After MaRo – In the Year 3000

Mark Rosewater, In the Year 3000
Mark Rosewater, In the Year 3000

M10 has had it’s pre-release and hasn’t even had it’s release to the public yet. Is it time to focus on the Core Set (M11) for next year? According to MaRo, of course it is! From his Twitter account:

We’re working on M11. What advice can you give us from your experiences with M10? I’d like both things to change and things to do again.

For those of you who think that this is a little early to start to forget about a set that hasn’t even been released then you are right. Well, in the case of designing a set then it’s not too early. It’s not like these sets get thrown together at the last second (right?), they need planning and debating and seeing what would fit and what doesn’t. I think it’s time we look into the future.

MaRo: (Walking into the room from behind the curtain) The future Robby?

Robby: That’s right MaRo. Let’s look into the future, all the way to the year 3000*.

Randy Buehler: (Singing) In the year 3000. In the year 3000!

Robby: Green will once again have a 2/2 bear for 1G. The name will change again, only this time its flavor text shall read, “Only you can prevent forest fires.”

Buehler: (Singing) In the year 3000.

MaRo: With the success of Lightning Bolt coming back, R&D decided to push the power again and make a deal 4 damage for only one mana. After playtesting, it’s moved to Blue.

Buehler: (Singing) In the year 3000!

Robby: Nightmare will be back once again much to the chagrin of many players. Of course I will pull a foil one when I open my box and head to Wizards and demand my money back.


Robby: Seriously Wizards. No more Nightmare.

MaRo: Noted. Anyway, with White Winnie finally on the verge of winning high ranking tournaments Wizards finally decide to print Armageddon to push it over the edge. When they do, they print no White creatures that cost less than 4 thus insuring that no one can use Armageoddon and White Weenie at standard at the same time**.

Buehler: (Singing) In the year 3000!

Imagine this, but with Blue Mana symbols

Robby: The art in the set of M10 goes over so well, Wizards introduces a Bragster contest where the person who gets the most tattoos of the art gets a free box of M11. No tattoo artist will do this promotion after some guy “falls asleep” in the chair while getting 56 Blue mana symbols on their face and saying they were a mistake.

Buehler: (Singing) In the year 3000.

MaRo: After seeing that Limited needs to be more of a skill testing format, every keyword gets errata to become “Malkovich!”

Buehler: (Singing) In the year 3000!

Robby: Players like the keyword Indestructible in the Core set and beg for more keywords in M11. Wizards says yes and instead of including cycling and flashback, they include Phasing and Modular.

Buehler: (Singing) In the year 3000.

MaRo: Players also want some multicolor and legends back like in 10th Edition. After some playtesting, R&D makes every creature a multicolor legend. EDH players rejoice.

Buehler: (Singing) In the year 3000!

There's always time for Anne Hathaway
There's always time for Anne Hathaway

Robby: I want to thank MaRo and Randy Buehler for joining me tonight. Coming up next after the commercial break, Anne Hathaway! Stay tuned.

(Big band music plays as we fade to commercial)

* – I know that when it was Late Night with Conan, it was they year 2000. For The Tonight Show, it was changed to 3000.

** – Untrue. M10 and M11 will be legal at the same time until Shards rotates out of Standard. But it was a joke, roll with it.

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