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  • posted a message on Why is Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro Intentionally Making MTG Reprints Less Accessible?
    Quote from ccggenius12 »
    "The List" is in Set Boosters, not Collector Boosters.
    True. What baffles me is why Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro simply refuse to distribute reprints from "The List" in Set Boosters to where you're guaranteed to pull one out of every pack which would increase the incentive for Local Game Stores (LGSs) to do mass box openings to sell these reprinted singles to customers. Instead all they're really doing is making it harder for these reprints to flood the Secondary Market because they want to capture that market price point for whenever they release Secret Lair Drops for cards on "The List" in the future. However most of the cards that they've chosen to reprint as Secret Lair Drops as of late aren't even on "The List". Either that or they want to give whales a reason to hoard Set Boosters with these reprints from "The List" by restricting access for these cards to flood the Secondary Market.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Why is Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro Intentionally Making MTG Reprints Less Accessible?
    First they started doing this with the Secret Lair Drops and after the release of Mystery Booster they decided to create a "pseudo" Reserve List known as The List which are basically reprints of old cards only found in Collector's Editions of Standard legal sets where the pull rates are so low that Local Game Stores (LGSs) are unable to carry enough of these reprinted singles in stock let alone someone buying enough of these $25+ Collector's Edition booster packs to where there's enough supply to meet demand for these reprints. Thankfully it seems as though Strixhaven Collector's Edition is breaking this trend with Mystical Archive where the pull rates for these reprints aren't garbage. So why did Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro intentionally make the supply for these reprints lower similar with how they chose to never correct the market supply for Jumpstart? So that when they release a Secret Lair Drop of these reprints they can capture the Secondary Market at a higher price point compared to making these reprints more accessible for people who still buy at Local Game Stores (LGSs).

    This is why I'm deeply concerned about the future of reprints for Paper Magic going forward. Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro has sort of found a way to increase their profits by bottle necking supply on purpose. Jumpstart's lack of supply wasn't entirely their fault yet they saw an opportunity for money and just went with it from there which also seemed to be what they've done with Double Masters and Time Spiral Remastered. So now because of the lack of Jumpstart supply at Local Game Stores (LGSs) they can now release Secret Lair Drops of these reprints instead but by the time they're released online there's a chance that they may have already gotten reprints in products that don't have a limited print run for them or with abysmal pull rates to shrink supply for the sake of profit. What makes this even worse are whales hoarding these Collector's Edition sealed products to try to flip online for a quick buck (even more so with Strixhaven Mystical Archive) by increasing demand for reprints further because the supply of these reprints are continuing to dry up within the Secondary Market.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Modern Horizons 2 release schedule - Contains Set, Collector, and pre-release packs
    Quote from user-11177686 »
    How awesome would it be, if this set had old frame versions as showcase cards?

    I wonder if there are any showcase cards at all though.
    You mean like the old card templates in Time Spiral Remastered? I mainly see that being a thing If we end up getting more Remastered Sets of old expansions containing cards that need reprints badly.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Is There A Way to Make Fast Mana "Balanced" in EDH / Commander Without Actually Breaking the Format?
    When it comes to fast mana in this format you're mainly left with expensive options such as Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Mox Diamond, Lion's Eye Diamond, Chrome Mox, among others compared to the affordable options with Sol Ring, Arcane Signet, Fellwar Stone, and the Ravnica Signets in general where they're a turn or two slower. If the expensive options were as affordable as their "inferior" counterparts assuming the Reserve List had been abolished then how bad would it end up breaking the format to where the turn clock is increased significantly like it already has with the ongoing influence of cEDH's impact on the game overall? Jeweled Lotus was in some ways a way to make fast mana "balanced" but still presented a problem within the format for those who aren't running Mono Color builds.

    Also I don't feel that there's enough support for Pitch spells in the format that can deal with threats on the board when everyone's tapped out on mana let alone the incompletion of the Elvish Spirit Guide cycle which ended with Simian Spirit Guide that didn't cover the other three colors which would've gave an unnecessary boost to Esper builds so that may have been a risk the designers didn't want to end up taking. I'd probably be okay with exiling a White creature in my hand just to add W to my mana pool, however with Black and Blue that does pose a bit of a high risk. I just don't feel like it's fair for the game's Secondary Market to punish players for wanting to run fast mana when there should also be cheaper options to choose from that doesn't break the format that are just as fast.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Modal Double-Faced Cards and the 99
    Also one more question about Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios. Her first ability says, "Discard a card: Return Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios to its owner's hand." If she's in my graveyard or in exile then can I discard a card from my hand to return her back to my hand or does she only trigger her first ability If she's on the battlefield?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Modal Double-Faced Cards and the 99
    Let's say I run Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios // Journey to the Oracle in the 99 of an EDH / Commander deck with my Commander's Color Identity having access to both U and G. Before a game starts does the Modal Double-Faced Card have to be sleeved where the holo-stamp foil is showing or If I'm only wanting to cast a particular side of a Modal Double-Faced card that I can leave it in the sleeve without the holo-stamp foil showing? I already know that an official rule was established for Modal Double-Faced Commanders in the Command Zone but what about in the 99?

    Like If I only wanted to cast Journey to the Oracle in a EDH / Commander deck running Simic colors then do I have to have Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios as the face up card in the sleeve before a new game starts since it has the holo-stamp foil showing even though Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios isn't my Commander or does she have to be my Commander in order to cast Journey to the Oracle? I know Score Entertainment's Dragon Ball Z Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game had a similar function with "Sensei Deck Only" cards needing to return to Sensei Decks after getting mixed in with the owners' Life Deck.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    There's actually been a rise of new COVID-19 cases and deaths lately in the United States due to how transmissible the U.K. Variant a.k.a. "Double Mutant" is though the one that the world REALLY needs to watch out for is the India Variant a.k.a. "Triple Mutant" since India is getting hit the hardest from the ongoing pandemic including Brazil with their COVID-19 Variant. African nations are probably going to have to switch from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to either Pfizer or Moderna If they're still able to obtain the supply for it. Even If you've been vaccinated / immunized once or twice the CDC still recommends people to wear face masks and practice social distancing to help reach herd immunity sooner so the method actually seems to be working.

    There is a major concern that the more COVID-19 mutates the more it could undo all the progress we've made to sustain it through vaccination / immunization efforts which would set us back to where we were in March 2020 when we had all the government lockdowns and small businesses going out of business however the good news is that we know more about how COVID-19 operates than we did in the last 12 months. If you actually turn to Western / Vedic Astrology, the main reason why all those COVID-19 lockdowns occurred last year was due to Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto together in Capricorn so the likelihood of another COVID-19 lockdown happening again is very minimal. We'll never experience THAT much Capricorn energy in our lives ever again.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/48107/wizards-coast-lifts-magic-the-gathering-in-store-play-suspension-japan
    Quote from ICv2 »
    Wizards of the Coast has lifted their Magic: The Gathering in-store play suspension for Japan, but not for North America, Latin America, and Europe.

    As COVID-19 vaccines roll out and populations get closer to achieving some level of immunity, WotC has begun to lift its in-store play suspensions for various regions. Japan's in-store play suspension was recently lifted, despite NHK World reporting that COVID-19 cases topped 729 new cases in Tokyo for the first time since February. WotC also intends to lift the suspension of in-store play in the Africa region on May 1.

    However, WotC maintained their in-store suspension for North America, Latin America, and Europe as of April 14. They will update the their in-store play policies again on May 12, and until then, WotC recommends WPN members continue to host events online.

    WotC recently unveiled SpellTable beta, a new online platform for stores to stream paper Magic: The Gathering events on (see "Wizards of the Coast Unveils SpellTable Beta ").
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on How Do You Store Your EDH / Commander Decks?
    I figured since my LGS has access to a 3D Printer that I'd try to get Dragon Shield Storage Boxes / Game Boxes printed off which according to a friend of mine whose used it to print miniatures for his Dungeons & Dragons campaigns that the deck boxes would cost me roughly $5 per box (both lid and holder) which isn't bad actually. Unfortunately the person I need help getting the deckboxes made doesn't work during the weekends as he's only available during the weekdays though I'm hoping he'll help me get it figured out somehow. Just need to contact his e-mail or call so I can get the deck boxes printed. Thing is Dragon Shield Storage Boxes / Game Boxes are almost hard to come by nowadays due to the popularity of the EDH / Commander format.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on How Do You Store Your EDH / Commander Decks?
    As for me I mainly use the Dragon Shield Storage Boxes or Game Boxes If there's any still available which I consider superior to the Ultra Pro 100+ 2-Piece Gaming Boxes since YOU HAVE TO PUT THE CARDS IN SIDEWAYS as they'll get stuck on the bottom and damage your cards If you put them in with the face or back sticking out. The LGS I go to on Saturdays have the Ultra Pro Satin Towers which I'm not too crazy about since they're not small enough to fit in my Pirate Lab Game Bag that I've been using since Ultra Pro stopped manufacturing Game Bags with Styrofoam inserts and replaced them with cheap cardboard. I know Ultimate Guard used to have the "Bricks" however it doesn't feel as comfortable for me as their Katana Sleeves which have more durability than Japanese KMC Sleeves where there's not as much wear and tear.

    Definitely feels like we're WAY overdue for a company or manufacturer to develop a 100 count Deck Box for EDH / Commander with the highest quality and simplicity available. The colors of the Dragon Shield Storage Boxes and Game Boxes I already own feels tacky to the point where I'm tempted to tape designs on it that's cut out from printing MTG designs through an Inkjet Printer which I don't have unfortunately especially with printer ink being expensive as it is and all. So far me and my friends at my locals already have 6-7+ EDH / Commander decks built but due to all the spending through Stimulus Checks and Tax Refunds it's almost impossible to find the right deck box to store these decks especially when the manufacturer refuses to make more of these products as there's no price increase to make up for low supply and high demand.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Secret Lair Subscription/Membership Survey
    Just to add even more insult to injury (no pun intended) Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro has decided to print a Heroes of the Realm card called and I kid you not Keeper of the Secret Lair: http://mythicspoiler.com/mtg/cards/keeperofthesecretlair.html. It's a 2/1 Legendary Merfolk Rogue for 1U with Flash that says you may cast Secret Lair spells as though they had Flash and Secret Lair spells also cost 1 less to cast. If that isn't lazy and corporate I don't know what is. Mark Rosewater stated that cards from the Heroes of the Realm sets are simply meant to be read not played as there will only be 4 copies of these cards printed in existence worldwide.

    So instead of "look at this crazy card" it's "good job everyone, we raised stocks 13.3% with the release of 9 new products for our Secret Lair product line. Please enjoy this complimentary piece of cardboard." I feel sorry for Cure for the Common Game on YouTube since he's made it his mission to build a EDH / Commander deck off of EVERY Legendary Creature ever printed and after the Walking Dead Secret Lairs this just feels like a HUGE slap in the face. There's been other Legendary Creatures printed for Heroes of the Realm in the past with limited printings for them which he was unable to build decks for so that's a given I guess.
    Not like these would be legal anywhere, they don't even have the Magic card back.
    If they did I can imagine it would cause quite an uproar like how the Walking Dead Secret Lair cards are black bordered with the Magic card back making them officially legal for Legacy, Vintage, and EDH / Commander.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair Subscription/Membership Survey
    Just to add even more insult to injury (no pun intended) Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro has decided to print a Heroes of the Realm card called and I kid you not Keeper of the Secret Lair: http://mythicspoiler.com/mtg/cards/keeperofthesecretlair.html. It's a 2/1 Legendary Merfolk Rogue for 1U with Flash that says you may cast Secret Lair spells as though they had Flash and Secret Lair spells also cost 1 less to cast. If that isn't lazy and corporate I don't know what is. Mark Rosewater stated that cards from the Heroes of the Realm sets are simply meant to be read not played as there will only be 4 copies of these cards printed in existence worldwide.

    So instead of "look at this crazy card" it's "good job everyone, we raised stocks 13.3% with the release of 9 new products for our Secret Lair product line. Please enjoy this complimentary piece of cardboard." I feel sorry for Cure for the Common Game on YouTube since he's made it his mission to build a EDH / Commander deck off of EVERY Legendary Creature ever printed and after the Walking Dead Secret Lairs this just feels like a HUGE slap in the face. There's been other Legendary Creatures printed for Heroes of the Realm in the past with limited printings for them which he was unable to build decks for so that's a given I guess.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Rudy is dead on. His background in finance gives him a more clear picture of what is happening. This transfer of wealth upwards has been going on for decades and is nothing new. Its just more blatant and obvious at this point in time and is being exacerbated by stimulus checks and covid rules. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class shrinks away to nothingness as a lucky few ride the upward wave and the rest get crushed under it. MTG is just a sign of the times. Sealed and single prices will increase, more special editions will be printed to collect the money from the whales at the top and LGS (the middle class) will either be crushed and die or a few will have to go big and become a Star City Games, Channel Fireball or Card Kingdom. Playership will decrease, collectors/investors/hoarders will increase and it will all come crashing down at some point. I don't know where that is but it will come as it is all short term thinking right now at the corporate level. LGS aren't all going to die but the squeeze is on and only the healthiest will survive. Large city LGS will be the last as any small town LGS will have too big a hill to climb.
    What Rudy was complaining about is really just forcing online tax evaders to actually pay taxes If what they sold exceeded $600+ as in income taxes not sales taxes which is different. If you run a business then you have to keep a ledger of what you paid for, the stuff you're selling, what you sold it for, and what the difference is. Accounting isn't just for the Government it's for you to run your business with. If you made $600+ then it's a business but If you sold less than that then it's a side-hustle. Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay more to make up the difference of what these online businesses or side-hustlers are making. In other words online sellers got away with tax evasion within the last decade on eBay and pretended that it was the law when it wasn't. Now I don't believe this means that eBay is going to directly consult the IRS and track down ALL the online sellers within the last decade for not paying their income taxes If they made $600 or more simply because the legislation wasn't changed until now with the Biden Administration.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [STX] Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios // Journey to the Oracle— r/magicTCG preview
    Crazy how we were promised a new Jin-Gitaxias in Strixhaven and yet it doesn't look as though he's one of the new Mythics in the set.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios // Journey to the Oracle— r/magicTCG preview
    Really tempted to throw this in my friends' Omnath, Locus of Creation deck for EDH / Commander. Apparently MTGGoldfish and TCGPlayer has this listed on pre-order for $50 where as Card Kingdom has it going for $12.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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