First Strike – From New Standard Bannings to Rivals Game Policy


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KYT, Bryan Gottlieb and Andy Peters and Jonathan Goud, Level 3 Judge and Canada’s regional coordinator, meet to chat about the announced major changes to this great game of Magic.

  • (00:03:27) Standard bannings: who was surprised?
  • (00:13:59) Are all these Standard bannings scaring people off from investing in Standard?
  • (00:18:54) With the bannings in place, which Standard decks are the starting place to attack the new metagame?
  • (00:26:01) Will Silver-bordered cards be missed from Commander? Does anyone anticipate changes for the Feb 12 Banned & Restriction announcement? In Modern?
  • (00:33:59) Rivals of Ixalan policy changes: Dice can no longer be used to track certain counters, like Poison and Energy. Are bookkeeping mechanics bad for the game?
  • (00:43:50) What makes City’s Blessing such a tricky Rivals of Ixalan mechanic from a game policy perspective?
  • (01:00:45) Is requiring background checks for tournament staff good for the game?

You hosts on Twitter:

Kar Yung Tom – @kytmagic
Bryan Gottlieb – @BryanGo
Andy Peters – @AndyAWKWARD

First Strike is a Magic: The Gathering debate-style podcast hosted that discusses the week’s hottest competitive and social topics of the game.