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  • posted a message on Japanese Alternate art planeswalkers
    Quote from AlecPyron »
    They should go all in anime-style and trigger more people and call mangakas and doujinshi artists and have the proper "anime style". It would be cool if they had Akira Toriyama, Rumiko Takahashi, or Eiichiro Oda draw some of them.

    I'm happy with Amano's piece, but I wish they had other prominent artists like Tsutomu Nihei, Huke, or Ghibli style ones which have a more general appeal.
    Going back to Kamigawa would be a good excuse to hire these Japanese artists to illustrate Magic cards despite how weak the block was in Standard and Modern compared to how popular it is in EDH / Commander. Maybe then we'll finally get more Ninja tribal support for Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow by bringing back Ninjutsu as well as a Samurai tribal Commander that does Bushido justice though to be fair it's basically Flanking. Oddly enough it wasn't as popular of an evergreen mechanic as Banding was which was more broken back in the day.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Japanese Alternate art planeswalkers
    Quote from joeyb11223 »
    Not a big fan of this type of anime style personally but I have to say some are very well done for who those who do.

    My main query is though, anime is popular worldwide, and we've now had quite a break since Amonkhets invocations, I'm surprised these weren't just put in all product tbh. They said expeditions/inventions etc would be done again right? We have no set in standard offering them, I'd have thought maybe they'd have done it so one set at any one time has them, when that rotates the next set will contain some, leaves you a reasonable time period between "special" sets.
    Yeah I think these Japanese Alternate Art Planeswalkers would've sold more as individual card sleeves instead of being random inserts in Japanese War of the Spark boosters. It would sell out more than the Ultra Pro Chibi Planeswalker sleeves despite creating as much demand as Ultimate Guard Katana sleeves which have been out of stock for quite a while now. The challenge is being required to memorize card abilities with the alternate art compared to the English version where there's a lot less quality.

    I'm guessing it would be illegal to run both the English and Japanese versions in a single perfect fit within a regular card sleeve in EDH / Commander since you're only allowed to run 99 cards in your deck minus your Commander / General. It also sounds like something you'd need to approve with your local playgroup on. Either way it was a dumb move on Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro's part to announce this right after everyone had already pre-ordered the English War of the Spark boosters. Just glad I wasn't one of those people since I mainly buy singles anyway.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Japanese Alternate art planeswalkers
    I'd really love to get custom art sleeves for the Japanese Nissa artwork to go in my Nissa, Vastwood Seer EDH / Commander deck though it'd probably be insanely expensive. I did come across Lightning Store Online that helps design card sleeves as long as you're able to upload the file with the picture they put on the back of it. Inked Gaming used to offer a service for custom art sleeves though unfortunately they discontinued it a few years ago for some reason.

    My biggest concern is that these Japanese Alternate Art Planeswalkers are most likely going to be sold at the same premium as Mythic Edition Planeswalkers even though you're not particularly purchasing them directly from Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro but from other online retailers / sellers. Hopefully there won't be a limited print run on this Japanese product compared to past Standard sets like Dominaria and Hour of Devastation.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Lie about proxy?
    I proxy cards that I'm able to afford rather than cards that are almost impossible for me to get a hold of especially when it comes to the Reserve List. My EDH / Commander playgroups are normally fine with me running proxies though I do the best I can to get printed copies of them until I'm able to purchase them from my LGS or online through eBay.

    I also try not to proxy cards that I plan on taking out of my EDH / Commander decks If they don't run well while play testing though it can be hard to be honest with your playgroup about that sort of thing. One of my friends runs proxies for Sliver Overlord and Gaea's Cradle which everyone in my playgroup have been okay with thus far.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Infinite combos and strong synergies - now under new management
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Bolas's Citadel Tibalt's Rager
    Looks like Shadowborn Athreos just got even more ridiculous in EDH / Commander. Cast Insidious Dreams to put X Shadowborn Apostles on top of your library with Demon's Horn and Bolas's Citadel on the battlefield to cast those spells for free since you gain life for casting a black spell being Shadowborn Apostle. Once you have 10 or more Shadowborn Apostles on the battlefield sac them to Bolas's Citadel to deal 10 to each opponent while also pressuring them to pay 3 life per creature you sac with Athreos, God of Passage. If Archfiend of Despair is on the battlefield as this resolves your opponents take an extra 10. Talk about brutal.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 9 more walkers + Niv-Mizzet + Simic legend
    Nissa, Who Shakes the World is quite underwhelming to say the least. While her Wild Growth static ability is nice the +1 ability isn't good enough to warrant her -8 unless you're able to survive a few turns with Plaguemaw Beast boosting Nissa which is a shame since I was thinking about including her in my Nissa, Vastwood Seer EDH / Commander deck. While having an amazing ETB trigger I don't think Niv-Mizzet Reborn still isn't good enough to replace Ramos, Dragon Engine in Commander while I can see Domri, Anarch of Bolas being a reliable budget alternative for Vexing Shusher in Gruul builds.

    EDIT: A second thought I might actually include Nissa, Who Shakes the World in EDH / Commander after seeing Pollenbright Druid and Evolution Sage get spoiled. I guess Mono Green Superfriends could be an actual thing in EDH / Commander thanks to what we're getting in War of the Spark. Sucks that the Feather, the Redeemed EDH / Commander deck I've been wanting to build recently spiked in price while getting screwed over from massive buy outs. But that's the Command Zone podcast for ya, spiking popular cards for collectors instead of players.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Print this Wizards (so I can play it in EDH)
    Mishra's Trinket {2}
    Artifact

    A deck can have any number of cards named Mishra's Trinket.
    Whenever Mishra's Trinket enters the battlefield, create a 2/2 Assembly-Worker artifact creature token.
    Sacrifice an Assembly-Worker: Add 2 colorless mana. Spend this mana only to cast artifact spells.

    Figured this would help make Mishra, Artificer Prodigy a playable Commander in Grixis.

    Leyline of Revival {2BB}
    Enchantment

    If Leyline of Revival is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
    Put your commander into your graveyard from the command zone.
    You may cast your commander from your graveyard as though it were being cast from the command zone.

    Designed specifically for Haakon, Stromgald Scourge though I can also see it being used effectively in other strategies.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Challenger decklists for this year!
    You'd think they'd put in as much effort in these Challenger decks as they do for Commander Pre-Cons. If anything Challenger Decks gives Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro a chance to add more reprint equity in Standard without having to rely as much on Core Sets especially when Modern Horizons is made specifically for Modern / Commander. I'm guessing they were probably worried of a scenario where one particular Pre-Con gets bought out for one particular card with a limited print run as we've already seen with Teferi's Protection and True-Name Nemesis.

    I do miss the days when Standard Pre-Cons felt more like a supplement for Core Sets where as now they don't feel that way anymore. We're talking before the days of Fat Packs back when white bordered cards were still a thing until they ultimately got rid of them in 10th Edition. At least you still had some reprint equity to justify purchasing the product though it wasn't nearly as excessive as it was in Commander Pre-Cons. I think Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro is being more cautious with the amount of cards they reprint after Promo Reselling led to the oversaturation of Masters sets.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Question Regarding a Potential Policy Made by LGS Owners/Staff Members
    Quote from mondu_the_fat »

    I know there used to be a rule at one of the Local Game Stores I go to that customers weren't allowed to buy/sell cards to/from other customers except from the store employees since they're the ones trying to make money to pay for overhead to provide a place for customers to play MTG and other Trading Card Games/Collectible Card Games.


    That's perfectly ok.
    It's not necessarily a mandatory rule/store policy that ALL Local Game Stores abide by, though I can see why it seems like a cause of alarm due to how difficult it can be to complete decks for various Trading Card Games/Collectible Card Games on sealed product alone. Purchasing cards outside the establishment cuts the waiting period of specific card singles that the Local Game Store and the distributor have difficulty acquiring when they mostly rely on sealed product to make most of their money for their business instead of specific card singles.

    That's how "Trading" in Trading Card Games lost it's meaning over time since it's become more about not having to play the booster box lottery when it's more convenient to get the cards a person needs without losing as much financially on sealed product purchases. The point I'm making here is that a gaming hobby shouldn't have to make you feel like you're in poverty to get ahead when everyone should be on equal ground. Why do you think crunching quarters at local Arcades was such a bad marketing ploy for it's time during the 90's and early 2000's?
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Question Regarding a Potential Policy Made by LGS Owners/Staff Members
    I think that If someone was engaging in a non-store monetary transaction outside the establishment then they should be safe from getting kicked out of the store as long as they don't get caught doing it on security cameras or no one talks about it. Though I think it speaks to how flawed the system is for physical loot boxes where often times it's the only real way that a Local Game Store (LGS) can gain revenue aside from the Singles Market where they're not making as much as the companies that manufacture the actual cards let alone local distributors. That's why I'm concerned that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) isn't taking physical loot boxes (booster boxes / sealed product) as seriously as digital loot boxes where it seems to be more predatory than the other.

    I know that Tara Sophia from MagicalTabletopGirls on YouTube has been more vocal on this subject than I have and yet nobody seems to care about the ramifications of this since we're incompetent and overconfident that we'll keep paying into the business model and pretend that nothing needs to be fixed in order to adapt to a rapidly changing retail market. At the end of the day we're masochistic players / collectors who enjoy the abusive business model. We want rarer and shinier. Make the consumer suffer more. But as we've learned from Living Card Games it doesn't have to be that way, though I'm sure that the Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game model will evolve into something that's a win-win for both the LGS and the consumer.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Question Regarding a Potential Policy Made by LGS Owners/Staff Members
    Quote from genini2 »
    A person can be banned from any business for any reason that is not a protected reason (age, gender, race, etc). That being said the only time I've heard people being banned is when buying/selling inside the store itself and it's for the reason you mentioned that the store isn't making any money that way.
    Maybe the LGS can fix this problem by selling more card singles for other Trading Card Games/Collectible Card Games outside of MTG, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokémon that isn't just exclusive toward sealed product but for games still currently in circulation like Cardfight!! Vanguard and Dragon Ball Super. It's hard to sell card singles for discontinued Trading Card Games/Collectible Card Games since the Secondary Market for those cards no longer exist though there are a few that have managed to maintain their monetary value particularly when it comes to Dragon Ball Z/GT by Score Entertainment.

    The real question is whether or not the LGS will adopt this type of business model to make up for monetary losses in sealed product. I do think it's one way that they can help diversify their business portfolio depending on what else the store sells that appeals to that demographic but I guess we'll just have to wait and see. The LGS is already turning into a clubhouse with the possibility of charging membership fees to customers who are needing to rent table space whether If it's for an event or just to chill out. As long as the fee isn't too expensive I can probably get by with it.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Question Regarding a Potential Policy Made by LGS Owners/Staff Members
    Can Local Game Store Owners/Staff Members ban customers from their store for purchasing cards from competing stores or through e-commerce websites? I know there used to be a rule at one of the Local Game Stores I go to that customers weren't allowed to buy/sell cards to/from other customers except from the store employees since they're the ones trying to make money to pay for overhead to provide a place for customers to play MTG and other Trading Card Games/Collectible Card Games.

    Of course I used to think that If they're having trouble getting in certain products from their local distributor or that If someone is selling products from discontinued Trading Card Games/Collectible Card Games that it wouldn't pose as much of a problem for the LGS and their employees. I think the reason why they would consider banning loyal customers from their store is due to how the retail market has dramatically changed to the point where they're starting to take more incentives to save their own business.

    So unless the LGS opens up their own e-commerce website like setting up their own eBay store or through Crystal Commerce then they won't be able to compete with retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Target. I'm starting to wonder If the LGS isn't making as much revenue on card singles compared to sealed product where it has the "blind buy purchase" model that everyone seems to loathe. Then again what good is the "blind buy purchase" model on sealed product If companies can get away with rigging the pull rates on booster packs?
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on No More MSRP
    If all you do are card games, then your business model is very fragile. To survive in this economy, your store needs to become a destination location - a place people WANT to come to and hang out at. Otherwise, you will forever teeter on edge of oblivion.
    I guess that could explain why some Local Game Stores are taking new incentives to ban customers from purchasing product outside their store whether If they're purchasing products from other Local Game Stores or through e-commerce websites. Then you have to ask yourself how it's the customer's fault that the Local Game Store's distributors weren't able to get specific products in on time when they don't even carry card singles for said Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game. They need to have a good reason to carry the product so that it doesn't lose money for their business.

    Customers shouldn't be banned from Local Game Stores just because their distributors didn't do their job like they're supposed to. It's even harder when you're trying to promote a different Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game that specific Local Game Stores don't even host or run events for due to how crowded the market is for it to thrive. If your Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game isn't MTG, Yu-Gi-Oh!, or Pokémon TCG then you don't matter to them. Why? Because other Trading Card Games / Collectible Card Games are mostly perceived as a net loss for the Local Game Store.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on No More MSRP
    They cannot publicly acknowledge the secondary market for card singles but there is no issue acknowledging the market for sealed product WotC sells. WotC will simply just avoid marketing the paper product's MSRP.
    Selling card singles is the only real advantage Local Game Stores have of competing against the Direct to Consumer business model that Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro is operating with their new Hasbro Pulse website since consumers like to receive the cards on hand instead of having to go through waiting periods where they might end up receiving faulty product with no refunds.

    That's why Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro are only allowed to sell sealed products on the Hasbro Pulse website cause If they started selling card singles through their Direct to Consumer business model, they would be publicly acknowledging the Secondary Market for these card singles by putting themselves in legal jeopardy regardless of trying to avoid the paper product's MSRP because there's still a set price determined by retail markets.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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