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  • posted a message on The ELEVENTH Annual MTGS Holiday Gift Card Exchange!
    I think everything has arrived that will, so I'm going to doodle things up today and try to ship everything out tomorrow.
    Posted in: Community Discussion
  • posted a message on The ELEVENTH Annual MTGS Holiday Gift Card Exchange!
    So an interesting conundrum occurred that hasn't happened to me before. A participant's envelope arrived... But without the contents.

    I'm going to see if I can get to the post office and see what happened, but there's a good chance they won't be able to do much.


    I may try and divvy up other submissions to make a good number of packages, in the spirit of the holidays.
    Posted in: Community Discussion
  • posted a message on The ELEVENTH Annual MTGS Holiday Gift Card Exchange!
    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    Mine should be there any day now...

    What's the official count of who is participating? Do we have a head count?


    Those who have indicated interest in participating, and those I have received from are listed at the bottom of the OP.

    3 have had to drop out. I have a confirmed send from 1 more, at least, and I know that 1 more has made cards. Which leaves 4 which I'm following up with to see if they sent.
    Posted in: Community Discussion
  • posted a message on The ELEVENTH Annual MTGS Holiday Gift Card Exchange!
    I have received 2 more packages. Ashnak and Stoogeslap!

    Giving a bit of time for stragglers to come in, then I'll shuffle up and send out!
    Posted in: Community Discussion
  • posted a message on The ELEVENTH Annual MTGS Holiday Gift Card Exchange!
    I have received 2 packages!

    Elemental
    and
    Mohawk Dan!
    Posted in: Community Discussion
  • posted a message on The ELEVENTH Annual MTGS Holiday Gift Card Exchange!
    I got mine done this weekend! This is gonna be a fun exchange.
    Posted in: Community Discussion
  • posted a message on Trove of Temptation
    Quote from Onering »
    I'm not sure it would fit into a wide range of Zedruu decks, it would need to be in one that has lots of tokens or evasive creatures. Unless your donating to a creatureless or extremely creature light deck, it can end up hurting you if you donate it. I'd hate to get stuck in a situation where you are forced to attack in with Zedruu.
    Well, that's always a valid point, but perhaps it could still be worth it, depending on your set up. Plus Reconnaissance is a fantastic card.

    Why would you do that? Again, forcing players to do something they wouldn't normally do isn't a downside. Why does everyone keep treating that like it's a downside?

    (It's no different than Lure forcing opponents to block one creature.)
    Often times, people spread out their attacks. Forcing them to attack a specific player, even if only a tiny trickle gets through, will add up over time. I had a game recently where my early defenses were removed, and simply through opportunity hits for Sword of the Animist triggers and such, my life total dropped very quickly.

    Forcing people to do something is most certainly a disadvantage for them. You're removing their options. Maybe they only have one creature and would rather hold it back for defense. Not anymore. Maybe they want to attack, but they'd rather attack someone else, like you. Now they can't. Every voltron deck now has a harder time killing someone who isn't who you've put a target on.

    Lure on one of your creatures is most definitely a downside for your opponent - I don't understand how you could think otherwise? You now control the combat, and that is often used as either a killing blow, or a combo to kill all of your opponents' creatures.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - HIATUS
    I should find one to put in Toshiro...
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Trove of Temptation
    Could always be interesting in Zedruu, and similar donate-themed decks. Here Steve! You can have a mana every turn!
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The ELEVENTH Annual MTGS Holiday Gift Card Exchange!
    Quote from rip garruk »
    I"d like to join. Does the alter need to be christmas themed?


    Need is a strong word, but the answer is no. It might be nice to have one thing in there just to acknowledge the holidays, but it's not necessary.

    Two years ago I made a series of cards to touch on a number of American holidays.

    Last year I received a command tower that was Don Quixote themed.

    It just needs to be personal Smile



    Send me a PM with your add if you'd like to join!
    Posted in: Community Discussion
  • posted a message on The ELEVENTH Annual MTGS Holiday Gift Card Exchange!
    grant1, I received your package.

    I haven't even finished my own cards yet, which makes you having beaten ME to getting my own cards in hand!
    Posted in: Community Discussion
  • posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    Gobble gobble!
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The Eleventh Annual Holiday Card Exchange! (cross promotion)
    Hey all,

    A number of you may be familiar with the Annual Holiday Card Exchange that has been going on for more than 10 years! For those who aren't, it's a community run fun event, where people alter cards for the holiday, and mail them out to each other.

    The Commander forums have always been quite closely tied to the Holiday Card Exchange, so this year we're giving you all a short reminder that it's up and running!

    It's always a lot of fun, and Commander staples are always a nice talking point in each of these events. So anyways, feel free to check it out, and join in if you would like! We'd love to have you participate!

    www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/community-forums/community-discussion/784971-the-eleventh-annual-mtgs-holiday-gift-card

    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [Official] Altered Art Thread (56k Beware)
    Hey all,

    I was looking where to post this reminder, and Zombie_Shakespeare said I might as well just post it in here, so here goes!

    A number of you may be familiar with the Annual Holiday Card Exchange that has been going on for more than 10 years! For those who aren't, it's a community run fun event, where people alter cards for the holiday, and mail them out to each other.

    It originally started from the Artwork peoples, which is why I'm back here this year to open up a bit more exposure, but it's open to everyone, of all artistic talents and skills! (In fact, most will probably not be as talented as you all, but it's still a lot of fun!) So anyways, feel free to check it out, and join in if you would like! We'd love to have you guys back in it!

    Thanks
    -bob

    www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/community-forums/community-discussion/784971-the-eleventh-annual-mtgs-holiday-gift-card

    Posted in: Artwork
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Unreleased and New Card Discussion
    Quote from Gashnaw »
    it's gonna be banned. Why would they ban acadmey and not a card that is just as good if not better (With the painless city of brass ability)


    Because it really isn't?

    Academy is stupid broken because you can play it as a land drop, which means it comes online sooner, and can start powering stupid stuff by turns 2 or 3.

    The RC has shown that they don't care about big mana - Cradle, Coffers, and Nykthos prove as such, and the NewCradle has proven that putting a mana cost on a land does a whole heck of a lot at dropping its power down.

    Will this new land be strong? Yes. But coming online after investing 4 mana (assuming you've already got 5 artifacts out, or a combination of artifacts and creatures that can punch through for gold...), and then flipping at the End of Turn, meaning your opponents have a full turn cycle to deal with it before you do anything really stupid, means it won't be as crazy as Academy.

    Don't get me wrong, I'll be buying a bunch and jamming them into all sorts of decks - but it's not anywhere close to better than academy.

    Quote from Wildfire393 »
    I think we can expect that there will be a UR Artificer printed *eventually*, given how much it's been clamored for. I've also built several iterations of Grixis Artifacts (Mishra Stax, Marchesa Arcbound), as well as a Shu-Yun Jeskai Artifacts list. So there's definitely places it'd shine.

    Heck, I think the ability to tap for multiple blue mana on a single land makes this worth building a little towards in most UR builds.


    Shine... Yes. Broken? No.

    I love me some artifact decks, and I love me some blue red. I'm excited for this land. But seeing that it comes online after turn 3-4. Needs some creatures to generate gold with. Then flips into a land that does cool stuff... I don't think calling for preemptive banning is necessary.

    Again, NewCradle shows us how much power drops when you put a mana cost on it.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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