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  • posted a message on Why is there no "new card frame" format?
    Someone tried, ever hear of Frontier? It's an Origins on format. Didn't quite gain much traction. Not sure why WOTC didn't embrace it, maybe because they didn't come up with it, maybe because Khans block has fetchlands, who knows really.

    Possibly because there's not enough of a card pool yet. I think that between Standard, Modern, Commander, and Pauper, there might just be enough formats. Then you add Draft, Sealed, Legacy, Vintage, and Old School formats to the mix and you have quite a bevy to choose from. Not to mention those who just play casual constructed at home.

    The answer is that everyone is waiting for WOTC to come out with another format and they've been quiet about it. Maybe they're waiting for a specific reason, but "we" don't know why. If some else has more info about this please share.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Is Granny's Payback playable?
    One of my play groups are currently playing Un-Commander, which is a blast btw, and I'm running it in my Ol' Buzzbark deck.
    Haven't seen it yet however. I'm 50, so when I do get to cast it, hoorah.

    Seriously though at eight mana it's too expensive for anything other than Commander. Even in Commander it's only a nominal card. It does scale, obviously, so for a player like me the benefit is so much better. I only run it because of flavor reasons, and Un-.

    For eight mana, you should be getting better bang for your buck, is my final assessment.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Best time to buy singles?
    As to the advise of "waiting for rotation", if the card is seeing Commander or Modern play, the price may not drop much after rotation.

    When buying new cards, I've found that for cards under $5, get them right at release. Especially if you can pick them up for under $3.
    Some cards are "sleepers", and once they see play in decks that place, they'll only get more expensive.
    With expensive cards, I personally keep an eye on the market weekly. If I notice these cards trending down I'll pay daily attention,
    once they hit bottom I buy.

    Card prices at release are based purely on speculation. After a week or two the prices start to reflect the reality of how useful they are.
    For many cards, if you are just playing casually, right after rotation can be a great time, if you want to wait for a year-ish.

    I always follow set previews, so when a set drops I've already have a buy list set up. I've managed to pick up a lot of cards on the cheap this way(Walking Ballistas for a few bucks).
    Every once in a while I get burned, but not enough to matter. Consider Nicol Bolas, the Ravager, I'll be paying around $34 for him. Thar may be a
    stupid price, but he may get more expensive. I collect dragons so I'll just take the chance.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on I am going to talk about the flaws of Pro Magic at great length, get popcorn
    Don't know who the pros are, and don't care.

    Do not watch pro play, nor pay any real attention to that scene.
    The closest that I care is checking out what are top decks so I can understand market values.

    I have watched so pro play in the past, It's as exciting as paint drying.

    There's a culture and attitude among pro players that is frankly distasteful.(I'm not going to get into that here)

    I'm not too sure how valuable pro play actually is to the game. I play in many circles and venues, and the vast majority of players I encounter
    either don't know, or don't care about pro play. The only exception is the few local guys that somehow think they're going to place at a major event.
    So other than try-hards net decking and card prices, what does pro play add to the game. I would say visibility cannot be a factor here.

    All that said, I actually don't care one way or another about pro play and what WOTC does regarding it.

    Back in the mid '90s I had the dubious pleasure of playing some multiplayer magic with a couple of pros, they'd forgotten the concept of playing for fun.
    That just seems miserable to me, and pro players these days, from what little I have garnered, seem like a miserable lot.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Thoughts on not getting a rare land cycle in M19
    Don't mind either. With Ravnica coming, etc......

    Kinda was hoping to see pain lands make a return. So sick of ETB tapped duals
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on who do you follow in the mtg community?
    Daniel Chang at Vintage MTG
    Edwin, the Magic Engineer
    MTGSticky
    Heroes and Legends
    MTG Goldfish
    The Mana Source
    Alpha Investments
    Desolator Magic
    MTG Degree
    Tolarian Community College
    PURP Media

    man, I have too much free time to waste on this crap, LOL.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Do you prefer playing with premium cards or non-premium cards?
    I hate foils and will always choose regular cards over them. I started playing in '94, and so the cards from that era have more nostalgia for me.
    When not in sleeves, looking at foils for too long gives me a headache. This also contributes highly to me not liking them.

    I own a few foils, mostly because they've been particularly difficult to trade away. Some foils are beautiful I will admit, just not my thing.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on What would you do?
    I would so trade that away, especially for two regular.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Worse Rules of Magic
    Sounds like you need to read up on Triggered abilities and timing. Every issue you mentioned is a combat phase triggered ability. Triggered abilities go on the stack when the trigger condition is met. With combat, many of these abilities trigger when the creature is declared as an attacker. Kaalia’s ability is one of these. The creatures she brings in enter the battle field after declare attack abilities resolved(most of the time, depending upon the stack).

    I suggest pouring over the comp rules about triggered abilities, so as to understand how and why these things play out the way they do.
    I’ll admit that on the surface things don’t always feel intuitive with Magic rules, but a little deeper reading can clear them up.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Newbie torn between standard and modern
    The answers to your dilemma are really dependent upon your budget, time, and available meta.

    Playing the same deck for ever is boring. I’d say keep a Modern deck or two around, try out Standard for a bit and catch prerealses now amd again. That’s the only way to find out what you like.
    Also, if you can find a casual, multi-player group that doesn’t just play Commander, that’s a great fun way to play.
    Not every Modern player only hss their one deck, yes there are players like that, but many find that boring.
    I’m currently running 2 Modern decks, 2 Legacy decks, about 7 Commander decks, and maybe 20 casual decks (I don’t usually play Standard). I’ve been playing and collecting since ‘94 so I’ve had plenty of time amass my collection. Playing in a variety of ways keeps it fresh.
    So give Standard a try for a rotation or two. Side note, the best time to get into Standard is just after rotation, or just buy cards that won’t rotate this fall. If you decide that it’s too much to keep up with there’s akwsy the other formats to fall back on. Prereleases and drafts are great fun and break up the monotony.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Brawl feels like a solved format
    Think about the rate at which Standard gets solved, now turn that into a singleton format, bound to happen sooner than later.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Magic 93/94
    The Swedish restricted list needs to be updated to reflect the unrestricting of Maze of Ith and Recall.
    Posted in: Homebrew and Variant Formats
  • posted a message on How old is the community in your area?
    At my shop the youngest guy is 15, and I’m 50. Most of them are mid-twenties to mid-thirties.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on WotC in talks with GameStop to host Magic Tournaments and Events
    Maybe if every white guy quit buying any new MTG product for a year WOTC would get the message about whom their clientele is. If they want us out of the game so badly we should oblige them. The only way WOTC will cut out this SJW b.s. is hit to their margins.
    Maybe WOTC wants “white guys” out of the game, but their shareholders will feel differently. It’s just so sad the most players won’t boycott the company, even if it’s for their own good.
    When a company states that it would rather not cater to it’s majority customers that company is out of touch. I for one find it insulting that they would rather I slink off and not play their game. If they want to bite the hand that feeds maybe that hand should slap back.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Card Nicknames
    Hippie for Hypnotic Specter
    Mana chickens for Birds of Paradise
    Posted in: Magic General
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