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  • posted a message on Secret Lair x The Walking Dead
    Quote from Phosphorus »
    So I've given it a couple of days of thought, and my conclusion is twofold:
    1. There are three-and-a-half major arguments for banning these in EDH.
    2. None of them hold up.

    2. "TWD doesn't belong in Magic, so we should ban it on principle."

    Ever since 1999, we have had an entire set pulled straight from another property: Portal: 3 Kingdoms. We have another one coming next year. Saying what aesthetically is "part of the game" and what isn't is entirely subjective and capricious: to use it as reasoning for a ban is dangerous. I have already seen reports of people excited to get in/back into the game with TWD as an impetus. Do we gatekeep them from using the cards that sparked their interest in one of the largest formats just because? I hope not.

    (As an aside, I started following the game back in OG Ravnica. The number of things I've seen described as "not belonging" in Magic by now is too long to count.)


    Argument 2 is the only one you need, I don't think you represented it correctly.

    First, I don't think your two examples of a precedent are very good. Portal: Three Kingdoms came out 20 years ago, and in case anyone forgot, wasn't tournament-legal for quite a while. It was a weird, ceremonial set that was never designed to be part of the Magic universe, and I wasn't particularly a fan of their decision to retroactively make it "real". But again, that wasn't their original intent, and it was 20 years ago, and it was based on an interesting and significant period in history. The Walking Dead is just a washed-up intellectual property with very little cultural weight.

    You also cite the D&D set that's coming out. I gotta say, I'm not a fan of that either. But Magic and D&D have a long history together, and if we have to have a crossover Magic set, D&D is about the only thing approaching acceptable. Again, I don't love it, but I hardly think opens up the door for Shrek and Iron Man Magic cards.

    Also, I'm not sure what your idea of something "not belonging" in Magic is. Do you mean stuff like Izzet sciencey cards or Kaladesh technology? Characters with no vowels in their name? Nothing I can think of comes close to just straight-up making cards for TV show characters. That's just on a completely different axis than anything else you could complain about not being Magicky enough.
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  • posted a message on Secret Lair x The Walking Dead
    I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. If it's "it ruins my immersion" then why are other, real-world, things allowed? (like Arabian Nights, Shakespeare quotes, or Frankenstein's Monster)

    I'm inclined to believe that people are upset about mechanically unique cards being limited-released, and, if that is the case, WHY ISN'T THE RESERVED LIST BANNED IN ALL FORMATS?

    I don't think you can compare stuff like Frankenstein's Monster to this. Yes, they shouldn't have made that card either. But the game was still new and they were still trying things out. Besides, Frankenstein (as well as Godzilla, I'd argue) are established, iconic elements of popular culture. I still don't like the Godzilla cards, but it's a hell of a lot better than just some TV trendy show that has well since peaked in popularity.

    As for the reserve list, I can see your point. But the reserve list seems like a painful compromise they came to. They should know better than to do anything like that again.
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  • posted a message on Secret Lair x The Walking Dead
    Wait, what? Is that card actually a legal Magic card?

    I didn't feel great about that Godzilla-only buy-a-box card, but a least it did technically have an actual MTG identity.

    If this is a real, tournament-legal Magic card, I actually find that pretty horrifying. I know people are quick to call something a "Jump the Shark" moment, but I've been playing Magic for almost 20 years and if there's ever been such a moment, it's this.
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  • posted a message on [2XM] The entire set is here
    Apprentice Wizard is an awesome reprint, and I love the art. Then I realized it's (almost) strictly worse than Palladium Myr. Oh well. Still cool.
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  • posted a message on [2XM] Magic online Twitter - Myr Retriever ITS PAUPER LEGAL NOW!
    Whoa, they can shift uncommons down to common?

    For real though, reprinting a $1 uncommon at common is pretty nice.
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  • posted a message on [2XM] Ravenous Trap and Savageborn Hydra
    To be fair, the card did peak around $6 last year, so maybe they thought it needed a reprint. But they also just reprinted it in Mystery Booster, so, uh, I got nothing. Absolutely no excuse to promote it to rare, since they've never done something like that to Path to Exile or Fatal Push. Even worse because the card doesn't even feel rare.

    Man, I feel bad for Card Kingdom for trying to hype up their previews.
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  • posted a message on [2XM] MagicTCG (reddit) - Skithiryx, the Blight dragon and Doomed Necromancer
    Should have called this Opposite Masters as they spoil each good monetary reprint with a 25 cent piece of garbage.
    Damn, I thought Doomed Necromancer was still worth a few bucks at least, but I forgot it has a commander 2019 reprint that's worth literally 25 cents.
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  • posted a message on [2XM] Karn Liberated and the Tron Lands— Gamespot previews
    Wow, that Mark Tedin art is amazing. I only wish they'd used the 8th edition bathysphere-with-arms art for Urza's Mine. The 9th edition art is pretty featureless.

    Also, I hope I'm the only one who actually likes the Karn art so I can get one cheap...
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  • posted a message on [M21] Rambunctious Mutt (MTG Facebook)
    Quote from Minoke »
    Well, Kor Sanctifiers is a disenchant on legs if you kick it. But this good boy won't turn on you and take out one of your own.
    Good point, I guess I didn't count that one because you do have to cast it, no reanimating or blinking.
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  • posted a message on [M21] Rambunctious Mutt (MTG Facebook)
    It's crazy, but this is actually the first ETB disenchant creature in white. Green has had loads of them at this point. Wish it had more of a Reclamation Sage body than Indrik Stomphowler, but it's not bad.
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  • posted a message on [M21] Frantic inventory (trustedreviews)
    Quote from the n00b king »
    I've always a hard time wrapping my head around this thing.

    So if you cast this, do you draw 2? Because it counts itself no? If the spell checks the grave for copies upon resolution, wouldn't the card itself be in the grave at that time?


    Since this is a core set, it would have been nice to have reminder text that spells are still on the stack until they finish resolving. I know wizards is scared of the word "stack", but they probably should have had some clarification here.
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  • posted a message on [M21] Idol of endurance - Sebastian pozzo
    Nice combo with Trophy Mage, they both can get each other!
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Brokkos, Apex of Forever / Bio-Quartz Spacegodzilla
    See, you can fit five words on the type line! So why couldn't you have made Golos, Tireless Pilgrim a golem?
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  • posted a message on 1/13/20 Bannings
    Quote from user-11102155 »
    so they ban a 2 card win combo (karn and lattice) that costs 10 mana (usually) in total, that can basically go of turn 4 in ideal situations

    now we have a 2 card win combo (heliod and balista) that costs 9 mana (usually) in total, that can basically go of turn 4 in ideal situations
    AND WE WAIT AND SEE ? thank you wizards... guess i gotta cancel gp brussels...
    Keep in mind Karn/Lattice is actually a 1-card combo, and it's colorless.
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  • posted a message on [THB] Guardian of Skofos' Labyrinth — Vandal preview
    Quote from Ritokure »
    Also, if you want to jank it up, you can enchant the Labyrinth with cards like Racecourse Fury and start picking off your opponent's board.


    Damn, I just did a Scryfall search for "enchanted land has" and felt really proud about sharing that exact card! There are others that work, but at 1 mana in the same color it's clearly the best.
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