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Apr 12, 2019I can think of a few matchups where I'd might want to side him in; at least worth testing seeing he's uncommon and won't break the bank. My first thought went to how he could help us vs Phoenix decks via taxing their spells and buying some time to find a Path before TiTi flips. The PW ability specifying damage dealt by any permanent seems like it could lead to some shenanigans. I definitely think it'd be fun to jam him in the SB for a few games and play around with him, but I ultimately feel like he's just too awkward between needing 3 mana to cast, requiring we be in a situation where it'd be the right call to pause our gameplan to play him, the inherit awkward hands you'd encounter if running more than a singleton, etc. Regardless, I'm kinda looking forward to giving him a whirl and seeing how it goes, especially if there's a non-zero chance he could be useful in the Phoenix/TiTi matchup. Because my Mirror Entity experiment hasn't been going as well as I had hoped lol.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Apr 7, 2019Solid start to the day. Stopped by my mom's house this morning to set up a desktop in the den/what used to be my room as kid. I wanted to clear out some old junk while I was there and I was pleasantly surprised to find my old 'Beatdown Box'. I was under the impression that all of the cards I had as a kid were thrown away/donated back when I started undergrad, but I found a pretty nostalgic mix of mostly 2003-2010 cards as well as an affinity deck I built back in 2004 and the last one I built before taking a hiatus. Shows how much I knew back then as I found Sword of Light and Shadow Sword of Fire and Ice & a Tarn just hanging out amongst a patch of bulk rares, while my prized card at the time, Mythic Proportions, was the star of the deck haha. Certainly sweet to find the swords and tarn, but rifling through misc Mirrodin / Darksteel bulk was a real treat; really brought me back.Posted in: Modern
Apr 6, 2019Good luck! Considering the number of Phoenix decks you're likely to encounter, I'd suggest running the full set of PtE in the 75. Both of the recent decks that have placed top 8 have run some combination of Deglamer / Unravel the aether for Whir Prison, so that may be worth considering in place of the Seals. I'm not experienced with the tournament grind, but @GoblinFoodChain or @MasT always have great information and should be able to provide some more insight.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Apr 3, 2019Solid. MB cartouche is great and IIRC the main reason why I went down from 2 Arbors back then. Ironwood is interesting; here's to (still) hoping Horizons gives us a one-drop enchantment tutor. Grand Abolisher is also interesting and not something I knew existed, however, the only downside would be an opponent keeping targeted creature removal for Spiritdancer as it's pretty well-known that we play it. I usually make my SB as versatile as possible; Abolisher isn't narrow, but I think I'd still prefer Grid as it (in most cases) dodges removal, at least in game 2.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Apr 3, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from tronix »selling into the hype is typically a safe (and the correct) choice. if you remove wanting to own a card because you might play with it, it comes down to whether you are getting some acceptable positive return. so its not so much the question of 'can this card go even higher?', but rather 'can i come out ahead and use that gain for something more valuable?' such as a card you will actually play with, some extra cash for whatever you personally enjoy, or even speculating on another card with even higher potential.
as the saying goes 'save that 10% for the next guy'.
Solid. I typically use eBay whenever selling cards, but considering buylisting a bunch of Modern stuff for cash with TCGplayer as prices for a lot of mid-range value things are inflated enough to where I don't mind losing out on the extra ~20-30% if it ends up saving me time.
Apr 2, 2019Any deck that would play it most likely doesn't want 4 edicts, however, it's still the only non-targeting 1B edict in the format like you mentioned, so it's certainly worth considering the impact potential. There's too much for Bogles to ever represent a significant chunk of the meta as it would be hated out by any deck specifically SB'ing for it, but the majority of that hate is non-targeted mass enchantment removal which isn't great against most other decks in the format. Lily's Triumph on the other hand is relevant vs any other creature-based deck. I don't think it'd be unreasonable for any deck running B to play 1-2 in the SB as it hoses bogles and still gets rid of a creature vs the rest of the field. Also, the discard bonus is pure value for any deck running LotV/Last Hope and may constitute a MB spot in builds using 2-3+ Lily walkers. I can definitely see it being adopted by decks with multi-lilys, but I also wouldn't be surprised if it fell flat. Either way, assuming it does see play in a non-zero amount of relevant decks I'm not sure what options we have outside of more Arbors. Defense Grid maybe? It won't always be relevant against it, but it does offer versatility as a SB option; I've been playing with 1 in the board for the last few months and it's always a welcomed draw in the matches I board it in. I'm sure part of it is the fact that nobody expects it, but it's also unlikely your opponent will have any artifact-only removal games 2/3 so it often sticks to the board if it doesn't get countered.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Mar 31, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from pierrebai »Quote from Joban8 »
That's 24 Modern-relevant reprints from an entire set dedicated to Modern and 225 cards that are either draft chaff or irrelevant to competitive Modern. That's far from an efficient reprint strategy; WotC's comments regarding their ability to reprint more Modern staples across X amount of misc supplemental sets, products, etc seem much more reasonable considering they have two years worth of products in which they would have to scatter those 24 reprints across.
- Given the number of rares and mythics in a set, that's actually a fair number. There are only so many common staples.
- MM and other product never were at odds except in Wizards' twisted rethoric. Printing staples in one product never did prevent printing differnet staples in another.
- Wizards has vowed to reprint cards in normal products repeatedly, while failing to do so in meaningful numbers.
- That number includes cards like Vines of Vastwood, Mutagenic Growth, Mirran Crusader, Bolt, Swans of Bryn Argoll, etc; I tried to be generous by including anything that might've been in a tournament list within the last 4 years, including Twin. And exactly; the fact that there are only so many common/uncommon staples is a great example for why dedicating an entire set to the purpose of reprinting 24 Modern-relevant cards is less efficient than jamming those cards into other products over the same 2 year time span and use that R&D on something else, Like Modern Horizons.
- & 3. As mentioned, what WotC recently promised and whether or not we should accept it at face value is a whole conversation unto itself. WotC hasn't given me much reason to defend them in recent years, so I rarely do, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt on this one. Charging players more money for less cardboard is a profitable gig, and since I find it hard to believe WotC just doesn't like easy money, it makes sense to think there's some truth to their logic.
Mar 31, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from Colt47 »Quote from tronix »Quote from KTROJAN »Quote from Timba »Why didnt wizards print Modern Masters 2019?
Thats so stupid of them imo
They could sell modern staples at $10 per piece of paper
Now players complain and counterfeiters get a free season of printing Jace, Opal, Liliana, fetches and so on
I think horizons will bring them more money than another masters set easily. If even 2 new cards are staples in modern that’ll be enough to sell tons of packs as it’s the only way to get them.
i dunno, i dont think there is enough information about production costs to make this assumption. choosing a set of reprints-only adhering to some theme seems quite a bit easier than designing entirely new cards and testing them. horizons will cost more than standard sets with a premium attached, but still falls short of the ludicrous margins masters had despite (or maybe because) of their 'limited print' nature.
as for the original question, the simple and reductive answer is that the masters series wasnt sustainable. too many competing interests, and the product either had to adapt or move aside for something new.
They're bringing it back. Wizards of the Coast has a very predictable pattern with how they do things: Find a successful something, and then do it until people are so sick of it that they start turning into raving lunatics on social media and have to cart out some new popular voice of reason to tell everyone they are fixing things. Then they "fix magic" and proceed to run the new direction into the ground.
There is just too much untapped potential in modern and commander cards to not cash in on it. They are just making a strategic retreat to let the market settle down and recover from the insanity printing levels they did the last few years.
Whether or not we should take the comments at face value or not is a different conversation, but they've already stated how MM did more to suppress Modern reprints than promote them and going forward they'll be able to reprint more Modern staples now that MM is decommissioned. Folks keep asking how will they be able to reprint Modern cards without a Modern Masters set every 2 years, which seems like a legitimate concern at first glance, but if we look back to the set lists as a whole, we can clearly see how inefficient they were.
Using MM15 as an example, 249 cards were in the set and as of today there are 48 cards currently worth more than $1. Out of those 48 cards, less than half are Modern staples or see fringe Modern play; the other half are holding value due to Legacy or EDH play. That's 24 Modern-relevant reprints from an entire set dedicated to Modern and 225 cards that are either draft chaff or irrelevant to competitive Modern. That's far from an efficient reprint strategy; WotC's comments regarding their ability to reprint more Modern staples across X amount of misc supplemental sets, products, etc seem much more reasonable considering they have two years worth of products in which they would have to scatter those 24 reprints across.
IMO, Modern's mana base is the only major obstacle to this sort of reprint strategy, namely fetch lands. However, I wouldn't be surprised to see enemy fetches show up in a future Standard set despite how problematic that may be; if Arena continues to perform well despite the inevitable clunkers of standard set(s) then I can see WotC caring much less about how fetch lands/shuffling affect gameplay.
Mar 26, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from thatmarkguy »Quote from BlueTronFTW »
Same. Gotta get ready for eternal weekend!
Misty rainforest is showing a $5 drop on MtgGoldfish. I'm not that surprised, as that color combination doesn't see a ton of play in any format. I think it was an attempt to go "oh blue fetch, spike it."
It’s not even a question of ‘spike blue’ anymore, it’s ‘spike everything but white’.
The bottom two in value of the opposing five are the white ones. The bottom two in value of the allied five are the white ones. Yes, even the white blue one, is below two other non blue ones.
True; I've picked up way more copies of Windswept Heath over the last 3 years than I'd like to admit. Hard to pass them up when ONS copies can be had for $15 and KTK for $11 as recent as a week ago. Arguably the least desirable fetch next to Marsh Flats, but it can't stay sub-$20 forever...or at least that's what I've been telling myself since KTK rotated out of Standard...
Mar 25, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from FoodChainGoblins »Quote from The Fluff »Bloodstained Mire is the highest among the khans fetch lands.
I hope I made the right decision. I took Snapcaster Mage from Innistrad over 2 Bloodstained Mire from Khans for my 7th place choice yesterday. I was assuming it was
1. Snapcaster Mage - $55
2. 2 Bloodstained Mire - $25 X 2 = $50
How badly did I rip myself one?
Will you be playing the Snappy? IMO, I would've done the same had I needed to buy a Snappy to finish a deck, but if it was a pure financial decision I would've gone with the Mires. Unless WotC announces some product containing fetchland reprints, it's looking like conditions will be ripe for the more played allied fetches to see $10-20+ spikes in the months following Horizons. We're almost 5 years out since Khans and there's a non-zero chance that Horizons will generate increased/new interest in the format; with enemy fetches reaching absurd highs and allied fetches already identified as cheaper alternatives, that gap will continue to close with increased demand. I don't think it's a reach to think that out of the ~200 new cards coming from Horizons there will be a new land cycle that functions in such a way to where the average deck would need/want to play less fetches; aside from a surprise reprint announcement, this is the only other scenario I can think of where prices wouldn't spike following Horizons.
EDIT: Holy *****. Totally missed Misty Rainforest spiking to w/in $20 of Tarns
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Nov 8, 2015Joban8 posted a message on The Magic Street Journal: How to Handle "That Guy"It's usually the smelly ones who don't notice it. It also appears that you don't notice sarcasm either. Poor little guy.Posted in: Articles
TLDR: When you're butthurt about people being butthurt about other people being butthurt, you're just an idiot.
Nov 6, 2015Joban8 posted a message on The Magic Street Journal: How to Handle "That Guy"Posted in: ArticlesQuote from Klamsmith »This isn't a platform for your victim complex. The article was fine until the phrase "The elephant in the room is women and minorities playing Magic in unwelcoming areas" where your article turns into the great plight facing women in gaming. Three of my good magic friends are homosexual we play magic at three different venues regularly. There are several female regulars we see and play with as well and if someone says something degrading to them they wouldn't hesitate to call them out on it, they don't expect a white knight to save them. The thing is "That Guy" is already reguarded as an a-hole wherever he is. Stereotypes exist thats the cold hard truth it's your job to change that perspective. This article shouldn't be about what I have to do as a player if I see BS I'm calling BS on someone acting like an a-hole. It shouldn't be about what a judge should do or what a store owner should do they already understand what needs to be done. It should be about helping women change that stigma of "just being there for their boyfriend" and "not understanding how to play". My wife plays magic with me as well the only time anyone said anything to her was two years ago when she boomerranged a guys first and second attempt at putting a land into play at fnm. Who just ended up rage quitting and leaving the store after she called him out. So yes magic has a number of "That Guys" who are the internet trolls of real life and the number one rule is don't feed the trolls.
Tldr: Defend yourself from the beta's at the magic shop.
Bravo, my friend. This starting off fairly interesting until it turned into a soap box for political correctness. "That" guy certainly exists, but it's not a given that all ********s are racist/sexist/transphobic/other labels that you're trying to push. Stereotypes exist and they're not going away. I'm a man who's dating a transgender woman, but I don't get butthurt when we play with our group of friends and they crack an off-color joke every now and then. It's called humor and it's a two-way street; she gets in on the banter and gives it right back. I completely understand that when you're playing at an FNM or casual event with new players, these kinds of comments and jokes are uncalled for and simply make you an ********. However, in the comfort of your own playgroup, with people you know, what's the problem? Because chances are that if a player can't take a mild joke then they're not somebody I'd want in my playgroup. Everybody has their own insecurities and joking about them with others is a great way to find acceptance. You want to write a piece about social problems affecting LGSs? Investigate the poor hygiene that's exhibited by, unfortunately, a large number of players; I find that to be a much more influential factor affecting the experiences of new players...unless of course it's rude to stereotype people who suffer from alblutophobia?
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