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  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters Box Pulls!
    Haven't opened mine yet. Waiting for all of my friends to have some time off over the holidays so we can add some value by drafting it.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Upcoming Norse-Inspired Set
    Not to mention Loki being the archetypical trickster god.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Upcoming Norse-Inspired Set
    Quote from Jiyor »
    Quote from Bran Dawri »

    Plenty of magical items for an equipment subtheme, and of course they were consummate sailors (but then, the Greeks were no slouch there, and that was almost completely omitted from Theros), so ships could also see a return.


    Vehicles weren’t a thing when Theros was released. Any return to it would definitely have some in the set since Vehicles and Equipment can exist in the same sets with no problems.


    I wasn't necessarily talking about vehicles when I referred to the Greeks' skill at seafaring, more that that entire aspect of their culture was omitted.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Upcoming Norse-Inspired Set
    Other possible ideas: Vikings were very much about dying in battle with your wounds to the fore to ensure a place in Valhalla, and their mythology was very fatalistic. Maybe a death(-in-combat?) trigger mechanic?

    Also, Viking ahieldwall waa definitely a thing historically, if not popular-culturally.
    Plenty of monsters and superstitions that translate into enchantments/auras (wyrd as an aura subtheme. Could also work as aforementioned death trigger.).
    Plenty of magical items for an equipment subtheme, and of course they were consummate sailors (but then, the Greeks were no slouch there, and that was almost completely omitted from Theros), so ships could also see a return.

    There's no doubt there's a wealth of stuff in Viking lore that translates to mechanics very well. Enough design space for several sets, if not blocks IMO.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Spoils of the Vault
    I dunno, a random one of these + lab man at unc sounds like a fun way to win out of nowhere in limited, assuming you can sustain the lifeloss/have otherwise severely depleted your library already.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Back to Basics
    Weird. For some reason, I was convinced this card was RL, what with being both expensive, never before reprinted and from a set within the RL range...
    A little bummed that I traded for one of these at their inflated prices recently, but since I got a good deal (I love different card values in other countries) and the trade included some other valuable cards, not too much.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Doom Whisperer
    Quote from kjsharp » »


    And this card is no mere fatty. With lifegain (Gnaw to the Bone says hi) you can just start milling yourself ad infinitum. That's a lot of free combo potential stapled onto the card for free.


    Oooh, I like that. Peace of mind, some card draw, this thing, maybe some madness/flashback cards. I feel a new deck coming up.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Disenchant - Alpha or Beta?
    Take any card not from.alpha and compare the corners. If the corners are different, it's alpha.
    Posted in: Card Authentication
  • posted a message on Random Things You've Noticed About the English Language
    Actually, the English major was right. The word is,either irrespective or regardless. Irregardless, even if it's to be considered a word, would amount to a double negative, and hence mean the exact opposite of what it is usually used for. Incorrect, eitger way.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on Worth Investing Right Now?
    No, but fall 2019 is about a year away, so you'll be able to use those cards in Standard for about another year.
    And as said, if you buy primarily cards from GRN (or M19 IIRC) they'll remain in the format for a year longer.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Suggestions for dealing with a rude opponent
    Talk to the person in question? Or just ignore the tantrums and trounce them.
    Our store used to have a player like that (although he would stop short of insulting players), and after he got beaten in the game enough, he didn't come back.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Need help evaluating a card collection
    What do you mean, alternative 4th Edition?
    If you're talking Summer Edition, you're holding a fortune, whatever cards are in it...
    If it's metely the second printing, then never mind.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Spellslinger Starter Kit
    I mean, 2-player starter kits predated the Duel Decks product line anyways, and they also had stuff like clash packs come out before the product was retired. The end of the product line never did mean the end of 2-in-1 decks.


    My first Magic product was the Kazz and Zakk preconstructed, pre-ordered with play-by-play walkthrough "duel" deck.
    Shortly after, I got all my playgroup's blue cards on the cheap, because "blue sucks"...
    Good times.

    ...

    Yes, I'm old...

    Edit: pre-ordered as in the cards were in a pre-determined order.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Coldsnap Appreciation Thread (Yes, Really)
    And so many wacky casual cards. Still looking to acquire (and then break) Braid of Fire.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Promos: Vampiric Tutor & Nin, the Pain Artist
    And while I love the art-appropriate and lovely concept of having Ixalan vampire themed Vampiric Tutor, I resent that the artwork is so hideous. So many Ixalan vampires, male and female, are very elegant, handsome/pretty in their art. But here, we've reverted back to depicting men, yet again, as old, gnarled, worn and unattractive. I love everything else in the art, from the candles, lanterns and feathered pens on a map etc. But contrast this to lovely Terese Nielsen depictions of Jace and Gideon, I question the high volume of disparity in MTG art with sexualized women relative to grunty gnarled brutes in depictions for men. Gives the game a distinctly hetero male exclusive vibe that I resent every time I see men depicted to be as unattractive or imposing as possible.


    Honestly i would find the art ugly even with brad pitt/george clooney/johnny depp/jason momoa/ryan gosling/whoever you want.
    As an hetero male i would hate the art even if there was naked emma stone instead. There are many problems with this art, the attractiveness of the main subject isn't even on top 10.
    - he doesn't look like he's tutoring. Really random looking at maps isn't what tutors usually are, unless they are land tutors.
    - he doesn't look scary. The idea is that you are paying for the tutoring with your blood. The idea isn't depicted by the art in any way. It's just a random studio with some maps. You can't even be sure that the guy is a vampire
    - he is ridicolous. Not because he's ugly because he looks annoyed. Like a grampa who sees kids on his yard. Really his exprection isn't giving to me a "youu are gonna give me your blood" feeling, but a "can't you see i'm busy?" feeling.


    Fully agreed. The original art actually perfectly conveyed just that, while the Masters art was just gorgeous, but this is just... forgettable.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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