A New and Exciting Beginning
The End of an Era
Exclusive: Sword of Truth and Justice
  • posted a message on Solemnity against Devoted Druid combo
    Yes, Solemnity will stop the combo. Since Solemnity prevents the counters from being added to begin with, the replacement effect from Vizier never gets the chance to apply.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Hostility and mass damage spells
    Star of Extinction doesn't damage opponents so it isn't the best example. If you use Earthquake only the damage being dealt to the opponents is prevented. The damage is still dealt to the creatures as normal.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Dread Presence + Blanket of Night
    Since they enter at the same time, by the time the game checks for triggers they are all already Swamps and Dread Presence will trigger as appropriate.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Champion of the parish + aether vial + thalia's lieutenant
    Well, you are right to question the scenario because it is wrong. Things only "see" each other the way you are thinking if they enter at the same time. These don't enter at the same time. If the Lieutenant is already on the field (which it must be in order to trigger), putting Champion on the field won't allow it to see the Lieutenant enter since it is too late for that.

    In your scenario, each will end up with one counter.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Jace, the Mind Sculptor
    Nope. You are correct. They draw 1 card and fail to draw the other 2 since there are no cards left in their library. They finish the ability and put 2 cards back and then State Based Actions are checked and the game sees they tried to draw a card from an empty library (which happened when they tried to draw cards 2 and 3) and they lose. It doesn't matter that their library now has 2 cards in it; they attempted to draw from an empty library so they will lose.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Vampire Deck Help!
    As mentioned in your other thread, deck tags are essential if you want feedback while here. TappedOut even has an option to Export your list in a deck tag for here (choose "MTG Salvation" from the drop drown). That gives you this (not perfect but still better than you have):

    Legion Lieutenant seems like the most obvious omission but I get that might be because of Rotation coming up (though you included other Ixalan cards).
    Posted in: Casual & Multiplayer Formats
  • posted a message on Leyline of Abundance + Gyre Sage with no counters Question
    The rule you are looking for is this one:

    106.12a. An ability that triggers whenever a permanent "is tapped for mana" or is tapped for mana of a specified type triggers whenever such a mana ability resolves and produces mana or the specified type of mana.

    As you can see, Leyline will only trigger if the Gyre Sage actually produces mana.

    Also, to clarify a point above: the Sage's ability is a mana ability and, thus, does not use the stack. It resolves immediately after being activated.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Dread Presence + Blanket of Night
    Yes. Both cards will cause any land to trigger Dread Presence since all lands are Swamps. There is never a time when a land is on the field and is not a Swamp so Dread Presence sees a land enter and sees that it is a Swamp which will allow it to trigger.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Narset, Parter of Veils Static Ability
    Quote from Melkor »

    you should definitely keep track of the ability, but it's like Chalice of the Void , it's not a 'may', it's not optional, and it does not depend on any action from you. once he was reminded or otherwise became aware that Narset was in play, he was either wrong if he is not a particularly experienced player, or trying to cheat if he is.
    It is important to note that this is different than Chalice. In the case of Chalice, you still need to remember your own trigger; not being a "may" doesn't change things here. It does potentially change the resolution the judge may offer, but that doesn't matter much in OP's situation.

    You are not responsible for reminding your opponent of your triggers but, as user_938036 mentioned above, this is not a trigger and it is thus both players' responsibility to play by the rules set by Narset. Ignoring it can be determined to be cheating (after a thorough investigation of course). But, as mentioned, a judge should be called. You mentioned a judge was not present, but someone is always acting as a judge (usually the TO or store owner if no actual judge is present) so you may want to talk to them about this so you know who to go to next time and to make sure things like this don't happen in the future. Or, as much as you can guarantee that without a certified judge.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Control decks: How do you stay alive against the whole table attacking you early?
    I guess it depends on the colors. I run both Ephara and Niv-Mizzet, Parun (so, WU and UR) as my control decks.

    Ephara is relatively straightforward as I just use wraths and small creatures to stem the tide of attackers. I only run a few wraths. I run 6 total and that is counting things like C. Rift and Angel of the Dire Hour which are obviously a stretch and high on the mana cost. But I also run Selfless Squire and Seht's Tiger (I don't like this card much though) which also help against "alpha strikes".

    Otherwise, I focus on spot removal and a few counters. Looking at my list, it actually looks pretty light on all of it but the pieces come together well.

    Niv is a little trickier as you lose white and, thus, most good, cheap mass removal spells. Blasphemous Act and Magmaquake are my destruction spells and things like C Rift, Devastation Tide, and Evacuation give me Mass Bounce that I can then Wheel or Twister away their hands. And, of course, spot removal like Pongify, Rapid Hybridization, and Chaos Warp keep problematic permanents off the field. And, counters (more so than Ephara).

    Admittedly, I don't play against much "true" aggro but there are decks that are faster than control because that is just the way it is. Tutors can also help get to your answers if you want to do that.

    As for Propaganda and Maze, I don't think Propaganda is worth it. But, if you feel that it is doing good work in your meta, definitely keep using it. Maze is a bit better and I have more success with it in Ephara. I also run Kor Haven in Ephara. I don't run Maze in Niv since he needs colored mana and having a land not tap for mana is a big deal in that deck.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that no matter how many wraths you have, using them too soon can be costly. Sometimes you need to get hit for a turn or two before using it to ensure you get the most out of it. Using it too soon just means they rebuild and now you have no answer for their rebuilt board state.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on July 2019 Ban List Update
    What a ridiculous assessment. "Long trend of random bans"? During this ban announcement Iona was banned and she has been "grumbled" about being legal for a long time and the RC finally took action against it. PE hasn't been around as long but has also had its detractors. Prior to this, we had Leovold banned on 04/24/2017 (over 2 years ago) and prior to that, in January 2016, we had Prophet of Kruphix banned. Going back to January of 2015, those have been the only bans in 4.5 years. I am not going to go back any further because these show that your "long trend" is essentially "this most recent announcement" which is dumb.

    The RC, for the most part, has been content to let the format live on its own and has repeatedly shown they are avoiding being heavy handed with the format. 4 bans in a 4.5 year period (with 2 being this announcement) is nothing. We also got 2 unbans in that time period. Hell, Standard has had more bans than that.

    People are fine to complain about PE (and Iona if they want to, though that seems like the less "controversial" banning) but it does not serve one's cause to make this something it is not. It is the first unbanning in a year and both cards have been discussed by a number of people on both sides. The RC, with the input of the CAG, felt these two cards did not foster the types of games they wanted the format to be about.

    And I will say that I think both were absolutely the right bans. You may have a complaint about it, but don't make your voice the voice of everyone at "lower levels" because it is not. As for WotC taking it over, they already tried that online and they failed miserably. They ended up having to back out their banlist for Multiplayer after 3-6 months or so. Wizards does fine with tournament formats (not perfect, but good enough overall) but they have already shown they have no idea how a ban list should look for EDH because they want to handle it like a tournament format.

    So, no, dissent over a single ban is not enough to start proclaiming the sky is falling and that the RC is out of touch. It is a severe overreaction to a decision a subset of people find poor. It is nowhere near unanimous that this is a bad decision.

    And, for some metrics (using the current data we have):

    There is a survey that is going around that currently has 9000+ responses. Within that survey, regarding the 4 most recent bans above, here is where things stand (do note the percentages are a little higher as they don't count people who said "no changes" so I added that percentage in parenthesis):

    Paradox Engine: 39.7% (35.5%)
    Iona: 27.3% (24.4%)
    Leovold: 15.7% (14.1%)
    Prophet: 26% (23.2%)

    More people want Coalition Victory unbanned than PE and almost as many people want Gifts Ungiven. And I would wager a lot of those responses for PE are more emotional than logical. Not to say the number will change a lot in the long run but I would expect it would go down once people stop to think about it. And, who knows; maybe it will go up later but what we have is what we have for now.

    But, the point is that less than 40% of people want it unbanned. Your dissent over this ban isn't even the majority opinion. Likely there are plenty of people that are indifferent to the ban but this still shows that less than the majority actually want it back.

    As for faith in the RC:
    38.3% are either Extremely or Moderately Satisfied with the RC. If we add in those that are still satisfied but only "Somewhat" the number goes to 52.3.

    Only 35.8 people are dissatisfied (using the same ratings of "Extremely", "Moderately", or "Somewhat").

    11.8% are in the middle.

    I would be curious to see your data showing this is a lower number than any previous lows in "all time" numbers. But, again, your statements seem a bit hyperbolic and I would wager that at least some of the dissatisfaction comes about directly from PE's banning and these numbers coming so soon after that. Not sure how much this would change in a year or so.

    Also worth pointing out is that I realize not everyone everywhere is going to take this survey and there will be people on both sides that are not included in it. But 9,000+ people is a reasonable sample size to discuss the points brought up
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on End of an Era
    Ah, gotcha. That is actually one of the things I dislike about this site: nothing tells me the subforum a thread is posted in when looking at it in the "New or Updated Forum Threads" section so I didn't even realize it was in the Commander forum. And, because this thread is titled generically, I didn't even realize this was in the Cube forum.

    I agree then that it would have been nice to have the message displayed more prominently in a more general area. Or, duplicated in each forum as appropriate like they did when they announced this site shutting down.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on End of an Era
    Quote from calibretto »
    So, MTG Nexus is live, but no updates here on it? I found out by watching Magic Mics this morning. The commander forum over there already has tons of traffic, but the cube forum only has a couple of threads.

    They just went live yesterday and announced it here:

    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on Dailies went from 800 to 500...??
    Quote from SavannahLion »
    It would be nice if WotC actually leveraged Arena to announce these changes instead of whatever social media site they feel like using at the time.
    I am not sure the details of this are easily displayed in Arena though I agree it would be nice if things were actually listed there since, you know, that is where people are actually seeing the results of the changes.

    The announcement was on the Mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/developer-update-core-set-2020-2019-07-10
    Posted in: MTG Arena
  • posted a message on Dailies went from 800 to 500...??
    We now get 250XP *more* per week and we don't need to log in every day to maximize it. The daily wins (100 for the first, 50 for the second and third) went away and now you just get 15 wins in a week and all are worth 250XP. I wish they would label that as 0/15 instead of the 0/1 you see (because, honestly, 0/1 is dumb when you get to go to 15).

    So, the new XP gains are 500 a day (for the Daily quests) which are 3500 a week. This assumes you login at least once every 3 days as you can only have 3 at a time.

    Then, for the week, you get 250 XP per win up to 15 wins. These are weekly so you can get them all in one day for example. 15 * 250 = 3750.

    So, 3750 + 3500 = 7250 which is more than we were getting before and we no longer need to log in every day to max it out.
    Posted in: MTG Arena
  • To post a comment, please or register a new account.