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  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)
    Quote from Spsiegel1987 »
    Quote from Melkor »
    I could see a world where DRS comes off in the future, it's probably broken, but i really WASN'T all that impressed with it. If I wanted to throat-punch Jund any given FNM, my Tron and burn decks didn't have a meaningfully more difficult time than they do now. That said, I am in no hurry for it, and it will be a LONG time. If we see it in the next 5 years, i will be shocked. It is certainly towards the lower end of power in cards on that list, but it means very little because some of those cards are really and truly stupid. Most of the banned cards are much, MUCH stronger than it in my eyes, but there are still a good 7-9 cards I would unban before it, and with how crazy cautious they are about it.....I would unban the card in a mass unban, I don't think it would be that bad with a few others, but I don't think it will be unbanned or even seriously looked at until some of the current bigwigs leave. I am more inclined to fore them than some people, but we definitely need an actual player having a say in Modern, ideally one who actually plays Modern.


    I don't mean to be rude, but if you think DRS isn't that impressive, you probably don't really know enough about the card or the archetype to have much of an opinion on it; the card is oppressively good. In fact, right now it's the primary target of a ban in legacy in the same way SDT was.

    DRS will never, ever be unbanned in modern unless the power level is way off the charts more powerful years from now.

    I'm not sure prismatic moon would really be good enough, on the draw it already feels like I'm behind. It wouldn't work well on Tron, it would mainly just hose Valakut but we can't afford to just have land destruction solely for that deck


    That's quite the assumption on your part. You can't compare Modern and Legacy, I don't understand what part of that concept people find difficult. Modern Tron is a great deck right now, the Tron lands don't see Legacy play. Should we be worried about Monastery Mentor because that is a big deal in Eternal formats?

    You are way off the mark on my knowledge of DRS, the says when it and BBE were both legal, the very height of Jund, that was when I had the most time to play. I have played with it a handful of times, and against it more times than I can count. Do you know what DRS generally did to hurt my odds against them with Tron? Squat, it did absolutely squat. It's a powerful card, but in a format full of broken things, it's no worse than half the other things I can do, ans the recent rise of big mana would hurt it badly. I do think DRS would bring Jund back up to being a real factor, but no more than that. I think the problem last time was people choosing to just pick up the 'best deck' instead of trying to beat it, not it actually being too much. I couldn't afford it for myself, so I put in the time to beat it. The format is much stronger these days. I know Wizards WON'T test it, maybe ever, but I think if they did, the card wouldn't impress them.

    How we view the format is also part of it. I view it in terms of speed. Jund can't actually move super fast (for Modern) so I am more inclined to let it be good.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)
    I could see a world where DRS comes off in the future, it's probably broken, but i really WASN'T all that impressed with it. If I wanted to throat-punch Jund any given FNM, my Tron and burn decks didn't have a meaningfully more difficult time than they do now. That said, I am in no hurry for it, and it will be a LONG time. If we see it in the next 5 years, i will be shocked. It is certainly towards the lower end of power in cards on that list, but it means very little because some of those cards are really and truly stupid. Most of the banned cards are much, MUCH stronger than it in my eyes, but there are still a good 7-9 cards I would unban before it, and with how crazy cautious they are about it.....I would unban the card in a mass unban, I don't think it would be that bad with a few others, but I don't think it will be unbanned or even seriously looked at until some of the current bigwigs leave. I am more inclined to fore them than some people, but we definitely need an actual player having a say in Modern, ideally one who actually plays Modern.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Future Commander Themes
    I would love to see a round themed at high Storm Scale mechanics. Like a set of decks, one each focused on Dredge, Storm, Phyrexian Mana, Affinity, Delve, Miracle, stuff like that as the themes. Lim-Dul, (no idea for Storm), Yawgmoth, Memnarch, 5(no good idea for Delve), and Mikaeus.
    Posted in: Baseless Speculation
  • posted a message on What comes after Dominaria?
    Quote from 31F »
    Return to Lorwyn Grin

    Yea, I'll see myself out now.


    I know Wizards isn't crazy about the idea, but of all the planes from before I was playing, that is the one I have always thought was coolest, I would love a return.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)
    I would love to see Wasteland, I would put it in Tron right next to my Ghost Quarters and add Excavator and Crucible. T3 Karn would become very nearly impossible, but the deck would just be gross with that flexibility.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on January 1st is when spoilers start on rivals of ixalan
    Kiora PW card was spoiled on Christmas Day. I would be surprised if they didn't have at least one.....although i'm not sure what it would be since we already got the incredibly lackluster Immortal Sun.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on A use for Core Set reminder text?
    It does something awesome while dodging Bolt, Push, AND Doom Blade!!! I approve.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Grand Prix Oklahoma City discussion
    Rooting for a Dredge and Scapeshift final, with Dredge winning
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)
    Quote from Billiondegree »
    Well I'm rooting for the Jeskai Breach deck, as it is the most interactive out of the bunch. I hope it crushes every tron deck on the way to winning



    I am right there with you hoping that Jeskai curbstomps Tron....Tron is one of my favorite decks to play, and if it gets banned for the sins of those BLASTED BFZ abominations, I'm gonna lose my voice screaming at Wizards.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)
    Oh come on! There is a ton of land hate, they just printed a new one, and I encourage them to keep printing more until I can play a land hate deck in Modern. Tron doesn't need a ban, it is slow, inconsistent, and it folds to fast combo, with very little room to stumble against aggro, maybe one turn slower than ideal. Tron has a great late game, but for a combo deck to be able to assemble a 4 card combo, for you to be able to win even through that, for most of the deck needing to be dedicated to making that combo work, I just don't understand what part of it people think is unfair? There are plenty of better combos in the format, ones that are faster, fewer cards, or actually win on the spot. And it's a tiny percentage of the meta. It's just midrange players with a grudge. If your targeted discard worked like it did on every other deck and it wasn't the one thing you actually got to experience the bad matchups every else has against, nobody would even look twice at those lands.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Promos Revealed: Captain's Hook, Evolving Wilds & More
    YAY EVOLVING WILDS!!! Hopefully this will increase the supply, I have been looking for Wilds for an actual, real deck for SO long, but they are SUPER duper SCARCE!!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on How come there's no real way to protect your graveyard?
    Because it's supposed to be for things that have ALREADY been dealt with. That's not how it actually works, but Wizards seems to dislike graveyard stuff, and giving a good gy protection would just boost them too much. Specific, narrow hate is already the only way to answer a zone that is used in decks trying to do something unfair.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Immortal Sun and a black Dino
    Quote from Melkor »
    Quote from Syzygylion »
    The cards good. If you have a problem with it, you’re the problem, not the card


    So if you have a problem with the fact that this this that is supposed to be able to destroy cities doesn't have a mode to reflect that, it's on you? or that it doesn't even do any mode especially well? If it were just an artifact in one story, that would be fine, but I expect something that at least FEELS impressive from the core of the block. It's probably a good card, i have said that from the start, but it doesn't feel like something to spark wars and thousand year quests. Is it better than Lux Cannon ? probably. but if we had the PW nerfing tacked on to Lux Cannon and they called it Immortal Sun, I would be happy as a clam, because that would feel absolutely right.

    Except that, based on what we know of The Immortal Sun from pre-Rivals content, the most likely identity for it was some sort of power source rather than a means to channel and use power. The evidence we have points to the offensive magic related to it being a spell cast with mana from TIS rather than an attack originating from the artifact itself.


    Okay then, have it be that. Because reducing costs by one is not that. Wildfire is still uncastable, and a creature bump doesn't fit. it is a cool artifact, but with how you are viewing it, Gilded Lotus with a PW nerf tacked on for one more mana would be much better. more energy, no random anthem effect.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Immortal Sun and a black Dino
    Quote from Syzygylion »
    The cards good. If you have a problem with it, you’re the problem, not the card


    So if you have a problem with the fact that this this that is supposed to be able to destroy cities doesn't have a mode to reflect that, it's on you? or that it doesn't even do any mode especially well? If it were just an artifact in one story, that would be fine, but I expect something that at least FEELS impressive from the core of the block. It's probably a good card, i have said that from the start, but it doesn't feel like something to spark wars and thousand year quests. Is it better than Lux Cannon ? probably. but if we had the PW nerfing tacked on to Lux Cannon and they called it Immortal Sun, I would be happy as a clam, because that would feel absolutely right.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Eldrazi vs Phyrexians - Who's The Tougher Enemy?
    ZEN Eldrazi or BFZ Eldrazi? Phyrexians lose badly to the first, and a stiff breeze soundly defeats the second. Seriously, a FIREBALL???? SERIOUSLY WIZARDS???
    Posted in: Opinions & Polls
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