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  • posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    MTG Arena has been fun enough so far. You get given 70 boosters to start and none of the deckbuilding restrictions of DotP. The new systems for priority etc seems to work well but I keep messing it up from years of playing DotP. The battlefield looks decent and everything is laid out well, although some animations are a bit cheesy.

    Grinding coins could get annoying; You get 50 for a win plus the usual Daily Challenges and 2 packs costs you 1000g. I am slightly disappointed they are bringing "Gems" into the game though and I might be vocal about this point in there Beta feedback forums. Like you said Salmo, I would much rather pay a flat monthly fee and deal with that than feel like wizards are being shady and getting into the gems/gold style of online service. Drafting is my main concern with this; you don't seem to get awarded packs so (unless you win pack in draft) you will need 2000 coins to draft (1000 for 2 packs twice), it feels like a bit of a ploy to get people to crack and buy gems as you are going to find yourself at 2 packs a lot and either have to grind the 1000 coins for another draft or pay for gems. It could become a "have and have nots" economy where those who sink a bunch of money into it have the better decks (somewhat like real magic I guess).

    Instead of Gems I would just like the option to purchase a complete Ixalan playset, it's not like they have an economy to balance since cards cannot be traded. I would be much happier drop 20 pounds every few months for the new set if they are upfront and honest about it, but I will make it my goal never to spend a penny on gems for packs.

    Gameplay is smooth and whilst I have had some connectivity issues. I'm getting my ass wupped, but a good part of that is me not knowing Ixalan too well so I'm not too frustrated at it. I wouldn't mind a chat,it would be fun to be able to exchange a few words with my opponents but that might be playing with fire given the current climate within the MTG community.

    Anyone know if you can get duplicates from packs? I was pretty sure I had a playset of a card but I opened it a booster, it didn't seem like you can convert excess copies into gold.

    I am Groglord on it if anyone wants to add me and play a few games.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    Anyone else get into the MTG Arena beta?
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on White 4 Mana Wraths (Wrath of God, Day of Judgement)
    Quote from Salmo »
    Dont forget about Damnation. It's non-white, but it's probably more important to black than Wrath of God is to white.

    Yea I probably titled it wrong, it is just for the 4 mana white wraths since they are pretty interchangeable in most cube settings, I think Damnation already has it's own thread.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on White 4 Mana Wraths (Wrath of God, Day of Judgement)



    These cards were discussed here in the Random Cube card of the Day thread, but surprisingly there was no SCD or MCD of them.

    Both Wrath of God and Day of Judgement are considered by many to be staples in cube and the best at what they do in white. 4 mana wraths allow the control player to stabilize against aggressive decks, deal with threats that go wide and kill hexproof creatures.

    A classic example of symmetrical effects being less symmetrical than they seem, the trick is all in you controlling the timing, since you know its coming you develop your board accordingly, take a few extra hits and clear the board when your opponent over extends. You lose your creatures but you have decided what creatures to play out, it is pretty easy to hold some creatures back and play them out post-wrath. At larger ammounts of mana you can easily wipe the board and follow up with 4 drop, this kind of swing can be back breaking in the late game if your opponent has run out of gas.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Random Cube Card of the Day Thread
    Both the 4 mana wraths are staples as far as I'm concerned, I cant really see what I would cut either for. Even if we got a 3 mana wrath in white I could see just running it on the of the 4 mana ones.

    We play 3-man games a lot so having extra access to wraths is definitely handy, with how efficient cube creatures can be it's pretty important to be able to deal with them without burning 1-for-1 removal on smaller threats or walls of tokens. Multiplayer games tend to go longer and have a lot more complicated board states so being able to clear all that out of the way is great.

    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on 2017 Cube Forum Secret Santa Sign-Ups OPEN! (Sign up between now and 12/1!)
    Does someone else want to do the pairings if DSF is too busy? I can manage but I could do it over the weekend (right? Maybe its more complex than I'm giving it credit for) it if no one else can, but I'm fairly busy over Christmas. It would be fairly handy to get my gift bought and sent so I can take it off my Christmas gift budget.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on [[SCD]] Huntmaster of the Fells
    Huntmaster of the Fells was discussed here in the Random Cube card of the Day Thread.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Random Cube Card of the Day Thread
    Huntmaster seems solid but I haven't played with it.

    I prefer the original art, mainly because the ravager side. Something looks off proportion for the new Ravager, I think its the arms but in general it feels a bit less menacing. The Huntmaster sides are both pretty good; I like that the new one includes her wolf buddy but she looks less grizzled than the older art, some of that could be the art style though.

    I generally settle on original arts for older cards as reprints are too often CG or more homogenized, but some promos can be very nice. I like my full art foil Wrath of God and Day of Judgement as well as Guay's Path to Exile a lot.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Brass's bounty & City's Blessing
    Could be that City's Blessing is one of those "external game pieces" MaRo mentions on his Drive to Work, it seems like a design space they arevery interested in. Transform in Innistrad was originally meant to be a Day/Night card you flipped, Monarch (under a different name) was originally designed for Ixalan and Unstable brought us Contraptions with a place to sprocket them.

    Could be is works like Monarch but has a different way to steal it from opponents or grants a different effect. For instance it generates a choice of effects but players bid for the blessing with mana each upkeep.
    Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
  • posted a message on Random Cube Card of the Day Thread
    It seems like you need a lot of mana before it does anything useful:
    mana in = mana out
    3 = 0
    4 = 2
    5 = 4
    6 = 6
    7 = 8
    8 = 10
    10 = 16

    I mean it's not even a Sol Ring until you hit 8 mana, I guess it can fix your mana if you really need double colours but its at a pretty poor rate. It reminds me a bit of Cabal Coffers in terms of being a strong effects with a high barrier to entry.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [UST] Unstable Testing & Inclusions
    Wow 6 is pretty crazy, I assume pro black boarder is still tye best for cube though, cant see much topping that.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [UST] Unstable Testing & Inclusions
    I think in most cases the orignally printed card was the more cubable. I expect there are afew more to come though, so who know.

    I do plan to swap the very cryptic commands in and out without telling my drafters and see how long it takes to notice.

    This has been my favorite spoiler season since I started cubing.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Very Cryptic Command has Multiple (Randomized?) Printings
    Quote from Velrun »
    Now does anyone know how to best/easiest buy a copy of one specific version of the Very Cryptic Commands?

    Some stores have started listing the originally spoiled versions as "Version A" but none seem to have the otherversions up yet. My guess it is will be tomorrow before they update fully, but once they do most big stores will just let you buy the option of your choice.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Very Cryptic Command has Multiple (Randomized?) Printings
    I look forward to swapping in and out various Very Cryptic Commands from my cube and swearing to my drafters they just remembered the card wrong.

    This seems like it will be a nightmare for stores that ran preorders without knowing about this; they are essentially going to have their predicted stock of certain cards cut in half (assuming each version is as likly to appear) as people who ordered the Protection from Black Boarders Knight of the Kitchen Sink likely wont want the one that cares about name length. I bet the stores are currently scrambling to reorganise and update their listings.

    I have a a few of the effected cards pre-ordered, it would suck to get sent the wrong one by accident or have pre-orderes cancelled/delayed.

    I feel extra bad for the small sellers who had their pre-releases ruined by the realization the business is going to take a hit.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [UNS][CUBE] Knight of the Kitchen Sink
    There are 2 versions of this card
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
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