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  • posted a message on 2 brand new keywords for older abilitys (potentionally)
    I expect part of the reason for keywording these is to support a more general template for cards like Odric Lunarch Marshal, Soulflayer, Rayami, Cairn Wanderer, Majestic Myriarch. Those are all extremely wordy and inconsistent about what sets of abilities they cover - they probably want new behemoths to have abilities like that, but not have to itemize every keyword (and have them future-compatible with future keywords), and are making this change to make frequently used but never-before-keyworded ‘abilities’ also get caught in this net. I’d be a little surprised if they miss this chance to officially keyword ‘Daunt’ (the Steel Leaf Champion ability) in the same effort though.

    Myr Welder, Mairsil, and Necrotic Ooze have nice compact text encompassing a creature gaining all activated abilities of (subset of creature cards with activated abilities). It would be a clean fix to the Cairn Wanderer problem to have similar all-encompassing ‘~ gains all static keyword abilities of all...’ wording.

    Though for abilities like that, being templated to include all creature static keyword abilities ... makes them play a lot less nicely with Defender. A keyword-generic Soulflayer munching a Sylvan Caryatid ... wouldn’t be as useful as hoped.
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  • posted a message on [TBD] The Vorthos cast - Final death
    Quote from Xcric »
    ridiculously overcosted even for putting the ability in black at common. clearly made just to keep escape in check in limited.

    Which is basically the same as they did when they called this Final Reward in the Embalm-Eternalize-And-Gods-that-didn't-like-to-die Amonkhet block.
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  • posted a message on Mothership spoiler 1/2 - Polukranos, Unchained
    Quote from Courier7 »
    Worst case scenario: this is a 6/6 for only 4 mana with no real downside

    Permanently losing P/T when it would take damage ... feels to me like a pertinent downside. Chump blockers (with nonzero power) shrink it.
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  • posted a message on [THB] Rebirth for Glory (?)
    Black is the color that would be putting the tasty things in the graveyard in the first place. This card isn’t good value in just bringing back the normal-course things that you already cast earlier in the game and then died. It’s decks with black’s discard and gravepopulate/mill effects that will have big relevant things in the grave to make casting this into a curve-jumping behemoth on board. Mono white wouldn’t get there.
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  • posted a message on THB - Treacherous Blessing, and Cling to Dust
    Perilous Research doesn't strictly reuse it, but it does allow you to extract more value out of it.
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  • posted a message on [THB] MTG Instagram Spoiler: The Binding of the Titans
    It’s Grapple with the Past in slow motion.
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  • posted a message on Seven Secret Lairs in 2019
    I mean on a single-consumer level, ignoring this doesn’t hurt anyone. But the raised - and valid - concern, is that WotC is clearly printing cards for direct resale based on their secondary market value. Which raises all sorts of red flags people are well within their rights to discuss - be it WotC losing the support of the companies that sustain the secondary market (and buy tonnes of product they might stop buying if they lose faith in their supplier undercutting them with reprints), to concerns that WotC might now deliberately withhold reprints from randomized sets to make secondary market prices go up so they can issue high dollar value reprints direct.

    These are discussionworthy concerns whether any single consumer is saying yes or no with their wallet to this instance.
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  • posted a message on Seven Secret Lairs in 2019
    Yeah, even if they do that it would be trivial for anyone who wants 20 to pay a friend or family member to order the other 10 for them.
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  • posted a message on Seven Secret Lairs in 2019
    Quote from Simto »
    Quote from Blair Phoenix »
    Quote from Simto »
    Those basic lands are ******* amazing looking... can't believe you only get one of each for ******* $30
    They're snow lands. It's on par with how much you'd be spending on the open market, if not a bit less.

    Who wants one of each though??? People want more than just one.

    Are they preventing people from placing an order for multiple? I was suspecting that they hope the people who want 20 of each... order 20 copies of that drop. Is that not the case?
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  • posted a message on 11/18/19 Big Bannings
    Quote from seilaoque »

    how long it has been since the last standard with this many banned cards?

    There are 4 banned cards in the current Standard.

    For the last ~8 months of Kaladesh-Amonkhet-Ixalan-Dominaria-M19 standard, there were 7 cards on the Standard ban list.
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  • posted a message on 'Mystery Booster' product
    Quote from Mishotem »
    By the way, according to at least one article, the cards in the C/U slots are included at their original rarity. So Demonic Tutor is in that pool for black C/U, for instance.

    While it’s true that the cards in the 12 C/U slots are showing the rarity symbol of the set they’re reprinted of... this doesn’t necessarily mean Demonic Tutor is one of the 242 on the two dedicated black sheets. There’s also the dedicated pre-m15 sheet that will have cards of all rarities - that’s the sheet I expect notable old sub-rares like DT and Lotus Petal and Rhystic Study to appear.

    (Edit) oh, I just reread the article. It does specify Demonic Tutor is on a Black C/U sheet (but lotus petal isn’t on the artifact c/u sheet, it’s on the pre-m15 sheet)
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  • posted a message on Modern Soulflayer
    I think the theory is that Traverse can get it to hand (for t3 play) if crab fills the grave early. I’m not convinced it’s any more reliable than Bomat Courier builds or even Stitcher’s Supplier builds ... but we really haven’t got a suitable replacement for Faithless Looting and without it we are reliant on either a slower/costlier looting effect (like Izzet Charm or Cathartic Reunion), a smaller looting effect (Insolent Neonate, Merchant of the Vale//Haggle), a more random looting effect (burning inquiry), the all-in Bomat Courier plan, or a direct library-to-grave-filling effect like Stitcher’s Supplier, Hedron Crab, or Thought Scour.

    None are nearly as tasty as Faithless was.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on 'Mystery Booster' product
    Quote from Ryperior74 »

    Atleast plenty of card prices due to scarcity will drop immensely (crucible was mythic in M19 lost 2/3 of the price)

    Core sets are massively printed and the boosters low-priced. This set will probably have a print run not terribly different from a Masters set, and prices similarly premium. I would expect the net effect on the pricing of most reprinted cards to be ... comparable to the effect of Masters set reprints. Which tends to be modest and oftentimes temporary.

    The only real place I could see a price impact is that foil slot. There will be 121 cards that will now have a foil instance in circulation that is just as frequent in this set as any nonfoil mythic is in a 'normal' set. For cards that had a high-demand foil premium multiplier, this will represent a substantial boost in circulation of that card at the foil level.

    Any specific large-set mythic at foil is ordinarily, what, one per ~3000 packs? Any one reprinted here is 1 in 121 packs. Even if this is printed WAAAAAY less than a standard set, that's an enormous increase in foil circulation.
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  • posted a message on 'Mystery Booster' product
    As I understand it, the breakdown is:

    10 slots are 2-per-monocolor cards that are ‘uncommons’ or ‘commons’ (obv equally represented in this set, But cards that were uncommon or common in the set they’re being reprinted-from). Each slot is a unique print sheet, so you’ll get one card from White Sheet 1, one card from White Sheet 2, one from Blue Sheet 1, and so on.

    One sheet is just like above but for multicolored cards, and one sheet is just like above but for artifacts-or-lands.

    One slot is rares-and-mythics-from-M15-and-later, of any color(s) or lack thereof. Again the difference between rare and mythic here is purely ornamental, as each card is actually equally mythic (1 in 121) whether its set symbol is gold or red.

    One slot is specifically cards pre-M15. These could be cards showing any rarity, but I expect these will be basically another ‘notable cards’ slot, where when it isn’t an actual rare it’s a ‘good’ common or uncommon from long ago (demonic tutor, lotus petal, Rhystic study, etc). The non-noteworthy old sub-rares would have been on the first 12 sheets.

    And the last slot at retail is the foil that we don’t know anything about yet but I expect it to also be aimed at being a ‘good card’ (either some value or draft utility).

    I expect most of the value, and most of the draft bombs, to be in those last three slots. The first 12 slots will likely be draft deck decents but constructed collection bulk.
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  • posted a message on The Pioneer Format
    Or it’ll just make every Mana Confluence like card go through the roof. People will gravitate towards the cards that allow them to play all their cards. This is why mana confluence has doubled in price since pioneer announcement and probably not slowing down anytime soon. If it’s not one form of fixing it’ll be another.
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