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    posted a message on New Judge Promo's Announced
    Quote from fettpett »
    This is not much different than any other certification programs for other careers. Take for example Massage Therapy (mostly because I am familiar with it). There are two companies that provide certifications and insurance that several states require to practice. You have to pay for the membership it doesn’t get you a job, but helps to advance your career. If you think of this program in that same manor, this is a very good thing for the judging industry.

    That's how I'm seeing it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Comander 2019 preview schedule
    Quote from Xcric »
    when there's so many different websites, channels, and feeds getting previews that you need to publish an article to track them all, its time to rethink how you ******* preview things.

    sweet ******* jesus. no one is going to go to all that ***** to see some damn spoilers. they're going to just go somewhere that shows them all at once.

    their spoiler strategy sucks so much dick and is beyond obnoxious now.

    You're right, they should just go back to their original system of not publishing a schedule and just having people scour the internet looking for the previews on their own. That's how it used to be. The current way is much better.
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    posted a message on Throne of Eldraine speculations
    Quote from DJK3654 »
    Quote from fettpett »
    Sagas won’t be returning with this set. Mark said that they will return in the future

    MaRo specifically just said 'they will return'. He has also said 'maybe' about sagas specifically returning in ELD. It's not at all off the table.

    Mark says maybe to a lot of things, mainly because the asker specifically asks for a maybe. I wouldn't read too much into it, as the alternative is probably Mark saying no to a lot of things. And considering Sagas fall under the "Historic" banner and Eldraine is a new-to-us plane, it's unlikely the set will include much of its' history on the first go-round.

    Also, it's probably also unlikely they'd do two different alternate-layout cards in the same set.

    I do like the idea of the Storybook cards being a Monstrosity variant.

    My speculation for the set is that the timeline is concurrent with GRN/RNA/WAR. Not too significant, but it might explain the sudden change of focus and the lack of Gatewatch.
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    posted a message on New Judge Promo's Announced
    Quote from Marl Karx »

    Besat part, there will be yearly dues starting at $100 and going up from there.

    This is honestly a much better way to get WotC (or other game companies) to pay their judges instead of just hoping they'll do it. It should also reduce any sort of favoritism or "Old Boys' Club" type of thing that might exist (not saying there is, I don't know enough about the current judge program to say one way or the other.) like it exists/existed in other games' judging programs.

    I especially like that it won't just be WotC, currently they're trying to get Asmodee and Keyforge into this as well. That might lead to X-Wing and Destiny being included, and other companies getting on board as well, some of which could use a real judge program.

    Regardless, it's not the "nightmare" that certain alarmists out there are painting it to be. This type of thing works for companies, and if you want an actual path towards judging becoming a career, this is better than just taking a bunch of online tests and hoping someone is around to train you further.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Throne of Eldraine eBook
    It can't be worse.
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    posted a message on Major changes to Magic announced at SDCC? (New booster variants and premium styles)
    Quote from viriss »
    "...world filled with knights and castles..." Fortifications maybe?

    Every castle could use a good Moat... (yes, I know).
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    posted a message on Let's speculate on Monday's announcement
    Quote from Jivanmukta »
    Death to Iona.
    Free Painter.
    Ban Cryo.

    What's Cryo? Can't figure that one out - it'll probably turn out to be something obvious.
    Posted in: Commander Rules Discussion Forum
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    posted a message on Brand new world after Core 2020 confirmed
    Quote from leslak »
    Well with core 20 we will probably get an add with at least the name of the next set, soo we will prob have it this week ?

    They're already said there won't be. Nothing until SDCC.
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    posted a message on Embodiment of Agonies (Amaz Preview)
    Split cards have one *CMC* in every zone except the stack, but this card is very clearly NOT checking for CMC per the parentheses text, hence my question. This is a whole new thing they're doing.
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    posted a message on Mu Yianling, Sky Dancer NGA preview
    Quote from the n00b king »
    Quote from Buffsam89 »
    Quote from bravado1219 »
    Quote from Flamebuster »
    Saying that a card is bad is just as silly as saying a card is good at this point because we haven't seen it in play or in action yet. After that then arguments favouring either side are acceptable and more valid.


    I don't disagree with this in principal, but it's also not absolute. We've been playing with a lot of these cards for a long time and understand how they interact. I would say--understanding there's more M20 to be spoiled that could change this--we can look at the meta and cards spoiled so far and can at least make an educated guess about a new card's power level.

    The current meta is an important qualifier here. Lost of cards in this meta will be gone come rotation, and this card has a full ~15 months to fill in somewhere. So, unless you have a crystal ball, you cannot speak in absolutes, one way or the other. Then combine that with -

    i mean this in the nicest way possible but the majority of you are quite terrible at evaluating cards.

    and your left with where we’re at now. At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter how good or bad a card is, people will still play it. Nobody is passing out medals to people who guess right about “trash tier” labels. It’s just nonsense and literally adds nothing to the discussion.

    I forgot this forum will close, but others will pop up and i'll show up there. I am not afraid of eating crow if I'm wrong, but i'm 100% sure I'm not.

    A lot of folks like to live in magical Christmas land and that's fine. But to argue that this card is good is only to delude one-self. Hell, spend your hard earned dollars on playable stuff. This card fits in zero archetypes. Creatures are too good these days that giving one -2 power really doesn't do anything.

    The difference with Sarkhan is staggering.

    1) Sarkhan makes your other planeswalkers into threats immediately
    2) The 4/4 dragon actually kind of has text because if you attack the walkers, it will deal one damage to your guys. It's not great, but it's something
    3) Sarkhan will essentially win you the game over 2 turns. This card, does not.

    Tapping your lands to draw card is good, but if you get to a point where you can do that AND cast spells, you've already won the game.

    My point is that folks tend to over evaluate cards at the onset without thinking of how they can be applied in existing archetypes. Sure, there'll be rotation in October (4 months from now), but you got a LOT of magic to play between then and now. And at this stage, the card is unplayable.

    Additionally, I'm not sure why it's an issue to express an opinion to what appears to be the popular opinion? I provide reasons why i think this card is bad and what to be shown scenarios (applicable ones) where it is good and no one has done this. No one has shown me an existing deck that wants to play this that is better than anything else they can play in that spot.

    Is this a site where we can have meaningful discussions or just be fan boys that can't handle constructive criticism?

    One thing you're missing (or ignoring) is that it's pretty damn obvious that no one before your initial post in this thread was talking about this card in a competitive light. No one even mentioned the word until your post #35, and really only one post before that hinted at any sort of competitive viewpoint.

    Not everyone is going to like or rate cards because they play well competitively.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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