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  • posted a message on Deeproot Waters
    This seems like great sideboard tech if nothing else. Hexproof tokens as a cast trigger is dope anti control tech. Of course it relies on resolving a 3 drop buuuuttt....
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Leave//Chance
    That's a pretty sweet puzzle piece for a couple of decks. Metalwork Colossus variants might not want it, but Aetherflux Reservoir and/or Sram storm decks might be able to work with the front half of this.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 6/26 Mothership Spoilers - 8 Mana one-sided Humility(ish)
    Champion of Wits is interesting. The sorcery speed is a bummer, but what is the value of a 2/1 in play versus drawing a random card? And how much is the option to eternalize it in the very late game worth? It certainly doesn't look great, but I wouldn't be too surprised if I was off.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Amonkhet twitch preview show
    A card named Bloodlust Inciter not granting Blood Lust is a flavor fail of epic proportions Frown
    Lay Claim is pretty sweet though. I have a soft spot for theft cards and one that still has a use if you draw into it before you are ready is great.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Liliana, Death´s Majesty (Gathering Magic)
    it was pointed out to me that this goes infinite...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [Fan Art] Leaked Artwork for Amonkhet?
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Dunno, first thing I thought was that this is a mummy that was subject to Liliana's more classic necromancy (note the violet glow). The Bolas-orb is nice touch.

    I hope that we FINALLY learn in Amonkhet what the orb is (Gem of Becoming is what is closest, but it is apparently not the original thing).


    Isn't it Myojin of Night's Reach's mask? I thought that was covered in the Timespiral block books.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on B&R Update: Emrakul, Copter, Reflector Mage banned in Standard, Gitaxian Probe, Gravetroll in Modern!
    Quote from pulli23 »
    Indeed, why ban reflector mage. or smugglers copter - now that there are actually answers against smugglers copter printed.

    If anything the oppressive cards in UW flash were avacyn, and gideon - with gideon being even more oppressive in many different decks.


    100% This. Smuggler's copter was everywhere to be sure, but that's what happens when you print a good solid 2 mana artifact that goes in creature decks during a period of time when you want the whole world to play creature decks. It hasn't been a real problem card since the first couple of weeks that it was legal when everyone was still wrapping their head around it and then the meta adjusted. On top of that they just printed an incredibly efficient maindeckable answer in fatal push as well as heart of kiran. This ban seems incredibly premature. Reflector mage seems to have gone for the same reason stone rain did. Not saying I agree (at all) that it needed to be done, but that's pretty much the reason they gave.
    Can someone please tell me specifically why Emrakul was banned? I know it warped the block, but how exact;y do you cheat it out on turn 4 in a delirium deck? Is that what people were doing?

    I want to know only because I play casual with friends, and now that it will likely become cheaper to buy, I'll be able to cheat it out as often as i want!!


    Turn four Emrakuls come from Aetherworks Marvel, not from delirium.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Midnight Entourage - ZiggyD Gaming Preview
    Quote from Falafell »
    So now we have all Rares right?

    Does it matter? The most exciting cards have generally been uncommons anyway right? Smile
    Quote from Spaz350 »
    Quote from Guesswork »
    Quote from poemi »
    fun edh dech here I come
    This is, like, the definition of a card that's no fun in EDH. Where are you going to find enough members of this tiny tribe to fill out that 99?

    Bad in Standard != good in EDH.

    This is a weird Limited draft-around-me card (not even really a bomb), a potential kitchen-table casual thing, and that's about all I can say for it.

    I think the rest of Aether Revolt has been so good that it's easy to forget that every set has its share of penny rares.

    Since this card has an unavoidable downside, I'm not sure who it's really even *for*. The more I think about it, the more I think it's kind of awful.


    Depends on your definition of "Fun". I take a lot of enjoyment out of building off the wall decks based around random tribes (insects, vedalken, mutant, horror... heck, my Prossh deck is a Kobold tribal deck). As of right now, there are 12 Aetherborn, plus 8 and/or black changelings, and 4 artifact creatures that can be set to Aetherborn (2 of which are lords). Throw in support creatures and a dash of Conspiracy, and and Aetherborn deck is definitely possible. Not necessarily GOOD, but flavorful and entertaining.


    Yeah, I had a lot of fun putting together my gorgon tribal Hythonia the Cruel EDH deck. It's not fantastic due to the restrictions I put on it, but it is something I can pull out when playing against newer or more casual players than my usual play group. If I play my normal decks in those situations it's usually boring and no fun for anyone involved so having a list that doesn't feel opressive against barely modified precons is nice.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Midnight Entourage - ZiggyD Gaming Preview
    Huh. At first I was like a lord for a creature type that's only existed for one expansion, doesn't have many playables and is unique to the plane of Kaladesh? And it's a hill giant? Yuck. But then I read that ability, and thought of Yahenni, Undying Partisan and Vampire Nightwalk and Zulaport Cutthroat and while it might not be a good tribal lord per se, it might be an important cog piece for an aristocrats deck.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Maverick Thopterist
    Quote from jshrwd »
    Quote from Buffsam89 »
    Well, I guess it fits. The oppressed(uncommons) revolting and usurping the oppressors(mythic rares). Or something like that.

    This exact thought crossed my mind the other day and I wasn't sure where to start the discussion.

    I would absolutely love it if Wizards said that the reasons the commons and uncommons are so powerful was for that exact reason.


    This discussion actually makes me sad that there are rares with revolt. How cool would it have been if only the (un)common(er)s were revolting?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 1/5
    Quote from jshrwd »
    Ugh. This forum has the worst image attachment system.
    It's totally unviewable on mobile.

    Yeah, the switch to curse may have been needed to keep the site open, but was a huge net negative to quality in terms of the forum's functionality.

    Quote from Vorthospike »
    I feel like people are really underestimating Pendulum of Patterns. Three life and draw a card for any color! Has to be a sideboard card for Legacy Burn in order to win the mirror, right?


    That's not even in the same planetary radius as a playable card in legacy burn. 7 mana, even broken up into a payment of 2 and a payment of 5, is not efficient enough in any constructed format for just 3 life and a card. If you want to add lifegain to your legacy burn deck, lightning helix and soulfire grand master already exist. If you specifically want 3 life and a card, Reviving Dose does it for 3. If you want to go deep and play an expensive artifact to gain life surely Obelisk of Alara is a better choice?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Metallic Rebuke (Gatheringmagic spoiler)
    Well that's interesting. I definitely foresee this finding a home alongside Paradoxical Outcome at least out of sideboards. While not a strict upgrade to negate for the aetherstorm decks, this is more maindeckable and allows a much greater degree of flexibility in terms of what is needed to protect yourself while going off. It isn't very good on its own, and it definitely is behind the mediocre Spell Shrivel on two counts if you can't improvise reliably, but in the right deck this is a 1 mana Mana Leak. If nothing else, this set is going to get me to revisit Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas in modern to see if the new toys line up well enough.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ravenous intruder
    Poor Kurna, tomorrow is already too late, solong solring...

    Gotta love the Atog reprint in the artifact set. The flavor here is off the charts too. 10/10 would feed it mox opals.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Baral's Expertise - SCG Spoiler
    Quote from KolbaneX »
    Uh....yea no...so far this is definitely the weakest one revealed so far.

    I strongly disagree with you here. The green expertise likely has the highest power ceiling, but is the kind of thing that is only good when you are already ahead. The texture of a deck that can play a 6 mana sorcery doesn't often lend itself to running a ton of creatures which makes it possible that it does little to nothing beyond cast a spell that costs 5. I can see situations where you have delirium and a grim flayer, you cast green expertise, draw 4 cards and get a free Ishkanah+babies, but that is an ideal case. In the ceiling cases (oh look I have emrakul or some other giant fattie they can't kill) you are already far enough ahead that this isn't likely the card that wins you the game. The floor of course is that you get literal nothing for your 6 mana after they kill your only creature. This one shares a similar floor in that it sometimes does actual nothing, but contextually, you actually WANT that situation in actual games of magic. This card provides a certain amount of expected value in that one of the things blue is missing is a way to come back when behind. Baral's Expertise being a sorcery really hurts it to be sure, but Torrential Gearhulk severely limits what they can print at instant speed for a while. It can still be an absurd tempo gainer to bounce your opponent's remaining board (you are playing some kind of removal yeah?)and dropping down a gideon or a glimmer of genius that you can now flashback next turn with a gearhulk.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Salvage - MTGoldfish preview
    Quote from Last Laugh »
    Quote from nerf »
    Huh. That sure is an interesting Tidings variant. Slow to be sure and of variable utility, but what does your opponent's face look like in your head after you target the Torrential Gearhulk in your yard?

    And what does their face look like when you use that gearhulk you just tutored up to cast Secret Salvage again lol.

    Sadly it looks like confusion as Secret Salvage is a sorcery Frown
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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