After playing in the FSX Codex tournament I’ve thought about what format I’d like to play Codex in. The format run there was bo1 with 25 minutes per player to complete their match. If you run out of time you lose.
This format doesn’t really highlight the cool aspect of being able to do many different stuff with the same deck and being able to change up your gameplan between games and being able to learn what kind of stuff the opponent’s deck can do and try and formulate a counter to it.
What I’d like to see is 100 minute rounds with 45 minutes per player to do a bo3 (the extra 10 minutes is a pause between games to clean up and reset your Codex). This would allow for more counter play between decks and a more enjoyable experience for players (imo) because they get to play more games. If there was lots of tournaments to go to in the course of a year I could get on board with 50 minute bo1 rounds because if this was the case it would be possible to follow the meta and learn what decks generally like to do and come up with plans before the tournament. However, currently there is one tournament a year, just let us play a bunch of games.
45 minutes per player should be plenty of time for a player to complete a bo3. Once you know all your cards games can move really quick. I’m so proficient at my deck that I’m able to lose games in 7 minutes.