That was a brief and awful FNM experience. Literally nobody at my FNM wanted the promo tokens. We finally had a great promo in Fatal Push then they gave us tokens no one wanted.
This is a great change. Wizards responded to data and player feedback. It takes guts to admit you’re wrong. Especially when you’re a huge company trying to please 20,000,000 people.
Hopefully Wizards won’t be afraid to print promos that will get people excited for FNM again. You know things like Path to Exile or Fatal Push.
Instead of trying to guess what uncommon will be good in Standard, I’d like them to pick out commons/uncommons that already see play in Modern or Legacy. Burning Inquiry has always been a fringe Modern card and now it’s mainstream. There’s plenty of time to make that a promo. Or how about Brainstorm? It was a FNM promo 14 years ago. Legacy loves it and now Pauper is on the rise which also loves it. Lightning Bolt, Mutagenic Growth, Ancient Stirrings, Chromatic Star/Sphere, Ghost Quarter, Tron Lands. Oh my good golly gosh, FNM promo Tron lands would be hot. Three months in a row go Tower, Mine, Power Plant. Attend 12 FNMs in a row for a hot foil promo Tron playset.
I’d honestly go just for the Tron lands and not wanting to miss out on having a full playset. Don’t care if I have a broken leg. I’ll pay my gramma to go for me. Pay my dog. My fish. Whoever and whatever. I’d be all over getting those lands.
“But what about the tournament spikes” some may say. I don’t know about every FNM but I have an LGS that has enough promos for every player. I don’t know what their promo cap is but it’s at least 20. I’ve been close to dead last and still received a promo. So Wizards can give each store enough promos to cover more than top 8. Maybe like 24 promos a week. That covers your average FNM and then some. If the promos are good and the LGS owner isn’t shady and tries to eBay, that means extra promos for future non-FNM events.
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