Here a Format, There a Format, Everywhere a Format

They should've sent a poet

Editor’s Note: I’m going to be trying some small changes here on the Blog. First, WordPress has short link capability, but the only way you can get to it is by editing the post (the only spot to find it). That’s bad, so you’ll see a url at the beginning of these posts that relate to that particular post (this one is: for example). Makes it easier for me, for you if you want to copypasta the link to share with your friends, whatever.

Second, I’m going to use the Tags option more often now. I like how Flores does his “Concerning” at the beginning of his posts, so I’m going to be using the tags for that. It’ll be more humor related. If I feel like it, I’ll go back and add tags to old posts, but this is the point where I’m going to be using them more often.

Third, I’ve been planning on doing another facelift of this blog (again) and updating some of the buttons along the sides. Look for those in the upcoming weeks. Thanks.

The big “news” that came out last last weekend was not from the Rise of the Eldrazi pre-release (I hope everyone had a great time), but from MTGSalvation’s rumor board. Yes, this is a baseless rumor and we don’t know if it’s true or not, hence “the rumor” part. This is something that @Robjelf and I tweeted about a while ago (You’d get links, but until the Library of Congress starts to organize them, searching for the tweets is too much for too little effort) and while I thought it was going to take a couple years for it to materialize, it looks like it’s just happening months after the Reserved List announcement was made.

To the rumor:

First, some background.

The people at WoTC want to support Eternal formats at all levels of competitive play. Unfortunately, the format is simply too expensive for something like a Pro Tour and associated qualifier season to be economically viable. The price of key staples would be even higher they are now if they did this, due to increased demand. And because of the reserve list, they can’t simply print more.

So, a new format is coming. It will be released later this year, with high-level events next year and probably a Pro Tour in 2012, assuming the format catches on. Here’s how it will work.

1. Normal constructed Magic rules apply. This isn’t a special-rules format like EDH or Planechase.
2. All cards printed during Masques block and later blocks, plus associated core sets, are legal (except banned cards, of course).
3. Nothing ever rotates out.

One point of uncertainty. My source says they haven’t definitely decided on Masques block as the cutoff yet, but it will be around that time.

With the ability ro[sic] reprint staples if necessary, the people at WoTC hope they can make a non-rotating format which is accessible enough to use in a PT and qualifier season.

This is basically a “fixed” Legacy though starting (hopefully) with Masques Block.

And just like frilly toothpicks, I’m for Wizards doing this.

Oh, you wanted more? Fine fine.

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