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Mar 22, 2018I really like it on paper. Being only 60 cards and allowing the use of a Planeswalker as your commander really makes it a lot more attractive.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
The article also makes a good point about starting into Commander being somewhat daunting if your local playgroups are competitive, and it makes sense to have a bit of a ramp up into it with something like Brawl.
Mar 21, 2018orlouge82 posted a message on Full Buy-a-Box information (early delivery, and BAB Promo)Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from SecretInfiltrator »
But I just realized the insidiousness of Brawl thanks to considering Legacy banlist vs. Commander banlist. Brawl can circumvent the Rules Committee - a new format in full control of Wizards. No more committee-decided banlist. o.o
No, the insidiousness of Brawl doesn't have anything to do with Wizards' control over a banlist. It has everything to do with increasing the demand of Standard cards, and thus drive up the sales of sealed Standard product. A card like Sandwurm Convergence that is likely to never see play in traditional Standard could be a staple in a Brawl ramp deck.
In other words, jank cards that would never be touched in Standard could be in high demand (i.e. expensive) because of Brawl
Mar 21, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Yatsufusa »"Hexproof from black"? They did say they'll use Protection when it's applicable, but something tells me those days are numbered as well, at least for Standard sets. Hexproof essentially protects from non-combat damage and auras that aren't from its controller. It doesn't protect from combat damage nor prevents blocking like Protection does, but considering how much they favor combat nowadays, that seems more like a benefit to them (we lost landwalk and intimidate precisely because of the blocking issue as a reminder).
They got rid of all of those things primarily because Wizards has grown to disfavor specific color-hosing. Protection was targeted towards a specific color for nearly all of its history (with limited exceptions). As such, playing a creature with "protection from X color" would hose an opponent playing a mono-X color deck.
Similarly, with intimidate and landwalk, depending on whether you were playing a specific color, your matchups against cards with such keywords could wildly change the outcome of the match.
That being said, it's odd that they introduce a color-specific hexproof, but my feeling is that they thought the nostalgia of having spiritual successors to the White and Black Knights of old trumped the deviation from current design philosophy.
Mar 21, 2018orlouge82 posted a message on Full Buy-a-Box information (early delivery, and BAB Promo)Brawl actually sounds kind of fun if it is a Wizards sanctioned format. Makes perfect sense with Dominaria's legendary theme!Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Mar 21, 2018orlouge82 posted a message on Dominaria Frame, Template, and Rules Changes + Duel Decks: Elves vs. InventorsLove the new Temple art!Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Mar 21, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Ashiok »I just noticed after my initial comment that the djinn is legendary. Man, what a bummer, that was a very balanced card without the legendary textbox. It would be a strictly better Mahamoti Djinn.
It is still a good card, but now I think you can't just jam four-copies of it. Here is where stapling legendary in everything starts to reduce the playability of cards.
Heart of Kiran is legendary, and people jam 4 copies of it into decks all the time. You just have to wait until they eat removal before you play the next one.
It's not like it has Delve and recasting it is that much harder the next time.
Mar 21, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from fizztromancer »The djinn looks like it is
You may pay 3U to cast artifact spells from your hand and flying
It's actually probably something like, "you may pay 3U and return an artifact you control from your hand instead of paying this card's casting cost."
Of course, my Spanish is VERY rusty, so I could be mistaken.
EDIT: Just looked it up, and it has to be an UNTAPPED artifact that you return to your hand.
EDIT 2: Actually, all you have to do is "turn" (tap) a "straightened" (untapped) artifact, not return it to your hand.
Mar 15, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Mig2014 »Quote from blackhawk1100 »I watch the video's of Rudy everytime. And i like them. Just as i like all other channels that make video's about mtg.
But all of them have one thing in common.
You can not take everything they say for real.
Obviously. Everyone who watches Rudy’s channel knows you can’t take him seriously. He’s even a self-proclaimed scum bag, but he is entertaining.
Now, it’s pretty obvious too, that the real peeve EstravenEternal has towards Rudy has nothing to do with this box openings, but instead he/she/they/(insert other here) hates that Rudy did not push his/her/their/(insert other here) agenda in his videos, but instead expressed a sentiment many mtg players have, which is, to have Wizards focused on the game instead of ideology.
And you know what, Rudy and everybody else who shares that view are entitled to feel this way and express themselves. And doing that is not spreading hate towards LGBTQRWHTYD or whatever.
EstravenEternal seems to be the type of person that if you disagree with him/her/them/(insert other here) or think differently, than you automatically hate him/her/them/(insert other here). And that is the typical hypocritical stance coming from those pushing inclusion and demanding open-mindedness and acceptance of people with different ideas.
Also, presenting as fact, without showing any evidence, that a “ gender neutral product does not affect any binary person” is dishonest, and you know what, if designers are focused on pushing ideology instead of actually game design, then that really hurts the game, because, you know, the purpose of a game is to be a game, not a vehicle to push agendas.
Having said all that, I don’t hate EstravenEternal or anyone, and no one should be harassed because of gender, but just because you feel harassed that doesn’t always mean you are being harassed.
Warned for trolling.
Yes, Rudy is toxic because of his diatribes against his perceived "SJW" leanings within Wizards. The game is not suffering because of Wizards attempting to be as inclusive as possible. This is a part of Wizards' attempt to expand the game to as many individuals as possible. And I would be shocked if those within the organization responsible for making those strategic decisions are the same as those making decisions about gameplay and "power level" in Standard sets.
In other words, the state of Magic and Standard in particular has nothing to do with Wizards' inclusiveness attempts. Rudy's diatribes are instead a reflection of his own bigotry that he's attempting to pass off as a legitimate complaint with Magic's gameplay.
Mar 15, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from h3x4g0n »
to all of the amateur financiers complaining about the value of A25, i suggest you look at the mtggoldfish breakdown. it comes to the same conclusion i have: A25 is basically worth around what it is sold for. and while the idea of not exceeding msrp might disgust you, i would implore you to find any other game or product that you can buy and then resell for anywhere close to msrp.
Yeah, except that most of the cards will plummet in value within a month's time. As I and numerous others have commented, the vast majority of the high priced cards in the set are due to abysmally low supply, not high demand. When M25 hits the market, those prices will crash and crash hard. Honestly, the packs could have sold for $3.99 each, and I would still be hesitant to buy any sealed product.
Mar 14, 2018Personally, I have way more nostalgia for Goblin Grenade than I do for Bolt. Grenade won me way more games when I used to play goblins back in the mid-90's than Bolt (which I also included in the deck). If Wizards wants to make goblins competitive in Standard again, reprint Goblin Grenade in Dominaria or Core Set 2019!Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Anyway, back on topic, Dominaria has got my brewing juices flowing ever since the leak last week, which is a strong marker of a good set to me. Sylvan Awakening seems kind of busted TBH, and I've been thinking about a Bant control shell with four Awakenings, a bunch of ramp, and a few Gideon, Martial Paragons (the +2 is disgusting with Awakening) and/or Trial of Solidarities. Awakening also works great for the defense, too!
Mar 14, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Colt47 »At least dominaria looks good?
Dominaria is almost the sole reason (Unstable has also restored my faith in the game a bit) I'm not taking a break from Magic thanks to Masters 25.
Mar 12, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from mapccu »if anyone finds a way of duplicating or recurring these, it could be very strong. Standard implications immediately go towards an artifact based scarab god deck...which could just be filthy. Feels slow for modern, but could break jund/abzan mirrors open by growing a goyf and then wiping a board maybe (probably way too cute).
I wonder if demonic pact was a design base for this, as it fits flavorwise and this is far easier to track then the design there. Pact was also pretty gross if you had a way of destroying or donating it around your opponent interacting. I like these enchantments forecasting a set of effects. It introduces more elements of decision making without having to read your opponents hand, or just running stuff out blind. Imho it adds depth without much complexity.
Not triggering in upkeep is something that I'm almost positive they'll dive into. While I doubt it has any modern implications in mind I could be wrong. It could indicate some kind of upkeep recursion or something like that coming down the pipeline (return to theros?).
rarity makes sense. It's a four mana board wipe + some and it could potentially be one sided. It's a new mechanic and has major storyline implications for those who want to dig into the past stories. The art callbacks mentioned before further increase the amount of nostalgia this would trigger for an enfranchised player.
I like that the frame sorta reads like a book/scroll with the vertical break. It's a nice play visually off the name. Looks way less cramped AND perplexing then the kamigawa flip cards. I also like this better then aftermath cards as well because my opponent and I don't have to constantly rotate cards to figure out what they do over and over again.
Let's just hope these are playable. From the release notes the white one looks particularly groovy.
I agree 100% with this.
On the frame, it looks very much like the spine of a book, and the straight vertical frame for the image allows for some very evocative flavor.
The card itself is quite solid, and the fact that it's an enchantment certainly allows for some abuse with blinking and reanimating, not to mention the counter manipulation.
It's gotta look amazing in foil.
Mar 10, 2018They are "limited edition", so they may be more of a collectible than just a piece of art.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Of course, I have three small children at home, so there's no way that thing isn't getting broken if it comes through my door...
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Mar 6, 2018The prices of cards in this set are far less likely to hold their value than cards from other sets. The cards' value is high only because of the incredibly low supply of the cards in question. Of the rare and mythics worth more than the MSRP of a pack, how many have seen a reprint? Only 10%-20%, and all were only printed in sets before Magic's boom during the RTR period.Posted in: Articles
Furthermore, very, very few of the high value cards see competitive play, a marker of the ability of a card's value to withstand a reprint in the long term.
Does anyone honestly believe that filter lands see more play than shocks? The price of shocks is so much lower than filters because shocks were reprinted in massive numbers in RTR block, whereas the filters were only printed (outside of the Expeditions) in the original Shadowmoor block 10 years ago, when the player base was far smaller.
I'd be curious to see where prices are for this set in two months, because I'd be shocked if the EV of a booster box is anywhere close to where these calculations peg it before release.
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