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    posted a message on Wizards cuts ties with artist Terese Nielsen
    At this point Wizards of the Coast needs to be sued for discrimination.

    I really hate what the MTG community is doing to the game's reputation on social media.

    Eventually there's not going to be anyone left to really give a damn.
    Posted in: Magic General
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    posted a message on I like to know the future of magic with the new bannings.
    Quote from R_Lancer »
    The current protest has nothing to do with magic, unless their cooperate office is next door to CHAZ.
    Well both Wizards of the Coast and CHAZ are located in Seattle, Washington.
    Posted in: Magic General
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    posted a message on I like to know the future of magic with the new bannings.
    Quote from R_Lancer »
    For the past year wizards has been Anti-Cardshop. So this move will not come a surprise.
    On a business perspective it makes sense as to why they've been against the Local Game Store (LGS) business model and more in favor of big box retailers like Walmart and Target simply because the profit margins are much higher and safer than at LGSs. On a public relations perspective it's a terrible move that completely neglects the In-Store Play aspect of the Local Game Store (LGS) that big box retailers like Walmart and Target are unable to provide for their customers especially GameStop as their slogan should've been "power to the corporations" because "power to the players" is misleading.

    The idea of GameStop implementing In-Store Play for people who play MTG, Pokémon TCG, and Yu-Gi-Oh! by running sanctioned events and Organized Play is laughable at best when they're already going the way of Blockbuster with terrible costumer service, terrible public relations, and bad business practices overall. Maybe If they didn't have such a terrible reputation I'd reconsider the option of GameStop potentially taking over the Local Game Store (LGS) business model and even If they did I feel it would be too corporate compared to how grassroots LGSs we know are properly run.
    Posted in: Magic General
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    posted a message on ChannelFireball Cancels All Paper Magic Events Permanently due to COVID-19, MagicFest Cancelled Forever?
    Quote from the n00b king »
    It's only a matter of time before the game goes fully digital. Maybe Covid will have sped up this process. Might explain the plethora of products WotC is releasing this year. Just to get that stuff out of the way before they focus on the digital aspect.
    That would fit in line with Hasbro "prepping" Wizards of the Coast as a company to be sold next year. The weird thing is that Rudy from Alpha Investments predicted this 2 years before COVID-19 occurred. Coincidence? Well I guess we're all going to have to find out now won't we?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Double Masters 2XM New reprint product
    It's this Inside Trading that we've seen with Pioneer and now Double Masters that has me wondering why the U.S. Government hasn't called the FBI to investigate Wizards of the Coast on this. Inside Trading technically isn't illegal or considered a financial crime in the United States like Tax Evasion unless it involves the Stock Market and Wall Street. What I don't get is why Paper Trading Card Games / Collectible Card Games like Magic: the Gathering get away with selling loot crates to customers when it's video games like Fortnite and Overwatch that politicians go after the most. If you're a company like Wizards of the Coast then you're basically publicly acknowledging the Secondary Market just by making decisions on what to deny your customers and what to overcharge them for.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Banned and restricted announcement (offical announcement)
    Should just ban all the Campanions and get it over with.

    Instead we deal with this crap for the upcoming year.
    I am guessing they already have Companion cooked into an upcoming set like M21 or whatever comes after Zendikar 3.0 and they don't want to kill the mechanic but possibly change it.

    That they haven't banned Lurrus from Modern and Pioneer (and possibly Standard) yet tells me they want to sell more cards over the next few weeks. That is flat out scummy business practice.
    It's the same business practice Konami does with Yu-Gi-Oh! nowadays especially in Japan:

    1. Release set in Japan, North America, Latin America, Singapore, and Europe.
    2. Identify the most powerful / sought after cards as determined by the players.
    3. Upshift the rarity and short print them (so that an uncommon might become a Mythic that's half as printed as other Mythics).
    4. Sell everywhere else.
    5. Satisfy market demand for the cards with a huge reprint in another set.
    6. Ban the cards for a few formats to allow the rest of the game to catch up.
    7. Unban the card(s) to give decks new life so that people buy support you printed for the deck.
    To sum it all up, Wizards of the Coast print cards so broken that you have no choice but to play them in said format. Then it sees play for awhile and gets toxic for the formats that it's in where it eventually gets banned because Wizards of the Coast and inside traders at MTG Finance got their money for the card(s) and proceeds to print more broken cards. That's how Wizards of the Coast went "full Konami" as they did back in Throne of Eldraine with Oko, Thief of Crowns.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Gentlemen, Online MagicTG doesn't work and here is why.
    I think the better question for this topic is whether or not Arena is worthwhile for Casual instead of it becoming a boring grind fest that makes the moniker "No two games will ever be the same" completely laughable. Maybe If Wizards of the Coast had the balls to work around the Reserve List you know, like implement proper EDH / Commander on Arena where players have actual access to Reserve List cards since they aren't bound to Digital like they are on Paper. Now granted it probably would take too long to get proper 4 player EDH / Commander on Arena due to it being a) made in Unity, b) only being a 32-bit application which means that it can't use more than 4 GB of RAM on any machine, c) it's too clunky on all triggered abilities. Just imagine having to wait on 3 other random players. The amount of time it takes to resolve the stack Digitally would've probably already been taken care of with less time in Paper.

    I think Paper Magic is too much of a cash cow to completely do away with Local Game Stores (LGSs) entirely for the communities it helps foster as well as the In-Store Play experiences it brings that you won't find on Digital. Arena and MTGO aren't where they need to be right now to completely get rid of Paper Magic. All that could change If Wizards of the Coast hires the right people to get the system in place for players who are still stuck in quarantine due to the ongoing pandemic If this continues to drag on for years to come. The downside is that this would result in a net loss for a lot of players who've already spent thousands of dollars on Paper EDH / Commander and are wanting to cash out before it's already too late. That's why I've been hesitating to build another Paper EDH / Commander deck to help support the Local Game Stores (LGSs) in my community.
    Posted in: Magic General
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    posted a message on How Often Do You Support Your Local Game Store (LGS)?
    I don't think this question gets raised enough though I am a bit curious. As for me before the pandemic hit I've always tried to support my LGSs once every weekend though now with the quarantine I've mainly been making my purchases through TCGPlayer since the proceeds actually go towards the Local Game Store (LGS). I did manage to make a few orders from my own LGSs several weeks ago, one through their eBay store and another through their e-commerce website. One of my noteworthy purchases that I've made from one of my LGSs was a lightly played Worldly Tutor from Sixth Edition that I bought for $13.00 before it spiked to $20.00 that I picked up for my Nissa, Vastwood Seer EDH / Commander deck. Also happened to pick up a lightly played Mox Opal for $48.00 at another LGS I normally go to for another EDH / Commander deck for a friend of mine. I also ended up purchasing a Thassa, God of the Sea from the same place I ordered my Worldly Tutor before shopping on TCGPlayer and eBay for other cards I needed.

    I refuse to shop on Amazon unless it's an emergency situation. Maybe with non-essential businesses across the country starting to slowly open back up perhaps we'll start to see more people sell their MTG collections at their LGSs when they weren't able to beforehand due to the businesses being closed with no buylist orders or appraisals let alone mail deliveries and curbside pickup. With the Secondary Market for Paper Magic being at a standstill right now tells me that most players are still holding onto their collections thinking that they'll be able to ride out this economic downturn. Perhaps more people have decided to abandon LGSs completely in favor of supporting flea markets and thrift stores when it comes to letting go of their MTG collections. I actually am getting a "wait and see" approach with most of the MTG community with how they're responding to the pandemic though I'm probably making this assumption through Magic YouTubers who still continue to upload content considering how few they are right now.
    Posted in: Magic General
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    posted a message on Home Interview of MaRo by The 'Professor' at Toarian Community College
    Quote from the n00b king »
    Quote from mikeyG »
    So he admits that the game is still largely played offline, often at an LGS, but how are players going to do that in the next many months (potentially year or more)? In person play is not happening at LGSes, if they're even open, and I highly doubt the average playgroup is getting together for game night. Is MaRo expecting a dramatic spike of people playing paper Magic via Zoom?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the company is at least signalling a continued commitment to paper Magic, I just don't see it as anything other than a platitude given that in person play is largely impossible right now and LGSes are going to start dying soon, if they haven't already.
    That's because LGSs are treated as non-essential businesses by the government and health officials when they don't understand that EVERY business is essential. They're the ones who are deciding on which businesses survive and which ones go out of business without the consent of the customer who should have the final say on the matter. The customer is the one who is keeping certain businesses alive so why should the government and health officials be the ones to decide for them? That's basically someone telling you how to spend your own money when customers should have a choice of who they want to support.
    HAHAHA WHAT

    You can't support a business when YOU'RE ******* DEAD YOU PLEB
    If that business doesn't have much of an online presence then it's already dead to begin with even If you're still alive to support that business. Look I'm not a millionaire like MtgLion on YouTube where he can easily drop $25,000 on Local Game Stores to ensure that these small businesses survive the pandemic. MTG Players' disposable income tends to vary based on what jobs they have though for people like me who work paycheck to paycheck with $200+ additional Hazard Pay every two weeks I'm only able to do what I can right now.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Home Interview of MaRo by The 'Professor' at Toarian Community College
    Quote from mikeyG »
    Quote from mikeyG »
    So he admits that the game is still largely played offline, often at an LGS, but how are players going to do that in the next many months (potentially year or more)? In person play is not happening at LGSes, if they're even open, and I highly doubt the average playgroup is getting together for game night. Is MaRo expecting a dramatic spike of people playing paper Magic via Zoom?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the company is at least signalling a continued commitment to paper Magic, I just don't see it as anything other than a platitude given that in person play is largely impossible right now and LGSes are going to start dying soon, if they haven't already.

    That's because LGSs are treated as non-essential businesses by the government and health officials when they don't understand that EVERY business is essential.
    Hahahaha, no they aren't. Which isn't to say those businesses aren't important to those financially or socially supported by them, they just aren't essential in the context of a global pandemic.
    So what you're also saying is that it isn't essential for people to have gaming hobbies outside their homes in the context of a global pandemic? This kinda reminds me of the argument about why people shouldn't treat YouTube as their primary source of income when they should've gotten a real job elsewhere. People are always going to try to pursue something they enjoy that allows them to escape from real world problems however we're in a situation right now where they can't hide from the drama any longer.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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