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  • posted a message on The Conundrum of Cutting Lands
    yeah it really does come down to composition

    i've got decks that'll hover around 34 and that's about right
    i've got some that are as low as 28

    as times goes on you're going to start replacing things with spells that are more efficient and generally cost less mana. so now you're getting more bang for your buck on less.

    you might also run more ways to ramp accelerate, again allowing you to do to do more with less.

    how many ways you have to draw cards also makes a huge difference, something that can draw more tends to need less because it can dig deeper for those lands

    so there really isn't any hard rule when it comes to land counts. not knowing your build or your commander also makes input very difficult. for example i have a tatyova build that sports 36 lands, and that's been perfect. i've also got a jhoira weatherlight captain build that runs just 28, and that too has been perfect. the point is there are a ton of variables here so the only thing you can really do is keep testing and keep changing. 35 seems too high? go ahead and cut a few. 35 seems too low? add a couple. flood can always happen, but if you're shuffling right, its about how consistently it happens.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [2XM] Maelstrom Nexus and Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund— Gaby Spartz previews
    dilute dilute dilute, can't have too many people getting those good mythics.

    gotta keep em buying lotto tickets. gamble! GAMBLE!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [2XM] Wound Reflection, Rage Reflection, and Merciless Eviction— Shota Yasooka previews
    cool

    although its really difficult to maintain any positive momentum when for every reprint people want, we get one that no one asked for. so after more than a week of this sort of roller coaster ride its just really difficult to care at all.

    i like the alt arts here, and it is nice to see the reflection cycle fully included. it is however also a reminder that the double in double masters really wasn't run with. we got a smattering of cards centered around the idea but no real cohesive theme there and that feels like a missed opportunity. then again, most of the set is a missed opportunity and it doesn't matter anyway since its not like people are going to do anything more than just crack packs about it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [2XM] Shuffle Master - Hanna, ships navigator, Maze of Ith, and Geth, lord of the vault
    i'll take the terese neilsen art over that hanna art any day, though it is much better than the invasion art. regardless... who the **** wanted this reprinted again?

    surprised they actually put maze at rare instead of mythic, but then again its fallen way down in popularity in the only format it actually saw play

    geth at mythic is... why... just... why. do mythics need to be diluted that much? the rares don't already do enough of that already? the price doesn't already knock a lot of people out? why put him at mythic here other than as a blatant **** you.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [2XM] - Simon the Wizard -Death's shadow and Brainstorm
    more brainstorm at common is always nice, surprised they didn't bump it up to uncommon just to be ********s

    hate the alt art
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [2XM] Mothership 7/27— Mana Reflection and Basalt Monolith
    these are decent reprints, and i'm amazed mana reflection wasn't bumped to mythic to **** us
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Possible Double Masters lawsuit?
    I'm willing to make the argument that MTG is now involved with class warfare because of Double Masters. So class conflict often referred to as class struggle and class warfare is the political tension and economic antagonism that exists in society consequence to the socio-economic competition among the social classes are between rich, middle class, and poor. So we can view this as a pyramid and the majority of MTG players are maybe students, probably still in college, maybe younger people. Maybe they're people who don't have the best paying jobs so they would all be at the bottom of the pyramid and support the middle and the top of the pyramid. I started playing MTG right after I graduated from high school so I'd be almost at the bottom of the pyramid. The forms of class conflict include direct violence such as wars for resource and cheap labor, revolution, indirect violence such as deaths from starvation, illness, or unsafe working conditions, economic coercion such as threat of unemployment or with the withdrawal of investment capital or ideologue by way of political literature.

    So here we have a system where the majority of MTG players are unable to afford a $100 booster pack or it would be very unwise for them to buy something like this during the middle of a pandemic or at any time really pandemic or non-pandemic and we already have a premium product it's called Double Masters. That itself is a premium product over the other premium product being a regular Masters set. Then that itself is a premium product you know. So a regular Masters set you know, Modern Masters, Eternal Masters, it is itself a premium product of mostly reprints. Then when you make a premium product of a premium product hence Double Masters, double the value I guess and double the cost, then you have a VIP Edition of the premium product of the premium product of the premium product, you can see this going on and on but really it all comes down to class warfare and whether or not you have the money to be one of these cool kids. Do you have the money to open a $100 booster pack?

    It's been seen within the Sports Card Industry where some people have collected Sports cards for a very long time where some cards are actually made from gold as in 18 carat gold it can't be 24 carats because apparently the cards get molded. There's Sports cards that were made out of 18 karat gold and they had diamonds in them like legit diamonds including sapphires, rubies, and emeralds, no joke. There's a product called Panini Eminence and there's even different sized diamonds like really sometimes you get really large diamonds in them and of course it's resold throughout so it's not like they're losing money of course they're making a lot of money from these cards or diamonds and these cards made from gold. As in bars of gold in these cards. No joke. Taking a look at the Sports Card Industry and it's evolution it was inevitable that one day MTG would get there. $100 a booster pack is nothing to the Sports Card Industry. In fact $100 booster pack is considered cheap to the Sports Card Industry.

    We have things that cost $5,000 a booster pack like it's still packed. It's a box of 10 cards and a few encased cards If you will and it comes in a briefcase or it comes in a really nice wooden cigar box that isn't very fancy. Obviously the Sports Card Industry has dealt with this longer so they've modernized it and they made it so that it's more attractive. Every year you have to do something more attractive than the last year of course. So the Sports Card Industry is ahead of MTG in terms of display and how the cards feel. MTG kinda looks crappy for it's premium products nowadays to be quite honest though it wasn't like this back when they cared about foils more with the From the Vault series or how they used to print old school foils with the shooting star on the bottom of the cards. Why are those kind of foils now only reserved for Judge Promos? They stopped doing this recently but still those old school card templates in foil were pretty nice looking.

    The people who open Double Masters being $100 booster packs, they will tend to be wealthier, not all of them some of them will be casual players but they will tend to have more money, and they will tend to be of a different economic stature and that's not good for this game overall. It's very bad actually for society in general. $100 a booster pack is going to divide the games' player base as everyone regardless of their political class whether they're rich, middle class, or poor wants a booster pack. Just because you can't afford it doesn't mean that you don't want it. So you want the cards but you can't afford them. Isn't this a divide that Wizards of the Coast should be more worried about? Players should be treated as If they were ALL in the same social economic status not in segmented groups between rich, middle class, and poor. MTG isn't just a luxury product when it should be a product for ALL players. I get that it's a collectible item but at the same time players need to be able to afford the cost to play it.


    i think its also important to remember that the sports card industry completely collapsed in the 90's. more than a few of the reasons why that collapse happened have been popping up in magic lately. i think a lot of those lessons are neglected with magic because its just one company producing the cards, but those lessons are real. they're also quantifiable through other failed tcg's, and magic's own past. the next few years should be interesting to say the least.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [2XM] Dualcaster Mage— APAC Facebook preview
    This is a card that should be more valuable than it is, but never can be because theres just too damn many. Its like someone at wotc defined their career with this card and now just pushes it everywhere while probably bragging about how it was their design.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Fatal Push and it's a Box Topper
    Quote from sbfinley »
    The set has JTSM, Bob, Karn, STFM, VoR, Mox Opal, Chrome Mox, Bridge, Ballista, Mana Crypt, Noble, and a dozen other staples across all formats at rare or higher. Multiple staple $5 bills at uncommon. And the starting base for entire archetypes at common. Even without two rares per pack and free alt full art box toppers it’s a great set. I think if Wizards stuffed $50 bills in every pack some people would be upset with the way they folded them. If you’re priced out of these packs or boxes buy singles. Name a booster box ever released by Wizards that wasn’t a lottery...


    The point is this takes the lotto aspect to the extreme. It runs with it. Its blatant exploitation.

    Those 5 dollar staples wont stay that way. The value is very clearly locked into mythics and diluted with junk to make up for the fact that its doubles pet pack all while charging a premium price. Not necessarily bad cards, just low value cards which will be made lower through market saturation as people chase those mythics.

    Look, we're allowed to be critical of the things we enjoy, and the things we purchase. Its how we as consumers can get better quality products even when people continue to buy what many feel is an exploitative rip off.

    A premium product at a premium price is going to garner premium scrutiny, and this one so far is failing to meet the standards that many want at that premium price.

    All of this can be discussed, and the product viewed that way, regardless of affordability. After all, nothing says that we want to actually spend that 300+ dollars even when we have it if we cant justify it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Set boosters (yet another new type of booster)
    Quote from Obazervazi »
    Quote from Xcric »
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    But the interesting part to me is mythics are 8% more likely to be pulled from here on out starting In zendikar rising In all types of packs and sets


    Thus making nonpremium boosters even less worth it.

    Draft boosters get the drop rate change as well, and set boosters are hardly premium.


    Nonpremium here was not meant to imply these. It was meant to mean the actual premium boosters.

    See, its already even difficult to talk about the products released now.

    The other thing a lot of people forget... increased odds at stuff means decreased prices. $5 for a pack with better odds seems fine... until you realize 95% of what you open is worth precisely dick.

    But hey lets keep convincing ourselves this isnt gambling
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Set boosters (yet another new type of booster)
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    But the interesting part to me is mythics are 8% more likely to be pulled from here on out starting In zendikar rising In all types of packs and sets


    Thus making nonpremium boosters even less worth it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [2XM] Two Unoffical spoilers which are........
    This oubliette reprint shouldve been in a more accessible product. No excuse other than greed.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Set boosters (yet another new type of booster)
    Sorry but this idea can absolutely blow me.

    You know how you make opening boosters fun? You design interesting, and reasonably fair cards that i want to use in decks.

    Theme boosters were too expensive to be worth it and had next to no reward.

    Premium boosters killed the viability of normal ones outside of drafting.

    Its not fun to open some alt art or borderless card then find out its worthless when it really shouldnt be due to market saturation.

    Its not fun to spend money on a pack and find out you didnt get that hot mythic so the entire pack is next to worthless.

    Its not fun to no longer be able to trade up because so much value is tied to just a few mythics each set.

    Its not fun to need a spreadsheet to track what you open.

    All of the changes theyve made to packs since eldraine have made opening packs the least fun i have had in over 25 years of pack cracking.

    This is just more ******* gambling and frankly im sick of it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [2XM] Desmyeolada - Ion Storm and Shamanic Revelation
    I was honestly on the fence, i couldve gotten a deal on a box even, but now im totally out
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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