Finally time to refresh the limited format! My Rivals of Ixalan prerelease pool was nothing special, but I had a Zacama, Primal Calamity and I didn’t come there to NOT play three-color nine-drops so I just said yolo and tried it. I did cast the Zacama once (I won that game) but the best thing in my deck was probably 3 copies of Legion Conquistador. I managed to start off 4-0 then split the last round, good for a few draft sets. I certainly hope Rivals slows the format down, similar to how Hour of Devastation slowed down Amonkhet.
Also, lol at the Standard bannings. I don’t want the game to be unhealthy, I don’t take pleasure in their flagship format being so bad for so long… but all I can do is lol.
This bit from Patrick Sullivan nails it, and here’s Pat Chapin’s article to which Sullivan refers. I hope WOTC’s new Play Design team, filled with actual competitive players, is picking up on some of this stuff so future formats will be healthier.