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    posted a message on [KHM] Ascendant Spirit— Raphael Levy preview
    WotC: White can't do XYZ, that would be a color-pie break.

    White: Please sir, something, anything!

    WotC: Our hands are tied.

    Blue: *laughs in Ascendant Spirit*

    Red: *laughs in Tibalt's Trickery*

    Black: *laughs in Feed the Swarm*

    Green: *laughs in literally every green card printed these days*

    White: But sir... *points to other colors*

    WotC: OUR. HANDS. ARE. TIED.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on How do you deal with long losing streaks?
    Since you've done the legwork of narrowing down what the issue is, allow me to just say it: He's probably just a much better player.

    What you're feeling is frustration at being outplayed, and there's only two real courses of action available to you. Do you...

    A) Get angry and allow it to make you bitter, or...

    B) Strive to improve so that you can compete with him.

    My advice to you is to spend more time watching him when you're playing, and if something seems peculiar or deliberate and you don't understand why he's doing it, just ask. Most good players are more than happy to explain their thought process and play patterns. Chances are, he's just better at sequencing to maximize his mana, or has better threat assessment and as such doesn't waste cards when he doesn't need to, or hell maybe he's just subtly politicking his way through games and you're not catching it.

    Whatever the case, the best thing you can do is figure out why you're losing and attack it instead of worrying about how it makes you feel. Don't address the symptoms, address the cause.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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    posted a message on Making our own RC?
    Juice, you're just banging your head against a wall there. I blocked and reported that dude a while ago, either he's completely unhinged or a dedicated troll, and your efforts to apply logic to the situation are just going to wear you out while he simply finds another way to weasel around what you say to support his own points.

    Trust me, I know from experience, you're better off not interacting with people like that. For your own sanity.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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    posted a message on [CMR] Esior, Hullbreacher, and Mana Drain reprint— Hareruyamtg previews
    Children, children, why argue? You can just play Hullbreacher, Opposition Agent, and Notion Thief all in the same deck Grin
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on [CMR] Jeweled Lotus
    I'm always confused by the way people who hate every new card that comes out use the phrase 'no one asked for this' and its permutations. Like, are we only OK with them printing exactly the cards we tell them to? What's the logic there? And what cards does the format 'need?' Is this just a vote for 'no change?' I think that's pretty boring, and would definitionally result in the death of the game.

    FWIW I'm happy this card exists, because it is kind of exciting in the right build but definitely not going to break anything realistically. Powerful new cards that take a little work to make happen get the motor running. Lotus is absolutely not correct in every build, which is exactly the mistake in card evaluation that is driving the presale price into completely untenable territory, but it'll be awesome in the decks that want it if it is drawn early.

    More and more it feels like maybe I'm the crazy one for enjoying the game and getting hyped for new cards.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on [CMR] Jeweled Lotus
    Yeah, its situationally broken but pretty tame on average. I'm going to jam a copy in my Najeela and Korvold decks because they're conducive to abusing it, but other than that my other decks dgaf.

    Sol Ring is a better card.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on RC STATEMENT ON SECRET LAIR: THE WALKING DEAD
    I mean, it makes perfect sense that you haven't been much exposed to the verbal abuse being slung about by people who are irrationally upset by this SL. All of the bullying has been pretty focused and one-sided. I made the mistake of posting a supportive comment on one of the Facebook ads, and the replies jumped immediately to homophobic slurs and ad hominem. As nasty as people have been here, social media is much worse. I can only imagine the toxicity and death threats that WotC and the RC have been getting. If Jimmy is rattled by the ***** being slung his way, it has to be a thousand times worse for them. The mob has so much free time and so little perspective or human empathy O.o
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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    posted a message on Making our own RC?
    Just to chime in on the 'Magic is dying' bit: No. Magic is doing great. They literally cannot get enough product to us fast enough. We couldn't fill all of our Jumpstart or Zendikar Rising preorders because distributors shorted us on our shipments due to demand wildly outstripping supply. I get a fatpack from every new set and I can't even find one right now.

    Is it doing as well as it was prior to Covid? Of course not, this is a global pandemic and overall spending on luxury items is down. It is by no means in danger though.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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    posted a message on 2021/2022 Crossover Shenanigans
    Quote from DanzBorin »
    While TWD crossover does nothing for me, I don't mind them. I'd rather they be silver border or reprinted soon after in a regular set as non-crossed over cards.

    That said, I'm a sucker for Castlevania, so if you get me Alucard, Trevor, Sypha, Dracula, etc. I'm a happy camper. Would love to make Castlevania EDH decks.


    Gimme Richter and I'll be SO obnoxious by saying his name in the Smash Bros. announcer voice every time.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on We need to stand together against Hasbro
    So far i could buy basically all the singles i am interested in for each set for just around 50 bucks , even foils, Magic was never cheaper as its now, if you dodge and avoid all the fancy "expensive" special products that nobody really needs anyway


    I think it is important to highlight this. All of the whale-hunting and niche-filling they're doing makes the game DRAMATICALLY less expensive for the average player. The average player wins. The whales win(?). Those niche players win. WotC wins.
    Posted in: Magic General
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