At the previous stop of the MKM Series, Limited was still played without Rivals of Ixalan. We wanted to find out what had changed since then, so we asked some eminent experts of the game for their insight …

Philipp Krieger, German national champion and WMC semifinalist: “Things have slowed down; it's not exclusively this punch-you-in-the-face format anymore.”

David Reitbauer, 2009 Worlds finalist: “Personally, I loved playing Merfolk in Ixalan-only. I did about 50 drafts where I played the archetype. With the addition of Rivals of Ixalan to the draft environment, I have the feeling that getting a decent Merfolk deck is nearly impossible. Relying on a third pack for River Heralds' Boon or the good uncommons is a gamble I don't like to take.”

Jonathan Anghelescu, member of the MKMS Power 8: “Bombs got more obnoxious, while archetypes got more interesting with ascend control decks entering the format.”

Oliver Polak-Rottmann, GP champion and former Platinum pro: “The format got a lot slower due to the decrease of tribal synergies and the introduction of the City's Blessing. I like the format much better than Ixalan-only.”

Justin Hayo, member of the MKMS Power 8:Rivals balanced out Merfolk, took it from the best archtype to evenly matched with the others. It also made it so that you can play more lategame-oriented decks with ascend and big finishers like Zacama, Primal Calamity. All in all, it provides a good variety of decks and paths you can choose while drafting.”