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  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine for Peasant Cube
    I suppose Curse of Shallow Graves is a weird choice since it has a strictly better version in Curse of Disturbance? Alternatively, Skullclamp just stands so high above the rest that it stands out even among the S Tier cards.
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  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine for Peasant Cube
    Fun fact: Syr Faren's name is misspelt in the MTGS recognition system as Syr Faren, the Hedgehammer even though it clearly states Hengehammer on the card shown.
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  • posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)
    Quote from VariSami »
    I think such an archetype is almost a sort of free meal: The effects are generic enough that you usually need limited additional support. I do something similar and other effects which benefit in various ways from power increases include first strikers, lifelinkers, Mentor (the keyword) cards, and Hexproof creatures (overlap with 'pants' archetype). Oh, and having the occasional card that benefits from the enablers in other colours such as Old Man of the Sea in blue can also increase their overall value.


    Eh, I feel like in a land of doom blades lightning bolts and flametongue kavus, giant growth starts to look pretty bad without explicit payoff. Unless you're something granting hexproof and thus can act as a counterspell, it's just not worth the highly situational nature of combat tricks in your avg deck.


    Oh, I thought you were talking about pump effects rather than pump cards. Yeah, I mainly support getting their power up with equipment and some of the more removal-resilient auras. The only Giant Growth type effects I run are stuff like Invigorate, Mutagenic Growth, and Blossoming Defense.
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  • posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)
    I think such an archetype is almost a sort of free meal: The effects are generic enough that you usually need limited additional support. I do something similar and other effects which benefit in various ways from power increases include first strikers, lifelinkers, Mentor (the keyword) cards, and Hexproof creatures (overlap with 'pants' archetype). Oh, and having the occasional card that benefits from the enablers in other colours such as Old Man of the Sea in blue can also increase their overall value.
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  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine for Peasant Cube
    Wow, it is nice. Red also has no abundance of 3/1 creatures (especially with an upside) for 2. Especially with the double strikers I run, that sort of non-committal (i.e. it does other things besides) version of a power boosting effect is a likely inclusion.
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  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine for Peasant Cube
    Quote from Leelue »
    If someone plays shepherd on curve, and they had no other 2 drop, that is full value.


    I can't imagine how you can define this as full value. The card has another half that you are very explicitly not getting value out of. A half that without,
    would make the card strictly worse than other similar cards. How is this full value?


    Because it is the greatest amount of value you can gain in that situation with access to this card. Having multiple cost thresholds means that the card can provide different amounts of value at different states of the game. A card costing 1WW would not provide any values when you have 2 mana available. Its values in that situation might not be as great as that of stronger 2-drops but it provides value beyond what they can afford at later stages in the game.

    Edit: Rosethorn Halberd seems interesting for those with power-matters and similar archetypes. Gryff's Boon is probably better overall since so many early drops lack evasion but the uses seem fairly similar.
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  • posted a message on The Peasant plus idea
    I think the closest we get is with Tendo Ice Bridge in the form of Aether Hub. Possibly some non-fixing options.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] Mothership spoilers 9/16— Queen Linden and her retinue
    https://scryfall.com/search?as=grid&order=name&q=type:human block:akh

    There are a total of 58 results to spend 'an hour' looking at, proving that Mr. Bhogal83 has done *none* of the research on the matter. They also state that none of the examples provided show people with skin tones that befit people of European origin (who, may I remind everyone, includes people from the Mediterranean) without any support.

    I submit to the jury of public opinion whose case was properly argued and who failed to address any of the points raised, as had been put in the complaint by Mr. Bhogal83 in an earlier post.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] Mothership spoilers 9/16— Queen Linden and her retinue
    Quote from Bhogal83 »

    It's perfectly fine for [medieval Europe] to be populated with dark-skinned people, but no one questions why [ancient Egypt] or [medieval Japan] are devoid of Caucasian natives.


    speaking of double standards - I've edited your "argument," applying the filter of your own wish that Wizards' fantasy worlds should stick to their source material/inspiration more. hope this helps.

    who am I kidding, you're beyond help.


    As you can probably see from my above comment, I am not sympathetic to the position they presented but I prefer them not being able to use this misunderstanding as ammunition, either: It appears the point they were making was about (supposed) hypocrisy rather than a demand that Caucasians get inserted into those contexts. Basically, that whichever standard gets used should be applied to all demographics in all settings instead of some demographics getting 'special treatment'. However, as pointed out above, the premise that people of colour are getting special treatment is mistaken since Europe and Africa have highly intertwined history and thus far, all examples of such supposed 'insertions' have been about dark-skinned people in settings using European history as inspiration.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] Mothership spoilers 9/16— Queen Linden and her retinue
    Quote from Bhogal83 »
    I think what upsets many of us "alt-right Nazis" is the double standards exhibited by WOTC and the MTG community. It's perfectly fine for an editor of MTG Salvation to publish an editorial implicitly calling for right-wingers to literally be burned alive in the streets, but any criticism of WOTC's heavy-handed far-leftism is labelled racism/trolling.

    It's perfectly fine for Medieval-Europe-inspired planes to be populated with dark-skinned people, but no one questions why Amonkhet or Kamigawa are devoid of Caucasian natives.

    It's perfectly fine for the WOTC community to complain about a picture of Garruk threatening to punch Liliana in the face, but no one questions when we have pictures of women like Massacre Girl standing over the bloodied bodies of her victims.

    It's perfectly fine for Jeremy Hambly to be physically beaten and ejected from the community because he wrote some mean things about some people online, but no one questions why the MTG community harassed and doxxed Terese Nielsen online due to her not following the same childish SJWism as the rest of the community.

    And before the tendentious mods of this website label this post as hate speech/racism/flaming/trolling, bear in mind that, since you care so much about increasing the presence of brown people in the game, I am a brown-skinned Indian, and my message is this: If diversity is so important to you, then perhaps you should allow diversity of thought. And if you wish to keep politics out of MTG, then perhaps you shouldn't try to sneak it in.


    The reason most people do not bother addressing the comments you called 'arguments' is that they lack that format structure, especially in this instance. But let us try and extract that together, shall we? Based on the anecdotes which have been selected in the quoted message, you seem to be attempting to lead the reader to a conclusion somewhere in the ballpark of 'WotC and the community around MtG are unjustly biased against value conservative people'. Because I am not familiar with the details of the cases to which you are alluding with regard to a MTGS editorial or Teresa Nielsen, I will refrain from commenting on those outside stating that the first one is extremely hyperbolic. Calling WotC 'far-left' - let alone ideologically motivated in said respect, as the use of 'ism' implies - based on their representation of members of disempowered groups as parts of their fictional works is the usual online conflation of 'everything I disagree with' with extremism and a label binarily opposed to whichever one oneself identifies with. This form of hyperbole signals utter lack of nuance which colours whether the take is considered worth spending the time to analyse, whether justifiedly or not.

    So, firstly - the alleged disparity in representation between worlds modelled after different historical contexts. I checked every 'human' card in Amonkhet to see the variety of shades in terms of skin colour and as Bloodlust Inciter, Glory-Bound Initiate, Honored Crop-Captain, True-Heart Duelist, and Vizier of Remedies show, there is variation in various directions (including lighter tones well within the range Caucasians exhibit). I mostly focused on the lighter hues because of your argument here. Now, interestingly, that form of variation would have occurred in historical Egypt, too, because of its relatively active trade (and other forms of interactions) with other Mediterranean nations. Similarly, people of various skin tones have been a part of European culture throughout history. While he is a fictional example, the eponymous Othello in Shakespeare's play is a Moorish general of the Venetian army and traditionally gets depicted with deep dark skin. Yet people tend to act as though representations of different identities are a uniquely modern phenomenon and somehow reduce the artistic integrity of the works in question. Rome was an extremely multi-cultural empire despite the city being in Italy. The crusades and similar historical contingencies having made parts of Europe hostile to people of other ethnicities is not something which needs to be represented in fictional works because that period is the exception rather than the rule in the grand scheme of things.

    As for depictions of gendered violence - the example you brought up being Triumph of Ferocity - the issue people observe mainly lies in some depictions using imagery associated with real trauma such as domestic abuse. In essence, those experiences are being turned into symbols which then become dissociated from their original contexts and the impact such events truly have. I believe WotC had intended the complementing nature of Triumph of Cruelty to balance such associations out. However, the framing of the two images is very different: one focuses on Garruk's suffering and leaves Liliana in the background; the other focuses on Garruk's anger and uses signs of domestic abuse like choking, Liliana's relatively passive pose, and punching (in the face). The two thus end up not being symmetrical since Garruk is the focus of both. We can also relatively easily imagine alternative depictions of Garruk having the upper hand over Liliana which do not apply these signifiers. Off the top of my head, he could be sending wolves after her, approach her with his axe in hand while she is struggling against vines that are depicted in a non-bondage fashion, and so on. These are still depictions of violence against a woman by a man but not of gendered violence. For the record, Massacre Girl's picture shows a woman lying there dead. However, the bigger difference there is that she is a depiction of generic violence by a woman rather than 'feminine violence'. Assuming that WotC ever made a card where a woman was participating in a form of 'feminine violence' like castrating a man in his sleep, it would likely be problematic but there would be less overall impact since instances of such violence are considerably rarer and do not constitute a systematic societal issue.

    I hope you are content at having had your points be addressed to the best of my ability to try and explain the thought processes behind what you dismissed as just 'far-leftism'.
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  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine for Peasant Cube
    I think I might add Syr Faren, the Hengehammer. I like the design there though, I suppose it is just going to be worse than a Stranglegeist? Unsure here. The main reason I cut Stranglegeist from my 'colour intensive slots' was that it is an almost pure aggro card (though, I suppose you could block with it twice in other decks) and green-heavy aggro was hardly a thing. Hengehammer feels like it might interact more with other cards and have some usefulness even later in the game as a means to push something else through.
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  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine for Peasant Cube
    With humans being the most common creature type across all colours, I definitely need to check how good the non-human support cards would be on average. :p For instance, the +1/+0 and Trample enchantment has some promise but only if it will more or less affect all your creatures in the relevant decks.

    Edit: 14/72 Gruul-coloured creatures are currently human. 15 more in Dimir and 17 in White so I suppose even things like Rakdos would benefit from the single-coloured ones but less so for Boros and Selesnya which is fine. Plus, even in Selesnya, tokens are still largely non-human.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] Elite Head hunter

    These hybrids definitely feel super over-costed or under-statted for their costs.
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  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine for Peasant Cube
    Heraldic Banner seems vaguely interesting. Not a given but another design I like. Not at all sold on Flaxen Intruder although some other Adventure cards seem promising.
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