Hello everyone! Travis Nunlist back yet again, this time with a piece focusing on all the fun new cards that have been released in Forbidden Light! With this being my third piece inside of almost as many weeks I hope y’all aren’t getting tired of me! At least this time around my focus will be a bit different. Forbidden Light is the last new set of the 2017-2018 season, and like most final sets of the year it seems to be promising quite the shakeup to the meta for our homestretch.
We have both Standard and Expanded events creeping up on us very close to one another! This has created an interesting dynamic where the player base is a bit split on how they’re testing all the new stuff depending on what format is going to be the most relevant for them. The majority of players, myself included, are going to be focusing on Standard, but it is nice to see a reasonable amount of players focused on figuring out the impact on Expanded as soon as the set drops.
Fortunately for me, my first event with the new set will be the Madison Regional Championship, which gives me plenty of time to play with new cards and see different concepts played out on a competitive stage. While the Madison Regional Championship will be the first event attended by me with the new set out, I will not be competing in the main event and instead will be commentating! Commentating is something I’ve always been interested in but have never actually done beyond small local events and the occasional stream session on Twitch. I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity to dazzle everyone with insightful analysis, witty humor, and a charming personality.
Misguided egotistical comments aside, I absolutely still plan to test as much as I can before the event in order to figure out all the best ideas, and the more experience with the format of the North American International Championship, the better! Even though I won’t be playing Expanded anytime soon, I still feel a desire to discuss the set’s impact on my favorite format if only for a bit. So before I start dropping all my wacky Standard creations, I’m going to itemize and analyze the cards I see having the most potential for impact on the Expanded format.
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