Points Updates

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Points Announcement: Strixhaven

The committee has been keeping a close eye on a number of decks over the last few months. This points update is a conservative one and includes a change to the watch list. We have access to more and more data from players and TO’s using the point and deck list portals. However, we still only have half of the picture as some states are less diligent in reporting deck lists and tournament results. While we never solely rely on the data it helps form a better picture and adds another level of analysis for the committee in addition to… Read More »Points Announcement: Strixhaven

7PH Quarterly Metagame Report – Q1 2021

Welcome back to our recurring article on the 7 Point Highlander metagame. Here I will overview data from the most recent Quarter, which contains information on decks and points that have been submitted by players via the Point Results Form. If you haven’t already seen it, you can report your Points here. These quarterly metagame reports release around one week prior to the regular Points Announcements (which occur with each Standard-legal set release). The Point Results Form was created as our first port of call for collecting the most readily accessible data; deck strategies such as Aggro, Combo, and Control; predominant colours played, and perhaps most importantly;… Read More »7PH Quarterly Metagame Report – Q1 2021

Points Announcement: Kaldheim

Magic has been experiencing a lot of ups and downs lately and some formats are feeling it more than others. We are trying our best to keep this format healthy and fun for new and existing players alike. Oko, Thief of Crowns is now 2 Points. (from 1 to 2) To improve the health of the format we aim to tax UGx decks, and 4c Midrange decks containing Oko. He has been referred to an “army in a can” and has seen a lot of play even in combo decks like Thoracle and Time vault. Appearing in 29% of the top… Read More »Points Announcement: Kaldheim

7PH Quarterly Metagame Report – Q4 2020

Welcome back to our recurring article on the 7 Point Highlander metagame. Here I will overview data from the most recent Quarter, which contains information on decks and points that have been submitted by players via the Point Results Form. If you haven’t already seen it, you can report your Points here. These quarterly metagame reports release around one week prior to the regular Points Announcements (which occur with each Standard-legal set release). The Point Results Form was created as our first port of call for collecting the most readily accessible data; deck strategies such as Aggro, Combo, and Control;… Read More »7PH Quarterly Metagame Report – Q4 2020

Points Announcement: Zendikar Rising

Hello players, Covid19 infections are reducing (good work Australia!) but we’re still without large tournament results to assist with improving the points list.  Like the past couple announcements we’re relying more on theory, sentiment and data from smaller tournaments. Here are the changes: Wrenn and Six is now 1 point. Shadowed for a while by the many powerful cards of 2019/2020, Wrenn and Six arguably could’ve been pointed earlier. Wrenn and Six’s ability to recur Strip Mine and Wasteland early in the game makes for frustrating play experiences. The opponent may not ever get a third land, making it very… Read More »Points Announcement: Zendikar Rising

Points Announcement: Core Set 2021

2020 has been a tumultuous period both inside the 7PH world and outside. Since January we’ve seen the advent of Thassa’s Oracle combo, the rise and errata of Companions, two members retiring from the committee and two new members joining. What a time! June 29 points update: No changes. Today, we’re pleased to announce an offset to the wild ride of 2020: some stability. Paper tournaments have been few and far between, we believe the healthiest move for the format is to give it some time to settle. We still discussed cards and decks. Find below our updated watch list:… Read More »Points Announcement: Core Set 2021

Points Announcement: Ikoria

Last announcement saw a major change to dominant Tempo and Combo decks in the metagame, and we have since seen a healthy balance return. Whilst there is no pressing need for Points changes in the extant metagame, the present announcement needs to address the future. The Committee rarely deem ‘preemptive pointing’ necessary, however the below is unlikely to come as a surprise. Here is the change: Lutri, the Spellchaser +1 (now 1 Point) The full detail on this change is noted here, followed by our current watch list: — LUTRI, THE SPELLCHASER +1 (to 1 Point) Whilst many Companions can… Read More »Points Announcement: Ikoria

Points Announcement: Theros Beyond Death (II)

Points announcements are usually made the Monday after each prerelease. However, due to CanCon 2020, a.k.a. ‘Highlander Nationals’ being only a week after prerelease, we made an early “no change” announcement for the ease of players preparing for that event.  We know that a large points change can disrupt invested playtesting, so have reserved this Theros Beyond Death (II) announcement for a week after Highlander Nationals. The additional time and metagame data has also assisted with placing some very impactful cards.  The changes are: Time Walk +1 (now 4 Points)Oko, Thief of Crowns +1 (now 1 Point)Thassa’s Oracle +2 (now 2 Points)Flash… Read More »Points Announcement: Theros Beyond Death (II)

Points Announcement: Theros Beyond Death

A late Christmas present is an early points announcement: No changes. We decided to get a ‘No Change’ announcement out early following a bunch of requests (so as not to disrupt established and last minute playtesting for Nationals).  This also provides us a little longer to see how the metagame shapes out with recent changes and give people some more time to brew and adapt. Then a slightly belated Theros Beyond Death points change will go live a week after Nationals.  We’re currently discussing the watch list, in particular Wrenn and Six, Oko, and Time Walk, and we’re looking forward… Read More »Points Announcement: Theros Beyond Death

Points Announcement: Throne of Eldraine

With a plethora of printings from back-to-back sets, the overall power level of Highlander has significantly increased since last update. However, the increase is more pronounced in certain archetypes. This Points Announcement increases the investment required to recur Strip Mine, which has recently led to more repetitive game states with a low level of interactivity. This Announcement simultaneously increases the flexibility (and to some degree power level) of Combo archetypes. Here are the changes:   Strip Mine +1 (now 2 Points) True-Name Nemesis +1 (now 2 Points)  Memory Jar -1 (now 0 Points) Yawgmoth’s Will -2 (now 1 Point) Tendrils of Agony +1 (now 1… Read More »Points Announcement: Throne of Eldraine