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Preface: I've been drafting this for a few days now. I focused on the cards that were banned, because those were the most broken. I'm sure there were dozens of other combos not included here, and this is by no means giving the fullest extent of how the cards could be used to maximize their broken-ness. The first step is to take a look at what cards were ...


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There have been several times in MtG history that the game was broken for a while. Black Summer, with the proliferation of Necropotence decks, Affinity decks that abused cheap artifacts and artifact lands, and Combo Winter that resulted in the largest number of bannings. Mark Rosewater discusses why cards get banned and restricted. While not all the cards ...


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TL;DR Yes, cards with "successfully cast" have undergone a functional rule change. The change you're talking about is actually a fairly old rules change - the removal of the phrase (and function) "successfully cast" was with the Sixth Edition rules changes. Previous to the Classic rules (the Sixth Edition rules changes), the Interrupt spell type still ...


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I played during combo winter. Some of the responses are good, but a couple issues. For example, when Urza's Saga was printed, 5th Edition was the Standard core set. So no one ran Grim Monolith; it was too expensive. Everybody used Mana Vault (it was printed in 5th). So a typical Academy build would look something like this: 4 Ancient Tomb 4 City of ...


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It isn't true that big creatures always had maintenance costs. From the top of my head, Craw Wurm is a big creature from Alpha with no upkeep cost or even a real disadvantage (if you exclude the high casting cost). In fact, looking at all the Alpha creatures with stats bigger that 3/3, only Demonic Hordes, Force of Nature and Lord of the Pit (three of them)...


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There are at least several decks that almost qualify: Nearly-pure WBR in a heavily-multicolor format: Takayuki Koike got to the top 8 at a 2007 Extended Pro Tour in Valencia with a Domain Zoo deck where Tarmogoyf was the only green card. A true WBR deck in a team format: Tomoharu Saito played a WBR deck as part of the winning team at a 2006 Pro Tour in ...


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Mark Rosewater, Magic's lead designer, says it's not true that such a mechanic existed. He began working with Wizards of the Coast in 1995 (the game launched in late 1993) and has been the game's lead designer since 2003. From his blog, Blogatog (on February 22, 2016): gatvin asked: Back when MTG magazines were a thing, I used to get Inquest Gamer. In one ...


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This was to do with Vision design (see podcast #495 and #496) and the introduction of the design play team. There's an article here where Maro talks about it from October of 2017. It's a very interesting article and gives me high hopes for the future of Standard considering how much of an issue they've been having in terms of creating balanced and fun ...


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Dingus Egg was banned once upon a time, and it does 2 damage to the land's controller when a land is put into the graveyard from play. A few of these do a lot of damage per land, I've seen it in a few land destruction decks over the years. It's not currently banned in any formats it would otherwise be legal in.


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I realize I'm a year and change too late, but for anyone who stumbles across this post, just run a few games with the following list and you'll get it: 3 Dream Halls 4 Mind Over Matter 4 Grim Monolith 3 Thran Dynamo 4 Voltaic Key 4 Lotus Petal 3 Mox Diamond 4 Windfall 3 Turnabout 4 Tolarian Academy 12 Island 4 Memory Jar 4 Time ...


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Tolarian academy, Yawgmoths Will, Windfall, Fluctuator, Time Spiral, Sneak Attack, Show and Tell, and Gaeas Cradle. (I remember having a fluctuator deck that could win turn one. Fluctuator was banned right from the start however.) All those cards needed to be banned or restricted due to how fast you could win. Sneak attack and Cradle werent banned or ...


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