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  • posted a message on [IKO] Regal Leosaur— PleasantKenobi preview
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    I think you both have a point.

    On the one hand, elves and goblins all the time would be (and was) boring. It's important to mix things up a bit. Cat dinosaurs do make sense in the context of this plane, but in general just stapling together two types of creatures isn't going to resonate as much as a more organically conceived creature type. There's a difference between coming up with a type of creature that has, say, feline and dinosaur traits and calling it "X," versus just typing it as cat and dinosaur. The latter just speaks to mutated fusions, which is what Ikoria is and was always going to be (and might not be everyone's cup of tea on that basis). But when the typing is "X," the combination becomes a thing in itself, and the focus is now on "X" and not X's components. All creations are just a synthesis of components which we've seen before, which differ only in their composition. But a creation is more complete and novel as its own thing when it clicks mentally as "X" and not merely "cat + dinosaur," that is, when its identity is more than the sum of its parts. Overall, settings will resonate more when creatures are typed as new things than mashing together old types. But sometimes, as in Ikoria, the mashing together is thematically appropriate.
    As I replied to the other person, mechanically, using preexisting creature types and mashing them together, can be more interesting than just adding a new one. The addition of naga as a creature type was not worth it when they could have just been made snakes and been more mechanically relevant with more cards.


    That isn’t to say new creature types shouldn’t be made, I just think they need to be significantly different from anything else to really be worth it.
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Regal Leosaur— PleasantKenobi preview
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    depends on how u view it, sure wizards didnt invent elves or goblins, but they were originally constructed out of imagination, a creative process. and being able to fill them with life and lore again and again is the real challenge and it seems wizards cant do this anymore.
    what i think wizards does nowadays is. spin wheels with creature types and mix whatever comes up (like goat, hydra). that doesnt take creativity (ok creating the method does, but the rest is an easy running engine). they could come up with the new species like they did with the azra in battlebond. that would be more destinctiv than cat-dinosaurs.
    i also think that the distinctiveness or elves being green, goblins being red gave the game more character than this, "now every color can be everything and have everything".
    So how do you feel about naga then? Many people feel they should have just made them snakes. Where do you draw the line in making up new creature type names and stapling some together so they better fit tribal synergies of existing cards?
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Regal Leosaur— PleasantKenobi preview
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    after i saw this card and this artwork i thought "what happened to magic?"
    i am usually not that kind of guy, being all nostalgic, but to me making a cat dinosaur feels so lazy and uncreative, as if wizards isnt even trying anymore.
    just randomly smash creature types together and all the old lore with goblins, elves and angels doesnt matter anymore. no, nowadays we get angel,horror,eldrazi,warlock, single mom creature types.

    its not that i cry about "in the past everything was better", it is just that i feel this is lazy work. cant really discripe it, but this is making me lose interest in magic. in the past cards were designed clear and distinctive. (at least to me). now they print out every trash they can imagine and want us to be hyped and pay over the top prices for colored paper. i feel more like "this aitn worth it anymore", which is sad, cause i actually really like the game.

    ... what one trash card can "trigger"
    I would argue it takes more creativity to make up something like cat dinosaurs than using tired old fantasy tropes such as goblins, elves and angels.
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  • posted a message on [C20] Nikara, Lair Scavenger & Yannik, Scavenging Sentinel — Stybs previews

    WotC promoted that kind of "style" since Battlebonds all for "representation" check mark stickers, and putting that kind of references in a fantasy game hurts the immersion by putting too much current time references into the game (its a trigger).
    Isn’t that just boxing in what fantasy is allowed to be? Fantasy is a very broad genre by design.
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  • posted a message on [C20] Full decklists (Ruthless regiment is up) (all decks revealed)
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    Can we avoid youtube links in the future in favor of text lists, or at least links to text lists? Slogging through a video really blows. Not even an option when working either.


    I put another link on top didn’t you see it?

    MTGgoldfish is working on the text versions


    Clearly no, which means the post couldve been formatted better.

    Ive also seen a general uptick in spoiler posts that just link to a video on another site with links, texts, and pictures added much later - or sometimes not at all with another poster adding them further down the thread.

    It makes spoilers more tedious than they have been in the past, and sometimes downright frustrating as people start the conversation but you have no idea what theyre on about
    I don’t know, how would you format it? Repeat the same link 5 times under each deck list?
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Ikoria Mechanics Article previews
    Quote from SavannahLion »
    Think about what "counter" actually means and think about its past context in the game. There was a reason why designers stayed away from creating a flying "counter" until this set. Like I mentioned elsewhere, WotC should have called these non-stackable abilities anything but a counter.
    Divinity counters
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  • posted a message on [IKO] The rest of the Godzilla Series
    There goes my hope for a legendary Phoenix this set :/
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Ikoria Mechanics Article previews
    Quote from Gutterstorm »
    *shrug* I don't really understand all the *****ing about keyword counters. None of those abilities have ever stacked. Why would they suddenly stack now? And bonus, they're completely opt in! You don't have to use them if you don't want to! And if you are going to take 2 minutes to get your hands on some of the punch outs. I'm sure LGS's (when they're finally back open) will have plenty that they'd be willing to give you. I bet if you order a card online and put in the notes field that you'd like one of those they'd throw it in. You just sound like a bunch of Boomers. "It's not the way I've always done it so it's bad!"
    Agreed. Mtg already has a billion different kinds of counters, I don’t see how adding a few more is going to ruin the game.
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  • posted a message on Seven Secret Lairs in 2019
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    Those basic lands are ******* amazing looking... can't believe you only get one of each for ******* $30
    They're snow lands. It's on par with how much you'd be spending on the open market, if not a bit less.
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  • posted a message on The Pioneer Format
    Quote from rowanalpha »
    Yeah, they probably should have banned the cards that were banned in standard like they did when modern first came out, like Aetherworks marvel and Emrakul, the promised end.
    And deal with the same outrage that occurred when they did the same for Modern? They made the right call.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] hushbringer
    Like the lips in the background. Don't care for the rings of lips surrounding her. As for the actual card, an interesting hatebear to be sure, have to see if it's relevant to what ends up being popular though.
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  • posted a message on Cassius Marsh 5/20/19 Previews Fists of Flame and Abominable Treefolk
    I thought red wasn't suppose to get card draw without a downside?
    Every color occasionally gets cantrips which is all this is.
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  • posted a message on Modern Horizons (Updated)
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    Aaannnd to all the haters out there who shot down my comments of "Will there ever be a Serra Planeswalker, bon appetite; today's soup of the day is crow, served fresh and hot.

    But in all seriousness, this is going to be an exciting set. I hope there are more new cards than reprints... don't get me wrong, I imagine there will be some greatly needed reprints of cards that haven't be reprinted, BUT... I do hope new cards outshine the reprints. And here's to hoping this helps keep Modern alive, as a remember a while back there was talks of Modern events being pushed to the side.


    There are more new cards than reprints

    There’s only 5 in the whole set and on top of that the reprints must be pre 8th edition or from commander/conspiracy/battlebond sets

    And early magic said they have a plan for oubliette this might be it

    what? there are definitely going to be more than 5 total reprints. they just arent going to be currently modern-legal.

    perhaps you are confusing the 5 reprints with the basic lands?


    It said there’s 249 new cards and there’s 254 total my lad
    Those are the 5 basic lands they're talking about.
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  • posted a message on The Magic Online/Arena problem
    Quote from motleyslayer »
    Now that's something I didn't take into account. Eventually Arena might need its own Eternal format, so that people can have something to do with their rotating cards.

    Merging accounts is something that could be an idea. But again, I know next to nothing about computer software/online accounts or the like so I don't feel like I can talk about how much work that would be or how to go about it. I can say that would be interesting or cool
    They've already stated that they're going to create a new non-rotating format when rotation happens, so as people who play Arena have a way to use their cards that rotate.
    Posted in: Magic General
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