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  • posted a message on [Primer] Green Nykthos Devotion (includes Tooth & Nail)
    Quote from Rendroc »
    Hey so I was looking up decks with Planebound Accomplice and I see that some people were trying to go infinite with mana producing Walkers, like Chandra, ToD and Garruk Wildspeaker and Cloudstone curio. This reminded me of CurdBros’ lists. Then I thought maybe there’s a green devotion list running accomplice that could be an option. Perhaps just a R/G list.

    The only Planebound Accomplice Modern decks I've seen with tournament results had their only planeswalkers be Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast for cheating in Emrakul, the Aeons Torn with. Granted, they were RG Ponza lists that had Obosh, the Preypiercer as their Companion.
    Posted in: Big Mana
  • posted a message on Double masters - full art John Avon basics
    The Mothership already brings up the VIP Edition John Avon full-art basics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/introducing-double-masters-vip-edition-2020-07-17
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Banned and restricted announcement July 13th
    Quote from EonAon »
    I dont get the astrolabe ban. Admittedly I haven't played in quite some time but aren't there other filter artifacts out there. Is it the one drop, the card draw, or all three that made this too powerful?

    It's all three. Prophetic Prism isn't good enough for Modern nowadays, as it costs 1 mana too much despite otherwise doing the same things as Arcum's Astrolabe. Non-cantrip mana colour filters are a waste of Turn 1 and of mana (part of why Rosethorn Acolyte sees no play in Modern, the other part is that the creature half isn't good enough for Modern, either).

    I guess Wizards hits the panic button whenever a deck reaches a mere 55% win rate across the non-mirror board. Dang, from tournament results, I thought Modern was safe enough to get an unban this round.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Upcoming stuff in magic
    Quote from Xcric »
    hard to be excited about some of these.

    they can't balance the game as it is, so making ultra powerful cards that aren't allowed in your deck right off the bat is going to end up completely broken.

    Research // Development lets you shuffle sideboard cards into your library and doesn't see play (except just maybe in casual). Assuming the only way to get "forbidden" cards into the game remains shuffling them into your library, a la some of the playtest cards letting you create token cards and shuffle them into your library, I think they're more likely to be unplayably bad than broken, even if you get to shuffle in 4 Time Walks. The chance that you draw any one card of a full playset, assuming you don't have any of that playset in your opening hand, is deceptively low.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Upcoming stuff in magic
    The "cards that can't go in your deck" remind me of the token cards mentioned in the playtest cards. Given the insane power level of the cards alluded to in the "cards that can't go in your deck" section and the token cards (e.g. Time Walk), this makes sense.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Scavenging Ooze reprint— Noxious preview
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Haha not only uro and kroxa decks are a goner now it's another money reprint

    Ooze actually doesn't have a firm hold in Modern right now, and Uro decks there are making out like bandits...and actually still were while Lurrus Jund decks were popular and the Jund decks' Ooze numbers went up. Kroxa is also reasonably popular in Modern despite Ooze and other vicious graveyard hate, although both of them having ETB triggers and reasonable converted mana costs also helps the Titans.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Core Set Magic 2021 Previews: Modern Discussion
    Speaking of Conspicuous Snoop, it's capable of a Turn 3 infinite combo if it's not summoning sick and you play Boggart Harbinger:
    1. Harbinger tutors for Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
    2. Snoop taps to make a Snoop copy with Haste, which taps to make a Snoop copy with Haste, etc.
    3. The last Snoop copy taps to make a Harbinger copy
    4. Harbinger copy tutors for Sling-Gang Lieutenant/Mogg Fanatic
    5. Snoop copies sacrifice themselves for infinite damage/life loss
    Goblin Matron can enable a Turn 4 infinite combo if you have it instead of Harbinger.
    A drawn Kiki-Jiki can copy Harbinger/Matron/Goblin Ringleader until you get the combo.
    If Sling-Gang is on the battlefield, there's always getting lucky with a Snoop with Kiki-Jiki on top.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [M21] Core Set Magic 2021 Previews: Modern Discussion
    Quote from Quamobrem »
    Could Chandra's Incinerator be viable in Burn? It seems very easy to make it cost just R.

    Nah--Skewer the Critics has cost 3 mana shockingly often, and Chandra's Incinerator is too expensive for Burn at 3 mana if you get Spectacle active with only 1 burn spell.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [M21] "Selfless Rescue Dog"— VGTime preview
    Quote from boombox_smk »
    Quote from Lectrys »
    Quote from m_pathogen »
    That is one pushed pooch.

    Given that they won't give Standard or Pioneer Benevolent Bodyguard, yes, this seems pushed. (I'm assuming the translation is correct here: I've seen some bad translations in the Rumor Mill for this set, with anything from missed information to outright unbelievable card names.)

    Of course, the final thing Wizards could have done to push this harder would be to make it grant hexproof instead of indestructible. Targeted exile, -X/-Y, and tuck effects are still too common.


    You could always do the translations for us. Wink

    Give me half an hour and an exclusive preview nobody else will post first and I just might. "Whale Whale" was a TERRIBLE translation given that none of the words in that card's name were repeated and only the last word was in the creature type section.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] See the Truth (NGA.CN)
    Yup, this card also works with Abbot of Keral Keep's card-flipping trigger.

    As someone who tried Strategic Planning in Modern UR Storm, though, sorcery speed and 2 cmc arguably more than compensate for dumping cards in the graveyard instead of the library, which is why Strategic Planning saw barely any play in UR Storm and I don't see this card getting into UR Storm.

    The flavour text seems pretty stupid, though (on the bright side, its translation actually looks reasonable, unlike some other Chinese translations of previews of this set I've seen). This man cannot see that the answer right in front of his nose is the present.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Elder Garganoth— hobbyjapan.co.jp/cardgamer preview
    And over in Modern, removal is so brutal that all we can say about this creature is "at least it doesn't die to Bolt, Fatal Push, or Dismember" because all the stronger removal spells will give it the boot before you can get any benefit from it. And they will have stronger removal spells by then because this guy is 5 cmc.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] "Selfless Rescue Dog"— VGTime preview
    Quote from m_pathogen »
    That is one pushed pooch.

    Given that they won't give Standard or Pioneer Benevolent Bodyguard, yes, this seems pushed. (I'm assuming the translation is correct here: I've seen some bad translations in the Rumor Mill for this set, with anything from missed information to outright unbelievable card names.)

    Of course, the final thing Wizards could have done to push this harder would be to make it grant hexproof instead of indestructible. Targeted exile, -X/-Y, and tuck effects are still too common.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Core Set Magic 2021 Previews: Modern Discussion
    We have some spicy cards on the horizon.

    I needed Containment Priest several sets ago--trashing Collected Company would have been more valuable some meta shifts ago. At least it shuts off Finale of Devastation, Aether Vial, Dredge creature recursion, and friends.

    I have a feeling Grim Tutor will enable at least one midrange-combo or combo-control deck into tournament Top 8 levels.

    Fierce Empath might end up enabling something, too. At the very least, Nykthos Green will love it.

    Necromentia is basically Unmoored Ego that doesn't need blue mana. Sideboards are going to love it.

    Shame none of the new planeswalkers look all that playable.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [M21] Necromentia
    This doesn't need blue mana, unlike Unmoored Ego. Booyah! It's rare to snipe cards out of hands with this type of card, anyway. Shame you can't point this at yourself and name Eternal Scourge, though.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Test card speculation for all sets
    Weaponized Scrap's Upgrade ability looks an awful lot like Mutate.
    Posted in: Speculation
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