Quote from Xcric »we like to think this, but what magic players are in the game strictly for X format?
its a misconception. even the people who strictly draft often buy limited release product. the people who play commander are into everything. legacy players will pick up what they need from new sets. yes, there are a wide array of ways to play magic, but magic players gobble up everything thrown at them. even more so when you start planting cards for other formats in products. we like to think they don't market products at the entire market, but they really do and we eat it up.
how many commander precons have sold because of a legacy plant. how many secret lairs sold because people liked the art, or are into goblins. the grim reality is magic products are aimed toward magic players. its our own little bubbles that make us think they're not aimed at us, or a particular subset of players.
hell that doesn't even account for the lotto aspect of things. how many packs have you seen cracked playing the *insert card name* lotto.
they want dollars. they're not going to design and release products aimed squarely at one audience when they can aim it all of them. the minute we start accepting that fact we can stop fooling ourselves and push for legitimate change.
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So in other words, "Move along. Nothing to see here!" right?
Quote from Tiro of Meletis »While I find the constant products annoying, it’s not so bad. Those who want the secret lairs get them, and those who do not will not. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything b my skipping the others because I could care less about their contents or collecting those cards. If this one has Theros gods, it’ll be the first I care for. If not, Ill skip it. I think too many players have this mentality of needing to have every exclusive product just in case it becomes an investment in the future. How about players just pursue what actually interests them and let go of that hoarding mentality?
Quote from zyrook »To echo Patch, this doesn't really affect stores as much as some people seem to think. I work at a relatively small store. If we're being honest, of the stores in my area, the one I work at would be the first to feel it if the game started to go under. We bought the first flight of Secret Lair Drops, flipped most of the ones we bought for twice what we paid within the first two weeks, have one left as prize support for our Commander League, and are now just sitting on the snow lands and goblins.
We at the shop have plenty to complain about MTG wise, but stuff like Secret Lair isn't even on our radar.
Quote from Tiro of Meletis »So what should wotc do with secret lair? Make them a FTV series that scalps everyone and can be either over or under printed? Only to benefit parasitic “investors”?
Quote from matrix_lord »This is my take on these upcoming drops - 5 Drops = one for each color. "Look to the Stars" slogan - *Original* Theros's Gods in Constellation Frames + Signature spells
Quote from Xcric »Okay great. A lot do that. Most dont. Wotc exploits that for profit. Cant really dispute that
Quote from OblivionedOne »They don’t care about ‘buyer fatigue’ because it’s print to demand. 5 people could order it and they’ll keep making these. It’s got to be their safest product for that reason.
Quote from DraxA MAN CAN DREAM AND GET HIS SIMPLE MATHEMATICS WRONG.
Quote from jonnybgood23Pillarfield Ox? The legend returns.
Quote from TheWardenYou had me at "Camel Shaman."
Quote from Creedmoor »Man, you guys sound like Doomsayers.
At the end of the day it's just another interesting product people will buy until they don't, and WotC is always changing their Magic products, so does it really matter? They like to keep things fresh.