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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    posted a message on Immolation Mask
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    - If I remove this mask, would you die?
    - It will be extremely painful.

    Lock we're done here
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    posted a message on Coldhide(?) Golem (Spanish Twitter)
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    posted a message on Kaya's Guile BBD preview
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    As happy as I am with the card, Kaya as a character seems to be forced almost as if they’re trying to make her a main protagonist post WAR.

    Oath of Kaya didn't clue you into that?
    How is Kaya in ANY way different from the other silly, designed-by-committee protagonists they've crammed into the Jacetice League... ahem... Magic Avengers... ahem... Gatewatch? Every. Last. One of them is New Coke.

    (Except Ajani.)

    There's a pretty glaring différance here, let's be honest.

    She has a neat character design and her ongoing plot so far at least lends itself to maybe developing flaws and hangups. This is a big step compared to previous characters, who conform to archetypes and don't really have personalities at all. Ixalan stories were better than the norm for the same reason. That's all we can really hope for, regardless of the character's color, mana or otherwise.
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    posted a message on Bazaar Trademage
    on a 3/4??! what the...
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    posted a message on Ranger-Captain of Eos - TCGPlayer Spoiler

    I'm actually really mad about this.
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    posted a message on [Unofficial/Leak] Modern Horizons Buy-a-Box and Second Promo
    the set symbol looks so much like MTGO "vintage masters"...

    EDIT: the "astral drift" is actually awesome! hopefully we get a decree or two, or maybe even better versions!!
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