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  • posted a message on MTG Needs New Leadership and Why Mark Rosewater (MaRo) Should Step Down
    Sounds to me as though Wizards of the Coast are mostly taking heat for Hasbro corporate's mistakes where Wizards of the Coast are just following orders while their parent company Hasbro are the ones calling all the controversial shots that makes their business partner look terrible as a company. It's really a tactic that companies use to avoid bad publicity by shifting blame on others in order to make themselves look innocent to the public eye. The irony is that before Hasbro bought out Wizards of the Coast in 1998 they had none of these problems back when the only Social Media outlets we had were message board forums such as the one we're using now.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on MTG Needs New Leadership and Why Mark Rosewater (MaRo) Should Step Down
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXUysF4DoHk
    Quote from MTGLion »
    I'm going to talk about what it's like to work for Wizards of the Coast. Like any company Wizards of the Coast has a Glassdoor and even though they are a sub-company of Hasbro, the Glassdoor is separate to Wizards of the Coast. I decided to discuss this from an employer stance, so I employ people for my company and whenever you have employees they only go to Glassdoor when they want to write typically something bad about you. Very similar to Yelp right but here we go. Many of these Glassdoor reviews show that Wizards of the Coasts' management is exactly what Orion D. Black (a Non-Binary African American Freelancer who previously worked for Wizards of the Coast on Dungeons & Dragons) said where people shout, they yell, the management smiles at you, and doesn't listen to your ideas, they don't give you many projects, they just want to have you as almost a token If you're a minority, a woman, or a person of color. Now where does this culture stem from and how does this relate to Magic: the Gathering in general? Well If you look at the reviews they were largely positive until recently. So I've included all the reviews including the positive ones over the past few years but you can see that their rankings have since dropped.


    Wizards of the Coast is trying to get away with underpaying its staff, that's why it's developers and MTGO are so bad is they're forcing people who love this game to work at below market prices as you can look at their salaries and that doesn't make any sense except that they love this game. So because they love MTG and they want to be part of something like this they're willing to take a lesser salary to do the same work but when you go out in the talent poll, you're probably not recruiting A level talent, you're probably stuck with B or C or even D level talent and that's a big problem for the game. I can take a look at Play Design. Play Design is just friends and families of the people at Wizards of the Coast. Did you realize that? I'm being totally serious Play Design / Research & Development are literally friends and families' members of Wizards of the Coast employees who then get hired. So I'm going to read you something which should make you know somewhat sense to you. It's called "nepotism". I'm going to read you the definition of it and you let me know If this is exactly what's happening with Wizards of the Coast.

    So nepotism, favoritism, is an appointment to a job based on kinship. Nepotism has papal origins during papacy granting many special favors to members of the Pope in particular particularly the persons' nephews, the practice of papaya favoritism was carried on by the Pope's successors and in 1667 was the subject of Gregeria Letty's book two nepotism the roman title being the history of the Pope's nephews. Shortly after the book's appearance, nepotism began to be used in English for showing of special favor or unfair preference to any relative by someone in any position of power and so on. So when we talk about what's going on with Wizards of the Coast it kind of makes sense that not only their kinship, their family members, their friends of a friend, they're just going to hire people with the same political beliefs as them and that's a very dangerous thing to have as a company because when you surround yourself with a bunch of Yes Men even the worst ideas, the answer is "Yes" because no one has a different opinion and sometimes Yes Men actually believe what they're saying because they're so integrated into saying, "Yes" that even a bad idea sounds like a good idea.

    So that's the main problem of Wizards of the Coast is you look at Lee Sharpe and Gavin Verhey, they've been there for too long. So there's a lot of turnover at the lower management or the individual levels but there's not turnover Mark Rosewater (MaRo) has been in the company for how long again? A lot of these people have been at this company and that's not to say it's bad right? But they're not quitting anytime soon. So you have to imagine that there is no other company that would ever hire them based on their skill set and because of that fact they're being grossly overpaid in my opinion. Look at Research & Development, I mean think about what Standard would look like If we got rid of all these bans and then they won't have Companions all at the same time. Not like the Companions we know of today but the Companions that were much too powerful right? Look what they did with Terese Nielsen which their company publicly basically defamed her and look what they did with banning cards or certain artworks or titles even like "Crusade" which is an historical event actually. When you think about fantasy, I don't think Crusade is offensive and the term of fantasy is a fantasy element.

    So currently we have a company run by individuals who aren't the most talented people and Lee Sharpe said it best when specifically trying to hire a certain gender indentification. So he's not hiring the most talented MTG Arena developer, he's specifically trying to hire based not on talent and that's what Orion D. Black felt was he was only there because or they were only there because they wanted to kind of trot them out as a token which again is not respect and he says that many times that "You do not respect me". That's a really crazy thing to say right? "You don't respect me as a human being." I think it's pretty interesting, it's not a topic that normally we get to discuss very much and I know Double Masters and VIP Masters, that can be discussed by other YouTube Channels but as an employer like this is the worst case scenario is to have people like Noah Bradley to promote more people like him and they're destroying lives. I don't know what's wrong with this company but they specifically don't want background checks.

    It's so crazy to me that they don't want background checks AT ANY COST because they're afraid of what may happen and I would be afraid too. Former Dungeons & Dragons Freelancer Orion D. Black posted an open letter accusing Dungeons & Dragons' parents' company Wizards of the Coast of exploiting African Americans. Not only does this African American accuse the company of exploiting African Americans but he also claims that Wizards of the Coast only pays lip service to diversity and attempts to silence anyone who criticizes them. So that's spot on. Remember when they banned everyone from Travis Woo's Facebook Group for a stupid Internet Meme and other controversial MTG YouTube Content Creators? Orion also goes to explain in a tweet why he took a job to work on Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast. He took the job for two reasons: the first was the dream. That's what they sell you on. It's almost like a multi-level marketing scam to get you to work for less value than you're actually worth.

    I like him a lot as I think he'd be a good fit for my company because that's what you need, you need people that are blocked in accusing Wizards of the Coast hiring them as a diversity hire. Orion firmly believes he was a diversity hire, there was no expectation for him to do anything, much of anything. He probably disrupted them by being vocal and following up. Isn't this like positive things like, "Hey we have a problem in our company, this dude is telling us we have a problem with our company, maybe we should try to publicly address it". Orion also follows up with having worked at another Start Up and the reason that most Start Ups (like Kickstarter and Indiegogo) fail is because people don't care enough. It's always more work to do it's always more things to do and let me just be completely frank with you there's always more things to do. It's very easy to kind of hide in the shadows or view a job as a paycheck but you're not going to last very long at my Start Up at least because we're so small. It's kind of hard to hide away. So you have what I think is the ideal employee for Wizards of the Coast, someone who actually has opinions, whose critical, and cares enough.

    Orion elaborated that people generally proposed him as an option and it was accepted because it would look like a radical positive change, it would help quiet vocal outrage, and because he had to stay silent it was a safe bet. Wizards of the Coast was going to start talking about how they were going to treat the staff better, retaining contractors, actually answering questions, how much they were invested in diversity and change even though they hired two Caucasian dudes into two big leadership positions. So until the top with Mark Rosewater (MaRo), Lee Sharpe, and Gavin Verhey, until these people are replaced there will be no change because change comes from the top. He then goes and makes an accusation saying, "If I found out some of my work was stolen which destroyed me, it lined up with a project they were going to do and I sent it to someone in leadership a while ago." This is just a terrible environment to work in. I don't know how it became this bad, I'm sure they had good intentions of course but just until leadership changes, until Mark Rosewater steps down, or is gone nothing is going to change.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Is This Format Too Dependent on Netdecking?
    The reason why I ask this is because when it comes to building an EDH / Commander deck it requires some form of netdecking as in using the Internet to help identify what cards and strategies go with said Commander to make for more optimized builds as opposed to less optimized builds. If you didn't have Internet Access like in the old days of Paper Magic, you literally had to rely on going through books of set expansions to find the right cards you're looking for or dig through thousands of common and uncommon bulk cards at your Local Game Store (LGS).

    Netdecking is what separates those who are able to brew their decks more creatively as opposed to those who struggle with being as creative as those that are without proven game data or the Internet. When I first started playing MTG we didn't have anyone netdecking as the players at my locals with the best decks were the ones who put more time and effort into crafting their decks as opposed to players like myself at the time who weren't familiar with card type ratios and having the knowledge to build decks in a way that was just as satisfying as those that didn't netdeck.

    Without the Internet I can imagine it being incredibly hard for an EDH / Commander player especially a newbie trying to find functionally identical cards in playsets within less time than it is with using the Internet in some way. Imagine If EDH / Commander was invented as a format WAY before 2009 like in the mid to late 90's when our Internet wasn't where it is right now. How would players be able to access the official rules unless it was from a Wizards product or via Strategy Guide that book stores like Barnes & Noble used to sell?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    I feel as though the people who are trying to sell people into MTG while treating the Reserve List as a stock market are doing it either because they have personal connections in regards to corporate sponsors and other big businesses or they themselves had Local Game Stores (LGSs) that are either still in business or went bankrupt and are buying out big collections in order to bring the MTG market to them just so they can sell the cards. So why was Core 2021 officially released for Paper Magic a few weeks before Wizards of the Coast suspended ALL In-Store Play / Organized Play for Paper Magic through September during Zendikar Rising Spoiler Season? Doesn't that feel a bit shady? I mean If you're a Local Game Store (LGS) Owner / Employee then you just bought a bunch of product with no players coming into your store to play with the products which means you're not going to sell it unless it's through Curbside Pickup or Online via e-commerce.

    Wizards of the Coast ended up hurting Local Game Stores by doing this. Now of course the company is going to blame it on the virus when the virus itself is being handled differently in each state / province, businesses are being handled differently by each state / province, but now there's no In-Store Play / Organized Play for Paper Magic. That's got to be very shady business and it's hard not for it to be a coincidence when just a few weeks ago Core 2021 was released, people bought the product up, wasted thousands of dollars on these cards, and now they can't even play them at their LGS unless they're at home. Then you have Arena / MTGO which is now being pushed more than ever due to being digital platforms with low overhead cost where you have to wonder whether If they have more profit tied to them. These digital platforms are still nowhere near replacing Paper Magic and unfortunately that's the only resource that players have right now.

    I don't think it's any secret that Wizards of the Coast has allowed their political beliefs to affect their business decisions. In the meantime not every state in the U.S. is having a major problem with the virus where most of the activity is taking place primarily in big populated cities like Miami, Florida and Houston, Texas. Many rural areas don't have a problem at all with COVID-19 yet from a small business owner standpoint it doesn't make any sense why Wizards of the Coast is doing what they're doing. Governors in many states are allowing things in regards to business etc. to be operated on a county by county basis. Now logically that makes more sense however Wizards of the Coast made a decision based on "one size fits all" and that's just not the case with this current situation. They're just using Paper Magic to push their political beliefs and digital online platform business agendas. Why else would Wizards of the Coast want locations that aren't being impacted by the virus to not do business by holding Organized Play and Sanctioned Events at Local Game Stores?

    So just out of curiosity what would happen to Paper Magic and Local Game Stores (LGSs) If there was an Internet Blackout during the middle of this current Global Pandemic we're in? The only real line of defense Local Game Stores (LGSs) have aside from community is e-commerce sales to help compete against Amazon and other online retailers / vendors. If nobody is able to show up to their Local Game Store (LGS) because of the virus preventing them from participating in In-Store Play / Organized Play then how are they going to be able to stay in business? Purchasing card singles will be more of a pain in the ass again If your Local Game Store doesn't have a particular card you need but what would be the point If the virus makes it to where you can't play? You literally would not be able to play MTG ANYWHERE either in Digital or Paper because it would ALL be shutdown. Want to play Arena / MTGO with other players online or participate in remote play? Can't do it. Want to go play EDH / Commander with your playgroups or grind in a tournament at your Local Game Store (LGS)? Can't do that either.

    Look I know this is conspiratorial and I'm not trying to fearmonger anyone when I'm curious as to how people would get through this kind of crisis.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    So just out of curiosity, does anyone else wonder how the reaction to COVID-19 has effected Wizards of the Coast's bottom line? Surely Paper sales are down and Digital sales are up, but have the Digital gains from Arena / MTGO been enough to counterbalance the Paper losses from not being able to play at Local Game Stores (LGSs)? Are print runs and box openings low enough to effect the Secondary Market, especially later on?
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Quote from user_938036 »
    Of course not everyone has access to Social Media or they don't trust it enough due to the toxicity of communities they simply try to avoid due to PC / Cancel Culture. So at best you're stuck having to rely on peoples' phone numbers and e-mail addresses for communication especially If you don't own a smartphone in order to setup playgroups for certain games.
    This may seem overly ignorant and privileged but is it actually possible to go through life as an adult right now without a smartphone?
    Well it certainly beats having to be chemically glued to one. Before the pandemic hit I mainly borrowed other peoples' phones to call people or browse the internet for certain information since one of my LGSs has this rule about not browsing the internet outside the LGSs official website at their store. The only time I'm allowed to browse off the LGS website is when I need to send e-mails to the store to help print out card proxies. Other than that I've seen people break the rule by playing on Arena or by checking MTG card prices there. Not sure why though.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Quote from user_938036 »
    Well I would assume that MTG's original design in the 1990's and what it's become to the fans who've remained loyal to the game up until this point are two different, but still interconnected things. If you have the opportunity to play MTG at home you can still enjoy it in Paper. But let's be honest, it gets old playing the same person over and over unless you change decks inbetween matches. Even the same 2 or 3 people. It gets stale quickly BUT If you're able to go to your LGS weekly and play in semi serious ranked games then you can practice with your family during the week for those FNM events. In other words, "At Home" Play is completely linked to LGS Play. The one needs the other to a certain degree.
    No, "at home" play isn't "Completely" linked to LGS play. LGS play makes up a minority of games played, while "at home" numbers are hard to actually quantify and "at home" is often also counted as "Anywhere that isn't an LGS or official tournament" so the games you get in at the college cafeteria while you wait for you evening classes counts as "at home" play by most metrics.

    Long story short. Don't equate LGS's presence with the frequency of play. They do serve a vital role in the tournament structure and as a place for communities to grow. But those same communities grow literally anywhere thanks to social media. LGSs just happen to sell the product that everyone is gathering for. If you are at all worried about the health of paper magic then first, don't be. Magic can't currently, nor in the foreseeable future, exist without paper magic. So instead, fear for the life of magic as a whole and you might realize how ridiculous that train of thought actually is.
    Of course not everyone has access to Social Media or they don't trust it enough due to the toxicity of communities they simply try to avoid due to PC / Cancel Culture. So at best you're stuck having to rely on peoples' phone numbers and e-mail addresses for communication especially If you don't own a smartphone in order to setup playgroups for certain games.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Upcoming stuff in magic
    Quote from Jiyor »
    WotC- We don’t want player shuffling to much. So we won’t reprint the fetches properly.
    Also WotC- Yeah we still put cards that involve shuffling in at every rarity. Also where still working on an entire mechanic that involves shuffling cards from outside your deck into your deck.


    F**k off WotC! You stupid hypocritical butt-turds.
    I'm not sure If it's so much of the need for Fetchlands to become Standard legal again when there's always been this high expectation of Wizards of the Coast for every Standard legal set to contain some kind of new land cycle good enough to sell booster boxes / sealed product at Local Game Stores (LGSs). The Triomes in Ikoria bombed because they were too weak power level wise.

    The problem with Fetchlands compared to other land cycles throughout MTG's history is that they were WAY too consistent on a competitive level despite not being as good on a casual level unless your deck was Landfall themed. Not to mention that it made land bases for Modern and Legacy more expensive than they actually were. That's enough to price ANYONE out of these competitive formats.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Except Paper Magic wasn't designed to be a "take home and play" board game
    Wrong. Actually it WAS designed by Richard Garfield to be played AT HOME during Role Playing (D&D) down times if one group was separate with the DM and another group had some time to kill. It has changed from that model but it was DESIGNED as a play at home diversion. And that is what we did at the time as well. I lived it.
    Well I would assume that MTG's original design in the 1990's and what it's become to the fans who've remained loyal to the game up until this point are two different, but still interconnected things. If you have the opportunity to play MTG at home you can still enjoy it in Paper. But let's be honest, it gets old playing the same person over and over unless you change decks inbetween matches. Even the same 2 or 3 people. It gets stale quickly BUT If you're able to go to your LGS weekly and play in semi serious ranked games then you can practice with your family during the week for those FNM events. In other words, "At Home" Play is completely linked to LGS Play. The one needs the other to a certain degree.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Upcoming stuff in magic
    END PRERELEASE!!! Just have RELEASE and be done with it.
    Pre-Release is what still draws money for Local Game Stores (LGSs), now more than ever with In-Store Play / Organized Play getting re-suspended until Zendikar Rising Spoiler Season with "Take Home Pre-Releases".
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Standard is terrible right now.
    Simple solution?

    Fire Mark Rosewater.
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Quote from user_938036 »
    I take great comfort in knowing that anyone who cries the doom of paper magic has no idea how any thing actually functions and can be safely ignored.

    For those who would like light shine on why this is so. Paper magic and paper play make up that VAST majority of magics existence. The "pro" community that makes up all of tournament play is incredibly visible but also incredibly small. Believe it or not the majority of magic cards are bought by casual players who are buying them to play with their friends and families. Everyone who cries doom is either vastly ill informed or deliberately fear mongering.
    Except Paper Magic wasn't designed to be a "take home and play" board game like Monopoly and Scrabble which is the mindset that Hasbro is trying to project on people who realize that Paper Magic's success is directly tied to the success of the Local Game Store (LGS). Hasbro doesn't see it that way where they're trying to change how the game is being marketed as compared to how people who've played for a long period of time knows how it SHOULD be marketed as. Because of COVID-19, Hasbro is forced to market Paper Magic as a traditional board game instead of a paper trading card game / collectible card game.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    COVID-19 may have just forced Wizards of the Coast to expand the Reserve List to encompass the entire Modern format card pool. Why? Because realistically collectors will be the only target demographic that Wizards of the Coast caters Paper Magic toward as players no longer have a place to play at. The only way to get collectors to buy into non-Reserve List cards is by expanding the list itself to where they'll never devalue over time which gives Wizards of the Coast a good excuse to keep printing old / new card singles through Secret Lair drops.

    Then they'll change the distribution of booster boxes / sealed product over to Arena / MTGO exclusively since players can only play digital nowadays where as collectors can still buy into Paper Magic. Imagine how much Ravnica Shocklands and Onslaught / Khans of Tarkir Fetchlands would go for If they were officially added to the Reserve List. Even popular Planeswalkers like Liliana of the Veil and Jace, the Mind Sculptor would double or even triple in price. Short printed cards like Sensei's Divining Top and Rings of Brighthearth would go through the roof.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Organized play suspended again
    Quote from Xcric »
    The real tragedy of all this is that in the scenario that ALL Local Game Stores (LGSs) file for bankruptcy due to COVID-19, it wouldn't affect Wizards of the Coast's Paper Magic sales enough to where they hit the brakes and realize that it isn't making them any money anymore. It will just empower the collectors more than the players where non-Reserve List cards become a new pseudo-Reserve List of cards that have been short printed to oblivion in specialty products.
    can you clarify what you mean by empowered collectors creating a pseudo-reserve list from short printed cards?

    nothing is being short printed at all. this is a move thats canceling all sanctioned events. you can still buy product. if anything it might shift the emphasis to big box stores over time.

    i also think you're completely wrong about sales not being impacted. no events means a hell of a lot of no drafting. no events means no competitive playing either. over time, people stop buying packs because they can't exactly use them outside of their kitchen, and that's not a sustainable sales model over time.
    With everyone being forced to quit Paper Magic due to the loss of Local Game Stores (LGSs) affected by the current pandemic that ends up driving the market value of these cards for collectors who don't play Paper Magic like Rudy from Alpha Investments where they can just buy them out and keep the cards for collection. The problem is that collectors have a Reserve List bias where they won't buy non-Reserve List because they're guaranteed to lose value over time with the likelihood of Wizards of the Coast reprinting these cards unless they decide to expand the Reserve List further to the point where most of the Modern format card pool never gets reprinted ever again. They might have to If collectors are going to be the only target demographic they cater Paper Magic toward since nobody won't have a place to play anymore especially for EDH / Commander.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Organized play suspended again
    The real tragedy of all this is that in the scenario that ALL Local Game Stores (LGSs) file for bankruptcy due to COVID-19, it wouldn't affect Wizards of the Coast's Paper Magic sales enough to where they hit the brakes and realize that it isn't making them any money anymore. It will just empower the collectors more than the players where non-Reserve List cards become a new pseudo-Reserve List of cards that have been short printed to oblivion in specialty products.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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