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  • posted a message on GP Lyon Discussion
    R/G Eldrazi has won the finals vs Abzan, 2 games to 1. Double Reality Smasher lethal vs Bob + Double 'Goyf, with one 'Goyf getting hit with Dismember to push the necessary damage.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Changing how the forums are structured - Looking for community feedback
    Option 2. Why is there no poll for this thread?
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 15/01/18)
    Hard to be sure just how it will impact their decisions, but Wizards is absolutely wary and aware of Lantern, to the point that they specifically didn't want to unable Sword of the Meek out of fear that it would turn the deck into an unstoppable monstrosity. Make of that what you will.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan Modern Discussion
    Wow Thalia just eviscerated Burn, lol.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Banned and restricted list updates
    Quote from Billiondegree »
    Wait, was Ferocidon really designed after Cat-blink was discovered? I thought sets are designed way further in advance than that and Cat-blink was admittedly not discovered until the full set was spoiled.


    MaRo said on Blogatog that at the moment it's possible to make minute changes to this year's fall set. Ferocidon likely wasn't as souped-up as it is now, but they had time to add small stuff (maybe the damage per creature etb clause, which does indeed stop Cat Blink in its tracks).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on State of Standard Thread: bans, format health, metagame, rotation, etc!
    Look at that data. Ramunap Red had 60% winrate against everything save energy, good god.
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)
    Quote from Lord Seth »
    Quote from Pokken »
    Blue decks have been posting results with mana leak and logic knot, so I don't really blame wizards for being cautious. And also having to wait for a standard environment where it's not an issue to print something like that. There was a pretty big chunk of standard recently where even mana leak would have been a problem (torrential gearhulk driven shenanigans).
    There haven't been any real Standard environments where it'd be a problem to print Mana Leak, except for maybe those where Snapcaster Mage was around and even there the problem was Snapcaster Mage. You cite "Torrential Gearhulk driven shenanigans" but why? As far as I can remember, Torrential Gearhulk decks were never the best in Standard. They weren't the best after Kaladesh was released, they weren't the best after the bannings, they weren't the best after the second round of bannings, and weren't the best after the third round or in the present. Sure, the card will sometimes sneak into good decks, but only as a 1 or 2-of and it usually isn't played at all. Torrential Gearhulk was never a big player in Standard. Maybe the argument is that with Mana Leak it would've been, but that seems speculative and I don't think would've risen them up to be a clear best deck.

    It's actually pretty possible counterspell would have been fine in both the Emrakul and Vehicles standards, just not the Saheeli one.
    How would it not have been just fine in the Saheeli Standard? I suppose the argument might be it'd put Saheeli over the top, but Saheeli was already way over the top. So at most, Counterspell would've taken a problem that was so big it was banworthy... and kept it banworthy.


    As I recall, we did have a high profile final (think it was a Pro Tour?) featuring a control mirror (Shota on Blue-Red I think) that used Gearhulk. While it was really interesting/awesome to watch, I can only assume WotC was less than pleased with the fact it happened. They put LSV to explain almost literally every single play and minutiae to try and keep the audience up to speed. One of the games ended because somebody ran out of threats and conceded while holding a seemingly advantageous field, which is the kind of thing not-as-hardcore viewers probably can't parse and not the kind of gameplay Wizards envisions as good.


    With this said, I don't think the deck took off after said incident...
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on [RIX] Rivals of Ixalan: Modern discussion
    Oppo-caster has graced us with its presence. Will it make the cut?

    For reference, 2/1 First Strike Human Pirate for 1R, no flash, SnapCaster clause on opponent's graveyard while letting you pay for it with any color of mana.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Iconic Masters ignores the first half of Magic
    For what it's worth, MaRo has confirmed that they messed up by choosing that name.

    I'm not sure how they expected people not to interpret it the way it has been.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Crow Storm - MTG Goldfish Spoiler
    Quote from Cyborg Huey »
    I feel bad admitting this, but I'm sure other people don't know either so I'll just ask, what the hell is the meme surrounding Storm Crow? I've heard people joke about it for years, but never have I actually understood what they were making fun of about it. Can someone please, in all seriousness, enlighten me about this?


    I don't know how it got started, but while Storm Crow is in an objective, non-meme-y fashion a card that is not very good (see Seacoast Drake), people decide to look up all the possible 'benefits' it could offer in a way to turn its badness into awesomeness.

    Gut Shot? That's cute. 20 turn clock! Evasive damage! Greatest card advantage machine ever, because for the price of 1 Jace you can get 100 Storm Crows! Pitches to Force of Will! Can wield Jitte!

    It doesn't necessarily have to really be sensible, but through its own twisted logic, a card that was so bad became the card that is so good. It's all about making fun of the fact that yes, it's not really a good card, by going for these delusions of grandeur.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Pro Tour Ixalan/Albuquerque - Standard/Draft - 11/3-5
    Anybody catch the Pascal mirror match? Sweet game of WB Tokens vs WU GPG
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on Ghalta, Primal Hunger - Store Championship Promo
    hey guyz, how 'bout we throw this in some Modern DS variant; now we can play 2 mana 12/12 Elder Dino alongside 1 mana 8/8s =V
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)
    As a small note, while your listed reason for not unbanning Second Sunrise might be valid to some extent, the WotC reason it ceased to exist in the format was its enabling of Eggs and its 20-minute turns.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on I will be stepping down in the next two weeks as Moderator.
    Thank you for your efforts and service, godspeed.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on Temporary State of the Meta Thread (Rules Update 7/17/17)
    Quote from Albegas »
    Can someone tell me what card(s) have ever been banned from Modern because they "create[d] unfun and unpopular play patterns"? I glanced over the list, and as far as I can tell, not a single card on the ban list falls into this category

    Also, no love for SFM in the article :(?


    It'd be easy to argue that Second Sunrise qualifies, what with Eggs and its 20-minute turns.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
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