Didn't they try this before with the Event decks, which were terribly received because they were so far from even FNM viability that it was laughable? And the only one of real note was the deck that including two Stoneforge Mystic, which then got banned and forced them to write a loophole for people playing exactly that deck?
I'm just really confused over here. I mean sure, Duel decks have not been fantastically popular either, but they're decent as a boardgamified Magic experience for people who want to play Magic but don't want to spend time collecting cards or building decks.
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Dec 11, 2017One warning: Do not turn this into a thread about Jeremy Hambly, particularly if you just want to complain about "Those SJWs"/"PC Police"/whatever synonym you want to use to complain about "identity politics" or this thread will be lockedPosted in: Magic General
Dec 8, 2017Wizards has *always* maintained the ability to close your MTGO account for any reason or no reason.Posted in: Magic General
This is going to turn into another Jeremy Hambly thread in no time, and we have no interest in hosting further discussion on that topic. Locked
Dec 8, 2017Posted in: Card AuthenticationQuote from Droidserif »Unfortunately this is the only card I have Is here someone who would be so nice and try to do the light test on any alpha/beta card?
I'd recommend taking this to an LGS then, and they should be able to compare it with other alpha/beta cards.
Someone else light testing their own alpha/beta card won't help you, since, as I've said, lights can vary, and you want to compare how the SAME light goes through two different cards.
Dec 8, 2017Posted in: Card AuthenticationQuote from Droidserif »Wildfire393 -- Thanks very much for your reply. Just I read somewhere that some fake cards are way to transparent - Isnt this the case?
Also no clue if it is Alpha or Beta.
So in conclusion would you say real or fake?
Like I said, the only way to tell if this is "too" transparent is to compare it to cards from the same set that you know to be real. If the light passes notably differently through this card, it's likely fake.
Yeah I can't tell if this is Alpha or Beta either because it's so worn you can't make out the corners. I'd try both.
I can't tell you for sure that this is real, but that is the direction I'd lean between the rosette pattern and the damage. To increase certainty, try doing a side-by-side light test and a side-by-side rosette comparison with another artifact from alpha/beta.
Dec 8, 2017The rosette patterns in the last picture look correct. The light test can't tell you much unless you compare to another card from the same set, since lights vary in how they go through cards.Posted in: Card Authentication
But I don't think anyone would take the time to fake a card AND that level of wear on it.
Dec 7, 2017Wildfire393 posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG CommunityPosted in: Magic GeneralQuote from Ljoss »
There are undoubtedly serious problems with debate, especially the expectation that it's going to be moderated with an all-volunteer squad. But sometimes I wonder if the fact that there's a back and forth at all is considered to be part of the problem. I hope it's not.
It was very clear from the beginning of this thread that personal insults and slurs were not desired, nor would they be accepted. But the specific ban on 'alt-left' (preceded by the similar-ish specific ban on 'SJW') on the grounds that they are not self-identifiers is, I've gotta say, pretty odd.
They're not odd in a vacuum: the use of those phrases as insults directed at specific people is likely to sink a thread. But they're odd in context. The context being that you are posting front page articles about this same subject which hurl around 'Nazi' and talk about all of the fictitiously rampant Nazi sympathy that's supposed to exist here. We (likely) all agree that that is a terrible thing to be, and I hardly see why 'alt-left' would be worse simply because it's not a self-identifier. I'd rather be 'alt-left' than a Nazi.
Anyway, article vs. thread... two different things, you might say. But to me it seems like there might be a disconnect in the way the show's being run, that's all.
The issue is more that there isn't a back and forth. A huge number of people (on both sides), have taken to coming into arguments not in good faith, with the intent to frustrate, troll, waste the time of the people who take the time to respond, and generally be unpleasant.
We've discussed the ban of SJW a couple of times in the thread, but I'll touch on it again. A) It's a term that is solely used as a pejorative (as is "alt-left", "PC police", "cultural Marxism", and a few other effective synonyms) to denigrate people with opposing views, and B) It legitimately has nothing to do with the situation at hand, as neither Christine Sprankle nor Jeremy Hamby and his followers qualify as "SJWs". It's just being used to divert the conversation to complain.
As far as the front-page article goes, I've also acknowledged in a couple of places that the article could have benefited from some additional editing to maximize clarity and reduce how inflammatory it was perceived as. Discussion on Nazis was used to show a parallel to the current situation - both Nazis as harassers are groups that are near universally reviled, yet an alarming number of people seem eager to rush to the defense of these groups when they take prominent and visible actions. If you read the article directly (and again, this is an area that could have been edited to ensure complete clarity), the only people who are actually called Nazis are A) literal Neo-Nazis such as those that marched in Charlottesville, B) literal historical Nazis in WW2, and C) literal digital Nazis in the Wolfenstein games.
Dec 5, 2017Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Ugin never stayed on Zendikar for a prolonged period of time, though. Tarkir was his home base, and if he was running a sustained experiment on Ixalan (something with the Eternal Sun as a containment device for potentially locking the Eldrazi down maybe?) it's possible he was either there long enough, or maybe left a part of himself there, that there was some amount of Tempest effect.
Dec 5, 2017Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from SilverWolf_27 »
Now I am worried that it will be Eldrazi...
If it is colorless, it's more likely to be Ugin-related than Eldrazi-related. There's a running theory that Ugin may be behind some of the events in Ixalan's past including setting up the Eternal Sun and Orazca, and that these Elder Dinosaurs may be something spawned from Ugin's Dragon Tempest effect - recall that the last Elders we saw were Ugin-spawned Dragons that then amassed power for centuries.
Dec 5, 2017Wildfire393 posted a message on Very Cryptic Command has Multiple (Randomized?) PrintingsLooks like one of the other variant cards is Curious Killbot. Someone posted a draft decklist that had "Enraged Killbot" with the same stats and collector's number. He said there were at least three total versions they saw in the draft. I'm a fan of this because I thought it was weird Mary O'Kill only interacted with a single creature in the set (okay, and Dr. Julius Jumblemorph, you got me)Posted in: The Rumor Mill
There's also a third Ineffable Blessing that cares about White vs Silver borders
Dec 4, 2017Wildfire393 posted a message on Very Cryptic Command has Multiple (Randomized?) PrintingsYes. This was posted to Reddit recently as well, along with:Posted in: The Rumor Mill
1) There is a version of Secret Base for each of the five watermarked factions
2) Ineffable Blessing has at least one alternate mode that lets you choose between odd or even collector number
3) There are apparently multiple versions of Target Minotaur (likely artistic changes only) and a few others.
Dec 4, 2017Posted in: Custom Card CreationQuote from Rudyard »Fetch Land Example
T: Add 1 to your mana pool.
1, T, Sacrifice ~: Search your library for an Island or Mountain card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library?
thoughts n suggestions?
This seems about in line with the panoramas, which were unplayable outside of limited. Yes, this can get a nonbasic with basic types (i.e. Shock/Dual), but I don't think that's enough to justify costing mana AND putting the land in tapped, which means this effectively costs you 2 mana to fetch.
Dec 4, 2017Posted in: Forum Software Feedback and Bug ReportsQuote from illakunsaa »Host creatures here on salvation are named poorly. Ordinary Pony is named Ordinary|Pony which is not only wrong according to gatherer but when you try use card tags with Ordinary|Pony the parser thinks "Pony" is a card set.
Other problem is that you can't search host creatures by using the "host" -supertype. Salvation doesn't list "host" -supertype at all.
[card]Ordinary Pony[/card] = Ordinary Pony
[card]Ordinary|Pony[/card] = Ordinary
I will pass this information on to the spoiler team. Hopefully we can correct it.
As far as not being able to search "Host", the issue is that the typeline search requires an exact match. We have been asking for this to be fixed for a while, and I think the fix is coming, but I don't know how soon.
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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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