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  • posted a message on Reminisce
    I like the flavor and wording of "reminisce about a land" etc. Should it be able to hit the opponent's graveyard too? Putting your own stuff back to the bottom doesn't really do much except that you have to get stuff in the graveyard first, but it's a good 'cost' that can be designed for both small and large effects.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Unstable seems like a great hit - but is it really?
    Quote from Colt47 »
    Quote from secretgiant »
    I love how this set is perfectly playable on its own. It's a well-designed set with a bunch of great nonsense. I'm dubious about Commander play, I don't play much as it is and haven't seen this stuff in action yet, but if it works, that will be incredible. If the effects of the secondary market are any indication, the prices of cards from the other Un-sets have exploded.


    If Marks last few interviews are any indication they designed it completely for the casual player and drafting. Not to mention he admitted they designed it more like a normal magic set than prior unstable sets (which is what people were thinking from the get go), so there are plenty of fair cards and a lot less odd ball cards that are just too quirky to endure. Crow Storm is a good example along with things like Earl of Squirrel.


    Crow Storm
    Create creatures names Storm Crow
    Storm

    It is too good to be true.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Unstable seems like a great hit - but is it really?
    I love how this set is perfectly playable on its own. It's a well-designed set with a bunch of great nonsense. I'm dubious about Commander play, I don't play much as it is and haven't seen this stuff in action yet, but if it works, that will be incredible. If the effects of the secondary market are any indication, the prices of cards from the other Un-sets have exploded.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Very Cryptic Command has Multiple (Randomized?) Printings
    Quote from Raptorchan »
    Quote from orlouge82 »
    I wish they could do something like this in black-border...

    They do this every set
    with basic lands


    Wrong. Some of these Unstable cards are functionally different.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Quote from thememan »


    One of the tweets I personally saw was deriding Sprankle for wearing a NUPE shirt, ala' Spike, Tournament Grinder, calling her a cross-dressing guy and such. Keep in mind, here, that he has stated that Spike being a female is further ruining the game.


    I remember when I saw this card for the first time I thought, how nice, a representation of a female player. I wonder how violent the opposition will be to this?
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Quote from bokchoykn »
    Quote from secretgiant »
    Can someone please give me a neutral short-version of the story? I've never heard of Sprankle, don't follow the cosplay scene, and don't watch mtg content on YouTube.


    I'm kinda in the same boat as you. I've only heard the name Christine Sprankle from SCG Twitch streams. I don't watch MTG content on YouTube and know nothing of the parties involved.

    You'd be hard-pressed to find a neutral version, just because most people who know the details have already chosen a side that they are adamantly for (and adamantly against the other).

    Anyway, I'll try my best with the little that I know:

    • Christine Sprankle, a prominent MTG cosplayer, said that she was no longer cosplaying anything MTG related. She was partaking in an activity called "flip it or rip it", where people open packs and rip cards before looking at them, possibly destroying a valuable card. Apparently, people were criticizing/abusing her for this.
    • Sprankle then came out and said that UnsleevedMedia, a YouTube channel ran by someone named Jeremy, was the source of alleged harassment towards her, made her life hell, and was the reason she's quitting the Magic community.
    • In a YouTube video, UnsleevedMedia previously called out Sprankle for using her sexuality to further her career. Relates cosplaying to prancing around in lingerie. Accuses her of preying on younger males who are vulnerable to this sort of marketing. Made disparaging comments about her physical appearance and her integrity and was pretty objectively rude about it.
    • Members of the community have come to her defense and condemned UnsleevedMedia's actions. WotC said that they will take action. Tolarian Academy (another YouTube channel) defended her. Eric Froelich (an MTG pro) proposed an anti-bullying/harassment committee, tasked with investigating and preventing this type of harassment.
    • Other members of the community have come to the defense of UnsleevedMedia, stating that while he may be guilty of being a jerk, there was no actual harassment taking place. There was a YouTube video echoing UnsleevedMedia's sentiments about Sprankle, and also denying any harassment. States that the community is up-in-arms without looking at the facts first.
    • UnsleevedMedia has received harassment as well, in retaliation of his alleged harassment, including death threats, and people trying to find out where he lives.
    • YouTube took down one of his videos, citing bullying/harassment as the reason.
    • As for his reaction, Jeremy of UnsleevedMedia has not been apologetic, claims that he has not harassed anyone and that he himself is the victim of harassment. Responds to other people's criticism with his own criticism of his critics, including comments about another person's alleged infidelity. This is on his twitter feed.

    Anyway, that's as much as I've gathered. I still haven't seen anything indicating of said harassment. I've seen one video of UnsleevedMedia calling out Sprankle and criticizing her, but the other video and his twitter posts have apparently been deleted.

    I'd post links and examples, but this thread is being pretty heavily moderated. Warnings/Infractions being dealt out for anything that defends the alleged harasser, questioning whether or not harassment has taken place, asking for examples/proof of said harassment, or using the term "SJW" or "Social Justice Warrior".

    I hope I don't get moderated for this, as I've tried my best to be neutral and just stating what I know.

    I also requested some sort of clarification/examples of exactly what happened here but have yet to get a response.


    Thanks buddy. That's a pretty neutral-sounding summary. I just couldn't dig into this today because I've been buy with class.

    I know that in our society there is a controversy about how men should organize criticisms of women, especially the on gender and sex reasons. Same when the difference is religion, race, etc. Some think being very rude is fine, others think not. From what little I did see about this case on my own, including reading the thread, a lot of the vocabulary from both sides of this debate are being deployed.

    I don't want to hear too much about hearsay, but I have a question - is it thought that women generally feel welcome in the mtg community or do they experience gender problems? It's mostly men playing in the Des Moines and Minneapolis/St. Paul areas.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Can someone please give me a neutral short-version of the story? I've never heard of Sprankle, don't follow the cosplay scene, and don't watch mtg content on YouTube.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Internal Problems with Wizards of the Coast's Handling of Magic
    Quote from Colt47 »
    Quote from secretgiant »
    What's the problem? Some complaints we're all familiar with? What's the basis of a lawsuit, the proposition that WOTC's business practices are illegal if it jeopardizes the value of the product on the secondary market? Get out of here.


    The problem Wizards of the Coast potentially has is the alligation of knowingly selling consumers a faulty product. This is actually a very real threat because the sheer volume of bent and rapidly bending cards that came out of packs of Amonkhet and HOU. Assuming Rudy's source gets validated, that alone is probably enough to cause a very high impact lawsuit that could cost wizards everything.

    As for whether that law suit happens, it really depends on how happy consumers are with the company as a whole and if they are willing to let them have a chance to fix their problems. I feel that they may have turned things around with Iconic Masters given the cards I've seen come out of the packs thus far. Regardless, I'm at the point with Wizards that if they got tanked I wouldn't really shed a tear. I feel other card game companies give their players a lot more for a lot less and the only reason this is the case is because people let wizards get away with it.


    I would hardly call a low-quality (debatable point) product faulty. Perhaps to save money WOTC developed a lower-cost, lower-quality product. This changes the value proposition and might lead to lost revenues, but hardly the basis for a lawsuit.

    What is Rudy trying to accomplish?

    EDIT: Just to add forgotten quote
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Internal Problems with Wizards of the Coast's Handling of Magic
    What's the problem? Some complaints we're all familiar with? What's the basis of a lawsuit, the proposition that WOTC's business practices are illegal if it jeopardizes the value of the product on the secondary market? Get out of here.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Soul Ring
    A lot more fair than Sol Ring...
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on So here's an interesting hypothetical
    Player 2 has a 100% chance of winning this game if you don't wipe the board. He agrees to Banefire himself, kills Player 1, and then Banefires you.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on MTG packs on sale at Wal-Mart?
    This belongs in Magic General.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Several XLN spoilers via Wizards WPN
    So white Vampires and green Merfolk?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Outcome of this scenario.
    Nope. Angel is a 5/5. Angel deals 5 first strike damage to the Dragon and kills the Dragon.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on The question at hand: Would the Gatewatch drink Coke?
    Quote from Jakolanten »
    Are those bottles real?


    100% genuine and unaltered and I am the proud owner of these Cokes for the next 1 day and 20 hours.
    Posted in: Magic General
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