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  • posted a message on Whatever happened to Landstill?
    Oh... dummy me. I completely misunderstood what you were saying.

    Sorry. I didn't have an answer for you. I quit playing MTG before Odyssey was released and rejoined the game after the deck apparently lost favor. So I basically missed out on that entire meta shift.
    Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
  • posted a message on Whatever happened to Landstill?
    If I had to haphazard a guess, since I don't recall seeing such a thread, it probably got deleted. This thread has more I formation: https://www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/community-forums/community-discussion/804006-for-important-thread-x-just-dissappeared-requests
    Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
  • posted a message on Aaron Forsythe: [A]t this point, Vintage and Legacy are managed ~100% for the people that do play it.
    Quote from Goblin Maniac »
    They could legalize the original Collector's Edition to make the dual lands more affordable and that way make the format more accessible to newer players. Collector's Ed dual lands sell for about $150 each. But as is, Legacy has become too criminally expensive to attract anything than the older hardcore players.

    I've seen this argument before and all it really does is kick the can down the road. It's also an argument I've seen suggested from people who speculated on the gold borders with the idea that they will eventually become legal. For those speculators and investors there's only one thing worth saying about them and I'd get banned for it.
    Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
  • posted a message on Sleeves and Storage Discussion
    Quote from calibretto »
    Either Dragon Shield or Katana are probably the best on the market right now. Katana sleeves have proved to be somewhat hard to get, especially in bulk rates to sleeve 500 or more cards at once.

    I use UltraPro Eclipse sleeves for my powered cube. They are also great as far as shuffle feel and durability. Cons for me are the 'frosted' style fronts which can often just hide the fact that you're playing with foils. It also seems they can vary in length between cases/packs. I bought a case plus several packs in order to have enough for my entire cube and I have the unfortunate problem now of about a third of the cube being in sleeves that are just a bit taller than the rest. I will add that I have Eclipse sleeves on a few pauper decks and I haven't seen the miscut problem there. So, I guess YMMV.

    I genuinely thought that Ultra Pro took greater care with their tolerances for their more expensive sleeves. I found that even the cheaper BCW sleeves have far tighter tolerances across their entire product line compared to Ultra Pro.

    I guess being so ubiquitous amongst card shops, they probably feel they don't have much competition at their product price points and volume. It is most certainly the reason I continue to buy UP when better sleeves are out of stock and I need new sleeves five minutes ago.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on [ELD] Harmonious Archon
    Quote from keoten »
    This Archon plus Nissa, Who Shakes the World = 6/6 vigilance lands. Called it first XD

    I've been seeing a ton of Risen Reef+Nissa+Field of the Dead decks on Arena lately. I can see someone trying to jam this card into one of those decks. That's going to make removal like Massacre Girl super important in the upcoming format.in the 2020 event, I've been utilizing her far more than I usually do.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] Harmonious Archon
    This affects your opponent's creatures as well. Not a big fan of that.

    Interesting, I really dislike the asymmetrical spells for exactly the same reason. Or... would it be the opposite reason?

    Whatever, point is, I generally feel spells like Ethereal Absolution play into newer players mentality of making sure creatures always survive the game. Players need to grow a pair and have no fear about killing their own minions to win the game.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The True Solution To The Flawed Mana System
    Historically, there have been numerous proposals for alleviating mana screw. Going as far back as 1996, I can recall a letter written to Duelist suggesting a new draft-like (draft wasn’t a thing yet) format where non-land cards could be played as a land card for the colors on their casting cost. (Notably, gold cards can be played as dual or triple color lands.) Dual decks have been proposed as well, not sure when I first heard about them though. There were variations ranging from 60-X for the spells and lands decks all the way up to an actual shared 5C lands deck to draw from. Then there is the well-received omniscience draft format that eschews lands entirely. I don’t recall any of the proposed methods actually restrict you to a starting hand of 1 card. Closest would be omniscience draft that starts you off with three. There might have been one before, I just don’t remember.

    If I’m understanding the rules of this format, the key cards to watch out for are the ones that allow a player to draw additional cards or cantrips. I suppose the ones that generate additional card value such as the upcoming Adventure cards would be a thing too. To that end, I imagine cards like Narset, Parter of Veils would be an all star, especially when combined with a card similar to Howling Mine.

    The other problem is knowing if a card your opponent draws is a land or a spell depending entirely on which deck you draw. This could influence strategies like hand targeting spells and how they’re played.

    Would be interesting to see how it all plays out as a side format, like Brawl.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Next 4 sets + other mechanic from eldraine
    Quote from SilverWolf_27 »
    I’m curious if the entire Theros set will be based upon the Underworld.

    Feels kinda...small.

    Not really. Greek underworld is pretty varied, with locations ranging from Tartarus to the Elysium, so the Theros underworld could be basically a mirror image of the mortal world.

    If it happens, I have to wonder how much more graveyard shenanigans are going to be included. It feels like WotC is trying more and more to blur the distinctions between library, graveyard and exile as defined only by whether your opponent can interact with them, and very little about how long any card actually stays in those zones.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Wizards anounces Historic format coming to Arena
    Quote from SardoNespa »
    Quote from SavannahLion »
    Interesting logic they're using to justify requiring two wildcards to craft Historic-only cards there.

    I agree. Odd logic. We newcomers already have problems dealing with opponents with 4 of every card from every previous or current release. Why add to the old-timer's advantage, where they can use their wilds for new releases while us newbies need to spend twice as much just to compete in Historic?

    Personally, that logic would be more the reason to avoid historic matches entirely.

    I think you hit the nail on the head. The entire Arena monetization is lame. It's crappy enough that there is a forced disparity between the stupidly lucky and/or wealthy and those that need to manage their quids since the only reliable way to get specific cards is to spend wild cards and the only way to get wild cards is by opening packs and the only reliable way to get packs is by spending cash. By my rough estimates, around $800 a year on Arena.

    Admittedly, packs for paper cards can hit stratospheric costs. There is no mechanism that alleviates duplicate cards. So it's very possible to open 20 copies Befuddle and not a single Chandra.

    But the big difference with Arena is a paper player can offset costs by selling valuable unwanted cards and/or control spending by buying only singles. Doing so drastically lowers the cost of decks to be on par with Arena. Another huge difference is rotating cards can continue to be used or further sold off to recoup additional costs. None of which is possible with Arena.

    I'm not trying to argue that paper is cheaper. What I'm trying to illustrate is that paper is an easier pill to swallow since players know they can continue to earn value from their money. Something that WotC seems to have zero interest in doing with Arena.

    Let's be honest, If WotC can figure out how to charge us $75/month under the guise of a subscription and still charge us for packs and cards, I imagine they would.
    Posted in: MTG Arena
  • posted a message on I think it's about time someone says it
    Yeah... I think I’m done with this one. I have no interest in it. I did, but the increasing hoops and hurdles and the constant hand waving is not my thing. Your refusal to listen to reason and knock off these highbrow posts is not my thing. Good day to you and good luck to your format.

    I sincerely hope Wizards isn’t getting any ideas along this nonsense. But they probably are and we’ll probably see the largest errata in the history of Magic in about three years when they reintroduce “summons”. What... what..? what.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [ELD] Syr Gwyn (Brawl deck legendary)(WRB) + others (all 3 new commanders)
    Quote from Mmonkeyfeet »
    Gwyn is good, but requires a board state of specifically knights and equipment. Not an easy task in modern commander games, much less asking you to wait until turn 6 to do so. Mardu knights have realistically 1 real method of ramp in knight of the white orchid. I just feel like she would have been far more effective at 4/4 with menace OR Vigilance at 4cmc. It just seems marchesa provides better and more consistent value in those colors. Granted the equip at 0 for knights is cool, how often will you line up the stars to play both knights AND equipment, while doing your best to interact or advance your board state to get to and survive to 6cmc?

    I suppose the intent is to leverage Colossus Hammer with Syr. Oddly enough, I didn't see any of my opponents take advantage of the lowered equip cost.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Flaxen Inturder (ELD)
    Quote from The Fluff »
    Quote from Hackworth »
    I really like the design from a thematic point of view, but I'm not sure how to read it yet.

    When does the Sorcery part get cast, how does the card handle Zone changes, what's the CMC?

    from what I've seen some people say. You can choose to cast it as a sorcery or as a creature. If you choose the sorcery, the card get exiled. Then while it's exiled, you can pay the cmc of the creature side and put the creature into play.

    That is exactly how it plays. You can try some of the cards out on Arena in The Brawl event that's going on right now.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on I think it's about time someone says it
    Quote from FetalTadpole »
    This whole idea is ridiculous on its face and I can't believe this thread is still going.

    I agree and the whole idea of making the game more "intuitive for new players" is just a red herring. The OP fails to realize that every single person who plays the game now was a new player learning the rules of the game at some point.

    At this point, I'm fairly convinced at this point the OP really can't see the forest for the trees. I personally have ZERO interest invalidating more than half the cards in my collection because of some nonsense change to combat that offers me astonishingly little advantage to my one goal in Magic, killing the opponent(s).

    To put it succinctly, if the idea can't make use of the existing myriad of cards all the way back to year dot, then the idea has no merit. Period.

    This is why I encouraged the OP to create a new, distinct, format and apply the rules there. That has the best chance for acceptance, not this whole nonsense with new card types and what not. New formats with it's own rules makes sense. It is is far easier to have a working format as a model than trying to convince everyone of a change that is clearly, at this point in time, not very well thought out or tested.

    And for the love of a random deity, stop calling the imaginary card type "summons". That was already used, it's been obsoleted, they're exactly the same as Creatures, and it's just setting the whole thing up for failure and confusion.

    OP if you want this idea of yours to work, go back to the drawing board and create the format. Stop trying to convince people with words and put your cards where your mouth is and prove it. Create the format, test the rules, and show me I can still use my Beta knights if I choose to.

    I'm not trying to be mean here. Just trying be honest here.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Next 4 sets + other mechanic from eldraine
    Quote from Cowara »
    Can someone explain me the current block/set system?!

    There is no consistently defined "block" as it was before.

    Blocks are designated as WotC now sees fit depending on what they want to do. So a block can consist of just one set or three sets or more. What this means is that WotC is free to do sets that don't have enough interest or enough bulk to fill out to two or three sets and they can do sets that have a ton of interest and enough cards to make them as large as they desire.

    In theory, this makes it more likely that we'll see mechanics that don't get a lot of love, like Snow. Or we'll see more far out themes like Wild West.

    The last official block was Ixalan and the last unofficial block is Guilds of Ravnica.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Hasbro will phase out all plastic in their packaging by 2022
    Quote from buffntuff »
    Quote from foam_dome »
    So in order to reduce their environmental impact, they're going to replace all of their product packaging with paper-based stuff, which requires the harvesting of more trees...?

    Logic checks out

    Hopefully they'll find some other biodegradable alternative to paper, or they'll stick to recycled paper materials exclusively.

    Paper products are actually pretty sustainable. You just grow new trees and log them in a managed way. The usual stuff you hear about amazon deforesting is people clearing land for farms, not for the wood.

    A large percentage of trees consumed for paper pulp are GMO. I don't recall specifics but I think less than 10% or so is from non-GMO. The wood from OG trees is usually too valuable to simply pulp.

    But I digress. WotC needs to prove to me that packaging the cards in paper is tamper proof. As it stands, the last time they did paper packs, it was an absolute screw up. I don't want to sit there and wonder if that glob of glue on the corner is evidence of tampering.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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