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Mar 20, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from matrix_lord »something is defiantly off with this product. I have personally witnessed 5 boxes opened and haven't seen ANY (regular or foil) Kor Firewalker / Fiend Hunter / Simian Spirit Guide / Pillory of the Sleepless. These are uncommons... not opening even one copy of either in 120 booster packs seems way off
Not sure it helps any, but I saw 3 of those 4 in my one M25 draft. My first pack I opened had a Kor Firewalker in it (which I drafted P1P1 because the rare was trash). Saw and shipped both Pillory and SSG later in the draft (though in retrospect I should have just taken SSG for my collection, the card I actually took instead was only borderline-playable).
Mar 20, 2018thatmarkguy posted a message on [SS1] .:. Signature Spellbook: Jace .:. Packaging and ContentsPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Fenwick McBob »Does, this mean that one of Jace's signature spells is summoning himself?
He's been known to dabble in recursion.
Mar 20, 2018Tireless Tracker would add investigate, Traverse would add Delirium; if they cut Tooth it may have been because they didn’t want a singleton card with Entwine. They really try to avoid adding one-of cards with set-specific keywords. They don’t like adding keyword cards to a set unless hey add multiple cards that use a keyword and call it a draft theme!Posted in: The Rumor Mill
And at least Tree was a Mythic in its set, even if monetarily valueless. Up-mythicing as recently-printed rares as TT or Traverse is something I can imagine they specifically try to avoid.
Mar 19, 2018Yeah, I went through the possibilities earlier this thread. If they had to preserve numbering it had to be a monogreen Mythic-printable alphabetically between Timberwolf Pack and Utopia Sprawl (so Thrun and Vengevine were juuust out). The likeliest candidate, despite having been printed at rare in an earlier Masters set, was Tooth and Nail. Though that upshift wouldn’t be unprecedented - see Chalice of the Void.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
The only actually-printed-as-a-Mythic that fit that gap was Titania, Protector of Argoth.
A mentioned-above possibility could have been Timmy, Power Gamer, if they had decided at the last minute not to print Un cards and needed quick substitutes. But that seems implausible to me most because of how similar TPG is to Elvish Piper, which was already in the set.
Mar 19, 2018Yeah! 4th edition had AWESOME commons and uncommons! Stuff like Mishra's Factory, Swords to Plowshares, Dark Ritual, Lightning Bolt, Giant Growth, and Counterspell! Completely unlike this product. This product only has garbage commons and uncommons like crappy ol' Mishra's Factory, Swords to Plowshares, Dark Ritual, Lightning Bolt, Giant Growth, and Counterspell.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Mar 17, 2018I drafted the elfcrab combo deck ... had a lot of fun and fired the combo every match (very close to every game!) but eventually lost out to removal, bounce, and the elf army’s greatest fear, Pyroclasm.Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
4 Horseshoe Crab
4 Presence of Gond
2 Nettle Sentinel
1 Retraction Helix (wish I coulda got more)
Some diggers (Vessel of Nascency, Brainstorm), some Lulls, some morph creatures (Broodhatch Nantuko, Fathom Seers), Lorescale Coatl...
Pack 1 rare was Laquatas Champion, I wasn’t interested so I took a white creature and started drafting white blue but the white dried up so I jumped on Gond and went blue green from there. Terrible value opens - Laq Champ (shipped), Hulk (kept but wound up being not a good fit for the deck), and Vindicate (shipped).
Mar 17, 2018The numbers we’ve been given don’t account for there being a separate sheet like Innistrad sets or Conspiracy sets. My strong impression is that they’re guaranteeing a Legendary in every pack by having around 30 uncommon legendaries and sequencing the uncommon tracks such that at least every third card is one of the legendaries. Thus every pack, having three consecutive uncommons from the uncommon track, would be guaranteed a legendary.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
So every pack would have (at least) one of the uncommon legendaries... regardless of what’s in the rare/mythic slot, which very well could be one of the rare or mythic legendaries.
Mar 16, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Crypt Rat »
I feel like most of the cards that get weaker are either not played or only played in commander.
Eidolon of the Great Revel and Searing Blaze are both over 5% cards in Modern. Though it's not quite clear yet how/if Searing Blaze's text will be adjusted.
Vexing Devil, Molten Rain, and Bonfire of the Damned see less, but still some, Modern play.
Fiery Confluence and Price of Progress (and Eidolon and Blaze again) see play in Legacy.
Mar 16, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from luj086 »
There were plenty of kicker costs and variants which didn't cost mana
Plenty? Of the 113 Kicker/multikicker cards in Magic's history to date, one had "bounce a creature you control", one had "sac a creature", one had "tap a vampire", one had "pay life", five had "Sacrifice land(s)"... and *104* had kicker or multikicker costs involving the payment of Mana. That's 92% of kicker cards whose kicker involved mana.
And this set has at least one non-mana kicker spell as well, of the ten kicker cards we've seen so far. Goblin Barrage has "Kicker—Sacrifice an artifact or Goblin." That's 90% mana-involved kickers - LESS than Magic's historical average.
Mar 16, 2018To be clear, this was not an unedited video, and I’m mildly curious whether he ever uploaded a version of the video without the cut between box 1 and 2 where he tidied up the piled cards (11:34ish). I’m not saying it’s evidence of foul play, but that if he is interested in debunking claims of that against him, making the uncut footage available would probably be a good idea. Otherwise people might be inclined to believe that giving himself an excuse to cut after box 1 was giving him a chance to reshoot box 2 if the first attempt had a telltale giveaway.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
A few other things that give some fuel to the ‘was this a scripted hoax’ speculation:
- predicting the last card as being the only card from box 1 he hasn’t seen yet being Pact of Negation, when he also hadn’t yet seen Mikokoro.
- Triskaidekaphobia being pack 13 is either hilarious coincidence or shrewd screenwriting (or next-level trolling by WotC!).
- the jump-cut restack putting Reef Worm front and center as though to remind the viewer what the Box 1 pack 1 rare was right before opening box 2 pack 1.
Coincidence or evidence, is a matter of perspective.
Mar 16, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Avatar »Quote from RxPhantom »Well, this thread has gone off the rails. Anyway, before this thread gets rightfully locked, I'll say this: being perturbed by the change of "he or she" to "they" is perhaps the absolute stupidest thing I've ever heard.
Why? I understand the need for mass-market companies to go with the flow, but feeding the current hysteria of PC hashtag-fest has the right to upset people who want to be upset by it. I'm not a native English speaker, but last time I checked, "they" referred to a plural group of people, not someone sitting right in front of me.
Mar 14, 2018Think Simian Spirit Guide is a good move for that build? Landing a Blood Moon one turn sooner can make all the difference in the world, and you've got enough creatures with generic or red in the casting costs that you can just use it to speed out a threat in worst case.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Mar 14, 2018I think the logic behind the 'hoses red' argument, whether you agree with it or not, is that this makes several Red-deck cards that used to be able to inflict loyalty loss on planeswalkers (Bonfire of the Damned*, Eidolon of the Great Revel, Ramunap Ruins, Searing Blaze*, Molten Rain, Earthquake, Pyrohemia, Slagstorm) no longer able to hurt planeswalkers.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
It does help Red avoid player-hexproof effects that used to stop targetted damage spells from hitting planeswalkers, though, so it's a bit of give and take.
*I am under the impression that these "Target player and creatures he/she controls" will not have a planeswalker clause; if you disagree and think these will be reworded to something clunky like "Target player or planeswalker, and each creature that player or planeswalker's controller controls", then pretend I never mentioned these two.
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Oct 2, 2017Thanks for posting this. I've had this, uh, 'discussion' with a number of shops that had proposed to launch Pauper nights and I try to ask them "MTGO rules or actual-paper printed rarity", they go "Whatever, if it was ever a common it's good unless it's on the banlist, if it was bad it'd be on the banned list", I explain "Hymn and Sinkhole aren't on the MTGO banned list because they're not MTGO commons..." "Whatever, man. We'll see how it plays out." Yeah, I already know how this plays out.Posted in: Articles
I don't want to bring a deck with Hymns and get in arguments with the faction that thinks they're illegal in paper pauper (not on the MTGO pauper valids list). I don't want to bring a deck with Chainer's Edicts and get in arguments with the faction that thinks they're illegal in paper pauper (never printed as paper commons). I don't want to bring a deck that resists using either flavor of corner case and then face decks all evening that didn't hold themselves to the same deckbuilding restrictions. I want a show-runner who gives a damn enough to make it clear to all players what the cardpool is; ideally, I want the organization that handles all the other formats (including the online version of Pauper) to actually give a damn enough to codify a ruleset for paper pauper. But for some reason they never do.
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