still remain with 100 cards (in total) or will be more cards?
100 cards. Keep it simple.
http://www.starcitygames.com/article/30 ... emoth.html
This "behemoth" never went anywhere because it probably could never be a good format.
Let me just start off by saying that it looks like this format is of little to no interest to you so keep that in mind. That being said, I appreciate all this feedback/info and really appreciate the link. Seems like this article covers everything I was getting at but better, so thanks for that
Tiny Leaders is also all but dead. "Was" being a key word here.
Similarly; Being better than TL is not really a good judge if this is worth investing a lot of time into developing.
I understand that it's practically dead, my point was that the interest in a CMC variant was (and probably still is) there. Referenced larger card pool because of how many more options it opens up. Having more choices is almost always better than having less. For instance, the number of playable commanders increases exponentially.
Furthermore, as I stated before, I'm going to develop/playtest this regardless because well you never know.
Any format is what you make of it, in the end. This format is designed to be for casual players but it doesn't stop competitive players who are fascinated by multiplayer/commander zone/high life/singleton (or just like to compete in all formats in general).
It has the potential to be less competitive but i think the opposite is also true (though not likely)
Agreed, anything is possible.
Do you experience that people cannot already do so? I see people do so when they please, and not do so when they want to be more efficient and have a tight curve. Essentially, what you are enforcing is "SOME of the most efficient cards are 3 or less mana, we will have LESS of the most efficient cards".
This doesn't sound like a solution to me. You'd have better luck pitching a new format, that's almost identical, but has a different ban list. At least that way allows people to test with you and not create new decks in the process.
Sure SOME people play SOME big spells but most of the time people are going to choose a less interesting and/or cheaper alternative as long as it serves the same purpose. If you restrict decks to 4/5/6+ CMC it opens up and perhaps forces people to explore lesser known options rather than just stick in the aggressive costed staples (though the higher costed staples would surely be more prevalent). As I said, it encourages people to think outside the box, even if only a little. The current banlist should be fine, I'd want as few changes as possible for simplicity.
Counter spells are very very good in certain quantities but I've never heard they were problems for this format. They are usually 1-for-1's to begin with, and that's not really great for you in multiplayer.
Forcing players to play at 4+ CMC doesn't mean they won't play counter spells, it means there will be more Rewind, Contradict, Cryptic Command, Mystic Confluence, Dismiss and whatever else draws a card. In this format, those cards are at least good or better than some of the 2-3 mana spells that are 'problems' right now. Wanting to counter spells will not go away just because they cost 4, when everything costs 4 anyway.
Listen (look), as a general rule, I have no problems really with EDH as it is. I love it and I don't think I'd change anything, a lot of the points I made are directed at people who have and continue to voice complaints. I was just pointing out some of the would be benefits for those people.
Anyways, I've seen people complain if a deck has more than 2 counter spells in it, some that say no more than 5 and others who just don't care one way or the other. As you said, counter spells wouldn't go away but they'd get more interesting and would make it harder counter spells* (more on this below).
You're creating a format where no one does anything but draws for the first 3 turns. There's so little ramp at and after 4 I'm not really sure it could exist meaningfully, and it's a strength normally attributed to one color that it would now lose.
Yeah, some people would still have 5 minute turns doing nothing other than trying to pick which land to fetch. I get what you're saying but the only other alternative would be to start everyone with 3-4 basic lands (which is a bad idea, right? You know, being able to cast your commander on what's essentially turn 1) and that I don't see being healthy for this variant. Everyone only playing/fetching lands the first few turns is the lesser of evils here.
There's plenty of ramp at and after 4, you just never see it because more efficient spells take their place. This would bring those into the fold more often. Green would still be excellent at ramping because now instead of getting one land, you're getting 2-3 land (which could be stronger than it is currently given the nature of this variant)
Again, less really does not translate laterally to 'better'.
And Clique is just a mono-blue deck, i can't even imagine the harm in that. It's etb affects one person at a time, one card at a time. If Clique were banned, mono-blue players could still play the same deck anyway.
The less was alluding to the fact that a few of the strong generals would be gone and once again, you'd still have more general options than Tiny Leaders.
I picked Clique because I've seen/heard a few people complain about it, not because it's a powerhouse.
If nothing is happening anyway, then you are not speeding anything up. If nothing is happening anyway, then this is the same speed still. You're only gimping a ton of cards that are strong but totally acceptable. There are a lot of cards with unique or very uncommon effects at those CMC anyways, which sounds like a net negative.
Fact: If no one has anything other than land to play the first 4 turns, then they'll go by quicker. As it is now, some decks and/or lucky starts can make even turn one last 5+ minutes. Have you ever played against a good elf tribal deck? Turn 2-3 at the latest and you can easily see 5-10+ minute turns. Again, not a slam on elves, just that some people find ways to drag out even the simple act of fetching a land. Mix in some other actions and it can really slow down what should be quick turns.
But yes, generally speaking you're right, no huge impact there. At least once people do start playing spells, every other player has a better chance of also having something big to compete with it.
But you're not at the meat and potatoes much sooner. The first spell of the game simply costing 4 mana doesn't even in itself mean meat and potatoes. You still have to set up at turns 4, 5, and 6.
With everything at 4+CMC, you are only casting 1 single spell per turn maximum until turn 8 (unless you play Skyshroud Claim and Thran Dynamo type stuff which seem incredible). So by start of turn 6, there MAY be 8 permanents in play. I don't think we can say there is a specific golden number of permanents that have to be on the field to qualify as "meat and potatoes gameplay", but i surely think having two turns of action with 0 board state doesn't qualify, for example. Everyone would still be at 40 life minus one attack and a couple of fetches on turn 7, it seems like.
Maybe but if that were the case, then it wouldn't be vastly different from how it is now. However, 4+ CMC spells often have a fair amount of power/effect. You're not getting pecked for 1 damage for 3 turns. You're getting slammed. But who knows, maybe nothing much would change, would be interesting to see the meta that developed.
This format also kills literally every single tribe in the multiverse. Maybe not Giants, Treefolk, and Dragons? Although they still lose a handful of decent stuff each, and Treefolk totally lose Doran and the fatbutts theme, which was their usefulness.
Some of the very best (or let's say, what i IMAGINE you would consider a problem) commanders are 4+ CMC anyway. Most are 4+ CMC anyway. Edhrec's top 21 commanders of all time includes a mere THREE =<3 commanders.
I wouldn't say it kills all of the tribals but it definitely doesn't help them. As for those 'problem' commanders, I imagine quite a few would be weakened/softened without some of the lower cost cards they rely on today. For example, Prosh would lose Food Chain, Zur would be dead, Ezuri would lose Sage of Hours, etc. Not that those are all 'problem' commanders, just some of the ones that I've heard complaints about.
Because of the high CMC restriction, you can virtually only play one spell per turn the whole game, unless you pack all the 4cmc mana ramp/rocks. This means if you ever want to hold up removal or a counter spell, everyone knows without a doubt what you are doing. Which is bad, because there should be some uncertainty. Having 2 mana up does not always means someone has a plan, often it can mean they just had 2 more mana than they needed to spend.
I suppose more people would be packing more of the bigger mana rocks (Thran Dynamo, Gilded Lotus, Dreamstone Hedron, lolMeteorite, Prismatic Geoscope)
*As for holding up a counter spell, how would it really be any different that someone with two untapped islands holding up a Counterspell? Oh right, you'd have to reserve a significantly larger portion of your mana to do so. Other than that, they'd be the same. Either you're bluffing, or you do have it. Sounds to me like if someone didn't have a counter and they held up 4 mana open with a land in hand they'd bluff you out. Sometimes you just gotta hope for the best and JAM.
Besides, at 4CMC+ you'd still see things like Commandeer and Force of Will so you're never truly safe.
Kill a lot (7 out of 15, so half) of partner commanders, which aren't necessarily more important than non-partners, except there's not many of them in the first place (relatively).
This is something I'd like to avoid. The only other thing I could think to do would be if you have two (partner) commanders that you can only use them as long as their combined CMC was 4+ (which still cuts out a handful of combinations).
Sorry for the terrible formatting. I do appreciate the feedback though. You made a lot of great points and I look forward to testing these and not just theorizing.