A couple of friends were over from Singapore last weekend, and we decided to hang out and open a few boxes of Shards block cards to play casual sealed/draft, using the new M10 rules so we could get a feel for it. We played 1 sealed and 2 drafts; I personally played in the equivalent of around 10 rounds of limited, and my observations are:
- Number of times damage on the stack came up relevant: None
- Number of times there was a double-blocking situation: One, but we forgot to order blockers and I just immediately used a trick to get rid of one blocker.
Among our group, 50% are actively playing competitively, so we can’t say that we were making bad strategic decisions, but really rule change #5 practically never came up.
(We also opened zero planeswalkers, only 1 [Maelstrom Pulse] and 1 [Noble Hierarch] et cetera. Not so good returns from the boxen in terms of cash cards… )
: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Maelstrom Pulse : http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Noble Hierarch