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  • posted a message on Non-legendary planeswalkers?
    Planeswalkers are supposed to be "rare" and very special.

    Making them uncommon or even common would completely debunk all of that flavor, they just CANNOT do that to keep planeswalkers as a type credible.

    The vast majority of "bad" planeswalkers could and should simply be enchantments that do the effect you would use the planeswalker for.


    I do agree with most of what you say and you can argue that before PW cards existed, some Legendary creatures were highly sought after and others not so much. Now that WotC has precedent in down shifting Legendaries (in ONE set) to uncommon I do not think it's far fetched to see ONE set with uncommon PW cards. If I were to design an uncommon PW, I would have it as a loyalty of 2 or 3 max, with one or two abilities as only minus abilities. They would be purposefully designed to not stay on the board the whole game. You cast them, use their ability to help your cause, and then they go. I think it would still be credible, just not highly powered.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Non-legendary planeswalkers?
    I think they would still be Legendary, but downshift to Uncommon level (like in Dominaria) with adjusted abilities to suit the theme of the set. I think it's possible since Dominaria went over well with the Legendary matters theme.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Surveil and Madness
    Can Surveil trigger Madness if a madness card was selected to go to a graveyard? Or does Madness only work if it's in hand?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Surveil to replace Scry?
    I was doing some card searching and stumbled on the surveil mechanic in earlier sets. Taigam's Scheming and Contingency Plan. Surveil 5 for 1U doesn't seem so bad even though it's sorcery speed. I wouldn't be surprised if a reprint of one of these comes out in this set.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Thoughtbound Phantasm
    Can someone please clarify a couple things with Thoughtbound Phantasm.

    1. If I cast Mission Briefing, with Surveil 2, does that give Thoughtbound Phantasm two +1/+1 counters or just one?

    2. If I cast any pump spell like Giant Growth targeting the Phantasm, are those counted as counters and thus making it able to attack for that turn only?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 9-13
    I have a feeling this is going to find a nice home in Standard and possibly some Modern play as a Snappy-lite. I do like the Isochron Scepter and Mission Briefing combination to dig and fill graveyard in some Modern brew.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Invert / Invent
    Ok, so I understand now that Invert is until end of turn (not what the card says:frown:). Am I confusing myself with Invent and that you can tutor an instant AND sorcery at the same time? That AND/OR really seems out of place and would really expect it to be OR. Overall, whomever was in charge of this card dropped the ball on the wording.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Guilds of Ravnica basic lands
    Quote from JovianHomarid »
    Quote from Yamahako »
    Prediction: no basics in packs. We'll get fixing in that slot like in guild crash.

    This sounds like a good guess.


    Agreed. There was a discussion, I think in the general forum a while ago, that they could easily retool the land spot in the pack like the Unstable contraptions. This would help with limited fixing as seen in M19, but I think it should include the uncommon and rare cycles as well. Getting basic lands is not a problem for a beginner. If I was in a need for a lot of basics, I would buy a fat pack.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on MtG Cardstock
    I was not aware of the 2012 EPA rule for paper mills and agree the timing may be a reason why the changeover in cardstock occurred as stated in Rudy's video. I have some familiarity with pulp chemistry since my Dad worked as an engineer in many paper mills, and I have seen the HUGE rollers and shredded pulp being squeezed into paper. I think they used the Kraft process, and the Black Liquor from the pulping has an awful smell.

    I work in an industry that is also heavily regulated by EPA, so I know how new regulations can change the way a company makes a product (i.e. more expensive) or effect the workers. Whatever the old cardstock was, probably used a pulping/bleaching reagent that is either no longer available for use or required far too much investment for the paper mill to continue using. I don't think this will be the last change to the cardstock for WotC.

    The new cardstock is obviously not like the old stuff, but they have been experimenting with the coating more recently. If the current cardstock is readily available at their price point, the best hope for players is in the coating to fix the curl. Who knows if WotC actually went through the effort to show people outside of the company the cardstock/coating options? For all we know a more expensive coating could resolve that issue?
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on MtG Cardstock
    Maro's article today https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/more-odds-ends-core-set-2019-2018-08-06 answered one question about Coreset 2019 double faced cards. In his answer he states:
    We've always had the ability to print a single-double sided card. It requires printing an extra double-sided sheet (most cards have normal Magic backs, which are preprinted en masse prior to sets being printed) of nothing but that card. Doing this has logistical and, more importantly, financial implications, meaning that it's something that has to be important enough to justify doing. Having Core Set 2019 built around Nicol Bolas and his past felt like it was central enough to the set to justify.


    I bolded the statement of interest. Does WotC supply the printer with pre-printed cardstock? Or does the chosen printer just pre-print all the card backs for their print run on the specified/supplied cardstock? I'm just curious if/when the current cardstock is all used up, maybe a quality change could be done.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Modern Spirits
    Has anyone tried running Departed Deckhand? When you have a Drogskol Captain in play it's a 3/3 hexproof virtually unblockable, or am I missing something here? It would not be helpful in a mirror match of course.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Leaked Announcement - New Masterpieces and Reserved List Update

    It mostly comes down to how much money can the company make and can they afford to take on any issues that come from it. If they started doing masterpieces that would actually be a good first step in the right direction. However, Masterpieces are effectively Collector fodder anyway. Not that I wouldn't love to have a new All Hallow's Eve or The Abyss, but some cards just will never see the light of day again.


    This is exactly the issue for WotC/Hasbro. It's entirely plausible that WotC didn't know how to reprint RL cards to maintain net positive in the past. I'm sure their lawyers have advised them of estimated damages long ago, but it is likely to do more harm than good anyway for momentary increase in sales which a good exec would not do. It would be more likely to move that to a digital format to completely avoid the issue and have the cash grab online to maximize margin.

    In my view, Legacy/Vintage is cool for me to watch others play with powerful RL cards. I can get into Modern relatively "cheaply" but am fully aware that those cards can go up or down depending on how many times they get reprinted over the years. Even though the article says Modern replaced Extended 7 years ago, in the long term Modern becomes Legacy to newer and established players with no RL to worry about. What I see as a price limiting/sticker shock for some are cards like the Fetch Lands which are ubiquitous in so many decks in Modern now, just like Dual Lands in Legacy. WotC knows this and they will reprint key cards when they see fit to maximize sales of whatever product. I believe WotC originally wanted an Eternal format with no reprint covenants, but poor choices with Chronicles forced them to make the RL to save the game which they now regret.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Leaked Announcement - New Masterpieces and Reserved List Update
    It wouldn't be the first time I have experienced C-level execs say "we will not do..." and then literally the next month they do what they said they wouldn't do. It's amazing their resolve to keep people motivated to basically show no change in course until a change is formally announced.

    I am NOT saying this is what is happening at WotC, but corporate execs do not care about their peons and let everyone know their plans at all times. It's need-to-know basis. They would not let things like this to leak out into public until it is meant to be public knowledge. They tell the minimum amount of people and if someone blabs, it's their butt on the line. The two accounts of denial from WotC are legit IMO. Card leaks are completely separate from this because that is third party, and stuff like that happens and is why contracts and courts exist.

    In a dystopian world: WotC chief says: "Bob we need to make more money because Hasbro is breathing down our necks.
    Bob: Ok, we can resume Masterpieces because they increased booster sales.
    WC: Great! what cards should be put in.
    Bob: Well we run out of ideas on that one, since people didn't care for the last set of Masterpieces/Inventions we put in there.
    WC: What cards are the "community" crying for.
    Bob: Reserve List cards. They claim they can't play Legacy because they don't have the access to the cards at a lower price point, but most want them for Commander which we just bent them over on. My bad. The Masterpiece Counterspell is hovering around $90, Beta ~$550, and all others are $1. I'm pretty sure people have Counterspell, but the original is not a buck so maybe the collectors we promised won't sue us if we changed our policy again. They won't trust us anymore.
    WC: Hmm. I like money Bob. The older collectors will sue us, but the newer players who never played in the 90s will be over joyed and shower us in cold hard cash just for the opportunity to crack one open on our current cardstock. I'll be swimming in it like Scrooge McDuck. Make it happen, but tell Maro to keep his mouth shut or he's fired."
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Leaked Announcement - New Masterpieces and Reserved List Update
    IF...and I mean a huge if this is real, I think it would be a clear sign that WotC is desperate for increased sealed product sales. If they really wanted to walk the fine line on the RL, the Masterpiece route seems like a logical tactic to keep the numbers low and not tank all RL cards. I'm sure certain larger collectors will file suit, but Hasbro has the resources to take it to court. Maro admitted on Blogatog that Imperial Recruiter was mythic because of scarcity, so with that logic RL cards should be super mythic aka Masterpieces. What was the pull rate in the past, 1-2 per case? They could honestly put a single cycle per set and sales would go through the roof. I don't think the highly sought after ABU cards would take a big hit, but I still think the original printings will always have a higher value for collectability. The secondary market/collectors will determine what that value is.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Tawnos, Urza's Apprentice
    Quote from Cyborg Huey »
    My only gripe is that there isn’t a candelabra in the art.


    Yes there is, although it's holding 2 candles instead of the original Candelabra of Tawnos. I assume a list of his known inventions were mentioned in the art description
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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