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Mar 26, 2021I've gotten in trouble online before for defending less mainstream art in various contexts so please don't get your pitchforks out for me saying this but, I kind of love that Wizards is comfortable releasing prints with much more expiremental art styles outside of Secret Lair. Is this kind of collage/zine/punk/anime thing always right for MTG? Of course not, but it's great to have a little bit of it on more core prints. Honestly, compared to some of the art from Fallen Empires or Alpha/Beta/Unlimited (Chaoslace, Icatian Moneychanger, Stasis* to name a few) this really is a skillfully crafted image. The line quality, the use of balance and other compositional elements clearly demonstrate the artist is trained and skilled and there's a great body of work in this veins that they are drawing from. It's perfectly fine not to like it subjectively but no-one has the right to negate it's validity objectively.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
*There were 3 prints of Icatian Moneychanger and the Drew Tucker one is a lovely watercolor that while, strong as an abstract piece in it's own merits doesn't belong in M:TG. But, I can't seem to get links to point to the right version.
Jan 17, 2021Crispen_Smith posted a message on [KHM] Immersturm Skullcairn and The Bloodsky Massacre— Miguel Simoes previewsPosted in: The Rumor Mill
My only thing with that land is that something must gone horribly wrong with your gameplan in BR for you to want Blightning that costs 5 mana. But as a "break in case of fire" option it seems like a good one.
Jan 7, 2021Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from TheOnlyOne652089 »Quote from Dale Dan Tony »Even if it is a 6 mana wrath; it's still the first time we have seen a Black Wrath that kills all creatures in standard. Lately we have been getting cards that give -3/-3 to every creature, or only kill some creatures.
This might be playable.
I wish Seasons Past was still in Standard. I would love to play a BG snow ramp/control deck.
You missed on Damnation.
And all the good stuff like Decree of Pain.
The comment you replied to clearly says standard.
Jan 3, 2021Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Ryperior74 »Now I know for sure all of these are real now
it’s this photo
Anyway the card it’s self since mono red nice inclusion for Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas
That same public information could make this one fake though. Not to speak to any of the others. As long as we don't have them confirmed by Wizards anyone or more could be a fake.
Jan 1, 2021Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from WarMachinePrime »Quote from Mystic_X »Quote from CatParty »There was a time in Magic when a one pip red bear with first strike alone was enough to justify a Rare printing...
Exactly. The spoiled kids of today have never had the pleasure (or more accurately, experience) of opening chaoslace as their rare, or having to play with a gray ogre or hurloon minotaur in their decks in the absence of more summons! Honestly, if I was thirteen again and opened this back then I'd be thrilled!
I opened a lot of Hurloon Minotaurs and Gray Ogres back in the day and thought they were trash then as well. Still sitting in a bulk box 27 years and counting.
Just don’t buy the product and go for singles.
I buy both, I just don't like settling for draft chaff in the rare slot. This card will see ZERO play outside draft, Standard and Commander.
My feeling is that in any given year (not set, year) it's reasonable to expect 10 to 15 cards to break through into Modern. The numbers for the older formats are smaller. Sometimes these cards behave like Hollow One and define a new deck using old parts. Other times they are utility cards like Fatal Push and slot into a variety of decks. Across 1200 cards that's 1 to 2 percent. Clearly not all cards are going to make that threshold, that doesn't make them necessarily bad cards, just not the top 1%. This is a perfectly fine card for rare. ( I keep in thinking that Zendikar 2 may have been an exception but I'm not convinced it even breaks that threshold).
Jan 1, 2021Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from WarMachinePrime »Constructed:
Turn 1: Drop a mana dork and pray the dork survives
Turn 2: Dies to removal or is countered
Turn 3: If it survives it may have to chump block something big again dies to removal.
Turn 4: Go ahead and attack into an opponents creature probably bigger than a measly 2/2 if they are on creatures, tap out for 5 mana for a 5/5 flyer as you lose your 2/2 and pray a Ratchet Bomb or Blast Zone isn't on the battlefield.
I'm sorry this card is slow and bad in Constructed. It is WAY to conditional. You can try to convince me otherwise but unless there is something that boosts this card up it is a dragon only tiny niche constructed card. I don't draft so this will be the garbage constructed card I pull in droves if I buy boosters.
You don't play this in a deck with dorks, you play it in a deck with gingerbrute, Bobo and 18 other tiny threats, in Standard Burn the upside of having a Nana sink is huge and there really isn't anything right now other than Castle Embereth, in Historic there's Hazoret the Fervent but I'd still play 2x this as an additional mana sink. Yes, burn can win on 2 lands but sometimes you flood.
Oct 26, 2020Crispen_Smith posted a message on [CMR] Good Morning Magic 10/26— Krark, the ThumblessPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from FunkyDragon »
Pretty sure returning the spell to your hand means it doesn't resolve. Just like playing Unsubstantiate against an opponent's spell. Here's the ruling:Quote from TheOnlyOne652089 »It returns the spell to your hand, instead of "countering" it.
So if you can get a profit of a spell regardless of the flips outcome, its all upside (like storm, replicate, any other "copy" ability on spells.
I wouldn't call that all upside. I'd call that annoying and disruptive, especially with higher mana spells that you may not be able to afford casting multiple times a turn.If a spell is returned to its owner’s hand, it’s removed from the stack and thus will not resolve. The spell isn’t countered; it just no longer exists. This works against a spell that can’t be countered.
You're missing some fairly critical pieces that were specifically called out in the post you're replying to: Storm and Replicate. In the case of Storm, if the spell is cheap enough you just get to increase your storm count by 1 and cast the spell again. That can be very good in the right situation. In the case of replicate, all the other copies resolve (I'm pretty sure that replicate happens when you cast the spell not as it resolve), and then there are various niche cards that reward you for casting spells (Thousand Year Storm etc.)
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Mar 31, 2021rowanalpha posted a message on [STX] Mothership 3/31— Zimone, Manifestation Sage, Strixhaven Stadium, and morePosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from user-11102155 »didnt they say no H.P. stuff ? the stadium looks kinda "inspired" by that
I think it was inspired by.... stadiums.
Mar 31, 2021A cousin between Wildfire Eternal and Prophetic Flamespeaker, that saw no play. 4 mana, do nothing, no evasion, not even an attacks trigger. This is lightyears behind Dreadhorde Arcanist guys !Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Mar 26, 2021"Mystical Archive cards will be legal in Historic (but not Standard), though seven will not join the format due to power-level concerns—this includes Swords to Plowshares and Demonic Tutor. While we've let the folks previewing cards know whether it will be legal in Historic (and they can share that as part of previewing the card), it's easy to miss those notes in all the excitement."Posted in: The Rumor Mill
So far not legal:
Swords to Plowshares
Jan 17, 2021Guesswork posted a message on [KHM] Immersturm Skullcairn and The Bloodsky Massacre— Miguel Simoes previewsPosted in: The Rumor Mill
It's a parachute. The problem is that B/R beatdown players don't want a parachute, they want to jump out of the plane buck naked and screaming.Quote from Crispen_Smith »My only thing with that land is that something must gone horribly wrong with your gameplan in BR for you to want Blightning that costs 5 mana. But as a "break in case of fire" option it seems like a good one.
I'd argue that it's the kind of card that red aggro decks never want, but are often forced to accept because their Plan A isn't good enough.Quote from Decadent_Creed »The land is the kind of reach that red aggro decks always want.
I mean, an uncounterable Bolt to the dome could hypothetically be a part of Plan A. But, 1) it's five mana, and; 2) the discard is essentially worthless at that point. It goes back to what Crispen Smith said, in that as a beatdown player, the place where this is useful is a place you never want to be, and in fact should not even plan for. If you have to, it means your deck doesn't have what it takes.
Jan 6, 2021Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Tormented »Quote from Flamebuster »If someone was wondering who the invaders were, they could be told, "They Might Be Giants."
Sorry I had to
OMG...now I am so sad that WOTC didn't just pay whatever the cost was to have them do a preview card. Unfortunately I don't think a single song they did had anything to do with giants, snow or planeswalkers fighting phyrexians, nor did they really have anything heavy or even light metal. But still. I lol'ed.
Mirrodin is New Phyrexia. The song could totally take off.
So if you've a date in Mirrodin she'll be waiting in New Phyrexiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
Jan 4, 2021Meant to target equipment. My bad here.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Rune of the Strong 2G
Artifact - Rune
Mark 2 (2: Attach to target equipment you control. Mark only as a sorcery)
Marked equipment provides an additionnal +2/+2.
Dec 30, 2020Exciting of them to make a card the supports the obscure cleric creature type! Hopefully they will explore this design space more in the future. A deck built around clerics would be neat. It might be cool for there be more support of creature types in general, giving a "tribal" bonus of sorts to creatures of a certain tribe. Has WotC tried that yet?Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Sep 1, 2020FlossedBeaver posted a message on [ZNR] Zareth San, the Trickster — Ninjitsu, but notI thought the party mechanic was a pretty good hint at rogue, cleric, warrior, wizard, and ally tribal.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Sep 1, 2020boombox_smk posted a message on [ZNR] Murasa Rootgrazer and Ruin Crab— Matt Sperling previewsPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from desruprot »Ruin Crab strictly better Hedron Crab? He mills without targeting and avoids shock. Murasa Rootgrazer makes me think of that scarecrow with a similar mechanic, which also goes with Retreat to Coralhelm.
Not strictly better, because Hedron Crab is often used to mill yourself to get cards in your yard. I do like it, though, and Murasa Rootgrazer is a great card to re-trigger Landfall.
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