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Wizards of the Coast announces important changes to 'Magic The Gathering'

New Magic: The Gathering block structure
New Magic: The Gathering block structure
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Today Aug. 25, 2014 Wizards of the Coast announced several important changes to the popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering in an article by Mark Rosewater on Starting in 2016, there will be no more core sets. Instead of two three set blocks a year, there will be three two set blocks a year. Additionally, Standard will rotate twice a year instead of just once.

Due to the new way Standard will rotate, in both spring and fall, Magic: The Gathering cards will only be legal in standard for 18 months instead of 24 months. With half a year less time to play with cards in the most popular tournament supported format, players may be less likely to purchase multiple booster boxes per set or spend as much money on single cards in the secondary market if they don't believe the cards in question will have an impact in more eternal formats such as Modern, Legacy, and Vintage.

With standard rotating twice a year, the metagame will be constantly evolving as cards leave more often. However at any given time the most sets in Standard will be six, and not eight. Unless Wizards prints more cards in each new set, the new Standard may have a less diverse card pool to build decks from.

For the past several years core sets have been tied in with Duels of the Planeswalkers and served as a starting place for new players. They've also been where Wizards have decided to reprint cards that might not fit in thematically with the typical "expert" sets in Standard.

These changes are sure to make a huge impact on the game, however not for another year.

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