck reg - yet Sleep In Special still cost $20. This $20 is absurd.
Platinum Pros & Hall of Famers don’t have to pay for Sleep-In-Specials because WotC says so. Now it’s time for WotC, and the pro community, to help stand up for everyone else.
https://twitter.com/_DavidOchoa/status/740280665623531522 - Ochoa talking to PES
https://twitter.com/2Plowshares/status/741515761286402049 - Having to purchase due to flight
https://twitter.com/SamuelHBlack/status/741513853259939840 - as someone who gets it free, wotc needs to step in
https://twitter.com/TJCollectibles/status/741652732549947393 - weird reply by TJ Collectibles; condescending tone
For those of you who regularly watch first person shooters you already know what the Counterstrike: Global Offensive ESL Cologne Major event was, but for those of you that don’t it was a major shooty-shooty-bang-bang tournament that happened last weekend in France. And it’s relevant for us robe-and-wizard-hat poker folks because instead of using double elimination or round robin play, it used Swiss with a cut to top 8,, which is the first time a major non-turn-based ESport used Swiss pairings. So now that CS:GO has started borrowing ideas from Magic, what tidbit would you like to see MTG borrow from the big boys in ESports?
Seth Manfield = robot from the future
What’s the Play, part two?
Gather the Townsfolk
Mono-Blue Prison: http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/mono-blue-prison-deck-guide/
The Red Zone
Should Survival of the Fittest be unbanned in Legacy?
Blast from the Past
Six days ago, RoboRosewater created perhaps the greatest name of any Magic card ever created: Niv-Mizzet, Vampire Cops. With the Magic movie fast approaching, and the Magic Creative Universe needing more content, give me your pitch for the next episode of Niv-Mizzet, Vampire Cops.
Fabrizio’s response to being DQ’ed at Manchester: https://www.facebook.com/FAB.FTW?fref=ts
Team EUreka responding to the initial DQ: https://twitter.com/JoelLarsson1991/status/737333439142236164/photo/1
Team EUreka kicking him off team: http://htl.li/OfzH300H0gK
Gather the Townsfolk
The Red Zone
“Dredge would not be good for the Legacy Gauntlet.” --Reuben
“Disrespectfully disagree.” --Erin and Evan
Yesterday, Warner Brothers issued a DCMA takedown of a few videos, including a few clips from the classic artificial intelligence film Blade Runner, from the streaming site Vimeo. The problem is one of the clips that they were asked to take down wasn’t from the movie at all; instead it was from a neural network encoding project that was attempting to reconstruct the movie from disassembled data. So in other words: Warner has just DCMA’d an artificial reconstruction of a film about AI being indistinguishable from humans, because it couldn’t distinguish between AI and humans. We all know the singularity is coming and it’s only a matter of time before RoboRosewater wins its first Pro Tour, so what do you expect to be the next step on the way towards our inevitable robot overlords?