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  • posted a message on Muraganda: yes or no?
    I'd be all for Muraganda, especially if we see some of the stuff Muraganda Petroglyphs, and another card I don't remember, showed us and it wants to deal with vanilla creatures and those that can be cast only with basic/non-basic mana. They don't play with needing to be cast with specific types of mana enough, like Myr Superion.
    Posted in: Baseless Speculation
  • posted a message on Gavin Varhey confirms change of course for Masters sets.
    Quote from RxPhantom »
    Side note, I see several people saying that none of the Masters sets were as good as the first, and while that may be true, I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed Eternal Masters. Further, Iconic Masters did have a lot of money cards, but they tanked in value after being printed in IMA. So then we get to this quagmire where we want lower prices on staples, but also want to open value. The only solution, or at least a great first step, would be lowering the prices on these packs. Stores sold MM1 packs for $10 because they knew they could; MM was still a new, shiny concept. Wizards reacted by increasing the MSRP. If the price were lowered for Masters sets going forward, especially since Masters sets aren't the new hotness they once were, stores wouldn't get away with that mark up.

    There are at least a couple Masters sets where if they boosters were less they still would not have been price gouged, unless your LGS does that sort of thing regularly. In your example of MM1 there was some fear it would be the only set to do that kind of thing and many took advantage of that, but even still at $10 per pack that set was barely worth it.

    With how often they have been appearing these sets have felt more like slightly better core sets than anything special. WotC continues to state that they have learned form their mistakes, but many Masters sets prove that wrong. I'll trust them on this when they do more than one right thing consistently.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Gavin Varhey confirms change of course for Masters sets.
    Quote from Xcric »

    it was a neat experiment, but its *****. get rid of it, or space them out by two years.

    This is a great point. The fact that we are going to have three Masters sets in a year (MM3, IMA, and MA25) is too much and why we had so many poor Masters sets. You can't pump out that much product at that price so often, you just can't. These sets need to come out far less frequent and need to have far more punch, especially if they are to continue being $10 per pack.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Gavin Varhey confirms change of course for Masters sets.
    Quote from Yatsufusa »
    Actually, they did create the successful product we sort of wanted before, not once, but twice - Conspiracy.

    All of this. The best Masters product turned out to be Conspiracy. Both of those sets did reprints far better with only half the set being reprints and it didn't need $10 packs to do it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Gavin Varhey confirms change of course for Masters sets.
    Maybe if the packs weren't $10 and were only $7 at max, boxes were 36 packs instead of 24, and they wouldn't upgrade card rarities just because of their price then maybe people would actually enjoy them outside of drafting, oh and if drafting wasn't $30-$50. Specifically IMA wasn't "iconic" in many ways and in no way deserved to have $10 packs with how little was actually in it.

    He says that they get better with each iteration, but considering we haven't had a Masters sets be as good as the MM1 that proves that little saying completely wrong.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Banned and restricted list updates
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    Quote from killercore007 »
    "Just like Urza's Block, Mirrodin, Scars of Mirrodin... really, the solution seems to be for Wizards to stop printing artifact blocks"

    Careful with statements like that. I made one almost like it some time ago and people went all mob mentality on me.


    The issue with the statement in this context is that Kaladesh wasn't busted because of its artifacts other than Marvel (Copter was under-costed, but it wasn't busted).

    As for artifact blocks as a whole, if Wizards stops trying so hard to push artifact-related mechanics in these type of sets (as they did with Equipment and Affinity), and maybe consider using more colored artifacts a-la the Esper artifacts or the Gearhulk cycle, the alleged artifact block curse might not come to pass if they give it another go against all reason.

    While it is true that the artifacts of Kaladesh block are not completely to blame, it is something else that each artifact block has given us a lot more grief than any other set/block before or after it. Then again a lot of Kaladesh's issues come more from the issues of design and development. Thopter couldn't be stoped from lack of answers for creatures and artifacts, Marvel was both from artifacts and energy, Cat was creatures and them not noticing, and these new bannings are from no answers to energy, outside of Solemnity.

    It always seems like with artifact heavy blocks we get a mess of trouble.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Twilight Prophet (via Wizards Twitter)
    I can see this replacing a card or two in some of my commander decks. In Standard I could see this being a thing if any B/x control decks are around.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Raging Regisaur, Resplendent Griffin, Sun-Collared Raptor, Sun-Crested Pterodon (Polygon spoilers)
    I love that Resplendent Griffon is a big parrot, and it's bound to be pretty nice in limited.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Blood Sun
    Looks like they tried to make a budget option for Blood Moon, but also one that does something a little different that might end up being not far off Moon's power level. This card is definitely nice.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership spoilers 1/4/18 Azor's Gateway/Sanctum of the Sun, two more ascend cards
    Arch of Orazca is the one I'm far more excited to see. It's so easy to achieve in Commander and I'm sure it'll see some small amount of play in Standard. I'd like to say it could be played in some Modern decks, but I can't be sure in what, if any. Tokens maybe? I guess then the player still needs to activate it, so maybe not Modern.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Path of Mettle // Metzali, Tower of Triumph .:. WizardsEU Intagram Mobile Spoiler
    Well it definitely deals with combat in some way, which was obvious it would be, but the way it does is something that I never would have expected. At least it's something new, although I can't imagine being able to pull off flipping this effectively.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Golden Demise
    I'm surprised turning something to gold only gives it -2/-2, but turning it to stone means exiling it. I'm not saying it should have done a lot more, but it just seems a tad strange.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Protean Raider (real?) first seen @SaffronOlive
    As SaffronOlive would put it "It's spicey" and for three mana I'd say for sure it is. A shame that it doesn't keep the Pirate creature type though.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on "Golden Guardian" // "Gold-Forge Garrison" .:. BigMagic Spoiler
    Daretti and Breya both really like this. Making artifact creatures is always good, gives you something to always do, and it's pretty easy to get back. Plus, two extra mana if you're not making tokens is always good.

    As for Standard it really depends on what whackyness someone can come up with to make it work. Sure it won't show up anywhere else.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on "Flying Sail Marauder" .:. cnewsmatin.fr Spoiler
    Quote from orlouge82 »
    What...what the hell is going on in that art?? Is the pirate holding a keyblade while riding a rocket-powered kite?

    Is this Unstable art that got moved into Rivals?

    Looks like it's controlling a hang glider with a dragon head at the front of it, that's also...shooting things out maybe?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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