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  • posted a message on [2XM] Isochron Scepter and Ash Barrens— Good Luck High Five previews
    Having expensive cards drop in price, thereby making them easier to come by, is a problem how...? If you want a collection of stuff to sit around with no function other than accumulating value, go buy some freaking gemstones or something.

    I wish they'd used the EMA art for Isochron Scepter, though. It looks much better than this one.


    Its a collectable TRADING card game.

    So it would make a lot of sense to print a card just 1 time and stretch the "reprint" time to a long time, otherwise your own product invalidates itself (basically the exact problem they had with Chronicles, printing all the cards to the ground).


    If you just want cards to play casually, nothing is stopping you from just using Proxy cards, value wise nothing can ever beat that.

    The only reason to buy the actual cards is to have the value associated with them, namely a collectable item and being able to play in sanctioned tournaments (which for almost any EDH/Commander is basically not a thing at all).

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    Making cards cheaper by reprinting everything to the ground just makes the product worth less.

    And WotC "fixes" that problem by making the product itself more expensive, which ultimately defeats the entire point of reprinting cards to make them cheaper, as everything gets universally more expensive as a product, while at the same time the actual content of that products becomes less and less valuable as the sets themselves have no identity at all if the content is just reprinted everywhere.

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    In general, if you want specific cards, you buy them as singles.
    Or you buy product and trade for it ; which can only work if the new product is remotely of interest to the people that have the old cards ; but if you just reprint the old cards, the entire trading aspect gets undermined (especially if the card has the same artwork and is in no way different at all).

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    If at the very least (and we get there with the alternate art) cards would always have different artwork, then you could value specific artworks as a collectable item (and thats the case for super premium ones, which become the only option for any collectable value at all, as anything else is just worthless).





    The game is meant to be played. Collecting is a secondary part of the game. If players can’t purchase the cards, the game become worthless. Who would collect something that no one plays? The biggest problem with magic right now is people trying to invest in it like it’s the stock market, essentially destroying the game. You want the players to be able to purchase cards (proxies suck) so that they can play the game as intended. This idea that collectors drive the game is ridiculous.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Modern vs Legacy
    And in that case, I would definitely say that JTMS isn't better in Modern, it just a little more frequent. In Legacy, there are just so many ways to use him to you advantage vs. Modern since there is a larger card pool (obviously). Brainstorm is the best ability on JTMS by far in Legacy and the others are rarely used in comparison.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [2XM] Two Unoffical spoilers which are........
    Quote from ChaosNomad »
    Oubliette is now just straight gas in Commander. An O-Ring that doesn’t let your opponent move their commander to the command zone. In addition, it can nullify stacks of equipment if they’re on a Creature. Straight gas I tells ya


    It doesn’t do much, it is removed easily. Not sure why there’s excitement about it, other than using the new wording of phasing
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [2XM] Weekly MTG - FORCE OF WILL!
    Quote from Xcric »
    Quote from LuckyJoe1988 »
    The fact that they kept the Terese Nielson art for the regular card brings a tear to my eye... Thumbs Up
    they said they couldn't remove her art in time, just like noah bradley
    Or they'll just flush more Force of Will's down the toilet in protest to drive up the price of the card because we're all being told by MTG Twitter to hate Terese Nielsen for her political bias when it shouldn't even matter. Better than Gerry Thompson defacing them with a Sharpie at least. >_>


    It isn’t for no reason. You may not like the reason, but it is a legitimate one. Also, you’re not being told to hate her, she followed questionable groups and the company responded to it. You can still collect her art if you want.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Double masters - full art John Avon basics
    Should be in the regular boosters also
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on So what is going on with the "racist" removal...
    No one is asking everyone to forget the past. Eliminating the existence of racist or insensitive cards does erase the memory of slavery or other injustices against humanity. It is a similar issue with states - you don’t put these thing in the face of those who were affected by it.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on So what is going on with the "racist" removal...
    Quote from Thorinox »
    I totally agree, and yeah, the only one I truly seen and should have been dealt with (like 20 years ago) was the Invoke Prejudice, but the rest is basically comes down to that. And the Imprison to me is just taken out of context. Its an iron looking mask from art work from the early 90s, its not as crisp and clean as it would be today, and then you got the people who say its because of "Slavery", well, biggest bust on that is slavery has been done for thousands of years from nearly every culture around the world.


    The fact that slavery was acceptable back in the day is no excuse for creating a card referencing it. In general, just because the majority agrees to something doesn't make it right. There are numerous examples of this throughout history. That is just another way to try and justify one of the most inhumane crimes against humanity.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Deck names
    In general, I think names that just have a story behind them have been popular to some, but I’ve never felt like names were appropriate because they never have anything to do with the deck. Nicfit, for example makes no sense, while sneak & show does.
    Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
  • posted a message on 5 Throne Spoilers
    Quote from Lithl »
    Is Run Away Together a reference to Hunchback of Notre Dame? Or something else?


    I was thinking it was about the story, Where the Wild things are, or something like that.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Zedruu the Greatest Of All Time
    Congrats on the deckbuild! Zedruu was my first commander, and it has had quite a few iterations throughout the years. I was wondering if you've tried homeward path in your deck. It works well with Starke of Rath and a couple of other creatures that exchange as a result of an activated ability. Also, since you are drawing so many cards, Wild Research might be useful to make sure you can draw what you need. My version of the deck is more of a exchange / control version, but I like some of your ideas.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on [c19] K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth
    But if he isn’t the son of yawgmoth, why give himself the name?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Commander 2020 speculation
    I really wish they would return to 5 decks per commander set. It would definitely open up the potential of decks we could get. Nowadays it just feels like we are getting robbed, especially with higher prices.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Kaalia, zenith seeker budget deck ideas
    Liliana’s contract is good as an extra wincon, and draws 4 cards.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on C19 - Commanders
    Quote from geremiahkham »
    How about diversity in approach? Are these all going to end up as exactly the same 100 card crap piles? Time will tell but right now signs point to yes. I guess Onlinesbi sudoku aadhar card they are indeed making the face commander straightforward and boring, while letting the side-commanders be the creative ones.


    I think they have actually done a good job with providing us with varied commanders. At least one can be built directly around, while others have more random abilities and can go in any direction. Anje, Sevinne, Ghired and Kadena all can be built around their respective abilities(which IMO is what commander is all about) but there are other commanders like K'rrck, Volrath, Marisi and Chainer that can be built in all sorts of ways. With the exception of maybe a few commander sets, this seems to be consistent with previous decks.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on C19 Another Bust?
    I think everyone should stop and remember what their first experience of EDH was when thinking of who these decks are for. I'm not sure how many started with 2011, but I started there. My first deck was Zedruu (exchange.dec) which won with Storm Herd. I didn't have to worry about getting beatdown by cEDH decks because there was no such thing. Fast forward a few years, and it's easy to see how newer players are denied the experience of playing a deck out of the box and slowly tuning it to their liking. I think the best remedy as someone mentioned earlier would be to communicate what type of playgroup / playstyle you're sitting with and adjust accordingly. Don't play cEDH decks against new players.

    I'm very curious to see how everyone ranks the Commander products. I'm sure as a community we'd be all over the map. It seems like reprints are the thing that people consider the most when deciding whether a product is successful. That's interesting, since I've always felt like the commanders and new cards were the most important (and I know this is just my opinion). Perhaps that's why 2018 is viewed with such a negative lens? I felt that set was 4th best behind 2011, 2013 and 2016.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
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