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  • posted a message on Goodbye duel decks hello challenger decks
    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.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Enduring Scalelord Infinite Combo
    Necro thread locked
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Is Magic Attendance and Sales dropping?
    One 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 locked
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Banning MTGO Accounts
    Wizards has *always* maintained the ability to close your MTGO account for any reason or no reason.

    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
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Real Black Lotus or not?
    Quote from Droidserif »
    Unfortunately this is the only card I have Grin Is here someone who would be so nice and try to do the light test on any alpha/beta card? Dancing Banana


    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.
    Posted in: Card Authentication
  • posted a message on Real Black Lotus or not?
    Quote 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.
    Posted in: Card Authentication
  • posted a message on Real Black Lotus or not?
    The 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.

    But I don't think anyone would take the time to fake a card AND that level of wear on it.
    Posted in: Card Authentication
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Quote 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.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Rivals of Ixalan planeswalker deck cards
    Quote from void_nothing »

    The Dragon Tempest, afawk, only applies to Tarkir proper - not everywhere Ugin goes (how many Dragons from Zendikar do you know?) but otherwise this sounds not implausible, even though I still currently think five-color is a bit more likely.


    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.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Rivals of Ixalan planeswalker deck cards
    Quote 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.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Very Cryptic Command has Multiple (Randomized?) Printings
    Looks 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)

    There's also a third Ineffable Blessing that cares about White vs Silver borders
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Very Cryptic Command has Multiple (Randomized?) Printings
    Yes. This was posted to Reddit recently as well, along with:

    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.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on fetch land variant- how playable?
    Quote from Rudyard »
    Fetch Land Example
    Land
    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.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Possibility of a reprint?
    Moved to Baseless Speculation, as this is not a Rumor

    I'd say the chances are pretty low. It's an oppressively powerful mana denial card, something that Wizards has shied away from in recent years.
    Posted in: Baseless Speculation
  • posted a message on A host of problems with host creatures.
    Quote 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.
    Posted in: Forum Software Feedback and Bug Reports
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