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  • posted a message on [IKO] Collar Fright Mentor (red mentor)
    Flavor text is "Luck favors the relentless"
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [IKO] Reptillian Mirroring
    Name is probably "Reptilian Reflection" rather than mirroring

    Also, the Flavor text roughly translates to "Danger often lurks in the attraction of crystal shards"
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C20] Tradeonline.de - Binding ornament and Path of Ancestory reprint
    they translated "commander" as "Kommandeur" rather than "Kommandant" or some other actual word

    "Kommandeur" is a perfectly valid translation of "commander" though.

    Flavor text translates to "Even newly founded families deserve a family crest".
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Alleged Ikoria Box Toppers, leaked from a brazilian LGS
    All in all, those don't seem completely unbelievable.
    But if they are real, I think it's a weird move to have the actual names of the stuff the cards are referencing on them, especially as the references are featured more prominently than the actual card's names - that's a great way to cause unnecessary confusion...
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Chandra's Spellbook and Secret Lair Ultimate Edition (Enemy fetches) announced.
    Since I see the fetches but no images of the chandra cards, here they are
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on New info about ikoria
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Source?

    Right, could have linked it: https://forums.mtgarena.com/forums/threads/63882 (under General -> Cards)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on New info about ikoria
    Yesterday's Update for Arena includes changes that might hint at two irregularly returning abilities getting keyworded, possibly to be available as options for mutate keyword counters:

    • Cards that deal damage based on their Toughness now use the term "Backbone" in ability hangers.
    • Cards that can assign damage as if they had not been blocked now use the term "Unstoppable" in their ability hangers.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ikoria will have box toppers
    Quote from AdmiralBurbia »
    Hmm...behemoth-sized...not just oversized. Almost betting they're triple the size of a normal card and will take up the entire top of the box.

    Initially I thought so too, but with all the talk about additional value and statements like " even players who don't necessarily want fancy and shiny are excited to open cards like this, because of their tradability" it would be beyond ridiculous if they just added something that is playable absolutely nowhere and holds no actual value whatsoever.
    After all, they discontinued the oversized commander cards because nobody really wanted them.

    On the other hand, that whole "we won't tell you what exactly, but trust us, we're adding a huge amount of value" looks like they are overcompensating in advance by hyping to the max because they might know it's not that great... but we'll have to see.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 2/14 Secret Lairs: Theros Stargazing
    Quote from Whalaqee »
    The illusion is that they haven't raised the price. But if they don't also have $30 lairs, then the price is rising without an announcement having to be made as the $30 secret lairs might be discontinued.

    You're missing one thing here though: these drops are completely symmetrical. Each one contains one mono-, one ally- and one enemy-colored god, so it would be weird to price the individual drops differently.
    Not to say they would never try to raise the average price for more profit, but this run of secret lairs is a bad example to base your assumption on.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    Quote from Xcric »
    Okay great. A lot do that. Most dont. Wotc exploits that for profit. Cant really dispute that

    I'd hardly call offering a product for which there is obviously demand exploiting - it's just economics 101.
    They're overdoing it, but that mostly hurts long-time interest in their own product imo. If there is a new couple of secret lairs every other month, most people that would otherwise love to collect such shiny special cards will just get tired and stop buying those.

    The whole issue about circumventing stores is another can of worms - I don't think it is that big of a problem as long as they limit it to exclusive specials. Yes, it sucks that the spiritual predecessor of this product was a bonus for stores and this is kinda the opposite, but it doesn't hurt when we look at it individually. It does send a certain sign though and if they're testing the waters for moving more products to their own distribution platform, that becomes worrying, but we'll have to see if they go further down that route...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    If by stars aligning they mean Nyx, and these are the original Theros gods with alternate art and possible constellation frames, then this will be the first secret lair to interest me.

    Sounds plausible... the background in the announcement video looks a lot like the THB promo art of the starfield with the god and demigod constellations.
    Maybe five drops mean they divide them by colors - one mono- and the two best-fitting two-color gods per drop or something like that?
    Not gonna lie, I kinda hoped they do a showcase-style Ephara somewhere, so this might be the first secret lair that has something desirable for me.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    Do wotc actually want potential buyers to fatigue of novelty products like secret lairs? I can not figure why they would, but it seems they work hard for it...
    Are they really so desperate for short-term profits?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [THB] Bronzehide Lion— Shahar Shenhar preview
    Neat, it kinda has inverse bestow Grin
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [THB] - Disgusting chimera
    Flavor text translates to:

    "I recognize... stag? And lion? And... teeth! A lot of teeth!"
    - Teraklos of Meletis
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [TBD] The First Iroanian Games
    Quote from Crispen_Smith »
    Greek culture valued physical and mental excellence so chapter 2 is train the body and 3 is train the mind. (at least in IHMO).

    The card draw from chapter 3 depends on you having a 4-power creature though, so it doesn't feel like individual training of another skillset.
    Also the flavor of 'olympic' games makes the whole theme of the card mostly physical Shrugs
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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