Quote from Aremihc »ATTENTION: The Bird is broken. That is all.
In all seriousness, T2 wins are EASY with T1 Bird... WOW.
Could you elaborate a little?
Quote from Kman »Thats the part I dont quite understand. Why do/ the storiess AFTER the set is spoiled? Shouldnt it be the other way around?
Quote from Billiondegree »Wait, was Ferocidon really designed after Cat-blink was discovered? I thought sets are designed way further in advance than that and Cat-blink was admittedly not discovered until the full set was spoiled.
Quote from Lord Seth »There haven't been any real Standard environments where it'd be a problem to print Mana Leak, except for maybe those where Snapcaster Mage was around and even there the problem was Snapcaster Mage. You cite "Torrential Gearhulk driven shenanigans" but why? As far as I can remember, Torrential Gearhulk decks were never the best in Standard. They weren't the best after Kaladesh was released, they weren't the best after the bannings, they weren't the best after the second round of bannings, and weren't the best after the third round or in the present. Sure, the card will sometimes sneak into good decks, but only as a 1 or 2-of and it usually isn't played at all. Torrential Gearhulk was never a big player in Standard. Maybe the argument is that with Mana Leak it would've been, but that seems speculative and I don't think would've risen them up to be a clear best deck.Quote from Pokken »Blue decks have been posting results with mana leak and logic knot, so I don't really blame wizards for being cautious. And also having to wait for a standard environment where it's not an issue to print something like that. There was a pretty big chunk of standard recently where even mana leak would have been a problem (torrential gearhulk driven shenanigans).
How would it not have been just fine in the Saheeli Standard? I suppose the argument might be it'd put Saheeli over the top, but Saheeli was already way over the top. So at most, Counterspell would've taken a problem that was so big it was banworthy... and kept it banworthy.It's actually pretty possible counterspell would have been fine in both the Emrakul and Vehicles standards, just not the Saheeli one.