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  • posted a message on [CMR] Jeweled Lotus
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    idk, if you don't have it in your opening hand or draw it early it's not too busted. Obviously (combo) decks that heavily rely on their commander will want this, but I don't think it goes into literally every deck. There are commanders that don't need to come out ASAP, and for them I'd rathed have more flexible ramp pieces.

    Still, I really don't like it when they print pushed and hyper format-specific cards like this.

    Literally the only decks it won't be broken in are the ones that don't care how good they are in the first place.
    As I said, there are decks that don't suddenly get hyper-efficient just because they have their commander out. Those are usually combo or glass cannon decks that lose a lot of their power the moment their commander is removed.

    Of course, there will be decks that greatly profit from this card, but when they reach a certain power level, they will automatically move into cEDH or at least "looked down upon on casual tables" territory, where using this card to get your commander out will get you hated out of the game.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Jeweled Lotus
    idk, if you don't have it in your opening hand or draw it early it's not too busted. Obviously (combo) decks that heavily rely on their commander will want this, but I don't think it goes into literally every deck. There are commanders that don't need to come out ASAP, and for them I'd rathed have more flexible ramp pieces.

    Still, I really don't like it when they print pushed and hyper format-specific cards like this.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Colfenor, the Last Yew, Slash the Ranks, and Sweet-Gum Recluse— The Command Zone previews
    Colfenor! What a nice surprise. Finally an Abzan commander I'm intetested in building.

    I always imagined his face to be the "sharp for his high age" type, not "droopy ancient dude with glazed-over eyes" but I'll get used to the art.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Eligeth, Crossroads Augur— ABuLae preview
    I already knew about this from the leaks, but yeah, this is a really sweet card. Sphinx is one of my favourite creature types.

    I really want to pair him with Siani, but a good fliers deck needs at least blue and white imo. I'll probably end up pairing either one of them with Ishai and just include the other one in the 99.

    Edit: Mystic Speculation was already a bit of a pet card of mine, but with Eligeth, it's pretty insane. Draw three cards for three mana - as many times as you want!
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Man vs Salamander— Mashable previews
    I like the quirky effect and you can definitely control the number of creatures on the board in Simic through bounce for example. The fact that you don't kill their creatures with it is kind of a bonus because then they're even less likely to become aggressive towards you.

    The one thing that I don't like is that he looks like a regular-ass human. There's nothing fantasy about his looks.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Kodama of the East Tree and Magus of the Order— TraderOnlineVideo previews
    I really like Kodama, mostly because it's a Kamigawa card but the effect can obviously result in great value. Who do you best partner it with? You'll want to continue drawing cards so you can keep throwing stuff on the board, so blue seems like a shoe-in. Kydele, maybe? No direct synergy, but she gets Kodama out on turn 5 and allows you to put bigger stuff onto the battlefield for free.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Mothership 10/26— Tevest Szat, Szat's Will, Vampiric Tutor and Briarblade Adept
    Quote from Obazervazi »
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    Mark being the one who designed Hybrid Mana, it's hard to think he "misunderstands" it.
    He may have designed it, but he does misunderstand how it fits into Commander, a format he neither plays nor particularly likes. There are already hundreds or thousands of posts on this subject, so we shouldn't delve into it too much here, but I'll respond in brief.
    Quote from Trifas »
    So, while in any format a monoblue deck can play U/R, U/G, U/W and U/B hybrid cards. In commander, none of these cards can be in a monoblue deck. So it doesn't care about what cards you are able to cast, but about other qualities of the card.
    Not to play semantics, but is a mono-blue deck with red, green, white, and black cards in it really a mono-blue deck? You may only have Islands, but if your card can be countered by Blue Elemental Blast or Lifeforce, destroyed by Deathmark or Noxious Grasp, searched for with a Sunforger or Natural Order, or is an illegal target for Doom Blade because it's black, it aint mono-blue!

    Now, in most formats, you may call a deck a certain color based on its mana-base, sort of like how a "mono-black" reanimator deck can run Avacyn, Angel of Hope or Inkwell Leviathan even though it has no way to cast said card and must rely on discarding and reanimating them.

    But Commander cares about the color of the cards during deckbuilding, and this is where Mark fails to understand.
    Quote from Trifas »
    They could very well have chosen to rule that the color identity of hybrid mana is either or both of the colors, but they've chosen to make it always be both. Maro says that he would've chosen differently, and that's all to his point.
    They didn't choose it to always be both - the rules say that. They did choose to have it matter in deckbuilding and not just game play. Mark may have chosen otherwise, but A) he's not in charge of the format and should give it a rest, and B) his way would lead to more confusion.
    "Here's my mono-white deck. I tap five plains and cast Divinity of Pride."
    "I hit it with Doom Blade."
    "You can't do that, it's black."
    "You said it was mono-white. You tapped all white."
    "Yeah, but it's both. At all times. In every zone."
    "So your deck is white and black? But your commander is mono-white."
    "It is, but I also have a green Kitchen Finks, a red..."
    "This game is stupid and makes no sense!"

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    Briarblade Adept gives me hope for encore - not because I think it's a particularly good card, but because it has a cheap encore cost (even cheaper than it's regular cost). I was worried they might all be outrageously expensive like Phyrexian Triniform.

    Dude, color and color identity have never been the same thing. Every single effect in the game treats Alesha, Who Smiles at Death as a monored creature, but she hasa Mardu color identity. Doom Blade kills her, Lifeforce doesn't counter her, etc. Why is the reverse, multicolored cards having monocolor identities, so absurd when hybrid was designed that way?


    Whenever I see this argument, I bring up my good friend, Rosheen Meanderer. If the hybrid symbol goes to meaning "Or" instead of "And", does that mean that legends with a single hybrid symbol in their cost have to choose which color they are instead of being both?
    They are green-red, but you can build them as a mono-green or mono-red deck if you feel like it, which … is the entire point, basically.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Mothership 10/26— Tevest Szat, Szat's Will, Vampiric Tutor and Briarblade Adept
    Is the hybrid "issue" really that difficult when it comes down to it? Yes, hybrid cards are both colors in terms of rules (AND), but the intention behind them is to make it so the cost can be paid with either color and the card can be played even in a mono-colored deck (OR). So what it comes down to is what you value higher: The letter-of-the-rules stuff or the designer's intention/gameplay stuff.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Nymris, Oona's Trickster, Cast Down, and Supreme Will reprints — Santos Vella previews
    Always love more Lorwyn cards! Dimir Faeries was always a deck I wanted to play, but never got around to because I've never played Standard or Modern and the deck's playstyle isn't a good fit for Multiplayer EDH. So this is nice Smile CMC5 seems a bit much but Flash makes up for it.

    I wish they'd give us more storybook-y art for the Lorwyn cards though. Johannes Voss does good work, but his stuff always looks very digital and on top of that there's just too much happening in this AW.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Phyrexian Triniform— Commander Legends Product Page preview
    That golem looks way too clean to be from Phyrexia…
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Siani, Eye of the Storm and Sphinx of the Second Sun— Commander Rules Committee previews
    That Sphinx looks like someone just walked in on him sitting on the toilet.

    Neat design though. Siani is nice too (although I already knew about her). Definitely going to try to build something with her, might not be the strongest deck but flying tribal is my pet theme.
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  • posted a message on CMR Commander Legends Spoilers 26/10
    Seems like sea monsters are going to continue to be a meme tribe for the foreseeable future.
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  • posted a message on Commander legends Leak...the Precon decks and the 3 new cards and 2 reprints in each
    I was pretty excites about Aesi until I read the effect. Slightly tweaked Tatyova? Do thing, draw card? Come on Wizards, you're really scraping the bottom of the barrel here. It's a shame because I like the card creative-wise… (it's CosmoSerpent!)
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  • posted a message on Upcoming Kaldheim miniatures
    I'd be pretty funny if "Cosmo Wolf" and "Cosmo Serpent" turned out to be the actual card names.
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  • posted a message on Secret lair - New life 2020 (no unique cards here all reprints)
    Yeeeah, I get that self-defense is important and it would be one thing if it was Ajani showing a cub how to fight with a stick, but that AW definitely gives off some uncomfortable vibes, with the soldier-like pose and all.

    Love the non-Phyrexian Consecrated Sphinx though.
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