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  • posted a message on [New Info – ] Modern event deck contents
    I guess BW Tokens was a thing even before the unbanning of Bitterblossom (correct me if I'm wrong, I don't play much modern), and this product was probably made way before that. Also, as someone already pointed out, it doesn't really play well with Honor of the Pure which we know to be in.

    For that price, I would expect several copies of the money uncommons like Inquisition of Kozilek, Path to Exile and the token makers (maybe Aven Mindcensor or something in the side), then 1-2 copies each of Thoughtseize, Auriok Champion, some anthems, and a couple duals. Windbrisk Heights too, it's getting expensive. Do we know how many rares this thing has?

    Still, my money is on no fetches, no bob, no BB. It's still a decent deal for 75$, so that it doesn't get hoarded or inflated in price and people interested in getting into modern can actually buy it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [[M15] -] M15 Clash packs
    So what happens when your friend is ready for the next level? Well, the Clash Pack comes with instructions that show you how to combine cards from each of its decks to create a new deck designed to be equal in power to what you would expect from an Event Deck. But this is only one combination. There are countless ways to make a deck your own.

    Contents:

    Two ready-to-play sixty-card decks
    Six premium cards with alternative art
    Deck box
    Strategy insert
    Magic rules reference card


    Nowhere in the Arcana announcement says that both decks will be standard legal, or am I missing something? I am assuming the "event deck" will be, but that's not stated either.
    I hope it's not just standard legal cards, as I love those sexy new frame reprints (like Regrowth, Swords to Plowshares and Memory Lapse) that usually show up in Duel Decks. Also, it's a nice opportunity to get premium versions of cards which never got any foil printing.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [[MCD]] Best Fatties (5 Color)
    Silent-Blade Oni is probably better than Mindleech Mass. Nobody ever expects it, and you almost always get to trigger his effect immediately which is a huge bonus over the mass. Also, it lets you reuse one etb ability and is fairly cheap to acquire (I think).
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[MCD]] Cards from Duel deck for commander decks
    Pretty much what the others have said. It's not a good product to get into EDH, but it's decent to get some improvements for cheap. Iirc, every DD has had a money/hard to find uncommon (Remand, Regrowth, Isochron Scepter, Path to Exile...) and about 3-4 playable rares in it. Some are clearly better than others, but it really depends on which deck you play.

    I don't know if the OP wants a list of the EDH playable cards in each DD, but Elspeth vs Tezzeret, Jace vs Chandra and Divine vs Demonic are generally considered the best for value. Alas, those are overpriced and hard to find nowadays.

    One good thing about DD is that it's one of the few ways you are guaranteed to get planeswalkers. I would have never gotten a Jace, Architect of Thought for one of my EDH decks at its current price, but in the DD it's a much better deal (since it comes with a Remand, another nice planeswalker for my Jarad and some other rares). Same for Elspeth, Tezzeret, Sorin, and so on.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[DD] – ] [JVV] Duel Decks: Jace v Vraska
    I'm disappointed. I was expecting something a bit more original, those look like limited decks with several random 1-ofs and not much synergy.

    Jace has Chronomaton with no ways to untap him? Agoraphobia? The mill cards are weak and do not seem to enable Phantasm\Mindseeker\Body Double very well.

    Vraska, for an assassin, has like the worst removal package ever. The creatures don't have much synergy among them, although it has a somewhat decent curve.

    I will still pick one up, but I was hoping in something a bit more inspired.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [[DD] – ] [JVV] Duel Decks: Jace v Vraska
    Let's just hope it's not Mill.dec versus Scarblade Elite.dec. That would be very disappointing. A slight focus on Illusion for Jace maybe? After all, his namesake creatures are all illusions.

    Another likely reprint is Control Magic, since the new Commander 2013 art has Jace in it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on RUG Sphinx of the Chimes deck!
    Quote from lolololololbot
    Are there any combos in RUG colors that read "I win"?


    Bloodbraid Elf plus Ancestral Vision maybe? It is not "I win", but close. :p You can even run something like Shardless Agent and very few 2 cost spells, so it kind of acts as a tutor for Punishing Fire. Sadly, agents are fairly expensive. Violent Outburst works as well, but unlike the agent it's worthless on its own.

    If you don't want to play cascade dudes, you need some sweepers to survive early aggro. If you don't want sweepers, RUG is a decent color combination to play Defenders.dec, with Fog Banks, Axebane Guardians and whatnot. It's not the most competitive "tribe", but it's fun. Axebane can ramp into your sphinx, and also provide mana for a backup finisher (like any X spell, or some fat resilient creature like Blightsteel Colossus or, even better, Colossus of Akros).

    Other than that, I don't know. One card that plays well with Punishing Fire is the obvious Kavu Predator (but it plays better in white, with Fiery Justice and Wall of Shards). Infect dudes are not as obvious but also work if you want to go that route. If you kill them with poison, it doesn't matter how much life they gain. Don't forget Invigorate!

    Posted in: Multiplayer
  • posted a message on Hatillo (a 4-set custom block) (235 cards so far)
    I had a quick glance at your set, and there are some very well designed cards here and there. Good job! I especially love the cow, goat and chicken land (although it would probably fine without some of its 4 active abilities).

    I think there are a bit too many nonbasics for my taste. Some are probably unnecessary, and some (like the four color lands) seem very hard to justify flavor wise, which is something to consider. You can increase the drawback of those a bit, one life is pretty much neglectable.

    Terra Stabilizer is VERY narrow and arguably unplayable. I would change it to be something like a Torpor Orb for lands ("Lands entering the battlefield do not cause abilities to trigger") which would make it more playable. It would also work with the colorless karoo and the wandering isle manland, and it hoses landfall decks to boot!
    Posted in: Custom Set Creation and Discussion
  • posted a message on Commander Decks under $60
    Uril, the Miststalker and Bruna, Light of Alabaster can be very cheap and effective Voltron generals. Bruna in particular just needs some Windfall effects, draw spells, cheap sweepers (Winds of Rath) and a bunch of auras (the essential ones are dirt cheap, like Battle Mastery and Corrupted Conscience). Other voltron decks can work too, but those two don't need equipments which tend to be very expensive (see stoneforge, swords, batterskull, etc...).

    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[DD] – ] [JVV] Duel Decks: Jace v Vraska
    I'd love a modern-frame Exclude for Jace, that'd be nice. Speaking of cards which lack modern frames, Merchant Scroll as well but that's probably not happening. Man that white border is ugly.

    Some goodies for my Sygg and Jarad EDH would be nice as well. :p Deathrite maybe? Now that he's banned in Modern he's a somewhat safe inclusion, although he's not a very exciting rare for newbies.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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