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  • posted a message on The State of Pauper
    Agreed. It is warping and shrinking the metagame and pool of cards played. It needs to go.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on The State of Pauper
    I don't mind the bounce with Skyfisher/Hawk when its on a 2 cmc Prism. I do mind it when its on a 1 cmc Astrolabe that can be instantly cast to draw another card on turn 2. It has sped those decks up far too much and basically reduced their deck size in the process. Its degenerate and it out tempos any other deck that is remotely "fair". The only way to combat it is to run it yourself or play some other degenerate deck that can outrun it or outcontrol it. So everyone is running it and its warping the competitive metagame. Its the most played card in the format.

    https://www.mtggoldfish.com/format-staples/pauper

    45% of decks and its a 4 of. If that isn't warping the metagame I don't kmow what could ever be called warping.

    Heck, Standard is going to ban Field of the Dead and its only in 31% of decks. From what I see because it doesn't have many answers. Same thing applies to Labe as far as I am concerned.

    It needs a ban or Flicker/Ephemerate & Skyfisher/GHawk need bans. Either that or print better answers and threats at common but we know that won't ever happen. The format is stale and will get moreso without a ban or two.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on The State of Pauper
    I know you are okay with Astrolabe but I hate the card. It shows up everywhere, in every deck and I am so sick of the bounce shenanigans with Skyfisher and Glint Hawk that it makes the game NOT fun for me.

    Same old handful of decks, same old cards, same old abuse shenanigans. Its stale period.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on 'Mystery Booster' product
    Quote from AdmiralBurbia »
    A rules insert
    A Topps 1986 Bill Buckner Baseball Card
    A 3 of Spades
    A Pog
    A 50 cent off coupon for Frosted Flakes
    A Foil life spinner
    A stick of Licorice bubble gum

    $8.99 MSRP


    Wait, its missing the token....from Chuck E. Cheese!


    Oh yes, forgot that one. *



    *expiration date 7/31/1998

    On a more serious note, hope it has Lightning Bolt and Counterspell at commons
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Pauper
    A whole format distilled down to 8-9 cards. That's not an increase in format diversity, that's a reduction. One of the defining characteristics of Pauper was that you were generally limited to 1-2 colors. Now you just play whatever you want which means that, for example, every removal spell that's not Skred or Lightning Bolt is now unplayable garbage. Every creature that's not Seeker of the Way or Kor Skyfisher is garbage. Every fog that's not Prismatic Strands is garbage. Etc.


    You hit the nail on the head. Astrolabe also shows up in everything as well. Its the #1 card played in the competitive meta. I'd be okay with its ban as long as we got a slightly better land base to play with at common. Fact is diversity of cards will shrink until as you say there are only a few cards being played competitively. Thats a recipe for dull if you ask me.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on 'Mystery Booster' product
    A rules insert
    A Topps 1986 Bill Buckner Baseball Card
    A 3 of Spades
    A Pog
    A 50 cent off coupon for Frosted Flakes
    A Foil life spinner
    A stick of Licorice bubble gum

    $8.99 MSRP
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Pauper
    I have. I brew all the time. Problem is unless you brew from a certain subset of threat cards in the Meta, the deck won't be competitive plain and simple. There aren't enough threats in the format to brew anything competitive outside of certain cards and that makes the format stale for me.

    I see an emergency ban is coming the 21st. Hope it includes a Pauper ban.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on The State of Pauper
    Well nothing. Frown

    I grow more bored of Pauper every day with the same old decks and same old cards.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on The State of Pauper
    I think we are going to see a ban tomorrow. (Or at least I am hoping so.)
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on The State of Pauper
    Pauper needs a shake up. Another pertinent article.

    https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/does-jeskai-snow-need-a-ban-in-pauper/?_ga=2.227132509.1763854602.1569184902-1364081632.1515284317


    Personally I think Ephemerate and Ghostly Flicker need a ban. Astrolabe could stay then I suppose. Either that of WotC need to start printing more resilient or removal resistant creatures at common as the format only seems to be able to support a few creatures and that is it. I would like to see Hymn to Tourach unbanned but it could create some real feel bad moments if it rips away the only 2 lands an opponent has. So maybe it should stay that way.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine spoiler discussion
    I suppose Dwarven Mine could have a use in giving you a creature for sac effects like Khalni Garden I suppose, but worse. Frown
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on [ELD] - Deluxe Edition
    Gullible Whales. I'm going to use that one from now on. Smile

    I predicted a $1000 Ultimate Timmy box by 2021. I'm guessing the whales still have some gullible left in them.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] - Deluxe Edition
    I was saying the same thing a couple of months ago in this thread, past post #88 and had members jumping down my throat.

    https://www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/magic-fundamentals/the-rumor-mill/812585-major-changes-to-magic-announced-at-sdcc-new

    Again, I won't be touching this product unless it is a free throw in.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] hushbringer
    One of the best and most original pieces of art I've seen (outside Seb McKinnon) in years. A+

    As for the card, love the creature dies clause. Shut em down. Smile Of course it dies to any and all removal.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine spoiler discussion
    Yes, lets give Blue a shiny gold nugget of a common land and the other colors a steaming turd. Sounds fair. Frown
    Posted in: Pauper
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