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  • posted a message on What pairs well with Ninjutsu?
    If you're willing to go outside of Asian-themed sets, your options get quite a lot better.

    Thalakos Seer This guy is the best one I know of. Evasive all the time to empower your Ninjutsu and draws you cards when he leaves play. SWEET. (However, notice he also cannot block.)
    Gravelgill Duo You're going to be casting (and recasting) creatures...this guy loves that.

    I think these two monuments might be worth trying out. There's also these two but honestly, their effects seem not quite worth it to me. The only one I've ever had any luck with was this one paired with Dash creatures, which mostly act like 'red ninjas'. (It's fantastic.)

    To be completely honest, I have found Ninjutsu can be quite challenging to pull off. Think about it..they require a constant investment/re-investment of mana every attack to do their thing. You could be spending that mana on doing other things. Your opponents creatures won't usually have that drawback so it's a real tempo tradeoff taken over the course of the entire game. You need to pick up the slack elsewhere (by playing very efficient early-game disruption to even things out) to have a good chance of winning most games.

    You can build Ninja in any color but you're going to have the easiest time staying in Blue & Black. Going beyond these colors, you better have a very, very good reason because that adds additional slowness to your deck. That said, here's a reasonably solid Ninja deck in UBR aka "Grixis" colors.

    Good luck with it!
    Posted in: Casual & Multiplayer Formats
  • posted a message on Fatal Push rarity
    I'm just gonna leave this here.. Sneaky
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Buy-outs - are things slowing down?
    I don't think anything's going to stop it. You can't really stop people from spending their money in this fashion other than abolishing the Reserved List, which isn't happening.

    It's largely self-regulating though. If someone is sitting on a hundred copies of a Reserved List card they simply can't sell at the new price, who's really taking a bath?

    Honestly, I wouldn't worry too much about it if you're not personally going after any of those cards anyway. Are you?
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Dinosaur predictions for Rivals of Ixalan.
    Quote from Others »
    Dilophosaurus


    If it doesn't have both deathtouch and first strike, I'll be pretty pissed.

    It spits venom. Shrugs
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on What to Expect for Ixalan 2
    Perhaps we will finally see some more Coatls in Ixalan 2? Shrugs
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on What are you Building with Ixalan?
    Quote from Prid3 »
    Quote from Morphling »
    I don't like the fact she's dependent on being in an already-good-state to be that finisher but she also doesn't whiff on an empty board either...


    By your own admission your meta isn't very Wrath-heavy. She's fantastic in board-stall situations. You also might want to consider a card like Captivating Vampire because that's another way to convert anemic 1/2s into legitimate threats.

    True..but while our battlefields will occasionally clog up, more often there's plenty of guys turning sideways, as this is a primary route to victory when you flood the board every game. Plenty of aggression, plenty of chances to block (and lose your early-midgame chumps). There's lots of mixing it up. Also, quite a few combat tricks (pumping and withering) and spot removal like O Ring and Terminate. THAT is what I see more than anything. (One reason I'm so high on Bloodwitch's tacked-on Pro-White.) Smile
    Posted in: Multiplayer
  • posted a message on New Magic Logo -- Effective starting in Dominaria 2018
    Quote from natesroom »
    I just did a quick Mockup of what i think would have gone over well with more people


    Dude this looks really good. Frown I really wonder if something like this was ever considered..
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on What are you Building with Ixalan?
    I honestly just see it as a way to curve out decently after any of the 8 one-drop leeches without sacrficing too much, tempo-wise. What can I say, I have high hopes.. Redface

    Our metas probably are pretty different. Most of our guys (even the experienced ones) tend to just flood the board with dudes, no matter how often they get punished for doing it.

    It's not to say your'e not correct, it's just that my group doesn't usually conform to this. Most of them, even the L2, just buy boxes of boosters and build from what they open. They won't go out and buy a ton of the best possible options to run (or play ultra-refined MP strategy, even after a decade or more of playing.) Whenever I play my 8-Wrath deck, their only 'adjustment' to this is to just absolutely crucify me the next few matches. Lol. The other thing preventing that from becoming the norm is that you start to get yelled at. People get sick of constant Wrathing, despite the fact it will win you a shocking % of multiplayer games.

    Anyway, the last build, I was running Urge to Feed, Feast of Blood and Tribute to Hunger. I could go back to them, or yeah, Dismember and Snuff Out are both fine options as well. I will keep the Nighthawk Duo in there for now but maybe that's where I'm headed..

    Malakir Bloodwitch is not bad at all. I don't like the fact she's dependent on being in an already-good-state to be that finisher but she also doesn't whiff on an empty board either, being a 4/4 flyer. Being randomly pro-StP is always nice on a black creature. I was pretty happy curving out at 4 mana (from 6 before) but I guess 5's not terrible. As a 2x standalone, it would probably far less random than my Esanguinate/Coffers plan. I appreciate this suggestion!

    Posted in: Multiplayer
  • posted a message on New Magic Logo -- Effective starting in Dominaria 2018
    Quote from saneatali »
    They're leaning almost entirely on the Planeswalker symbol to carry the brand identity, they want to be able to paste that one symbol on anything, in any color combination. It's just simplified branding.

    They really haven't done a very good job with that logo. Like, probably a very small subset of regular players could even tell you what that symbol means, despite them having used it for, what, over a decade now? I would say with confidence that the majority of people playing Magic would recognize the symbol but could not tell you what it represents. I think we probably will see this 'type icon/badge' permanently added to Magic cards at some point--they seem to be very happy on using it on Transform cards. (and we keep seeing more and more of those, eh?) If this new branding doesn't sufficiently catch fire, they'll implement that change sooner rather than later. (Honestly a little surprised they didn't just get it over with wen they recently tweaked the modern frames.)

    Quote from saneatali » »
    They could have done this with the old 'M' on the card back, but that ship has sailed, they've been using the 'walker logo in their branding for a long time, incorporating it into the official trademark of the game was only a matter of time.

    This. I really like that one. But, I can see that it does nothing for new players. It really only works when it's for enfranchised players who know it's standing in for 'Magic' to begin with. What's this game "M" I keep hearing about? Oh what's that? It's called "Magic, the Gathering?" OH!, I didn't know that.. Fail.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on New Magic Logo -- Effective starting in Dominaria 2018
    I don't get why wotc is so eager to make its audience forget that the game has more than 20 years of history
    I don't get why wotc is so eager to make its audience forget that the game has more than 20 years of history


    Because that's what you do to position this product to long-time (or mature, age-wise) players. It's definitely not what you do when you're trying to pick up the 'Hearthstone Generation'.

    They're a completely different demographic and they actively avoid stuff that is perceived as 'old'. They are taking a very big financial gamble with Arena and they are going to do everything they can (yes, even changing the 20-year old logo) to get young (and NEW) players to pay attention and just give it a try (in the hopes of hooking them). If Magic is perceived as 'quaint' or 'dated' in any way by a significant % of the target audience, that probably won't happen. Let's face it: they won't get multiple chances to roll this out. Might as well throw everything you've got at it.

    I will miss the old logo. I honestly liked the "M" logo you used to see. At least the card backs will always have it. Smile
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on What are you Building with Ixalan?

    Definitely. I rebuilt my Vampire deck to this:


    The one-of's (Exsanguinate,Vampiric Tutor,Cabal Coffers) are only one-of's because I want them to randomly win games for me, not become the focus of the deck, which is: Drain them out + Removal.

    The non-gain-life Vampires all (hopefully) trade with guys, acting like removal. But, if they're not needed in that role, they still contribute to the larger plan.

    Tyrant's Choice feels absolutely perfect here. I picked up a second playset because I might like to try it out with some other cards I thought about over the weekend.. Or, it is also a black Flame Rift (with upside!!) in some weird Rakdos burn deck you could build--and Flame Rift was already playable..


    Although it's possible that the deck needs a touch more removal to help push damage through by clearing blockers out. Malicious Affliction, Dismember, Snuff Out, Curtains' Call and more can all be fantastic additions for example. If you're worried that you won't have someone relatively defenseless to beat on you might want to swap Tyrant's Choice for something that will reliably clear a path for your dorks.

    Having only played a single match with this build, I have to agree. My 1/1's got stalled out, and I drew no deathtouch guys, so my plan didn't really work out very well. When I went to make my big play, he just chump-blocked my guys (removing them) and then Throne did not seal the deal like I had hoped. I will play a few more matches with it but I am also keeping an eye on Cover of Darkness for this deck. Seems the easiest way barring swapping out some of the removal vampires for legit removal spells. Edit: I just bought 2x. Evil Lol I kinda like the 'all in' aspect of this list. Vampires: the Drain Tribe.™ I want to try it out some more before changing it up again.

    Thoughts?


    Posted in: Multiplayer
  • posted a message on R.I.P. Tom Petty (1950-2017)
    Terrible loss. This guy was a master songwriter and had a unique sound that gave us dozens of hits spanning several decades. He also contributed to the Traveling Wilburys--good stuff as well.

    To paraphrase some random person in my FB feed the other day: "His music sounds like freedom." Quite right.

    I wanna glide down over Mulholland
    I wanna write her name in the sky
    I'm gonna free fall out into nothin'
    Gonna leave this world for awhile


    RIP
    Posted in: Music
  • posted a message on Why the Scarab god so exsoensive
    Standard + EDH demand.

    It will not survive rotation.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Prid3's Ixalan Multiplayer Set Review
    So nice to see these back.. Smile

    I agree with nearly all your evaluations but I'm very, very surprised at your evaluations on the flip cards. I don't want to play a single one of these in 60-card multiplayer. None of the effects seem worth the trouble and they are so unreliable (admit it) I hardly want to bother.
    Posted in: Multiplayer
  • posted a message on Ixalan full spoilers

    Hahahaha..completely overlooked that guy. That is pretty funny.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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