Worse manabase, Push hits most of the stuff Path is needed for, and other than Path, what does white give us, really?
I think Green is perhaps worth splashing for, for Blossoming Defense to protect Crab.
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Mar 17, 2018I'm starting a database to track Masterpieces. The numbers are alarming. I may need to secure a number of my missing pieces, it looks like quite a few are set to spike Sol Ring/Mox Opal/Polluted Delta style. Got to get in front of that.Posted in: Modern
Mar 17, 2018I'm working on assembling the Masterpiece set. I've had to bite the bullet in the last 36 hours and buy a Polluted Delta and Sol Ring, despite not being ready yet. I'm going to have to wait and see if Mox Opal comes down. If not, Ouch.Posted in: Modern
I also picked up an Ancient Tomb, I think that's going to be the next one to break $225. I already own Scalding Tarn - not sure why that has not taken off yet. It's a set that has huge potential - potential being met far soon then I had anticipated.
How much potential? I think this set could very easily double in price over the next year. While I have not looked at every card, and need to, supply is rapidly drying up, and a lot of these have less than 10 - 20 copies available on TCGplayer. A couple hundred dollar and you can reset the price point at triple the current price. It is ripe for manipulation, and I think someone or someones are doing just that.
Mar 17, 2018Actually, I think an organizational chart would be massively helpful, showing everyone's relationship to everyone else, who reports to who, and who does what, exactly. Where does Forsythe sit in relation to Maro, Hagon, Duke, Stoddard and so on.Posted in: Modern
Anyone have one?
Mar 17, 2018At some point, you have to concede your time has passed, and rather than trying to convert the world, you consolidate and aim for retention.Posted in: Modern
You aim for headlines in 20 years like 'How A Physical Game Survived In A Digital Age'.
You do it with MM17, not IMA and A25.
Mar 8, 2018With the overwhelmingly popular reception of Standard Challenge decks, how long till we see a line of say, 20 different Modern Challenge decks?Posted in: Modern
Burn at $100, Affinity and Tron at $300, Elves, Merfolk, Soul Sisters etc all priced competitively, all the way up to Death's Shadow and Jund.
It would be an amazing idea, putting exactly the needed reprints into the marketplace at the same time it puts a hard cap on singles prices.
Mar 7, 2018I think, when recounting the Chronicles debacle, that people forget how freaking RARE the earliest sets are. I'm not talking Unlimited and revised - they printed the crap out of those.Posted in: Modern
Alpha rares have 1100 copies. Beta added another 3200 copies.
When you watch Legacy tournaments, and see players using black border copies of dual lands - it's insane. You could run a very small GP with the amount of people who can have a full playset of black border duals.
Then they opened the floodgates with Unlimited. I mean, they went to town! 18,500 copies! We're talking half of a Vegas GP can have duals now!
They kept those floodgates open with Arabian Nights. 20,500 of each Arabian Nights rare. Ran the printer till the presses broke with Antiquities, 31,000 of each rare. Guess they realized they printed too much, and Legends had 19,500 copies of each rare.
At that time, there was so much demand for the earliest stuff (Game is only 18 months old by this time, they decided they were going to really go for broke, and Revised had a mindblowing 289,000 of each rare, and that includes Duals. They probably thought they'd never sell all of those packs, and might as well grab all the cash they could while the game was hot.
The rarest cards in the game are Legends RL cards. There are more Black Lotuses in print than there are Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale. I don't know how many people were playing when Legends came out, but I cannot imagine packs lasted very long.
In the end, there are 311,800 of each dual land available. That means 77,950 people can have a playset of any given dual land. There are NFL games that have more than that in attendance.
When you see and comprehend these numbers, you can see why AB, Arabian Nights, Antiquities and Legends collectors lost so much value when Chronicles came along. It is estimated that there are less than half of those early rares left due to damage, loss, parents throwing them away, etc. Less than 10,000 Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale... Even in the 90's, 20,000 was rare. In sportscards, people lost their minds when 1992 Donruss Diamond Kings were randomly inserted 3 or 4 to a box, and Elites being about the same ratio as masterpieces are now. Cal Ripken autos numbered to 10,000. I remember prices being over $100 for Elites. Crazy times, and Magic was still 18 months away. In todays world of print them till the cows come home, those early Legends numbers seem like a fantasy.
Mar 6, 2018I think Wizards could to get a little creative here. Masters sets are wildly popular when done right. But we are operating at 2 levels here.Posted in: Modern
If you want a card, you have 2 options. You can either get the regular printing, or you can get the foil. You are pretty much limited to those. Now there are a few premium versions available, like Masterpieces and Judge foils, and to a lesser extent, FNM foils.
Let's look at the sportscard industry. If I want a Mike Trout, Tom Brady or Lebron James card, I have literally dozens of choices. I can go the ultra budget route and buy one (or 100) at 50 cents to a dollar each. Or I can go extremely high end and get some combination of foil refractor with an autograph and a piece of bat or ball or jersey and is numbered. I'll pay anywhere from $20 to $300 or $400 or even more.
While I despise many of the gimmicks sportscards use, I think Wizards can use some of those tactics. Having a base set that we all know, $4 a pack. And then a higher end level that perhaps includes refractors, numbered cards, autographed cards, alternate art, and so on. The sky is the limit for what they can charge there, they'd have to explore that, Baseball cards have reached as high as $100 per pack! It may even be more, I've not paid attention the past 10 years.
I've sat and watched (amused, and more than a little disgusted and sick to my stomach) as men have opened $10,000 worth of baseball and football (NFL) cards in one sitting. That represents fully half of my annual income.
I think Magic could do the same. Maybe not to that level, but it would be fun to have a few chase cards in standard sets. Autographed Scarab God, anyone? And in $10 pack sets, a foil per pack and chase cards like Search for Azcanta with artist alters numbered to 100, or 50, or even 10? Signed Artist Proofs numbered 1/1? Die cut Tarmogoyf?
Foils have been tremendously popular, and there have been a lot of people who foil their decks in all formats with the absolutely most expensive cards available. I think they are missing out on some easy sales by not catering to that crowd.
I know many would hate it, but having magic packs at 2 or 3 price points might produce amazing results.
It allows those of us who buy the higher end speculative cards to do so while leaving prices of regular cards stable for those who just want to play. It gives design room outside of gameplay, and makes speculation in standard harder. It gives more options for eternal players and Modern players to drop money on product that Wizards directly profits from.
Mar 6, 2018Why is the Masterpiece Cloudstone Curio spiking so hard? The regular and foil are flat.Posted in: Modern
https://www.mtggoldfish.com/price/Kaladesh Inventions:Foil/Cloudstone Curio#paper
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Aug 2, 2016There is something going on with black green zombies? Certain key cards moved up in price, as you noted with puzzlement. I'm thinking subtle forces are in play expecting a breakout at Pro Tour, and are speculating.Posted in: Articles
I'm working on it, as I think the pieces are there for Zombies to beat Bant Company by going wider than Bant can cover. The various sacrifice a creature cards, Dark Salvation and Languish along with Clip Wings may yet be combined into a force that tumbles Bant Company.
Nov 24, 2015Daeyel posted a message on The Magic Street Journal: How to Handle "That Guy"The comments in this article are valid, and warrant contemplation.Posted in: Articles
However, any effort to respond to complaints by women about their treatment at any WOTC sanctioned event are undermined by..... WOTC.
I give you:
Liliana, Defiant Necromancer
I could go on, but I don't think it necessary. Nor will I go into the blatant appeal to the (immature) male fantasy of the good girl (Liliana, Heretical Healer) gone bad/with a dark side (Liliana, Defiant Necromancer) other than to remind you it is real, and that WOTC is deliberately and consciously pandering to it for monetary purposes.
Consider that for a minute. On the one hand, WOTC makes sexist products deliberately designed to entice, attract and encourage purchase by immature leering males.
Then, when someone has the audacity to act like an immature leering male, suddenly, according to that same WOTC, they are the bad guy and the Judge or owner should then intervene?
Women have a legitimate complaint, and as a WASP heterosexual male, I want that to change, and will do what I can to help it change. That said, until overtly sexist art like Liliana, Defiant Necromancer goes away, I'm pretty much going to insist that WOTC has set the sexism standard here, not 'That Guy'.
Change that, and we can make headway.
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