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  • posted a message on Rules committee narrow minded?
    There's a very good reason that the banlist makes absolutely no sense and seems to be applied inconsistently: the RC's metagame is stagnant, inbred, and trapped in 2010.

    The RC likes to play EDH in a very, very particular way, and anything that breaks their trudging Jund-y value battlecruiser meta gets banned or frowned out of the group, so they never have to evolve their play or improve their decks. As such the things that are too good in that exact meta get banned, and things that are too good in evolving, real-world metas stay unbanned.

    All of that said, there's nothing inherently wrong with the way they choose to enjoy the game. There is, however, something very problematic with the format's stewards having an incredibly narrow view of it. Their rhetoric very clearly and consistently demonstrates that point, especially in their vitriol for anyone who finds enjoyment in pushing the limits of the format.

    Obviously the format is still a ton of fun and very popular, but this is in spite of the above, not because of it. Just because its good doesn't mean it couldn't be even better.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on So Power Creep, much awful
    Yeah those lands seem pretty atrocious outside of standard. Even EDH doesn't want them unless you're turbo budget.

    Zendikar Rising actually seems like a fairly large power level drop from previous sets so far. Waiting to be impressed.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [2XM] Dualcaster Mage— APAC Facebook preview
    This card was obviously going to be in the set, but they could have at least downshifted the rarity :/
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [2XM] Sen Triplets— Mashable preview
    cEDH? Is there something I'm missing? This card is terrible, and its only reason for being pricey is inexplicable casual demand.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [2XM] Reid Duke - Dark Confidant (aka bob)
    Yeah that borderless art is HORRID.

    The subject's face is fairly dopey, the composition is weak, and the colors lack interest. I get the impression that given the weakness of the face, and the awkwardness of the composition that this was trimmed down from a much larger piece by someone with no formal training. Dollars to donuts that the original piece centered on the old man from a middling distance, with the confidant looming behind him to the side, not in focus (which would draw attention away from the stupid-looking face).

    Unfortunate stuff.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Is This Format Too Dependent on Netdecking?
    Nah.

    Generally, 'creative' and 'unique' in the context of EDH are synonyms for 'bad' so I don't really value those things. Additionally, believing that your specific card choices are somehow special is fairly pretentious. In general, everything you're doing has probably been done before. There are exceptions of course, but those exceptions eventually become the standard and the next guy sees a 'creative' choice from a year ago as 'netdecking' today. It is a never-ending cycle, one which accelerates as technology improves and the player base expands.

    Since the format's inception there have been tools available to aid in deckbuilding (we just used Gatherer back in the day) and believe me, there was the same vocal minority of folks complaining about people using those tools as there are today. Its best to ignore them, they're like the anti-vaxxers of Magic.

    If finding cards that you think no one else is playing turns your crank, by all means enjoy yourself, but its not something most people are hung up on.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The 7 offensive cards
    Banning the cards really hurts no one, since they're all fringe playable at best, and makes a portion of the playerbase more comfortable in the community. Seems like a no-brainer win-win to me. Obviously there is a financial motive on WotC's part, but their heart is in the right place too, I know and work with a lot of these folks and this really did come from a good place.

    That said, I definitely had to have a few of them explained to me, but they all make sense after that:

    Invoke Prejudice: Obviously KKK imagery, from an avowed and vehement racist, with 1488 (a neo-nazi dogwhistle) as its gatherer number. Ouch.

    Cleanse: A white card (ok). That destroys black creatures (ok). Named Cleanse (...ok?). Ethnic cleansing (oooooooh).

    Stone-Throwing Devils: Apparently an old middle-eastern pejorative, and once you know that the art is super obviously a racist caricature.

    Pradesh Gypsies: 'Gypsy' is basically the N-word for the Romani people. It has been appropriated to mean something fairly benign in modern media, but its roots are that of baseless bigotry towards an out-group. A lot of folks with that heritage have repappropriated it and use the word proudly, but at the same time a lot of folks still find it offensive.

    Jihad: Name and art reference real-world racist, violent religious war/massacre. Let's not do that.

    Crusade: Name and art reference real-world racist, violent religious war/massacre. Let's not do that.

    Imprison: What appears to be a starving black man in a torture mask, with a card name that sniffs of slavery.

    Both Cleanse and Imprison are a bit of a stretch, but honestly they toe the line enough and are unplayably bad enough that it feels free to axe them just to be safe.

    Speaking to the newly found value of these cards, its a temporary bubble with two types of people participating. 1) Speculators who knew that the banning would spike interest due to FOMO, and 2) Actual full-blown racists who want to collect and protect racist iconography. Eventually the price on these will go back down as folks lose interest, and we'll be left with slightly richer speculators and slightly poorer racists, so it all works out. Invoke itself may very well hold its price, since it is the rarest of them and holds a sort of freak-show novelty, but the rest will absolutely fall off a cliff and take a lot of stupid peoples' money with them.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Secret Lair: The Path Not Travelled (Alternate Lives of Planeswalkers)
    Holy hell what a miss. Horrendous art, no value, what were they thinking here? Could've absolutely done this theme more justice by picking better walkers and/or getting decent art for them. Feels like they just had these arts laying about as jokey warmups from the artists and decided to sell them instead of letting them rot in a file.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Help a newbie out? Nethroi, Apex of Death
    Not trying to be mean, but you might have better luck getting advice for a casual deck in the main forum. cEDH players really aren't going to be able to help you with your Nethroi build, and casual players aren't going to come to this part of the forum to see your post.

    The only advice I can give you is that if you specifically want Nethroi to be 'competitive' you're going to have to be as cutthroat as possible and maybe not focus so much on the commander, since the card is extremely far from playable competitively (mutate as a mechanic, really) and not having a good commander is a huge handicap.

    Prossh is actually a decent 7-8 on the power level scale if built properly, so if you liked that deck at all I'd consider revisiting it (and get a copy of the card Food Chain).

    Other than that, consider going to EDHREC.com and looking up what others are doing for ideas.
    Posted in: Competitive Commander (cEDH)
  • posted a message on Planeswalker Points are being removed at end of May
    Well that's fun. With the advent of Planeswalker Points I dropped from top 100 in WA to somewhere in the thousands, and now that's gone too. /salt

    That aside, this was always going to happen, but it is a bit obnoxious that they didn't merge them. Not sure why they didn't, actually. Obviously this is going to also funnel people past Arena's window when they sign up, while cutting a nostalgia cord between the player and their LGS, so it's a win-win-win for WotC.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on My playgroup won't politic
    You're going to find that a lot of groups find constant politicking obnoxious (I know I do). Politics seriously alter the way the game is played, on par with Planechase or Archenemy, and by my reckoning most people don't enjoy those formats because they obviate deckbuilding and play skill. Enjoying the game and politics are not correlated in any way, shape, or form, but if your enjoyment of the game hinges on wacky random stuff happening every game you're unfortunately going to need to find a new playgroup I think. Trying to force a group of people enjoying the game their way to enjoy it your way is both selfish and ultimately futile.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [IKO] Dana Fischer the Magic Planeswalker preview - lead the stampede
    What makes you say that? It has been legal in EDH since 2011 and it hasn't made much of a splash yet.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [IKO] Lurrus of the Dream-Den
    Oh *****. Now THAT is a companion. I was worried that the only one that would be even modestly playable would be the banned one lol. Good stuff.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C20] Cartographer's Hawk— Sheldon Menery preview
    I mean, this probably passes in budget mono white, but in any other color combination it gets cut pretty quickly for something much better. For example, Azorius has Azorius Signet, Talisman of Progress, Arcane Signet, Fellwar Stone, Sol Ring, Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, and Knight of the White Orchid that beat this for the slot just off the top of my head. Hell, Wayfarer's Bauble is better and I already don't play that in anything.

    Hawk is like... 10th string at best, and you're not super happy about it when it makes the cut.

    Flash would've made this playable.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C20] Woodland park zoo preview (commander edition) - Eon Frolicker
    This card should've probably cost U or 1U.

    You're giving someone else a 5-mana effect in order to get a 4 mana 5/5. Sure there's some politicking you can do, and some two-card combos that get you a 4 mana 5/5 with no downside, but at the end of the day you're giving away a Time Walk in order to get an already appropriately costed body. Truly atrocious.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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