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  • posted a message on What are some former heavy hitters that no longer pull their weight? What about old unsung heroes that are the hot ticket today?
    Eternal Dragon used to be seen in a lot of lists, but it is terrible nowadays... Same with Simic Sky Swallower. There's the obvious tuck removal, like Spin into Myth and Condemn. The thing that gets me most is how streamlined the commanders have become, so that many fun or silly ones can't be used in mid-power or higher games; I used to get a lot of mileage out of my Commander Eesha voltron deck, for example, but there's very few effective low-speed voltron strategies at tables in my area, and they tend to be card advantage engines instead.

    On the other hand I've played against multiple Maze's End decks recently, and rarely a game goes by where I don't see Mind Stone, which I think is rather subpar for a 2cmc ramp artifact, compared to some new alternatives.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [IKO] Sean Plott - Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy
    finally, a birds tribal edh general!!!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C20] Hipster of the Coast - Manascape refractor
    idk man this seems insane. I'm definitely using it for thespian stage shenanigans.

    Quote from FlossedBeaver »
    Nykthos, Itlimoc/Cradle, Serra’s Sanctum. White can use this with sanctum, Nykthos, etc to ramp rather well.

    The only downside is we already had Mirage mirror which feels a little more versatile. I prefer this personally though


    Too bad Arixmethes doesn't have more activated abilities, eh?


    so any aura that can enchant creatures will be copied by this as long as the creature is also a land?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Alleged Ikoria Box Toppers, leaked from a brazilian LGS
    so, if real, these are official "cosplay" versions of existing cards? I mean, that's cool. I've built edh decks with characters in mind (Urabrask makes everyone move so fast that your opponents look slow = The Flash themed deck) and this is just an official version of that. Why not ?
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths delayed due to the virus
    but it was a card specific discount via ebay that may have been spurred by WotC even as they knew they would be pushing back the release date.


    this quote is A M A Z I N G.

    it'll be weird playing with them in digital form for ages before they are released physically. I wonder whether this will have an impact on singles prices on the secondary market, since we'll actually have a decent amount of time to figure out what is good through practice rather than theory. This is a neat experiment imo, and potentially fuel to the "digital only soon" conspirators.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Gavin Verhey's Ikoria Commander Hints
    Quote from Avatarof »

    Cycle of cards that is a reimagining of an old,popular multplayer cycle




    What can this be other than Hunted Lamasu and friends?



    EDIT: I really like Gavin. I do not like Maro at all. they radiate similar energy but Gavin's positivity just feels so much more genuine and less like an affectation masking arrogance.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair - Thalia, Guardian of Thraben leaked
    good art, love the character, would fit perfectly in my cubes and complete sets... But I am NOT supporting lootbox BS financially, sorry Wizards.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [UND] All 16 new cards and the decklists.
    underdome - costs, does that include mana? so I can use it to cast stuff as well as pay activated abilities? or?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Judge Promos starting in 2020
    Love the symbol.

    but lol waaah there are WOMZ in it :'(
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • 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
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