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  • posted a message on Rumors of Hasbro prepping Wizards of the Coast for a 2021 sale

    If I understand the highlighted text above, Franchise Gaming Brands (e.g. - Magic, Monopoly and presumably others) represented $537.7MM in revenue in 2016. That's 10% of their total revenue and a third of their total gaming portfolio.

    On top of that...

    Seems pretty illogical that they would move a cornerstone of their gaming portfolio that they simultaneously describe as a "competitive differentiator".

    But of all things that make me skeptical of a looming sale, it seems counterintuitive that they would dump millions into Arena just to move it. You would think they would sell prior to making that capital investment with the idea that the buyer could make that investment themselves.
    Posted in: Baseless Speculation
  • posted a message on Rumors of Hasbro prepping Wizards of the Coast for a 2021 sale
    Can we take a moment to congratulate this thread on being a real and true rumor; the first of its kind in this "rumor mill" in a while. Grin
    Posted in: Baseless Speculation
  • posted a message on Rumors of Hasbro prepping Wizards of the Coast for a 2021 sale
    If they are sold, I hope they go to a privately-held entity. Publicly-owned companies are so much more likely to gut things.
    Posted in: Baseless Speculation
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    This was a great story!
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on 2018 Summer Set Release Date Moved Up 1 Week
    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/core-set-2019-release-date-changed-2018-01-15

    Look, it's our 25th Anniversary and the return of the core set. You could excuse us for getting a little excited. So excited, in fact, that we're moving the release date of Core Set 2019 up a week to July 13, 2018. It was previously announced as July 20, 2018.

    That moves up many of the previously announced dates for Core Set 2019 as well. The new dates are as follows:

    Open House: June 30–July 1, 2018
    Prerelease Weekend: July 7–8, 2018
    Draft Weekend: July 14–15, 2018
    Magic Online Launch: July 9, 2018
    On Sale in Magic Online: July 13, 2018
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Rivals of Ixalan Pre-release, how did you do?
    My day was crazy as it was entirely defined by Profane Procession. In my morning, PvP event, all three of my opponents had it - and drew it! - in every game I played. It was freaking insane. My card pool had zero enchantment hate so I was basically screwed. I only managed one game win in that 3-match series thanks to a hexproof flier.

    In my afternoon, 2HG event, I opened up 2 Profane Processions and proceeded to draw one of them in all three rounds - and both of them in my second round. We went 3-0 on its back.

    That card is dumb.
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Quannage »
    Can you imagine Bolas as the best man at the Jace/Vraska wedding?
    Imagine the embarrassing best man speech he'd give...

    If it's even half as good as the conversation he had with the Gatewatch, I'd pay money to attend the wedding.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Emelica »
    Looks like they missed the perfect opportunity to print a card called 'Defenestrate'.

    Didn't they already print it? Wink
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on MTGStocks - changing of the guard?
    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    Been seeing some positive changes and some odd behavior (lack of behavior, actually) at the site.

    Now for the "Interests" tab, they show the "Market Price" and "Market Foil Price" of cards, which I feel is a good move, as they may be (partially, sorta/kinda) responsible (yes, I was duped too) to the price-jump freak-outs during last summer. Now we can tell what the asking price jumps are compared to the selling price jumps.

    The odd behavior (or lack of behavior) is puzzling to me, so hoping someone here can help shed light on what is going on. Since as long as I can remember, I had enjoyed my Friday mornings reading the weekly analysis (The Week in Magic), w/ the top movers in regards to market jumps, Foils of the Week!, Cheap Pick Ups for the Week!, Conversation of the Week! and The Best Commander Card You're Not Playing! This was written by Jeremy Lichtenberger. Then the Friday weekly update stopped on November 2nd. Then a new writer came aboard 2 weeks later, Arjen, writing about "Telegram: Using Magic in Chat." I wasn't following what this "changing of the guards" was for and what direction the site was now taking. 2 weeks later after the Nov. 14 the Arjen article, there still is nothing on Friday.

    Anyone know what's going on? Did Jeremy just decide to stop wring his Friday article? Did he quit w/ Arjen taking over? What was Arjin's article about, exactly (if it can be summoned up, that would be cool).

    Thanks for any info.

    By the way, here's a link to the main page, where the Friday articles are (typically) listed: www.mtgstocks.com

    FYI

    https://www.mtgstocks.com/news/185

    Like I promised in the Weekly Winners, in this short article I'll explain a little about our plans with Weekly Winners.

    First of all, it is nice to be back and to write articles again. But before getting your hopes up, I'll need to explain a little.

    Why Weekly Winners were gone

    In 2016 I signed a book deal with a large publisher in The Netherlands, and the writing process took so much of my time I decided I could no longer write the Weekly Winners. Quality went down, readership was stable though, but the responses on the articles lessened. I had to make choices, this was a hard but necessary one.

    Why 'This week in Magic' is gone

    Jeremy Lichtenberger landed a sweet promotion at this work and for the same reason: time, he made the same choice as I did before: to stop writing and start focussing on his professional job. We all enjoyed Jeremy's articles and are sad he stopped writing. But I'm sure he will find his way back to us one day!

    Why Weekly Winners is back

    To be short: my good friend Arjen asked me to. MTGStocks.com is a hobby project. For him, for me, and also for other good friends in our Magic playgroup. I'm the only person who cannot write code, and the only one that is able to crash anything Arjen programs, accidentally, just by clicking the wrong thing. But I have other qualifications: I can write text. Stories. Articles. So here I am. I hope you enjoy them!

    Trial Period

    Like I wrote in the lead of the Weekly Winners. I'm back for now. My return with the Weekly Winners is a trial period. You see, after the publication of my book, I got so much response, my company is doing great! I'm a professional consultant, trainer and writer and I head my own (small) consultancy firm. This gives me the freedom to do whatever the heck I want. But mostly I want to work.

    Arjen's (and my) wish is that when we start with the Weekly Winners we have a steady flow of content. An article you can depend upon. That you, as a reader can depend upon. And to be honest, I'm not sure if I can deliver. And I know that our readers to appreciate reliability.

    Before, I sometimes skipped a week. This always resulted in disappointment. I got PM's on Reddit, DM's on Twitter or even e-mails from readers. One reaction really stood out, (and also made me a little bit proud to be honest) this one guy said: "please understand that the only thing that gets me trough my miserable friday at work, is finding a fresh Weekly Winners in the morning". Well, to that guy, and all (less miserable) other readers: Weekly Winners is back. I'm going to try to make it work.

    https://www.mtgstocks.com/news/186

    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Rivals of Ixalan up on Gatherer
    Quote from Werewolf_Rawr »
    Yeah...I don’t mean to be a buzzkill but really, why do these threads still get made?

    I’m genuinely curious, who does this benefit anymore?
    It's a traditional time of the season to make fun of Wizards for failing at a fundamental level to maintain the most useful part of their site.

    You know, just like the traditional complaining about MTGO clients whenever another digital product gets announced. It's bringing the community together. Smile


    It still amazes me that WOTC is so inept at the internet.

    I think a lot of companies started moving away from comment management due to the cruel nature of many of those mediums.
    It's not easy work to keep a comment system clean of spam and general asshattery.

    I'd like to see them pull in something like Disqus or another 3rd party comment manager so that they don't have to deal with the headache but we could still comment and updoot stuff.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Rivals of Ixalan up on Gatherer
    Quote from Werewolf_Rawr »
    Yeah...I don’t mean to be a buzzkill but really, why do these threads still get made?

    I’m genuinely curious, who does this benefit anymore?

    I forgot about this and was glad to see the reminder. I scrape Gatherer for my playgroup's card database and like to have that done before the prerelease for each set.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Full spoiler up
    Quote from schnerbst »
    Well actually, they're not at all going to a 1-set model. They are going to an x-set model, where they can extend their block to whatever length they want. Dominaria will we a 1-set block, but I doubt that will be the default from thereon out. So all they have to avoid is putting parasitic mechanics in 1-set blocks, and all will be fine.

    I think the most important distinction is that limited will always be a one-set format under their new plan, even if they make multiple, consecutive sets in the same plane.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Wizards' Set Feedback Survey Link From Facebook
    As usual, Wizards has posted a set survey link through Facebook. More input is always better than less, so fill this out if you have a few minutes:

    http://spr.ly/6182DK6pE

    Thumbs Up
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Wayward Swordtooth
    Wow that land ability is real
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 4 Pirates cards from Player.One
    Quote from SaprazZANY »
    As if Dinos really needed hosing Frown

    Based on past standards where bannings were needed, maybe it's best to err on the side of too many hosers.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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