HELENE BERGEOT, AFTERWORD BY ELAINE CHASE
After panicked and hasty consideration by Legal, we have a series of announcements to help players navigate this new and mysterious chapter in Magic’s history. This is intended to be an exhaustive and all-inclusive list of answers for questions the community has asked us over the past few days.
DECK-BUILDING & FUNCTIONAL ERRATA
With Grand Prix: Seattle happening this weekend, we were asked a number of deck construction questions, and how it would affect the Limited format chosen for the event.
As this is a Limited event, the regular deck construction rules apply with regards to quantities of Storm Crows available. That is, you may run as many copies of Storm Crow as you select or open during Draft and Sealed. We understand that players generally agree that running 45 copies of Storm Crow in a 40-card deck is suboptimal and thus players may not be able to use all of their favorite copies of Storm Crow, however we leave the answer to that as a problem for the players to solve. We’ll just say this: 40 cards is only a minimum.
For Constructed events, Storm Crow now features functional errata which grants it the Relentless Rats Clause. This errata will not be printed on the physical product so as to not cause confusion to players who wish to play with two different versions of Storm Crow, it is instead a special rule inherent to the card name Storm Crow. The Comprehensive Rules will reflect this new system in its next update; the new Oracle text for Storm Crow reads:
A deck can have any number of cards named Storm Crow.
The format of Grand Prix: Seattle will change from Booster Draft to Rochester Draft, enabling players to select from their choice of rarity and artwork, and because we wanted it to be a surprise if a player picked a foil-backed version of a card.
Storm Crow is now legal to use as your commander.
GONE TO ROOST
We believe these changes and clarifications will make this dark chapter in Magic a little gentler and easier for our extremely patient and understanding fan base, who are also handsome and charming. Please accept these new changes with our sincere apologies and desire to move past this.
Afterword by Elaine Chase
After responding to community outrage regarding what we at Wizards considered to be a straight-forward article clarifying in detail what issues lay ahead for this post-Storm Crow world, it appears we missed one major question that left players mad at us. We apologize. Here is our official stance on the issue:
We do not care if you use Storm Crows as proxies for other Storm Crows. Do whatever you want.