Quote from user-21266243 »Ok, I'm trying to build RG Loam because I'm in love with the MH1 new cards, but I've got a problem. My list is the following, but it has 56 cards:
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2 Nantuko Cultivator3 Countryside Crusher2 Bloodbraid Elf4 Seismic Assault4 Life from the Loam2 Tectonic Reformation4 Faithless Looting4 Lightning Bolt4 Wrenn and Six4 Wooded Foothills4 Bloodstained Mire3 Stomping Ground1 Sheltered Thicket3 Forgotten Cave2 Raging Ravine3 Field of Ruin1 Blast Zone4 Mountain1 Forest1 Tranquil Thicket
I think the deck needs a finisher with CMC<4 that ends the game in 2/3 turns. The problem is that I don't want a card that dies to Rest in Peace, because I want a hope in a post-sideboard game. So no Tarmogoyf (and no Ore-Scale Guardian). I don't like Living Twister because without Seismic Assault it sucks and Assault is the most hated card after sideboard. The card doesn't have to be a creature, I just need it to finish the game quickly. Do you have any ideas? I can't figure out anything. Thanks
Quote from AtraxianShade »Only gripe I have are the blurred houses in the foreground.
It makes it look like the angel was painted into a real-lifew picture of a small model city.
Quote from calamity_unbound »Neat pile of effects, and I really dig the art, but this kind of feels bad at rare. Considering this is supposed to be a fairly high power set, this seems like it should have been uncommon.
Quote from Sunspotter »post toy fair, and well, I've moved from somewhat confused to rather concerned.
Well, Hasbro apparently had no presence at Toyfair (as noted above) which makes me rather uneasy. not only was everything investor only, which suggests a degree of corporate scummery, but at the same time, it's something that in the end, didn't say too much about magic.
but now we've got a few specters to face. First, i'd like to direct your attentions to two questions answered by Mark Rosewater
paladin8000 asked: Mark, I loved the trailer of "war of the Sparks" would like to know if we can see all the stained glass with the planewalker?
I assume we’ll show them off at some point (in a clear and easy way to see them). You don’t put thirty-six pieces of art from a set in a trailer and not want people to appreciate them. : )
the emphasis added is mine.
theuninvitedghost asked: Would you ever do a set with, like, 30 planeswalkers in it?
That would be crazy! : )
Now, this is a question that would be outside the realm of possibility in basically any other scenario, and unfortunately, a longstanding lack of communication from this set means that for once, rosewater's traditional non answer for the second question is less "lol look at this crazy dood" and more "oh christ what is wizards actually planning". now, i figured at first that this would end up being more of a curiosity than anything. perhaps this is pointing to the return of masterpieces, but that would be more than a little bit odd for a set to essentially choke standard with planeswalkers. besides, wouldn't doubling (tripling if you don't count intro deck walkers like me) the number of walkers in standard not only threaten to crash the format, but royally screw with the EV of the set?
And then wizards announced that they'd be removing MSRP. not just phasing it out, but ending it immediately, starting with War of the Spark
I'm going to go a bit out on a limb, but the most classic paradigm of speculation is basing it on all available information, and extrapolating possible conclusions from what (little) information we have. so, to state our known factors
1. WotC has been uncharacteristically gunshy about giving out any information from this set. if anyone here has an example of them withholding this much info 2 months out from a standard legal set, please bring it to my attention, because i haven't found anything of the like.
2. What little we have heard has described the set as doing something "incredibly crazy that hasn't been tried before." Rosewater's comments above echo his own statement.
3. This set is totally divorced from the previous two, and has no beholden mechanical requirements.
4. Wizards has stated in the past, that a planeswalker set would be unviable due to the relative unavailability of planeswalkers compared to literally any other permanent type, and their relative scarcity on any given plane.
5. we aren't scheduled to get any information about the set until pax east, a month before the release.
6. This set has thus far, been pointing towards planeswalkers being utterly central to the narrative
7. Wizards has abandoned MSRP, starting with this set.
Now, given these parameters, the conclusion isn't that hard to draw.
I firmly believe that this set is going to be dropping planeswalkers down to rare, with a slight possibility of uncommon being thrown into the mix. it's been a longstanding statement that PWs need to stay at mythic due to the complexity of the card type, but most people who play the game have enough of a grasp of the rules to understand how the cards work. given this increase in availability, the idea of cards that mechanically work alongside planeswalkers, outside of the typical "destroy" paradigm, would become viable in a draft environment.
I have no doubt this is going to be the "Planeswalker Set" the community has been begging for, but i also see this as something to be more than a bit concerned with. this set could very easily force people to reevaluate the entirety of standard and modern, not to mention that speculation could easily implode the secondary market, which could explain the tight leash on information. The idea of making a card like Tefiri or Karn any better than they already are could easily double the price of both, if not more. it could also see speculations occurring day to day over the course of spoilers, with new cards casting older 'walkers in an entirely new light. The removal of MSRP could also be a legitimate factor, as this set could have further reaching consequences than wizards understands, and thus, could inflate average value of the cards interacting with the current 140 extant planeswalkers. a drop in MSRP makes sense then, as that frees them of any liability of setting it below a "fair" point.
Honestly, if you see something different in the cards, please, let me know.
Quote from Avatar »I hate these cards in those overpriced sets. This is completely useless in limited at rare, especially with the new rule legend. It's just there because it costs a bit and is used in some decks.