• posted a message on The Best and Worst Planes
    Quote from Narvuntien »
    I don't quite get Kamigawa, why is everything spirits and why are spirits monstrous twisted weird things?


    Japanese mythology. The main hangup people tend to have with Kamigawa in that respect is it's based on historical Japanese mythology rather than pop Japanese mythology. It'd be the equivalent of "Creature - Angel" when the art shows a giant flaming wheel with a ton of eyes. Historically accurate, but doesn't quite meet audience expectations.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Best and Worst Planes
    Quote from TheDesacrator »
    Real Phyrexia should count. The Nine Titans and Gerrard went there in Apocalypse.


    It also predated Yawgmoth, and it stands to reason that it could continue on past the Apocalypse.

    Then again, I'm the kind of person who really loved the original Kamigawa. They hit so many good notes with setting, flavour, and design, except that the power level was garbage and thus the set was unpopular, so Wizards treats the entire thing as failure and thus being tainted.

    Also, on one final note, they need to make a block set in Segovia. Or at least give us a planeswalker from there. Because they'd be like two thirds of an inch tall (you're shrunk down when you enter the plane, but summoning the Segovian Leviathan shows us things from the plane stay tiny when leaving it). What's not to love?
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Allied Painlands - any chance for a reprint?
    Quote from DSF »
    I haven't seen Maro's writings, what's problematic about Dominaria from a design standpoint?


    Basically, it's too big and too well-developed for modern set design. They like each world to be boiled down to a single theme that can easily be pitched in like five words or less. Theros is "ancient Greece world." Innistrad is "gothic horror world." Khans is "eastern world with time traveling." Ravnica is "the city of guilds." Maro has indicated this kind of shallowness is seen as a good thing by Wizards, because marketing trumps everything. And you just can't sum up Dominaria so easily because, well, look at all the places there. It has whole continents with different themes. The world design is just too deep. It's not easily marketable, so outside of a few passing mentions in Origins due to Liliana's backstory (which carefully avoided interacting with the Dominarian plot too much), they just don't want to work on it.

    Put another way, the reason players love it is the reason Wizards hates it. They'll probably return eventually, if only due to player demand, but it's likely to be a very limited thing, kept to a single location (sort of like the Otaria plotline, or even worse, like the "plot" to Seventh Edition), and without any reference to the established plot (because they don't want to burden players with any more than basic established backstory).
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The two types of magic players- FNM vs casual
    That user was a troll and is now banned. His MO is to sign up gimmicks and post inflammatory content. Please pay him no mind.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on WotC cutting appearance fees for Platinum Pros and HoFs
    Speculation. Who's to say they won't use the 100K saved to create a couple of design/development positions, positions that a couple of highly-enfranchised Platinum pros would be well-suited for? For all the howling, the change might actually produce new opportunities for a career in MTG.


    Bear in mind the quotes here are a bit biased, but we still have a clear picture of what working at Wizards is like, and, well, the corporate culture as presented at Wizards makes me doubtful we'll see significant innovation.
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  • posted a message on Platinum Angel vs. Academy Ruins. Draw?
    This is just going around in circles. The question has been answered as thoroughly as it's going to get over the Internet, and anything further would have to be determined on a case-by-case basis by the head judge. Thread closed. Lock
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on WotC cutting appearance fees for Platinum Pros and HoFs
    Quote from Aazadan »
    Most pro's already get by through writing articles, not through winning.


    To put this into perspective, it's perfectly fair to say that many pros are pro Magic writers first, and pro Magic players second.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The two types of magic players- FNM vs casual
    Quote from TappingStones »
    The DCI would frown upon such a blight as missed trigger format. That goes against everything this game represents.


    For that matter, I can't imagine how you could even have an event where all the players aren't held to the same unified rule set. Sometimes rules misunderstandings can cause tremendously bad feelings (I had someone drop from my last FNM because they thought you could run, say, four checklist cards with only one associated flip card, and they were not pleased when I told them that they absolutely couldn't do that when I discovered them doing it partway into the event), but if we're talking about things like allowing missed triggers to be handled in arbitrary ways, there's no way to have a dispute result in one player feeling cheated by said arbitrary rulings. At least with the real rules, you might feel cheated, but there's no element of perceived bias to it, and any ruling can be traced back to supporting documentation (e.g. the comprehensive rules, the tournament rules, judging documents like the JAR/IPG, policy postings from Wizards, etc). Giving that up would be folly if one were actually to try it.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on W/x Humans
    Frankly, even if they -4 their Chandra, it's still a huge upside for them because it'll either wipe your board or leave you with like one, maybe two creatures. By the time they have access to six mana, you should be able to have enough board presence that keeping up a two or three mana instant is viable. Also:

    Quote from jbhmickey »
    I've been tooling around with that type of Wu list as I don't currently own any Avacyn lol. I agree though, combining the aggression of the monowhite deck with the resiliency if the Wu deck could be a really powerful result.


    Personally, I've been tinkering with W/u as a pure tempo build (e.g. no one-mana 2/1s, mainboard Bygone Bishop for incremental card advantage, etc), but haven't really had the opportunity to test it against the post Pro Tour field yet. It seems solid based on my prior testing (it's a bit slower at racing ramp, but it doesn't get blown out or out-valued as easily as pure aggro builds), and I'm feeling increasingly like mainboard Negate isn't actually a bad idea.
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on WotC cutting appearance fees for Platinum Pros and HoFs
    Quote from TappingStones »
    I was sitting next to a Korean pro in my last GP, last round and he spend 15 minutes of the round begging his opponent to concede (opponent kept refusing). A lot of these pros aren't much better than the grinder that you've never heard of.


    Just some advice for anyone reading this who may find themselves in a similar situation: If your opponent repeatedly asks you to concede (or draw or whatever) after you've made it clear you're not interested in doing so, call a judge. Judges don't take kindly to people haranguing their opponents like that. And if there's even a whisper of compensation for doing so, that'll get them disqualified (and if it somehow doesn't, bring it up with Wizards).
    Posted in: Magic General
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