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  • posted a message on I love legacy so much
    Quote from The Fluff »
    The other problem is finding people to play with.

    Magic Online is your best bet for Legacy if you don't have a good local scene. It's also not shackled by the reserve list, so prices are significantly lower than in paper.
    Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
  • posted a message on Some Observations on the Evolution of MTG Lingo
    Traditionally, when Johnny gets involved, it's to come up with the idea or core interaction, while Spike makes the deck tournament-viable. Johnny's brew becomes Spike's rogue deck.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Some Observations on the Evolution of MTG Lingo
    I've always seen the gap between homebrews and rogue decks to be one of performance. Any DIY decklist is a brew, but brews that can go toe-to-toe with the metagame are rogue decks. I've found this to be easier in modern than standard, where you can get away with some off-the-wall stuff.


    It helps that larger formats are easier to attack. Ultimately it's more helpful to think of it in terms of "Timmy and Johnny brew, while Spike pilots a rogue deck." More a statement on the nature/intentions of the deck than its results per se.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [UMA] - Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Quote from RxPhantom »
    I agree with a lot of the consternation here. What would really sell me on this set is rarity downgrades. I want all the rares to be straight fire, and most of the uncommons to be downshifted rares.


    Or even just downshifting some uncommons to commons for Pauper purposes.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Legacy v Modern
    Quote from drakeavril »
    What prompts a modern player to eventually trade their modern staples for legacy staples?


    Stability in both price and value is a huge part. Modern staples are far more open to getting reprinted, which means you can buy in at a few hundred dollars and have that be worth a few dozen in a year or two. And this isn't even a "Magic finance" thing, but something players of non-rotating formats seriously have to consider for if/when it comes time to sell out of the game.

    Also, Legacy is the far more diverse and interesting format, so it's got that going for it too.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on 2 new newbies looking to get into MTG
    The thing about Pauper is that the power level of that format is actually very high, and if you're unprepared, you can get blown out without realizing it (obviously, casual decks solve this problem, but at that point you may as well play freeform with the Legacy and Modern ban lists). Burn gets most of its most useful Legacy tools, while Tron more or less auto-wins the long game and Affinity can Fling a 21/22 Atog at you out of nowhere.

    If you can find them, Duel Decks are usually created to be somewhat balanced against each other, and tend to be good for beginners.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Is the sky really falling this time? Or another case of a Magic slump?
    Shouldn't prize support be the bulk of your draft winnings anyway?

    Also:

    Quote from Hermes_ »
    With rumors of Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro entering the Singles Market for Magic: The Gathering
    what rumors and where?
    It was from UnsleevedMedia / TheQuartering on YouTube.


    How quickly we forget that source is not exactly trustworthy.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The new Niv-Mizzet, Parum card seems grossly overpowered
    Quote from void_nothing »
    it's a go-to finisher for Burn.dek in many formats


    Outside of EDH and casual, traditional X spells tend not to be very good even if they have uncounterability riders attached. Burn is many things, but it's not traditionally a deck that overlaps with ramp (which, along with control, is the archetype that would actually want a big finisher) seeing as most incarnations don't want to have more than 4-5 lands out, maximum.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Censorship in the art?
    Quote from Mana Goat »
    You know, I honestly wonder why this game is moving towards being more conservative, especially the humans, when some of the popular stuff on TV can go full on graphic like Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead. It clearly shows that a mature consumer base has no true problem with sexy and bloody so long as there is an engaging plot.

    Being more conservative would by definition mean being opposed to art style changes. What you're looking for instead of "conservative" is "inclusive," because shows like Game of Thrones are in fact noted for the violence and nudity being gratuitous rather than necessary. Since there's no particular need for Magic art to be fanservicey, the game loses nothing by adopting styles that don't passive-aggressively reinforce hostile atmospheres.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Overcosted CMC?
    Merfolk is fine in Legacy. It's a bit niche but it can run decks right over with raw tempo if necessary. And of course some decks just have no outs to a resolved True-Name Nemesis. It's not a high-tier deck but it does well enough in the hands of dedicated players.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Censorship in the art?
    Quote from Fall »
    There wasn't some specific complaint made, it's just a gradual ethos shift away from it from within the company. It's not new, either. The last five years has shown a big inclusiveness effort but it's been happening since very early on.


    Similar is happening within the broader industry, as well. Awareness of social issues is higher than it's ever been, and gaming isn't the "boys' club" it was in the 90s. It'd be pretty baffling if Earthbind was reprinted with the same art today, and the important thing to keep in mind is this is the result of a gradual shift rather than solely being the decision of one company. Basically, Wizards is following the trend, not setting it.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Overcosted CMC?
    Blue creatures are not going to be able to compete with Green creatures for efficiency.


    Green's creatures actually tend to be pretty inefficient as a whole. It's basically the colour that tries to play fair (i.e. through the battlefield rather than through the stack) without realizing that every other colour plays unfairly to some degree or another. It's a fundamental flaw in R&D's view of the game that something like Hornet Queen can be seen as an egregiously terrible break in the colour pie (despite being largely unplayable outside of EDH), while Delver of Secrets is met with "well it involves instants and sorceries and that's blue's thing and it's not really that big of a deal if it's format-warpingly powerful."
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Legacy Ban List Discussion Thread (Read OP before Posting)
    Haha and a serious question from a modern player. So why is Mind Twist on the list? T1, ritual, ritual, mind twist, you're down 3 cards, opponent's down 4 cards. Or can you do more nasty things with it?


    It's a relic ban from the time this format was Type 1.5 instead of Legacy, basically. There's no way to abuse Mind Twist in any serious capacity, since you'll almost always be better running Hymn to Tourach (along with Snapcaster if you're so inclined) if you want multiple random discards. Or even Rise // Fall though that one's a lot harder to make the mana for now that DRS is gone. If you want to run yourself out of gas to strip your opponent's hand, then cool, but it'd be fiendishly inconsistent at the best of times, since only one Ritual means you're casting for X=2 and thus you're down an extra card basically to Hymn your opponent a turn early.

    Even if the game goes long, you're more likely just going to catch a bunch of sandbagged lands or something than anything of value.
    Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Legacy Ban List Discussion Thread (Read OP before Posting)
    So... like Brainstorm? We'd see a lot more colour diversity if that happened, I tell you what.
    Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Legacy Ban List Discussion Thread (Read OP before Posting)
    This is some real reactionary, Modern-tier banning philosophy right here.

    It's also why I hate the idea of "sacred cow" cards like Brainstorm that should be banned by literally every metric other than "players like it too much to ban it" existing alongside cards that, it seems, inevitably get banned simply to shake up the format.

    Oh and dumb crap like Mind Twist is still on the list. What a gong show.
    Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
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