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  • posted a message on [CMR] Mothership 10/28— Kamahl, Heart of Krosa and his Will
    Quote from Xcric »
    i still don't like him. he's just an 8 mana you win the game. green has tons of those already.

    his will on the other hand i think is pretty decent in the right decks. that they gain indestructible and vigilance makes it a pretty potent card instead of just a blowout


    I don’t get it. When a good 8+ mana card comes out, you say that there are too many good cards already and that you don’t like it. When a less powerful 8+ mana card comes out, you say that paying that amount of mana should just win you the game.

    What do you want from 8+ mana cards (or do you feel that the game as it is simply can’t support such cards in a compelling way)?


    i want balance.

    here's what i mean: if i stick an 8 mana card the game shouldn't just end, it should be potent, and potentially lead to the game ending. it should push you far enough ahead where you you can score a win through other means but still have the chance to whiff at a reasonable rate. what we keep getting are high cost cards that just blowout the game. they stick, its over. there's no real back and forth, you opponents are dealing with it right then and there or not at all and the game is done.

    conversely, we also get high mana cards that... do nothing. they don't push a win, they do something lower mana cost cards already do and do better. i want the middle ground. thats where they should be aiming, thats what makes games dynamic and fun. no one enjoys tooth and nail into win, or expopriate into game over - but they also don't even bother with 9 mana make a token.

    there needs to be that refined middle ground to really make the game enjoyable. where your avengers of zendikar, terastodons, archfiend of despairs live. thats what makes good game experiences. not this all or nothing approach we keep getting.

    if there are too many cards that are just high mana game over that becomes the entire meta. ramp into high mana thing and game is done. most of the time it even turns out to be an oops. someone runs something because it seems strong, they race to 12 mana and thats it. game over. the more of those printed, the more decks that'll shoot for that kind of gameplay. pods don't become about bombs so much as they become about supernovas. whoever gets there first wins.

    further, why even run those high mana do relatively little cards when you can alternatively run that game ender. by emphasizing that middle ground, that impactful threat, more of those less potent high mana cards would actually see play. as long as the game ending race to X mana spell exists and is a focus those other cards just won't see play. it makes games predictable and contrived.

    balance is important.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Prava of the Steel Legion and a lot of tokens— El Artista Duelista preview
    meh, there's a ton of ways to buff tokens, and creatures in general, in white so giving them a fat ass isn't all that appealing. the real benefit might be partner but again, you're already in white so do you need an anthem on a stick in the command zone to make buffing your team worthwhile?
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Mothership 10/28— Kamahl, Heart of Krosa and his Will
    i still don't like him. he's just an 8 mana you win the game. green has tons of those already.

    his will on the other hand i think is pretty decent in the right decks. that they gain indestructible and vigilance makes it a pretty potent card instead of just a blowout
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [CMR] Good Morning Magic 10/28— Meteoric Mace
    its okay, not great, not terrible. its actually where i'd like to have seen more of the newer cards fall on the power spectrum
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar and Port Razer— NGA previews
    That familiar is obnoxiously strong in the right builds

    Pirate isnt too bad either
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [CMR] Man vs Salamander— Mashable previews
    I dont find any of these all that good, or even interesting once you see past the novelty of salamanders
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [CMR] Numa, Joraga Chieftain, Fyndhorn Elves, and more Lorwyn Elves— MtG Chinese (Traditional) Instagram previews
    Finally! A much needed fyndhorn elves reprint!

    Ive always hated the ice age art and the only other option was the foil, which i didnt want to run

    Also the ice age one was getting up there in price for a common mana dork
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Zara, Renegade Recruiter and her arsenal— MTGSHEEP previews
    Ehhh, too dependent on my opponents actually having decent creatures in hand. With no way to ensure that, and being 5 mana, not worth it.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Opposition Agent
    Quote from Creedmoor »
    Although people are listing how strong this is with [cardname], remember that this isn't a legendary card, and you'll have to find this in your deck to enable all of the shenanigans y'all are proposing.

    Sure, it's really cool, and strong, but I don't think it's going to be as crazy as it seems. It might sneak in and thwart an enemy once, but then it's just going to die to something immediately.


    Heard the same things about prime rime, sylvan primordial, and prophet of kruphix.

    Dont forget black is THE tutor color. Pair it with green, blue, or even white and finding this every game is cake

    Reanimating it, or bouncing it, are also stupid easy

    And it doesnt have to be played right away, it can be held up for the most devastating time

    Oh, and you can run multiples in vintage, and legacy

    Its just dummy strong
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Keskit, Profane Transformation, a lot of artifacts, and Elves— Kotaku previews
    Quote from HighHolder »
    Since when did phyrexians become the borg?
    Is this yet another crossover or something?


    Some time during the antiquities expansion.

    It was really explored in well almost every novel between the brothers war and apocalypse. Theyve kind of always been borgy
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Opposition Agent
    Opposition Agent and Maralen of the Mornsong is a hard lock right? And this combos with Scheming Symmetry. Amazing card!
    So, Maralen just went from about 2 Euros to 20 Euros on Cardmarket...


    Wont stay there. Shes not good enough to warrant that
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Liesa, Shroud of Dusk and Seraphic Greatsword— StarCityGames previews
    Quote from Werewolf_Rawr »
    Quote from CatParty »
    What was Liesa's original translation?


    I believe it was you gain 2 life for each spell cast instead of the caster losing 2 life for each spell.

    So the life paid for commander tax was offset more easily...


    it was also arguably more fun to build around given how many pay life spells there are in black, and how much synergy there is with life gain in white
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [CMR] Malcolm and the Flying Pirates— Sheldon Menery previews
    a male siren? what a twist!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [CMR] Three Visits, Reliquary Tower, and Kydele— Weibo previews
    love the three visits art, and that its at uncommon makes it easy to acquire
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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