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Jan 17, 2019Is this really a Faithless Looting deck? It doesn't interact with its graveyard at all. Not having a plan B against a Blood Moon that slips through the discard net also feels really bad. Maybe you could bulk up on blue to pick up some countermagic and better card selection.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
Jan 17, 2019There are a couple obstacles to Paladin of Atonement being usable in modern. The first is that it's sloooow. It needs to trigger two or three times to be worth its mana cost, which, without a dedicated life loss outlet, requires multiple discrete life loss events. This makes it downright glacial compared to the likes of Gurmag Angler and the other secondary threats that accompany Death's Shadow while also being vulnerable to all of the format's most popular removal spells.Posted in: Modern
The second problem is that the sacrifice ability, the paladin's other big draw, is utterly at odds with what DS decks try to do, unless it's being used to nuke Bridge from Below. See, the vampire life loss mechanics in Ixalan block were designed so that life could be gained back via the various lifegain effects and lifelink that the vampires had. In contrast, DS decks try to maintain their life totals at low levels to leverage their signature creature to the maximum extent possible. In such a deck, the sacrifice ability would be an "oops" button in situation where either a loss is imminent anyways, disruption would be preferable, or the DS would be better off pushing for a win.
Jan 17, 2019BlazingRagnarok posted a message on Cards that should be reprinted to enter the Modern card poolPosted in: Modern
In a turn 4 format like modern, sure, it might be fine, but there's now way that Wizards (or many players, frankly) would want Opposition in standard. Not to mention, they already have Verity Circle in the set.
Jan 17, 2019Conspiracies can't have tap abilities. Being tapped or untapped is a status that only permanents can have, so abilities that activate from zones other than the battlefield need to have other timing restrictions. Take Vanguards for example, many of which operate in a similar manner to the cards you're trying to design here, with abilities that can only be activated once per turn during their controllers' turns.Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Balance-wise, these are all over the place. Blue, black, and red get insane, un-interactable value engines that will likely win games on their own, while white and green are left in the dust. Even more troubling is the insurmountable advantage that players who draft one of these have over player who do not. Even the most powerful conspiracies from the two eponymous sets imposed some sort of restrictions on the players who drafted them, but all these demand are a single colored mana symbol and a variable amount of generic mana. The untouchable nature of the command zone carries with it a serious gameplay balance risk when designing conspiracies, eminence abilities, and easy emblems. The huge step up that players who draft one of these will get is a testament to that.
Jan 17, 2019Posted in: Magic RulingsQuote from HandsomeP »In Legacy/Vintage where the order of cards in the graveyard is fixed/relevant, if I play a card like Earthquake or Hurricane that sends some of my own creatures to the graveyard (as well as the spell itself), do the spell and creatures go the graveyard at the same time (i.e. can I choose to put the sorcery card in my graveyard last so I can cast it again on my following turn if I have Bosium Strip in play)?
No. In the case of damage-dealing and toughness-reducing sweepers, the spell will be put into the graveyard before the creatures as part of its resolution. Following the resolution of the spell, state-based actions will be checked and creatures with lethal damage/0 toughness will die.
On the other hand, destroying sweepers like Wrath of God will put the creatures into the graveyard before the spell itself.
Jan 17, 2019Of the five 3-drop lords that you mentioned, only Lord of the Accursed gains full value from Heartless Summoning. The other four remain 1/1s for 2. You also lose the ability to use Gravecrawler and Cryptbreaker without a lord present, which is a steep price. As hard as you're trying to draw a copy of HS, the second copy is useless.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
Jan 17, 2019Does Tarmogoyf do enough here? I mean, I see a lot of card types, but I only see one way to reliably fill your graveyard. Lazav's surveil isn't going to be doing much heavy lifting, which means that he already needs to have a rat in play or for your opponent to throw around removal to be worthwhile.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
Jan 16, 2019BlazingRagnarok posted a message on MTG Streamer Event - RNA Early Access Streams: 1/16-1/17I mean, playing digitally is convenient, but it's only better than paper if you only care about actually playing. The social aspects of MTG nights are what bring me out to my LGS in the first place, and a well-attended prerelease has a festive atmosphere that Arena simply can't replicate. Maybe things will change once Arena's social aspects become more fleshed out, though. Also, just playing in paper has some advantages over digital games, much like how many people simply prefer paper books over e-readers. Games between two experienced players oftentimes flow much better in paper due to the existence of shortcuts, which are a big draw on their own.Posted in: Magic General
Jan 15, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from Wraithpk »What's the combo with Felidar Guardian? Just sac a 3 drop and get Kiki?
Finks-->Pod into Felidar, Finks persists, flicker Pod
Finks-->Pod into Restoration Angel/another Felidar, flicker Pod
Either 4 drop-->Pod into Kiki, win
There are probably other routes, too.
Jan 15, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from cyberium_neo »Funny that the first thing I saw was that they covered Teysa.
Good decks overall. I might’ve miscounted, but Gruul has no mythical, Rakdos has four, Simic/Orzhov each has only one?
Gruul has Ravager Wurm, so one mythic. Birds of Paradise is sitting at $7 right now, which makes it one of the more valuable reprints anyways.
Jan 15, 2019BlazingRagnarok posted a message on Does cleansing nova or planar outburst destroy pristine angel?Cleaning NovaPosted in: Magic Rulings
Yes. Protection does four things that can be encapsulated in the acronym DEBT:
It prevents Damage from whatever is being protected from
It makes the creature with protection unable to be Enchanted by whatever is being protected from
It makes creatures from which the creature is protected unable to Block the creature with protection
It makes the creature with protection unable to be Targeted by whatever is being protected from
The sweepers you mentioned do not damage, enchant, block, or target, so protection does nothing to stop them.
Jan 14, 2019Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Better to put the reveal in the reminder text than force players to go to a FAQ or the comp rules for it:
702.48a Ninjutsu is an activated ability that functions only while the card with ninjutsu is in a player’s hand. “Ninjutsu [cost]” means “[Cost], Reveal this card from your hand, Return an unblocked attacking creature you control to its owner’s hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.”
Jan 14, 2019BlazingRagnarok posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 1/10/2019 - Planeswalker Deck cards (yay...)Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Serberus_08 »I couldn't imagine that these cards would really be that much more playable if they just said a Subtype of the walker (as in: "Search your library and/or graveyard for a Dovin Planeswalker..."). It just makes them that much more limiting, in any format really.
Limiting is the whole point. Wizards wants these cards to have a 0% chance of competitive play and 0% appeal to established players so they don't get buyout problems on their hands.
Jan 14, 2019Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Oh, I've never seen that card before. Great for Monty Python jokes. And McCarthy impressions. Now, if only there were a way to pass Captive Audience to other opponents. Flickering Zealous Conscripts while controlling Bazaar Trader?
Jan 14, 2019Oh, that's hilarious. There's a guy at my LGS who would love this list, since he tried to stick Trespasser's Curse into almost every deck he played while the card was in standard. Hunted Horror is another option for this deck, though the token hate might have to be upgraded to Ratchet Bomb or Engineered Explosives. If you want to go extra janky, you could try a transformational sideboard that turns your deck into a Torpor Orb zoo deck.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
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Nov 20, 2017Mairsil's reappearance in card form absolutely can be a coincidence because Commander products are a dumping ground for neglected legendary figures, the vast majority of whom are irrelevant to contemporary sets.Posted in: Articles
Apr 4, 2016BlazingRagnarok posted a message on The Magic Market Index: Set Review of Shadows Over InnistradWhile its value probably won't spike, I disagree with your assessment of Bygone Bishop. It has applications outside of clue-based decks; for example, it makes every creature that Collected Company decks hardcast replace themselves. If any sort of white weenie crops up (human or spirit tribal?), Bishop would give the deck crucial staying power in the mid and late games.Posted in: Articles
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