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  • posted a message on RIP my noble LGS (Gaming Goat, Elgin)
    Sorry to hear about this.

    Hope things turn around for you.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Magic Pro League (9 pm announcement got spoiled early)
    Yeah it's only a matter of time until other formats become more available for Magic Arena, EDH / Commander on the other hand I don't see being played on Magic Arena due to a conflict of interest between the EDH Rules Committee and Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro. It's possible that the format could still be played on Magic Arena where Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro is forced to follow the rules that the EDH Rules Committee have already set for the format.

    Magic Arena doesn't monetize players as much as MTGO did where you still had to pay for cards and booster packs similar to bitcoin and crytocurrency. However that still doesn't mean that Magic Arena should be the go to choice over Paper Magic where the face-to-face social interactions are more rewarding than playing against someone online or an AI.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Magic Pro League (9 pm announcement got spoiled early)
    Quote from Algernone25 »
    Trying to abolish the Reserved List means you have to acknowledge the secondary market exists, and the rest falls into place as Wizards has to tantamount admit to have been running a gambling scheme directly advertised at an underage target market. That's why they aren't allowed to talk about the reserved list (and why they can't talk ab out why they can't talk about it) - because doing so would fundamentally undermine their legal capacity to continue selling cards to people under 18. I'll also remind you that two European countries (Germany and Austria) can't have high-level Magic events held there because their governments have ruled that MtG is a form of gambling.
    Counterfeits are already flooding the Secondary Market yet Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro chooses not to do anything about it because they feel that Magic Arena will make up for it as less people pay into Paper Magic. I think that's a hard sell for EDH / Commander players who want real cards in their decks instead of fakes and proxies that pass the jeweler's loop and LED light tests.

    Local Game Stores don't want to deal with it because it's too time consuming to sort them all out given the amount of orders and buylists they receive on a daily basis. So in a way the Reserve List has created a black market for these counterfeits to exist even though the majority of them consist of popular cards in Modern and Legacy but only because Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro is in bed with Channel Fireball and Star City Games.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Magic Pro League (9 pm announcement got spoiled early)
    Not to mention MTGA is more environmentally friendly... I'm sure WotC is counting this as a win.
    Well it does solve paper quality complaints that is for sure.
    Not really since all it does is enforce the idea that Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro is incompetent and lazy when it comes to paper quality in Magic. Their bread and butter is in Tabletop Gaming not the Video Game Industry. It's just that the company hires employees who get paid to do nothing but play Magic rather than actually playtest for future products they're designing instead of hiring people with no past experience of the game itself. They can't just solely rely on tournament data alone when it comes to what cards they ban or restrict in said formats.

    The reason why they've gotten away with this is due to the nature of the game shifting from competitive to casual which gives them less incentive to playtest cards designed for future products even though it's a poor excuse not to. It's why they haven't put any effort into Standard legal sets until recently though I think it's got more to do with the source material they have to work with than anything else. Needless to say we got lucky returning to Dominaria and now Ravnica again for inspiration. Instead of returning to old planes they need more creative thinking on new planes within the game's lore.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Magic Pro League (9 pm announcement got spoiled early)
    Quote from Algernone25 »
    At this point promissory estoppel isn't even the issue with the reserved list. That the secondary market even exists is a huge problem for WotC, because as soon as they acknowledge that packs have cards of varying values and some cards are inherently worth more than others, wizards stops selling packs and start selling lootboxes - which several states have deemed as illegal underage gambling schemes, thereby restricting the game to adults. Changing owners wouldn't remove this issue.
    Another way for Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro to change their distribution model from selling booster packs to loot boxes (which is already under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission) would be to finally cave in to Chinese counterfeiters by reneging the Reserve List but they won't do it because they'd rather keep a 22 year promise to collectors while pushing for digital with Magic Arena to "solve" the counterfeit issue than to spend $5 million from the new Magic Pro League prize pool to improve card stock quality for Paper Magic. Why invest in digital assets you don't actually own? Simple. So that competitive players can get away with cheating online rather than sit across the table from their opponents through live streaming events.
    Quote from Algernone25 »
    In each of its past three 10-K filings with the SEC, Hasbro has acknowledged that Wizards is one of their highest grossing subsidiaries, oftentimes covering shortfalls from other departments to boost the toy and gaming sector overall. WotC is a golden goose and Hasbro would be asinine to sell them unless they know something huge that they're keeping away from everyone, their own investors included.
    They probably see digital as the only option available for them so they're keeping a tight lid on it in order to avoid the risk of losing money they need to sell the company If that's the route they're heading toward. They don't want to make the same mistake they made with MTGO where they lost millions of investors to Magic Arena so they're taking advantage of people who play Paper Magic with cash grab Masters sets and Commander Precons to reach their goal without the public finding out about it. Companies behind discontinued Trading Card Games / Collectible Card Games have been getting away with this type of shady business practice for years.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Magic Pro League (9 pm announcement got spoiled early)
    Does Fantasy Flight have enough money to do that? Also seems weird Hasbro would invest in Arena only to sell granted if Arena fails selling might make sense.
    Hasbro probably already sees Magic Arena failing for Wizards of the Coast which could explain why they're looking to cut ties with them with Fantasy Flight Games being a potential buyer of Wizards of the Coast. Fantasy Flight Games probably doesn't have near as much revenue as Hasbro let alone Square Enix which explains why Organized Play support for Final Fantasy TCG is the highest for any Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game to date despite low demand from a gaming market that's too crowded for it's own good.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Magic Pro League (9 pm announcement got spoiled early)
    Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro could've gone about saving Paper Magic by turning it into an LCG (Living Card Game) making it backwards compatible with it's TCG / CCG (Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game) counterpart which almost confirms peoples' suspicions on Hasbro selling Wizards of the Coast in 2021 but to Fantasy Flight Games. If Fantasy Flight Games ends up buying out Wizards of the Coast then they could reneg the Reserve List without fear of promissory estoppel If they also manage to acquire the Magic: The Gathering IP from them. Magic Arena would still be around without Hasbro supporting Wizards of the Coast since they'd probably moved on to other IP's to support themselves such as My Little Pony and Monopoly.

    I'm not sure as to whether Paper Magic transitioning itself toward a fixed distribution model will help solve it's ongoing problems. While it's theoretically meant to help draw in new players without requiring a disposable income it's still required to obtain the old cards in order for it to be backwards compatible with an LCG version of Paper Magic. The only real way to solve that problem is by reprinting cards into oblivion until they lose all Secondary Market value to where the old cards are pre-packaged in the box it comes in or however expansion sets work in LCG's. Either Magic Arena is forced to adapt to the new distribution model while maintaining the competitive aspect or it remains completely separate from Paper Magic altogether.

    They could still eliminate the "pay to win" aspect of Magic while at the same time even the playing field for everyone however that would defeat the purpose of competitive events especially for Magic Arena where it's sole purpose is literally "pay to win". Living Card Games seemed to fix the issue with "pay to win" for IP's such as the Call Of Cthulhu LCG as well as ShadowFist. When Upper Deck brought Vs. System back as an LCG they made it so that it wasn't backwards compatible with it's TCG / CCG counterpart because they didn't want to go through the hassle of allowing players to have a financial advantage against their opponents when the problem could've been solved through direct TCG / CCG reprints in the LCG.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    TL:DR Wizards raised the MSRP because the market will pay it. You may not think it's worth the new price, but the market disagrees.
    If the Estimated / Expected Value of Ultimate Masters was as low as previous Masters sets then the MSRP would've been much lower. People complain when there's not as much Estimated / Expected Value in a set (especially in Standard legal sets) in order to flip and turn a profit on but when there's too much to the point where it undermines the LGS in favor of singles sellers THEN you have a problem. Trying to hold Sealed / Draft events for Masters sets is already a joke as it is, why try to ham it up even further with Ultimate Masters?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    While I'm glad that Phyrexian Altar finally got a reprint due to being a popular EDH / Commander staple, I'd also like to see new reprints for Craterhoof Behemoth, Oracle of Mul Daya, and perhaps Cloudstone Curio. As far as commons and uncommons go, a reprint of Shadowborn Apostle would be nice to help make running multiple copies in an Athreos, God of Passage EDH deck much more affordable after witnessing Josh Lee Kwai's build for it on Game Knights. Oubliette is overdue for a reprint given it's popularity in Pauper.

    This is really shaping up to be the Masters set we've always wanted but didn't get in Masters 25 and Iconic Masters where the MSRP wasn't as big of a factor due to the EV (Estimated / Expected Value) of reprints chosen. I don't think Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro are running out of cards to reprint which has been a concern among a lot of people where there might not be as much equity to make money off of especially for singles sellers. If Ultimate Masters does help drive the cost of Modern to a more affordable level then that should be a win-win for both the company and consumer.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Quote from thatmarkguy »
    When’s the last time they printed a planeswalker sub Mythic?

    Oh yeah, before mythics existed.
    All the more reason why Mythic Rarity was a mistake I guess?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Quote from MrTibs »
    There’s a lot of mythic rates on that list of “really good guesses” and no more mythics in the set...
    True though it wouldn't surprise me If the cards I listed end up getting downgraded to Rare or Uncommon for Ultimate Masters at the very least.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Quote from matrix_lord »
    I'm still holding out on a Phyrexian Altar reprint in Ultimate Masters at either Rare or Mythic since it recently climbed to $55.00.
    It can't be a mythic as all mythics have been revealed (all of them also have a Box Toppers version)
    I just assumed that there might be more Mythics in Ultimate Masters that we still didn't know about but since there's only 40 (which were already spoiled as box topper variants) that only leaves what's remaining in the Rare, Uncommon, and Common slots.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on R.I.P. Stan Lee (1922-2018)
    Stan "The Man" Lee - the godfather of Marvel Comics whose cast of characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, and the X-Men were beloved by millions of readers for decades before becoming a multibillion-dollar movie empire that dominated box offices in the 21st century, has sadly passed away on November 12th, 2018 due to complications of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He was 95. Known for the famous catchphrases, "Excelsior!" and "Face front, True Believers!"

    https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/stan-lee-creator-legendary-marvel-comic-book-superheroes-dies-95-n819371

    I can only imagine how difficult the final years of his life had been after his wife passed away. Clearly he loved his fans but he lost his "rock" and it wasn't long until vultures moved in whether it was allegedly his daughter JC or people going out to steal his blood by pretending to be his nurse and then using it to fake signatures and sell comics. It's going to be hard to forget just how crummy the last three years of Stan Lee's life were but hopefully the other 92 years will be what people really remember.

    If there was one thing that you could say about Stan Lee is that he LOVED his fans. The man had plenty of money, plenty of industry clout, however he still made a personal commitment to meeting with the fans at comic book conventions across the country. He dedicated his life up until the very end for the fandom and it's something that would be nearly impossible to accomplish nowadays. I can't think of any one person whose been as committed to the fandom as much as Stan Lee. That's what we should all remember about him.

    A man whose wacky cameos in just about every Marvel film was always a bright spot, was always something that you would low-key kind of look for and in that moment when you saw him you're like, "Oh that's Stan Lee!" You'd see him in some random tacked-on role and it was always worth it. If you missed him then you kinda felt like an idiot until you looked it up online. Most of us will never live into our 90's and those of us that do will never be "as there" as Stan Lee was. He was just that type of person.

    Everyone of these Marvel Cinematic Universe actors / actresses who are sending out their condolences to Stan Lee that never bothered to help him in his final days will hopefully learn something from him in regards to the importance of being dedicated to fans ABOVE ALL ELSE. As for the people that took advantage of Stan Lee, they're going to have to deal with the consequences of that for the rest of their lives. There will never be another person who truly understands the fandom as much as Stan Lee did.

    Stan Lee led by example and as someone who should be served as a role model for all these snooty stuck up video games people and these actors / actresses who play the roles of the very superheroes that Stan Lee himself created who think they're better than the role itself. We should all choose to remember Stan Lee as the legend he was, the beacon of light in the commercialized world where the fandom is mostly seen as wallets and dollar signs instead of something to appreciate. Stan Lee UNDERSTOOD the fandom and that's why we loved him. Hopefully he's reunited with his wife and for one final time,


    Excelsior!
    Posted in: Printed Media
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    I'm still holding out on a Phyrexian Altar reprint in Ultimate Masters at either Rare or Mythic since it recently climbed to $55.00.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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