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  • posted a message on Japanese Alternate art planeswalkers
    Quote from user-11171179 »
    I've managed to get a hold on one Japanese box this week and only got to open today, overall got lucky and really happy with the pulls. Also the japanese cardboard stock look's to be a lot better then the regular boxes.

    Just main pulls on pic, got a lot more alternative art of the uncommon one's too.

    PS: The Teyo japanese alternative art one is foil..
    grats on the nice pulls.

    as for the card stock: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/new-japanese-cardstock-2016-09-19
    Additionally, people may notice an additional stiffness in the cardstock, and the very observant might note that the cards will fluoresce differently under UV light than previous Japanese printings.
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  • posted a message on MPL weekly stream preview card - Sword of sinew and Steel (Rakdos sword)
    Quote from Ernart »
    So does it destroy itself if there are no other artifact?
    nah, it has the 'up to one' clause.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    Quote from idSurge »
    Thats very possible, and would explain why it took so long for the cards to make it to single's sellers.
    yeah the JPN alt art walkers are only showing up in JPN boosters/boxes and the soon-to-be promo packs replacing FNM and other misc promos when core 2020 rolls out. NA stores can directly order WAR japanese booster boxes, which is not usually offered. the time delay on fulfilling those orders means the perceived scarcity is driving up the prices on the alt-art walkers. there is also the fact that opening japanese boxes for them leaves you with a bunch of foreign cards that generally have lower value to native english users.
    Quote from mapccu »
    That being said...Last reprint was as a masterpiece and it's a lot of reprint equity. I can't see it popping up until next year really and it'll be in a supplemental set like MH1 more than likely (conspiracy, or whatever). Depends if you need it to compete, if so I'd pull the trigger.

    MH1 may have some impact on it but probably not much. If anything it'll slow growth, not make it retract much given what the card does and how good it is.
    chalice was reprinted in masters 25
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Astral Drift Lee Shi Tian preview
    eh, i dunno, i see the change to being asymmetrical as more of an incidental thing than anything else. id imagine their primary consideration was actually just making a slightly better version of the card. giving the card cycling and changing the wording to 'next end step' instead of 'end of turn'. i mean if we are talking about astral slide mirrors lol. if anything i wish they would have left the symmetrical aspect because the matchup would likely be so fringe, itd be cool if it had some quirkiness to it. alas that kind of design templating just isnt in use anymore.
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  • posted a message on Modern Horizons Discussion Thread
    there might be some URx artifact deck using goblin engineer, but i dont think it would look anything like current blue moon lists. the stoneforge comparison falls short once you have to include ancillary artifacts to turn it on, and at that point you gotta ask yourself why you arent playing other artifact support cards. keep going down that line and i figure you then gotta ask yourself why you arent playing URx grindfather/whir prison.

    the 'sword' that i could see engineer searching up is sword of the meek (for the thopter/sword combo). maybe there is some grixis (or jeskai) midrangy/control deck that could include the package without incurring much deckbuilding cost; which is really the goal - getting access to high powered interactions while still being able to play a more regular/normalized gameplan.

    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Modern Horizons Discussion Thread
    Quote from blacklotus »
    i bought 4x bought contaiment priest could this be in MH??
    i believe containment priest was already number crunched out of the set
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Modern Horizons Name and Number Crunch
    hmmm, well i admit on being somewhat relieved that all the swords arent included. nothing against the cycle, and do want to see it completed someday; its just a good portion of mythic slots for cards that would otherwise probably see very little play (even in edh as i understand it).

    just hope they used those mythic slots wisely.
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  • posted a message on anyone know the promo card
    the way i understood it stores can run the prerelease events as either sealed or draft, which led me to believe there arent 'kits' like usual.

    gotta remember that packs are also more expensive, so the usual 6 packs for sealed probably wouldnt fly for a normal entry fee (typically 25-30 USD from my experience).
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  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 20/05/2019)
    Quote from Mtgthewary »
    Each set another bombcard, another great addition to blue no matter if it's standard or modern horizon. I hope it helps crying less in next time my blue friends

    That's what I'm saying.

    I complained for a long time about Blue in Modern. That was BEFORE cards such as Search for Azcanta, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Thing in the Ice, Opt, Field of Ruin and such were printed/exported. And this set is giving us several presents. I do love where we are at, right now, and don't get the complaining tweakings in the slightest.
    just nitpicking, but field of ruin isnt a blue card. field was a boon to all interactive decks.
    Quote from ktkenshinx »

    Not every card in the set needs to match that definition. There's no statement I am aware of that says 100% of cards in this set need to be too powerful for Standard. The set is just generally geared this way. For instance, FoN would be obscene in Standard. Wall of One Thousand Cuts literally wouldn't see play. Nor would Goatnap. Plenty of other cards are probably at an appropriate Standard power level on their own: see Nature's Chant or Man-o'-War. The existence of these cards doesn't suggest any "disconnect at R&D." It just shows that the set was never intended to consist of cards that are solely for Modern and otherwise too powerful for Standard. Unless you are aware of a specific promise Wizards made in this regard, this seems more like a case of audience misinterpretation than false advertising or disconnect.
    i dunno what qualifies as a disconnect, but diabolic edict showing up IS likely indicative of some 'one hand not knowing what the other hand is doing' going on. the timeline of design and development isnt always clear, but there had to have been some overlap between WAR and MH1. therefore diabolic edict getting a slot either means the team on MH1 was unaware that a functional reprint with fringe upside was being put into another set, or they knew and disregarded it 'just because'.

    diabolic edict and innocent blood were commonly suggested reprint candidates in mh1 that i rated as very reasonable power level wise, and when liliana's triumph showed up i personally figured which one (if any) was chosen might serve as a litmus test to see how much design teams communicated and shared information with eachother. its not fullproof, as there are the 'just because' reasons; however if diabolic edict got one of the, what looks to be, rare 'iconic reprint' slots knowing full well it probably would see zero play in modern for no other reason than randomly sleeving up the version (triumph or edict) you owned then that isnt a good look either.

    if it is the case of either team just not knowing, im not saying it is some glaring example of ineptitude or incompetence or whatever; however i would consider it a flaw in their design management. the result being that what would otherwise have been a very well received card, heightening appeal for a product, is now getting a lukewarm reception or just outright confusion.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Unbound Flourishing
    Quote from mapccu »
    Whoa that's pretty smexi with the new finale cycle. You can ramp into this t2 and then green finale t3 for something silly out of your deck or GY.

    need a rules guru: if I have a cost reducer like goblin electromancer and cast fireball tapping 5 mana total I hit face for 10? X= 4 + r tapped, reduced by one so x =5, then doubled? Am I thinking that through correctly?
    yeah that should be right. once you cast and it goes onto the stack the enchantment sees the fireball as x=5, so that is what is copied.
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  • posted a message on Modern Horizons Discussion Thread
    Quote from Geonova »
    I'm really trying to be optimistic here but I can't lie to myself about being disappointed. When the set first got announced I thought it would be a good mix between old cards and new cards... then you find out it's only 15% reprints. I tried to stay positive, but with every reprint it just made me hurt even more. Professionals and casuals made lists of cards they wanted in Modern but now they're lucky if one of those made it into the set. As of now, there is no counterspell, containment priest, wirewood symbiote, quirion ranger, vindicate. It feels like the day I watched the Last Jedi -- I just feel hollow.

    It looks like some EDH players will be happy, though.
    yeah the bolded part is really what i find bothering.

    i mean i get that we as onlookers would be predisposed to focus on reprints when theorycrafting what the set might look like or contain (ie its much harder to envision cards that dont exist). however i still expected more influential, or at least iconic reprints, to be mixed in. plenty of cards yet to be spoiled, but what has been shown so far is considerably...different than what i was expecting. like where are the cards such as vindicate, deed, wild growth, fire/ice, sterling grove, quirion ranger, etc (would have included counterspell in that list)?

    i do think some of the newly designed cards, and even the remakes are powerful enough to see play thus impacting the format somewhat. its just off-putting to not see the reprint inclusions that i think many would have rated as clear winners (without being absurdly warping).

    lets just say ill be less than pleased if it ends up where most/all of those cards dont show up and instead we get a meme bear tribal and ninja support. not to say that stuff shouldnt exist, rather that there is a time and a place for those things. the FIRST AND ONLY product that can bypass standard into modern might be better served with you know...getting relevant cards into the modern format.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Force of Rage - The Mana Source Spoiler
    strange but interesting card, and hard to evaluate for sure. instant speed and the timing restrictions on the pitch mode/token exile give defensive utility to what is otherwise usually an aggressive effect. the surprise blocker aspect gives it use cases of being both better and worse than a removal spell, and chunking someone for 6 dmg cant be understated in terms of closing speed. there is also the fringe case of hard casting on your turn to have 1 attack and 1 block since the tokens stick around till your next upkeep.

    i was expecting some generic burn spell or skullcrack effect

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  • posted a message on Mox Tantalite Twitch TV stream
    Quote from krishnath »
    Quote from idSurge »

    If you think cards should only exist in one of these formats, and ignore all the others, sell your decks and switch to Hearthstone. I love this card.

    Modern Set. That's what we have been told this is.

    Why would I sell what I have left, to play a game even worse than Standard/Arena?

    This set is so far, not what most Modern players I know, wanted.

    Thanks for a neutered FoW though, I need more sideboard worthy Counters, like every other one, besides Cryptic Command.

    No, we were told from the start that it would contain cards for (almost) all constructed formats besides standard, with the bonus that the cards will be legal in modern while bypassing standard. So far it has contained cards for Modern, Commander, Vintage/Legacy, and Pauper. The four large constructed formats outside of Standard.
    thing is, what you are claiming is a 'bonus' of bypassing standard into modern is what was pitched as the selling point of the set. its even in the product name, which isnt 'competitive-constructed-with-edh-toys horizons'. therefore there is a quite reasonable expectation that it would deliver on that front before and above others; which isnt to say anything unrelated to modern should have been excluded. maybe some people feel like that expectation has been fulfilled, but i know plenty of modern players do not.

    this also comes at a time when plenty of modern players were placing (possibly unwarranted) hopes for action to be taken (banlist management) to alter the direction of the format. horizons for the most part has taken that burden upon itself in many minds, and its failure to deliver would be all the greater because of it.
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  • posted a message on Modern Horizons Discussion Thread
    didnt the counterspell in dominaria rumor start on an offhand remark from maro saying they brought it up then immediately dismissed it? afaik there isnt any confirmation that wizards thought of it as a serious candidate. the way i see it counterspell-in-modern proponents just took that and ran with it, and now its 'hey look, they almost printed it in standard! (therefore it must be fine for modern)'. /shrug

    anywho, while its disappointing to know that counterspell wont be joining the format, a confirmation of my lingering doubts given the spoilers so far is better than nothing i guess.

    congrats they get to keep all that interesting design space for 2 cmc counters /rollseyes.

    the whole point about the logic knot to counterspell comparison is that they are functionally the same card. its not some involved deck building choice cobbling together conditional 2 cmc counters, because at the end of the day you put them into your deck with the intention of countering a spell for 2 mana; the primary difference with the current suite is that a good portion of the time the cards just dont do what you wanted them to; typically dealing with game context rather than card context. this differs from removal or other answer cards because their narrowness is upfront and explicit. but whatever, it is what it is.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Mox Tantalite Twitch TV stream
    well its not legendary, so thats something....i guess
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