• posted a message on Star Trek: Myriad Universes Mafia IV Signups


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    You, the happy denizens of the 24th Century, have awoke to find something eerily wrong. The year is 2381 and everything is… differenty. Everywhere in the universe, at the same time, I, Q, appear and announce that I have collapsed several different universes together for no reason other than fun, and that I've introduced an Mafia of evil people who want nothing more than to kill everyone and everything in the universe. To that end, they’ve stolen some ugly blue police box from the Department of Temporal Investigations evidence vault on REDACTED and started messing with history, starting with the moment the Federation Temporal Agency and Starfleet Temporal Integrity Commission would allow them to do so, February 28, 2381 (a Saturday.)

    The Alpha Quadrant's still recovering from the apocalyptic Borg invasion, during which sixty billion Federation civilians, half of Starfleet. and three quarters of the Klingon Defense Force were wiped out in the span of a week. The invasion was stopped only by the dissolution of the Borg Collective by the Caeliar, a mysterious, hermit-like race who evolved from humanoid form to become fully artificial beings made of controllable atoms (catoms). And just to show you that they're a lot of fun, they're also the geniuses who created the Borg, entirely by accident. Yes, that's right, you puny humans, the Borg were a cosmic accident. They're gone now... or are they? Maybe a few survived, you might never know...

    I've tweaked some of your alignments to make the games more amusing for me. You have all been sent to the newly christened Deep Space Nine (II) station, designed by Master Chief Petty Officer Miles O'Brien and his assistant, Lieutenant Commander Nog. This place was even more boring than the last station until a few cubes came by & gave it some much-needed character.

    This game is for 19 players. Signups will be closed late Monday evening (May 30) if enough players have signed up, otherwise the deadline will be extended. Priority will be given to those who are currently in no games; please indicate the number of games you are currently in. Players may also sign up to replace; replacements will be chosen in random order.

    Mentors are encouraged & there will be a spectator thread.

    IN: 4
    Killjoy, Killjoy (2.5)
    DoTArchon (0.5)
    Cythare (0)
    Silvercrys3467 (0)

    REPLACE:
    Rhand

    SPECTATORS:
    Bur
    TappingStones

    MENTORS:
    Ecophagy
    Iso (R)
    Prophy (R)
    Posted in: Mafia
  • posted a message on Which of these is beta?
    Upper left is Beta, the other three are sharpie jobs.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on BigMagic Twitter preview - Shardless Agent at rare
    Quote from sealteamfive »
    It blows my mind to see people defending this card getting a rarity boost.


    I think the point others are trying to make is that this was never printed in a set that had boosters (IE - randomization where rarities matter). To my knowledge it was only ever released in Plancechase 2012. If you bought the planechase deck it was in you were guaranteed a copy - much like precons. Wizards openly acknowledges that rarities in products where you know exactly what you are buying is as follows (going from memory so I could be slightly off) - For reprints, they would maintain their original rarity. For new cards, rarity would be dependent on the number of times a card appears in that series decklists (1x would be rare or Mythic. 2x or more would be uncommon)

    In the 2012 Planechase Decks, Shardless Agentappeared as a 2x in Chaos Reigns - hence the uncommon rarity.


    But what is the purpose of making it a rare in this set? 3 mana cascade is hardly worthy of being rare, is it the 2/2 body that makes it rare these days?


    I find it hard to believe that cards worthy $18 in their original printing needed a rarity boost for anything other than satiatiing certain groups who are more than likely the cause of card shortages and price hiking in the first place.


    But hey, maybe enough of them will be opened to half it's price, after all there is only 1 format where it sees consistant play, maybe this is the shot in the arm it needs to tank below $10, probably less by the end of the year with anthologies.


    Two copies in Planechase Anthology will harm the price even more than the EMA print will.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on BigMagic Twitter preview - Shardless Agent at rare
    Quote from secretgiant »
    I think this card is very pretty without reminder text but- notice the Bloodbraid and Wanderer both have it?


    The actual card will have reminder text; the Japanese version shown in the preview has it. I took a small amount of Æsthetic License with the mockup because of the positive reaction to Counterspell having the centered one-liner in this set.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Planechase Anthology

    12.5*4=50 (10 per plane deck*25% like original anthology)


    So 10 Planes are worth half deck? A plane is worth more than 1$? Who decided this? 150 is an easy result to obtain if you make up numbers.
    Price should be lower if you are buying stock of items. If single planes are worth 2$ (example), a set of 80 planes shouldn't be worth 160$ because then you can just buy singles and skip the ones you don't want.
    Planechase should be a casual product and the price should be low. Let wotc make planes "rare cards" and let Planechase cater to collectors. Let's see how much this will be good for the format.


    Planes are above $1 because players will pay that for them. Before this product, the few who wanted a full set of planes had to shell out quite a bit. I paid $35 for my Tazeem... not because it's good, but because I wanted the full planar set for shared deck casual/cube/EDH/whatever. I've never actually seen the "build your planar deck" variant kick off anywhere; its lack of support on MTGO is probably why Planechase as a format never became popular on there & is most likely why the only reason to buy Planechase decks was Shardless Agent. Prior to the Anthology reprint announcement, a full set of planes wasn't $160... it was closer to $300. People were paying this not because it was "good for the format," but because they genuinely enjoy Planechase games.

    The point that I think has been missed is that this isn't $150 because WotC thinks that's what a full set of planes should cost. It's $150 for three reasons: the LGSes got $150 out of Duel Deck Anthology, they've proven they're willing to increase MSRP to match previous releases' secondary market prices ($7 MSRP for Modern Masters, $10 for Modern Masters 2,) and they critically failed to realize that this product shouldn't be targeted for & won't sell to the same market that bought Duel Deck Anthology. The four decks in the anthology contain the sum total of three cards that anyone cares about (Maelstrom Wanderer, Shardless Agent, Baleful Strix) & one of those three has been reprinted to death via Commaander and Eternal Masters. The collectors don't give a damn about this product necause it's all reprints & they have the originals, the competitive players don't give a damn about this product except for its potential to drive Shardless Agent down to single-digit prices, the core casual players don't give a damn about this product because it's been priced well out of the "hey, let's pick this up and change up the game for a night" range, and the "luxury casual" players who'd have the budget to buy this don't give a damn because they already have everything that's being reprinted in it, including the planar full set. Who does that leave to buy this product?

    Between the almost total lack of reason for any segment of the market to buy this product and the needlessly large packaging that'll take up metric craptons of space on LGS shelves, we've got every needed element in the classic "mark it down & shovel it out" product failure recipe. I look forward to seeing LGS owners discount the hell out of this to get rid of it & have space for a product that'll actually sell at something faster than glacial speeds.

    Congratulations, WotC, this one's not even on the shelves yet & it's already an obvious mistake. Only time will tell if you actually learn something from it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Basic land art unique to duel decks?
    Quote from Pouncing Kavu »
    Huh, strange that they would reprint promo art like that. Thanks for the info!


    They also reprinted one of the Euro Forests in a duel deck & the Lorwyn MPS Plains in M11 or M12. This is something they do on a very infrequent basis.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Nevinyrrals Disk, original beta or not?
    Looks fine to me.
    Posted in: Card Authentication
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    Quote from dragombra »
    Has anyone played around with 1 of Revenge of the Hunted

    Yes, it's a worse become immense.
    and by worse i mean it in a thousand ways:
    • you MUST cast it when you draw it, meaning that if you don't have a creature down it is a dead draw, even if you have one you may still not want to cast it (maybe for fear of bolts, palms or because you still need the mana)
    • it MUST be the 1st card you draw, meaning you probably won't use slip through space
    • it is sorcery, you can't use it to protect your creatures, you also can't use it post blockers (even if you cast it for 6)
    • as above if it's in opening hand it's terrible


    Yeah, that thing's trash.

    Are we going to want to slip Ancestral Vision in anywhere? It might be a little too slow for us, but with it being legal now, we'd be a bit crazy not to at least consider it.
    Posted in: Tier 1 (Modern)
  • posted a message on April 4th Banned + Restricted List Announcement
    Quote from Shodai »
    What I want to happen (to modern)


    Banned: Eye of Ugin, Eldrazi Temple, Simian Spirit Guide, Ancient Stirrings
    Unbanned: Bloodbraid Elf, Ancestral Vision, Sword of the Meek

    What I think will actually happen
    Banned: Eye of Ugin
    Unbanned: No changes


    Ancient Stirrings getting banned would be the end of Tron; I don't think they're going for that.

    What I want: Eldrazi Temple, Eldrazi Mimic banned
    What'll probably happen: Eye of Ugin banned
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on April 4th Banned + Restricted List Announcement
    Quote from Shodai »
    What I want to happen (to modern)


    Banned: Eye of Ugin, Eldrazi Temple, Simian Spirit Guide, Ancient Stirrings
    Unbanned: Bloodbraid Elf, Ancestral Vision, Sword of the Meek

    What I think will actually happen
    Banned: Eye of Ugin
    Unbanned: No changes


    Ancient Stirrings getting banned would be the end of Tron; I don't think they're going for that.

    What I want: Eldrazi Temple, Eldrazi Mimic banned
    What'll probably happen: Eye of Eldrazi banned
    Posted in: Speculation
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