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Unstable Q&A with Mark Rosewater
 
The Dos and Don'ts of Silver-Border Commander
 
Word of Command: Un-believable
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker
    Quote from Tatterhood »
    It's anti-Masako the Humorless tech.

    Or Village Bell-Ringer (common superior versions of stupid rares ftw?) thus why I said "nearly strictly better" haha
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker
    Goblin Battle Jester wasn't the worst card in draft. That doesn't mean this more efficient version will translate into a good constructed card, however.

    I wish red still tapped things instead of "can't block until end of turn." It seems that white just gets the nearly strictly better version of the same thing.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker
    Actually quite nice since you can tutor it up with your other Rebels.

    Does anyone think that WotC is way too careful with the Rebel/Mercenary creature type and new sets? I wouldn't mind seeing the odd playable addition to an old and now underpowered mechanic.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker
    Firebreathing and Shade-pump just hasn't been impressive for many years unless its on already aggressive bodies. Eel is fair for the dark but also required Volcanic Island to really work back then. Most similar one-drop or two-drop creatures with efficient firebreathing have some devastating drawback, like being unable to block or costing 2 and being a 1/1.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker
    Quote from Onering »


    Question for you in particular: Someone puts a gun to your head and makes you choose between this and plummet for your deck. Which do you choose?


    I reply with Rush lyrics and probably die for the sake of the joke.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The Commander Price Discussion Thread
    Hmm, might be a Mairsil, the Pretender thing?
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker
    It was pretty funny when they made an avatar for MTGO based on this card. It's technically bad art, but it is one of those "so bad it's good" ones.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Quote from Etherium Sage »

    Considering Sprankle actually played the game on a Game Knights episode of The Command Zone, I'm inclined to believe she has some interest in the subject matter.


    I think she's great, honestly. She's the good side of something that normally isn't good.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Even though I think that on a very base level, there is some nefarious double-edged victimization going on when you, as an attractive woman, choose an easy, high paying, self-deprecating job posting selfies or seminudes or nudes on the internet, which adds an additional deception layer when you are a cosplayer who might even have no interest in the subject matter but are there to birth your own easy money... its unwise to think you're going to convince anybody, especially on Twitter in an argument. And you know what? It doesn't matter enough for you to care, and that's good enough for me not to go around harassing people. Live and let live, you know?
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker

    Well, Faerie Trickery is strictly worse than Dissipate (because of the "non-Faerie" clause)


    I think there's been more than one occasion where Trickery was chosen because Tarmogoyf was in the deck. Not a big deal for commander, though. When was the last time you saw a Tarmogoyf there?


    Hinder is a decent card, but usually by the time you get to Hinder your counterspell concentration is too damn high, and suddenly a Cavern of Souls randomly becomes a huge threat.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker
    It's a funny thing to me. Out of a mostly crap set we got a keyword that happened to be put on a lot of solid creatures. Only Walker of the Secret Ways and Higure, the Still Wind manage to be bad ninjas because they are trying to do tribal things to a tribe with like 8 (10 now) members. Bouncing someone of value and nugging two cards out of your opponent's hand is actually pretty great. Then your opponent has to deal with the threat of getting hit again for two cards. The lack of evasion and low toughness keeps it from being a great card.

    I need to play Silent-blade Oni more often.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker
    Hits the most important permanents, but the hardcast cost forces you to have an enabler like Scroll Rack ready. Casting this for six is a disaster and a half.

    The format changed less than I thought it would after the tuck was removed. Made a more general-centric deck more viable, for sure, which is a good thing, because that's what we're here for. 100-card Singleton is still a format after all.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker
    One of those browbeat-esque punisher cards that is especially easy for your opponent to practically ignore. You put it into your deck thinking that tapping your opponent down every turn is going to be great, but then you play against someone who just doesn't care that your creature gets in for X damage every turn or doesn't care that you're tapping their lands down and they are eating your creature. If it tapped your lands down and kept them tapped, then we'd be talking about some serious shenanigan potential with Taunting Elf and friends. Otherwise you're putting too many eggs in one really stupid looking basket and you look like a fool with those shoes.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker
    This card felt really powerful in draft, but unless my opponent has some sort of 1 toughness threat this is not how I want to spend my tempo in a constructed format. However, he pairs pretty well with Basilisk Collar, since he can ping and then attack for a lot of lifelink in one turn. While you can play this guy early on I'd suggest going Inferno Titan first.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Blood Speaker
    It's like a slowtrip Bandage that you can just cast on the first turn to be at 21 sometimes. Its sorcery speed restricts it from being used to defeat Vampiric Tutor and other similar topdeck tutors. Basically a useless card in every format, but hey, Ihsan's Shade is a cool guy.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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