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  • posted a message on A new Akroma and her Will- Ashlen Rose preview
    The card, super cool.
    The art? Lame. Was really hoping they'd give her the dumb cat-legs she got in the books. It's such a WTF moment in those novels that is never shown in any of the art.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [CMR] Sidar Kondo and Nekusar reprints— CulturaPop previews
    All the original partners are getting the etched treatment, even the bad ones. And while Nekusar isn't a valuable card, he's still a popular commander. I don't think I've been in a playgroup that hasn't had at least one person build him.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [CMR] Siani, Eye of the Storm and Sphinx of the Second Sun— Commander Rules Committee previews
    Quote from WizardMN »
    To be clear you get the bonuses on the turn you cast it (or otherwise cheat it into play) as long as you do so in your Precombat Main Phase. Cast this, move to attacks, move to second main and a new Beginning Phase is created. Obviously this limits you to Instants or things with Flash but this is true for every turn.

    I think it has its place in certain decks that are just trying to outvalue opponents.

    Thank you for pointing that out. Misread the card as "precombat" and not "postcombat." That makes it better than my initial estimation, but not by much. I'm not sure what you mean by "limits you to Instants or things with Flash." Since the new beginning phase happens at the start of your postcombat main-phase, wouldn't you then be entering your 2nd main with everything uptapped?

    Any deck that already runs stuff like Quicksilver Amulet will want it, same with anything running a Polymorph strategy. It has its places, to be sure, but it's not busted by any means.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [CMR] Siani, Eye of the Storm and Sphinx of the Second Sun— Commander Rules Committee previews
    Quote from Ryperior74 »

    the Sphinx Gaping WHAAAAAT!?! THAT IS BEYOND BUSTED (aware of cmc but reminder of all the Quicksilver Amulet Or/and show and tell effects)

    The sphinx is good, but wouldn't say busted. It slots into a similar role of omniscience, a powerful card if you get it to stick but not a meta-changer. It's not as powerful as omniscience, since you have to wait a turn to get its bonuses, and it's both easier to get on the board and easier to kill. It's too expensive to slot into decks unsupported, 9/10 times you'd rather have Omniscience with a Show and Tell, and if you're wanting it for the extra upkeeps Paradox Haze is less than half the CMC. All of that said, this will definitely see play in reanimator decks that run U.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Twelve commander legends hints from gavin
    Am I the only one hoping the Ghost card is going to be Ghost of Balthier, so we get all three incarnations of the poor dwarf?

    Also man I really hope that reprint with the online-only art is Elvish Spirit Guide. I mean, yeah the Seb stuff is cool, and there are a lot of really, really good pulls from the list of MTO-only art, but I just want a foil ESG. Thing hasn't seen print in, like, 25 years. C'mon Wizards. Put the lady in foil already.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair x The Walking Dead
    For once I'm on board with the naysayers. I don't like where this is going. So far neither of the cards revealed are busted (though the Michone triggers me a little by calling her zombie tokens Walker tokens), but I don't like that we're getting mechanically unique cards exclusive to Secret Lair drops that are going to be a pain to print anywhere else. As long as they're just jank I'm not too worried, but the box toppers were supposed to be sub-par and look how Nexus of Fate turned out.

    I'm not too worried about the whole immersion thing. But yeah, not a fan of Secret Laid exclusives. And the whole "we'll print similar" isn't all that reassuring, since if a card is good enough to warrant printing a replacement, that just means the people who bought the Secret Lair are going to have twice as many of the good card. I suspect this Walking Dead set is going to be jank at best, but I don't like the precedent it sets.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ikoria will have box toppers
    Quote from SavannahLion »
    Eh.... it's a foldable card. bunny

    I recall some other TCG had one. Force of Will maybe? The card was a legal size but wen you did something or another, you took the card and opened it like a book for the bigger creature inside. Sucks for those of us that actually, you know, sleeve their cards. :p

    Back in the '00s Upper Deck did this for a bunch of it's anime TCGs. I remember those being in the old DBZ TCG. Thing is those cards are much thicker than normal cards, so you can totally feel the difference between them a regular card. If WOTC were to do this it'd mean cards that could only be Commanders. That's not outside the realm of possibility, but I really hope that's not the direction they go in.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    To echo Patch, this doesn't really affect stores as much as some people seem to think. I work at a relatively small store. If we're being honest, of the stores in my area, the one I work at would be the first to feel it if the game started to go under. We bought the first flight of Secret Lair Drops, flipped most of the ones we bought for twice what we paid within the first two weeks, have one left as prize support for our Commander League, and are now just sitting on the snow lands and goblins.

    We at the shop have plenty to complain about MTG wise, but stuff like Secret Lair isn't even on our radar.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair - Year of the Rat
    Got mine in, Ral. Izzet is my guild, so I'm happy, but little disappointing it's the WAR walkers again. Ah well, it's a bonus so I'm never going to be too bumbed that a bonus is meh. Was paying for the sick Ink Eyes.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Powering Down
    That 20+ years is kinda what's making it harder for Wizards to develop cards. The devs have to take into mind the projected power level of Standard, how the cards will impact Modern, if anything will disrupt Legacy and Vintage, how it all plays in draft, how it all plays in sealed, will any of it break either Commander formats, will the Johnnies, Timmies, or Vorthoses like it, will it blow out the second hand market. And they have to do all of it without seeing what the formats look like by the time of printing, since they have to design, playtest, commission the art, send them to print, get them all shipped, etc, etc. You may not care that it takes that long, but that's the reality of the world we live in. Expecting people to get things right on the first go with so many moving parts is like expecting to win the lottery with one ticket.

    May it's because I'm an old timer, but I remember how bad things got in Urza and Mirrodin blocks. Bad as Heart is, it's not the nonsense from Urza or the meta-crushing power of Affinity. I'd rather the devs err on the side of caution and print under powered stuff with a few gems than have us end up with unchecked power creep like Yu-Gi-Oh.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Gods of Amonkhet
    Well the new land art basically confirms which colors they're all associated with. We got cat-face on Plains, bird-man on Island, croco-head on Swamp, and jacks on Mountains, a snake-smiles hanging out in the back of the Forest.

    Okay, this is a really stupid thing to get hung up on, but it's driving me nuts. Are cat-face and croco-head ladies? The Jackal is obviously a lady, and the snake and bird are pretty buff, but the other two are less clear.

    Also any guesses if these are creatures if they'll have creature type beyond god? Having a god in a cat-tribal EDH or if jackal tribal gets love.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Eldritch Moon General Discussion Thread
    Quote from Tren3479 »
    Preference: Innistrad annihilated... We've been here twice and makes Emrakul a totally badass end boss for the jacetus league to fight in 6 or 7 years

    Prediction: Arlinn, Odric and Thalia with their patron Sigarda fight the forces of Emrakul with the Gatewatch ... They get beaten back till Lilliana goes full veil psycho and fights zombies vs mutants. Nahiri comes to confront Liliana and Sorin steps in saying please may I have this dance. Vampire vs Rock ... Nothing beats rock... As Sorin gets incapacitated by Nahiri she screams 'For Zendikar' at which Nissa goes 'home gurl' and Jace mindshares Ulamog and kozileks defeat. Nahiri full of remorse reverses the polarity of the cryptoliths and pushes Emrakul into the heron moon then planeswalks away. Liliana claims Innistrad as her own... Emrakul continues to exert minor influence on Innistrad and maintains the horror plane. Chandra says I miss my mummy turns to Gideon and says hey hot-stuff wanna come back to my place... Jace says I'm up... Nissa screams "Road trip". SCENE

    That sounds like the dumbest thing I've heard in a while... which puts it about on par with modern Wizard's Creative. Yeah, I hate it but my money is on your prediction.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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