• posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions
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    Quote from Caranthir »
    Okay, guys, I apologize.

    I am just deeply disappointed, almost pained, from the current state and amount (or more precisely, the lack) of attention paid by the web team to what used to be my very favorite part of Magic.

    Let's hope that the next plane-hopping weeks will bring something interesting :).


    I understand your disappointment, but don't you think that the attention to story and UR in general is FAR superior than it's been in a long while? Think about how we had little to NO story for the awesome setting of Innistrad and some pretty un-readable articles for Theros. At least we're getting a weekly story/episode that actually matters to the greater arc. I, for one, am excited to see what comes our way each Wednesday.


    No, I do not think so. At all. But you would probably have to walk in my shoes the last 18 years to understand me.

    As someone who still fondly looks through the Tempest mini-storybook from the Starter Pack of Tempest, who remembers the golden era of novels with some true gems...

    Innistrad was a missed chance. As for Theros, I enjoyed the atmosphere-invoking articles.

    To put it shortly and compare it to food - in the beginning, we got some things that maybe were not perfect, but "cooked" with love, enthusiasm, the stories were emotionally invested, etc.

    Then they got even better, and we got great feasts with several courses from master chefs (The Thran, Brothers's War, Planeswalker, Ice Age novels, etc...) as well as from new, but caring, invested, innovative cooks (Scott McGough, Cory Herndon). Wizards actually cared to feed us such treats.

    And then it went downhill. Ari Marmell managed the last true feast. Laura Resnick's meal was half-eaten before serving. Alara Unbroken was a product of a clumsy, but enthusiastic cook who tried to emulate the old masters. John Vornholt was kicked out after them getting the first taste, and Matt Stover cynically tried to feed us neatly arranged horse dung on the pretense that it is a delicacy. And I can continue...

    What I am getting to: They do not even hire real "cooks" now, instead giving the job to almost anyone who can cook pasta with ketchup without burning the stove.

    The result is something slightly above typical junk food. You can go there each week, eat your meal, but it feels unoriginal, bland, artificial, boring.

    Sometimes you get there sugar instead of salt, sometimes a potato peel instead of a slice of bacon, but who cares - you are not the one making their business running.

    But when you are starving, yes, it is better than having nothing to eat.

    Is this kind of meal enough for you? OK.

    Feel free to call me spoiled, but I believe we could be getting more, with regard to what once was.

    Quote from orlouge82 »
    I agree with Caranthir, and I think the decline in quality is directly tied to the decision to stop publishing novels for each block. It's not so much that that's the cause, but rather just symptomatic of the deeper issue of the higher-ups no longer believing that it's very important to invest a lot of time and energy into the creative side of Magic because only a minority of the player base is invested in it. Players not generally being invested in the story is nothing new, but they continued to put out novels regardless (heck, they even bundled them into the Fat Packs). With the sudden surge in Magic's popularity, it seems that they are just going all-in on maximizing profits by cutting back on any elements deemed non-essential to Magic's continued growth. They probably figure that those who follow the storyline are already heavily invested in Magic, so there's not a lot to be gained by putting a lot of resources behind Creative.


    Well said, my friend. Excellently said...

    This might not be the end of Magic as a game, but very well the end of Magic for me.

    PS: Thanks Bolas and orlouge Wink
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions
    Okay, guys, I apologize.

    I am just deeply disappointed, almost pained, from the current state and amount (or more precisely, the lack) of attention paid by the web team to what used to be my very favorite part of Magic.

    Let's hope that the next plane-hopping weeks will bring something interesting :).
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [[Official]] "PWNED!" Plays Thread
    Game 3 of a match during a 5-person friendly draft in a pub. I played crazy WBgu concoction, basically control with splashing for Pristine Skywise and two Enduring Scalelords. Definitely nothing I would ever attempt at a normal draft.

    I am facing lethal attack from a Rageform-ed manifest, Summit Prowler and Hand of Silumgar. I have only two Enduring Scalelords on the table. I have to block one of the 4-damage attackers, so one Scalelord trades for the manifest (that happened to be a land, of course). I fall to 2. My opponent is at 10.

    I draw and topdeck...Fearsome Awakening. I reanimate the fallen Scalelord and swing with 1,000,000/1,000,000 flying dragon FTW.

    Mission accomplished Smile

    In another match, I won a game where I cast only four spells. Enduring Victory, Qarsi Sadist, Marang River Skeleton and Dragonscale General. In the end, the Skeleton was 9/9 and the General 11/12.
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions
    Quote from Dire Wombat »
    Quote from Caranthir »


    The fact that they are able to make a ****ing typo in the very most important sentence in the whole "article" and still publish it speaks volumes about the "quality" and attention paid to this product (meaning the UR). I am not even wondering anymore.

    Seriously, I accepted the Theros summary article (it even got a special art of Heliod killing Elspeth), but this is underwhelming. Just stick the stories together in a list, make a summary of what we heard like million times, make a critical typu that changes the meaning of everything, job well done, NEXT!

    Not even a special art...Sarkhan meeting Ugin? Sarkhan meeting Narset? Whatever....
    In their defense, the website's main editor of long standing did pass away very recently. Frown


    With all respect to Mike McArtor and his work, the numerous typos and factual errors are omnipresent since the upgrade to the "new" page in unprecedented frequency. Not since his tragic passing Frown

    But I can imagine that without him, there would be even more of them...
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions


    The fact that they are able to make a ****ing typo in the very most important sentence in the whole "article" and still publish it speaks volumes about the "quality" and attention paid to this product (meaning the UR). I am not even wondering anymore.

    Seriously, I accepted the Theros summary article (it even got a special art of Heliod killing Elspeth), but this is underwhelming. Just stick the stories together in a list, make a summary of what we heard like million times, make a critical typu that changes the meaning of everything, job well done, NEXT!

    Not even a special art...Sarkhan meeting Ugin? Sarkhan meeting Narset? Whatever....
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Underwhelming/Overrated DTK cards
    Quote from Kasi »
    I am very dissapointed by the Ojutai side of blue. The silumgar stuff I'm happy with (as long as you have sufficient exploiters to make use of them) but here is a list of Ojutai watermarked blue uncommons/commons I don't want to play:

    [...]
    Taigam's Strike
    [...]



    Are you serious? For me, this is one of the best commons in the set altogether. I played blue 4 of 5 draft (UW, UWg(splash for FRF Dromoka), UB, UB, RBu (splash for FRF Silumgar) and this was usually the card that won me games. And I got beaten in one draft by UG deck using it to push through a fatty.

    After playing some five drafts, I changed my opinion on Elusive Spellfist, though.

    It just needs too much other cards to be really efficient. With a crapload of Butcher's Glees or Great Teacher's Decrees it is good, but then again, almost everything is. I will rather pick Taigam's Strike and make one of my big boys unblockable...
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Collecting Urza characters and I need your help!
    Quote from Quannage »
    Yeah, I was wondering about that, too. Is Ertai depicted on any of the Tempest cards? that might explain why they used his character cards.
    And wasn't Sisay was abducted in Weatherlight, not tempest? they could've just used her character card too.


    Well, if you look at Hanna, "her" cards are Gallantry and Disenchant. They might as well have used Meditation for Ertai, because THAT one is included in TRM. If they included Ertai, the Corrupted (from Planeshift), why not Sisay, Gerrard, Hanna, Tahngarth?

    My problems with the article is this apparent lack of concept - either use TRM cards only, or include legendary cards for all, and the general simplicity of the presented material. The author knows the subject only slightly and/or does not care to elaborate - and the final result is again lackluster.

    At least they corrected Tahngarth's name....
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [MM2] Modern Masters 2
    Quote from Dontrike »
    Quote from dkingsland967 »
    If this leak is correct, I would guess red will be the color with only one mythic and also that Linvala will be one of the banner cards in this year's FTV product. With the Praetors obviously not making it in as a cycle, I'm betting on Phyrexian Obliterator being the second black mythic and I'm holding out hope Azusa will be the other green one.


    I wouldn't mind more colorless mythics, but I would bet on Obliterator at least. I wouldn't be surprised by Batterskull or a Sword. I could see Azusa being mythic, but she doesn't feel mythic.

    FTV: Angels will probably be headlined by either Akroma, Avacyn, Linvala, or Iona. Maybe Baneslayer Angel.

    I believe we're lacking another planeswalker. MM1 has 2, but it's not a must for them to have 2-3 walkers but it's definitely not out of the woods yet.

    Hmmmm, I wonder how much rage we'll see/hear when they open their first pack and it's Incendiary Command.


    Probably similar to opening up 4 Ugin's Nexus in one box of Khans.


    Certainly less than having a MM1 box with whooping FIVE mythics: Yosei, Keiga, Ryusei, Jugan and Progenitus... (true story ^_^;^_^;)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Collecting Urza characters and I need your help!
    Funny. This was published in Arcana yesterday:

    http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/meet-weatherlight-crew-2015-04-27

    But once more it proves that the people who REALLY knew their stuff are not included in the web team. Heck, they are not even able to spell Tahngarth correctly...

    It looks again like a half-assed effort. First, I thought that only the Tempest Remastered cards were included for that purpose, but then I came to the Ertai section. So why are not there the other cards? Legendaries, or important moments like Abduction?

    And calling Crovax and Mirri "soldiers"... Sweat
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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