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plus our fearless moderator ******* loves no lynching. i'd believe he designed the game to make it the right choice.
nicely done ashley
Quote from Penumbra Leprechaun1) Woot, MaRo printed my letter (the one re: Antoine Ruel's card)!
2) I'm fairly sad to see the Invitational go. Sure, it doesn't directly affect me, but it was still pretty cool, and something that got people interested in those playing the game, in addition to the game itself. Granted, the Pro Tour arguably serves that purpose, but I still liked the Invitational, dammit.
Oh well, I care less about the Invitational than I do/did about States. Has WotC ever said anything definitive about the future of States, by the way, one way or another? I've heard some rumors at my card shop, but those are just rumors.
Quote from TarmogoyfI can understand why Wotc are making cuts, but what I can't understand is why they are making cuts that save them little to no money. Was the Invitational really that expensive? Doubtful.
Quote from PandasRpeople2Well, I'm certain that the crappy economy has had an effect on Magic's sales... personally, I have had to abstain from buying two booster boxes in the last half-year due to fuel prices.
If they figure they can make any sort of meaningful difference by cutting the invitational, then fine. But I really do hope the game isn't starting to die.
Quote from andreoti16Thanks a lot hasbro. Way to screw us out of another fun event to watch/play. What's next?
Quote from randomengineIt isn't good for the health of the game to have so many different invitation-only tournaments. Worlds should be the only tournament that is invitation-only.
Quote from Sapphire TriNo but big bosses dont care and see it as a drain of funds on 10-20 people *take into account staff and players alike*
Thus "every little bit helps"
Quote from TarmogoyfThis is nothing more than a fancy way to say "Hasbro are a bunch of greedy bastards". And tbh, I would bet the Invitational makes them money indirectly. It introduces more formats to more casual groups and sparks/resparks their interest in buying and playing Magic. It also was clearly a driving motivator of some tournament players such as Lesurgo posted a few pages back. I myself had dreamed about going to the invitational for the same reasons as Gavin did and am very disappointed that the opportunity is gone, likely for good.
I can understand(not sympathize) Hasbro's wants to cut back and save money, but even from a business aspect they are doing a very poor job. Cutting things that net them more money over time is not a good way to run something long term like Magic has been. If anything, they should be creating more events and professionalizing more formats.
The tl;dr is basically that Hasbro sucks.
Quote from TarmogoyfRandom uninformed information
Quote from Machine Messiah Is the game suffering from a financial crisis? How COULD it be?
Quote from WinterI predict that by the end of the year, WotC will announce the abolishing of the Pro Tour.
Quote from andreoti16Here, Here. I don't think magic is dying yet, but i think Hasbro keeps pushing the knife closer and closer to the heart of magic (so to speak).
Quote from guasuMedia is not making me steal. But in a way is like the story of the very hot girl with the short skirt teasing the old sick guy with a history of rape.
Quote from urzassedativesThis is the rumor mill, not the make a wish foundation.
Quote from FrengerAlso Americans should be happy, you guys are getting states back!
Quote from CaedereI'm going to say it. I gotta say it.
These are the best duals since the fetchlands.
Possibly better, but only time will tell with that.
Quote from RabidKittenSurprisingly the invitational does cost a lot of money to put on. It required convention center floor space, it required weeks of web content to promote the election of players that get to go. I required bandwidth for web content, and it required lots of paid employee time to organize, cover, promote, and run the event. If I had to guess I would say the invitational costs over a million dollars to run.
Quote from misterorangeOil prices will lower.
Quote from SorryGuyNot to cherry-pick, or go off-topic, but do you really believe that?
Quote from stu55They are already down near 20% from their high...with a slower travel season coming no reason they dont keep dropping...do some research before you comment on things
For much of the past year, Hasbro (HAS) has been on a tear. Its stock is up 50% since January. And thanks to everything from its roaring Transformers line to its cuddly Littlest Pet Shop franchise, the toymaker posted a record $330 million profit in 2007, on sales of $3.8 billion.
But Hasbro goofed with how it handled Scrabulous, a digital knockoff of its Scrabble board game on Facebook. The Pawtucket (R.I.) manufacturer not only stood idle as Scrabulous drew a half-million daily players to the social networking site over the past year. On July 30, after suing the two Indian brothers behind it and forcing them to pull it down, Hasbro put up a clunky, slower replacement. The result: howls of protest from the audience it was hoping to attract. "Hasbro just got greedy," fumes Rhonda Talbot, a Los Angeles Scrabulous fan. "If they weren't clever enough to create a Scrabulous, they don't deserve the players."