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  • posted a message on [IKO] Pollywog Symbiote / Babygodzilla, Ruin Reborn — Epic Games Store preview
    I like the flavour text of 'it always knew it was destined to be more than a frog'. Frogboi yearns for destruction. That's hilarious.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [IKO] Ikoria spoiler season begins on the Magic Twitch stream
    I see alot of people freaking out over Companion and deck checks. I think everyone is missing the point here.

    Unless I'm misinterpreting it, the Companion restriction means that it can be cast from your sideboard (outside the game) if you meet X condition. If I mainboard these guys, I'm not bound by deck building restrictions. So if you want to main board these, I assume you ignore the Companion clause.

    Basically, when you Companion these creatures, they are your Pikachu that doesnt go inside a Pokeball (your deck) that you can cast once for free but you have to build your deck a certain way to make that happen.

    Being able to play them without needing to check for the restriction doesn't really resolve the question though of how you are supposed to handle checking it. I imagine a significant number of players won't bother to check even when they are being used as a companion because they are just playing friendly games and are trusting enough and/or can't be bothered enough to do it. But people will want to check this not an insignificant amount of the time.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [IKO] MTGJP preview — Vadrok, Apex of Thunder
    Seems pretty good. One of the most achievable mutate cards to go off with. Mutate this for 4, give a creature some good abilities and grab, say, a Teferi, Time Raveler sounds like something you might see in standard.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [IKO] Statement on Spacegodzilla
    Quote from Flamebuster »
    SJWs in design now?

    'buster

    We're making the current major global pandemic a PC thing now, are we?
    Fair enough WotC wanted to play it safe. This is such a minor thing.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [IKO] Statement on Spacegodzilla
    It was a slightly surreal moment seeing a fairly serious toned announcement on the website just titled 'statement on spacegodzilla'.
    o_O
    Weird times we're living in.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [IKO] Ikoria spoiler season begins on the Magic Twitch stream
    I should say, if you can get Companion to work, then it looks very cool. Almost the spiritual successor to the unreleased Forbidden mechanic which I've been intrigued by for a while.
    I would still like to know what the thinking is around checking it though. Does WotC just not think people will check very often? Will there be a special rule for it of some kind? Something else?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [IKO] Ikoria spoiler season begins on the Magic Twitch stream
    I like Mutate. It's definitely wacky and has some clunkiness involved, but I think the cool and fun factor is more than enough to be worth it.
    Keyword counters bring some significant tracking complexity, but if WotC thinks they can pull it off and in the absence of public testing, I'm good with it. There's a lot you can do with them design wise, so that will be interesting to see.
    Companion still feels wrong. I want to know how it's supposed to work with people wanting to check. What's the logic here for such an unusual include?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [IKO] Ikoria spoiler season begins on the Magic Twitch stream
    Trailer is on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhj7mx1wfGM&t=0s
    Card is at the end.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] Covetous Urge
    Quote from Dontrike »
    Quote from DJK3654 »
    Quote from GodoftheGrove »
    So, Psychic Intrusion or Memory Plunder-like. Pretty cool.

    Better Psychic Intrusion because it costs less and can pay for colorless mana costs.

    Doesn't cost less and it's hard to say better as the graveyard could have far more juicy options in it than someone's hand after turn four.

    Psychic Intrusion costs 5, while this costs 4, which is less.
    Also, both target the graveyard. Only advantage to Psychic Intrusion is it's easier to cast in a deck with three or more colours or a bunch of colourless lands.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Chandra's Spellbook and Secret Lair Ultimate Edition (Enemy fetches) announced.
    Quote from ccggenius12 »
    Everyone whinging about fetches not being in a standard legal set better buckle up, because that ain't changing any time soon. WotC explicitly DOES NOT want fetches + shocks in Pioneer, meaning any reprints are going to be in supplemental sets.
    As far as the Secret Lair itself is concerned, I'll finally accept THIS as proof they care about the secondary market. Prior examples people were holding up COULD have been attributed to the printed rarity of the cards, despite what many people here seemed to believe. This is 5 rares, so that's officially dead. That being said, I don't consider opting to NOT cause the secondary market to collapse in on itself to be a bad thing. They're prioritizing maintaining customers over replacing them.

    The secondary market should not be prioritized over making the game—that's primarily for entertainment—actually affordable for the average player. If secondary card sellers lose out because cards drop majorly in price, that's not any worse than players losing money because they have to spend an unreasonable amount of money on their cards just so they can keep up with the meta and enjoy playing the game. In fact, it's better that way. And it would help more encourage more people to buy into the game and therefore give so returns to both the secondary market and to WotC.
    Besides, WotC's primary motivation here is definitely not the secondary market. It's their own profit. Because of course it is. They're practically printing money here.

    Not printing the shocks in standard for balance reasons is perfectly fair and good. These Secret Lair products having such high price tags just because people are willing to pay that much for them is not so much, especially this one.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Chandra's Spellbook and Secret Lair Ultimate Edition (Enemy fetches) announced.
    Quote from Ryperior74 »

    That’s kind of right but

    This is $165 for one of each enemy fetch according to second market approximately $277 average for one of all 5 enemy fetches and I highly doubt these will get a massive tank like a couple of the other secret lairs that got bought out more because people actually use this one in decks and not sell and also the real stupid thing about this you can’t get it the same way as the other secret lairs you have to get this at a LGS and that’s even worse because each one can only get 10 so even more rare

    Not quite.
    While the vast majority of these will go out through WPN stores, there will be another opportunity to pick these up. The week after these go on sale at WPN stores, we'll be running a Secret Lair superdrop much like we did in December. We'll share more details about all of the drops closer to June, but the one detail we can share today is that if you purchase the bundle that combines each drop that goes on sale during the superdrop, you'll receive one random fetch land for each bundle you purchase.


    Have to say, though, I actually agree this is a greedy move on WotC's part. Like, it's not surprising they'd take advantage of this opportunity, they are a for-profit business, but I wish they weren't so blatant about it. They could mark these down a good bit more and still make a large profit compared to the cost of actually making these. This is just taking advantage of artificial scarcity.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on That “mutate” mechanic offical confirm for ikoria
    Quote from direlord »
    Do we have a timeline for when we will get news?

    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/190954057608/when-does-ikoria-spoiler-season-start-late-march#notes
    patrikwa asked: When does ikoria spoiler season start?

    Late March I believe.

    There may well also be previews before the official preview seasons starts, as they have often done.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ikoria: ‘build your own monster’ mechanic predictions
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Quote from DJK3654 »
    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/un-boxing-part-3-2020-02-24
    While trying to think of things that were host or augment-like, I realized we had a brand-new mechanic coming up in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths that fit the bill, something called mutate.

    Confirmation that Mutate is an Ikoria mechanic, and that it is 'augment-like' (whatever that means).


    How is based on host/augment if it involves “key-word counters”

    I think he was talking similar to it not idential

    Uhh yeah. Surgeon Commander also includes auras as an 'augment-like' mechanic. So, obviously Mutate could be fairly different to Host/Augment and still be 'Augment-like'.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Ikoria: ‘build your own monster’ mechanic predictions
    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/un-boxing-part-3-2020-02-24
    While trying to think of things that were host or augment-like, I realized we had a brand-new mechanic coming up in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths that fit the bill, something called mutate.

    Confirmation that Mutate is an Ikoria mechanic, and that it is 'augment-like' (whatever that means).
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Ikoria Booster Art
    Quote from Flamebuster »
    I just knew I was going to hate this entire plane

    Why, because it's not Theros?

    'buster

    In part. But I also don’t like that it appears to be a plane of essentially Simic creations. I prefer more recognizable creatures.

    Fairly sure the creature on the Vivien close-up booster art is an Asiatic dragon. And I highly doubt there isn't going to be plenty more recognizable creatures; probably just going to be a few more random beasties than usual.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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