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  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Reprint fatigue might have something to do with it as well...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    The problem I'm noticing is that Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro has put so much of their resources on the gameplay mechanics alone that they never really had time to focus on MTG's own lore due to Hasbro constantly pressuring them to meet deadlines for appeasing the corporate shareholders. Something happened after War of the Spark that created this shift where they decided to ultimately scrap the novels and comics based on MTG probably. They didn't think it was going to sell compared to just how good the gameplay mechanics have held the weight of the game for so long compared to it's own lore which on a marketing standpoint is sadly lackluster. Maybe it was due to not being pressured to join the IP Crossover bandwagon like a lot of other gaming franchises like Super Smash Bros. and Weiß Schwarz has already done.

    MTG compared to other Paper Trading Card Games / Collectible Card Games has always had that enigma about itself that it was never bound toward source material to be successful which explains how it was able to outlast many Paper Trading Card Games / Collectible Card Games that have been discontinued over the past few decades barring Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon TCG being the main exceptions. Maybe this decision by Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro to get in on the IP Crossover bandwagon is a telltale sign that they've become both creatively and morally bankrupt when it comes to MTG in general. I don't even believe that we've even scrapped the bottom of the barrel yet as there's still plenty of ideas to design around it's just that Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro aren't passionate enough about MTG's own lore AND gameplay mechanics to REALLY want to put in the work and effort into it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Quote from TetzaHexloq »
    Here's hoping Sol Ring gets printed in the LoTR set as the One Ring. That flavour text would be very suitable.
    That actually would be pretty good.
    One of my friends at my locals said that Jeweled Lotus was actually chosen as the One Ring instead of Sol Ring.

    What a HUGE missed opportunity If that rumor ends up being true.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Already thought up of some pre-existing MTG game mechanics that could be utilized for IP Crossovers in Universal Beyond:

    • Ninjutsu + Mutate = Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    • Morph + Megamorph = Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
    • Cat Tribal with Sword of Omens as Equip card = Thundercats
    • Crew + Vehicle = Voltron
    • Flanking + Banding + Horsemanship = Monty Python and the Holy Grail?
    No transform for Transformers? Sure, Wizard's own Transformers TCG died, but it could still see the light again here.
    True I completely forgot about Transform for Transformers. :p

    I also meant to add Legend of Zelda on the list cause one of my friends tried to design his own Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game off the franchise based on the Harry Potter TCG though sadly it was eventually discontinued. Link and Princess Zelda are shoe-in's for Elf Tribal, the Gorons for Giant Tribal, and even Zoras for Merfolk possibly?

    • Dinosaur Tribe = Jurassic Park
    • Homunculus Tribe = Fullmetal Alchemist?
    • Kithkin or Dwarf Tribes = Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal
    • Atog Tribe = Gremlins franchise with Gizmo
    • Zombie and Skeleton Tribes = Tim Burton's Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Already thought up of some pre-existing MTG game mechanics that could be utilized for IP Crossovers in Universal Beyond:

    • Ninjutsu + Mutate = Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    • Morph + Megamorph = Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
    • Cat Tribal with Sword of Omens as Equip card = Thundercats
    • Crew + Vehicle = Voltron
    • Flanking + Banding + Horsemanship = Monty Python and the Holy Grail?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Quote from Dontrike »

    Another problem I have with Paper Trading Card Games / Collectible Card Games like Universal Fighting System by Jasco games (re-branded as UniVersus) and Weiß Schwarz by Bushiroad is that instead of these licensed properties having their own Paper Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game with it's own unique gameplay mechanics they're forced to share the same gameplay mechanics with other licensed properties within the same Paper Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game that plays nothing like the source material they're based upon. It feels too watered down and generic with low learning curves for players who struggle with games being too complicated to learn. Less complexity equals more sales however something too complex won't sell at all as we've already seen with a lot of failed card games within the past couple of decades that missed the mark due to poor marketing and advertising. The sooner the Pay-to-Win business model changes from loot crates to something more convenient that isn't Online / Digital exclusive the better. Unfortunately we haven't found a real solution for it yet especially since now the ongoing pandemic has dramatically changed the paradigm.

    The interesting thing I find about Weiss is that they incorporated Adventure Time into their card game even though AT already had/has a card game with Card Wars. For the longest time I just thought that Weiss was just the "anime card game" in that you saw a bunch of various anime show up there, but then Adventure Time showed up and I had no idea what it was anymore.

    I don't believe Magic really needs to be doing this kind of crossover. As much as I hate TWD Secret Lair at the very least it was compact, I bought the MLP one and I figured that was fine as a strange one off, Hasbro owning both, their abilities are silly, and it was for charity, but it was pretty clear when TWD happened and how it was done (black border, eternal legal, etc) that this was going to happen more and more and that they had opened a box they shouldn't have. With the various rumors about them doing more SLs like that at the time (Harry Potter with Stryxhaven and others) this isn't surprising, but it is highly disappointing.

    D&D is one thing, and even I'm not 100% a fan of that per se, but at least they do share some similarities, but with Lord of the Rings, Warhammer, and who knows what other abominations will take place (I can already see a Yugioh card in Magic) this does not seem to bode well for the game.

    If the 40kommander decks are not filled with good reprints and strictly all about 40k then I will be skipping out on those decks for the first time in a long time. I'm just not interested in them and the same could be said about LotR, I have no real attachment to that franchise. If they did have ones with franchises I cared about I'd still not enjoy seeing them.
    What I don't understand is why Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro couldn't let the MTG Community decide on what IP Crossovers they want instead of the company deciding for them like through an online poll or survey that isn't restricted to Social Media outlets like Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook. By all technicalities it's OUR game and WE should have a say in this as well. It was actually an idea I had for a thread I was thinking of posting here on MTG Salvation with franchise ideas like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Thundercats, etc. where whoever got the most votes or tied for the most votes would've been what IP Crossover Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro would've added to MTG. Given how divided the MTG Community is it doesn't appear that they want to go that route unfortunately.

    It would also be a step in the right direction for Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro to help strengthen their public relations with the MTG Community which hasn't exactly been good over the last few years in regards to how they've been managing the game as of late. Maybe If they didn't take all criticism as being negative but also seeing the positive for what we could achieve together within the MTG Community. In the past they used to be more willing but now I think Social Media has tainted that in a lot of ways. It's rather unfortunate because we should be able to see eye to eye in all of this instead of jumping the gun and thinking one decision is best for all without any sort of given stamp of approval from the community. Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro appears to be in the attitude of "We don't care what your opinions are about what IP Crossovers we choose as long as it prints money!"
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Quote from Dontrike »
    I think the biggest thing that bothers me about entire sets of cards that are not Magic related is that it tells us the game can't stand on its own and now they need other IPs to help sell it. It makes the game feel cheap and rake like (look up rake for why I used that word.) If I wanted to play a LotR card game I would have played the actual LotR card game when it was out, if I wanted to play 40k I'd go spend $400 on painting supplies for one miniature.

    The fact that MTG as a brand isn't selling as well as it has in the past whether it be due to Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro's incompetence or proof of a generation gap of younger players more drawn to IP Crossovers compared to older players who are more conservative in their views of the MTG brand staying the same so that it doesn't end up losing it's own sense of identity with the original source material is definitely worth debating. MTG managed to stand the test of time because we've always believed in the notion that the gameplay mechanics and nostalgia alone were enough for the brand itself to stand on it's own but as it turns out that doesn't really seem to be the case here. The reason why I brought up Upper Deck Entertainment's Marvel / DC Vs. System Trading Card Game as an example earlier was because players actually feared of what the game would look like If it strayed too far away from American Comic Books to where it might look unrecognizable to those who play. I couldn't imagine what Vs. System would've looked like If we had crossed that threshold but oddly enough the game was discontinued only to be re-released as a Living Card Game by the same company with minimal success.

    Another problem I have with Paper Trading Card Games / Collectible Card Games like Universal Fighting System by Jasco games (re-branded as UniVersus) and Weiß Schwarz by Bushiroad is that instead of these licensed properties having their own Paper Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game with it's own unique gameplay mechanics they're forced to share the same gameplay mechanics with other licensed properties within the same Paper Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game that plays nothing like the source material they're based upon. It feels too watered down and generic with low learning curves for players who struggle with games being too complicated to learn. Less complexity equals more sales however something too complex won't sell at all as we've already seen with a lot of failed card games within the past couple of decades that missed the mark due to poor marketing and advertising. The sooner the Pay-to-Win business model changes from loot crates to something more convenient that isn't Online / Digital exclusive the better. Unfortunately we haven't found a real solution for it yet especially since now the ongoing pandemic has dramatically changed the paradigm.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Quote from Drangsal83 »
    I play since 2004 and there were several ‚Magic is dead‘ moments:
    - Future Sight: Futureshifted card frames
    - Lorwyn: Planewalkers
    - Alara: Mythic rarity
    - M10: new terms (cast, battlefield, exile)
    - Innistrad: double face cards
    - Ixalan: Pirates vs. Dinosaurs
    - The Guildwatch as Avengers wannabes
    - Secret Lair Drops
    - Ikoria: Kaiju artworks

    My love for the game survived them all.

    But this could maybe the Jump the Shark moment of MtG.
    I used to be the same way with Upper Deck Entertainment's Marvel / DC Vs. System Trading Card Game since I was deeply concerned that adding different Intellectual Properties into the game could potentially ruin the main source material it had with Comic Book Superheroes and Supervillains. I think the problem with MTG is that Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro thinks they can make more money relying on other Intellectual Properties instead of focusing on MTG's own lore which they've actively neglected since War of the Spark. We have little to no explanation for what's been taking place on Kaldheim, Eldraine, Theros, and other recent planes we've visited barring Saga cards that leaves more questions than answers. It's a problem when Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro isn't as emotionally invested into MTG's own lore as they are designing the game itself.

    The problem is that when it comes to MTG's own lore it just isn't as exciting as other Intellectual Properties that have their own communities and fanbases where it can be very hard to bridge that gap without ruining something that was once held sacred in a sense. I think Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro could learn a thing or two from Bushiroad who knows how to actually market their Intellectual Properties in a way that's exciting especially with how Square Enix promotes their products for the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. As long as they don't get lost in the marketing and focus more on the basics of what made MTG the powerhouse Trading Card Game it is today then they should do fine IMO. Unfortunately with the way things are right now they're doing the exact opposite of what they SHOULD be doing. They're sort of going back to basics with Remastered versions of old sets.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Not gonna lie, I'm really hoping for an actual Gandalf Commander with the flavor text, "You Shall Not Pass!" with the illustration paying homage to Angus Mackenzie from Legends. Almost thought they were going to go with Game of Thrones but I'm glad they actually went with Lord of the Rings instead. Don't really care that much about Warhammer 40k though I can see how it could convert players over to MTG.

    I know I probably shouldn't bring this up but is a Princess Bride (1987 film) Crossover out of the question? Westley/Dread Pirate Roberts/The Man In Black is an automatic shoe-in for a Gerrard Capashen clone. Of course Inigo Montoya would have the flavor text, "My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!" Buttercup would have her own card too of course as well as the phrase "Inconceivable!".
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on USPS Hurting E-Commerce Deliveries for Local Game Stores (LGSs)?
    So about 10 days ago on Valentine's Day I recently placed an eBay order for $20 worth of MTG cards for my EDH / Commander decks and they haven't come in the mail like they were supposed to. At first I thought it had to do with the recent snowstorms that tore through most of the United States when it turns out that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was to blame aside from holiday shipping delays and has now threatened to slow down first-class mail. What he doesn't realize is that he's hurting a lot of small businesses or in this case Local Game Stores (LGSs) who are needing an e-commerce presence whether it's eBay, Etsy, or Crystal Commerce to deliver card singles and other products to people's homes to compete against not just Amazon but online vendors like Card Kingdom, Channel Fireball, Star City Games, and even Sports and More.

    This is especially bad at a time when most people aren't able to go to their Local Game Store since they've been stuck in quarantine for nearly a year due to the ongoing pandemic by being forced to play Arena online or give up their gaming hobbies for good. I'm guessing the goal is to destroy the USPS so that it can be dismantled especially with what happened with mail-in voter ballots last year just so that UPS and FedEx can make massive profits at our expense. Sounds to me like this could be a last ditch effort to save Brick-and-Mortar Retail with how much money e-Commerce businesses like Amazon have been making and the USPS probably feels as though Brick-and-Mortal Retail and e-Commerce can't co-exist when one business model is making more than the other. President Biden can't simply fire Louis DeJoy since only the USPS Governing Board has authority to do so.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Old Remastered Sets New Norm for Reprints Going Forward?
    Quote from SpeedGrapher »
    I see them doing more remix sets or remake sets. It's going to be an on going theme until they hit every old block that they can.
    I don't take any issue with this. Apocalypse remastered in one booster box set. The power level of that block is low by todays standards so they have to remaster it.
    It would more than likely be printed as Invasion Remastered since Apocalypse is the third set from that block. Notable reprints would include Phyrexian Altar, Sterling Grove, Aura Shards, Empress Galina, Captain Sisay, Diabolic Intent, Orim's Chant, Lord of the Undead, and Phyrexian Arena. Maybe they could give us Zendikar Remastered as an excuse to reprint Training Grounds again even though it's on "The List".
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Old Remastered Sets New Norm for Reprints Going Forward?
    The hard part is that there are few sets where this would be a big draw.

    For TSR, players will likely enjoy getting Rift Bolt, Tolaria West, Dryad Arbor, SSG (even post-ban), Sprout Swarm, Pongify, Mana Tuthe, a wide array of slivers...


    For Mirrodin Remastered, meanwhile, we have... uh... eternal witness... artifact lands... cloud post... did I mention eternal witness?

    If there isn’t a critical density of semi-exciting non-rares to go into the set, I can’t imagine a set being pulled off... and I can think of maybe 1-2 other blocks (Lorwyn being one) that can pack enough of those to make it halfway plausible.
    Still holding out for a Reiterate reprint in TSR.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Old Remastered Sets New Norm for Reprints Going Forward?
    When I first heard about Time Spiral Remastered I automatically assumed that it was just going to be another online / digital exclusive to Arena and MTGO when later I found out that it was getting a Paper release which made me think that Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro may have finally solved the problem with Masters sets by re-releasing old expansions in a way that presents the best cards within these blocks. This was back when we used to have 2-3 sets per block in Standard before they changed it in Amonkhet to where now every Standard legal set is a stand-alone set including Core Sets. The big arguments I've been hearing about this distribution method is that it could end up devaluing the original sets' Expected Value (EV) quite a bit which is okay IMO because you were only going to invest in Reserve List.

    I can already imagine Odyssey Remastered with the pre-Mirrodin card templates with reprints of the most popular cards in that block such as Cabal Coffers, Tainted Pact which has now become a staple card in cEDH, as well as Worldgorger Dragon and Mirari's Wake which have spiked in price recently on the Secondary Market. We could even get Lorwyn Remastered with new reprints of Bitterblossom, Thorn of Amethyst, Maralen of the Mornsong, Stigma Lasher, Polluted Bonds, and Greater Auramancy. So what do you guys think? It's definitely a nice change of pace from having reprints in different product releases like the Planeswalker Spellbooks and the Color Collection series starting with Green. We'll still get reprints in Commander Pre-Cons though they'll mostly just be new Pre-Con exclusives anyway.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Netdecking has killed standard for me
    And here I think is a good issue. Cherry picking the best cards is part of the game, but lately MTG has seemed happy to ban cards instead of creating answers or hate dedicated to forcing players to grind out matches instead of just goldfishing to a win.
    Wizards of the Coast knows that EDH / Commander players like to goldfish more rather than grind out matches like most players in competitive formats do especially in cEDH to a lesser extent which explains their current design philosophy as of late. The difficulty is in designing cards that accommodate both Standard and EDH / Commander in a way that doesn't make the other imbalanced to the point where there would be less bans in Standard where as in EDH / Commander it's not broken enough due to how vast the card pool is in dealing with those threats.

    There does seem to be a reluctance on Wizards of the Coast's part not to print answers or hate cards to problematic cards in Standard because they aren't willing to take a financial loss in Expected Value (EV) sales at the expense of balancing the format. For example If there had been plenty of answers and hate cards for dealing with threats like Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath or Oko, Thief of Crowns then there's a good chance that those cards never would've gotten banned and probably not worth as much as they were going for. They'd still make money but probably not enough to appease the shareholders at Hasbro.
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on Esika brainstorming
    The goal is that you want to run as few creatures and planeswalkers as possible to get the full benefit of Esika, God of the Tree // The Prismatic Bridge akin to Hermit Druid in Dredge decks. The version I built relies on controlling the board with Child of Alara and Reaper King while using Saheeli, Sublime Artificer's static ability to make Scarecrows every time I cast a noncreature spell with Maskwood Nexus and/or Arcane Adaptation naming Scarecrow for Vindicate triggers. You also want some pillowfort with Spirit of Resistance, Norn's Annex, Energy Field, etc.

    I did try to experiment with just Esika, God of the Tree to utilize turning my Legendary Creatures into mana dorks though that would require me to run Sakashima of a Thousand Faces just to pay the 5 Kicker for Rite of Replication to make five copies of Sakashima that can now tap for one mana of any color with Esika, God of the Tree. Leyline of Singularity was also an option with non-Legendary Creatures but was too risky with not hitting the right creatures and planeswalkers with The Prismatic Bridge. If Indestructible is a problem just run Shadowspear, Bonds of Mortality, and Hour of Devastation.

    Hope that helps and good luck!
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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