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Affinity for Numbers: March Madness


Magic is a game of numbers: sixty cards, 20 life, draw two cards, take 7 damage, and add three counters. There are even more numbers surrounding the game—facts and figures, prices and trivia, they are everywhere. In Affinity for Numbers, I uncover and highlight some of the more interesting numbers in Magic.

2.3 Copies

Hallowed Moonlight has quickly become a sideboard staple in Standard, appearing in 40% of the top decks from major tournaments over the last month and averaging over two copies per deck. It is popular with Mardu Green, Abzan, Hardened Scales, and other decks to combat Collected Company.

3 Affinity Decks

How the mighty have fallen. Not long ago, Affinity was at the top of the Modern metagame. Then, the Eldrazi appeared and took over. Affinity managed just three decks in the combined Top 32 of Grand Prix Detroit, Melbourne, and Bologna.

3 Pyromancer Ascension

I miss Pyromancer Ascension. Blue and red decks are already awesome to play (usually), and that card put it over the top. This deck cracked the top fifteen of Grand Prix Bologna by pairing it with Jeskai Ascendancy. Awesome.

3 Weeks, 3 Days and Counting (Down)

Rotation is coming, and with it, the departure of one of the most ubiquitous creatures, and threats, of Standard. See ya later, Siege Rhino. For those who can't wait to see the back of the Rhino, here's a handy timer.

8% Gain

Fueled by strong sales of Battle for Zendikar, by some estimates the most successful release in Magic's history, sales in Hasbro's "games" category increased by 8% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Monopoly probably helped some, too . . . 

9% of the Modern Metagame

Abzan Company is the best deck that does not include any Eldrazi. It won Grand Prix Detroit and boasts 9% of the Top 32 decks from the last four major tournaments: Grand Prix Melbourne, Grand Prix Bologna, Grand Prix Detroit, and Star City Games Open Louisville. This tops Bant Eldrazi (5%), U/R Eldrazi (3%), and Colorless Eldrazi (2%), but not the big bads of the format: W/U Eldrazi (30%) and R/G Eldrazi (13%).

15.39 Point Lead

Owen Turtenwald's victory at Grand Prix Houston has extended his lead in the Magic Top 25 by quite a bit. Turtenwald also locked up the Mid-season Master title early last month, which guarantees him a 2016 Magic: The Gathering World Championship invitation.

42% of Standard

Four-Color Rally, Dark Jeskai, Mardu Green, Bant Company, Abzan Blue . . . four-colored decks are everywhere in Standard. In fact, 42% of the top decks from major tournaments over the last month used four colors. Not since the reign of Thragtusk has Standard seen so many colors packed into so many different decks.

57% Eldrazi

Well over half of the Top 32 decks from the last four major Modern events were Eldrazi decks, including six of the eight finalists from those events. But hey, nobody panic; Abzan Company won in Detroit. Next up: Eldrazi versus the Ban Hammer.

297 Cards

Shadows over Innistrad will be released on April 8 and will bring us two hundred ninety-seven cards. It will also trigger the official beginning of the new two-block Standard cycle with a spring rotation. When Shadows is released, Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged will rotate out, and we will see some big changes in Standard.

Those are all the numbers I have for you today. If you also have an affinity for numbers, and have one you think I should share, let me know on Twitter @MrVigabool.

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