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(Three SHADOWY FIGURES gather in a TWILIGHT VOID.
Three personifications of MAGIC: THE GATHERING COLLECTIBLE TRADING CARD LIVING GAME.
MODERN, who strides towards the other two with an arrogant swagger and carefree vigor...
...STANDARD, a hunched older form that stomps forward wearily, still managing to emanate a sense of pride...
...and an especially mysterious CLOAKED FIGURE that lurks in the periphery, inconspicuous and barely noticed by the other two.
Standard ushers Modern towards a KITCHEN TABLE with two chairs, the only objects in the twilight void. Please remember: this is a twilight void.)
Standard: Greetings, Modern, and welcome to the Void. This is a place of great power that is reserved for the manifestations of non-physical concepts to hash out their differences. This kitchen table is the designated dueling grounds for Human planeswalkers to engage in combat. We have many things to discuss.
Modern: Wow, the old grand ritualistic significance of sitting across from each other in a shapeless void. The classic way to start off a mind battle. You might as well add a chess match into the mix before we turn gigantic and start punching each other. Your metaphorical arena is as stale as a Temur Energy mirror match.
Standard: If it isn't broken, don't fix it… I suppose you wouldn't know much about that.
Modern: You want to go there already after the year(s) you've had?
Standard: Can't we just sit down and be civil for a moment? You don't have to kill me on Turn 3.
(Modern sits down at the table and Standard sits at the other chair.)
Modern: Well? This really must be an extremely dour and serious conversation that we're about to have. I haven't seen you for a while, Standy, what's fresh? Certainly not your metagame.
Standard: Well, that's part of what I wanted to talk to you about today… Contrary to what you think, I'm not here for conflict… I actually… respect you… sometimes… and need your advice. You're hip and you're popular. We've always had a strained but reasonable relationship. Almost a symbiotic one, you could say. I feed you a few new cards every set, we help to cater to a wide variety of players, I provide players with a gateway to you, Modern… so maybe you could return the favor and help me out with a problem I've been having? Our successes and survival are intertwined.
(Modern pauses, considering for a moment.)
Modern: Sure thing. What's the problemo, Stan?
Standard: It's "Standard." Not Stan, not Standy, not Tandy, and definitely not Stand-Turd. Just Standard. As you know I've had some… issues... the last few years. It all started when Emrakul, the Promised End; Smuggler's Copter; Reflector Mage; and I had to… part ways…
Modern: You mean you... banned them!
(Standard recoils and gasps.)
Standard: Don't use the B-Word!
Modern: C'mon, don't be such a little B...aby. It's not a big deal, Old Man Stan. I do it all the time. Banning cards is fun. It feels good.
(Modern leans forward and peers at Standard. It points an accusing finger.)
Modern: ... and you liked it! I can see it in your eyes!
(Standard looks down uneasily and fidgets uncomfortably.)
Modern: You got a taste for blood and couldn't control yourself! I've always said you lacked good Control.
Standard: I managed to shake things up for a little while, and things got better, but have not gotten good enough. I'm kind of stuck with a stale metagame right now.
Modern: Doesn't sound like an issue to me. Just release a new set. Hurry up and drop Rivals of Ixalan already and the whole format shakes up again… maybe. Not to mention, I bet it has some juicy Humans and Merfolk for me. Also we could, both really go for a one-mana 0/1 explorer. That would be cool!
Standard: It's not always just about you! I'll still have Energy decks to deal with and Ramunap Ruins! And Hazoret the Fervent! Have you read that card? You're always satisfied with so little. If so much as two cards are playable in you from the new set, you're ecstatic. But I need so much more just to get by. If the new set is released and the existing entrenched archetypes remain largely unchanged, the players are really disappointed. It's an impossible task!