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    posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Like the walking dead, i wont be buying any of that product. **** em.

    assuming the lord of the rings cross over is a full walking dead style set: the thing that gets me too is like... these are forced on you. if they're strong cards you're going to see them, you have no choice. if they do an entire set of lord of the rings, you're stuck. if you don't support this decision, and you don't want your immersion factor broken, if you'd rather speak with your wallet... now you're out until bare minimum the set rotates.

    they'll be all over standard, and if you want to participate because its an entire set you WILL have to buy in. so now you get to sit out of standard for like 2 years. you won't be drafting this set if you don't support the idea, you won't be going to prerelease events, limited events, nothing. if anything is strong (and something will be) you'll also see it pop up in other formats, repeatedly. arena also ends up being majorly out since all it is is standard sets.
    so now you're forced to make a choice. support this with your wallet like it or not if you want to keep playing... or don't play.

    and then on top of that you might sit down for a game and have someone slap down bilbo baggins and gandalf with their great unclean one and michone. at a certain point you're not even playing magic any more, and you had no say in it.
    magic's lore and history is far too rich to need to blend it with other properties. if wotc can't write a story any more, thats a major problem and resources need to be spent on fixing that, not stealing from another unrelated property to muddy up their existing one.

    part of magic is its story and flavor.

    once you start down this path all of that becomes meaningless. why even have art on cards, or anything flavorful at all.
    i think thats all a big part of why you don't see that kind of blending with other long time properties. lord of the rings is its own miniatures game, its not jammed into 40k. better to include nods and references to other things over straight up including them because all you do is make a mess.
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    posted a message on (Leak) strixhaven house names and color combos
    Quote from Flamebuster »
    For those saying it's not Harry Potter influenced...it looks pretty Harry Potter influenced here if you ask me.


    this was discussed in the other thread, wizard schools and houses within them is nothing new. its just a fantasy trope. it was popularized by harry potter but existed long before harry potter. within magic's own history even.

    i'm reminded of innistrad where everyone was oh so insistent that the set was banking off twilight's popularity as if werewolves and vampires hadn't existed prior to that trash.
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    posted a message on Maro confirms strixhaven is no Reskin of any version of “magic school” and a bottom up set
    Quote from the n00b king »
    Quote from Ryperior74 »

    long story short it’s not based in Harry Potter or any other magic school theme in anything

    This will be 100% unqiue outside anything even tolarian academy
    (Fun fact are tolarian academy was born before Harry Potter)

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone, published in 1997
    Urza's Saga (not sure if that was the first time Tolarian Academy was mentioned though) was released in 1998

    Even if you take into account that the design took place one year before, at best, they were invented at the same time. But considering that Rowling came up with the story before it was officially published...Looks like Potter WAS before Tolarian Wink

    Edit: The first time the players heard of Tolarian was in 1998, so Potter precedes. But perhaps you're tacit to additional facts I missed?

    Lat-nam predates tolaria as it came to be by several sets.

    There was also a wizards school on ulgrotha prior to urzas saga too
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    posted a message on New Secret Lair Cards
    i really like these. especially the comicbooky kaya. just a huge fan of that style of art.

    also a fan of how the art for teferi pushes the feeling of strong, happy, family values - its a nice change from the typical dour magic card art where everything is the end of the world. we don't see nearly enough of just plain wholesome goodness in the art any more. it makes me long for the days of the occasional beeble or goblin snowman
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    posted a message on [TSR] Cranial Plating
    thats pretty nice, i do miss the old borders
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    posted a message on 2021 promos: The Gitrog Monster and Nicol Bolas, The Ravager
    Quote from illidqn »
    Quote from Dontrike »
    Gitrog monster is a bit too changed for my liking, but it's definitely got the horror things down.

    It's his "second version":
    With the arrival of Emrakul, the monster became even more horrific, slowly losing any resemblance to a creature of the natural world.

    shame that. giant frog horror worked just fine on its own. didn't need to become a tentacled unnatural thing. then again, they spent a lot of that set tearing down what actually worked in favor of what didn't. just like every other time eldrazi showed up.

    anyway... not a fan of this new version of the monster. the bolas art is... okay.
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    posted a message on [KHM] Wolverine Riders and Inspired Sphinx reprint— Jesper Ejsing previews
    the elf is solid. i think some people are a little too critical of it. in the right builds its going to get out of control quickly. builds that run a lot of token doublers want it. yes sure, we have other cards that do this effect already that don't see a ton of play... but these are elves. most of the time they're not staying 1/1. most of the time, they're fueling heaps of other things too. its easy to abuse elven bodies to generate mana, or fodder for sac outlets with the relevant (and a lot of newly relevant) other elven sac outlets, they synergize with lathril or whatever her name is, the new commander, and the majority of the time they're going to end up being imposing due to all the elf lords elf tribal runs. yes, it'll eat removal in any good pod, but for the elf tribal decks that want it, they REALLY want it. not everything has to make an immediate board impact to be worth it. its not an amazeballs type card, but it IS a solid addition to elf tribal

    the sphinx still sucks.
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    posted a message on [KHM] Orvar, the All-Form— r/MagicArena preview
    i love this guys art, and his ability is really interesting to build around. he feels mythic, without feeling like a staple to every deck that can run him. that's how mythics should be designed.

    edit: finally a reason to twiddle my bone flute
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    posted a message on [KHM] Battle Mammoth (Leak) Foretell mechanic
    Not a fan of it at mythic. Not because its too strong, but because idk, it just doesnt scream mythic
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    posted a message on [KHM] Leak. Vorinclex, Monstrous rider
    Quote from Flisch »
    I find it weird that people think this is ruining Kaldheim.

    You are now invested in the fate of Kaldheim. You don't want the plane to fall to the phyrexians. There are now real stakes. You are emotionally involved.

    This is a good thing, story telling wise. Was Lord of the Rings ruined for you when Frodo left the shire and came in contact with the Nazgul for the first time and there was now the real possibility that he could die or be injured?

    I don't get this. The magic multiverse is way too much a museum of planes rather than an ecosystem of planes as it is. More interconnectivity and agents for change are a good thing in my book. (And we all know that if enough people like Kaldheim, it will not fall to the phyrexians because brand beats storytelling.)

    Except we dont know kaldheim.

    Im not invested in it at all. I havent seen it grow and develop. I havent watched its characters do anything. Theres no connection to the plane yet so caring about its future is almost moot.
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