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  • posted a message on Voidflames - U/R Board Wipe
    I was evaluating cards for a cube and realized that there are no U/R board wipes, so designed this:

    Voidflame XXUR
    Sorcery {R}
    Voidflame deals X damage to each creature. If a creature dealt damage this way would die, exile it instead.
    Return all creatures that took damage from Voidflame to their owners' hand.
    Summoned creatures return home when you hit them hard enough, but if you can burn away the connection before they get there...
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Angrath is a minotaur planeswalker
    Quote from Manite »
    Venser is a dead planeswalker.
    Correction: Venser is just dead. Elspeth will likely be re-encountered as a dead Planeswalker.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Announcing Magic The Gathering: Arena
    Quote from cuss »
    I know this is marketing speeches but:

    "We want popular MTG Arena streams to consistently be among the most-viewed streams on Twitch. We want players to eagerly anticipate MTG Arena draft nights with their friends around the world. We want pro players' competitive ladder matches to be watched with the same fervor as a Grand Prix."

    (from https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/everything-you-need-know-about-magic-gathering-arena-2017-09-07)

    This is where the Frontier (or whatever it's called) starts to my eyes. Ixalan.

    See you in three year time to check if I'm right or wrong Smile
    I said (essentially) the same thing in the "other" thread three days ago...
    Quote from Jhyrryl »
    Since MtGA will focus on Standard, and specifically it looks like they'll be starting with the Ixalan rotation...I'm making a bet that they are already planning a new Legacy format that only includes cards available in MtGA, so starting with Kaladesh.
    I expect MtGO to continue as is, in order to be the place where Vintage, Legacy, Modern, Commander, Pauper, Cube, etc. are all played, except that Post-Modern "Arena" versions are inevitable, given enough demand. And the demand will most definitely be there.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Announcing Magic The Gathering: Arena
    Quote from MTG_Crucible »
    I'd really hope that they would do what Pokemon do and reward you for buying physical product by giving you the digital product code with it but I can't see WOTC being so generous.
    That would be absolutely awesome, and what's more, there's no reason that digital product from MTGO couldn't also do the same, in order to continue supporting Legacy formats that the Arena team doesn't have to worry about.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Magic Digital Next reveals Arena
    Since MtGA will focus on Standard, and specifically it looks like they'll be starting with the Ixalan rotation...I'm making a bet that they are already planning a new Legacy format that only includes cards available in MtGA, so starting with Kaladesh.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Uhh I think wizards has a problem on their hand (Ixalan)
    I <sarcasm>love</sarcasm> that people are advocating for ruining someone's life over this. Wow.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Un-Set 3 Unstable


    vs.



    One says that it's legal in Vintage / Commander; the other does not. I'm sure noone will be surprised that every non-basic card from Unglued and Unhinged excludes legality options for anything other than Un-Sets.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Un-Set 3 Unstable
    I keep thinking about possible themes for an Un- Masterpiece series (previously in this thread I suggested Justifications)...but it just hit me, they can literally be anything, because:

    • Expeditions
    • Inventions
    • Invocations
    • Un-ions
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Un-Set 3 Unstable
    The naysayers will play it. They'll have fun. And they'll still complain despite getting more value than spending the same amount of money on most DC movies.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on And the Spring 2018 set is Dominaria
    Quote from Boreez »
    The question is - what really defines Dominaria? We'll see a bunch of recognizable place names, but from a game mechanic perspective, what can they do to make this feel like old-school Dominaria and not a NWO layer laid on top of familiar names?
    There is nothing that mechanically defines Dominaria (except over-the-top mana, maybe). It's all about classic, RPG-style fantasy. That's what people loved so much about pre-Eldrazi Zendikar.

    Quote from Xenocyde3000 »
    MaRo is saying that they finally figured out how to return to Dominaria... what shenanigan is he talking about? Is Bolas responsible?
    That's been my prediction for the past year or so. Whatever Bolas is doing on Amonkhet, it's to somehow power a Planar Gate strong enough to re-access his home plane, where he presumably has something he needs/wants to regain pre-Sundering pre-Mending power levels.

    Quote from RSSR »
    I once asked Maro on Twitter if they had completely abandoned Dominarian Slivers in favor of Shandalarian Slivers, his response: "No."
    Which doesn't have to mean mechanically, he could just mean that aesthetically.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Un-Set 3 Unstable
    Quote from jackspeed »
    I can't wait to open a masterpiece basic land (unglued foil).
    While that would be awesome, really it would, I expect that it won't fit with whatever theme they would showcase for an Un- Masterpiece series. I'm thinking "Justifications" that all have flavor text attempting to explain why famously bad cards are in fact good, as told by Squee.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Un-Set 3 Unstable
    Quote from Jhyrryl »
    This could have been another conspiracy set.
    People who care about Conspiracy as a format, and not just for the reprints that it brings, share a lot of overlap in target audience with fans of Un-.


    Conspiracy sets are popular not only because of the format and good reprints but also because new cards are created that support EDH and Legacy.

    Unstable won't have any reprints that will support eternal formats nor will it have new cards that will support EDH, Legacy (or any format for that matter aside from drafting and perhaps fringe joke cubes).

    I really think there are more people that would want a return to Kamigawa set than an unset, but Mark Rosewater is so biased because he's obsessed with unsets for some reason.
    Again, you're using non-Conspiracy formats as the reason for your disappointment that this isn't a Conspiracy set, and I'm going to say again that fans of the Conspiracy format will greatly overlap with fans of Un-.

    For what it's worth, Un- cards see frequent use in Cubes that are not fringe jokes, and is arguably the best type of set that WotC can print in support of the Cube format, which is played way more than Legacy, and EDH already gets a yearly supplement.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Un-Set 3 Unstable
    When our group drafted Unglued, a buddy of mine did not hesitate to remove his pants when Hurloon Wrangler hit the table opposite him. Un- is fun!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Un-Set 3 Unstable
    This could have been another conspiracy set.
    People who care about Conspiracy as a format, and not just for the reprints that it brings, share a lot of overlap in target audience with fans of Un-.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Hour of Devastation Promo Materials and New Cards
    Quote from Boogelawoof »
    Quote from Jhyrryl »
    Alesha is pleased with Wildfire Eternal and all of its (low-power) Afflict brethren.


    Does that actually work? I don't think Alesha actually makes the creature attack, just come into play attacking. IIRC, the creature actually needed to attack to get triggers like that to work.

    Edit: i think the "and isn't blocked" part of it might actually make it work. I'm looking at the interaction with master of cruelties, which last I remember worked with Alesha
    Yeah, the triggering event is "isn't blocked" during the Declare Blocking Creatures step. The "attacks a player" clause is a clarification that the ability does not trigger when attacking non-players. I can image that a better template would read, "Whenever ~ isn't blocked while attacking a player, [do the thing]."
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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