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The World of Kamigawa
  • posted a message on 9/12 Mothership - A rare we haven't seen yet? It's more likely than you think!
    Am I wrong in thinking the Crew is going to be an absurd bomb in Limited? 4/3 that gets their best blocker(s) out of the way and/or hits them with them?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Unstable Full-Art lands!

    I'm not gonna lie, this is seriously making me consider ordering Unstable for the lands alone, and I haven't bought a box in years (finances).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Siren Stormtamer
    Cursecatcher is that you?!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Small Print Run for Commander 2017?
    This should help a little too:
    Quote from Mark Rosewater @ Blogatog »
    mikluemp asked: Will there be more of c17 printed? My lgs and local walmart were sold out of the dragon deck on release day.

    Yes, we are reprinting Commander 2017.
    Source: Blogatog 8/30/2017
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on How did you do at Amonkhet prerelease?
    Out of 35 (!) people, I ended up 7th, going 4/2 by the time the dust cleared 7 hours after deck building. :p

    My MVP had to be Prepare // Fight, with Cartouche-Trial synergy right behind it, as both halves of that card did so much work for me I don't even know where to start. I'm certainly not against it being rare (for Limited's sake) now. People also seemed to forget that just because I can gain two life off their Compulsory Rest doesn't mean I'm going to when my pacified 4-power creature is keeping Rhonas active. :p That alone saved my bacon a few times. I also really wanted Destined // Lead like Caranthir got, because I'm just picturing it with Rhonas.

    I also played against TWO people who literally opened the Zombie tribal decks, complete with Liliana's Mastery, Wayward Servant, AND Lord of the Accursed each. The first just ran me over with zombies; the second just ran me over with Bontu, courtesy of Doomed Dissenter + Devoted Crop-Mate helping out.

    In hindsight, I think I should've played Cradle of the Accursed over the Dunes, as the Dunes really didn't hit much from my perspective. I didn't have a way to maximize the sole -1/-1 counter, in short.

    Other random stuff would be how awesome Unwavering Initiate with Cartouche was; vigilance felt extremely relevant in this set, for some reason, at least to me. Those Who Serve also was a very nice roadblock against some of the early aggressive drops like Exemplar of Strength. Greater Sandwurm was a very nice finisher to have as well, forcing them to use their more valuable/fatty critters (assuming no Gods) to prevent getting murdered.

    Prize packs contained: Rags // Riches, Curator of Mysteries, and Honored Hydra, the last of which was a REAL PAIN IN THE ARSE to deal with in Limited.
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Gideon's Intervention - Temporal MTG spoiler
    Quote from 13055 »
    Quote from cyberium_neo »
    Unlike Runed Halo, cards like Phenax, God of Deception can still target you and mill you.

    Phenax couldn't mill you, but he gives other creatures the ability, as well, and those abilities have the source of the creature they're on, so Runed Halo didn't really help too much anyways.

    Fun card, might be worth a consideration in an Enduring Ideals sideboard.
    Except this card doesn't grant protection; it's strictly preventing damage and Phenax doesn't have anything to do with damage unless he's attacking you.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Official MTG Facebook (APAC) Preview - Bontu the Glorified
    Quote from AnImAr_ »
    It should've been "unless a creature died this turn".
    No, no it shouldn't, not in the color that can get things out of the way very easily. Every removal spell being "target opponent loses 4 life" in addition to its other effect(s)? NOPE.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Amonkhet God Animation Mechanic Speculation
    Rampant speculation:

    I'm in agreement with @Urabrask on the conditions for white/black/green, but I'm going to say that Bontu will be something like "B, Sacrifice a nontoken creature: Draw a card/Scry 2." (one of those two abilities, not modal), because Embalm loves you. It also has synergy with these previewed black cards that care about things dying, so there you go.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Gideon, Martial Paragon & Liliana, Death's Manipulator (not full)
    Well, if Lili is accurate, I think we can go for Mummy tribal with Wither returning. No reason for -1/-1 counters without something like Persist or Wither.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Experimental Aviator
    Going to chime in on a more general subject, but first I'll say that I, too, found it weird that this is an uncommon. Now that we know the whole set, though, I did a little digging and noticed some interesting choices that were made (for Limited?) in regards to the tokens:

    - Fabricate: No card with Fabricate 2+ is common. In Kaladesh, all the commons with Fabricate are Fabricate 1, without exception. I presume this has to do with the quantity of token generation, in addition to ensuring Gearseeker Serpent didn't go Myr Enforcer levels on us.
    - Any cards that create flying and/or multiple tokens are uncommon.

    Given the union of these two things, it's clear they did not want a lot of token production at common. I assume that was to avoid dragging out the game with Servos and Thopters chumping left and right.

    So in short, this card may be a "2/5" for 5 at uncommon, but keep in mind two things:
    - They're flying tokens.
    - W/U have more than one way to bounce and flicker creatures, which I think is another major reason this got pulled to uncommon. Flying and similar evasion is a premium in this set, due to the Fabricate 2+ cards potentially clogging up the board with Servos.
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Three more vehicles
    I actually said 'oh wow' to Aradara Express, because of Limited. It's not Ulamog's Crusher levels, but an 8/6 common with menace is not something to sneeze at. All three seem VERY solid for Limited.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on — 2 commons, 2 uncommons
    Quote from Morphling »
    Wearing a cape and a propeller-backpack at the same time seems like a really bad idea. Confused
    First thing that came to mind:

    No capes!

    That said, I don't get the stats on the Aviator at all. "2/5" flying for 5 at uncommon? I feel like there's something missing here.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Wizards Account Holders Exclusive Preview
    Clearly FF14 has made me okay with the concept of flying whales, and these cards do nothing to change that sentiment. That Leviathan is craycray.

    And clearly I need to stop posting on message boards after 11pm if I forgot I already posted in this thread, if unrelated to the topic.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Wizards Account Holders Exclusive Preview
    Quote from MazerPriest »
    Anybody else annoyed at the energy icons? I mean, they're kind of pain in the ass to count when they're all bunched up in a line. Why not got with "pay eight energy" and just leave off the who symbol thing? They're not saving card space when it takes a whole line to show the symbols anyway.

    They got all the shiny symbols, and they push whatever idea they have.

    Its a bad idea and its blatanly obvisious to anyone that anything like 5+ energy counter symbols is a pain for the eye.

    However, it might just be another "lesson" they have to learn, Maro probably already wrote his article about that for Kaladesh.

    An "un-card" for the energy symbol overkill would be one that has so many energy counters (literally over 9000) that you cannot read anything on the card at all.
    To answer the eyesore complaint:

    The PAX panel's general answer was: to make it stand out so that you didn't simply pass on the card particularly if you were going to do the Energy Deck in Draft/Sealed. They figured it wasn't ideal, but - and this is me talking now - the insinuation here that it's some kind of 'vendetta' and/or to push Energy is patently absurd. It's like saying that they shouldn't use the Oxford Comma in rules text because it's superfluous.

    There's also this response RE: words/numbers versus symbols, from Blogatog:

    organizedhysteria asked: Cards with big energy costs tough to read. I find that counting objects like that becomes annoying when it's more than three or so. Is part of the visual appeal that you see the symbol a lot of times? Was using numbers ever considered?

    Numbers were tried. Interestingly, playtests showed that having more symbols made it easier to note when things required more energy. I admit that separating larger numbers is trickier.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Kaladesh Mechanics
    Quote from muchsarcasm »
    Quote from Solmancer »
    I finally found what I've been looking for in the Comp Rules, which I think should reinforce the point I'm making.

    Quote from Comp Rules #117 - Costs »
    117.3. A player can’t pay a cost unless he or she has the necessary resources to pay it fully. For example, a player with only 1 life can’t pay a cost of 2 life, and a permanent that’s already tapped can’t be tapped to pay a cost. See rule 202, “Mana Cost and Color,” and rule 602, “Activating Activated Abilities.”

    Ahhh, you are absolutely right. Sorry about that! I had perused the comprehensive rules for some general rule like that but didn't find it. I stand corrected (although I still wish they'd just add "untapped" to reminder text for Crew and Convoke like they do for Conspire). Thanks!
    We are in agreement about two things:

    1) 'untapped' in the reminder text (or the cost) avoids confusion like this
    2) It was a PITA to find that specific rule. I kept looking for it under activated abilities. Even still, they use that as an EXAMPLE and not a rule in and of itself. :p
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
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