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Dec 10, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander DecklistsQuote from Lithl »Made some edits based on DementedKirby's feedback (and some offline friends). In particular, I've added a couple extra land tutors that can find Mishra's Toy Workshop, and a few Spirit Link triggers, because putting those on Fruitcake Elemental is hilarious.
With the inclusion of Super Secret Tech, I've removed Arachnogenesis, Entrapment Maneuver, Mirror Match, and Teferi's Protection, as they have no foil printing.
Nice! Can't wait to see what changes you've made.
Have you been able to test it out or are you still waiting to get the cards?
Dec 10, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander DecklistsQuote from Taleran »After a very long break from this deck I have come back around to it with a lot of new tools and lot of new ideas for themes and sub themes and ways to expand this thing in a lot of different ways.
Sweet! What did you have in mind?
Dec 8, 2018In the spirit of being every creature type and an amalgamation of a bunch of animals, he should've been every color as well (like Transguild Courier) so that you could choose any host or augment creature for commander. That would've been epic.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Dec 7, 2018DementedKirby posted a message on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant: Zombie horde and shenanigans! (Competitive, Budget, and Zombie Tribal - 3 versions!)Posted in: Multiplayer Commander DecklistsHornet Queen created by an Ezuri, Claw of Progress. The second game I won through Doubling Season, Diregraf Captain and Altar of Dementia, by sacrificing infinite Zombies for milling myself.
Those games were both pretty unspectacular, but both games I had Whip of Erebos out and it was a blast! The lifegain it generated was really helpful and if I hadn't made the mistake in the first game, I would have won it. I had the Whip out and played Eternal Witness, to get my Craterhoof Behemoth back from the grave. I played Craterhoof... and it got countered. Only 3 mana left... Should've used Whip to get it into the game and I would've won.
Unfortunately I didn't play against the RiP this time.
I would say fortunately didn't play against Rest in Peace .
Yeah, Whip of Erebos is amazing with Sidisi. It's definitely worth its slot - especially with one shot value like reanimating a Craterhoof Behemoth.
Dec 6, 2018Damn, all those lost interactions to Mishra's Toy Workshop... I'd still add most of those cards though, considering. Brudiclad is some sweet tech if you copy one of your better creatures because then all your derps become brutal. Just imagine creating a copy of Stocking Tiger and then have Brudiclad transform all your 1/1's into Stocking Tiger. You know how many Ultimate Masters boosters you'll be able to crack and fill your hand with? That's some Sparta level madness right there.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Ink-Treader Nephilim might make you shoot yourself in the foot but you could add Zada, Hedron Grinder in its place. Trust me, I run a Zada deck and making a copy of each of your creatures is no joke. You're literally duplicating your army. Also, if you do manage to increase the variation in expansion symbols, consider adding Symbol Status. Mishra's Toy Workshop does pay for that and it can make a crazy amount of tokens for 4 mana. And if you have Divine Visitation they'll be 4/4 flying angels instead.
The creatures with all those keywords are great regardless if you have to wait a while to cast them or not (which shouldn't be too much of an issue with all your ramping / rocks). Even if you manage to get one in play and have Odric, Lunarch Marshal on the battlefield things can get out of hand very quickly.
Also, even with the epicness of some of my suggestions, it's still janky enough to keep the spirit of the casualness of the deck, yet when pulled off it can make your deck a force to be reckoned with in a casual setting. You're still sticking to flavor and your holiday restrictions. And apart from some choice cards, you'll be able to bling out the entire deck. Now that's some silver tassels right there. You could only ever really be tutoring for the lands to make Marit Lage, but all else would be serendipitous. If you do manage to take out somebody with Phage + Evil Presents that'll be so glorious!
If you want to test your deck, I also have lots of janky decks as well as decks with silver-bordered cards in them (the ones that were legal last year - so no cards that even the RC wouldn't allow). So just seek me out on Cockatrice, which is where I do most of my decktesting myself. My user name is the same as here.
Dec 6, 2018I would add more to the holiday theme and also spice it up with some combos. Although you're in last year's rules for silver-bordered cards, running a planeswalker commander that doesn't have the clause plus running Stocking Tiger when it has a wish effect might need to be cleared in your playgroup. But I love these kinds of decks so I'll help you out. Buying all the holiday promos is the epitome of pimp so the deck should at least win as much as it sparkles, right?Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
- Keeping to the snow theme, you could add Dark Depths, which is a snow land (and tutorable with Into the North). Additionally, you could pay the 3 with Mishra's Toy Workshop, which gives you something to do with the mana from that land if nothing else is available. So if you don't want to include Thespian's Stage to just get an immediate Marit Lage, you can at least just Mishra's Toy Workshop. (I would still recommend putting Thespian's Stage in there to get some wincon if all else - Marit Lage could be Krampus .)
- Add Phage the Untouchable. Evil Presents + Phage the Untouchable eliminates a player on the spot. I love that combo.
- If you want to abuse your Happy Holidays promos, I would add more cards to make it work. Some Disassembly Required is not only epic with Atraxa, Praetors' Voice but with both Akromas, Spirit of the Night, and Sphinx of the Steel Wind, too (adding Earl of Squirrel in order to give a huge creature squirrellink would be epic - although you could simply add it because that card is amazing in and of itself (plus it's cheaper with Mishra's Toy Workshop)). On top of that, I would add Odric, Lunarch Marshal as a second way to have a similar effect.
- With all the tokens, I would add more token doublers and ways to make the tokens more dangerous. Divine Visitation makes chumpy 1/1 soldiers, etc. into 4/4 flying angels. Similarly, I would also add Brudicald, Telchior Engineer to make all tokens into the best of them all. This to add consistency. Additionally, these cards could all be cast with the mana from Mishra's Toy Workshop. Given all the different cards in EDH, it would be possible to obtain a ridiculous amount of tokens for just 2GG if you include Symbol Status. But, since you're running snow basics instead of normal basics (giving the possibility of increasing the variety of expansion symbols), you won't be able to abuse it as much. Even so, there're many different cards (not counting the Happy Holidays promos so if you have different versions of cards in such a way to take maximum advantage of the expansion symbols, Symbol Status becomes a truly broken token creation spell - especially in the late game.
- With all the targeted spells (removal and copy) I would add Ink-Treader Nephilim. Casting a copy spell on it will create for you a copy of each creature on the battlefield. If an opponent uses this ability against you, you can simply sacrifice it to avoid that problem. In case of emergency, you could also target it with Crib Swap or Beast Within. Or, you can just add Zada, Hedron Grinder just for your own creatures and copy spells.
- There are also better ramp choices and tokens choices than the ones you have, so maybe the swaps for more efficient things will make the deck more efficient. Along the vein of efficiency, you don't have many answers against opponents' things. Maybe add a Cyclonic Rift or something along those lines. Since you're in silver-bordered, you could add Uktabi Kong, which would also receive the bonus from Mishra's Toy Workshop and it destroys all artifacts. Also, along the same vein as Mishra's Toy Workshop, you could include Super Secret Tech. All Happy Holidays promos are shiny so they'll cost less and the creatures will get a buff (as will Atraxa, Praetors' Voice). Additionally, if you pimp out the rest of your deck, then you can get the bonus of it.
Good luck! And hopefully you acquire Bog Humbug. If you manage to build this deck, please take pictures of it; it'll no doubt look as glorious as Xmas Morning!
Dec 5, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Duskmantle Seer is also saying "Come at me, bro" which always wins bonus points.
Dec 5, 2018DementedKirby posted a message on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant: Zombie horde and shenanigans! (Competitive, Budget, and Zombie Tribal - 3 versions!)Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
So no, Elixir of Immortality isn't helping much.
There is only one player playing it, though. But he tutors actively for it.
Unmoored Ego or Praetor's Grasp come to mind, and I think, I like them more than a simple counterspell like Voidslime, because they get rid of RiP and I don't need to keep mana open in case it's being casted.
I actually like those cards because they go straight to the point and eliminate threats - especially if you know what your opponents play.
Quote from benjameenbear »Perhaps adding in more interaction would be wise. Some cards off the top of my head are:
I'm personally a huge fan of spot removal in Commander, especially ones that synergize with what your Commander is trying to do.
That's true; I use them to much success in my Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest deck. However, even though they can eliminate Rest in Peace after it hits the board, Rest in Peace hitting the board is the major problem.
Sometimes we just gotta face the fact that there are one or two cards in the entirety of the card pool that spell ruin for a particular deck. Just look at Iona against monocolored commanders. That's even more brutal. The existence of Iona practically forces people to spend a slot for cards like Meteor Golem, Scour from Existence, etc. Now, if you're only playing with Sidisi and someone in your pod has graveyard hate, then it's a definite meta call. For all else, I say risk it for the biscuit. Again, I'm not discrediting fears against graveyard hate, but it's something that I feel everyone should do their own calls for as far as decisions for swaps should be - especially in a BUG deck like this one where there's so many great cards and strategies to pull off.
Dec 5, 2018DementedKirby posted a message on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant: Zombie horde and shenanigans! (Competitive, Budget, and Zombie Tribal - 3 versions!)Posted in: Multiplayer Commander DecklistsGodsend, you just exile one creature that blocks or is blocked, even if it has shroud, hexproof or even protection from everything (aka Progenitus when it blocks your creature with the Godsend on it).
To keep this on topic:
This friday, I'm going to play again. I'm still pondering which changes to make and what cards to cut. The RiP is hanging like a sword of Damocles over the table and I need to find a way to tackle it. Voidslime is an option, but I don't like one-time-use effects.
Would you consider Elixir of Immortality against the scourge of Rest in Peace? It only costs 1 so if you get it early game you're set. It costs 2 to activate and save your graveyard at instant speed. You could do this in response to Rest in Peace entering the battlefield if you don't have Glen Elendra Archmage out or any other ways to deal with it. If it's a plague in your meta, you might have to adapt the deck a bit to deal with it. Or maybe add some tutors so you can always have a response on standby.
Dec 2, 2018If Goblin Gang Leader ever becomes printed *fingers crossed* it'll replace Pia and Kiran Nalaar. In the mean time, here are the recent changes I've made to the deck:Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
recent changesMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards removed:
1 Distemper of the Blood
1 Titan's Strength
1 Brute Force
1 Fiery Gambit
1 Goblin Instigator
1 Reality Scramble
1 Runaway Steam-Kin
1 Maximize Velocity
1 Goblin Goliath
I removed Distemper of the Blood because Maximize Velocity is just better overall. It costs 1 more and gives +1/+1 more and it trades trample for haste, but I've found that haste is more key in this deck. There are cards that already give trample, but if you can't attack the same turn you create a whole bunch of tokens, then you are susceptible to sorcery-speed wraths and boardwipes during opponents' turns. I used the same logic with Titan's Strength over Reality Scramble. Sure, it gives hefty pump of +3/+1, but once you scry into the top card you want, every other scry 1 is lost. But with Reality Scramble, although you're not actually drawing cards, you're "drawing cards" by polymporphing, which is probably even better. This is why I cast Chaos Warp and Indomitable Creativity on my Zada.
I removed Spellbook and Fiery Gambit to add two creatures that produce tokens when they enter the battlefield which is something I really want to be happening with this deck. So Goblin Instigator and Goblin Goliath were auto-includes and needed slots.
Runaway Steam-Kin definitely has potential and I want to test it even more. If I'm playing a bunch of one-costed spells, Runaway Steam-Kin will then let me continue to keep casting spells. This is crucial for when you're filling your hand with cards with all the abused cantrips with Zada.
Dec 2, 2018I told you that Pull from Eternity with Mistveil Plains and Deserted Temple was no joke. Abusing those interactions with Sunforger is ridiculous. Even more so thanks to Kazuul's Toll Collector. It makes so many good cards that much greater. Pull from Eternity is an allstar for those flashbacked cards because they go back into the graveyard to be flashbacked again.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Dec 1, 2018I'm really liking the idea of Ramos, Dragon Engine. It's easy to cast than Sliver Queen, it's much cheaper as well (Sliver Queen costs more than 7× as much as Ramos), and can continue to help cast walkers. It's also a flyer so it's a better blocker. And not having to use it's counters all at once means that it's a hefty blocker at that, too. You can also include cards like Atraxa, Praetors' Voice to the deck which goes great with planeswalkers and also gives Ramos 4 +1/+1 counters upon casting. Add Odric, Lunarch Marshal to the mix and all the tokens walkers produce get all of Atraxa's keywords which make them more deadly to attackers than sliver tokens would be on their own. Hell, you may not even need to get Sliver Queen entirely rid of. Casting her gives Ramos 5 +1/+1 counters and the slivers she creates become brutal with Atraxa + Odric in play.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Dec 1, 2018Whoa! Nice board! Yeah, Mesmeric Orb is no joke. I am forever grateful to all those who suggested it to me at the inception of this thread.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
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Dec 15, 2017Posted in: ArticlesQuote from ISBPathfinder »Generally speaking cards that don't show up have an issue on the card in the database and its not flagged as legal in the format you chose. I am working on Confluence right now and hopefully that will fix it moving forward.
EDIT: I am able to find Mana Confluence now after having fixed the card. I don't see anything wrong with Voltaic Key offhand but it might depend on what format you had selected when searching for it. If you have issues still please let me know.
Great job you guys are doing with this. I'm super excited at its prospect!
Dec 5, 2017I retract my feelings on the The Countdown Is at One. The only way I'll let it slide is that whoever cast it needs to play "The Final Countdown" by Europe on repeat during the Magic subgame until it's over.Posted in: Articles
Dec 1, 2017DementedKirby posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemI agree. There should at least be some reference material to justify what's being said. Otherwise that, which is the main point of the article (Jeremy is even mentioned in its title), is lost in issues that, while slightly relevant, take away from the main point.Posted in: Articles
Dec 1, 2017DementedKirby posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemThis is why my favorite videos on youtube to laugh at are when SJW's are destroyed by logic. Yes, racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. are prevalent and they are issues in America. However, you can't protest for equality by singling out others. That's the definition of hypocrisy at best and bigotry at most. You can't say "straight white men are the problem" because that's inherently racist and sexistPosted in: Articles
The previous election was literally a rock-and-a-hard-place decision. Do I want someone who I don't fully trust like Hillary Clinton to win or do I want someone who will destroy the environment and pull out the red carpet for corporation and fat cats like Donald Trump to win? In all honestly, this election wasn't so much proTrump or proHillary as it was antiTrump or antiHillary. So one has to be very careful to put Trump supporters like the corruptly filthy rich or the NeoNazis and KKK in the same group as those who voted for Trump as a big F.U. to people like Hillary Clinton.
Curiously, with everyone at each other's throats, people miss that there is a common ground. The main problem is extremes. As for people being shunned for being edgy, it happens all the time. Hence the phrase "if you don't like what you see, change the channel." There are rules for what can be said/shown in public broadcasts. Hell, look no further than George Carlin's "7 Words You Can't Say on Television". Even then, that has changed. You can't show explicit sex on a channel like ABC but you very well see it on channels like Playboy and Spice. You can't drop an F-Bomb on Fox but you can drop as many as you want on HBO. Being censured is not necessarily the same as having your freedom of speech revoked or inhibited; there's a clear distinction. However, there's nothing yet for this on the internet. This is new ground. On radio, you'd have no idea if the people broadcasting were naked or not; they just couldn't say a certain list of words. On TV, you can't say those same words, but you can't show lewd things to a certain degree (or violent/graphic things, either). Eventually, the same will probably happen for the internet.
Dec 1, 2017DementedKirby posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemSo true.Posted in: Articles
Dec 1, 2017I agree; if you don't want to start an open war or any kind of negative effects, you can't do things in an extreme way. And yes, Jeremy can't be at fault for what other people do (unless he was explicitly inciting them to do so). That being said, Jeremy needs to understand (as well as a whole bunch of people need to, apparently) that sexist comments are as offensive as racist comments, etc. Telling a person, public or not, "you're a 6/10" is not really all that offensive (although some people for some reason will still find it offensive) but, as you say, she's presenting herself visually. So it's no less harmful than judging a beauty pageant and giving a contestant 6/10. However, in the same fashion, you wouldn't put in your judge's remarks on the ballot "6/10; I wouldn't even rape this contestant" as a valid justification for your grading. That is the problem. You can criticize her on her looks, give her a numerical assessment, etc. etc. etc. But literally saying "I wouldn't even rape you" is beyond bad tastes, beyond rude, and it's borderline misogynistic. That is the offense. If she were in a cosplay contest and received a 6/10, nobody bats an eyelash. If a critic or anybody else personally gave her a 6/10, nobody would care. Some may even be mean-spirited and criticize her harshly. Yes, she'd have to deal with that because that is a possibility. However, saying "I wouldn't even rape you" to anyone, and then expect to not get called out on it, is very deluded thinking; it's practically irrational. You can't do trollish things for the sake of being a troll and then get surprised at the backlash. It's like kicking around a wasps' nest and not expecting to get stung.Posted in: Articles
Dec 1, 2017Freedom of speech doesn't give you the right to verbally assault someone anymore than the right to bear arms gives you the right to just up and shoot someone. Mental and emotional abuse is punishable, not just physical abuse.Posted in: Articles
Nov 30, 2017I agree on some of the points you made. Yes, many of the SJW's are hypocritical and their double standards know no bounds. I am not a "white, straight male" but that doesn't mean that I'm going to invalidate anyone's opinion who is one. Equality means that everyone is the same. If I call said people racist simply because they're not in the minority, I'm being equally bigoted. However, just because people throw you into that hate group doesn't mean you have to defend that hate group; just make it very clear that you're not in it. The problem lies in the extremists on either side of the social divide. White supremacists are just that - they want white people as the supreme race. You being white doesn't make you a white supremacist. However, agreeing in what they believe in technically makes you a racist. Extreme feminists are no worse than misogynists because they're the other side of that coin. I remember the Lorena Bobbit case and how so many women applauded her. That's ridiculous. The mutilation of female genitalia is abhorrent but not if it's an angry wife against her husband? People also made a big racial issue with OJ Simpson. They took away from the fact that it was a high profile case concerning a celebrity killing his ex-wife and lover. But the race card took away from the major issue because he was black and she was white. Here, Jeremy is taking attention away from the issue by playing the SJW victim card. That's something I can't agree with being as it's equally hypocritical. You can't criticize Cristine for feeling harassed when she's being harassed while defending Jeremy for being harassed when he's being harassed. You either defend anyone who's being harassed or you don't. You can't just choose as you please who is and isn't victim of harassment and choose who to defend or not. People are being too biased. They should instead be more objective.Posted in: Articles
Nov 30, 2017I agree that exaggerating this issue to the point of neo-Nazis in America is unnecessary. It takes away from the entire point which is how responsible is Jeremy towards the harassment received by Christine. This should be viewed objectively and not subjectively. Both by those defending and accusing Jeremy.Posted in: Articles
Nov 30, 2017Posted in: ArticlesQuote from TheOnlyOne652089 »The fact that a comment makes someone feel harassed doesnt mean it is harassment.
Just because someone feels insulted, its not automatic evil in nature.
Most important, he never told to her directly, you literally have to seek out his channel to see the comments, so you actively have to search yourself to see negative comments about yourself.
The indisputable issue are the sick minded individuals that go over the top and do exactly that, email directly, twitter to her directly etc. They do the harassment, they are 100% guilty for it, and they qualify for it, as they indeed take a sadistic pleasure in doing that, its among the most harmful type of troll.
Then theres a difference between private people and people in public.
As a private person nobody has any public interest in what i do and so comments about my person would be out of context.
The moment what you are doing is part of a community, like cosplay at a grand prix and doing pictures of that etc. You present yourself in public and so comments about exactly that are clearly presented.
That alone is no harassment and its just as important to clearly draw a line between what people truly say and what is casually said, simply put, if you are talking to a group of people for hours, chances are you will say something stupid and someone will feel insulted ; so it has to be viewed in context and not just "oh god, look what he said" , and finger point exactly that and ignore anything else.
And especially for Jeremys channel, its clearly a form of topics and talking that you might easily find offending, others do not, some think hes right about a bunch of stuff, and i believe you can easily see he has a bunch of points.
All the so called harassment can be put down to context that gives it a background, so that is what makes the topic a lot more slippery than just believing its all crystal clear.
The idea of thinking its downright crystal clear and theres only black/white in it, is already short sighted, as you have to see more of the picture to get a real glimpse of the actual truth.
Well, I never inferred that he didn't have any points to any criticism he makes or has ever made. As for someone being a public person, that doesn't justify any harassment they receive; being a public figure just makes them easier to see and thus more susceptible to harassment. And I understand that logic. However, it's the same as saying, "if you don't want to get eaten by sharks then don't go in the ocean". Yet even then, you can't say "well, you're a public figure so deal with it" because that is equally short-sighted. Public figures being harassed by private people shouldn't be a given. That's precisely what's being discussed here. And, in any case, both Jeremy and Christine are public figures. Yet no one - public or not - should feel that they have any right whatsoever to harass anyone. Public figures have literally died being harassed.
I can also understand the point of "just because you feel you're being harassed doesn't mean you're being harassed". However, that doesn't translate from "just because you're being offended doesn't mean you're being harassed". Being offended and being harassed are two very different things. If someone makes a racist comment or a racist joke, you could very easily offend someone, which is why they should be avoided. However, to simply brush it off as a faux pas is too narrow-minded. Any workplace has very strict guidelines as to what behavior is and isn't tolerated. And guess what, if you make a racist comment at work - even if it offends no one - minimum, you're gonna have to meet with human resources. Again, being offensive doesn't equate to harassing.
It's true that there are some people who apparently live in a bubble and are easily offended by anything. Those people are equally annoying. But then again that all depends on culture. Take the infamous flagburning episode of Seinfeld. I have no doubt that may people laughed when the Puerto Rican flag was being burned because it was in a certain context. Other people found it appalling. There are even those that defend the scene. To this day, Jerry Seinfeld defends the scene - seeing nothing wrong with it. But I guess it's all just a matter of context. If you see an American flag burning, you may get offended. But what if it's the only viewpoint? Zooming out may reveal that it's on a sinking ship or part of a burning building, and that explains its burning. Okay, fine. But if you zoom out and it's burning because ISIS is burning it in a video, then it's a bad thing. Notice, same image, two different aspects. Once you have the entire picture, it does in fact become crystal clear. Personally, I don't care that they burned the Puerto Rican flag on Seinfeld - and I'm Puerto Rican. Even if you try to dissect it as some hidden or subtle way of being racist towards Puerto Ricans and that it was immoral, etc., I don't really care. I didn't see it that way. Accidents happen, which is what the scene tried showing. Was it in bad taste? Depends on the person. However, I can also accept that just because I "wasn't offended" doesn't mean that the scene wasn't offensive. There are worse things being done and said to Puerto Ricans that go beyond offending or harassing that aren't even being touched upon. That is something that pisses me off, though. But that's an entirely different topic.
I guess the point that I'm making is this: yes, it's true that just because you feel harassed doesn't mean you are in fact being harassed. Guidelines exist to identify harassment. So, if the entire picture doesn't show harassment, then it's not harassment (which is where it's good to have evidence). The reason I call it black and white and crystal clear is because harassment is defined. And as you yourself mentioned, yes, she was victim to actual harassment. Most people can agree to that. The debate is to what extent is Jeremy responsible for said harassment.
People keep mentioning Hitler and all these historical figures to overly exaggerate things like this. That's just warped logic. Obviously Hitler didn't directly kill millions of people. But he gave the order to. Yeah, that's known history. The same could be said for any genocidal maniac in power at any point in history: Atilla the Hun, Nero, Vlad the Impaler, Crazy Ivan, etc. You can demonize someone by comparing them to Hitler or the people following that person as Nazis to get your point across. But when trying to make a point people are just going off the tangent. You can't compare Jeremy and his followers to Hitler or to white supremacists. That's just baffling to me. You cannot compare hundreds of trolls harassing a cosplayer at MtG events to the holocaust. Period. However, Jeremy himself says he's a victim of the SJW movement which is equally blown out of proportion.
Obviously there's a lot of drama, so my bad for being Capt. Obvious (ooh, that would'be been a great card for Unstable). But is it directed at the right place? Is it okay for Jeremy to become this pariah? Did he bring it upon himself? How at fault are both sides of the argument? All of these may seem like grey questions but they're not. For one thing, Jeremy could've handled the situation very differently. Instead, he chose to dig a deeper hole. Should Christine have quit cosplaying at MtG conventions because of the harassment? If that was her prerogative, then yes. If she no longer derived any enjoyment from it because of the harassment then it's her decision. There's a lot of finger-pointing but people should be rational and objective. The right questions aren't being asked or answered.
Nov 30, 2017There's a very clear difference between harassment and freedom of speech. This is why harassment is illegal but not freedom of speech. There are even laws and protocols concerning cyber-bullying and any kind of bullying between minors. You can express whatever you want online or other media, but if becomes harassment or similar behaviors, there are repercussions.Posted in: Articles
Although some may argue that there's a fine line between criticism and harassment, it's actually very clear. Criticism doesn't have to be pink or constructive for it to not be harassment. You can harshly criticize something without it becoming harassment. Harassment is "the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands. The purposes may vary including racial prejudice, personal malice, an attempt to force someone to quit a job or grant sexual favors, apply illegal pressure to collect a bill, or merely gain sadistic pleasure from making someone fearful or anxious." This type of behavior is liable for lawsuits, i.e.: it's illegal. Freedom of speech isn't illegal. Ergo, you can't pander harassment as freedom of speech.
For those defending Jeremy for lack of evidence, I'm sorry to say but you're just ignoring the facts or have some other agenda (or maybe you're just deluded). In Jeremy's case it's very easy to find proof of his harassment towards Cristine because he performed his harassment and calls for harassment online, where so many people were witness and screenshots also exist. His comments and incitement clearly caused her distress and anxiety. Not only that, but even if you were to dissect the things he's said or done, they're very clearly harassing in nature. That's not opinion, but fact. It's one thing to criticize the director of a movie for making a piece of garbage and quite another to incite people to harass that director due to your opinions of that person (or to personally attack said director). Calling to boycott a movie is not harassment. Telling people to not go watch that piece of garbage of a movie is not harassment. But demeaning, degrading, and insulting the director that made the movie is. Having people actively attack the director as well is harassment. Notice the clear and distinct difference.
As for those demonizing the asking for proof of harassment, I think that's being too extreme; some kind of proof needs to be evident. For all those throwing historical facts around, look no further than the Salem witch trials. If someone disliked someone else all they had to do was accuse them of witchcraft, something which of course could have no possible findings or evidence. You'd then have a kangaroo court where the following logic would be: burn them or drown them; if they die they were innocent. Instead of proving the accused was a witch, the accused had to prove they were not a witch. However, it should be the accuser who has to present proof, not the accused. Without demanding proof, you're just accepting the hearsay of the accuser and condemning an innocent person to be burned at the stake or drowned.
This situation is very black and white so referring to the current situation of the United States is a bit irrelevant; it's just muddying up the clear waters. Doing so is blowing this way out of proportion. (I imagine it's being called into question because Jeremy is trying to defend his actions due to the current situation of the country, which is quite honestly a huge cop-out. But I digress.) Sure, there are similarities with mob mentality and the extremes of the "left" and the "right" but then again all extremes are wrong. However, that's a whole other can of worms. As far as the main point of the article is concerned, yes, undoubtedly Jeremy is in the wrong. It's not a matter of opinion; it's just a fact. This shouldn't be pulling on the strings of neo-Nazi or neo-Marxists agendas. There is some connection but it detracts from the main point, which is something that should be avoided. Whether or not the president of the United States is a racist, misogynist, bigot, etc. or not is not the point here. Whether extremist groups like the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, or KKK want their view points to be considered freedom of speech and opinion instead of hatemongering and racism is also another point altogether. Whether SJW's have double-standards and are hypocrites is yet another point altogether. When you boil it all down, one question remains: "was he or wasn't he harassing Cristine?"
For those who still continue to contend that "she's just thin-skinned" and "he did nothing wrong" I'm sorry to say but you are the not the victim here; she is. And no, I'm not "white-knighting her", it's actually very logical. Just as people can't tell you what to think or how to feel, you can't tell her to do the same. Because then you'd be a hypocrite and your double standards would be showing. It's very convenient to single out someone as "easily triggered" and "quick to feel insulted" yet get insulted yourself when someone singles you out for your behavior. The fact is that if she felt the way she did, then it completes the definition of harassment. Jeremy's harassing actions led to Cristine feeling harassed. Hence, the cycle is complete. Putting all opinions aside, the evidence is in fact there; the cause had an effect and here we are.
Another problem is that Jeremy continues to dig his hole even further instead of trying to climb out. He wasn't smart enough to understand that he could've very easily defused the problem before letting it blow out of proportion. Instead, he continued to make it worse. In order to deflect his actions, he decided to make this situation reflect the current chasm in American society. Thus, the reason why the current sociopolitical topic of the United States is touched upon in the article. Almost everyone (this includes both sides of the argument) happen to agree that it has nothing to do with it. Thank goodness that there's common ground. Because it doesn't.
You can't pick on someone you don't like and then use faulty logic to defend your actions. Period. You can't use the argument of "oh, if she feels that way then it's her own fault". Um, no; every action has a consequence. You can't bully someone and contend that they're weak hence it's their own fault for getting bullied. You can't contend that "they should get stronger in order to defend themselves against that bully". That argument is literally against itself; you are conscious and aware that the person is being bullied. Again, the bully shouldn't be attacking anyone in the first place. Should the victim learn to defend themselves? Of course. Life isn't fair, life isn't nice, and it's a dog-eat-dog world out there. However, that fact doesn't obscure that bullying is wrong. If we transpose that logic to Jeremy and Cristine it's the same thing. You could argue that she should just ignore him and his followers that are harassing her. That's true; she can. But she doesn't have to. She's not in the wrong for not doing so. Jeremy is in the wrong for harassing her to begin with. He's the beginning of the problem, not her. Not everyone is equally strong, this is why rules and laws exist, to create common ground.
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