Quote from azurarutlanAlso make sure you have a good relationship with your RC. The TO will contact your RC and ask for an opinion, and even if you're an amazing judge if they do not know that or don't like you, there is no way you'll get staffed. I'm getting that right now so I am speaking from experience.
Quote from manaman22You reminded me why I added Teferi. He prevents you from casting spells off of Suspend.
Quote from PhyrexianFryCookLayline of the void stops that. Otherwise you could play Bruma (Via spellbreaker's uncounterablity), cheat a tackklemaggot into play, and then let that kill all of their things very slowly and eventually kill them.
Quote from azurarutlanWith the one person in question I tried being nice and it failed. And he was getting very personal in his attacks on me which is what lead to me telling the manager I was going to lay him out.
As far as purchasing product I will not be purchasing product there. And I'll be directing people to Walmart and TCGPlayer for their product in the future since the manager is condoning such behavior at the store.
Quote from HoodooIf I recall correctly, the reason for making more 'snug' sleeves is so that the corners don't get bent as much, and the sleeves last longer. And while that's all well and good, I found out the hard way that you can't double-sleeve with these new sizes.
Quote from LandBoySteveMy shuffle routine has become robotic after 18 years of playing. I do several mash shuffles and then pile shuffle. I can do this in under 60 seconds. I am lightning fast with my shuffles. And yes, it drives me crazy when people take forever to shuffle too. But please read the tournament rules. I'm pretty sure it says that you have 2 to 3 minutes between games of a match to shuffle your cards. I will double check that but I am pretty sure that's the ruling.
I am not a slow player. I am nowhere close to a slow player. I just happened to play a very bad deck for this meta. I had only my 2nd draw in all my years of FNM last night because of time pressure. The deck just draws out games. When you have only 12 cards in your library left when the game ends, yeah, that's to be expected.
Normally, I will play a "fast" drop land, drop critter, turn sideways deck. But I am just finding them so boring.
God, what am I going to do when I play my Curse/Pool and have to keep killing their dudes until I draw my lock? That deck is going to take forever too.
Or when I play my BW Superfriends deck with 16 removal spells and 4 board wipes until I land a superfriend and lock the game?
Those matches are going to take forever. I know it already. So what am I supposed to do...not play the decks?
I think the 45 minute time limit for 3 games is ridiculous. But hey, I don't make the rules...I just play by them.
When you get into control mirrors, games will take forever. There is no way around it. It's why all our nights go on so long because no matter how fast I play (on most nights when I'm just turning dorks sideways) I'm always waiting for some control mirror to end...almost all of them end in draws.
Maybe the time limits need to be increased. I don't know. Again, I don't make the rules. I just play by them.
But make no mistake about it, I never play slow on purpose. Hell, I don't want to draw. A draw is a death sentence at our LGS with top 8 usually going 4-0 or 3-1 at worst. I'm an average player at best so I need every win I can get.
A draw is disaster for me.
And for the record, I finished 1-2-1 that night. I needed the win against that person to have a chance for top 8. So where was my incentive to play slow and force another draw for myself when a draw does me no good? I needed to win...period.
Quote from ValarinThe shuffler is not random, that's impossible. No matter how you want to try and slice it, only a quantum computer can generate a truly random number. If the MTGO coders figured out a way to make a truly random number, they'd all have wn the nobel prize and be making millions working at the NSA.
Quote from makochmanYou just had to say that, didn't you. Fine. Creatures tend not to break formats (unless they make 20/20 indestructible tokens or recurring lifelinked 4/4's or are named Vengevine or are part of some other combo.) It was clear enough in my post that combos involving creatures can in fact break formats... Any other irrelevant points you would like to make?
Creature tend not to break formats except for all these times that they broke formats, oh and there's a lot more that I don't have the time to list out. But creatures still don't break formats, and you're wrong and I'm right.
Quote from Ertai87Depends on the topic of discussion. For the purposes of this discussion, I am talking about Standard. That is why I brought up the discussion of R&D; R&D doesn't manage Legacy, they leave Legacy to mostly manage itself. They do micromanage Standard heavily, and in Standard the aggro-combo-control triangle models things quite well.
When was the last time Belcher or Countertop was legal in Standard? Oh wait, I forgot, it WASN'T. Nice strawman argument, but I'm not buying.
Basically, yes. None of those things were true until about 6 months ago, and lo and behold, for those 6 months blue-based control didn't dominate the format! Huzzah!
Oh, and because you're obviously going to nitpick with me, yes I do realize Valakut was legal for about a year before that. The problem is that pesky "attacking with it" thing. Turns out control decks don't really let you get around to that part.
Fine. There was 1 playable blue card in the format. I seem to recall the 56 Island 4X Jace deck was pretty solid.
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3) Blue control's popularity/power level in recent Standard has nothing to do with the power level of counterspells and everything to do with the failure of Aaron Forsythe as director of R&D. Aaron Forsythe (and Tom LaPille, and most of the rest of R&D, but I'm blaming Aaron in particular because he's the boss) hates linear combo. You know, the types of decks that make Legacy balanced. To analogize, what Forsythe has done is to take the game of Rock-Paper-Scissors and claim that Rock is broken, so Rock is now banned. What happens when you play a game of RPS where you can't choose Rock? You play Scissors and you smash all the people who like playing Paper because "it's fun and different". To bring this back to Magic, the analogy is the "Aggro-Combo-Control" metagame where aggro beats combo, combo beats control, and control beats aggro. If there's no combo, then nothing beats control, so control beats everything. You will notice that all the dominant decks in Standard in the past 5 years (with the exception of Jund since there was literally not a single playable blue card in the format for about 6 months) have been blue-based control decks.
Quote from Michael MorrisDissipate already has a tournament resume. It's more likely to see the pro tour than you are -- actually, it already has - you? I sincerely doubt it with card evaluation skills that poor.
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