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  • posted a message on How good are these utility lands?
    Quote from 3drinks »
    Quote from RxPhantom »
    I'm kind of baffled by the hate on Reliquary Tower. Unless my intention is to discard for reanimation purposes or other shenanigans, I generally like to keep my cards in my hand. One to three-color mana bases can easily handle including the tower, and it's a favorable effect tacked onto a mana-producing land. Of course, there are decks that don't want it or will never need it, and shouldn't use the slot.

    My Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma deck has a plan to get the tower out, simply because a Rishkar's Expertise or some such can draw a massive amount of cards, and my super Timmy fatty deck needs to keep deploying fatties with impunity.

    Also, blue players love their Cyclonic Rifts and occasional Devastation Tides.


    At it's best, it's win-more. At it's worst, it keeps you off a critical colour. It is far worse than a basic land, and yes basics are good. They provide colour, and don't open up vulnerability to wasteland. None of these are true for Tower.

    Win-more at best? Come on. More cards = more resources. Many decks would like to keep the cards that they've made an effort to draw, and the tower helps with that for the low, low cost of a land slot, specifically a utility land slot since, you know, it's providing a desired utility. And Wasteland is not a factor in my life, but by your reasoning, my opponents would never target it anyway.
    Quote from MRHblue »

    Yes but colorless lands have an opportunity cost, and the effect is rarely great. So other, much better, utility lands take up the spots.

    I totally understand and I agree with your reasoning. I suppose my viewpoint is informed by the fact that most of my decks are built to draw cards, and I haven't had a problem crafting a mana base, including other utility lands, to which the tower was a detriment. Obviously, it doesn't go in every deck, but maybe I just build a lot of decks that want it.
    Quote from Lithl »
    The problem with Reliquary Tower isn't that the effect can't be useful. The problem is that very very few decks actually need that effect (the best 7 cards in your hand is very nearly always as useful as keeping all 8+, and sometimes even more useful), and running a colorless-producing land over a color-producing land is a real cost.

    Yours is a similar, and thus similarly valid, argument as MRHblue's, and I agree. I'm beginning to think that I either A) need to do more research on utility lands in general, because perhaps I'm not aware of my options or B) have a certain degree of tunnel vision when it comes to deck building, and utility lands are in my blind spot.

    Overall though, I think the tower's overratedness may be being overstated. I definitely appreciate the discussion though.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on How good are these utility lands?
    I'm kind of baffled by the hate on Reliquary Tower. Unless my intention is to discard for reanimation purposes or other shenanigans, I generally like to keep my cards in my hand. One to three-color mana bases can easily handle including the tower, and it's a favorable effect tacked onto a mana-producing land. Of course, there are decks that don't want it or will never need it, and shouldn't use the slot.

    My Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma deck has a plan to get the tower out, simply because a Rishkar's Expertise or some such can draw a massive amount of cards, and my super Timmy fatty deck needs to keep deploying fatties with impunity.

    Also, blue players love their Cyclonic Rifts and occasional Devastation Tides.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters Box Pulls!
    I'm not buying a box of this set, but I did play in a couple of drafts today, and pulled:

    foil Tomb of Yawgmoth
    Through the Breach
    Demonic Tutor

    Not super valuable, but I was thrilled to snag a foil Kodama's Reach. It's so pretty!
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on A complete Tier List for Chaos Draft
    This is awesome! I've got a BYO-packs Chaos draft coming up on the 27th and I've been laboring over what to pick. I've been squirreling packs away for years now.

    I'm kind of surprised that M13 didn't place higher. There's a lot of power at lower rarities there. Anyway, I'm leaning toward M13, Eternal Masters, and maybe Avacyn Restored. *shrugs* I'll probably change my mind a few times beforehand.
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Magic Pro League (9 pm announcement got spoiled early)
    So is Arena more of a priority than paper Magic now?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Tokens of Ultimate Masters
    What makes Spark Elementals?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Pattern of Rebirth
    I just said this in another thread, but I really hope #166 is Fyndhorn Elves. Food Chain be damned!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    You know a simple reprint that I'd appreciate that hasn't been crunched out yet? Fyndhorn Elves. It's been printed twice, in Ice Age and an FTV (20, I think), and it would be a nice change of pace from Llanowar and Mystic.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Pattern of Rebirth
    This would've been a great downshift. I want to love this set, but there's too much chaff in the rare slot.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Angel of Despair. LSV preview
    Holyyyyyyyyy Shiiiiiiiiiiiiitttt!!!!!

    My Peasant Cube has been dormant for so long, but this set looks to reignite my interest. What a downshift!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Slippery Bogle and friends
    I still think this set is overpriced, but a lot of the common and uncommon selections have been very good. Perhaps my cynicism will end up being unfounded. Maybe.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership spoilers 11-20-2018 downshifts aplenty
    I've been saying in recent days that this set needs downshifts, but now that they're here...I still want to complain. Lol. I suck.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Talrand, sky summoner - we finally got a really really bad rare slot
    Let the chaff parade continue! I'll be honest, though, I kind of want one for the new legendary frame. Shrugs
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Official MTG Facebook (APAC) Preview - Sigil of the New Dawn
    Sweet downshifts like this should be the norm in this set.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Golgari Grave-Troll, Nourishing Shoal, Become Immense, Frantic Search via MTG JP
    Disagree. I think it looks pretty rad. arms crossed
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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