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May 22, 2019Aside from filling out the horizon canopy cycle, the most exciting thing for me so far has been the reveal that slivers actually look like slivers again rather than those M14 Predator abominations. Lots of set left to reveal, but the vibes I'm getting from what we've gotten thus far tells me not to hold my breath for Counterspell entering Modern anytime soon. Still hoping we'll end up getting some solid reprints added to the format (e.g. containment priest, sylvan library, sterling grove, etc).Posted in: Modern
May 13, 2019Posted in: Modern ArchivesQuote from Colt47 »Quote from gkourou »What? We just had a Humans vs Affinity pro tour final. We just had Humans as one of the best decks(and 3 copies into the top 8 and no mention at all?), UWx Control is gaining traction because of the new cards and MH is probably going to boost most of the fair decks.
Colt, I know you just come in here to speak about a new format or make frontier look glorious; but let's get real.
Modern is going to be the premier non-rotating format for many years to come and I predict there is going to be a Modern Horizons 2, because MH is probably going to be a huuuuge success.
I was actually serious. I didn't keep track of modern the past few weeks so it was a legitimate question, not sarcasm.
Also Frontier isn't glorious, it's a niche format that has a cult following. That and I'm not holding my breath for anything WoTC pushes as a format to hold, but I do know some people who are speculating on that inbetween standard and modern format.
Technically, EDH seems to be having a huge boom thanks to War of the Spark, given the price trends I've seen.
Not so much speculation as it is an inevitability. They launch a new online client that only supports cards in a rotating standard format and those cards can be bought with real world money; once those cards rotate out, WotC isn't going to make an announcement telling Arena players "Well, we forgot to put the whole rotation thing in the tutorial; but fun while it lasted, right?". Partly due to the fact that WotC would rather suffer from Ebola than participate in any form of direct community outreach, but mostly due to the fact that Arena was a planned project and turned out to be a gold mine for WotC + Hasbro shareholders. The need for another format/game function to ensure players don't feel conned come rotation is likely one of the first things WotC considered. It's also likely that solution will be confined to the Arena client only.
Standard is in the best place its been for quite some time and Modern is about to receive the largest single infusion of new cards in the format's history. I'd buy them maybe wanting to try out something like a "Legacy-Lite" were a new format introduced to the paper game, but there's no need for a frontier 2.0 in the paper game. Sure, I'd imagine some players would try it out in paper, but anything of the sort would be created for the sole purpose of maintaining the illusion for some Arena players that their collections aren't completely worthless come rotation time. I'm pretty computer savvy when it comes to hardware and building machines, but I don't know the first thing about programming; if it's feasible for WotC to realistically port over older cards/formats into Arena one day then maybe they'll put some thought into it, but I wouldn't be surprised if they just rip Hearthstone, call it "Wild", and figure it out as they go.
May 12, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from Qysas »So what is everyone's opinion of Newagin and is it worth buying? I know Karn is something to keep an eye on. Anything else to watch for those who only buy play set's for modern decks and brewing?
if you wanna buy singles to play, id hold off for a couple of weeks till the market gets saturated. if you have no interest in playing, and its just about expanding your collection then rotation next year is when prices will bottom out (for non-foils at least). most probably wont wanna wait that long, but just go in aware prices will likely dip.
on another note, horizons spoilers start the sunday after next. as cards get revealed, expect prices to spike as people speculate (modern specs have been trending hot as of late). if you were thinking of cutting down on your collection and just didnt know the right time; this would be when you want to keep your eyes peeled. sell into the hype, if not, just know waiting to see if there is organic demand after the dust settles is a risk you are accepting.
Very excited for Horizons spoilers to start flowing in. If WotC did it right, the Modern metagame will look very different in the coming months. The fetchland spikes have settled for now, but unless Horizons introduces a new land cycle that somehow devalues them, I'm expecting that both allied and enemy fetches will surpass their all-time highs before the end of the Summer.
Quote from Qysas »So what is everyone's opinion of Newagin and is it worth buying? I know Karn is something to keep an eye on. Anything else to watch for those who only buy play set's for modern decks and brewing?
IMO the vast majority of the set's Modern potential comes from the uncommon slot; I think many of the static ability walkers will find homes in the format (namely Ashiok, Saheeli, Kiora, Davriel) and while their rarity doesn't make for good specs, I think it'd be wise to pick up some cheap foils once more product is opened and when/if prices settle down to a reasonable point. I think Karn, Ral, & Chandra are some to keep an eye on from the rare slot. Lastly, I think it'll be interesting to see what happens to Tezzeret, master of the bridge; a 6 cmc walker is rough, but if I learned anything from playing during Mirrodin/Darksteel it's that affinity for artifacts can and will be abused if logistically possible; seeing how WotC continues to insist on including promo-only cards in Standard sets, Tezz might be the only card I'd seriously consider speccing on if/when copies can be had for a reasonable price.
May 12, 2019Yeah, the Modern playables from WAR haven't been very kind to us. If you're running into multiple decks running Blast Zone, I think it'd be appropriate to pack some interventions in the SB; like you mention, it has enough versatility that you can justify the spots. Another option might be Solemnity depending on which one covers more bases for your particular meta. Swapping out a SPiritdancer for a Silhana Ledgewalker, playing full sets of both umbras, & 2+ Mantles might also be something to consider. Certainly not ideal, but may help lessen the damage from both Blast Zone and Chalice on 1.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Apr 22, 2019Posted in: Modern Archives
Ah, bummer it's a targeted offer; thought I'd go and do the same.
Apr 20, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from Arkmer »
So if I get my brother to let me use my card on his eBay account, does the seller see the name on the card?
In the words of Matt Mercer: you can certainly try.
Not sure about card. I only take paypal and the only info I see is the verified paypal address. Rather than using your card thru ebay itself, I'd suggest adding it to your brother's paypal account then he can select it when checking out via paypal.
Apr 19, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from genini2 »https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/war-spark-mythic-edition-2019-04-18
jtms, ugin (spirit dragon), and nahiri are the modern relevant inclusions. pretty crazy for 250/box
Only 12,000 units will be printed though. I'd be surprised if the non-mythic editions fell at all.
Yeah, I'm not expecting it to move the prices of regular printings either. However, this is the kind of lineup that would actually make me consider buying one; I'd probably give it a go if I actually needed a Jace, Ugin, or both. Alas, I do not, so I'll continue avoiding these Timmy boxes like they're an engineered plague. I sincerely hope Gavin's comments a few month ago about how, without Masters sets, WotC would be sprinkling Modern reprints throughout miscellaneous other products weren't referring to ******* mythic edition boxes as one of those reprint outlets.
Apr 18, 2019Posted in: Modern
lattice blew up most recently but before that it was serum powder; which spiked at the london mulligan announcement, cooled down a bit, then just recently spiked again (likely coinciding with frank karstens articles on the subject). with zero evidence that it will even be a thing.
but hey its not all bad. my lgs was slower on the uptake for serum powder and i bought 15 copies for 2/per when they were buylisting (cash) for 6. arbitrage at its finest; someones has to keep stores on their toes.
Nice find. My LGS is a fairly large store for the area; they hold PPTQs (w/e the acronyms are now) and have a solid sales presence online, so they're pretty on the ball when it comes to updating prices. They also limit singles sales to a max of 4 copies of a specific card, so the only singles I'll pick up from them are higher end cards that I'd be hesitant to buy online due to potential counterfeits.
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May 22, 2019I think that squirrel nest is completely useless.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
I think there are more bombs hidden in the first spoilers than you realize. Infect got a major card today. I guess with that many cards still to come we have a chance. I’m hoping we get some random common at the end of the spoiler session that helps. I don’t think wizards has much incentive to help boggles out.
May 22, 2019Posted in: Modern
i dont really know anymore. the spoilers so far have simultaneously gone beyond my expectations while falling short of them at the same time.Quote from Quamobrem »What's everyone still hoping for? Me, it's Counterspell and some more zombies (Carrion Feeder would be a great reprint, but I'm up for anything).
there have been a surprising lack of actual reprints, so i guess im hopeful for some of those; instead of just 're-imagined' stuff. things like fire//ice, vindicate, pernicious deed, etc (of course counterspell would be welcomed).
beyond that most of the cards are in that spoiler-evaluation-state where very few, even among seasoned players, seem to know what the hell they are talking about let alone accurately predict anything.
May 22, 2019I'm dreaming with Sterling Grove in Modern Horizons for a while.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
For now, I only see as somehow useful for Force of Vigor, as an answer against Blood Moon, and maybe the green one that turns the creature into a 6/4 wurm. We're not much into one-time pumps, but a +5/+3 for 1 mana might be useful at some point. Anyway, I don't really thing it would make the cut. I'm still hoping for Grove or a cheap pushed aura!
May 22, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from Joban8 »Quote from M1sgu1ded1 »Wow, I haven't been watching the prices for Urza, but I'm planning on playing him (glad I snagged a playset of sword and foundry yesterday). Just saw that the preorders are going for 80 a pop. Hopefully this is a big enough print run to bring that price down, at least to the 40's. Anyone have any thoughts? I rarely buy cards I won't use, so speccing and snagging good deals isn't something I normally do.
Urza is an instant EDH powerhouse. However, I'd be stunned to see him hold onto that kind of a price tag throughout the duration of MH's print cycle. The supply bottleneck will almost surely keep his price lofty early on, but we have confirmation that Horizons is a print to demand set. There will be plenty of product opened to satiate the EDH demand and by the time MH goes out of print, Urza will be a $15 card IMO. Although the MH spoilers have been underwhelming compared to what some people were hoping for out of the set, the Horizon Canopy cycle lands themselves could probably keep a mediocre set afloat throughout its print life. There's still about 2/3 of the set left to reveal, so I doubt there will be any issues with lack of demand once its all on the table. Speccing on anything in this set is probably a losing battle; it's going to be those existing cards that either get better or become relevant due to MH that you'd want to keep an eye on, sword & foundry that you mention are great examples.
On another note, one thing thats got me excited about MH are these slivers getting spoiled. If Modern Slivers becomes a competitive archetype following the MH release, I'll be a happy camper. However, I'm kicking myself hard for listing a Sliver Queen on eBay just last night...of course they're selling for 30%+ more than they were this time yesterday.
Thanks, that makes me feel more confident. Gives me time to try out lists on modo with my manatraders account before settling on a final list and paying out the wazoo for the playset of Urza.
May 22, 2019Why is Force of White so goddamn awful. White gets screwed in a cycle again. Like at worst I thought we get tokens or life gain and we ended up with something worse. I mean I guess you can dodge Anger of Gods but control mostly drops Terminus or 4 CMC WrathPosted in: Modern
May 22, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from Joban8 »The rare lands from the horizon canopy cycle should open up a myriad of possibilities for both established archetypes and brews. Their pre-order price is unsurprisingly high, but considering they are rare in a print to demand set, I'd expect them to wind up somewhere around the 15-20 mark while in print. However, I can see the price of Horizon Canopy itself taking a hit despite it NOT being included in the set.
The newer canopy printings are already dropping. IMA copies on TCGPlayer have plumtted from high 50s to low 40s. WOTC will finish the cycle, and there's virtually no chance they only print horizon lands in a future set for UW, UB, BR, and RG while leaving out the original.
May 21, 2019Posted in: Modern
Which one is "worse" to you really depends on what side of the coin you're on. So, it is very subjective which is worse … or better.
May 21, 2019I am advocating for a Preordain and a Stoneforge Mystic unban for quite a while but having the slightest hope of anything other than "No changes" in this ban announcement is ludicrous to say the least.Posted in: Modern
It was more than obvious that until everything settles a couple of months after MH actually is released, they will do absolutely nothing other than bans to the format.
We can like it we can hate it but this is the reality of the format.
One thing that puzzles me though is people that threaten to stop playing the format every single time an announcement is made but they continuously come back or don't actually leave at all. To be fair, this threat is actually one of my guilty pleasures. Even when I wasn't playing Magic quite as much, during and after Eldrazi Winter, I still came here just to have a giggle or two. But after a while hearing all the time the same rhetoric, the same non-arguments, the same topics always deriving the conversation out of the main goal of the threat, you actually kinda get tired of it.
Back on topic... I was happy that they made the alert about Karn TGC and Neoform, but it took me by surprise their mention of the other combo that to my knowledge never actually was a thing. I may be mistaken but aside from the GerryT's article that combo never had any notoriety at all, right?
About Nimble Mongoose, it was a card that I "predicted" with my friends but now that it's out it got me thinking. It's a mechanic that we don't actually ever deal with in Modern. Do you think it has any legs to get crazy? I'm all for UGx Delver starting to become a thing but Shroud is such a non-fun mechanic that I wonder...
May 21, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from ktkenshinx »2. Modern is currently healthy in Wizards' eyes. So take a snapshot of Modern for the past few months: that's healthy. If you don't like that, you are probably out of sync with Wizards' views on format health.
WOTC things an abundance of high variance graveyard abuse is healthy. I guess it's time to sell out of the format? I have heard many people compare the past few months to how awful the GGT/Probe meta was, and I agree with them. I'm curious how many at WOTC actually play competitive Modern, instead of simply look at excel spreadsheets of deck labels and card names.
You've posted this same sentiment about every meta since the Twin ban. I honestly do not understand why you continue to play Modern when you've seemingly hated the format for the entirety of the last 3.5 years. Modern is in a healthy spot right now, with a generally self-policing meta and the ability for multiple strategies to cycle through Tier 1 status as new printings have created new decks or updated old ones.
I've also been playing Modern since before the Twin ban, and to say that the current format is anything like the GGT/Probe one is just absurd. That meta was problematic because the undisputed best decks either killed you on turn 2/3 (Infect and DS Zoo) with perfect information, or presented unbeatable inevitability that required a minimum of 4-6 sideboard cards to overcome (Dredge). The closest thing to that level of degeneracy currently seeing play is Neoform, which is still struggling to put up consistent results and is not even close to the meta share that those three decks occupied at that time.
If you knew, for certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt that Twin was never being unbanned, would you actually still be playing the format? It really just seems like you're always just hoping for a Twin unban, and literally nothing else is worth considering.
May 19, 2019I like flusterstorm as the BAB because there are other printings of it, I already have some. Arkmer has it about right in his post above.Posted in: Modern Archives
I also see flusterstorm as a great safety valve against decks that play multiple spells a turn, neobrand is a good example right now but there are and will be others. if this card doesn't make a big splash right now then I see that as a good thing.
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