Apparently I’ve been doing BadMagicPlayer.com for a year now, and boy, does time fly. What started off as a joke and something to waste time has grown into…well, a slightly larger joke and more of a time waster.
Anyhow, I’m super stoked about Gatecrash and its potential smashing impact on all the formats. But no format will be ravaged more by Gatecrash than SilverBlack Standard. I’ve taken a bit of a break from playing the weekly Saturday evening Magic Online SBS tournaments mostly because of one card’s dominance: Lingering Souls.
Currently, SilverBlack Standard is a format with no real wrath effects and there are few practical ways to deal with an Esper Spirit deck’s ability to make 4-6 spirits incredibly fast and then play one Intangible Virtue or Phantom General for good game. There are plenty of ways to deal with the pumpers, so those aren’t really the issue. Intangible Virtue and Favorable Winds can be disenchanted or countered, and there are plenty of removal and burn cards available to take down Phantom General and Drogskol Captain without a problem. But focusing on the buffers leaves a huge number of flying spirits still on the table that ultimately beat you senseless without any real way to keep them in check. As a result, the card was recently banned for the “official” events online, but there was no indication whether it would stay banned after more sets release.
Enter Gatecrash, a set that brings us enough spirit hosers to let us consider the reintroduction of the token-generator back into the wild.