Points Updates

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

Points Announcement: Core Set 2020

Core Set 2020 July update Flash +1 (to 1) We’ve been watching Flash-Protean Hulk combo for a long time due to its power, speed and difficulty for opponents to interact with. It has recently proven itself with a large tournament win. Various 6cmc combinations for the Protean Hulk trigger have been innovated, making it more difficult to sideboard against. These things combined have resulted in the committee putting a point on Flash. No other changes. In our discussions over the last few months we have considered pointing or unpointing different cards. However, Modern Horizons adds a lot of cards that… Read More »Points Announcement: Core Set 2020

Points Announcement: War of the Spark

Changes over the last year have seen a healthy balance between the fair decks. In specific, the resurgence in Tempo and Aggro strategies has seen good competition with what was originally a heavily Control and Midrange-dominant meta. The current metagame displays a good equilibrium between the four ‘Fair’ archetypes, so the latest Points Announcement is an opportunity to assist decks on the other end of the spectrum. Here is the change: Gifts Ungiven -1 (now 0 Points) Here are the full details, followed by our current watch list:— GIFTS UNGIVEN-1 (to 0 Points) This powerful Combo tutor and engine card… Read More »Points Announcement: War of the Spark

Points Announcement: Ravnica Allegiance

In 2018 we saw a number of cards reduce in points in order to assist Combo and Aggro, both of which have seen a healthy uptick in play. This trend continues in the first update for 2019, as well as assistance for ‘fair’ decks competing in a world of Greed Creep. Here are the changes: Back to Basics -1 (now 0 Points)Tinker -1 (now 2 Points)Strip Mine -1 (now 1 Point)Life from the Loam +1 (now 1 Point) Here are the full details, followed by our current watch list:—BACK TO BASICS-1 (to 0 Points)In the past, the format was largely… Read More »Points Announcement: Ravnica Allegiance

Points Announcement: Guilds of Ravnica

Points Committee Announcement: Guilds of Ravnica Since the last announcement, Worldly Tutor and Wheel of Fortune have shown a healthy uptick in play as have both Combo and to some degree Aggro. We are still watching carefully the performance of Flash Hulk and Channel as the powerful Combo decks in the format, however this quarter’s announcement is more concerned with providing continual support to fair creature-based decks in their struggle against the strength of Control. Here are the changes: Skullclamp -1 (now 1 Point) Mind Twist +1 (now 2 Points) Here are the full details, followed by our current watch… Read More »Points Announcement: Guilds of Ravnica

Points Announcement: Core Set 2019

M19 Points Update Welcome, Highlander aficionados! There’s several changes in the below, including one card we are pretty sure has never NOT been a point… exciting times! First though, an update on progress with the ‘committee philosophy’ document. We’ve been talking about it, and have made progress, but we want to make sure that the document is in its best form before it goes public. Vance, Mulch and Isaac will have a big discussion about it at nats in person. Once the final draft is ready to go live, we’ll be happy to answer everyone’s questions (and it may be… Read More »Points Announcement: Core Set 2019

Points Announcement: Dominaria

Hello, and welcome to the Dominaria points list update. Points change:  +1 Treasure Cruise from 1 to 2 Treasure cruise is a really powerful card, and the base blue control decks – be it Kess Pile, Jeskai, UB Brandons, Blue Moon or other – that employ it are pretty dominant right now in most metas, and have been for longer than we’re entirely happy with. This should make the default control points a bit less obvious and hopefully give other decks some breathing room. On the watch list: Skull clamp -1 (to 1): Skull clamp decks in Adelaide and Melbourne… Read More »Points Announcement: Dominaria