No type one for us. Frizown.
Though this should be quite interesting.
Wizards just keeps slobbing on more knobs day by day.
It says nothing about which formats they picked
Magic Online doesn't support T1, or anything older than Invasion for that matter.
Havent been on in while, but as I recall MTGO has card databases for all sets, they just dont provide access to play with older cards. As they would already be modifying the game environment (I expect chess clocks to be absent for example), dont be too shocked if they do an older format.
In other words, I wouldnt write off type one just yet, although our odds arent great.
Even then, do you guys think they would compete ONLY with TII legal cards?
The problem is, the computer must understand EXACTLY what each card does. For them to add like 4,000 new cards (or even just the 500 best ones) would take a LOT of programming for one event.
They might find some way to do it, but it wouldn't just be saying "ok, you can play T1 now"
What they might do is program in the cards the invitationalists have in thier decks and test them out, but I doubt that'll happen.
Why wouldnt they just activate an "Apprentice mode" within MTGO?
Then the players (who are no doubt sitting next to each other) will be able to play.
Ever notice those cards in red? That means noones programmed the mechanic that card has.
I wonder if they'll have all the quirks worked out of Judgement by the time of the Invitational; I even wonder if some longstanding problem cards (Mirari) will be working! My guess is that the format is going to be a little *less* than T2.
Basically, if you've watched them roll out new sets like Torment and watched them struggle with subtle bugs in existing cards you have a pretty good idea of Leaping Lizards capabilities of adding new cards.
Now, given that you have a very limited card pool; how do you make 9 (is it nine?) interesting formats? And simultaneously hype the capabilities of MTGO! So, consider the existing MTGO formats:
Drafts. Several different formats available, from INV-PLN-APC to 7E-7E-7E. Also, standard draft and rochester (I believe).
Sealed Deck. Again with a variety of possible card pools.
Type II. With the judges crossing their fingers and hoping MTGO gets all the rules right. (Lets hope no one tries to use Unnatural Selection tech in the side.) :-)
>>>What they might do is program in the cards the invitationalists have in thier decks and test them out, but I doubt that'll happen.
Yup and then everyone elects to play different versions of Battle of Wits.
I'm really coming to hate Wizards. First the Extended rotation, now they totally killed off Type 1 at the Invitational.