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Jan 20, 2018Honestly, this doesn't seem powerful enough. A 1W 3/1 that makes a 1/1 token is playable but not overly pushed when compared to stuff like Accorder Paladin, Aethergeode Miner, Daring Skyjek, or Glory-Bound Initiate. Add in the drawback of both dying if either does and this seems downright weak. I'd suggest either making it one pushed creature (like a 4/4) that makes a 1/1 it has to protect, or maybe make it two decent-sized creatures (like a 3/1 and a 2/2 or two 2/2's) that both die when one does.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Jan 19, 2018Posted in: The Cube Forum
On turn 2, this is barely better than Accorder Paladin - it might boost your one drop this turn, but Pally swings for more so that evens out. And it picks up another point of toughness which keeps you from getting completely ranched by Forked Bolt, but Flames of the Firebrand and Arc Trail hit you just as hard.
It seems a touch more dangerous later when you can pick up the boost for everything right away, but it's less explosive on that count than Goblin Bushwhacker/Reckless Bushwhacker since it doesn't add another body.
Ultimately, the card seems fair. It's a pushed bear, but Wizards pushes bears all the time.
Jan 19, 2018Honestly, I could see them printing this in standard. This is only slightly more powerful than a bear with Battlecry. Maybe shift it to being a 2/1 or a 1/3? But honestly I think it's probably fine as-is.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Jan 16, 2018Posted in: The Cube Forum
Mad Science - 5UBR [Silver Border]
For each player, reveal the cards from the top of that player's library until he or she reveals a creature card. Create a token with the colors, types, names and textboxes of each revealed creature, power equal to the revealed creatures's total power and toughness equal to the revealed creatures's total toughness. Then each player shuffles their library.
Epic (For the rest of the game, you can't cast spells. At the beginning of each of your upkeeps, copy this spell except for its epic ability.)
It should probably exile those cards so that you can physically take them and set them together to indicate what the merged creature is. Or, actually, should probably also use the Grusilda, Monster Masher wording of combining them.
Mad Science 5UBR [Silver Border]
Each player reveals cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals a creature card. Put the revealed creature cards onto the battlefield combined under your control. Then each player shuffles his or her library. (Its power is equal to their total power, its toughness is equal to their total toughness, and it has their names, mana costs, types, text boxes, etc.)
Jan 12, 2018Wildfire393 posted a message on Legendary Chronozoas + Solemnity = buffer overflow?You are correct, the interaction works as described.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Jan 11, 2018Posted in: The Cube Forum1UU
Creature - Homunculus Shaman
When Sated Oracle enters the battlefield, look at the top four cards of your library. Put one into your hand, one into your graveyard, one on top of your library and one on the bottom of your library.
Yeah that seems way too pushed. Sea Gate Oracle is definitely your closest comparison, and this digs two cards deeper plus lets you do better things with those cards, all for just 1->U. Heck, slap this effect on an Instant and it'd be pretty pushed at 3 mana. Cut it down to three cards and cut out either graveyard or topdeck and this is a reasonable, yet still powerful, card.
Also, how good/bad would this effect be?
Lock in the Basement - W
When Lock in the Basement enters the battlefield, exile target artifact or enchantment an opponent controls until Lock in the Basement leaves the battlefield.
I'd consider it. One mana Disenchant effects are generally worth looking at. Compared to Fragmentize, it hits more things, but is vulnerable to a little bit more, which seems like a fair tradeoff, and Fragmentize is borderline playable as is.
Jan 5, 2018Posted in: Rumored Card RulingsQuote from Lucadesi37 »Hello,
I have a question for you:
if I cast Polyraptor after Cherished Hatchling is dead it gains: "When this creature enters the battlefield, you may have it fight another target creature.".
Then if it fights a creature the token created has that ability too because the original one has that ability or not?
Thanks in advance
No. Copies copy a card as it is printed, and not any effects that those cards have gained from other sources.
Jan 4, 2018Posted in: Baseless Speculation
Do you know what "Strictly Worse" means? Because Blood Sun is on a completely different scale than Blood Moon is. They can't be compared with those terms.
Blood Sun draws a card. Blood Moon does not.
Blood Sun makes Fetchlands (and several others) completely blank, whereas Blood Moon turns them into Mountains.
Blood Sun does not disable certain of your own lands' abilities, like Grove of the Burnwillows, which can be used to return Punishing Fire under the Sun but not the Moon.
The two cards look comparable, but they're really not. And banning Blood Moon without providing something that can handle Tron as well seems like an immensely bad idea.
Jan 3, 2018Posted in: The Rumor Mill
So was Flaying Tendrils. We've been in the land of strictly-better infests for a while now. This one is interesting as it's a strictly-better infest that decks that run their own small creatures aren't completely against running.
Jan 2, 2018Posted in: The Cube ForumQuote from allred123 »I really want a cycle of spells along the lines of
Target creature gains first strike
If Black mana was used to cast spell, Target creature gains death touch
If Blue Mana was used to cast spell, draw a card
This seems extremely narrow. Tricolor spells need to be insane to even be considered in cube.
Jan 1, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Creedmoor »Wow seems cool in EDH and formats where you have lots of different lands. Kind of wish he had trample or something else though.
Yeah, that's the problem. You jump through a fairly large hoop to make this an Allosaurus Rider (which, if you look at the rest of the cycle, Soulscour -> Day of Judgment, Fury of the Horde -> Relentless Assault, should probably cost about 4 mana without the alt cost), and then you don't really get anything else for the hoop you jumped through.
Jan 1, 2018Posted in: The Cube Forum2GU
Choose three. You may choose the same mode more than once.
*Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other cards revealed this way on the bottom of your library in any order.
*Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card. Put that card into your hand and put all other cards revealed this way on the bottom of your library in any order.
So Harmonize and Concentrate had a baby and the baby was instant speed and every draw gets Abundance'd? That seems pretty insane. It should probably be either two draws or sorcery speed.
Dec 30, 2017Posted in: The Cube ForumQuote from Tjornan »How would a creature like this fair in the current cube environment?
Ignition Mage - 2R
When ~ enters the battlefield, creatures you control get +1/+0 and gain haste until end of turn.
So it's basically halfway between an Inner-Flame Acolyte and Reckless Bushwhacker. It seems fair, possibly a little underpowered. It's worth considering but definitely not a slam dunk include.
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Sep 23, 2016Wildfire393 posted a message on Kaladesh Spoiler Digest Part 2: Full Spoiler and InventionsYep! >_<. My bad.Posted in: Articles
Jul 18, 2016Posted in: ArticlesQuote from Squirtle_Squad »Do you think the print sizes are affecting the price? The BFZ and SOI blocks are/were being printed into oblivion. I dont know about KTK block however.
KTK had a fairly large print run because it was drafted as 3x for 3 months and then as 2x for another 3 months. Additionally, tons of people cracked it for the Fetchlands.
Dragons of Tarkir only had 3 months as a 2x set and was never drafted as a 3x set. It's also the only large set ever printed where this is the case - Avacyn Restored, Gatecrash, and Rise of the Eldrazi (the other non-Fall Large sets) were all drafted by themselves as 3x for at least three months. It has only a few staple Eternal cards, so its draw from the Eternal crowd was much smaller as well.
On top of this, Collected Company has been the cornerstone of one of the most dominant strategies in Standard, and has made a splash in Modern. So it's one of the most expensive non-Land, non-Mythic Rare cards in recent memory.
All that said, the set is one of the few standalone sets in standard, so there's lower intra-block synergy than with BFZ and SOI cards, and it has only three months left in Standard, which is why everything is starting to creep downwards.
May 20, 2016Posted in: ArticlesQuote from fabest77 »Hello,
I'm not into Magic speculation at all but yesterday I opened a foil Horizon Canopy in an Oath of Gatewatch booster pack. I'm not willing to play it, so your advice would be to sell it now or to wait?
You wrote that expeditions are good for the long trade but on the other hand Horizon Canopy lost 6.4$ in the last month…
Thnaks for your artciles by the way
Oath is currently still an in-print set, meaning people are still opening it and cracking expeditions. Once it stops being in print, the value on these is likely to take a permanent upwards trajectory.
Canopy is a strong card that sees play in both Modern and Legacy, and as its only other printing is Future Sight and fairly expensive already, the long-term value on this is likely to continue going up unless we see a Modern Masters/Eternal Masters reprint in the next several years.
My recommendation would be to hold it for a year or two unless there's something Eternal you need and can trade it for, especially if you can pick up something on the Reserved List.
Dec 30, 2015I'd also recommend keeping an eye on Blight Herder and Wasteland Strangler. They're currently super low, but along with Oblivion Sower, Void Winnower, and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, they're seeing an uptick in Modern play in an Eldrazi Processor deck.Posted in: Articles
Sep 24, 2015Wildfire393 posted a message on Battle for Zendikar Spoiler Digest 3: Full SpoilerFrom the gatherer rulings on all Processors:Posted in: Articles
"If a replacement effect will cause cards that would be put into a graveyard from anywhere to be exiled instead (such as the one created by Anafenza, the Foremost), you can still put an exiled card into its opponent’s graveyard. The card becomes a new object and remains in exile. In this situation, you can’t use a single exiled card if required to put more than one exiled card into the graveyard. Conversely, you could use the same card in this situation if two separate spells or abilities each required you to put a single exiled card into its owner’s graveyard."
Sep 2, 2015Wildfire393 posted a message on The Running Tally of Current Sets for August 31, 2015Of note, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy has already seen a small amount of Legacy play. He has several major things going for him there, even though Snapcaster Mage doesn't see a ton of play:Posted in: Articles
1) His Looting ability allows you to filter past lands, which is great for decks that don't want to have more than a few in play
2) His Looting ability can stock the graveyard, allowing you to bolster Tarmogoyf at instant speed, enable surprise flashback of Lingering Souls or Cabal Therapy, or just pitch Reanimation targets
3) His "Flashback" ability doesn't require that you flashback the spell on the same turn you cast him. This actually makes it easier to Flashback spells, as something like Abrupt Decay costs 1UGB to Snap Back
4) His Flashback ability does not actually grant Flashback, it merely enables you to cast the targeted spell. This may seem inconsequential, but it means you can target a Daze or Force of Will to enable you to cast it with its alternate cost, which helps you use Jace to protect the resolution of a threat or combo.
5) The +1 of Jace isn't entirely inconsequential either. It can completely neutralize a lot of threats, which can help combo decks buy time to go off.
Jul 14, 2015Wildfire393 posted a message on The Running Tally of Current Sets for July 13, 2015Nitpick: You mention Erebos is seeing an uptick in JOU when I think you mean Keranos. He's played a bit in Modern/Legacy as an extremely difficult-to-answer threat for winning the attrition race in control mirrors, generally as a 1- or 2-of in sideboards of Grixis and Jeskai decks.Posted in: Articles
Jun 25, 2015Wildfire393 posted a message on The Running Tally of Current Sets for June 22, 2015I think it could have been feasible to reduce the barrier to entry to Modern. It would have involved being more aggressive in their reprint policy, however.Posted in: Articles
If MM15 was
1) Mirrodin through Innistrad instead of through Scars
2) Printed in at least as much quantity as it has been
3) More aggressive in reprinting necessary cards at all rarities
4) At the same $6.99 price point MM1 was (and honestly, this point doesn't really matter because stores would likely have marked it up anyways)
I think it could have made the format as a whole significantly more accessible. They could have put LotV as black's second mythic and left Bitterblossom down at rare, and thrown Geist in instead of Comet Storm. Snapcaster, Inkmoth, Glimmervoid, Aether Vial, Blood Moon, Goblin Guide, Cavern of Souls, Ravager, Engineered Explosives, Chalice of the Void, Pact of Negation, Summoner's Pact, Scapeshift, all make fine rare inclusions. Throw in a cycle of duals covering Colonnade, Tar Pit, Grove, Horizon Canopy, and Blackcleave.
Sure, some stuff will raise in price to absorb the falling prices, but where's it going to go? Fetches that will likely be reprinted in Zendikar? The three Rav-block cards that see extensive enough play to be valuable? The few remaining duals that haven't had a reprint but don't really need it with shocks and fetches so abundant?
Jun 25, 2015Wildfire393 posted a message on The Running Tally of Current Sets for June 22, 2015Posted in: ArticlesQuote from SonofaBith »When did I ever state you claimed prices were now higher on every card? I never said that you said that.
"Please tell me where I said that Modern Masters 2015 would lower the price of other cards. Lower the cost to Modern is not the same as lower the cost of other cards not in Modern Masters." You said "To be blunt, Wizards failed to lower the price of entry for Modern with this set", to which I asked, and you've yet to answer "Who ever said that was the intent of this set? The intent was to lower prices (and make more available) THESE CARDS."
"Where has Tarmogoyf has ever been over 163 on my Tally Threads. The highest it has ever been was 162.99 on May 15, when I first started doing the Tallies for Modern Master 2015. This makes me believe you are making up numbers. Same with Kozilek. I cannot find any record of the prices for my table that you are quoting in my records. I am looking at my archive, and it does not have those prices." OMG, can't you read? Did I not say Goyf's MM (the FIRST MM) Medium on 5/22 was $187. This number is available using the sliding line price graph on TCG player. The numbers aren't made up, so why don't you apologize for that statement. Let's see if you will. The WHOLE point of me quoting that price was your saying you prefer to use medium values, whereas I prefer to use low, but regardless of whether you use Medium or Low, the prices on the cards in MM15 have dropped. I asked if Medium was not seeing the same drop as low. Since you also failed to answer that, I looked up the medium prices of two cards. They're there, you can look them up too.
I think I see what the problem here is: Are comparing the prices of MM15 a few weeks ago, to the prices of MM15 now? And you're seeing little change, and in some instances a slight uptick? If so, you're completely judging the impact MM15 had on the barrier to Modern entry as it pertains to these cards. To see the impact MM15 has, you need to compare the price of either original or previous versions of these cards to what an MM15 version goes for. You're saying "on 6/8 a MM15 goyf was $161, now its $159, essentially no change. A Clique was $50.37 then, $50.04 now, essentially no change". But that's simply tracking the value of MM15. BEFORE MM15 came out, your cheapest Goyf was MM, with a $187 mid/$160 low. Now it's $159 mid/$145 low. Therefore THE BARRIER FOR ENTRY OF A GOYF is down $28 using mid, or $15 low.
I believe the point(s) Rai is trying to make is this:
1) Modern Masters has failed to, on the whole, make Modern a more accessible format, because, while there have been losses on the cards that were printed in it, cards have similarly spiked significantly, making most decks equivalent in price. If we look at UR Twin, the losses on Splinter Twin, Remand, and Cryptic Command have been more than made up for with the spikes of Blood Moon, Serum Visions, and Snapcaster Mage. If we look at Jund, the losses on Tarmogoyf and Dark Confidant have been more than made up for with the spikes on Blood Moon, Liliana, and Inquisition. You can argue that this was never the intent of the set, but there's evidence that it was (see this link for MaRo arguing that MM1 was successful in making the format as a whole more accessible).
2) It would not have been difficult for Wizards to make Modern Masters 2 a set that would have done more to make Modern accessible. Reprints on highly-played, multi-dollar commons and uncommons like Path to Exile, Serum Visions, Inquistion of Kozilek, Gitaxian Probe, Spell Snare, Kitchen Finks, Lightning Helix, Aven Mindcensor, and others would have done a great bit on its own. Modern Masters 1 did a much better job of this (even hitting four of the cards on that list), while MM2 had Bolt, Remand, and Electrolyze and that's it.
3) Even while we have seen considerable dips in value on the high-value cards in the set, that trend is already starting to reverse. Most cards are up (or only pennies down) from last week, and many cards have already caught back up to where they were two weeks ago. This indicates a slowing of the drop and even the beginnings of a reversal, meaning in another few months, it's likely that many of these cards will be at or above the prices they were before they were even announced to be in MM2. I would be entirely unsurprised to see $200 TCGMid Goyfs again by the end of this year, and I think $250 TCGMid Goyfs by this time next year is a real possibility, barring an announcement that Modern Masters will now be a yearly series.
Mar 9, 2015Wildfire393 posted a message on Dragons of Tarkir Spoiler Digest 1: PAX East, Elder Dragons, Planeswalkers, Mechanics, and More!How was Kolaghan read wrong?Posted in: Articles
Sep 8, 2014Wildfire393 posted a message on KTK Digest 1: #FetchlandsConfirmed, Mechanics, Khans, Planeswalkers, and More!Yep, Savage Beating is indeed the card that I meant there. Good catch. Grat Violence isn't *terrible* for her though, as it lets you swing into Titans, Planar Chaos dragons, and Souls, plus similarly-sized things safely, while halving the number of extra combats/turns you need to finish everyone off, but Beating gives you another attack step for free and thus another chance to hit more time magic and extra combat effects.Posted in: Articles
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