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  • posted a message on Commander 2019 Reprint Speculation
    Quote from Manite »
    But black and red both need at least two decks, and Madness is the best for both.


    Are you certain they have equal color representation?? I thought they weren't going to do that for C17-onwards.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Major changes to Magic announced at SDCC? (New booster variants and premium styles)
    Quote from DJK3654 »
    After all, isn't the extravagance of getting everything kind of the point?


    No, it wasn't. Sorry if that was unclear. The goal was not to complete the set. We drafted that set over the course of several months. We do this regularly and usually come very close to a complete set after 1 box, with just a handful of singles remaining in the rare or mythic category. We have never, EVER missed commons after only 1 box. That was the situation we were in once we dismantled and sorted what we had drafted into binders. We had, for example a playset of everythingamajig, but we didn't actually because we had only three unique versions. Surely you can see the problem of that sort of design philosophy, if not the particulars of unstable printing patterns, rubbing shoulders with power level if it is adopted by the producers of the game across the board. Something frighteningly close to this has been announced here.

    Anyway, the point is not excess, it's availability. Right now we have a broad guarantee that the differences are cosmetic (and I would argue that false scarcity for cosmetic purposes is skeezy anyway, but ignoring that for now) but how long until they aren't? How will additional level(s?) of rarity impact secondary market prices? It has already made an impact on primary market prices.

    I am huge on capitalism.


    To be fair, I am not. Crazy So the fact we are both concerned by this is noteworthy.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Major changes to Magic announced at SDCC? (New booster variants and premium styles)
    what an utter disappointment. I can't believe I got excited for this.

    Between his insufferable public persona and the endless parade of gimmicks, MaRo has had a net negative effect on this game.

    And to anyone saying this is good or you can opt in or whatever:
    I opened 4 boxes of unstable and was unable to complete the set. The rare variants with the same name and the mythic distribution made it very difficult to open all the cards. That kind of exclusivity is relatively harmless in a supplemental joke set. Thrones of Eldaine is not a supplemental joke set. This announcement is just another step towards a frighteningly greedy business model. For them to phrase it as "options" is pouring salt in the messy wound that is secondary market prices, investors being taken more seriously than players, the selective scarcity of in-demand cards, and the nightmare that is the reserve list.

    Obviously profit is an inextricable part of WotC's business model. Are they hurting for profits? Do we know exactly where they lie on the spectrum here? Have they given the players any clear info on the secondary market (not just a statement, a proper analysis)? Do they share data on why cards are banned? On which cards they reprint based on demand (again, not anecdotes, data)? As far as I know, they do not. The changes just announced are so poorly justified and exacerbate the problem.

    Yes, if you're an adult with a stable income or remotely aware of online sellers, then this won't affect you in the short term. I obviously love this game or I wouldn't still be playing it after 10+ years. I mainly draft and this doesn't affect me at all, mechanically. The game is not the problem. The business aspect undoubtedly is.

    Ask yourself why a company would implement these changes before you buy another Magic: The Gathering sealed product.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Major changes to Magic announced at SDCC? (New booster variants and premium styles)
    Quote from Aazadan »
    Quote from Minoke »


    Anyway, I'm very excited to see what the future is going to be. My money is on Frontier being realized - though, perhaps starting at Origins and not KTK (so there's no fetches in the format).


    Like I said before, I would be extremely surprised if they do this unless it also includes sets like Modern Horizons (which introduces a fetch). There would be significant bad will if they were to release a premium Modern set like that, and then suddenly obsolete Modern as a format.


    Those freaky power gamer people would probably see this hypothetical format as inferior. It definitely does not obsolete Modern. Also, Extended as it was rotated at the same rate as Standard but included roughly twice as many sets. But seriously, rotating or no, Modern is stronger, faster, and deeper, however you slice it. If anything, there are signs that Legacy and Vintage are going to be slowly (or indeed immediately in this announcement) phased out.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Major changes to Magic announced at SDCC? (New booster variants and premium styles)
    Would anybody be in favor of the return of Extended as a format?


    very much so actually. Longer life for cards for standard players? Much deeper deck variety? And standard is already pretty diverse... and it would solve some Arena problems as well after rotation. Great idea IMO.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Major changes to Magic announced at SDCC? (New booster variants and premium styles)
    Quote from Crypt Rat »
    I'm going to hazard a guess that this is related to supplemental products in some way becoming more than "supplemental".


    Its almost definitely this.

    (I hope)

    EDIT: I actually meant to post it would be about a new format or retroactive legality change to supplemental products. I'd like that, the formats now are not super accessible without massive secondary market investment
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Next set is called "Throne of Eldraine"
    I think this set will have rectangular shaped cards made of plasticized cardboard, be about 250 in number with commons, uncommons, rares and mythics and be sold in mylar wrappers for about $3.99 each. What do you think?

    !Remind me 1 day

    Quote from Amphetadex »
    Tbh, even though I do concede it's more of a long shot with the art style previewed, I find it funny most folks seem to assume medieval courts and royalty rules out a Viking plane. Nordic history includes at least a millennium of monarchy, and I could easily see a Nordic plane incorporating both vikings and medieval courts, because they're both very strong aspects of Nordic history that would stay within the regional source while providing greater in-plane diversity of setting and social groups.


    the stereotypical historical viking image is not one of diversity...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Next set is called "Throne of Eldraine"
    The spinner is pointing exactly between Venice (Fiora) and the English Countryside (Lorwyn).

    ... Strasbourg world confirmed
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  • posted a message on [RUMOR] The Commander 19 decks will be based on keywords
    I am also not a fan of morph but am ready to be convinced...

    When would previews start for this anyway? Will we get anything this weekend?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [RUMOR] The Commander 19 decks will be based on keywords
    Given the MARO flavor clues, and the removal of the sentences about themes, I'm assuming this is true. Hyped for madness commander, since Feather enabled weird pump spell plays I'm hoping they explore similar unique design space for this legend, and I hope they are RB.

    I think it's also safe to say that Madness (Cinnamon) is RB, and that Populate (Peppermint) makes the most sense as GW. One of the other decks must contain blue. Flashback would be a shoo-in as at least UB, since teachings is a fairly iconic spell and a useful reprint for pauper. In that case, with U, G and W represented the least, Morph could be that.

    This is obviously based on a lot of assumptions, and I know they don't distribute colours equally anymore, so here's my alternate theory: the Morph deck has a colorless/5c commander, ala Morophon and Golos. This would allow ALL morph spells to be included, and there is a lot of design space left for these types of commanders IMO. explicit Morph tribal is one thing, but it could also be color fixing for morph spells, reduced morph costs, reduced flip costs, buffs to facedown creatures, manifest opportunities, etc etc. There are some decent designs in this thread even.

    Note that the widespread desire for plane-based flavor is not off the table yet either. I think of Madness and Flashback as "iconically" Innistrad, Morph is pretty "iconically" Tarkir. There is still room for that sort of thing as well.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on New Sol Ring promo
    thanks for the update Smile
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on New Sol Ring promo
    I saw something on instagram about it having a six color wheel on the back? was that just BS?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Converting Guild Kits to EDH decks
    I like this idea, but if you're just powering up the battle box, shouldn't you just power up the battlebox, making less crap constructed decks rather than thematic but still crap EDH decks?

    Quote from Gashnaw II »
    Krenko, mob boss if from m13, but his flavor text states ravnica and his next incarnation was in the ravnica sets, so as long as the character depicted on teh card is CLEARLY a ravnica character, even if not a ravnica set card, it is legal.


    This has got my attention though. A list of all Ravnica cards, regardless of the set they were printed in. I don't know if this exists somewhere, and if it doesn't, we should make it.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Bag of Holding (Saving Throw Show Preview)
    I think its the opposite, see Karn for an example of not needing continuous control. Other copies of Karn allow it due to silver counters, and if he was worded differently it would function like this.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Shameless Solicitation - Best Of List
    This feels like a low-key character deep dive. You can tell so much about a player from their answers to these questions...

    Ramp: Smothering Tithe, Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis

    Removal: Profane Procession

    Tutors: Enlightened Tutor > the new group huggy one in the near future if I like it

    Draw: K&T again

    Graveyard Hate: Bojuka Bog

    Recursion: Haakon, Stromgald Scourge
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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