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  • posted a message on Something Throne seems to be getting right...
    Well, Oko probably shouldn't have a Beast Within mode but I guess they'll use the "Well, Blue does Polymorph effects, so it's technically allowed." That is a pretty convenient defense but it still doesn't excuse the fact MaRo endlessly rails against that sort of thing but then turns around and lets them do it over and over again.

    After nearly two decades of MaRo's shifting stances (sometimes total 180's) on all kinds of color pie stuff, I have a hard time taking much of it seriously anymore, tbh. They do whatever the hell they want here and then usually justify it after the fact on the basis of "We needed to make Limited/Creative work." Maybe that's enough and I'm just being crabby.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [ELD] ashlizzlle previews cards - a enchantment and equipment
    I'll be honest I'm rapidly beoming not a fan of having some requisite number of colored artifacts in every single set now. It feels completely unnecessary on this equipment for example. Making this card artifact and black just feels like an answer seeking a question to me.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] the professors preview (tolarian community college) - Realm-Cloaked Giant
    This card is just fine. It's not busted no but either half of it are at least reasonably playable in a game of Magic. No, probably not in Standard or in Modern. The flavor is great. He's so big he wears the entire battlefield like a cloak so whenver he takes it off, everyone dies. Great design.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] Mothership spoilers 9/16— Queen Linden and her retinue
    Quote from BlackWaltz3 »
    She's a pretty obvious plant for Theros..


    Linden's sword has some visual elements that also remind me of Elspeth's sword. Two white lights in the hilt..



    Theros plant, you say? How Suspicious...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Next 4 sets + other mechanic from eldraine
    Today I realized that Adventure is being introduced (and tested) now so that they can repurpose it and bring it back again for Zendikar Rising.. Unibrow (It's "Adventure World", right?)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ikoria speculation
    I have a feeling it will involve some kind of 'build your own monster' Host/Augment mechanic a-la Unstable. Innovation products are a playground for trying out black-bordered stuff in future sets..

    Call it a hunch. Sneaky
    Posted in: Baseless Speculation
  • posted a message on [CUBE][ELD] Rankle, Master of Pranks
    Oddly, my group has never once drafted Braids or Smokestack. Shrugs Guess I'll keep looking.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Next 4 sets + other mechanic from eldraine
    Zendikar Rising is *100%* the 3rd set they planned for BFZ/OGW block before they blew up 3-set blocks.

    I'm going to call several shots here.. It will involve Animating lands. Man-lands, "Lands Matters" mechanics including Awaken. Elementals will be a major tribe. (solely b/c all Man lands are..yep..Elementals)

    Storyline, the way they were setting things up mechanically, it sure felt like they intended it to be Zendikar *literally* coming to life and defeating the Eldrazi on its own behalf. Literally, the plane of Zendikar would come to life and repel the alien invaders itself. To save iteslf in a way other planes could not. That part is gone (mostly or entirely, depending on how many Eldrazi still remain) but I think the rest probably remains.

    Mark my words, peeps.. This set was already built; they're taking it out of mothballs and putting it out next year. I've been waiting for this ever since OGW. STOKED!! Jam
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Bragging rights - what cards did WotC steal from you?
    Our playgroup created a Lovecraftian-themed set about 10 years ago. When Wizards made their own HPL-themed set (Eldritch Moon), they put this SAME GUY in there. That was pretty awesome. EEK!

    And here is source material that inspired both cards: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/ec.aspx
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Next 4 sets + other mechanic from eldraine
    Well, Kaiju world will probably have Kiora on it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [CUBE][ELD] Rankle, Master of Pranks
    Just found my replacement for Braids, Cabal Minion.. Sweet.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [C19][CUBE] Ohran Frostang
    Quote from LucidVision »
    Uhhh I think this is definitely better than ohran viper


    Frostfang has a much higher ceiling but depends on your board state (and then your opponent's board state as well) for it to typically reach that ceiling. Otherwise, he's a 5-mana 2/ 6 (at least on your turn). I just like Viper as a stand-along threat.

    To be honest, it's probably a bit of a waste of time to compare them at all. While one is obv a riff on the other one, flavor-wise, they really are completely different cards and have very different roles to play in whatever deck wants to run them. One is a midrange aggro/tempo (slightly outclassed these days) and the other is more of a go-wide/aggro/top-of-curve finisher.

    I also definitely hate the art, if such things matter at all. I can't believe someone approved this ridiculous thing.

    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [C19][CUBE] Ohran Frostang
    The original version is a far better cube card than this and doesn't quite make the cut in most cubes as-is..

    Strong pass for me, honestly.

    Not seeing much of anything I'm interested in from C19, honestly. Still working through the deck lists though.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [C19][CUBE] Ohran Frostang
    That's a bit hard to follow. Shrugs

    What is your actual complaint here? That this snow creature somehow shouldn't be snow?

    Or you don't like the fact that this card is snow but that other recent cards that obviously could be 'Snow' but somehow weren't?

    Or is it just the overall inconsistency itself between various sets? I'll allow there definitely is inconsistency there but I'll just as quickly argue it is 100% justified and wise to do this.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Next set is called "Throne of Eldraine"
    Eugh... Being unwilling to make obscure references because they are obscure is not a good sign. Sure, you have to make sure to resonate with your larger audience, but part of the point of delving into something like European fairytales is just that: delving. You get into some weird interesting stuff pretty fast, and that's what's cool about it.


    History suggest otherwise. This is not at all what happened with Kamigawa. They went pretty deep. Most casual observers just found it strange and stayed away.

    They did do a better job in Amonkhet though. They also didn't go quite so deep there. I'd probably expect something more like that.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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