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    posted a message on [Official] Digital Rendering Thread
    Nice render, HPB! What about her library? Wink
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    posted a message on [Official] Digital Rendering Thread
    Hello, folks

    Does any of you recognize the original artist of the counterfeits that are being sold here? ---> https://www.facebook.com/BrumAyD/photos/ms.c.eJw9yskJADAMA7CNSi4be~;~;F~_gjtUyC1EC6UUM05WtNIR~;m5mQL9PftxAZ7DDPU~-.bps.a.752371014799522.1073741853.612475022122456/838509252852364/?type=1

    The guy who's printing them and selling them is here in Argentina. I've comfronted him many times publicly and in private, and he does not seem to care about IP or the fact that he's doing something illegal against artists and WotC. He also sells an entire cube made of counterfeits, wich is entirely made with art pieces took from here, among other places. I think it is important to reunite the affected artists to put pressure on this person to stop doing what he's doing. I've tried for a long time without any luck.
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    posted a message on my first magic drawing
    @Everyone: Just want you to remember that "proxy"/counterfeiting talking isn't allowed in our forums, before anyone crosses the line.

    Thanks
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    posted a message on Where to buy artist prints?
    I'm sorry you did not find the assistance you wanted. Still, I'm glad you were able to find what you were looking for!

    Thread locked. Lock
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    a couple of extensions

    @Kris: Your portrait skills are improving lightspeed! Kekeke
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    posted a message on August 9, 2014
    holder
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    posted a message on August 8, 2014
    holder
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    posted a message on August 7, 2014
    ogonomany, ivkost

    Inth, Seven-Candle Warden W
    Legendary Creature — Spirit Monk M
    Flying
    As long as Inth has 7 or more candle counters on it, white creatures you control have indestructible.
    W: Prevent the next 1 noncombat damage that would be dealt to target white creature this turn. Put a candle counter on Inth.
    1/1
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    posted a message on August 6, 2014
    Afterarketradio, Snow Creature Penguin

    Parallax Burst 5W
    Instant U
    Exile all creatures target player controls. Return those cards to the battlefield tapped at the beginning of the next end step.
    Flashback 7W
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
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    posted a message on [Daily Card Contest] August 5, 2014
    Holder
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    @ZS: Thanks! Those in particullar aren't of my favorite ones. Still, it was a pleasure to paint the plains (and no, Edvard's style not intentional Kekeke ).

    Quick extension, plains:
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    Two Quick Extensions:
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    posted a message on [Daily Card Contest] August 3, 2014
    Afetrmarketradio; Rudyard

    Oppress 2B
    Sorcery C
    If you control a swamp, you may pay 5 life rather than pay Oppress's mana cost.
    Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
    "Hatred pays back as much as you invest in it."
    —Liliana Vess
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    COmissioned Ext art Thraxi & QUick extensión of an IA forest.
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    posted a message on Monthly Contests: Past themes; Suggestions; Announcements and General Discussion.
    Contests aren't priority right now, so they will stay in recess by the moment (we're working on other stuff right now). Still, when these come back (they will), we want to mantain them as a monthly thing. There's a high chance of them to be as described in post #180.
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    Quick Alter, IA forest:
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    Please, remember to give proper credit to the original artists and/or sources of the imagery you're using for your alters. Also, please, avoid soliciting to avoid being sanctioned. Thanks for understanding
    Posted in: Artwork
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    posted a message on Chord of calling in M15?
    Quote from i-never-smile »
    I know you mean something different than this, but it's awfully disconcerting to see "fixed" and "Genesis Hydra" in the same sentence. The card combines elements of cascade and uncounter-ability to putting a permanent into play. While it's probably true that a big green X spell in the core set makes another big green X spell unlikely, I...wouldn't use the word "fixed."
    With that therm, I meant WotC may be saying something in the line of: "Yes, we're bringing back convoke. No, we're not bringing back Chord of Calling. But you know what? We're going to give you something similar. Something that abides much better to our current power level line and that also fits much better in our thought of making everything a creature if posible."
    Of course those cards aren't the same story, but both of them does put a permanent form your library by paying X mana, at Green. And yes, I meant exaclty what you said: Two big X spells with similar effects at the same core set doesn't seem very likely. Perhaps, "fixed" wasn't an accurate therm to represent my thoughts, but it seems that I've used it good enough to sugest that I didn't wanted to use it for it's regular meaning, but more like a metaphora. Still, thanks for your comments Wink
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    posted a message on Chord of calling in M15?
    Quote from Swaggy P »
    I think Genesis Hydra and Chord are different enough that Wizards could justify printing both of them. One is a creature that digs. The other is an instant with convoke that tutors.
    I've meant GH as a fixed Chord in the maning that GH could be seen as a Chord that goes at sorcery speed but leaves a body behind in compensation, and can't tutor the entire library but as deep under your top as you can pay for. That seems a pretty core set-esque versión for a Chord, IMO.
    Quote from Swaggy P »
    Remember that people who write preview articles get the full card list beforehand.
    That's exactly my concern...
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    posted a message on Chord of calling in M15?
    I feel that Genesis Hydra actually makes itself a sort of a proof that the chord could haven't been included in M15. I mean, GH is basically a fixed Chord of Calling from my perspective. It would be weird to include two cards with similar effects in the same color and rarity spot(Rare/mythic Green tutoring for X). Does any of you reminds of a similar addition in the latests core sets? (similar effect at same color and rarity). I know that R and M aren't the same, but Rare and Mythic are closer than C/U or U/R.

    Seriously, I've arrived to this post because my original intention was to open a thread with the following question: "Could Genesis Hydra be a clear hint meaning Chord of Calling isn't going to be reprinted?". Thing is I have Chord and not sure about trading away or not.

    EDIT: For example, I've been ofered a playset of promo Restoration Angels for a Chord, and I feel very very tempted of sealing that deal.
    Another weird thing is that SCG has lowered down Chord's Price by 5 bucks and added some pieces to a stock that before appeared as empty. Just wondering why...
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    It seems it has been a millenia since the last time I posted something here... This was a pretty damaged FoW I was comissioned to restore. Here's the result:
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    posted a message on removing alters from cards?
    Basically, what Gals said in post #10.

    As longer as paint stands sticked to a card, as harder becomes to remove it. Also, if the guy used oil médium to créate color transitions (highly probable), it's pretty imposible to remove the pigments from the original painting layer of the card. Just try to find the "boyfriend" for that alter and move it on to buy other stuff. I wouldn't even try to un-alter that money piece.
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    @Everyone:

    Remember that posts made without any artwork-related content are considered Spam and will be deleted. Failure to comply the rules could lead you to receive a sanction. Please, revisite the forum rules. Thanks, -BBull
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    posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    Quote from Galspanic
    I would continue to express that I see this card getting no play at all, but that would be on-topic.
    Wich card, Gals?

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    posted a message on [[JOU]] WotC Mothership Spoils (April 7th)
    Quote from turlockmike »
    This nightmare scenario is going to happen and I'm going to cry when it does.

    And I'm gonna be so happy at being the blue player! Grin

    It is fun how ppl usually doesn't realizes the power level of the long-therm relevant cards until they land on a given top 8. This girl is pure profit and a relief for control players. I bet time will probe it. C'mon! It even Works well with a graveyard/mill themed strategy! So flexible! (yeah, I know those use to be fringe strategies in general, but I'm sure you catch the point).
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    posted a message on [[BNG]] Dakra Mystic
    I would like to quote myself from another less specific thread:
    Quote from BlackBull
    Agreed on the Dakra Mystic. It's gonna see a LOT of play in many formats, and it's gonna be a money uncommon in the future. It's plainly god because it is in the right color, it allows you to play with open mana, it denies resources to your opponent, while can give you extra ones if needed, it can hit and can also chumpblock, it belongs to a very relevant tribe and it has a gorgeous artwork as a bonus track.
    I've seen many people saying this should have been common. I would like to tell those people that it could actually have been a rare. Uncommon is just a right spot for such card, avoiding it to be a headache in limited, while also making it pretty affordable once it starts to be demanded as "4 of" in every standard (modern?) U deck.

    Perhaps I'm overeacting, but this one seems to be a long-therm star in the set. Let's time do its thing and see.

    EDIT: Oh! And I've missed something to comment here: Jace Beleren and Mikokoro, Center of the Sea were and still being good cards. Now their cheap drawing effect can be active a turn earlier, doing its thing in a more flexible way, and it costs one less mana for the first activation and 2 less for the rest of the game while compared to Mikokoro. Just sayin' Kekeke

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    posted a message on [[JOU]] WotC Mothership Spoils (April 7th)
    Agreed on the Dakra Mystic. It's gonna see a LOT of play in many formats, and it's gonna be a money uncommon in the future. It's plainly god because it is in the right color, it allows you to play with open mana, it denies resources to your opponent, while can give you extra ones if needed, it can hit and can also chumpblock, it belongs to a very relevant tribe and it has a gorgeous artwork as a bonus track.
    I've seen many people saying this should have been common. I would like to tell those people that it could actually have been a rare. Uncommon is just a right spot for such card, avoiding it to be a headache in limited, while also making it pretty affordable once it starts to be demanded as "4 of" in every standard (modern?) U deck.

    Perhaps I'm overeacting, but this one seems to be a long-therm star in the set. Let's time do its thing and see.

    EDIT: Oh! And I've missed something to comment here: Jace Beleren and Mikokoro, Center of the Sea were and still being good cards. Now their cheap drawing effect can be active a turn earlier, doing its thing in a more flexible way, and it costs one less mana for the first activation and 2 less for the rest of the game while compared to Mikokoro. Just sayin' Kekeke
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    posted a message on [[JOU]] WPN Retailer Video: Card Spoiled Heroes' Bane and Hero Cards for JOU
    Why have they did that to Chameleon COlossus? It was a standard staple then, and wasn't soo good anyway. Dudes weren't as boosted as they're now then, so Heroe's Bane could have clearly been costed at 2GG nowadays and would have still being a fringe card. (It still being a great inclusión in a Green pre deck).
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    posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    I used to fight with troublemakers (hello?) almost every time I got drunk on a disco, so I stopped getting drunk (and going to discos too, just in case). So, it seems that steping on my middle 30's more and more is turning me into a "boring" person too (for good).

    A funny (not really) one was that time I've took a cab and, at the fast track, I had to open the door and vomit. The guy was worried about the upholstery, but everything went fine -with me being the "007" of the spewers-.
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    posted a message on Monthly Contests: Past themes; Suggestions; Announcements and General Discussion.
    Sounds cool. Maybe limit it to one entry per artist for a given category that way no one is flooding the poll with multiple submissions.

    The idea is to keep the one entry per artista thing, of course (as well as no selfvoting, etc. etc.)

    I'm glad you like the idea, ZS Smile
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    posted a message on Monthly Contests: Past themes; Suggestions; Announcements and General Discussion.
    Well, what we were discussing the last time about the contests' return was something like the following:

    Instead of proposing a task each month (and all the things involved in such process), there would be a comitee that would take care of the selection of a determined amount of alters and artwork pieces from the whole production shared by the users during the month, then these would be added to a poll for votation.

    This way, we would never have an attendance issue anymore, while also ppl wouldn't need to adjust to a particular task (there are many gifted alterists that just can't afford to spend time in a non-comissioned piece to jump in the competition every month). We would discuss the possibility of adding limitations for each month, so the group of valid entries could be reduced (we would be announcing these in advance in case we decide to apply them). Or... We could add a special prize for those pieces that meet a given condition (it wouldn't probably be a cup, but perhaps it would be a sort of score table that would reléase a cup after a given time frame).

    Also, the comitee would be conformed by people that has experience in the area, such as renowned alterists, mods, etc).

    Thoughts?
    Posted in: Contests
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    posted a message on [Official] 3D Magic Cards & Life Counters Thread
    Quote from serrot_29

    Beautiful (this card has SO MUCH potential for alter purposes...) Those beads are delicious...

    What about adding a handpainted extensión of the wings appearing from under the first border (first layer? or last one? Not a crack on 3D therminology). It would make it look super perfect while also mixing both, 3D and traditional altering. Just an idea Kekeke (you can even make them 3D, with each feather at a different level and unfolded).
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    Agreed in that you should give your talent a try at an artistic formal job/career, Demo. You're so good that it would be a pity if you just invest your talent in something you consider a hobby (being so Young and gifted, you have a world of possibilities).

    Good luck in your new projects, buddy! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: (still, I hope to see your work here at the fórums as usual, even if it is non-magic related -there´s a subforum for that-)

    EDIT: I almost forgot...

    @Kris13: I just love your take on portraits. Please, keep these comming (they're even educational for those who would like to improve portrait making *cough*) Kekeke
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    posted a message on What cards have you sunbleached?
    I live in a small town and it isn't easy to find cards, specially pre-Lorwyn ones. I always wanted to make a sun bleached playset of Krosan Grip (bleaching the disintegration side), but wasn't able to find the cards (neither the climate helps around here). If I get to do it, I'll share (it would be cool if somebody else that's interested on this idea does it and shares too). I bet it would look really cool!
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    posted a message on [Official] Digital Rendering Thread
    Nice work, narb. Now that we are able to compare, personally I find the black border makes the green frame to pop, while the green one turns it off. I always like how black works at framming colors, making them more vibrant.

    Thanks! Thumbs Up
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    posted a message on High Quality Counterfeits from China Found in North America
    Quote from Crimeo
    You could just have them send you the cards to alter. Then they can simply photograph the card or make a note of some identifying scratch or whatever on the edges or back or any part of the front not to be altered, and know its their card again later.

    Yes, but that's for comissions. I usually produce the pieces first, then sell them. Anyway, all this fake thing is affecting almost every group inside the community, including alter artists.
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    posted a message on High Quality Counterfeits from China Found in North America
    And to us, the alterers, this really affects our work. Now we are almost forced to leave intact the copyright line to ensure comissioner's trust. Slant

    Damn fakes...
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    posted a message on Xandria Art
    Quote from Hellsing

    Chaos Moon 2BR
    Legendary Enchantment
    Whenever a player loses life, exile that many permanents at random.
    Hatred not even a demon could comprehend.


    What Plaguefather said (I really dig the old style art). Also, while colorpie seems to be fine, the PL of the card seems to be a bit too much OP. Even if this belongs to Custom Card Creation subforums, I'll give you a suggestion. What about:

    Chaotic Evening 3BR
    Legendary Enchantment R
    At the beginning of each opponent's end step, if that player has lost life since the end of his or her last end step, he or she exiles a permanent at random he or she controls.
    Hatred not even a demon could comprehend.

    (If you want to keep talking about card design, please PM me or go to the custom card creation subforum).
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    posted a message on [ALT] Card Alters — Questions, Tips & How to Get Started!
    Quote from Urahara72
    How do you guys decide which cards to alter and which type of alter to do (border extension, full art, alter art)?
    I'm having trouble generating ideas and am wondering how you guys work through creative block.
    Well, this is a question that can be answered from a personal perspective only.
    Personally, while it is not subject to a comission request (usually comissioners have a general idea of what they want you to do, so your input there seems to be stretched) I take in consideration in wich format the card I'm going to work with will be used. So, since custom art alters and textless alters tend to be problematic while trying to be used at sanctioned gameplay, I try to leave these for casual cards (cards that are casual play staples, not constructed). Also, I preffer to extend old fashion cards (such as Urza's block, Tempest, etc) as their pallete is more forgiving. New set cards tend to have pretty digitall palettes, wich are a sort of nightmare to mimic. It happened once to me when I needed to extend a Phyrexian Obliterator to make it textless. it was a comission, so I had to acomplish that in case I wanted to take the work, and I did. Emulating those digital greens was really hard. hat's why I always suggest to start with old cards and extend them, to make the practice of color matching far more easy until you get more confident and learn how to get a color easily.
    Also, it is easier to add new elements when you have an artwork full of details, on the contrary being a bit harder to figure out what to do with those cards that have flat backgrounds and obscure palettes. Bitterblossom and Show and Tell are good examples of forgiving cards regarding the addition of new elements, while Phyrexian Obliterator and Illnes in the Ranks aren't.
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    posted a message on Xander's Alters - New at this, but I continue practising
    You seem to have "the touch" in your hand (it looks like you had previous experience with brushes, did you?), and your improvement is being clear alter by alter. Keep these comming and a late welcome to our community! (Are you planning on giving a try to custom art? It would be interesting to see what style comes out from your own :thumbsup:)
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    posted a message on M2015 New Card Design & Alter Community
    Aaron Forsythe has announced a new frame for our beloved cards being applied to all cards moving forwards, and here are both, the images and his word on this (source: TheMagicTutor.com):



    What's Going on with That Card Frame?
    As you can see from the expansion symbol, Waste Not will be appearing in this year's core set,Magic 2015. As you can also see, a number of tweaks have been made to the card frame. I spent most of 2013 leading the design of M15, an ambitious set that will introduce a few new things to the game, not the least of which is an update to the existing card frame. We have a lot of smart people here in the building who are constantly thinking of ways to improve Magic. Many such ideas involved tweaks to the front of cards, but since we don't want to make sweeping changes to card frames often, we let a few such ideas pile up for a while before picking an opportune time to deploy them in a big batch. M15 was that time.There are five big changes visible above on Waste Not. Four are game-wide changes that will be implemented in M15 and every set going forward, and the last is a little something special just for this set. Let's go over them.
    1) The font
    Since its inception, Magic has used off-the-shelf fonts on its cards. As a brand, we feel that we'll be better served by having our own unique proprietary font—something with a little edge and character that is still very readable.
    In general, we liked the heaviness and shape of the "Matrix Bold" font we'd been using previously, so there are a lot of similarities between the old font and the new, named "Beleren," which should alleviate any jarring feeling when you mix the two together in decks.
    2) The holofoil stamp
    You'll notice a little silver oval in the bottom center of Waste Not. That's a new unique holofoil stamp that we're applying to all rares and mythic rares going forward. This stamp makes those cards feel more special, as well as guarantees authenticity.
    Commons, uncommons, and basic lands will not feature this stamp.
    3) The collector info
    In the lower left of the card is a series of letters and numbers that indicate the card's collector number (122/269), rarity (R), set (M15), and language (EN). The little dot between the set and the language will be a star on premium cards, so just about everything you'd ever need to know about a card's edition is in one easy-to-read place.
    Making the bottom of each card black to accommodate this information was not an easy decision, and may be the most disconcerting part of this frame update, but it was done with the best of intentions. This information is machine-readable by recognition software at our production plants. It will help eliminate the rare packaging error, like cards sneaking into the wrong expansion's boosters.
    4) Decreased border size
    In order to fit all this cool new stuff on the cards, we've reduced the width of the black border by almost a millimeter all the way around. This reclaimed real estate allows us to have slightly bigger art and text boxes as well.
    5) The designer credit
    You'll notice that we gave you all credit for making this card in the place normally occupied by flavor text—"Designed by the Magic community." This is the first time we've ever given credit for a specific card design on the card itself, and it's you! You should be very proud! While every card going forward won't feature a designer credit (kinda sad, really), there are a handful of others inMagic 2015, specifically, that will. (You'll have to wait on those details! It's cool, I promise!)
    Those are the main components of the card frame update. Here's another M15 card for comparison. This one isn't rare, so it has no stamp; is a creature, so it has a P/T box; and isn't black, so you can see the frame design more clearly. All in all, it is an impressive modernization of the card frame, one I'll be excited to get my hands on this summer with M15.
    It would be interesting to share here our diverse opinions about the matter, being us either alterers (brush artists), digital-renderers, or just alter-render lovers.

    Personally, I hope they do not include that glossy surface that some side product have shown lately. It would make our labor harder if they decide to apply such thing to all the cards from now on.
    Also, I bet that preserving the hologram will be added to WotC policies regarding alterations, so now we have a new element that could restrict the use of our alters in sanctioned gameplay. Luckily, that logo is placed on an area that doesn't bother much, except may be for those who like to create custom textboxes.

    What do you think?

    Note: I was almost posting this thread when noticed that Plaguefater and a couple more users raised this topic in other threads. I still thinking this deserves a thread on its own, so here it is. Kekeke
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    @ClosetVictorian: That VanGog-esque Fireball is superb. Thumbs Up


    Original Artist: Ryan Yee
    Posted in: Artwork
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    posted a message on Should Core Sets go back to being every two years?
    Quote from bocephus
    The biggest thing is they use yearly core sets to fill gaps that they either cant fill in the block sets or forget until its too late. The way the core set is now is a precursor to the up coming block and its mechanics. If they switched back to every 2 years, it would be hard to hit at a block a year away without giving too much information.
    I belive that core sets, in case of a return to the old formula, should work as a solid basis for sets to come in the subsecuent two years. They would need to be solid and safe enough to guarantee stability without undermining design flexibility regarding the second ones, while also ensure a solid toolkit that free R&D from the need of fixing base issues, such as color fixing, colorpie haters, etc. I see the current model as, to bring in a graphic example, a performing juggler instead of as a solid column, as it should be after 20 years of game development. Perhaps the next step is to revisite and improve old formulas with fresh experience from the current ones. We clearly haven't reached the perfect basis for the game from an organizational perspective.

    EDIT:
    Quote from bocephus
    There will always be people in the Magic player base that will complain about something. Doesnt matter if they go back, stay the same, or change it all together. Someone is going to complain they dont like it.
    Yeah, perhaps I wasn't clear enough (my bad). There will always be ppl complaining, but the idea is to reach a point in wich these are the vast minority. Take a look at this poll and tell me if we have actually reached such point. Shrugs
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    posted a message on Should Core Sets go back to being every two years?
    Quote from Xenphire
    And as I said in my post above, if they went back to a 2-year rotation on Core Sets, they would have to reduce their power level and impact and then players would complain they weren't powerful enough and were more boring than they do now. The current method and design came about as a response to how poorly the summer reprint sets have done in the past and how little impact they had on the game.
    How can you ensure ppl would actually complain if we have never came back from the current model to see what happens? Now that we have faced a long period of an enviroment in wich criters break the ground and spells suck as hell, it would be interesting to see how the community would react/adapt if returning to an improved version of the old formula and accept that the current one isn't making the whole community happy, many of these unhappy players being old ones who have tried to adapt to a model that they (we) do not agree with in many aspects, core release periods included.
    Posted in: Opinions & Polls
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    posted a message on Should Core Sets go back to being every two years?
    I get the impression that those examples many of you are using (Titans, Thragtusk, etc.) are the result of the existence of the current model. I bet WotC wouldn't print such cards if they would have to stay for along two years. The way things work right now, we have to deal with cards that work as magnets, conditioning deck building around them for more than an entire year, and WotC's line of thought seems to be that puting an entire format under risk for such period of time is fair enough and justifies using standard as a lab to create bombs to expermient with.

    A 2 year duration for cores would restrict them to be more careful with the reprints/new designs they decide to add. Yes, it would demmand more efforts from their side regarding logistics, but it would derive in a more healtier enviroment and, perhaps and luckily, into a closure for this era of bomby critters and crappy spells, wich happens to start worring me more and more as time goes on.
    Posted in: Opinions & Polls
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    posted a message on Quick Viewing Images in Forums (?)
    Hello, Mako

    Perhaps you mean this post from Casparro. Is this what you're looking for?
    Posted in: Artwork
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    posted a message on Monthly Contests: Past themes; Suggestions; Announcements and General Discussion.
    Quote from Rhaegys
    I would like to participate in altered-art contest. Smile Is there one planned anytime soon?


    Hello, Rhaegys

    Thanks for asking and welcome to our forums!

    Well, the idea is to have them back, but we do not want to do so in a rush. We have been talking about a completely new proposal for them, but I belive it would be better to leave holidays behind to sit and polish details. As the soonest, they could be back in February. As late, we don't know. You're invited to come round from time to time and check Thumbs Up

    -BBull
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    Quote from Plaguefather
    I cannot see any posts by a Gonzalo L. Any idea what kind of images are being used?

    It has been deleted by the admins. There were thousands of renders and also many hand-painted alters. I've also found another guy in a latin FB group selling cube boxes full of counterfeits, among wich there were many digital renders took from MTGS (fortunately, we knew this guy in person and he was a gentle guy who was being a victim of his own missinformation). It seems that counterfeit sellers are now starting to use FaceBook to promote their activity, so I would suggest to keep an open eye on such site.
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    A guy in this facebook group (who's from my city and his name is Gonzalo L.) is selling proxies there, using images of many of us. I've reported his post and explained him such activity is illegal. In case any of you is being affected by this (there are even handpainted alters of mine!) feel free to report his post as well.

    I've reported to facebook, not to WotC.
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    posted a message on [Official] Digital Rendering Thread
    Quote from zeerbe
    Where does it mention anything about sources? These refer explicitly and solely to techniques.

    The verbiage used is what caused this? The fact that "digital render" and "proxy" are synonymous means nothing? Had they said "I'm looking for the digital renders gallery of X" you'd have not swung the ban hammer?

    If this is the direction this is going from here on, then I shan't be participating and I suggest you close and lock this thread.

    Quote from rianalnn


    Proxies
    Proxies are substitute cards created solely by judges in sanctioned tournaments pursuant to the official tournament rules. These substitutes are allowed when authorized game cards become unplayable during a sanctioned tournament because of damage or excessive wear. Proxies do not include any graphical reproduction of their intended substitutes.

    Counterfeits
    Counterfeits are copies or reproductions of actual Wizards trading cards, whether or not they are identified as non-genuine. The creation and distribution of counterfeits violate United States and international copyright laws and negatively affects the integrity of Wizards’ trading card games. Counterfeits are strictly prohibited, even for personal, non-commercial use.


    So no, "digital render" and "proxy" aren't synonymous. Such text is part of the rules users should abide to while posting. What these users were talking about is counterfeits, by calling them "proxies". They were talking about sources for creating counterfeits, not for sharing digital imagery (digital image =/= counterfeit, wrongly called "proxy").

    So, we want to abide by WotC's policies and we need to do so in order to be able to keep this thread legal and give you space for sharing your production. We are not here to tell people what to do with those images. Still, we can't allow poeple to make apologia of illegal activity. In the end, while sharing digital renders is fine, talking publicly about using it for counterfeiting isn't.

    I do not see the reason of you having to leave or us needing to close this thread, since you and many other have been sharing renders for a long time without messing with the rules.
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    posted a message on [Official] Digital Rendering Thread
    A guy in this facebook group (who's from my city and his name is Gonzalo L.) is selling proxies there, using images of many of us. I've reported his post and explained him such activity is illegal. In case any of you is being affected by this (there are even handpainted alters of mine!) feel free to report his post as well.

    EDIT: I've reported to facebook, not to WotC).
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    posted a message on [Official] Digital Rendering Thread
    @Everyone: PLEASE, you should read the rules carefully before posting. ANY kind of talk about proxying is PROHIBITED, even if it's about sources of material. The users that were suspended here were talking about such sources as sources for proxying instead of sharing those sources as digital rendering sources. Apologia of proxying is as illegal as proxying itself.

    -BBull
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    posted a message on Alteration Ideas for Force of Will
    Good thing about FoW is that it could be graphically translated into a force of will against or in pursuit of almost anything you want, specially thanks to the character's posture. Translating this to the game, perhaps you could think about wich spells or game actions you usually have to face and fight against the most and recreate one of them.
    You could also make a background change or a character replacement. Those are pretty common and look dangly good (such as those depicting Jace or Yawgmoth in the same posture, or the background change Terese Nielsen did to that famous FoW of hers in youtube).

    FoW lends itself to a vast variety of possibilities! Wink
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    posted a message on The CCC&G Pro Tour IV (Team A): Finals!
    hello, guys!

    Nice legend you gave us to work with, JG! (I agree on the change GM proposes, but more because of gamming purposes than for it's flavor oddity).

    Some brainstorming:

    I would suggest to rework Thrive, perhaps to turn it into a storm version (I think what perhaps what we want to go with here is a storm reinsert)

    About reprints, what about a small version of Doubling Season, wich could work with a particullar kind of creature tokens (restricted to color, p/t, etc) and/or +1/+1 counters instead of any kind of them. It could actually just work with +1/+1 counters and perhaps also be a dude with heroic.

    NAME COST
    Creature - TYPES (?)
    Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets NAME, put a +1/+1 counter on /another?/ target creature.
    COST: Until end of turn, if an effect would place one or more +1/+1 counters on a creature you control, it places twice that many of those +1/+1 counters on that creature instead.

    We could even make the activated ability to be a trigger, but I would preffer it to be act. to allow the creature to have more board presence.

    Also:

    NAME GW
    Instant C
    Put a +1/+1 counter on target /attacking or blocking?/ creature.
    Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

    We could even replace storm with that cute ability I can't remember who brought up, called battlestorm (interesting to create theroid flavor as well). This would make the card more constructed appealing
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    posted a message on The CCC&G Pro Tour IV (Pregame: Let's rock baby, yeah!)
    Quote from Zoomba
    Here all!

    Verios, Overseer of Thoth 3WB
    Legendary Creature - Human Soldier (R)
    At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature with the least power amongst creatures you control. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.
    3/5
    His city is a monument of strength, built upon the bones of those too weak to enter it.

    I would replace ". If you do" with ". Then" You'll always sacrifice a creature due to Verios being a creature itself. I would also add the usual clarification at the end: "If two or more creatures are tied for least power, you choose one of them."
    That should work. if I´m correct, there's no way of turning Veros into a noncreature permanent that retains that ability.
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    Finally finished this 15-pieces multipurpose token set:

    @Seesic: That sword is gorgeous!
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    posted a message on The CCC&G Pro Tour IV (Pregame: Let's rock baby, yeah!)
    I will. A personal issue impeded me from posting an entry last days.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
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    posted a message on The CCC&G Pro Tour IV (Pregame: Let's rock baby, yeah!)
    Until when do we have time to post the entry?
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    posted a message on The CCC&G Pro Tour IV (Pregame: Let's rock baby, yeah!)
    Kalenia of the Sprouting Trace 1GW
    Legendary Creature — Elf Spirit M
    Whenever Kalenia of the Sprouting Trace enters the battlefield or attacks, search your library for a basic land card and put that card onto the battlefield tapped. Then shuffle your library.
    For each basic land type, as long as you control two or more basic lands of that type, other creatures you control get +1/+1.
    "Wherever we go, Gaia is there to recieve us."
    1/3
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    Some new stuff:


    Shock's Original Art by Mike Sass.
    Ancient Stirrings's original art by Vincent Price.
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    posted a message on [Official] QUESTIONS, Requests, & Help Thread
    Quote from Plaguefather
    I tried contacting him on facebook about it before, no response...
    What about here by pm? He's a regular poster. I would be glad to throw you a hint, but I haven't touched a playmat before. Perhaps I've readed somewhere (not really sure) that "micron pens" or "permasomething pens" are the thing they use. Even the Sakura ones could be useful here. Also, I belive that a regular sealant (as the ones used with altered cards) would be enough (it would be great to have a mat alterer making a confirmation of this). In case of using a regular sealant, you would probably need to roll the playmat with a wider radius for transprotation, perhaps inside of one of those plastic tubes used to carry blueprints). Also, it would probably be better to seal with a fine layer instead of a tick one.

    Take all the aforementioned with a grain of salt, since I'm not talkig from experience.
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    posted a message on [Official] QUESTIONS, Requests, & Help Thread
    Quote from Plaguefather
    Can anyone tell me the best markers and line-pens to use on playmats?
    I would suggest you to contact TTTF, who happens to make pretty clean mats in linework and colors.
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    posted a message on New Garruk statue
    I like it, futantshadow. It has been a long time since the last time you've shared a piece here. Nice to have you back Thumbs Up
    Wich materials have you used? Would it be possible to also know the technique behind it? Perhaps you may try to use acrylics to color your pieces, such as those used to paint small pieces from wargames.
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    posted a message on Who are the top card alterers?
    Quote from LimDul945
    In my opinion, poxy is one of the best alterers for land cards, along with Marta Molina. They both consistently put out amazingly beautiful landscapes.
    Pretty much this.

    I think that saying that there's a #1 alterer/alterist (artist) would be as incorrect as saying that there's possible to stablish who's better among, let's say Davinci; Picasso; Dali or Velazquez. Once an artist has dominated the medium/technique, being good or not becomes relegated to a second level of importance, wich means our personal taste regarding a style. So, I could say that Marta and Poxy are my favourite ones regarding landscapes; Demonium is my favourite regarding custom art; Klug is my favourite regarding linework; Sandreline and Cardkitty are my favourites regarding color matching, and Demonium and Seesic are my favourite ones regarding free pallete management. Still, I can't figure out wich one is "the best one" because there are many diverse aspects to be considered, ending up in a personal and subjective appreciation that would allow me to (perhaps) make a choice from a personal perspective.

    In general, I think that my personal choice would be Demonium's work, but just because he has a style that's pretty relaxing to my eye.
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    Quote from Morex
    Thank you Smile
    Nope, just used acrylic paint, water, brushes (and a toothpick, lol). Heard some use spray for the matte, and some say you dont need it. But I cannot see why use spray if it was this easy to stick the colours without it Smile
    Beside the benefit of protecting the piece from scratches and dirt, applying a sealant unifies the whole piece in a single surface (merging the non-painted parts and the painted ones into a single thing that reflects the light equally (try to see a non-sealed alter from different angles of light and you will understand what I mean)

    A warm welcome to the newcomers! Kekeke

    @Everyone: Remember that there's this thread where you may ask for input: [ALT] Card Alters — Questions, Tips & How to Get Started!
    This thread is for sharing alter pieces and discussing about them.
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    I remember that short period in wich you used to outline more profusely your pieces, Seesic. Was it a test period -wich you rejected- or was it a comissioner's request? I should confess myself as a sort of outline lover regarding alters, and -as I belive I stated before- such technique highlights your style in a pretty delicious way, IMO (wich, in case of the need of a label, I would call it as "oneiric-comic", if I may say so.
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    posted a message on Maelstrom Wanderer Proxy (For EDH/COMM)
    Just as a reminder, while sharing renders is fine, talking about printed/printing "proxies" (aka: counterfeits) isn't. Also, remember that talking about printing techinques isn't legal in our forums.

    -BBull
    Posted in: Artwork
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    posted a message on [Official] QUESTIONS, Requests, & Help Thread
    Let's say we want to add the folowing image:
    So, we copy the URL of the image, wich is the following:

    http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/265/b/4/command_tower_custom_art_textless_by_blackbullo-d5fjir4.jpg

    Then go to the upper tool bar and push the landscape button (yellow one). A small window will pop up, wich reads "Please enter the URL of your image". Paste the URL there and click "Accept". That's it.
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    posted a message on [Official] QUESTIONS, Requests, & Help Thread
    Quote from Ink
    Hi everyone, could some one help me out and tell me how to put images of cards into posts I tried img code provided for example using http://magiccards.info/query?q=!simic+charm

    Using the code provided at the bottom of the page and puting the image code
    Simic Charm
    Does not seem to work...
    Help...
    Help thanks in advance


    I would just copy the image url, then use the image button (yes, that one at the bar with the mountain peek and the yellow sky.) Be sure to use spoiler tags yo avoid flooding the screen with images, and also be sure that your images fit witin the forum/subforum rules.
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    posted a message on "Altered Print" Cards
    If you want to get unique pieces for your collection/decks, I would suggest you to hire an actual artist and get handpainted alters, wich happen to be "real" alters. You can do so by contacting an alterer from the altered art thread by PMing him/her, or picking one at the Official Altered Cards Artist Contact Thread.

    Personally, I wouldn't buy stuff from a company/group/dealer that used to plagiarize real artists' material.
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    posted a message on The Cuban Room - Servimos Mojitos
    Bueno, asumo que ya es momento de saludar por acá (como nos pasa a la mayoría de los hispanoparlantes en el sitio, no tenía idea de la existencia de éste hilo hasta hace un par de semanas atrás.)

    Buenas y santas a todos! Kekeke
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    posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    @Gals: Wow... You've beaten yourself with that Doran. I can't figure out wich printing of the card you've textlessed. Still, that colored pencil feeling was stunningly gotten. Just gorgeous! Thumbs Up

    @Ondal: That Spell crumble is a hit on the nail. Exquisite management of the green (somehow, I find blue and green as a hard couple to make shine togheter, but you've made them lift each other pretty well.)

    It has been a long time since I posted something, and I hope to have a bunch of alters to share in a week or so (comissions and pieces I want to bring to GP: Argentina in March.)
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    posted a message on Monthly Contests: Past themes; Suggestions; Announcements and General Discussion.
    Yeah, that's another thing, and even if we want the contests back and healty in our harts, one of the possibilities is that these don't come back soon, or perhaps ever (my call is that they'll be back, but we never know. It all deppends, as adunakhor said, on the interest you, the community, demostrate about them.)

    I don't belive the time for the contests is over, but it's certainly over as they used to be. If they come back, they should come back evolved. if not, they will face extintion and trying to insist in the old shape will mean just a vain attempt of necroing. Since the fuel for the contests is your interest on them, you're the ones that have the power to help them to survive, or to bury them for ever. Do you love them enough? Do you need them to be there? It's up to you, folks...
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    posted a message on WOTC Cracking down on alters
    Enough of the topic. As stated before, in case people has no official information and/or proof of what they state and keep just giving their opinion, the thread would be locked. Rules weren't followed. Thread is closed.
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    posted a message on Monthly Contests: Past themes; Suggestions; Announcements and General Discussion.
    Thanks everyone for throwing new and challenging ideas. Still, at this point what we are talking about and trying to figure out how to improve it, is the contest strubcture and the possibility of modifying the prizing system as well. If any of you has any idea or even a personal opinion of what did you really liked about the old contests, and what didn't (or even what would you like to see modified), it would be great. Even if such ideas could not end being part of the new strubcture of the contests, they will be useful hints and help us to figure out the best way to bring them back.

    At the moment, I'm not at my place, so I had few if not zero time to sit and brainstorm with the crew about the matter. Still, we're considering to reduce the percentaje of rounds per year, and also trying to figure out if it could be possible to add a sort of extra prizes, like other contests in other sites have. Since this would mean to inolve third parties in the contests (players, organizers and donators/sponsors) We're discussing all the ariables involved here, wich includes the general forums rules. Once we have something decided, expect to see the official announcements here.

    We want the contests to be back, but we also want (and it is a MUST) them to come back in an improved form that we could call a success that will never face an auto-win or a 1VS1 poll again. It's not an easy goal to achieve, but certainly it's neither an impossible one. Time will tell, and your opinion will be the best thing we can have fur our task. Wink
    Posted in: Contests
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