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  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Quote from Dontrike »
    I figured the potential would be in what IP Crossovers would be a home run (like Godzilla in Ikoria for example) compared to those that aren't which is what worries some people. No sense bringing in an IP that only a small percentage of people care about as opposed to an IP that most people can get themselves behind.
    To be fair the Godzilla cards were more of a home run as they were just alternate art version of cards that someone could get cheaper elsewhere. These on the other hand will be mechanically special and harder to reprint in the future, unless a slew of functional reprints are made. While some didn't like that Godzilla cards, and that's okay, I was fine with them for what they were, promos.

    The Professor talks about this, if these were Godzilla esque cards no one would have had a problem with these, comparatively, and these could have been easily skipped to find the real cards. By making these mechanically special you can't ignore these if they happen to improve your competitive deck(s) and that's part of where the problem lies. Many don't want to play with Gandalf in Magic, they want to play with Magic characters or creatures.
    If the cards are mechanically special then why not design regular MTG cards based on them so that there's two versions, one that's the actual IP Crossover card and the other being a regular MTG card? Mark Rosewater actually hinted about this on his Blogatog awhile back though apparently Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro never bothered to release regular MTG versions of The Walking Dead Secret Lair cards or maybe they're actually coming down the pipeline like how they teased the first printings of cards in Future Sight that eventually got reprints such as Aven Mindcensor and Horizon Canopy which is still the most expensive card based on it's land cycle alone compared to how expensive Fetches are like Misty Rainforest and Scalding Tarn.

    I guess this also begs the question, will we receive regular MTG cards based on mechanically special designed cards for Warhammer 40k, Lord of the Rings, and other IP Crossovers in Universes Beyond? That at least should be something that Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro needs to look into at least for those who still want the classic aesthetic of the game left intact, after all the game is called "Magic: The Gathering" not "Magic: The Licensing". They might not owe us anything but it's something that we can both agree on that benefits both sides of the aisle. Wizards of the Coast has already done enough for Hasbro so why not support the MTG community more for a change? The ongoing pandemic was probably the wake up call they needed.
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  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Quote from Dontrike »
    There's definitely a lot of potential with this but Universes Beyond pretty much confirms that the MTG lore itself is in uncharted territory.
    What would be the potential here? I'm not seeing any that's not just even more product. Even if they picked an IP to do a crossover of this doesn't make me want to spend more, it only makes me want to spend less by buying a few singles of the ones I enjoy, if that.
    I figured the potential would be in what IP Crossovers would be a home run (like Godzilla in Ikoria for example) compared to those that aren't which is what worries some people. No sense bringing in an IP that only a small percentage of people care about as opposed to an IP that most people can get themselves behind.
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  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    One of my friends runs Negan, the Cold-Blooded as his Mardu Commander and I don't have a problem with him playing it in my EDH playgroups.
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  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    And before you idiots start a witch hunt about "well those cards arent mechanically unique or breaking the IP that is Magic" I will have tou know that I currently have several EDH decks that I have commissioned custom arts for the Commanders because I LIKE the idea of a crossover in Magic! I dont sweat over FNM or local tournaments. I play the game to mostly have fun and to EXPRESS MYSELF. If these IP crossovers make it easier for me or anyone else to do that while bringing more lifeblood into the game with more casual kitchen table players, I am okay with that.
    Don't get the wrong idea I like the idea of IP Crossovers in MTG when the big concern is what specific IP's Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro chooses that could either make or break the game. A Poll to determine what kinds of IP Crossovers we wanted has already been tossed aside because by the time the votes are officially cast Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro would've already finished designing an MTG product that's either superior or inferior towards it where the results of that poll would already be on the back burner. There's definitely a lot of potential with this but Universes Beyond pretty much confirms that the MTG lore itself is in uncharted territory.
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  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Quote from mikeyG »
    Quote from Dontrike »
    The Professor puts some of the comments about this product in a much more eloquent way (in this video) and why many of us here, me included, do not look forward to these products or the direction the game is going.
    It's a great video, and made me think a lot about the capitalistic angle. My main reason for not feeling UB was the immersion element, it just not 'feeling' right, but the closer examination of UB as a business practice really made me look at it in that light. We have heard "MtG is dead/dying" arguments for decades, though I can appreciate what makes this particular scenario different and why there's a lot of pessimism around UB's impact on the game.
    The real question is just how much of the immersion of Universes Beyond will take away from the enjoyment of MTG itself to where it's not really MTG anymore and I think Tolarian Community College brought that argument up quite well. MTG has gone from players immersing themselves as Wizards casting spells fighting against other Wizards to Planeswalkers doing pretty much the same thing to just about throwing that concept out the window without thinking of what the repercussions will entail. Maybe instead of incorporating different IP's (Intellectual Properties) into MTG they could've taken different art styles from those IP's by incorporating it into the MTG lore to where it doesn't alienate those who've already spent tons of money on this game. That's the direction that they should've stuck with instead of Universes Beyond IMO.

    Take for example the Anime / Manga art style they chose for War of the Spark's Planeswalker cards, it was a way to pay homage to those IP's without actually diluting MTG as a brand. Imagine If they had styled cards based on 1960's Rankin/Bass for Christmas Secret Lairs or hired someone from a famous IP to do their take on the MTG lore like maybe Jim Lee from DC Comics. We also saw this in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths where it was more inspired from art styles of American Comic Books and Graphic Novels. So already there's plenty of ways Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro can go about this without diluting the MTG lore though I get why they want to expand beyond it in order to get fan bases from other IP's into MTG. If anything the push for IP Crossovers in MTG will create a pseudo-Reserve List for non-Reserve List cards based on MTG lore.

    That's going to be really bad for the affordability of the game going forward for players who are wanting to get a hold of EDH / Commander staples without having to proxy them simply because it creates an artificial demand for these cards that wouldn't exist If these IP Crossovers were more incorporated as nothing but art styles instead of throwing in said actual IP for the sake of corporate greed. Of course the Secondary Market hasn't done MTG any favors recently due to hyper inflation woes created by the pandemic with players spending their stimulus checks on cards that have gone up in demand while flipping them for short-term cash with the trend continuing the longer the pandemic persists. We'll only see a cool off of the MTG Market once things get back to a relative normal. As of now most players are mostly playing on Arena and MTGO with Spelltable matches here and there.
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  • posted a message on Tergrid, God of Fright and Library of Leng
    So If I'm forced to discard a permanent card from an opponents' Tergrid, God of Fright can I choose to put it on top of my library with Library of Leng instead?
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  • posted a message on Esika brainstorming
    Most of my games with Esika have always boiled down to me not having a sac outlet in time to sacrifice or destroy Child of Alara who shows up 80% of the time with The Prismatic Bridge. Was almost tempted to swap Godo, Bandit Warlord for Nekusar, the Mindrazer with all the infinite draws I've been seeing at game tables as of late though I don't want to risk not getting Shadowspear or Nim Deathmantle when I need it though. Still need to run techs against Tergrid, God of Fright such as Library of Leng, Homeward Path, Brand, Gruul Charm, and Brooding Saurian.

    Brooding Saurian would be a tough fit since Esika wants to run as few creatures as possible to get the most out of the creatures she gets with The Prismatic Bridge. Both Brand and Gruul Charm are excellent techs against Tergrid though I'm not sure how she interacts with Library of Leng though. Other than that, Esika is quite fun to play while also having ways of dealing with indestructible with Bonds of Mortality, Shadowspear, and Hour of Devastation for when you want to utilize Child of Alara and Reaper King.
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Scientists are now warning that the brain-swelling Nipah virus that's 75 times more deadly than COVID-19 could mutate to become the next global pandemic, should we be worried?

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    A brain-swelling disease 75 times more deadly than coronavirus could mutate to become the next pandemic killing millions, scientists have warned. Experts told the Sun Online how a number of emerging diseases could trigger another global outbreak – and this time it could be “The Big One”. The fruit bat-borne virus Nipah is a prime candidate for serious concern, they fear. Severe brain swelling, seizures and vomiting are just some of the symptoms of this highly potent disease — which was first discovered in 1999 in Malaysia.

    Outbreaks in south and southeast Asia show the virus to be extremely deadly, with a death rate of between 40 to 75 per cent. COVID-19’s fatality rate is around one per cent, according to Imperial College, so a Nipah pandemic would kill many more people. It has also been named by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as one of 16 priority pathogens for research and development due to its potential to trigger an epidemic. And chillingly, Nipah is just one of 260 known viruses with epidemic potential.

    The virus is such concern due to its long incubation period of up to 45 days, meaning people could spread for over a month before falling ill, and its ability to cross between species. Nipah also has an exceptional high rate of mutation and there fears a strain more well adapted to human infections could spread rapidly across the well interconnected countries of South East Asia. And while COVID-19 has devastated the world, killing almost 2.5 million people, its already been warned the next pandemic could be much worse. Dr Melanie Saville, director of vaccine research and development at CEPI, have warned the world needs to be prepared for the next “big one”.

    Humans clashing with nature as populations expand and habitats get pushed back is considered to be a prime driver of new diseases — and that is exactly what happened with Nipah when it first infected pig farmers in Malaysia. Dr Rebecca Dutch, chair of the University of Kentucky’s department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and a world a leader in the study of viruses, said although there are no current Nipah outbreaks in the world, they occur periodically and it is “extremely likely” we will see more. “Nipah is one of the viruses that could absolutely be the cause of a new pandemic. Several things about Nipah are very concerning,” Dr Dutch said. “Many other viruses in that family (like measles) transmit well between people, so there is concern that a Nipah variant with increased transmission could arise.

    “The mortality rate for this virus is between 45% and 75% depending on the outbreak – so this is much higher than COVID-19. Nipah has been shown to transmit through food, as well as via contact with human or animal excretions. “The incubation period for Nipah can be quite long, and it can be unclear if transmission can occur during this time.” As well as fruit bats, pigs have caught the disease by eating infected mangoes and have been known to pass the disease to humans. More than one million pigs believed to be infected with the Nipah virus were slaughtered in Malaysia to prevent them from transferring it to humans. Dr Jonathan Epstein, vice president for science and outreach at the EcoHealth Alliance, explained how they are tracking the Nipah virus and are worried about its potential.

    “We know very little about the genetic variety of Nipah-related viruses in bats, and what we don’t want to happen is for a strain to emerge that is more transmissible among people,” Dr Epstein said. “So far, Nipah is spread among close contact with an infected person, particularly someone with respiratory illness through droplets, and we generally don’t see large chains of transmission. “However, given enough opportunity to spread from bats to people, and among people, a strain could emerge that is better adapted to spreading among people. “This is a zoonotic virus knocking on the door, and we have to really work now to understand where human cases are occurring, and try to reduce opportunities for a spillover, so that it never gets the chance to adapt to humans.”


    And Dr Saville warned we need to be ready for the next “big one”, wherever it may come from. “Most crucially we shouldn’t just be looking at Nipah,” she said. “We know that a future pandemic is inevitable, and there are many other emerging infectious diseases that are recognised as having pandemic potential. “This includes known disease threats, like influenza, as well as new or as-of-yet identified pathogens, known as ‘Disease X’. “With environmental changes such as climate change, habitat destruction and human encroachment into previously isolated areas, human interactions have created a fertile space for viruses to hop between species and we therefore need to be prepared for the next ‘big one’.”

    Dr Saville added CEPI is looking at producing a library of prototype vaccines which could target all coronaviruses at once. She added that they would be building on what they had learned from COVID-19 to try and eliminate the risk of a future pandemic. Executive director of the Access to Medicine Foundation, Jayasree K Iyer, also named superbugs as a big pandemic risk. She said: “Antibiotic resistance already causes more than 700,000 deaths each year, including more than 200,000 infant deaths.

    “Antibiotics are used for treatment in nearly all cases of severe COVID-19, leading thus to an increasing number of bacteria becoming resistant to these antibiotics.” Ms Iyer and experts in the field are worried that pharmaceutical companies are not doing enough to create vaccines in time for the next pandemic. For example, there are no drugs or vaccines specific to Nipah virus. But the next pandemic could well come from a pathogen currently unknown to us. The unknown outbreak, known as Disease X, could trigger an outbreak worse than the Black Death if more is not done to control zoonotic diseases. Out of the 1.67 million unknown viruses on the planet up to 827,000 of these could have the ability to infect people from animals, according to the EcoHealth Alliance.

    South East Asia, Southern and Central Africa, areas around the Amazon, and eastern Australia were all identified as the areas of highest risk for new diseases in a study published in Nature Communications. Environmental writer John Vidal, who is working on a book revealing the links between nature and disease, predicted the world faces a new Black Death-scale pandemic. Given the popularity of air travel and global trade, a virus could rampage across the world, unknowingly spread by asymptomatic carriers, “in a few weeks, killing tens of millions of people before borders could be closed”, he adds.

    He said: “Mankind has changed its relationship with both wild and farmed animals, destroying their habitats and crowding them together — and the process … is only accelerating. ”If we fail to appreciate the seriousness of the situation, this present pandemic may be only a precursor to something far graver still.”


    These are the most deadly disease outbreaks in history — with many times the death toll than currently being unleashed by Covid.

    Black Death — Somewhere between 75 and 200 million people lost their lives — up to 60 per cent of the entire population of Europe — when the plague ravaged the continent from 1346 to 1353. It was most likely passed to humans via fleas which were feeding on black rats on trade ships in the Mediterranean before spreading across Europe and North Africa.

    Spanish Flu — As the world attempted to recover from the horror of the Great War in 1918, a disaster which killed twice as many people as the conflict emerged with Spanish Flu. Somewhere between 17 million and 100 million people died during the pandemic which lasted until 1920 — but there is currently no consensus as to where the virus originated, although it appears to have avian genes.

    Plague of Justinian — Believed to be the same bacteria responsible for the Black Death, the plague ravaged Europe and West Asia killing between 15 million and 100 million people in 541 and 542AD. It is believed to have been spread by rats carrying fleas as well — spreading into the Byzantine Empire via grain ships arriving from Egypt.

    HIV/AIDs Pandemic — Still ravaging parts of the world, its estimated some 35 million people have been killed by the insidious virus since 1981. It is believed to have jumped from primates to humans and was potentially first spread by the bushmeat trade.

    The Third Plague — The Bubonic plague struck again in China in 1855 from where it spread and killed up to 15 million people. WHO estimated the bacteria was running rampant until 1960 — with only then the pandemic ending, and they continue to closely monitor any outbreaks of the plague.


    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a lift of priority pathogens for research due to the threat the pose of a widespread epidemic — with these being some of the biggest worries:

    Ebola — Six African nations have been put on alert by WHO after Guinea declared it was suffering with another epidemic of ebola. The disease that has killed more than 11,000 people in the region. It leads to a fever, headaches, muscle pain, and bleeding from the ears, eyes, nose or mouth.

    SARS — The virus is believed to first emerged from bats in China, like COVID-19, triggering an epidemic in 2002 to 2004 that killed 774 people. SARS is an airborne virus and can spread through small droplets of saliva in a similar way to COVID-19 and the flu.

    MERS — A bug which is believed to have spread from bats to camels to humans in the Middle East. It is not as infectious as SARS or COVID, but has a fatality rate of around 35%.

    Rift Valley Fever — A zoonotic disease which is mainly passed to humans through infected animal blood and mosquitoes. The most extreme forms of the virus can cause blindness, jaundice, vomiting blood and death.

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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    I'm starting to think that this "isolationist crap" might actually be a good thing for us in order to seek God more rather than continue to be sedated to the ways of the world that will only lead us astray to the second death in the lake of fire. James 4:4 says, "You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God." We can't put one foot in the world and God's Kingdom in the other, otherwise we end up living as Lukewarm Christians which Jesus warned about in Revelation 3:16.

    The problem with today's society is that everyone is looking to amuse themselves and they do it because of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) when in reality they aren't really missing out on anything when we've wired ourselves to keep up on a constant basis. Scientists recently came to the conclusion that too much of these dopamine rushes of self pleasure has created a mental disorder known as "Anhedonia". It's a condition in which people can't experience pleasure anymore. The more we try to pleasure ourselves the more unsatisfied we are when the gift of the Holy Spirit should be enough.
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    I recently got word that the pharmacy at the grocery store I work at is going to be distributing the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this coming Wednesday and the kicker? It's not mandatory for employees to take it though they may choose to take the vaccine If they like. The bad news is that people still have to social distance and wear face masks after getting vaccinated which to me defeats the purpose of the vaccine and that's to prevent the virus from spreading to other people. It seems as though pharmaceutical companies are gambling with peoples' lives by giving them vaccines that are either superior or less effective as sort of a social-engineering experiment by using the human race as guinea pigs to decide who lives and who dies. So If people are forced to take a vaccine that's less effective as their counterparts then the obvious solution would be to take multiple shots to increase the effectiveness, problem solved right? Not exactly I'm afraid. It might be a seasonal thing like the Flu.

    My stepdad was recently vaccinated through Moderna as there were no strange abnormalities or symptoms same with a co-worker I know who showed no symptoms of his body trying to resist the vaccine. The number of new people diagnosed with COVID-19 seems to be going down quite dramatically with people getting vaccinated but just how long will the immunity last until they have to get re-vaccinated and we have to do this process over and over again? Given what we now know how will this affect the future of the Local Game Store (LGS)? It means people will spend less on other Paper Trading Card Games / Collectible Card Games with Paper Magic being the safest investment at least for the time being depending on how things pan out with the IP Crossovers in Universal Beyond. Flesh and Blood TCG seems to be doing the complete opposite of what Wizards of the Coast is doing to Magic as of late though I don't expect to get into it with most of my money already spent on Magic.
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  • posted a message on Names from Magic's history that are not yet used as Legends
    Still waiting for Ashnod as a Legendary Creature though we know Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro's going to be lazy with her design by having the same abilities as you guessed it Ashnod's Altar. Look what they did to Nevinyrral in Commander Legends.
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  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Quote from LeyShade »
    See above, as when the word of god officially lists it in it's copyrights and trademarks as a mechanical system to facilitate gameplay across multiple IP's (the same filing that has existed from origin to now), that it consistently crosses over with other IP's (self confessing you're ignoring those because you like those IP's doesn't make them less of a crossover), and directly plans crossovers with other IP's (which it's done since it's inception). The ONLY thing Wizards ever made clear wasn't part of the crossover was it's own story canon, which admittely would be terrible if they tried to canonise other IP's into their own. But they've never, not in the history of the games publication, ever said that the mechanical focus can't be crossed over into other games, other IP's or other media.

    I mean one thing is liking tha change, one thing is bull*****ting that magic was about crossovers all along
    Don't really understand why Mark Rosewater is being hypocritical about this. Either he wants Magic to be Magic without being someone else's IP (Intellectual Property) or he's perfectly fine with these IP's diluting the Magic brand. He's saying this in a way that doesn't offend his co-workers at Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro which doesn't make sense to me.

    The more you dilute Magic as a brand eventually it will lose it's own sense of identity and I'm guessing that Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro thinks that the game's entire card pool is actually big enough to where that doesn't happen regardless of how much of these IP Crossovers they print in Universal Beyond. Only difference is that previous IP Crossovers were printed in very limited supply through HasCon, Secret Lairs, and Promos.
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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...
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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