The Worst Magic: The Gathering Format. Ever.

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For awhile now, I’ve had a funny idea for a video knocking about in my head. I wanted to make a video called “The Best Magic: The Gathering Format” and in it, I would basically go over every format from Draft to COmmander to Modern to Pauper to Legacy to Standard to Cube, and conclude them each to be the Best Magic Format, only for different and unique reasons.

Because, of course, there is no such thing as a best Magic format. Magic The Gathering isn’t one game, but many, and with many magic the gathering players there are many, many wonderful and different ways to enjoy the game. That would have been the thesis of that video, but I opted not to do it because I didn’t want to encourage Commander players and limited players yelling at each other over which of their vastly different yet equally awesome formats was truly the best way to play Magic. As always, the best format in magic is the one you enjoy the most. If you are having fun, then you are doing it correct.

To my surprise, however, last weekend brought us many new things in Magic: The Gathering. It brought us The Mythic Invitational which wow’d audience with the first competitive MTG event played on Magic Arena, shattering viewership records, introducing audience to a veritable smorgasbord of amazing Magic personalities, from the MPL, literally best players in the world, to hand picked awesome and engaging streamers, community members, for what may be the most exciting group of competitors ever, and delivered into this record number of homes by the best coverage team Magic has ever seen!

It also introduced us to a brand new format, previously never before seen and, after this last weekend, hopefully never ever seen again. Why? I’ll tell you.

You see, I may not be able to do a video about the best format in magic the gathering, because an absolute best does not exist, but I can do a video about the worst format in magic the gathering, because thanks to Single Elimination Duo Standard, it now exists, and it nearly derailed the biggest, most successful Magic The Gathering event in the game’s history.

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