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Jul 22, 2017Wildfire393 posted a message on Mill Cards that also have powerful other effects? (like Geth or Consuming Aberration)Lich Lord of Unx is perfect for a Scarab God deck because you should have a fair number of Zombies running around to begin with.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Extractor Demon is one that I've always been fond of as well.
Jul 20, 2017Moved to RulingsPosted in: Magic Rulings
Yes, the end result will be that three damage is dealt, but it's dealt in the form of -1/-1 counters, and since those can't be placed on your creatures because of Melira, that means there is no net effect.
Note that damage is still technically dealt - if the Kulrath Knight has Deathtouch, it will still be lethal damage and it will be destroyed, and if it has Lifelink, it will still cause you to gain life equal to the damage that should be dealt.
Jul 19, 2017Posted in: The Cube ForumQuote from noshadowkick »On the previous page there were a few takes on making Carion Feeder more curable. I'm a big fan of that creature but had to cut it from my cube so here is my take:
Carrion Feaster (b)
Sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on Carrion Feaster.
Remove two +1/+1 counters from Carrion Feaster: return target creature from your graveyard to your hand.
I doubt we'd see it without the "Can't Block" drawback, especially if you tack another ability onto it. Much as I'd love to see this card in particular.
Jul 18, 2017Wildfire393 posted a message on "Non Latin Unicode characters are temporarily not allowed."Posted in: Forum Software Feedback and Bug ReportsQuote from Exodus87 »The thread seems old, but... can I be added as well? I must publish a custom set and I'm not even sure what characters aren't allowed.
Jul 17, 2017Posted in: The Cube ForumQuote from AntiPox »Yeah, It's a really, really weird card. I don't think this particular iteration would ever see print. I added a bunch of very weird garbage so that I could tweak the card and (maybe) make it cube playable.
They could most likely print the version below, but would it be good for cube?
Liquimetal Ooze 0.5 - 3UU
Artifact Creature - Ooze
Liquimetal Ooze enters the battlefield with five +1/+1 counters
U: Move any number of +1/+1 counters from Liqiumetal Ooze to another target creature.
(Also, it was my intention that the initial version of Ooze could move it's counters onto it's own copy, but that might not work out with the wording I went with)
Nah, with your proposed wording, you'd sacrifice the Ooze, putting the copy ability on the stack, and then modular would go on the stack above it.
The card here doesn't seem particularly Blue (more green) nor does it seem great for Cube.
I think your best bet for a Ballista/Hangarback synergy blue five drop would be something more like this:
Splinter Drake 3UU
Artifact Creature - Drake
Splinter Drake enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.
When Splinter Drake deals combat damage to a player, Proliferate.
Jul 16, 2017There are definitely Shadowmoor block cards that bend or even break the color pie by being effectively a gold card (Augury Adept is a great example of this, as white shouldn't get that draw and blue shouldn't be gaining the life), and MaRo has spoken EXTENSIVELY about how this is bad and incorrect and a major design failure of the block and reason it was not successful. If you're using it as precedent for making further color-pie breaking hybrid cards, you are doing it *very* wrong.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Jul 14, 2017I feel like most of these would have to be gold, as they bleed pretty heavily.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Quote from BlackWaltz3 »Here's a guild creature cycle I designed with cube in mind...
Creature – Human Wizard (R)
When Arcane Adept enters the battlefield reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal an instant or sorcery with a converted mana cost of 2 or less. You may cast that card without paying its mana cost. Put all other cards revealed this way on the bottom of your library in a random order.
Blue doesn't get Haste. This is pretty solid as a Monastery Swiftspear with spell-cascade, but it'd have to be 1UR or something.
Creature – Devil (R)
Burst (Deathspark Devil can tap for activated abilities as though it has haste)
: Deathspark Devil deals 1 damage to target creature and that creature’s controller.
Morbid - Deathspark Devil gains deathtouch until end of turn.
Red doesn't get deathtouch, black doesn't get haste like this, and this just seems absurd either way. They won't print friggin Prodigal Pyromancer anymore, there's no way they print a version that also always hits the player (better Rakdos Ickspitter) with haste and 2 power and frequent deathtouch. Also the morbid ability needs to be "Whenever a creature dies, Deathspark Devil gains deathtouch until end of turn". Morbid itself is just an ability word.
Creature – Plant Wall (R)
Put two -1/-1 counters on Golgarian Ivy-Barrier: Add B or G to your mana pool.
At the beginning of your upkeep remove a -1/-1 counter from Golgarian Ivy-Barrier.
Power-wise, this is probably fine or if anything underpowered. I could see the middle ability being one -1/-1 counter. Color-pie wise, this is 100% Green and not really black at all.
Creature – Human Soldier (R)
When Sunhome Armada enters the battlefield create two 1/1 red and white Human Soldier tokens.
This one works in either color, seems solid without being unprintably good.
Creature – Centaur (R)
Birth GW (GW, At the beginning of your next upkeep create a token with the same colors, power, toughness, and creature types as this creature).
Whenever Centaur Dam or another centaur enters the battlefield gain 3 life.
That "Birth" ability, is that an activated ability that can be played any time, as often as you like? Because that's pretty nutty if so. Color-wise it's fine but definitely pushed. Just a 3/3 that gains 3 is okay, and throw in the ability to make infinite undercosted 3/3s that then also gain you 3 life and this is busted.
Creature – Vampire Cleric (R)
When Shortfang Adherent enters the battlefield you gain life equal to the difference in cards between your hand and target opponent’s hand. That opponent loses life equal to the amount of life you gained this way.
Making an opponent lose life directly doesn't fit well in white, but this is fine as a gold card.
Creature – Vedalken Wizard (R)
At the beginning of each upkeep you may discard a card. If you do, your opponent may choose to lose 3 life. If they do not, draw a card.
This seems more red than anything else. Black doesn't generally get looting, and blue doesn't get lifeloss (or punisher effects really)
Test Subject Thirty-Three
Creature – Mutant Ooze (R)
Test-Subject Thirty-Three enters the battlefield as a copy of target creature on the battlefield but with an additional +1/+1 counter.
I'm pretty sure Spitting Image is considered a pretty strong bend if not a break, so I doubt we see more mono-green clones.
Arbiter of Constancy
Creature- Human Advisor (R)
When Arbiter of Constancy enters the battlefield counter target spell unless its controller pays 2. If a spell is countered this way, gain 2 life.
I can see the argument for taxing countermagic in white, since it's supposed to be in pie but we barely see it. But Lifegain isn't blue. As a UW card this is fine.
Creature – Giant Shaman (R)
Whenever Quake Shaman attacks, it deals 1 damage to each creature without flying defending player controls.
Whenever Quake Shaman becomes blocked by a creature, deal 1 damage to that creature.
When Quake Shaman dies it deals 1 damage to each creature without flying and each player.
Way too much direct damage for a green creature.
Jul 11, 2017They've said, unambiguously, that "Iconic" in this context means the "iconic creature types", i.e. Dragons, Angels, Hydras, Sphinxes, Demons.Posted in: Speculation
While we may see some of this, I highly doubt we'll see most of them.
Remember also that 25th Anniversary Masters comes out next year as well, and that will be more of a who's who of the best cards of all time.
Jul 10, 2017Wildfire393 posted a message on Is WotC experimenting with Augmented Reality? Evidence...Moved to SpeculationPosted in: Speculation
Jun 22, 2017My issue with the Moxen is that they greatly reward running additional colors with additional mostly-Sol Rings.Posted in: Commander Rules Discussion Forum
If you're running a mono-colored deck, you can only run Sol Ring, Mana Crypt, and the Mox of your color.
If you're running a four-colored deck, you can run Sol Ring, Mana Crypt, and four different Moxes. You've effectively doubled the number of opportunities to run into a nut draw where early artifact mana gives you the opportunity to jet ahead of the table.
Additionally, every extra mox you get to run increases the chances of drawing a hand with two or more pieces of free artifact acceleration, which amplifies the ruanway leader effect.
Given that 5-color and 4-color decks have an inherent advantage already by having access to additional colors worth of broken effects, I don't really want to introduce any rules the format further towards these decks.
And yeah, the actual supply of these is low, but when does that ever change anything? How many people do you know who run proxies of the dual lands even though they don't own any? And the vast majority of people I've ever played with are okay with it (myself included), because not having access to multiple-hundred-dollar cards shouldn't price you out of the game, and I'd rather you have the mana you need than have to play a turn behind or color screwed all game.
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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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