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  • posted a message on 2/14 Secret Lairs: Theros Stargazing
    Quote from Whalaqee »
    The illusion is that they haven't raised the price. But if they don't also have $30 lairs, then the price is rising without an announcement having to be made as the $30 secret lairs might be discontinued.

    You're missing one thing here though: these drops are completely symmetrical. Each one contains one mono-, one ally- and one enemy-colored god, so it would be weird to price the individual drops differently.
    Not to say they would never try to raise the average price for more profit, but this run of secret lairs is a bad example to base your assumption on.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    Quote from Xcric »
    Okay great. A lot do that. Most dont. Wotc exploits that for profit. Cant really dispute that

    I'd hardly call offering a product for which there is obviously demand exploiting - it's just economics 101.
    They're overdoing it, but that mostly hurts long-time interest in their own product imo. If there is a new couple of secret lairs every other month, most people that would otherwise love to collect such shiny special cards will just get tired and stop buying those.

    The whole issue about circumventing stores is another can of worms - I don't think it is that big of a problem as long as they limit it to exclusive specials. Yes, it sucks that the spiritual predecessor of this product was a bonus for stores and this is kinda the opposite, but it doesn't hurt when we look at it individually. It does send a certain sign though and if they're testing the waters for moving more products to their own distribution platform, that becomes worrying, but we'll have to see if they go further down that route...
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  • posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    If by stars aligning they mean Nyx, and these are the original Theros gods with alternate art and possible constellation frames, then this will be the first secret lair to interest me.

    Sounds plausible... the background in the announcement video looks a lot like the THB promo art of the starfield with the god and demigod constellations.
    Maybe five drops mean they divide them by colors - one mono- and the two best-fitting two-color gods per drop or something like that?
    Not gonna lie, I kinda hoped they do a showcase-style Ephara somewhere, so this might be the first secret lair that has something desirable for me.
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  • posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    Do wotc actually want potential buyers to fatigue of novelty products like secret lairs? I can not figure why they would, but it seems they work hard for it...
    Are they really so desperate for short-term profits?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [THB] Bronzehide Lion— Shahar Shenhar preview
    Neat, it kinda has inverse bestow Grin
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  • posted a message on [THB] - Disgusting chimera
    Flavor text translates to:

    "I recognize... stag? And lion? And... teeth! A lot of teeth!"
    - Teraklos of Meletis
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  • posted a message on [TBD] The First Iroanian Games
    Quote from Crispen_Smith »
    Greek culture valued physical and mental excellence so chapter 2 is train the body and 3 is train the mind. (at least in IHMO).

    The card draw from chapter 3 depends on you having a 4-power creature though, so it doesn't feel like individual training of another skillset.
    Also the flavor of 'olympic' games makes the whole theme of the card mostly physical Shrugs
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  • posted a message on [TBD] The First Iroanian Games

    1) pick an athlete
    2) train him
    3) if he got good enough, payoff (not entirely sure how to interpret this)
    4) win 1st place

    That's pretty neat in terms of flavor.
    Also, I have to echo Tiro here - so far I really love the style of Theros sagas.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on THB: Nadir Kraken
    I guess I need this for Ephara. Play it with the goddess on the field and they just keep going for as long as you can spare a single mana per turn.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Sealock Monster turns target land into an Island, then dies...
    Also, to maybe make it a little more clear: if the effect had a duration it would include a clause like "for as long as you control sealock monster" or "until sealock monster leaves the battlefield"
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on New info about ikoria
    Quote from Creedmoor »
    Double sided keywords sounds... nuts. I'm not sure how to process this in my brain.
    I guess it`s a punch-out card like the amonkhet ones, with markers that have one keyword on each side to give them as counters to your creatures for the announced build-your-own-monster mechanic.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on A million game study says shuffler is rigged
    Quote from WizardMN »
    1) The Snarespinner Riot interaction sounds like a bug. Bugs happen. Report it and move on.

    Given the general ignorance of Henrick's complaints, a blightbeetle or something similar on the battlefield that he did not consider seems more likely than an actual bug...
    Posted in: MTG Arena
  • posted a message on Death by Exile?
    You are correct that an indestructible creature would not be exiled by removal that replaces dying with exile if it could not be killed by said removal.
    Ob Nixilis's Cruelty though is absolutely capable of killing indestructible creatures, since it reduces their thoughness to/below 0 while indestructible just protects against lethal damage and "destroy" effects.
    So, an indestructible creature with toughness 4 or less would not be exiled by a Lava Coil (except it would die as a result of another effect later that turn - the replacement effect would still work in that case).
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on [ELD] Torbran, Thane of Red Fell— ZiggyD preview
    Quote from CatParty »
    If it said "another red source" then he'd never deal more damage with buffs - i.e. if he IS a 4/4, and you give this guy a buff like +2/+0, he'll only deal 6, instead of 8. He's actually better with the current templating.

    It's plus 2 though, not double damage, so he doesn't synergize with power buffs anyway.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] 4 knight tribal cards from Lordsoflimited
    Quote from SilverWolf_27 »
    Why the f is the trebuchet a wall?

    I find a trebuchet being incorporated in the defensive structures of a castle to be a lot more plausible than it being used to shoot an attacking fairy out of the air, so the reach seems to be the more questionable choice in card design here flavorwise...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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