Quote from SavannahLion »This isn't the first time WotC sold direct to consumers though. Back when WotC used to have Pokemon IP, I bought booster boxes (of Pokemon) direct from Wizards website. In 1999 or thereabouts, WotC acquired The Game Keepers chain alongside opening their own brick and mortar stores. LGSs survived quite nicely through both of these "direct to consumer" attempts. I'm sure the viable LGSs will survive equally as well through this round of direct sales as well.
Quote from xaltair »Au my lgs many people play commander and they complain when the store needs to use tables for actual tourneys, at the same time they don't buy cards regularly and act snobbish when people play only standard, or pioneer or modern.
They are a cancer level outbreak at the lgs, they refuse to play competitive formats and when they are in the store they are very loud during their 4 or 5 man games.
Quote from buffntuff »If wizards ever decided "to heck with the secondary market we're gonna sell cheap singles ourself now" flgs's will just stop carrying magic and the entire house of cards will collapse.
Quote from 3drinks »Man, get the hell outta here with this "blame fetchlands" bull*****. This isn't 1996 anymore, we're not fixing our mana with painlands and city of brass. And shaming the use of functional reprints? Why? Like we should be jamming rend flesh and devour in shadow as go to removals a near decade latre, times have to change to keep players invested. I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking how blessed I am that I'm given more powerful cards to play so I have to put fewer questionable cards in my decks. I can't with this idea, what the hell. If you want to live in the nostalgia days, go build a white border deck. I know I have - and it's still consistent enough, if you know where to look.
Quote from Xcric »while i don't think the card was made specifically for zada... feather is much more likely, i do agree that designing for commander hurts the format.
a lot of the more busted cards that have become staples in every single deck of whatever color(s) were designed with edh in mind. it turned the format into a nuclear arms race and i think thats actually where the problem lies as a whole. why its shifted so heavily away from battlecruiser style magic. at the same time there are members of the rules committee that publish articles at odds with this. they push the tools that exist to combat the problem as being 'unfun' and 'not in the spirit of edh' or 'you just shouldn't play these'. it means that if someone sits down at the table with a honed deck, running a lot of these cards, its going to feel oppressive to the guy who bought into that agenda and didn't pack any of the tools to deal with the abundance of 'great in edh' style cards being vomit out of every set.
personally, i do really miss the days where nothing was designed with commander in mind. where we had to scour databases and collections to find neat synergies and old cards rather than just shove whatever new hotness from whatever new set into every deck.
but then again, i also run spot removal so... its much less of a problem dealing with these things.
Quote from SpeedGrapher »They could choose a different business model and print 5 high value cards each standard set until they run out of cards over $40.