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  • posted a message on [ELD][CUBE] Wicked Wolf
    Quote from BlackWaltz3 »
    Quote from noshadowkick »
    Fair enough. I was asking about what you said before the offending comment, but no worries.


    I think the following reddit thread does a really good job at fully fleshing out what I've stated here if you want to go more in depth. The jist being that immediate value/resilience in the face of removal is important but so is impact if your opponent can't deal with it. The higher up the CMC chain you go the more impact you have to get in exchange for lacking some immediate value/resilience.


    Link?
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 - LAND RESULTS
    Thanks so much, BW! I dropped off the map for the last few rounds of voting, but I was paying attention throughout. I'm really grateful for all your hard work, and I agree that we got some fun, useful data.

    And thanks everyone else who participated! It's been lots of fun.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Set (P)review - My top 20 Throne of Eldraine cards for the cube!
    Great as always! Thanks for all the hard work you put into these. Smile
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  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 - ALLIED GUILDS voting CLOSED

    1. Fractured Identity
    2. Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
    3. Geist of Saint Traft
    4. Talisman of Progress
    5. Azorius Signet
    6. Supreme Verdict
    7. Dovin, Grand Arbiter
    8. Spell Queller
    9. Teferi, Time Raveler
    10. Reflector Mage


    1. Baleful Strix
    2. Psychatog
    3. Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
    4. Talisman of Dominance
    5. Dimir Signet
    6. The Scarab God
    7. Dragonlord Silumgar
    8. Hostage Taker
    9 .Thief of Sanity
    10. Shadowmage Infiltrator


    1. Rakdos Cackler
    2. Kolaghan's Command
    3. Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast
    4. Talisman of Indulgence
    5. Rakdos Signet
    6. Dreadbore
    7. Judith, the Scourge Diva
    8. Terminate
    9. Vial Smasher the Fierce
    10. Falkenrath Aristocrat


    1. Wrenn and Six
    2. Dragonlord Atarka
    3. Bloodbraid Elf
    4. Talisman of Impulse
    5. Gruul Signet
    6. Tattermunge Maniac
    7. Xenagos the Reveler
    8. Sarkhan Vol
    9. Huntmaster of the Fells
    10. Arlinn Kord


    1. Knight of Autumn
    2. Dryad Militant
    3. Kitchen Finks
    4. Talisman of Unity
    5. Selesnya Signet
    6. Nature's Chant
    7. Mirari's Wake
    8. Voice of Resurgence
    9. Knight of the Reliquary
    10. Qasali Pridemage
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 - RED voting CLOSED
    1. Sulfuric Vortex
    2. Goblin Guide
    3. Wildfire
    4. Chandra, Torch of Defiance
    5. Fiery Confluence
    6. Koth of the Hammer
    7. Wheel of Fortune
    8. Young Pyromancer
    9. Sneak Attack
    10. Lightning Bolt
    11. Goblin Rabblemaster
    12. Purphoros of the Forge
    13. Greater Gargadon
    14. Imperial Recruiter
    15. Thundermaw Hellkite
    16. Daretti, Scrap Savant
    17. Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
    18. Faithless Looting
    19. Feldon of the Third Path
    20. Grim Lavamancer

    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 - BLACK voting CLOSED

    1 Mind Twist
    2 Recurring Nightmare
    3 Demonic Tutor
    4 Vampiric Tutor
    5 Liliana of the Veil
    6 Toxic Deluge
    7 Braids, Cabal Minion
    8 Imperial Seal
    9 Damnation
    10 Dark Confidant
    11 Pack Rat
    12 Entomb
    13 Thoughtseize
    14 Grave Titan
    15 Griselbrand
    16 Bitterblossom
    17 Dark Ritual
    18 Reanimate
    19 Duress
    20 Shriekmaw
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 - BLUE voting CLOSED
    1. Ancestral Recall
    2. Time Walk
    3. Mana Drain
    4. Tinker
    5. Upheaval
    6. Opposition
    7. Jace the Mind Sculptor
    8. Treachery
    9. Show and Tell
    10. Mystic Confluence
    11. Snapcaster Mage
    12. Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
    13. Vendilion Clique
    14. Fact or Fiction
    15. Dig Through Time
    16. Mystical Tutor
    17. Control Magic
    18. Glen Elendra Archmage
    19. True Name Nemesis
    20. Time Spiral
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 Planning
    You should reach out to the subreddit, too. There are a lot of active users over there.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 - WHITE voting CLOSED

    1. Balance
    2. Armageddon
    3. Land Tax
    4. Elspeth, Knight-Errant
    5. Moat
    6. Wrath of God
    7. Swords to Plowshares
    8. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
    9. Monastery Mentor
    10. Mana Tithe
    11. Gideon Jura
    12. Restoration Angel
    13. Mother of Runes
    14. Hero of Bladehold
    15. Path to Exile
    16. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
    17. Parallax Wave
    18. Brimaz, King of Oreskos
    19. Stoneforge Mystic
    20. Enlightened Tutor
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 Planning
    Quote from "wtwlf123 »
    Basically, I'd rather ask a subjective question that provides people with useful information than an attempt to create an objective prompt ...that winds up generating useless data.


    No one but you thinks the data is useless, as far as I can tell. (Unless you're using "useless" to be synonymous with "statistically insignificant", which is true but also needlessly pedantic). In fact, I can tell you quite honestly that the previous iterations of this project were in fact VERY useful, specifically to me.

    Here are some of the benefits of doing a Card A > Card B, all else equal:

    1) It helps me get a better understanding of this specific community, which is nice because I've been a part of it for years now. And it's also useful information to have when considering card evaluations, especially during spoiler season;

    2) It creates a reference guide for new cubers to build their cubes by identifying which cards to include should they want powerful interactions, or which to avoid if they want to nerf power level to hell (even if it doesn't have an N of 10,000, it's still an awesome resource);

    3) During drafts and sealed decks, it helps people who don't sit down to cube as often as you do, who might not have as strong a sense about the power level of cards. I can speak from experience that my draft and sealed decks got a lot better once I really studied those previous P1P1 community lists.

    And that's just off the top of my head. There are surely more that I'm not considering right now.
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  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 Planning
    A whole bunch of thoughtful stuff.

    Echoing this because I agree with all of it (that Wild Mongrel point is making me reconsider my classification strategy), and also to wholeheartedly agree with the use of spoiler tags. Anchoring is a real thing, people!
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 Planning
    Quote from wtwlf123 »
    P1P1 or most powerful or best are all wildly subjective, and completely contingent on the list you're drawing the data from, and the playgroup you're drafting it with.


    I mean, "favorite cards" or whatever is way more subjective, since by definition it's nothing but personal opinion. At least P1P1 has some basis in objectivity w/r/t perceived power level.

    More to the point, I don't know what the point would be of the project you're proposing. Like, if it's just "I want everyone to know about this cool card", that's fine, but why not just have a big thread about people's pet cards? Or hell, just make an SCD about it. God knows this place could use some more activity outside of spoiler season. But what difference is it to anyone that Parallax Wave and Porphyry Nodes are two of my favorite cards? Who does that help? And why do we need to have a vote on it?

    Anyway, if P1P1 is such a difficult thing for people to grok (I really don't think it is, but whatever), it's not hard to come up with a different way of thinking about it. Something like this:

    Edit: Calibretto said it better. Would I take Card A over Card B, all else equal.

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  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 Planning
    Yeah I agree that Hierarch should be a green card because it's good without being in Bant, whereas Yasova and Alesha are garbage without access to their other color identities so should be considered as wedge/shard cards. Ultimately it's only one card and we really shouldn't spend so much time on it, but without pedantry we wouldn't be cube designers I suppose.

    (BW, this is your project and you're going to be doing the leg work on it. You've already been generously solicitous of everyone's opinion, and we're all dead split on it so you're not going to find consensus. Just tell us what to do with Hierarch and let's all move on.)

    I also think a P1P1 (or most powerful, or best) makes the most sense, especially since maximizing power level is the overriding philosophy on this forum. If people want to have an opportunity to highlight their favorite cards or whatever, just add a "Favorite Cards" section of like 5 or something at the end of the real rankings.
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  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 Planning
    It would also be nice to not be pedantic about Wrath of God being a strictly better Day of Judgment, and lump those two together as well.

    And I don't want to step on your toes, BW, since this is your project, but I disagree with your categorization priorities. I know this is a decades-old fight at this point, but we really ought to consider context in cards rather than strictly adhering to mana costs. Kird Ape is not a red card in any meaningful sense, in the same way that Yasova Dragonclaw is not a green card. From your logic, it follows that Lingering Souls should be considered a white card, and Alesha, Who Smiles At Death should be considered a red card, even though neither of those cards would go in decks without their secondary colors.
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  • posted a message on This or That discussion.
    It wouldn't be a proper MTGS sendoff without an Arcane Denial debate before we shut this place down. Quick, let's talk about Absorb next. Dance

    (FWIW, Arcane Denial is 360 material. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong and I shall hear no opinions to the contrary.)
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
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