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NetRepTodd    202

Wizards announced that they were reverting back to a 'once per year' rotation.   A little background info on how it used to work, what they went to, and what they are changing it to....

 

 

Before Khans of tarkir, WOTC had rotation period once per year.  Standard was made of 2 blocks. Each block consisted of 3 Sets and 1 core set.  That meant that there was 8 sets in standard, with a set coming out every three months.  After the first set of the next block occured, the block that was around longest all rotated simultaneously.  This would leave us with 1 full block (4 sets) plus the first set of the next block cycle.  (5 sets in total).  The first set of a block would remain in standard for two years, leading to some really stale formats.  A large portion of this was due to 3 similarly themed sets in a block.

 

Block 1                       Block 2

(Theros)                     (Khans of Tarkir)

(Born of the Gods)       (Fate Reforged)

(Journey into Nyx)       (Dragons of Tarkir)

(Core Set)                   (Core Set) 

 

In order to prevent super stale formats where cards remained for too long, Wizards decided to go to a new rotation cycle in 2014, where rotation occured twice a year.  They got rid of core sets, and said there would only be a max of 6 sets in standard at once.  They changed 4 sets per block to 2 sets per block.  Long story short, there would be 3 blocks in standard.  When the 7th set would come in, sets 1 and 2 would leave.  This would leave us with sets 3,4,5,6,7 as new standard, with 8 being second set of the third block.  when 9 would come in, 3/4 would leave, leaving us with 5,6,7,8,9.  This cycle was supposed to continue.  This meant standard was always changing, and not be so stale.  

 

Block 1                          Block 2                             Block 3                                Block 4 (Block 1 leaves)

(Dragons Of Tarkir)        (Battle for zendikar)           (Shadows Over Innistrad)      (Kaladesh - causes rotation)

(Magic Origins)              (Oath of the gatewatch)     (Eldritch Moon)

 

The issue with this is that new players had difficulty keeping up with the game.  There would be cards needed from sets 1/2 to build a specific deck, and when set 7 was coming in, the value of those cards dropped and they wouldn't be able to trade or sell those cards for newer ones they needed.  Many complaints were filed.  Wizards listened to their feedback, and said yesterday that the new once per year structure was effective immediately.

 

Now, we are going back to a once per year rotation.  However, they are going to keep their two sets per block rule, meaning we will have 4 blocks per standard instead of 2 blocks per standard.  This keeps different themes

 

Example of current standard shown below:

 

block 1                                block 2                     block 3                 block 4

(Battle for zendikar)              (Shadows)                (Kaladesh)            (Amonkhet)

(Oath of the gatewatch)        (Eldritch moon)         (Aether Revolt)      (Laughs)

 

When first set of block 5 comes in, block 1 AND block 2 will leave entirely.  This would leave us with the following:

 

Block 3                 Block 4            Block 5      Block 6         Block 7    

(Kaladesh)            (Amonkhet)     (Ham)        (7th Set)      (9th set coming Fall, 2017)

(Aether Revolt)      (Laughs)         (Eggs)        (8th Set)   

 

What does this mean for you?  This means that Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Nissa, Voice of Zendikar will be around for an additional 6 months (Planned for 18 months originally, back to 24 month lifespan for Battle For Zendikar)

 

Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?  More than happy to answer any question regarding this here.  if this is confusing, shoot me a PM, I'm glad to help.

 

Link to Wizards article, probably way easier to understand than this post:

Revisiting Standard Rotation - WOTC

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+Urthor    10202

10/10 actually understood what the fuck was going on. 

 

Interesting dilemma here because on one hand "Hasbro take your hand out of my wallet" is a legitimate complaint, on the other hand "Standard is way way too stable and after the first Pro Tour the metagame crystallizes and deckbuilding dies down" is also pretty legit.  

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NetRepTodd    202

To be honest, I'm glad wizards is going back to a once per year rotation, with 2 different blocks per year.  Keeps things fresh, and they won't print a third set with a similar theme as the other two.  

 

The two cycles a year were introduced because Supreme Verdict and Shinx's Rev dominated the format since their release.  However, even for competitive players it was still difficult to keep up with speed of price influx.  Mechanics are still being introduced at a faster rate, and our card pool for standard will increase.  Overall, fairly happy with this decision.

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+Paraliel+    8027

Standard becomes more expensive to enter and it becomes more expensive to switch.

 

Cards like Collected Company and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar rotate slower keeping incredibly powerful cards in Standard, where powerful sets like Kaladesh can counterbalance this.

 

Standard becomes more stable, but at the same time can become more stagnant.

 

Without options like Mono Red, people will probably not want to play as much.

 

Just some thoughts.

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NetRepTodd    202
32 minutes ago, Paraliel said:

 

 

Without options like Mono Red, people will probably not want to play as much.

 

Should just play burn.

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