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  • posted a message on [IKO] Full spoilers up at Mothership
    Wait, The Wanderer is in Ikoria? That feels so random. What, is she going to randomly appear in card arts in random sets from now on?... because that would be totally awesome and in-character.
    Is it just me, or does Light of Hope seems REALLY good? 1 mana destroy target Enchantment is a good ratio and is relevant for quite a few matchups, but the ability to be live against Aggro and a combat trick on a pinch makes it a very solid all-around.
    Mystic Subdual's art is a treat, as is Startling Development's flavor text.
    Whisper Squad is a really interesting card, while it costs mana, free fodder for Aristocrats brews is not to be underestimated.
    As mentioned above, Spelleater Wolverine is a really powerful Common with Pauper potential. Even in Limited, this attacking while the opponent has two spells in the grave will make me nervous every single time.
    Ram Through is hilarious card design. Not sure if I like this color pie bend, but still pretty funny.
    Sleeper Dart is one interesting egg. Note that it doesn't tap the creature, only prevents untapping, but eggs be eggs, and this one impacting the board is sweet and potentially playable in Constructed.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Winota, Joiner of Forces— @Wizards_Magic Instagram preview
    She reminds me of Depala, Pilot Exemplar. While Depala is much safer and provides card advantage, Winota saying "a non-Human" instead of "one or more non-Humans" can easily snowball into insanity. Attacking with, say, the two tokens from Pia and Kiran Nalaar can dig twelve cards deep... And maybe one of them is an Evangel of Heliod or a Lena, Selfless Champion. Needless to say, things get NASTY.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Unpredictable cyclone
    This is really cool, if you can fill your entire deck with Cycling cards, this basically reads "You can't pick what you cast, but your entire deck costs 2 and has Flash". I don't think you would want to fill your entire deck with Cycling cards, you still probably want some one-of haymakers to potentially cheat with this, but even still it's a solid, zany build-around-me card.

    Quote from Spaz350 »
    Cycle Viashino Sandsprinter at end of opponent's turn to get Emrakul, the Aeons Torn into play for one mana, draw a card?
    I know that this is pretty much meaningless when you have a 15/15 Flier and a free extra turn, but you don't draw the card, Cyclone replaces it.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Emergent Ultimatum (DailyMTG article spoiler)
    Quote from m_pathogen »
    Not sure why they put the monocolor restriction in there, though.
    Is it solely so you don’t fetch another copy of this?
    That seems to be part of it, yes, but it feels like WotC is actively trying to make new cards that let you cheat big stuff into play but that also don't just revolve around as Eldrazi fodder.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] - CobaltStreak Preview - Skycat Sovereign
    So... literally Pride of the Clouds minus the Azorius mechanic, even down to the typing.
    Well that's really boring. Still a nice card, but boring.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Almighty Brushwagg
    I thought the thread name was a joke and not the real name.
    Never have I been happier being wrong.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Checkpoint Officer— Val&PL preview
    His weapon reminds me of Avacyn's Collar. I wonder if there are any werewolves in this set. I've heard they hate this. Because it's the symbol of the Church of Avacyn.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Zirda, the Dawnwaker— the last Ikoria product page preview
    Holy crap, this is easily my favorite Companion of the bunch, hell probably my favorite card of the entire set, period. A very reasonable Commander, a manageable Companion and a fantastic build-around-me card, all in a color duo that desperately needs an identity other than Aggro.dek. The fact that it's a cool Fox with a fantastic art only makes it better.

    Sadly, it will also be the one Companion that causes game losses the most. Not because it's broken and will own games, but because you just know that someone that isn't fully aware on what "activated ability" exactly entails will play this as Companion and get disqualified in some FNM event.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Ruinous Ultimatum— r/MagicArena preview
    All these mana symbols on the mana cost sure are a problem but I'd pay one extra mana to make my Planar Cleansing one-sided all day everyday. And it's miles better than Violent Ultimatum, even without the ability to blow up lands.

    Quote from Obazervazi »
    It's a shame it's just a worse Cyclonic Rift.
    I have a pretty sizeable list of cards that are "worse than Cyclonic Rift" in Commander, it's called 95% of the cards ever printed.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Emergent Ultimatum (DailyMTG article spoiler)
    Quote from Dontrike »
    A Tooth and Nail where your opponent will try and pick the best of the three and hope for the best against the other two.
    Well, kinda. It's an accurate comparison, the fact that this gives you casting triggers is an upside, but the "monocolored" restriction makes the one play you would want to do with Tooth and Nail impossible.
    Seems like a really powerful card for Commander but almost unplayable anywhere else. Other Eternal formats want to cheat out either colorless cards or Progenitus and I don't think Standard has any good pile of three mono- threats that can win the game on the spot and justifies the restrictions of having such an awkward deck.
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  • posted a message on [C20] Amaz preview - Alert heedbonder (viligance lord)
    Not a bad card on a vacuum - a tweaked Nyx-Fleece Ram is still pretty alright - but agreed, as a Vigilance lord it kinda sucks. Seems far more useful for the Lifegain matters deck.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Spontaneous Flight— Vana preview
    Quote from Obazervazi »
    I wonder, is this part of a cycle with Fully Grown?
    I doubt it, because if that's the case, then the U one will grant Hexproof, and that will be one to look out for.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Joyous Skybonder— Tomohappy preview
    Yup, sounds like a cycle for me. And this one... is the boring one. It stacks far better in multiples when compared to the other two, but still, while Vigilance or Menace getting a lord feels novel and interesting, Flying getting a lord is just tuesday.
    It's likely we'll get a Rare Keyword Lord cycle as well, if the other ones are anything to go by.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Weaponize the Monsters— Arekkz preview
    Aw crap. So that means Lukka's big kitty friend is dead? I mean, I guess it could imply it got captured or something, but if that's the case, I would assume Capture Sphere would have a different art.
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  • posted a message on [C20] Cartographer's Hawk— Sheldon Menery preview
    Quote from FlossedBeaver »
    Quote from Ritokure »
    So no, except yes? Okay then.
    For starters, you devoted three out of five paragraphs in your post dedicated to telling me how Green is much better in card draw and ramp to White and now you're really trying to spin an argument that your post's main point isn't about how White could use some help with a stronger card than Hawk? Okay. Then you are really bad at writing.
    You're trying to spin your argument is that WotC stated that the card was too good doing X, then toned it down, but you can't understand why it doesn't do X and wish it was printed still doing X. While X clearly makes the card better than its current installment. Therefore you are saying the card should be better than it currently is.
    So once again, what part of what I've got from your post is wrong?
    I think his general point is that, even without the return-to-hand clause, Glacier Hawk still wouldn't be as strong as anything green has in its wheelhouse (you still have to attack, and can never exceed land parity), which would make it both fair and a good step in the right direction for a white ramp card.
    Evasion helps a lot in attacking safely in the earlygame which is when ramp is at its best (and, once again, being weak at the lategame is something all ramp cards have in common and we still play them), bouncing back to the hand balances the fact that it's a 2 CMC card providing an effect you can't get below 4 CMC and the inability to exceed land parity as is the main balancing factor to being White because "not as strong as Green" is exactly as good as White ramp should be. There's a reason why Harmonize is one of Green's best cards and Concentrate... isn't.
    That's my point here - people are blowing its drawbacks way out of proportions and want this card to be better than it currently is, not because this card is terrible compared to similar cards in a vacuum or because it's not what White needs, but because White overall can't compete with the other colors without something better than this. And wanting pushed cards to promote weak strategies is how we get mistakes, ones that could affect how White EDH cards are designed for years to come.
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