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Magic Market Index for April 20th, 2018
 
Pauper Review: Dominaria
 
The Limited Archetypes of Dominaria
  • posted a message on Change To The English Card Coating Starting With Dominaria
    Japanese card quality is superior. I have a Japanese Thassa that has this glossy, sturdy coating which makes the artwork look vibrant. The coloring on the card is beautiful. My English Thassa is dull, flimsy, and cheap. I've always been disappointed with how English cards have this thin, dry, cheap feel and lack that sturdy gloss that Japanese cards and some supplemental products have. I have noticed though that this quality for English cards has been improved.


    I've bought plenty of foreign booster packs over the years, and the Japanese ones are definitely my favorite as far as the quality of the look and feel. The EU printed ones are a close second, but both very much put the US-printed ones to shame.

    I'm very hopeful that this brings the US cards up to snuff!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on U/W Spells


    I was thinking about it. Karn's last minus ability is very powerful with that many artifacts.

    I was also thinking about something with Karn's Temporal Sundering since being able to copy Time Warp spells is incredibly powerful, especially if able to also bounce something as part of the spell's resolution. But then I'd also have to run a legendary creature (Baral would be an obvious choice) or planeswalker (Teferi would be pretty good, given he has card draw, removal, and a game-winning ultimate). I'm going to certainly do some testing with the deck and all the goodies from Dominaria.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Full spoiler is up

    Jace AoT has an ultimate that can win you the game, unlike Teferi, that's exactly what I was saying. Nahiri is another very comparable planeswalker that saw play in control decks for the same reason. A planeswalker that can eventually win the game is a huge deal for a control deck, because it allows you to play less or no "pure" threats that don't advance your control game. Planeswalkers that only create card advantage have to compete with other removal and draw spells and usually lose out to instants and cheap removal during deck building.


    Sure, Jace AoT "wins you the game," as long as you or your opponent have a win-con somewhere in either of your respective decks that isn't immediately answered by your opponent. If Jace AoT is your only threat, and you just use his ult to cast another one from your own deck and something like a Siege Rhino from your opponent's that is immediately killed, Jace doesn't really do a whole lot for you.

    Teferi's ult, by contrast, will completely eradicate your opponent's board state -- lands included. I've ult'ed Venser often enough to know how devastating tacking an "Exile target permanent" clause is onto things you'd normally be doing as part of the game, except that Teferi's ult can only target your opponent's permanents, and you automatically draw cards at the beginning of each of your turns. Presumably, if you're playing Teferi in a UW or UWx control or midrange shell, you have a lot of other ways to draw cards besides the one you pull during your draw step. For example, casting Memory from your yard will allow you exile seven of your opponent's permanents (lands would be a great bet). And Pull from Tomorrow becomes a mass removal spell.

    And Teferi nets you cards and mana each turn he pluses. Not true of Jace AoT's plus.

    EDIT:
    Quote from Etherium Sage »

    Jace's ultimate wasn't the primary reason he was played in RTR-THS Standard. His +1 helped keep you and himself alive by weakening all your opponent's mobs, and his -2 helped you dig for answers. This helped you buy time and build up resources until you plopped down Elspeth or Aetherling for the win. Sphinx's Revelation and Supreme Verdict also existing helped.


    As someone who played a walker deck during RTR-THS Standard that routinely won games through ult'ing planeswalkers, I can attest that this is true. I rarely, if ever, ult'ed Jace. I +1'ed against aggro decks until I could Verdict, and then -2 when I needed more cards. Elspeth or Kiora won the games for me 99% of the time (or sometimes the occasional Wurm token that was buffed with one of two Ajanis).

    Quote from Etherium Sage »

    I don't get your fixation with walker ultimates when most ultimates are near impossible or why you're eager to dismiss Teferi.


    "near impossible" is a bit of a stretch. It's difficult to ult walkers, sure, but Teferi is going into the same Standard as his Oath, which should make ult'ing walkers FAR easier.

    And the five mana used in casting the Oath won't seem like such a big deal if you use it to blink something like a Cataclysmic Gearhulk or a Cloudblazer.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on IzzetMTG/Korean MTG Facebook: Sylvan Awakening
    Caution should certainly still be exercised, but with the proper counterspell backup, this could easily be a win-con for control decks. They love building up their land bases anyhow.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on IzzetMTG/Korean MTG Facebook: Sylvan Awakening
    Quote from CatParty »
    Quote from Dontrike »
    Quote from Raindance »
    Oh yeah, this is just going to be silly. Sylvan Advocate, Embodiment of Insight, Earth Surge, etc.

    You just found SaffronOlive's next video when Dominaria comes out.


    Of course Saffron Olive pretty much meh'd this card yesterday in his spoiler review, not being able to see past golden demise in standard.


    Golden Demise is a sideboard card, at best, and one would assume that decks built around this card would have one or more of the following:
    1. Creature buffs;
    2. Counter spells;
    3. Ramp sufficient to have enough lands out to end the game once this is cast.

    I, for one, would love to have enough mana up to cast Sylvan Awakening and Fall of the Thran on the same turn. The card is good, even if there is a card or two in Standard that has the potential to hose it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Full spoiler is up
    Quote from Serafiend »
    Full spoiler today? Expedition reveal tomorrow! Wouldn't surprise me, this set is filled to the brim with bulk.


    Ah, the usual "THIS SET SUX!!1!" sentiments never seem to die on MTGS, no matter how sweet a set is.

    Anyhow, Grow from the Ashes is a sweet, sweet common, since the lands you fetch come into play UNTAPPED.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Full spoiler is up
    The flavor text on Gideon's Reproach made me chuckle.

    On Amonkhet, Gideon lost both his sural and his faith in himself. But he can still throw a punch, and he still knows a bad guy when he sees one.


    Soooooo Gideon XD
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Weight of Memory
    Just reprint Tidings next time. Kthxbai.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Gaea's Protector
    Card is mechanically only okay, but holy ****, DAT FLAVOR!!!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Thran Temporal Gateway, The Mending of Dominaria
    Geez, so much value. Instant speed everything for 4. You can even respond to removal if you have the 4 mana up by Vialing in Oath of Teferi to blink the Portal.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on "Spore Swarm"
    Please reprint Aether Mutation. That's the only reprint I've been asking for for five years.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Vorthos Cast: In Bolas's Clutches
    Quote from Etherium Sage »

    It's not like they're starving for antagonists either. Ob Nixilis, Emrakul, Nahiri (possibly), Dovin Baan (again, possibly) and New Phyrexia are all waiting in the wings.


    Ob Nixilis is perhaps one of the best antagonists in Magic lore ever. Reading stories from his point of view is a delight.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Lich's Mastery
    Quote from Crispen_Smith »
    Quote from orlouge82 »
    My River's Rebuke will never taste so good as when I'm sitting across the table from one of these.

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it is almost always going to be backed up with Negate.


    Well, duh, which is why I'd have a counter or three in hand to back up the Rebuke Smile
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Vorthos Cast: In Bolas's Clutches
    You guys realize this means that Bolas is super dead now because of plot no jutsu, right?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Lich's Mastery
    My River's Rebuke will never taste so good as when I'm sitting across the table from one of these.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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