So, if standard would be introduced tomorrow what would be the dominant cards/clans?
What cards will need to be banned, if any?
What holes will need to be patched in each clan, for optimal ELO use, without copying old cards and without changing the overall character of the clan?
A preliminary list of cards can be found in a post from the "Standard" subject, some cards may be changed depending on the date on which Standard will be introduced and if it will cover the last 2 years or more.
Junkz will dominate standard elo until they ban quibik (diehard junkz fan). but on a serious note most of other clans staples will be banned while junkz current / potential staples have been released in the last 2 years , also I think fang pi clang may be a potential elo dominator as well.
I think they mentioned somewhere they will ban some of the vortex and berzerk cards to even out the playing field.
I think besides the obvious Berzerk and Vortex cards that will be rediculously solid in comparison to the other clans there are a few solid half decks that could be made.
Junkz: Flanagan, Jiro, Eebiza, Qubik, Haze. These in any combination are a half deck competative even in contemporary ELO
NM: Edwin, Artus, Karrion, Mawpin. Reasonably solid 12* half deck even if Karrion is usually a coin flip
Pussycats: Diana, Jayzel, Cherry, Lena, Ivana. All good cards, although Ivana may or may not be valuable depending on how used Qubik, Elvis, and X-0DUS are.
I'm sure there will be others but these are a decent start.
UR doesn't need this. the current ELO system still has some issues and then they want to start all over again. i suspect they'll release a lot of future staples after they implement this and with the current economy, (severe inflation of card prices because of greedy players) players with hero rank below will be forced to use real money to stay competitive.
Im not fully against this, but it does need some modification. I think changing it from 2 years to last 15 or so releases would be a help, especially when clans like rescue rely on Mono or when a clan like Roots get hardly any cards.
Also I think someone suggested re-releasing cards, putting them in newblood and back into the format. This will help imo and maybe they could re-release a really strong character when a clan isnt doing too well. (ofc it could get banned after a week or so)
All the list:
All Stars: Essie, Stacey / Spudd, Karen / Dallas, Harrow Ld, Quinn / Loretta
Bangers: Angie, Kevlaer / Garrik, Kreenk Ld / Lucas, Fixit / Carlito, Raquel, Bubbles
Brsk: // Norman, Esther, Beef, Kawamashi, Melanie, Taylor, Gus, Lola, Drummond, Revok, Cortez, Vivian, Elvis, Kostner, Miho, Boyle / Melinda, Jeffrey, Spyke, Rudy, Darril, Lola Noel, Lizzy
Fang Pi Clang: Sayura, Yumi, Zinfrid / Tsubame, Zhu Tang / Kusuri / Ralph, Heitachi
Freaks: Piotr, Baldovino / Magda, Pyro, Karmov / Bikini Joe Ld, Rhyno, Igor / Wonald
GHEIST: Astrid, Draheera / Elke, Wurmhol / Ernst, Gork / Klawz, Jaxx Ld
Jungo: Ronald, Wendy, Nahema / Eduardo, Rodney, Eggman / Ashiko / Hopper Ld, Troompah, Gerald
Junkz: Haze, Sentogan / Jiro, Qubik / Neil, Stiko / Flanagan, Travis Ld, Eebiza
La Junta: Nahomi, Ray / Isatis / Laura, Victoria / Arnie, Dugan, Wyre
Montana: Vito, Gianfranco / Tino, Bella Ld, Aniki / Ace, Paolo / Jimmy, Desmond
Nightmare: Mawpin, Vince / Orlok, Arawaka, Dudley Ld, Edwin / Russel, Artus / Karrion, Magenta
Piranas: Pesth, Raeth / Ector, Bonnie Ld, Puff, Ahkab / Coleridge / Baba
Pussycats: Veronica, Candice / Selina, Ivana / Cherry, Diana / Lois Ld, Jayzel, Lena
Rescue: Benson, Cliff / Lothar, Ash / Pastor, Scott Ld, Gordon / Katrina, Buckler
Roots: Gertjan / Burdock, Gudvibz / Rosen / Gretchen, Craho,
Sakrohm: Sigma, Embolt / Pieter, Ngrath / Stella, WoodXsxt / Dobbs Ld, Miss Stella, Mantiz, Anakrohm
Sentinel: Zhang, Katja / Kyle, Kamakura / Martha, Jakson / Flinch, Valentina Ld, Morgan,
Skeelz: Wilhem, Aigwon, Eloxia / Saho, Belgosi, Drake, Aigwon Noel, Otto / Logan, Snowflake / Carter, Lorna,
Ulu Watu: Orlando, Janice / Serena, Numar / Ulawele, Felicia / Reef, Oraya,
Uppers: Jonas, Harold / Herman, Maurice / Gail Ld, Bianca, Pallack / Hefty, Kazayan
Vortex: Deea, Sunder, Heegrn, Neloe, Cyb Lhia, C Blade, Oflgn, Lehrg, Dagg, C Wing, Onyx, Kobalth / Dregn, Galen, Butch,
Lovhak, C Beast, Drorb, Krung, Shaakarti, Izsobahd, Kronnen / Negodz, Marty / Sekutor, Fhtagn Ld, X-0DUS
The main problem with working out clans at the moment is that we don't know what cards will be released befor then and we don't know if they will start releaseing more cards per release or making it once a week.
Though if it was released tommoro i think half decks would rule ELO (and mono vortex/berzerk).
For Mono, don't forget that currently all the leaders will be legal in Standard. That will make mono a lot stronger and SOA/ SOB a bit weaker.
I don't know what to think of the new environment yet.
On the positive something needed to be done about the difficulty of entry for new players, although I'm not sure how effective this particular solution is.
On the neutral, reducing the characters in the environment doesn't really take away your playing skills so if you are a competitive ELO player now, you'll remain a competitive ELO player.
I think most long time players have most of the new releases from the past 2 years anyway. So I don't see it hurting players who still want to continue to hunt for CRs from ELO.
Prices for older cards are unlikely to plummet dramatically barring a few exceptions, and most of those are going to retain value from being potential CRs.
The really outrageous characters remaining in ELO (Tsubame, Dregn, Cortez and Numar off the top of my head) have never been considered TOP tier ELO characters. We really don't know how big of an impact this will have on market.
My biggest fear is a lot of players rage-quitting, and I hope that Extended 25 will also be supported with good rewards.