Magic: The Gathering Arena - Catch All

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I passed on the money tournament as it was best of 1 standard on day 1. Just too random for my blood. I pretty much only play best of 3 unless it is one of the workshop or festival events where I get to play Artisan or another fun format. For regular constructed on Arena, I’ve been playing Historic about 90% of the time as I enjoy the more varied meta there more than recent standard. People on Reddit seem to be freaking out that Winota wasn’t suspended in Historic. It did well in Hoogland’s tournament two days after Historic ranked relaunched, but in best of three it feels like the meta already adjusted to it. It is pretty beatable with multiple strategies, especially after boards. I could see where it would be a pain in the ass in Bo1 though.

I really enjoyed both Agent and Fires until the Lukka and Winota decks found a way to break them beyond repair.

I would have rather seen them ban Lukka and Winota but I guess they did prefer to ban older cards while people are still ripping packs from the new set.

I fear we'll just go back to the meta before Ikoria with the bans and I really hate playing against both the cat/oven and relclamation decks which will probably go back to be top tier.

I might start looking into historic. I always wanted a dinosaur themed deck starting out but held back on the wildcards knowing most of the cards would go with the next rotation. On the other hand it probably isn't the best deck for ranked.

I have been playing a lot (for me) of this since I can access it from Geforce Now. It's also gotten me to build some IRL decks to play with my son.

Anyone running anything fun these days? I'm still wishing I could build 100 card Commander decks. Brawl with 60 just isn't casual enough and so many more R/G cards I want to put into my Scute Swarm deck!

I've been logging in whenever they put free currency in the store (they put free currency in the store once or twice a week). Other than that I haven't been playing much lately. I bought into 2 Zendikar Rising drafts the last night they gave you the fancy lands, but I haven't actually played them yet.

Standard looks like it's finally in pretty good shape. My draft-junkie butt hasn't had the itch to try it, but it's nice to know it's good if I do.

I need to stick my toe in Kaladesh Remastered. I was rather fond of that set when it was out in paper, and I'm curious to see how well they've been able to refine it.

I haven't played MTG seriously in 15+ years, so everything is new to me. Love having the computer do all the computing of tokens, rules, etc.

Top_Shelf wrote:

I'm still wishing I could build 100 card Commander decks. !

There's a unsupported Arena format called Gladiator. It uses 100 card singleton decks, no commanders, and no sideboards or companions. It's pretty quick to set up a direct challenge game on the Discord channel.

https://gladiator.blog/

Mr Eko wrote:
Top_Shelf wrote:

I'm still wishing I could build 100 card Commander decks. !

There's a unsupported Arena format called Gladiator. It uses 100 card singleton decks, no commanders, and no sideboards or companions. It's pretty quick to set up a direct challenge game on the Discord channel.

https://gladiator.blog/

Oh yeah, that's grew out of the Canadian Highlander crowd, didn't it? No commander and a more Spike-y mindset, but it is 100 card singleton. I keep meaning to throw a deck together.

I couldn't figure out how that link was supposed to work? Is it a mod? I'm running Arena through GeForce Now and can't find any options within the always online game for anything like being able to build 100-card decks. Even Singleton only seems available during special times events.

Also: I'm old. What's an Internet's?

Gladiator is mostly what I play on Arena. For deck building, make sure you pick Direct Game (as opposed to Standard, Historic, etc.), so that you can see cards that might be banned in other formats. Only Oko and Field of the Dead are banned in Gladiator. Games are played by direct challenge (Challenge Match, Deck Type:60, Format: Best of Three, Coin Flip), and to find opponents just hop on the discord that is in the links at gladiator.blog

Top_Shelf wrote:

I couldn't figure out how that link was supposed to work? Is it a mod? I'm running Arena through GeForce Now and can't find any options within the always online game for anything like being able to build 100-card decks. Even Singleton only seems available during special times events.

Also: I'm old. What's an Internet's?

I believe most of the interaction and game organizing is done via the Discord (First link on their Community Links page). Folks make decks without a Format, arrange to play on Discord, and use Direct Challenge in MTGA.

The LLR team also did a show about it when it was first getting ground. Not sure how applicable it all is still, but it could help.

Commander Legends is real, and it's spectacular!

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Commander Legends is real, and it's spectacular!

Not on Arena, it isn’t.

Not meaning to be snarky. Well, maybe a little. Mostly I just don’t want someone to get confused and then be disappointed.

Of course it isn’t like we talk so much MtG that we need two threads for it...

I do have 2 boxes of the set that I’m saving for when we can draft in person again. Looking forward to it; the set looks sweet.

Ah, this was the first Magic thread I saw, and I didn't notice it was for MTGA.

Agreed we could do with one thread to rule them all.

Top_Shelf wrote:

Agreed we could do with one thread to rule them all.

The only way to solve this is make a third thread!

IMAGE(https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/standards.png)

Seriously though, can you merge threads on this platform?

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