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  • posted a message on [RNA] Ravnica Allegiance Previews: Modern Discussion
    I think lavinia was printed to stop ghalta from over running the casual market. A 2/2 for 2 is okayish in standard, but that girl needs protection to survive even a single turn against some big decks in modern. I think spectacle as a whole is better than surveil, but we had madness and raid already and those are similar.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Big Red (R Midrange)
    My online deck list in MTGA works pretty well, but its built to fight removal from black so it's not exactly optimized, but I went with boros mentor and use the Bodyguard one drop to protect Aurelia. To fight the removal I keep running into I swapped to raptor hatchlings that work with deafening clarion and get buffed from the stalwarts and Aurelia.

    Not posting it here since my online library is a mess and dont have the cards to get the lands at the moment
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Forbidding Spirit
    This is printed 100% to stop the knights deck from becoming too good with history of benalia. The trouble is that Teferi is the real killer. They can print removal for him, but as long as control exists he will be VIP.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Mythic Edition
    RIP hasbro ebay store. We knew thee well, you magnificent seller of randomness that consumes christmas gift money like a ravenous chupacabra.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Silhana Wayfinder
    Merfolk Branchwalker feels stronger than this one. Albeit, it's a good substitute down the road once the older sets rotate.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    To be frank, I'm not sure what the direction wizards wants to take in paper magic is at this point. They don't have any problems with expensive cards on the secondary market, and they've been very quiet on changes to standard, let alone modern. The thing is that wizards of the coast has felt very blind at times with how they handle the game compared to other companies, which feels odd considering it's a US company and their primary audience speaks english.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Holy ****, this game sucks as a "new" player
    Quote from idSurge »
    Quote from Colt47 »
    The middle of the ground player has to wait until deck techs come out or play on other F2P services that let you build anything you want, like Cockatrice. Once you know what to aim for than you can save a lot of money doing so. The problem is the daily objectives. I don't know if they are refreshing these starter decks each season or not, and those are the only way to really get a majority of cards needed to play basic magic without paying out the wazoo.


    I had all of those starter decks within like 2 weeks. Everyone should have those easily, and they are decent starting points.


    Yeah, that's why I'm wondering if they are updating them with each season when rotation hits. New players get them, obviously, but if someone stops playing for a while and comes back then what? Anyone here played past rotation and know what they do with the starters?
    Posted in: MTG Arena
  • posted a message on Holy ****, this game sucks as a "new" player
    The middle of the ground player has to wait until deck techs come out or play on other F2P services that let you build anything you want, like Cockatrice. Once you know what to aim for than you can save a lot of money doing so. The problem is the daily objectives. I don't know if they are refreshing these starter decks each season or not, and those are the only way to really get a majority of cards needed to play basic magic without paying out the wazoo.
    Posted in: MTG Arena
  • posted a message on State of Standard Thread: bans, format health, metagame, rotation, etc!
    Quote from hoser2 »
    Standard near me is slightly up, except I'm not sure how to factor in the holiday season. I think Dominaria was very good, rotation was needed, Guilds is good and Arena is great. So many players are in the habit of playing Modern that I think it will take time and more good sets for Standard to pick up more. If the sets aren't that great and Standard stagnates or gets locked into unpleasant play patterns (Teferi and Nexus, I'm looking at you) Standard could decay.


    Standard comes in waves. It should go up when a set gets released and once it gets late in the season, with people figuring out the meta, people go away for a while until the next set comes. Then during down periods the ban talks start again such as with Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, when Ral is more than good enough that it would render such a banning pointless.

    Without a doubt, it looks like Izzit is the winner of the day with the drake decks floating around. I tried several mid-range builds using older mechanics like explore and even the surveil deck. None of them are really as good at game 1 as izzit, and game 2 is about even.

    Then again, I'm still trying to deal with the insanely stupid rare wild card hump that there is absolutely no way around. You got to do some insane grinding and know exactly what you are aiming for to even make it work. That and the lands are so easy to overlook due to the shuffler trying to make the games more fair for those running on the budget stuff.
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on Angelic Exaltation, Burning-Tree Vandal, Grasping Thrull, Quench Titanic Brawl
    Quote from cyberium_neo »
    I don’t play standard so I gotta ask, is Mana Leak too strong?


    Not really, wizards just hates counterspells.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Prime Speaker Vannifar - Command Zone Preview
    First card I've been excited for in the set. I like this more than dovin.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Holy ****, this game sucks as a "new" player
    Quote from idSurge »
    Thats all well and good, but it is not the artificially enforced '50/50' that you originally alluded to, as then comically claimed by BestMagicGamer, to exist.


    Oh no, it's not artificial at all. It's just that some decks show up more in certain tiers once you get past the barrier of card ownership. Also, I swear when people see a surveil deck, they run for the hills. I keep getting free wins all the time because of it. Not sure how proud I should feel about that...
    Posted in: MTG Arena
  • posted a message on Kaya, Orzhov Usurper
    Quote from SnowBunny »
    How TF did WotC manage to make a worse PW than Tibalt???/ I didnt know that was possible...


    ... Was Tibalt Sideboard playable?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Holy ****, this game sucks as a "new" player
    Quote from idSurge »
    Not getting a sideboard doesnt change the fact that over time, the better player/deck will win out more. I've been laughing at people claiming Overwatch is 'forced 50/50' for years, and would hate to see that get a hold on the Arena players as well.


    Well, it basically works like this: If you run into a deck that your deck can't win against game 1, you lose. If you enter a tier that has that specific deck and it is popular, you have to swap to a different deck, and since the meta is pretty well formed at each tier, your deck either is the meta deck to take the tier or it isn't and you lose more games than you win.

    If it were best of 3, the situation would be different entirely, but as it is, if you run a surveil deck and run against a Red White deck you will flat out lose no matter what unless they draw horribly or you are packing some ritual of soots.
    Posted in: MTG Arena
  • posted a message on Dovin, Grand Arbiter (The Mana Source preview)
    Pretty board dependant, honestly. You want to land this and +1 when you can swing in to give it a loyalty boost. The thopters are really there to help him hit the ultimate. He looks really clunky, but hey it's a three mana walker.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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