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Nov 2019

The past few years have not been good for competitive balance in MTG. Following yesterday’s deservedly heavy-handed B&R announcement, standard is now at 14 cards banned since 2017. Before 2017, the standard bannings have been relatively sparse. Working backwards: 2011 - cawblade standard, 2 cards banned 2005 - affinity standard, 8 cards banned 2004 - skullclamp banned 1998-1999 - the infamous combo winter, 9 cards banned So this period from 2017-2019 has seen the most bannings since the affinity era, and may even be comparable to the unquestionably disaster that was Urza block in `98-99.

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Getting my licks in before the banhammer drops. B&R prediction: Noxious Grasp and Aether Gust banned in Standard. loljk #MTG

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Getting my licks in before the banhammer drops. B&R prediction: Noxious Grasp and Aether Gust banned in Standard. loljk #MTG
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Charging monstrosaur from ixalan rough sketch #sketchdaily #mtg. This is one of those things where I’d like to flesh it out and color it but I don’t have time and I’m already a few days behind on the daily sketches. maybe I’ll revisit it in the future

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Charging monstrosaur from ixalan rough sketch #sketchdaily #mtg. This is one of those things where I’d like to flesh it out and color it but I don’t have time and I’m already a few days behind on the daily sketches. maybe I’ll revisit it in the future
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Oct 2019

Brawl is the most fun I’ve had playing #mtg arena since it started. I play it even when I’m out of rewards for the day because it’s so fun, even against the Oko decks (I won this one!)

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Brawl is the most fun I’ve had playing #mtg arena since it started. I play it even when I’m out of rewards for the day because it’s so fun, even against the Oko decks (I won this one!)
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2nd ELD draft. This archetype is great (maybe until the bots find out about it), but I only went 6-3 due to a misplay #mtg

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2nd ELD draft. This archetype is great (maybe until the bots find out about it), but I only went 6-3 due to a misplay #mtg
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I like Wikis (probably because a previous employer used them a lot) so in 2005, I got an account at PBWiki (now PBWorks) which let you set up your own Wiki. Unfortunately, I never did end up using it for anything significant, and every couple of years they have to warn me they’re going to delete it, so I figured I’d just get the content off of it and let it die.

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Sep 2019

My #mtg arena beta stats email finally came in. 437 packs opened isn’t too bad for a f2p account, considering I was able to build a few top tier standard decks and even hit mythic once.

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My #mtg arena beta stats email finally came in. 437 packs opened isn’t too bad for a f2p account, considering I was able to build a few top tier standard decks and even hit mythic once.
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Went 5-3 with my first Eldraine sealed. Not bad, but not very good either =/ #mtg

2 of my losses were to Garruk and Oko so ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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Went 5-3 with my first Eldraine sealed. Not bad, but not very good either =/ #mtg
2 of my losses were to Garruk and Oko so ¯_(ツ)_/¯
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The interface for the standard 2020 event on #mtg arena is so clunky. They could have at least default the deck selection to what I was playing last time

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I am aware of the existence of Pauper as a format in MTG, but I never paid too much attention to it before. A couple of weeks ago, a friend pointed out that I might enjoy playing the recent Jeskai Nuneca decks that had become popular recently. I checked out a sample decklist, and you bet I jumped at the chance to play Mulldrifters again lol. We set about to gather the cards.

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Aug 2019

Jun 2019

Very humbling that as i was dropping out of #MTGSeattle, Kai Budde, who’s about the same age as me and started playing #MTG around the same time, made top 4 of the Mythic Championship, after having been semiretired for almost a decade!

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Rob Alexander painting demo earlier at MagicFest Seattle. He did this in about 2 hours; “I can’t do it in 30 minutes so I don’t have a TV show.” Pretty great! #mfseattle #mtg

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Rob Alexander painting demo earlier at MagicFest Seattle. He did this in about 2 hours; “I can’t do it in 30 minutes so I don’t have a TV show.” Pretty great! #mfseattle #mtg
Rob Alexander painting demo earlier at MagicFest Seattle. He did this in about 2 hours; “I can’t do it in 30 minutes so I don’t have a TV show.” Pretty great! #mfseattle #mtg
Rob Alexander painting demo earlier at MagicFest Seattle. He did this in about 2 hours; “I can’t do it in 30 minutes so I don’t have a TV show.” Pretty great! #mfseattle #mtg
Rob Alexander painting demo earlier at MagicFest Seattle. He did this in about 2 hours; “I can’t do it in 30 minutes so I don’t have a TV show.” Pretty great! #mfseattle #mtg
Rob Alexander painting demo earlier at MagicFest Seattle. He did this in about 2 hours; “I can’t do it in 30 minutes so I don’t have a TV show.” Pretty great! #mfseattle #mtg
Rob Alexander painting demo earlier at MagicFest Seattle. He did this in about 2 hours; “I can’t do it in 30 minutes so I don’t have a TV show.” Pretty great! #mfseattle #mtg
Rob Alexander painting demo earlier at MagicFest Seattle. He did this in about 2 hours; “I can’t do it in 30 minutes so I don’t have a TV show.” Pretty great! #mfseattle #mtg
Rob Alexander painting demo earlier at MagicFest Seattle. He did this in about 2 hours; “I can’t do it in 30 minutes so I don’t have a TV show.” Pretty great! #mfseattle #mtg
Rob Alexander painting demo earlier at MagicFest Seattle. He did this in about 2 hours; “I can’t do it in 30 minutes so I don’t have a TV show.” Pretty great! #mfseattle #mtg
Rob Alexander painting demo earlier at MagicFest Seattle. He did this in about 2 hours; “I can’t do it in 30 minutes so I don’t have a TV show.” Pretty great! #mfseattle #mtg
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Apr 2019

Mar 2019

I have to admit when they first announced the new modern #MTG set, my first thought was “Modern Horizons that are new to us, watching the signs along the way…”

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Jan 2019

Also, I only realized last night that Assassin’s trophy could target nonbasic lands safely. For some reason I thought it was “nonland permanent”. All those games lost to a transformed Legion’s Landing! #MTG

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Feb 2018

I don’t think we should ban Lantern or Ensnaring Bridge, but I wouldn’t mind printing sth like “Shatterstar, Artifact, (1). R, Sacrifice ~: Destroy target artifact. Whenever ~ is put into your graveyard or the exile zone from your library, exile all artifacts.” #MTG #Modern

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roytang.net is a personal site, an E/N site, and kind of a commonplace book; I post about a random assortment of topics that interest me including software development, Magic the Gathering, pop culture, gaming, and tech life. This site is perpetually under renovation.