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  • posted a message on [STX] Poet's Quill and Hunt for Specimens— Mike Sigrist previews
    Hunt for specimens into Pest Summoning seems like a really weird way to spend 5 mana and make 3 pests across 1ish cards.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Mothership 4/2— Dina, Harness Infinity, and more Witherbloom Day
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Well to tell you guys right of the bat

    dina infinites with Exquisite Blood another one Basicly and this is a legend


    how is harness infinity instant? That Basicly slightly worse Praetor's Counsel at instant speed (it’s missing the infinite hand size forever effect)

    Actually, that missing text is probably exactly why it's an instant, at least that way you do get 1 turn with your 20 card hand before discarding to hand size.
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  • posted a message on [STX] "Deadly Brew"— Weibo preview
    Well, with all of Witherbloom's pests this feels like you're getting solid value for casting this, may even make it into some cat builds as another way to rebuy Mayhem Devil.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Retriever Phoenix - Magic Mics preview
    Well, that's loot, and learn, payoff if ever I saw one.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Humilate - MagicEsports
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Quote from Crispen_Smith »
    I feel like most of the time you are only getting 50% of the value of this card but that is generally good enough and every now and then you'll get both abilities and that's just lovely.


    True but there's a plus side if you lose the creature target it doesn't fizzle.


    Oh for sure, and I have no problem with a thoughtseize for WB in standard or even just pitch this for WB to give a creature +1/+1 when you draw it late game as there's plenty of times that thoughtseize is a dead draw. Of course this will be a dead draw too sometimes, just less often.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Humilate - MagicEsports
    I feel like most of the time you are only getting 50% of the value of this card but that is generally good enough and every now and then you'll get both abilities and that's just lovely.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Jeux Video previews — 5 blue cards including Dream Strix
    I fear that the bird is rare because of limited, which is a crappy reason to make it rare. But then again, why is Brazen Borrower Mythic? Blue fliers are hard to balance, apparently.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Owlin Shieldmage and Dramatic Finale— Bandit previews
    "once per turn" is quite the party pooper text.

    Could have been really powerful without that.

    With the text its severely limited in what it can do.


    Without once per turn, wraths would have been a bit too good in standard. Gaining a 3/2 flier from each of your creatures blown up and having nothing on the opponent’s side would be... bad? Let’s go with bad.


    And then I'm sure it would take all of about 2 seconds to break it with something like Undying in older formats. Even you may pay 1 or 2 would have been difficult to defend from a combo perspective. This version is fair and fairly exciting.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Crackle with Power - Air bubble Cosplay
    That's not so much a guaranteed Dark Pheonix moment so much as a stuck her finger in a socket a la Tom from Tom and Jerry.

    As far the mechanic of the card, you're supposed to cast it when the value of X is academic, I like what they did there.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Research Body — After Office TV
    Quote from Crispen_Smith »
    There's an interesting tension with this and Simic's natural tendency to draw cards.


    You mean a 20/20 is not big enough for you ;P ?


    If this one thing I've learnt from watching Dark Depths combo loose in Legacy, and beating Serra Avatars in Urza's block standard... It's that no a 20/20 doesn't get the job done.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Research Body — After Office TV
    There's an interesting tension with this and Simic's natural tendency to draw cards.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Tenured Inkcaster— FilipaMTG preview
    Quote from 5ColorsEDH »
    Edgar Markov likes this, he likes to stack +1/+1 on all your creatures, and the draw *pun intended* blood from their opponent by just declaring attacks


    Where is the draw coming from? I see extra life gain, and damage but no draw.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Mothership 3/31— Zimone, Manifestation Sage, Strixhaven Stadium, and more
    Quote from wallycaine »
    The stadium is a very interesting design. I like how it can create a back and forth without ever fully backfiring on you. At worst, if your opponent is "winning" you end up with a crappy mana rock. At best, it gives you an alternate win con. It also presents an amusing conundrum against a control deck. They can kinda sorta ignore it, but since they won't typically be stripping counters off, it can use its mana ability to build up points and eventually get to the point where any attack becomes lethal.


    And then I swung, 1 time with Flying Men and it was GG.
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  • posted a message on [STX] "Draconic Intervention" and "Ardent Dustspeaker"— Naver Café previews
    Storm's Wrath with an extra cost produces a heck of an upside.
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  • posted a message on [STX] hall of Oracles — Adrian lee
    Quote from Ritokure »
    Hot dang, it costs no mana to put a counter? That's HUGE. One of the biggest advantages of running fewer colors is being able to get extra utility in the form of lands that tap for C, but said utility lands often come with huge mana costs that limit their usefulness to lategame mana sinks. No matter how useful Crawling Barrens is (and it's very useful btw), it's still something you'll use only if you're out of cards.
    This, on the other hand, reminds me a lot of Mutavault. It's not something you use when you're out of options, it's so cheap and versatile that it's always an option. Will you play that three-drop creature, or will you main phase Heartless Act, put a counter on your creature and protect it from your opponent's Heartless Act? The opportunity cost for such utility in one- or two- colored decks seems pretty much nil. And it also acts as a fixer in a pinch? Sign me the hell up.

    Maybe I'm overrating it, but this seems to be one of if not the best card previewed so far. I genuinely think if this didn't had that Sorcery speed restriction, it could see play in Modern and beyond.


    I'm not entirely sure I agree with you about not paying for Crawling Barrens if you have other options. There have been plenty of times I've had a full hand and activated Barrens 2x on my opponents end step.
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