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September 29th, 2014 – Points List Update

The following changes have been made to the Canadian Highlander points list:

Goblin Recruiter: 1 point to 0 points
Worldly Tutor: 1 point to 0 points

Natural Order: 2 points to 3 points
Summoner’s Pact: 1 point to 2 points

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Deck Tech – Mono Green Craterhoof

Past to Present comparison on my Mono Green Craterhoof list.

Creatures (44):

Arbor Elf
Avacyn’s Pilgrim
Bane of Progress
Birds of Paradise
Boreal Druid
Caller of the Claw
Carven Caryatid
Courser of Kruphix
Craterhoof Behemoth
Deathrite Shaman
Deranged Hermit
Dryad Arbor
Elves of Deep Shadow
Elvish Archdruid
Elvish Mystic
Elvish Visionary
Eternal Witness
Fauna Shaman
Fyndhorn Elves
Genesis Hydra
Hornet Queen
Huntmaster of the Fels
Joraga Treespeaker
Kozilek’s Predator
Llanowar Elves
Masked Admirers
Multani’s Acolyte
Nest Invader
Noble Hierarch
Priest of Titania
Primeval Titan
Quirion Ranger
Reclamation Sage
Regal Force
Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
Scryb Ranger
Thragtusk
Viridian Shaman
Voyaging Satyr
Wall of Blossoms
Wall of Roots
Wood Elves
Xenagos, God of Revels

Other Permanents (12):

Expedition Map
Mana Crypt (1)
Mox Emerald (2)

Utopia Sprawl
Wild Growth

Domri Rade
Garruk Relentless
Garruk Wildspeaker
Garruk, Caller of Beasts
Garruk, Primal Hunter
Nissa, Worldwaker
Xenagos, the Reveler

Instants & Sorceries (10):

Chord of Calling
Crop Rotation
Summoner’s Pact (1)
Worldly Tutor (1)

Green Sun’s Zenith
Harmonize
Natural Order (2)
Primal Command
Sylvan Scrying
Tooth and Nail

Lands (34):

Dark Depths
Gaea’s Cradle
Homeward Path
Kessig Wolf Run
Misty Rainforest
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Rootbound Crag
Stomping Ground
Taiga
Thespian’s Stage
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
21x Snow-Covered Forest

Points Change – Additions, Removals and 7 Points

With the recent shift in the council members, it was also time for points discussion. Some changes that had been made in the past seemed sloppy, and the points list was riddled with relics of the past. The following issues were top priorities when approaching any possible changes.

7 Points

Fourteen is a rather arbitrary number. So is five, ten and one-hundred and fifty-one. We’ve decided to ease people back into an ol’ standby, aka where the points list all began. The original change from seven to fourteen intended to bring attention to certain cards that deserved to be “half of a point”. At this stage, we’ve gone past needlessly pointing cards which are best left alone.

TL;DR – We’re back to 7 points!

Removal of “Value”

Certain cards on the older lists, seem quite out of place amongst the likes of Black Lotus and Strip Mine. In the past, I had labelled these as “value” cards; they weren’t format-warping nor intrinsically overpowered, but rather powerful cards in specific match-ups. Looking to give players more freedom to utilize these haymaker effects, while still recognizing their waning usefulness, the following cards were removed from the points list:

Balance
Gaea’s Cradle
Mana Drain
Mind Twist
Moat
Price of Progress
Recurring Nightmare
Scapeshift
Sensei’s Divining Top
Wasteland
Wheel of Fortune

Certain cards that can be deemed “value” were still left on the list, as they represent very little room for counter-play and can become a bit oppressive, while still being effective in essentially every possible match-up.

Addition of Tutors

Being a 100-Card Singleton format means that there is an increased diversity in the individual cards you come across from game to game. Tutors take away from the feel of this type of format, and allow for Combo decks to thrive. This doesn’t necessarily create for the healthiest of formats. It was because of this, that the following cards were added to the points list:

Doomsday – 2
Fabricate – 1
Lim-Dul’s Vault – 1
Muddle the Mixture – 1
Personal Tutor – 1
Summoner’s Pact – 1
Tainted Pact – 1
Transmute Artifact – 1
Worldly Tutor – 1

No Bannings

When announced, the banning of Flash, Time Vault and (essentially) Black Lotus came with mixed reception. Claims that this took away from the appeal of the format, or that the changes were made out of personal opinions ran rampant. Given the addition of several tutors, the council feels as though we can comfortably present a format with access to the following cards (at reasonable points):

Black Lotus – 5
Flash – 4
Time Vault – 5

It is worth noting that many of the “counterpart” pieces to these cards also (rightfully) have points tacked onto themselves.

Doomsday – 2
Protean Hulk – 3

Even with these restrictions, I for one am excited to sleeve up my Lotus again.

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