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  • posted a message on Ultra-pro images
    Listen, my deepest, darkest hope with the three headed dinosaur is this:

    Legendary Creature - Elder Dinosaur God
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ultra-pro images
    There was a clearer version on Reddit today:

    Sleeves/Boxes from left to right: Angrath, a vampire I'm sure is Elenda, and a merfolk I'm sure is Kumena.

    Playmats from Top to Bottom: The aforementioned Brass attack, the three-headed elder dinosaur I'm 90% sure is the Threefold Sun (look at that sunny glow), and a landscape with a herd of dinos.

    I want that King Ghidora playmat so bad I can taste it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Unstable seems like a great hit - but is it really?
    So if you read blogatog and some of the articles on other sites Unstable is a giant hit. On sales figures alone, the 4th Unset is probably a when and not an if. Maro's mission accomplished.

    I wonder however, how much of this is because of the actual silverbordered cards and how much this is because of the goodies - which in this case means the foil tokens but most importantly - the full art basics. Looking at the current prices on, the price of an unstable booster starts at €2,15 whereas the single prices for the full art basics range from €1,60 - €2,85, which means an average of €2,23 - more than the price of a booster! So it seems that the price of a pack is roughly equivalent to the expected value of the full art basic in there (a little lower because sometimes you pull a steamflogger boss) and the rest is just the toilet paper that comes with it.

    Now as someone who finds silver bordered only slightly amusing to see and would never spend any real money on it this is understandable. But if this is true then how can Unstable be considered a success?
    Questions to consider: How is any set with chase cards a success? How is this different than basically any set? What about the other Un-sets that were less successful but also had goodies?
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Quote from SC1987 »
    Now does YouTube reward channels solely based on number of views regardless of likes/dislikes?
    You have to be of a certain size to monetize your channel, and more views means more ad revenue. Likes and dislikes don't fact in, I don't think.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The ELEVENTH Annual MTGS Holiday Gift Card Exchange!
    Hey, I'm in!

    Cause I guess I didn't make it official yet. Everyone gets cards based on my two favorite (and most popular) Archive Trap articles.
    Posted in: Community Discussion
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Per the forum rules, calling someone a troll is trolling. Even if they call themselves a troll. If someone called themselves a slur, it wouldn't be okay to then use the slur on them.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Currently Suspended/Banned Users.
    Spectre_06 has been suspended for flaming.
    Posted in: Community Discussion
  • posted a message on Percieved Weakness in Regards to a Polarizing Topic
    The problem with your friend's point of view is that they are the arbiter of who gets to live and die. That's majorly problematic from and ethical point of view.

    There's nothing wrong, in general, with either of your points of view, but calling someone "weak" is usually a cover for a lack of empathy.

    Savannah Lion is right, if you want to be friends you'll have to agree to move on.
    Posted in: Real-Life Advice
  • posted a message on Archive Trap: A Vorthos Guide to MTG
    Hey all, just wanted to say I'll be publishing lore articles over at Gathering Magic now. As such, I've updated the OP. It was too good an opportunity to pass up, although I'm hoping to finish out a couple key articles. You might just see my Mending pieces and Ravnica pieces on Gathering Magic instead of here.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Thread marked as spam - possible to unban?

    It happens sometimes with long posts from new users.
    Posted in: Community Discussion
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Quote from RxPhantom »
    Regarding one slice of Jay13x's comment, though: when I've advocated for open discourse earlier in this thread, it's not that I believe pro-misogyny, pro-abuse opinions should be heard or validated, but one may argue that this whole thing is being blown out of proportion. There may be a cogent point in that line of thinking somewhere, maybe placing some of the blame on offense culture. I don't believe it's being blown out of proportion, nor do I believe that this is an example of offense culture run amok, but equating that viewpoint with Jeremy's nonsense isn't fair.
    I was not targeting you specifically, but I've seen those comments a lot. These is perfectly find for discussion. I disagree, but you're allowed to think that this is in some ways overblown.

    I don't think so, at least in this particular case. I think a lot of people feel brave enough to speak up about the harassment they've received over the years, and it came to a head when someone very visible finally said enough is enough.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Quote from Blinzer »
    Jeremy doesn't need defending, as his reasoning is much more sound than anything I've heard coming from the opposite side. He also has a fair bit of objective truth defending him, which really causes any argument against him made from an average magic player to fall apart quickly. In order for you to identify any of his actions as the things you described, you must first prove that what you are talking about is what you say it is in logic, something you haven't done, therefore nothing you attribute as "Hate speech", "Harassment" or "Approxing of x" has any meaning. You have jumped multiple steps in the process of rational thought and thus, it's not you who is blocking out the people who can defend him. The people who can truly defend him would never waste their time with you, and considering the insult and disgrace you have already brought to the beautiful battlefield that is discussion, have no problems leaving you to rot. There is absolutely no reason to save you from yourself when you're going to point a plastic gun at the people who oppose and think it's going to do anything else but make them laugh.
    And yet, hilariously, here you are making sure we all know you're above it.

    Because you don't care. And you don't care so much that you took the time to sign up for an account, and take two attempts at telling us how much you don't care.

    Thanks, we certainly realize how far above it you are now.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    As some of you have correctly surmised (even though you might dislike them), there is a reason the restrictions we put on this thread are there. I think it's worthwhile to explain ourselves in this instance. Free speech isn't an issue, we are neither a government agency nor are we being influenced by a government agency.

    What we had was a decision to make: do we stifle all discussion, like we have in the past for contentious issues? No one is happy about that. Sometimes we lock threads to give a cool down period, and sometimes when it's obvious things will spin out of control or is beyond our ability to keep up with moderating. We don't like doing it just as much as you don't like having it done.

    Do we allow open discussion on the issue? There are a lot of problems with that. The biggest one is that we give another platform for those who are not interested in debating in good faith. On some topics, that's a worthwhile risk, but is there really a "harassment is okay" side worth hearing out? Should we give a platform to those who just want to use it to further demean people? Other threads about this topic had disingenuous claims for 'more evidence' or otherwise repeated the same talking points, there really wouldn't be anything to say that hasn't been said a hundred times already. There's certainly a risk in never hearing the other side out, but part of the problem with harassment and toxicity in Magic is that the side not being heard is the harassed, especially when you've got loud voices claiming everything is copacetic.

    So we set some groundrules. Really, really basic groundrules. If you can't make a cogent point without using "SJW", victim blaming, or ignoring the mountain of easily available evidence of harassment (at least in this one specific case), it's probably best that you are the one listening. You don't have to think Christine Sprankle is the greatest, you just can't malign her any further. We really want MTGS to be a community welcoming to all, and that hasn't always been the case. Our hope is that these ground rules will encourage people to participate who otherwise wouldn't because of the toxic mentalities. If you really think you have a strong point, but can't manage it without violating the above rules, you don't have the strong footing you think you do.

    If you're interested in debating the merits of the groundrules, please remember that arguing moderator actions like this belong in the help deck for subforum, not in the thread itself.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Is Magic the Gathering based on something else?
    Microprose would go on to make some Magic: the Gathering games, so I think that is what your friend may be referring to.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on MtGSalvation Site-Wide Issues Compendium
    Talk & Entertainment

    LuckNorris has stepped down as moderator.
    Posted in: Community Discussion
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