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    posted a message on Generous Gift
    Quote from Faruel »
    The green card Beast within is really old and I am sure they won't print anything close to than in green anymore.

    NPH is "really old", eh? I really don't know what to say to that, except to start calling people whippersnappers and telling everyone to get off my lawn.
    Posted in: Generous Gift
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    posted a message on The Modern Price Discussion Thread
    Quote from Kryptnyt »
    Quote from KnickM »
    Flusterstorm is now Modern legal.


    Uhhh, Flusterstorm now costs more money. Nivmagus Elemental foils are worth a bit more- connected? (Is it legal NOW or when the set releases?)

    What cards do you think will move as a result of Force of Negation? Perhaps something goofy like Misthollow Griffin?

    The legality will change when the set releases.

    Misthollow Griffin and Eternal Scourge are looking less and less goofy. It already combos with Food Chain in Legacy - if Food Chain gets reprinted into Modern, those will definitely spike.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
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    posted a message on 1CC Planeswalker

    3 is the minimum casting cost number of a PW. Tibalt was a failure and WotC isn't willing to make again that mistake.
    Also, not interested in extremely weak and boring CC1 walkers, since the uncommon ones are already weak enough.

    Don't dismiss the uncommon walkers out of hand. Saheeli looks really good to me, Tibalt actually has a role to play, Wanderer seems like she could be great in EDH, Narset is the Fun Police, and Jiang Yanggu can definitely enable shenanigans. These are all meant to be niche role-playing walkers, not generic "jam me in a deck and go!" walkers. You just have to find the right deck.

    Also, for purposes of this discussion, does Kytheon, Hero of Akros count? He's a great card that was printed at exactly the wrong time for Standard. If he'd been in RTR block, he would've been format-defining.
    Posted in: Speculation
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    posted a message on Leak Gideon (story spoiler)
    Quote from Crazy Pierre »
    Man, Last Supper vibes coming out of that art. Card is fairly decent too.

    No artist credit yet, but I'd bet money on that being Howard Lyon's work. Howard has a background in religious illustration, so I'm not surprised that there's some significant influence.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Why has EV (Expected Value) of sets from RTR to the Present been so low?
    You could say the same thing, but stop at Revised. "Why are the post-revised sets all only two or three digits of EV? The first few sets started out strong with four or five."

    Yes, RTR was when the print runs ramped up hard, so there's a lot more supply. That's really the heart of the matter.

    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    What will change in the near future is the Modern Set, as they (WotC R&D) most likely have a floor-length list of cards that would like to print that would (in their eyes) break standard. Maybe this is what keeps the EV down, R&D is walking on eggshells because they are so afraid of breaking standard and having to create a mid-season emergency ban of a card. If R&D would step out of their comfort zone, we might see some future sets have a higher EV after said set rotates out of Standard.

    You say this shortly after one of the most ban-heavy Standards EVER rotated a few months ago. I don't think that R&D has been walking on eggshells worried about power level.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
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    posted a message on The Commander Price Discussion Thread
    Quote from illakunsaa »
    Somebody is buying out mycosynth lattices on mcm. Battlebond copies have gone down 77% in stock.

    Yeah, TCGp has spiked as well. Possibly related to the new Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge, but it might just be a run on a popular artifact.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
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    posted a message on Judge foil Lightning Bolt, signed by Rush
    Quote from PopeJP »
    Anyone got a price idea for this? There's one in the recent sales on eBay for $999, but a best offer was accepted.

    Unsigned ones are in the $400-$500 range. Chris Rush has passed away, but he wasn't terribly reclusive and Lightning Bolt was probably his most-signed card. That said, how many people would part with theirs? I'd probably ask closer to $750, but I can see a grand, especially if you're willing to wait a bit.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
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    posted a message on CardMarket - is it as sweet as it looks?
    CardMarket is great if you can take advantage of it. However, do the math before you start buying a ton - shipping is typically cheap or free on eBay and TCGp, and it's very much not the case on MKM. The last time I did an MKM order (2014) I paid $40 in shipping costs and another $40 in PayPal fees. Now, that was for several hundred bucks' worth of judge foils, from about 7 or 8 different sellers. You want to make sure that you order from as few sellers as possible, you want to try to get sellers from your country as much as possible, and you really want to get high-feedback sellers. One of my cards came through with a bend in it, and bent foils tend to be worthless. It was like pulling teeth, but I ended up getting a partial refund from the seller, but basically had to re-buy the card (fortunately, I met a guy at a GP who didn't care about trading for a bent Sword of Fire and Ice). So that's the other prime consideration - if you run into problems, eBay and TCGp have your back. MKM really does not - if you have an issue it's between you and the seller, full stop.

    With those caveats, it's definitely a good place to check out and you can score some real deals. Just don't go crazy thinking that the prices are way lower across the board than they are on other marketplaces.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
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    posted a message on No more MSRP
    My thinking is that it's probably meant to mask a price increase. Currently, WOTC sells to distributors, who sell to game stores and other end-retailers, who sell to us. Many stores use the "double-double" technique - the distributor sells to the store for double what they pay WOTC, and then the store sells to use double what they pay to the distributor. If WOTC raises prices to the distributors but no longer has an MSRP, then distributors raise prices to game stores, and game stores can either raise prices or watch their profit margins shrink even further. If players complain, the stores say "Our costs are going up!" and WOTC says "Stores are free to charge whatever they want - we aren't telling them what to charge." The distributor never says a word and most players ignore that they exist.
    Posted in: Magic General
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    posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Mythic Edition
    Quote from Elemental »
    Is anybody drafting these? Is it a better draft than the first set?

    I'm hosting a draft in about ten days. I'm hoping that it'll be a better experience than the last time. And this time I know that Ajani and Dack are just pure traps and I'll warn the table accordingly. Seriously, who decided to put the Azorius walker in the set with Selesnya and the Selesnya walker in the set with Azorius?

    Since we have more mono-color walkers this go-round, I'm anticipating that people won't be as siloed as they were last time. Might lead to a more organic-feeling draft, if only two people are opening on-guild bombs. I don't think that it'll be amazing, but I certainly expect it to be better than the trainwreck that the last one was.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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