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It's a whole new ballgame, folks. The World Series is over, and basketball season is gearing up. The ball is bigger, the game is faster, and there are no bats. Football is still a thing and the name still makes no sense. I mean, it's not even a ball by any realistic definition of the word.
But I digress. What I really should say is that it's a whole new card game. You see, this weekend is Pro Tour Ixalan, but can we really say it actually features a set that has been out for six weeks?
Since Pro Tour Dark Ascension in 2012, the Pro Tours have been named for the most recently released set, which they are meant to feature. For five and a half years the Pro Tour has been a tournament that tested what the best players in the world could come up with on short time and with little to work with as a base. It was them who set the pace for the rest of the Standard season.
But this Pro Tour is different. We've seen weeks of data for Standard on Magic Online, and several major tournaments in both the Standard format and Ixalan Limited. That is mountains of information and format development that the participants have to work with for the first time, and that's going to drastically change the texture of this tournament, both for the players and the viewers.
Here's what you need to know before tuning in on Friday.