Mike Flores, myself and about two dozen other Magic players descended on a previously Magic friendly deli in midtown Manhattan this week to put the new Standard format through its paces. The goal was to run a four round Mock Standard tournament dubbed The Mother Lovin’ Cup (think Lord Stanley’s Cup or the World Cup) and inscribe/sharpie the winner’s name onto a foil Everflowing Chalice. We barely got through two rounds before we were politely — then much less politely — asked to leave. The group broke up and went its different ways but I found myself in a Penn Station coffee shop with Mike Flores, Lauren “Mulldrifting” Lee, Sean McKeown, Morgan Chang and a podcaster.
We discussed the new format, the decks everyone played, and Mike and Lauren even battled for a few games with Mike’s All-American take on the popular blue-white control decks against Mulldrifting’s old-school Jund.