Effective as of the announcement (12/11/2023) (Please confirm with your tournament organisers that they are using the updated points) Watch List Overall we’re very happy with the results of the last set of changes. Mystic Sanctuary has made a significant impact on its return to the format, and we’re seeing people starting to have some success with slower blue decks.… Read More »Points Announcement: The Lost Caverns of Ixalan
Effective as of the announcement (03/09/2023) (Please confirm with your tournament organisers that they are using the updated points) Watch List It’s been a long time since our last points update, and a lot has happened in our format in the intervening time. We’ve had a powerful new set, several large events, and some strong metagame movements that we as… Read More »Points Announcement: Wilds of Eldraine
Points Changes Effective as of the announcement (16/04/2023) (Please confirm with your tournament organisers that they are using the updated points) EXPLANATION: Highlander overall has seemed to find a more steady state after the major update earlier this year. Fast mana and initiative continues to be a powerful thing to be doing, but it’s also not clearly overperforming anymore. The… Read More »Points Announcement: March of the Machine
Points Changes Effective as of the announcement (05/02/2023) (Please confirm with your tournament organisers that they are using the updated points) EXPLANATION: Highlander this quarter has experienced a significant uptick in fast-mana-fuelled aggressive decks, particularly centred around the new initiative creatures. As well as being very powerful (and making up almost half of the top 16 meta at Nationals), this… Read More »Points Announcement: Phyrexia All Will Be One
Highlander overall has remained in a pretty healthy state, with a wide variety of successful archetypes. While we are seeing some regional dominance with specific decks, for the most part we’re happy with where the format is, and with the impact of the last batch of changes.
With that in mind, we’re making the following two changes.
Since the last points announcement we’ve had the largest paper highlander event ever, with 2022 Highlander Masters, and a return to consistent paper play amongst most of the highlander scene, resulting in a significant uptick in event results and data. Overall we still believe 7 point Highlander is in an excellent spot, with a broad variety of archetypes and play styles seeing some success. However with some new members on the committee, we’ve taken a look at some of the historical points, with an eye to free up some cards that aren’t seeing play, and revitalise some struggling archetypes.
The majority of Highlander players (and those keen to enter the format) agree that format accessibility is an issue, so in the interests of longevity for Highlander, The Committee is announcing The Highlander Accessibility Rule. The Highlander Accessibility Rule, aka “No RL Bonus Point” states that: “If your deck contains no cards on the Reserved List, you are entitled to… Read More »Announcement: The Highlander Accessibility Rule
The format is reasonably stable at the moment, and there have been few big events with intermingled communities, so we’re only making a small set of changes for this release. In addition to this, the last points update was one of the larger ones we’ve done for some time. On top of these factors, if we’re bringing on a new committee member in the near future, it felt like we should involve them in any big pointing decisions.
We would like to announce a new vacancy on the 7 Point Highlander Committee. The Committee welcomes applicants from all areas to apply for the position, which is open until the end of April 2022. The Committee will form a shortlist based on responses to selection criteria below, and shortlisted applicants will be contacted regarding next steps. Summary of the… Read More »7 Point Highlander Committee Position
First of all to acknowledge the hit to UR decks:
Decks with the Izzet core (URx) were given a pass the previous points announcement; It was theorised that the large presence of Thassa’s Oracle combo was keeping away predators of URx decks.