Quote from Chickmagnet handle Wampa1 »Quote from Nameless »Terrible set. I was expecting either a colectible or a full set. Who is this aiming for? At 20$ i would rather buy packs. There is a store nearby that is going to be stuck with 10+ of this 20$ Carboardboxes full of nothing and they are not on good financial footing. Wizzards has betrayed themselfs again traying to please too many people. Its time they start to take risks and stop missing opportunities like this.
It's abundantly clear who this is aiming for.
From Wizards (emphasis mine): https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/creating-global-series-jiang-yanggu-mu-yanling-2018-06-07
"After years of research and analysis, we've found that a key to getting people into Magic is . . . getting them to try Magic!"
"we do an incredible amount of work on introductory products."
"It's easy to glance past these if you've been playing Magic for ages, but they are a tremendous piece of what makes Magic work."
"So, what if we made a product to bring Chinese players into Magic? To give them that initial taste..."
"...we just need to get players started"
"An introductory product would be perfect."
"Now, to properly set expectations: these are essentially special Planeswalker Decks for a Chinese audience."
"After much discussion, we settled on something unusual: these cards would be legal for Standard play in mainland China events. They will also be legal in Vintage and Legacy everywhere. They will never be Modern legal, because once they rotate out of Standard, the reason they were Standard legal no longer applies. However, one very, very important element to us was not to fracture the competitive scene. Having Chinese Standard and European or North American Standard look very different would not be good for the game, because it creates discordant information and doesn't allow information and decklists from one place to transfer over to the other."
"So, Play Design was very careful to make sure that the cards were balanced so that none of them were cards for Constructed."
"After all, the most important aspect of these decks is that they teach you how to play."
Seriously people, Wizards COULD NOT HAVE MADE IT MORE CLEAR: 1. WHO these cards are for; and 2. Why the power level/complexity exists as it does.
Quote from Nameless »Terrible set. I was expecting either a colectible or a full set. Who is this aiming for? At 20$ i would rather buy packs. There is a store nearby that is going to be stuck with 10+ of this 20$ Carboardboxes full of nothing and they are not on good financial footing. Wizzards has betrayed themselfs again traying to please too many people. Its time they start to take risks and stop missing opportunities like this.
Quote from jturphy »Quote from Plasma118 »Haven't we learned that reprinting a bunch of the overpriced cards won't have a huge impact on the price?
I'm pretty sure we learned the opposite. See Chronicles.
Quote from Plasma118 »Haven't we learned that reprinting a bunch of the overpriced cards won't have a huge impact on the price?
Quote from TheGrease »
I think the issue here is the perception of Magic versus the reality. Magic is marketed towards teens and young adults primarily. It is marketed to approximately the same demographic that plays modern video games such as Dragon Age and Halo. Teens and young adults don't have much spare money, and to them, $50-$60 (the price of a new video game) is about all the can reasonably produce for quality entertainment. Because of this, they assume Magic follows the same trend. $50-$60 dollars should get me a good deck. Not some indie budget deck, but a Good deck. Unfortunately for them, Magic has a much higher price ceiling than $50-$60, and many new players don't realize this until they are already losing and disappointed with their purchase.
Golf, skiing, and even paintball to a lesser extent, have the perception of being a more expensive hobby. Magic doesn't have that same perception (a pack of cards is only $3.99!?), and that can be misleading depending on what you expect your experience with Magic to be like.
Quote from Advent »Obviously, this card is rare because of its implications in limited. I don't see anything wrong with the rarity, seems right to me.