From the weekly blog: http://community.wizards.com/content/blog/4051771#sthash.3lQlAtsr.dpuf
During the February 12 downtime, the following formats will be retired:
All block constructed fromats from Masques through Innistrad.
All Vanguard formats
Legacy Tribal Wars
Standard Tribal Wars
Core Set Constructed
Duel Decks Constructed
No explanation. As far as I know, no warning this was coming.
Given that folks are running PREs in several of these formats, how does this affect those events?
During the Theros prerelease and release events, Wizards talked about the avatars being playable in Hero' Path events. The paper avatars included in the event boxes are still used that way. Did Wizards ever mention that the new avatars are not Hero's Path avatars, but just more pretty pictures? Also, if we spent actual money to buy the Hero's Path avatars, do we get compensated in any way?
Anyone know why this happened?
My guess: the new client creates decks in a given format, and they just wanted to have decks fall into the Standard, Modern, Legacy, Vintage and maybe Commander tabs. It was easier to kill the formats than program the tabs into the new client. Or am I being too cynical, here?
If anyone has any better information, please share. (That includes WOTC folks...)