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  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Quote from SavannahLion »
    Quote from Ashiok »
    I know I'm not in a position to have a say on this, but I think it is just better to lock the thread and do not talk about the subject then. I accept my infraction, it is okay, but higher levels of policing in a delicate matter like this is not going to foster an environment for a positive dicussion, in my view. I feel like this current situation with the cosplayer is directly related to the topics I mentioned before. Look at the state of this thread: there are 4 mod posts so far and 3 community member posts.

    If you think the subject can't be addressed in certain angles to the point that it can't be discussed, then it is better not to discuss it. That is how I see it. For instance, I disagree with something Marsquisd said, but I can't even address it without receiving another infraction.


    I agree. The restrictions placed on this topic is throttling a frank and important discussion. Instead, I have to focus far more energy considering my words carefully or risk infractions. We all get it, it's just xkcd #1357. So do we want to be part of the solution or part of the problem? Keep in mind, doing nothing equates to being part of the problem.

    If we, the community, can't actively draw the line in the sand and tell WotC, sponsors and the rest outliers of the community that toxic behavior is flat out not acceptable from either side, then why are "we" a part of that community?

    Edit: removed link due to language I didn't notice
    If you truly find it difficult to say what you think needs to be said without including an entire paragraph to explain that "oh sjws started it", like that first guy did, then I am inclined to believe you do not actually have anything important to say on this topic.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Unstable FAQAWASLFAQPAFTIDAWABIAJTBT (with a few unknown cards)
    So let's say, though some kind of shenanigans, you get an RTR Azorius watermark onto Secret Base. Can it generate color for original Rav Azorius cards?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on To Infinity Elemental and Beyond
    Quote from orlouge82 »
    Quote from cml73264 »
    Quote from Surge »
    I think a set value is determined by the controller, but I may be wrong.


    See, you are thinking within the normal rules of Magic. This is an un- set. You get literally infinite life.


    Technically, you can't literally gain infinite life since "infinity" is not a defined, static value (it's a theoretical concept). Essentially, if you were to give this thing lifelink, no amount of damage dealt could make you lose the game. Your life total would be a number high beyond counting. Even if someone where to fire off some kind infinite damage combo (a la Viscera Seer + Murderous Redcap + Melira/Solemnity, there's no way they could kill you with the damage, because your life total has no upper limit, in a manner of speaking.

    The only way to cancel this out would be to be dealt infinite damage (with, I don't know, an Infinity Elemental).
    I feel like if your life total becomes infinity, but then you suffer an infinite damage combo, the spirit of the rules would let them kill you. Sure, in a tournament setting you could just say "nah you gotta execute it" and then slow play comes around, but...it's silver border
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Urza Freaking Planeswalker
    Headmaster. Hyuk hyuk hyuk.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Phoebe, Head of S.N.E.A.K. - MaRo Twitter Spoiler
    Quote from Darklich528 »
    Quote from DementedKirby »

    True, but then instead of the word permanent she could've had an "until she leaves the battlefield" like clause.

    Or just nothing. Phoebe steals target creature's text box would IMHO intuitively mean "for as long as she's on the battlefield" since it lacks any kind of "until end of turn" phrasing. Unlike, say, Some Disassembly Required. Adding the word permanent heavily implies that it's, well, permanent (i.e. unaffected by zone changes). At least for the current game.

    Edit: Really Epic Punch could have used the word permanent but it doesn't. Why the inconsistency?
    Playtesters probably used her like she said "until eot" a lot.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dominaria art Pax unplugged Jaya's Back!
    Those are specifically Jaya's goggles, and she's doing the same streaks-from-fingers trick that's on Task Mage. I'm not sure what other conclusion one is supposed to draw.

    Also, Jaya interacted with Lim-Dul, right? That idea is becoming more and more interesting...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Very Cryptic Command
    It misses so many lands, but hits Karakas. Bah.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Jackknight - MTG JP Twitter spoiler
    Normal card. Neat if you're splashing some silver into an EDH deck
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Spike, Tournament Grinder - GatheringMagic Spoiler
    Quote from Yamahako »
    Her real name, is Adorabel Dearheart. It's just her friends that call her Spike. Smile
    But you can call her "ma'am".

    Quote from Fenthing »
    So seeing how UNSets are meant to break the MTG COMP RULES, a clear example is Rules Lawer, then it would stand to this judge that clearly you can use Booster Tutor and Spike to get Conspiracies into your hand, but having no casting cost then you must find another way to play them and it would stand to reason that you place them into the Command Zone once they resolve.
    I agree that Spike is capable of putting Conspiracies in your hand, since they've been defined as cards and exist on a ban list, but I'm pretty sure that unless you're goofing, they just flat do nothing but add 1 to your hand size once they're there. They don't just not have a mana cost, they aren't spells or permanents. That said, if the most busted thing you can think to do with Spike is go looking for a Sovereign's Realm to pair with your Fist of Suns, I guess I'm not really rushing to stop you dot dot dot
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Wizards Instagram spoiler - Selfie Preservation
    Quote from Marquisd »
    Funnily enough there may be situations that you want to find a treeless land so that you can play it untapped
    Unfortunately there are no treeless basic forests. What a nonbo.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 11-14
    Quote from Raptorchan »
    Quote from Creedmoor »
    Good with tokens if you choose the flavorless option!

    What if my tokens have flavor text on them? No one said that only officially printed tokens can be used.
    Odyssey tokens had flavor text!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Spike, Tournament Grinder - GatheringMagic Spoiler
    Oh, it's true! So you can get...Rukh Egg!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 11-14
    If you exile another DIY, does it trigger twice or three times on each attack...?

    e: Actually, it's gotta be just twice, otherwise you enter a recursive feedback loop where it constantly gains more instances of its own text.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Spike, Tournament Grinder - GatheringMagic Spoiler
    Quote from illakunsaa »
    turn 2 -> Spike
    turn 3 -> Reflector Mage

    Pretty sic curve if you ask me.
    Is reflector mage still banned, now that its standard no longer exists? I wonder...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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