what are the best blocks to combine that were not in the same standard?

36 posts / 0 new
Last post
It seems that these pairings are obvious:

Mirrodin/Scars of Mirrodin
Ravnica/Return to Ravnica

What about these?

(tribal) Kamigawa/Innistrad or Lorwyn/Zendikar or Kamigawa/Zendikar
(multicolored) Shadowmoor/Ravnica or Alara/Ravnica or Alara/Return to Ravnica

In the case of New Phyrexia Infect, what is the best block to combine with it from before Zendikar?

thanks in advance

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

The blocks you listed together have no inherent synergy, they're just part of the same continuum. Invasion is another multicolour block and so goes with Ravnicas 1 and 2.

Kamigawa goes with Legends because they both have a bunch of completely useless legendary creatures and are terrible sets (with 1-4 playable cards each).

Urza block goes really well with Mirrodin 1 because they're both full of entirely ****ing broken artifacts.
Thanks a lot, that helps me. I like the way you describe Kamigawa.....boy, I am sure WOTC would love to get into a time worm hole, go back and fix that block!!!

This reminds me of a card in Homelands Abbey Matron and the dude (or dudette given the card's gender reference) pointing the finger at me is really saying "you are an idiot for buying these cards when for the same money you could have bought from a much better set."

Then the question I should have asked is "which are the blocks that have the best synergy?"

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

If WotC had a time machine simply for the purpose of fixing just ONE block or set in Magic, Kamigawa would be really far down the list. I think first place would either be Urza or Mirrodin, although making Fallen Empires and Homelands not entirely uselss would be much better.
Thanks a lot, that helps me. I like the way you describe Kamigawa.....boy, I am sure WOTC would love to get into a time worm hole, go back and fix that block!!!

This reminds me of a card in Homelands Abbey Matron and the dude (or dudette given the card's gender reference) pointing the finger at me is really saying "you are an idiot for buying these cards when for the same money you could have bought from a much better set."

Then the question I should have asked is "which are the blocks that have the best synergy?"




One day I'm going to ask a nun for lager, following Halina's advice, though.

For synergy, it depends. Some options:

Zendikar is generally good with "color matters" sets: The emphasis on lands (and having some 15 duals and Evolving Wilds) is what makes it work.
Scars of Mirrodin and Shadowmoor both do -1/-1 counters, so it's simpler.
Alara can be placed with Scars or Innistrad to balance in favor of Grixis and Jund, or Scars and Mirrodin itself to balance in favor of Esper.
Mirrodin and Scars have obvious flavor win, with so many Mirrodin cards being given a Phyrexian remake.
Urza block and Mirrodin if you want your games over in ten minutes or less.
139359831 wrote:
Clever deduction Watson! Maybe you can explain why Supergirl is trying to kill me.
---- Autocard is your friend. Lightning Bolt = Lightning Bolt
i think invasion block and alara could be interesting since they are both multicolor themes with emphesis on the friendly 3 color groupings.

.... though im interested to investigate how rav/rav choose your own standard would/will turn out. you kinda loose something with the shocks being in both blocks, but you would have the rav bouce lands plus gates for mana fixing.....  could be fun just to brew up guild decks from across both blocks and have  guild tourny of champions or someting goofy like that
:For autocarding, write [ c ] card name [ / c ] You can also do [*c=lightning bolt]'Bolt[/c*] to get 'Bolt sigged because I always forget to do it
Kamigawa has a ton of great cards, stop hatin'. Gifts Ungiven, Blazing Shoal, Glimpse of Nature, Kiki-Jiki, Through the Breach, Isamaru, goddamn Jitte. Kamigawa is sweet.

Go Kamigawa/Innistrad. Tallowisp into Geist of Saint Traft, prepare to die. Do M12 for Spirit Mantle and maximum lack of interaction.

Yxoque wrote:
This forum can't even ****ing self-destruct properly.

IMAGE(http://img.pokemondb.net/sprites/black-white/anim/normal/plusle.gif)

I like Masques/kamigawa. Lots of untapped potential.

For massive synergy, no one's mentioned Lorwyn/shadowmoor/Onslaught. Goblins rule everything. Odyssey/Ins would also have some cool interaction. Odyssey/ravnica would make hellbent useful. Rath/Alara would be great. Rath/Phyrexia just for hatred. Urza's/ravnica to try to make enchantments relevant. (It would fail)
Check out my cube!
Show
My sig was so awesome it broke Browsers, [url= http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29455423/For_some_reason...]I had to remove it.[/url] Support Magic Fiction! Or Bolas will eat you
57193048 wrote:
You should never explain layers to people unless one of the following is true: they're studying for a judge exam, you're both in a Ben Affleck movie and it's the only way to save the world, or you hate them.
56663526 wrote:
We try to maintain the illusion that Magic cards are written in English.
56333196 wrote:
69511863 wrote:
Hell, if they steal from us, we'd be honored.
oh my god, AWESOME! Then changing the Slivers was your idea! haha lol
56734518 wrote:
Occassionally when catering, I've been put the task of arranging Fruit and Cheese or Grilled Vegetable platters. More than once a high class buffet has started with the mark of Phyrexia upon it. Since i've got a good eye for color so it looks great to people who don't get the "joke" (it's a niceley divided circle after all: the outline gives you 4-6 "regions" to work with), this has actually got me put on platter design more often, resulting in Phyrexia's presence at more private and industry events.
I have 6917 Planeswalker points, that's probably more than you. [c=Hero's Resolve]"Destiny, chance, fate, fortune, mana screw; they're all just ways of claiming your successes without claiming your failures." Gerrard of the Weatherlight[/c]
Kamigawa/Odyssey has an interesting interaction.
139359831 wrote:
Clever deduction Watson! Maybe you can explain why Supergirl is trying to kill me.
---- Autocard is your friend. Lightning Bolt = Lightning Bolt
Kamigawa/Odyssey has an interesting interaction.


...that's Masques and Odyssey.
Check out my cube!
Show
My sig was so awesome it broke Browsers, [url= http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29455423/For_some_reason...]I had to remove it.[/url] Support Magic Fiction! Or Bolas will eat you
57193048 wrote:
You should never explain layers to people unless one of the following is true: they're studying for a judge exam, you're both in a Ben Affleck movie and it's the only way to save the world, or you hate them.
56663526 wrote:
We try to maintain the illusion that Magic cards are written in English.
56333196 wrote:
69511863 wrote:
Hell, if they steal from us, we'd be honored.
oh my god, AWESOME! Then changing the Slivers was your idea! haha lol
56734518 wrote:
Occassionally when catering, I've been put the task of arranging Fruit and Cheese or Grilled Vegetable platters. More than once a high class buffet has started with the mark of Phyrexia upon it. Since i've got a good eye for color so it looks great to people who don't get the "joke" (it's a niceley divided circle after all: the outline gives you 4-6 "regions" to work with), this has actually got me put on platter design more often, resulting in Phyrexia's presence at more private and industry events.
I have 6917 Planeswalker points, that's probably more than you. [c=Hero's Resolve]"Destiny, chance, fate, fortune, mana screw; they're all just ways of claiming your successes without claiming your failures." Gerrard of the Weatherlight[/c]
Kamigawa/Odyssey has an interesting interaction.


...that's Masques and Odyssey.



Typo. Underpowered set is underpowered.
139359831 wrote:
Clever deduction Watson! Maybe you can explain why Supergirl is trying to kill me.
---- Autocard is your friend. Lightning Bolt = Lightning Bolt
Thanks for the responses.

As of now I think I am going with

1. Antiquities - Urza Block - Mirrodin - Scars of Mirrodin.

2. Kamigawa - Innistrad (and this one needs to be small in the number of sets to "help" all those Kamigawa cards that are underpowered if I throw in a bunch of, say, Lorwyn).

3. Invasion -  Shadowmoor - Ravnica - Return to Ravnica (multicolored theme)

4. I am going to try New Phyrexia Infect with some Urza and Shadowmoor and see what happens too.


Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

You forgot Alara on the multicolored theme. Also, it's a small theme in Fifth Dawn, but it's there.
139359831 wrote:
Clever deduction Watson! Maybe you can explain why Supergirl is trying to kill me.
---- Autocard is your friend. Lightning Bolt = Lightning Bolt
Obviously Odyssey/Innistrad. So much darkness.
I recall a lot of people at CYOS at the invitational played Ice Age-Kamigawa because CounterTop (legacy and block banned lists).

Sig
Disclaimers
My initial responses to rules questions are usually just answers. If you want an explanation as to why, say so. Just because it says I'm there, I'm not necessarily there. I leave my browser open so I don't have to reload ~30 tabs. Anyone who wants to text duel me through either PM or chat can just PM me with a format (and a time if playing through chat). I don't play standard.
# Card Blind Hall of Fame
3CB
3CB #1 (1/30/11): Won by silasw, with Mishra's Factory, Orzhov Basilica, Vindicate. 3CB #2 (2/13/11): Won by Vektor480, with Mishra's Workshop, Ensnaring Bridge, Scalding Tongs 3CB #3(2/20/11): Joint win between defuse, with Saprazzan Skerry, Scalding Tongs, Energy Field; and Mown, with The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Inkmoth Nexus, Sheltered Valley 3CB #4(3/13/11): Won by Mown, with Keldon Megaliths, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Boros Garrison 3CB #5(3/20/11): Won by silasw, with Black Lotus, Channel, Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
5CB
5CB 1 (3/6/11): Won by Maraxus-of-Keld, with Tropical Island, Thallid, Nether Spirit, Daze, Foil
quotes
56819178 wrote:
So, how would I use a card that has a large in the top half and "sui?l? -- pu?? ?is?q" across the middle?
57031358 wrote:
99113151 wrote:
Winning is not important if: 1. You win by a blowout. 2. You pay billions of dollars in cards to win. If you like wasting money just to win one game, while you could have saved it to lose a few and end up winning more in the future, then it is fine by me.
what? do you ceremonially light your deck on fire after a win?
57169958 wrote:
Or did no one notice Transmogrifying Licid before. (And by not notice, I mean covered their ears and shouted LA LA LA LA )
57193048 wrote:
57169958 wrote:
Hmmm... I think the most awkward situation at the moment is simply the Myr Welder / Equipment / Licid / Aura craziness, but I'm pretty sure he's aware of it.
If the most awkward thing going on right now involves Licids, I declare victory.
56287226 wrote:
We regret to inform you of Trevor Kidd's untimely demise in an unfortunate accident involving a mysteriously blown breaker box and a photophobic creature of unknown origin at his home near Renton, Washington. We at the Wizards Community apologize for any inconvenience or delay, and assure you we'll be preparing a replacement to assume his duties as soon as we finish warming up the cloning vats.
[02:47:46] It doesn't merely "come out of suspend" - you take the last time counter off, and then suspend triggers and say "now cast that! CAST IT NOOOOOW!" [02:47:49] Because suspend has no indoors voice
[10:11:33] !opalescence [10:11:33] Opalescence {2WW} |Enchantment| Each other non-Aura enchantment is a creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. It's still an enchantment. · Reserved,UD-R,Vin,Leg,Cla,USBC [10:11:51] *sigh* [10:12:10] Otecko: Do you have a question about Opalescence? [10:12:17] sure [10:12:23] $10 on humility interaction [10:12:25] :P [10:12:29] :D [10:12:47] humility + opalescence put into play by replenish
Ego
58325628 wrote:
Mage is awesome, BTW.
56967858 wrote:
Dear Mage24365, You are totally awesome. Thank you so much. I hope you are able to dine in Paradise without kicking the bucket to actually get there, and that every dollar you ever make magically becomes two more.
58158398 wrote:
56761258 wrote:
I don't think there are any cards like that. There are things that prevent you from activating activated abilities, things that increase their cost, and things that counter them, but I don't think anything triggers from them specifically. There are things that trigger from targeting, so that might be relevant, but I can't think of anything that triggers from targeting a player. I'm almost positive there's nothing that triggers from damage being prevented.
Rings of Brighthearth; Dormant Gomazoa; Samite Ministration.
56761258 wrote:
Well played.

 

You forgot Alara on the multicolored theme. Also, it's a small theme in Fifth Dawn, but it's there.




I did indeed. Thanks. Alara is obviously in the multicolored combo.

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

Obviously Odyssey/Innistrad. So much darkness.



Nice addition: Odyssey/Innistrad/Kamigawa

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

You forgot Alara on the multicolored theme. Also, it's a small theme in Fifth Dawn, but it's there.




I did indeed. Thanks. Alara is obviously in the multicolored combo.



Any multicolor set is fun with Zendikar, mostly because landfall with all that land-fetching.
139359831 wrote:
Clever deduction Watson! Maybe you can explain why Supergirl is trying to kill me.
---- Autocard is your friend. Lightning Bolt = Lightning Bolt
Time spiral/any set with mechanics.

Oddysey + Innistrad is a favourite of mine.
Show
Obligatory and Preliminary Smiley Reservoir: IMAGE(http://rsescape.net/forum/Smileys/RSE%20emotes/Wee.png)IMAGE(http://rsescape.net/forum/Smileys/RSE%20emotes/Dancing%20AIM.gif)IMAGE(http://rsescape.net/forum/Smileys/RSE%20emotes/rawr.gif)IMAGE(http://rsescape.net/forum/Smileys/RSE%20emotes/ghgh.png)IMAGE(http://rsescape.net/forum/Smileys/RSE%20emotes/%5D%5D.gif)IMAGE(http://rsescape.net/forum/Smileys/RSE%20emotes/luv.gif)IMAGE(http://rsescape.net/forum/Smileys/RSE%20emotes/circle.png)IMAGE(http://www.the-gladiatorz.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/sly.png)IMAGE(http://www.the-gladiatorz.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/turtle.gif)IMAGE(http://www.the-gladiatorz.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/jade.png)IMAGE(http://www.the-gladiatorz.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/proud.gif)IMAGE(http://www.the-gladiatorz.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/wilson.gif)IMAGE(http://www.the-gladiatorz.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/ohmy.gif)IMAGE(http://i.imgur.com/pcXQL.gif)IMAGE(http://www.the-gladiatorz.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/blushing.png)IMAGE(http://www.the-gladiatorz.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/proud.png)
Time spiral/any set with mechanics.

Oddysey + Innistrad is a favourite of mine.



Thanks, I wil add some Odyseey into the Kami/ISD mix I am brewing.

Can you expand on your time spiral comment? I am a new player and am struggling to figure out where to place it in the block combos. Do you mean by mechanics that it works well with blocks that have original mechanics?

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

Time spiral/any set with mechanics.

Oddysey + Innistrad is a favourite of mine.



Thanks, I wil add some Odyseey into the Kami/ISD mix I am brewing.

Can you expand on your time spiral comment? I am a new player and am struggling to figure out where to place it in the block combos. Do you mean by mechanics that it works well with blocks that have original mechanics?


I think he's just referring to the fact that timespiral was a "nostalgia set" so it has practially all the keyword abilities that existed before it was printed.  So, for example, you could do Time Spiral and Odyssey to make use of both madness and flashback.  Timespiral and Onslaught because they both have storm and morph cards.  Timespiral an Tempest because they both have slivers. etc, etc

My forever unfinished blog of the 2010 MTGO Community Cup: if you're ever bored...
Thanks MTGKaioshin, that answers my question....I will keep that in mind. I counted tribes for Odyssey/Kamigawa/Innistrad and there are 12 that are well represented (not Elves and not Goblins, interestingly). Wizards as a tribe are also big but I am inluding these with Human Wizard, etc.



No kidding, Innistrad block is great for tribal builds, cubes, casual play, commander,...., any build.

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

I counted tribes for Odyssey/Kamigawa/Innistrad and there are 12 that are well represented (not Elves and not Goblins, interestingly).


So the set that made a point of having lesser used creature types, the set that used lack of goblins and elves as a selling point and the set based on an elf-free mythos combined don't have a lot of goblins or elves? 
Fascinating .
Thanks to Long_Con for the avatar.
River Guide
56756068 wrote:
58147568 wrote:
121816979 wrote:
56819178 wrote:
147112461 wrote:
Hi everyone,I have two questions. 1. If my opponent already controlled a planewalker , then he cast avacyn,angle of hope ,and resolved on battlefield.Now his planewalker in indestructible right?
[c]Avacyn, Angel of Hope[/c] -> Avacyn, Angel of Hope
No need to be so obtuse, maybe he's just trying to complement her. That's not too radical of a concept, I mean she is pretty acute, right?.
This right here should be a bannable offense :p
No, not an outright banning, that's too easy. He should be punished ... ... by degrees.
I just went through seven packs of Saviors of Kamigawa to add to the Innistrad/Kamigawa/Odyssey playing selection or cube I have been planing and I must agree with the negative comments I have read about the relative unplayability of these cards. Talk about overcosted.....

Rending Vines compared to Naturalize is the best example I could come up with. All of the uncommons I pulled read like the less playable commons from Innistrad, the rares read like somewhat playable uncommons from Innistrad, and save for some exceptions, most of the commons are really screaming at me "I dare you to figure a way to play me against any other set in Modern." Am I off saying this about Saviors.

Also....there seems to be an ability missing in this set that would make it OK to have an infinite hand. What is up with all these cards that base their abilities on the number of cards in a hand? Most of the time you want to be playing your cards, not to have a large hand???

Lastly, if so many cards are based on maximizing the number of cards in your hand, why not have a large number of cantrips or put draw abilities all over the place?

I totally get why those packs are sitting unopened.

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

Question for the experts: would New Phyrexia work with Shadowmoor?

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

Question for the experts: would New Phyrexia work with Shadowmoor?


Not well. Although the -1/-1 counter subthemes overlap, Shadowmoor also had a heavy hybrid theme, which New Phyrexia doesn't have. The lack of multicolor cards in New Phyrexia would make Shadowmoor/NewPhyrexia builds unlikely to mesh well.
Immature College Student (Also a Rules Advisor)
Question for the experts: would New Phyrexia work with Shadowmoor?


Not well. Although the -1/-1 counter subthemes overlap, Shadowmoor also had a heavy hybrid theme, which New Phyrexia doesn't have. The lack of multicolor cards in New Phyrexia would make Shadowmoor/NewPhyrexia builds unlikely to mesh well.



Thanks, sounds like a square peg in a round hole problem

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

Question for the experts: would New Phyrexia work with Shadowmoor?


Not well. Although the -1/-1 counter subthemes overlap, Shadowmoor also had a heavy hybrid theme, which New Phyrexia doesn't have. The lack of multicolor cards in New Phyrexia would make Shadowmoor/NewPhyrexia builds unlikely to mesh well.



Thanks, sounds like a square peg in a round hole problem




Phyrexian mana is a lot like twobrids, though, in that it's a monocolored spell that anyone can play (but has more modality if you play the right color).

The real problem is that Melira is broken with persist creatures.
139359831 wrote:
Clever deduction Watson! Maybe you can explain why Supergirl is trying to kill me.
---- Autocard is your friend. Lightning Bolt = Lightning Bolt
Zendikar and Return to Ravnica.. Land combo's!
Zendikar and Return to Ravnica.. Land combo's!



This is an interesting combination. Innistrad also has many dual lands. How about Innistrad and Zendikar?

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

Kamigawa/Odyssey has an interesting interaction.


...that's Masques and Odyssey.



Typo. Underpowered set is underpowered.


...How. the . is that a typo?

Look, I have low expectations for you, falconer, can you please, please stop convincing me that I haven't set the bar low enough yet?

Scope my YouTube channel!

Here's a shout out for Scholars' Books & Games in Bridgewater, MA, and for Paladin's Place in Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany where I was stationed for two years. Support your FLGS!

Attacking the darkness since 1987, turning creatures sideways since 1994.

Here are the pairings after some more Gatherer lookups.

1. Mirrodin/Scars of Mirrodin: all those artifacts.
2. Kamigawa and Shards of Alara: a commander thing.
3. Ravnica and Shadowmoor: multicolored
4. Time Spiral and a representative sample of cards for specific abilities from ALL blocks, and the core set.
5. Lorwyn/Innistrad: tribal.
6. Zendikar and Return to Ravnica: dual lands.

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

If WotC had a time machine simply for the purpose of fixing just ONE block or set in Magic, Kamigawa would be really far down the list. I think first place would either be Urza or Mirrodin, although making Fallen Empires and Homelands not entirely uselss would be much better.

My suspicion is that the top of the list would be Alpha.

After all, if there never were any Power Nine, any original duals, or Channel, there would be no need for a Reprint Policy, no need for a Modern format or a Legacy format separate from Vintage... just a whole lot of agony and angst could have been avoided, presumably ensuring that Magic's road to success would be less rocky.

Not having a starting point that was too strong would mean that there would be no need to make things that were too weak, like Homelands. But in order to keep Standard rotating, it isn't possible to completely avoid things like Kamigawa.

Coming up with weird ideas to make everyone happy since 2008!

 

I have now started a blog as an appropriate place to put my crazy ideas.

If WotC had a time machine simply for the purpose of fixing just ONE block or set in Magic, Kamigawa would be really far down the list. I think first place would either be Urza or Mirrodin, although making Fallen Empires and Homelands not entirely uselss would be much better.

My suspicion is that the top of the list would be Alpha.

After all, if there never were any Power Nine, any original duals, or Channel, there would be no need for a Reprint Policy, no need for a Modern format or a Legacy format separate from Vintage... just a whole lot of agony and angst could have been avoided, presumably ensuring that Magic's road to success would be less rocky.

Not having a starting point that was too strong would mean that there would be no need to make things that were too weak, like Homelands. But in order to keep Standard rotating, it isn't possible to completely avoid things like Kamigawa.




This makes perfect sense to me. We have Kamigawa because we have Mirrodin, one is a response to the other.

Please check out my Blog:

Magic the Gathering Adventures Blog

http://mtgadventures.blogspot.com/

Please check out my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubiera22/featured

 

If WotC had a time machine simply for the purpose of fixing just ONE block or set in Magic, Kamigawa would be really far down the list. I think first place would either be Urza or Mirrodin, although making Fallen Empires and Homelands not entirely uselss would be much better.

My suspicion is that the top of the list would be Alpha.

After all, if there never were any Power Nine, any original duals, or Channel, there would be no need for a Reprint Policy, no need for a Modern format or a Legacy format separate from Vintage... just a whole lot of agony and angst could have been avoided, presumably ensuring that Magic's road to success would be less rocky.

Not having a starting point that was too strong would mean that there would be no need to make things that were too weak, like Homelands. But in order to keep Standard rotating, it isn't possible to completely avoid things like Kamigawa.



No. It isn't Alpha they would go back and fix, it's Chronicles, the set the set of the collectors that caused them to create the reserved list in response. No Chronicles, probably no reserved list. No reserved list, and a lot of Legacy and Vintage card availability issues would be more solveable.
Immature College Student (Also a Rules Advisor)
No. It isn't Alpha they would go back and fix, it's Chronicles, the set the set of the collectors that caused them to create the reserved list in response. No Chronicles, probably no reserved list. No reserved list, and a lot of Legacy and Vintage card availability issues would be more solveable.

That sounds sensible on the surface, but I really can't agree with it.

Chronicles caused a hue and cry because it reprinted some cards and decreased their value. A bit.

Are you saying that reprinting the Power Nine (to solve Vintage card availability) or reprinting the original duals (to solve Legacy card availability) would not have caused an even louder hue and cry? If only they hadn't reprinted Erhnam Djinn, then they wouldn't be so hypersensitive nowadays, so that less important cards like Black Lotus wouldn't needlessly be prevented from being reprinted?

Put that way, it sounds so silly that probably you didn't mean it the way it seemed to me at first. Perhaps, for example, you're thinking that without the Reserved List, the cards needed for Vintage and Legacy could be printed at such high prices or high rarities that they wouldn't affect owners of the original cards. I think that would cause problems too; for example, Wizards didn't openly discuss the "hidden treasures" of Zendikar, and that may have been on the advice of legal counsel to avoid running afoul of gambling laws; high prices, instead of high rarities, would have problems too, I think: the print runs might have to be so limited that it wouldn't be possible to buy the product even at a high MSRP, for example.

Coming up with weird ideas to make everyone happy since 2008!

 

I have now started a blog as an appropriate place to put my crazy ideas.