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  • posted a message on [CLB] Acolyte of Bahamut — Ungeek preview
    Has anyone considered the ramifications of these Backgrounds in the 98 with Partner Commanders? I feel like this in a deck with Rograkh and some other Partner could get real stupid, real fast with Dragons being up to 4 less to cast. Just a thought.
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  • posted a message on [40K] [2X2] Warhammer 40k and Double Masters 2022 Prebeat — Weekly MTG previews
    My argument has been and always will be that this game can be enjoyed by everyone for a variety of reasons. Most of those that are vocal about this are in the minority and only comprise a group of individuals that prefer Magic a certain way. I'm of the group that I welcome the additional game pieces for more combinations and don't really much care what the artwork depicts. I've long since been a fan of the deeper story and putting myself in it, but it seems that I am in the minority there. Lol (Like I have a planeswalker-sona and have come up with story as to why I happen to be involved in pretty much every plane ever. Lol) I welcome the new additions for exactly the reasons outlined above by Giianzha and Evil Never Dies. I have currently 3 custom arts on Magic cards that I've commissioned; Krieg from Borderlands as Kresh the Bloodbraided, Max and Chloe from Life is Strange as Narset, and Female Commander Shepard from Mass Effect as Sisay, Captain of the Weatherlight (also in matching N7 custom Dragon Shields).

    If you also look up card alters you'll see hand painted artist work depicting Force of Will as a variety of characters doing those poses and a whole variety of other alters that paste over the work with their own idea of what's fun and personal to them.

    Yes, I get that UB isn't an art alter but rather a new card concept (BUT NOT ALWAYS! Looking at you Fabricate and Path to Exile!) but what harm could come from introducing new game pieces into the game? All the naysayers can continue to naysay but I welcome these cards. This gives me more freedom to express myself as I play the game that I have enjoyed for almost 20 years now.

    Edit: Also Giiansha the character that you're looking for from 5th Element is Leeloo! And sadly has nothing in common with McDonald's outside of the look. Lol
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  • posted a message on [NEO] Blade of the Oni — TCGPlayer preview
    Quote from Mystic_X »
    Its a 2 mana 3/1 menace , which is in itself reasonable (crazy how far powercreep got us).

    Then you still get the option to equip it, which you would only really do to push through, if they have 2 blockers and your stuff is smaller (or it makes sense as you have double strike, or a 0/0 with +1/+1 counters).

    Certainly does its job, but its not completely insane and meaningless in anything outside of standard.

    I wouldn't say this is entirely meaningless.
    Couldn't this help make a Liliana's Contract deck viable in Pioneer?
    This is the third 2-drop demon we've gotten recently (dream devourer, scourge of the skyclaves)
    It's starting to make sense now why the contract was reprinted in a secret lair if they wanted to encourage this archetype


    I already run a copy in my Changeling EDH deck and this card became viable as soon as Maskwood Nexus was printed (arguably, since it was printed due to Arcane Adaptation). If you're talking competitively, we'll I can't speak to that except to say that it does seem a little slow for the formats that it is legal in. And just because a card sees print in a Secret Lair doesn't make it a card that WotC is trying to push play of. It was just a theme that made sense because we were about to hit Innistrad again.
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  • posted a message on [SNC] Magic Has Grown Up on the Streets of New Capenna — SNC Debut Show previews
    Quote from Mafa »
    could they have used "shield" as a keyword action to replace "regenerate"?

    e.g. Shield target creature (it gets a shield counter...blah blah).



    The problem with this idea is that Regenerate and Shield counters work completely different from one another. Regenerate usually only lasts for a single turn and reads, in part: "The next time this permanent would be destroyed this turn, it isn't. Instead tap it, remove it from combat and remove all damage from it." Shield counters on the other hand persist past the current turn essentially regenerating across turns without clunky extra wording and a visual reminder (the counter) and doesn't tap the creature or remove it from combat. In fact, upon closer inspection the shield is spent when it would be dealt damage even if that damage isn't lethal so you could ping away a shield then destroy it with something else. Yeah, these two things work similar in some cases but are DRASTICALLY different abilities.
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  • posted a message on [SNC] Magic Has Grown Up on the Streets of New Capenna — SNC Debut Show previews
    Well if you read Urabrask, he essentially gives you an extra red impulse draw per turn and turns your opponents FIRST draw each of their turns into a red impulse draw. That means that for all intents and purposes, they don't draw thay card for anything that would care about drawing cards. You also get to see pretty much what they draw each turn so unless they have extra card draw, nothing is secret. It kills counterspells since you can't save them to cast on an opponents turn. It's actually more brutal than people are giving credit for. I'm excited for this.
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  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Stranger Things mispack
    I managed to get a replacement from Wotc for the missing card. I figured I'd clear this up so mods could lock it since I thought maybe that if it happened to me that it might indicate an erroneous print run but the traffic on this thread disproves that. Feel free to lock.
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  • posted a message on New Superdrop Details
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Bonus card for street fighters lair



    bad news no M. bison nor Akuma.

    Good news a most flavorful non lightning art for lightning bolt I have ever seen. (Thought it could have just been fireball)
    Huh, new template. The card uses the Godzilla treatment name in the card text instead of the real card name. Wonder if this is just a one-off, SL-only, or the plan moving forward.

    They did this with Secret Lair: Arcane where about half of the cards were "Godzilla treatment" and half retained their original names. I don't know if any of them had the different name reference though. After looking at the Spore Frog "Gromp" I discovered that the card says: "Sacrifice Spore Frog..." So unless they decided to change the rules regarding this Universes Beyond Treatment, then Hadoken is sus.

    Seize the Day - "Round Two"
    Krosan Grip - "Denting Blows"
    Rhystic Study - "Unstable Harmonics"
    Thran Dynamo - "The Hexcore"
    Spore Frog - "Gromp"

    (From the Arcane Lands bundle)
    Command Tower - "Summoner's Rift"


    Edit: there's a clean image up on Scryfall that contains an artist credit so I guess this is legit, even though I wished it was another Legend.

    Wow that was boneheaded of me. Hit "Quote" instead of "Edit."
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  • posted a message on New Superdrop Details
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Bonus card for street fighters lair



    bad news no M. bison nor Akuma.

    Good news a most flavorful non lightning art for lightning bolt I have ever seen. (Thought it could have just been fireball)
    Huh, new template. The card uses the Godzilla treatment name in the card text instead of the real card name. Wonder if this is just a one-off, SL-only, or the plan moving forward.

    They did this with Secret Lair: Arcane where about half of the cards were "Godzilla treatment" and half retained their original names. I don't know if any of them had the different name reference though. After looking at the Spore Frog "Gromp" I discovered that the card says: "Sacrifice Spore Frog..." So unless they decided to change the rules regarding this Universes Beyond Treatment, then Hadoken is sus.

    Seize the Day - "Round Two"
    Krosan Grip - "Denting Blows"
    Rhystic Study - "Unstable Harmonics"
    Thran Dynamo - "The Hexcore"
    Spore Frog - "Gromp"

    (From the Arcane Lands bundle)
    Command Tower - "Summoner's Rift"
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  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Stranger Things mispack
    Quote from Dusque »
    Now I hope mine does so i can get a replacement after a while XD


    You mean a replacement after a Will? Lol

    I submitted a ticket last night so I'll be sure to share the results when I hear back from them.
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  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Stranger Things mispack
    Thought I'd start the ball rolling by reporting that I recieved my copy of the Stranger Things Foil Edition and received TWO Mind Flayer and did not recieve a Will the Wise. Not sure how to post pictures but I can edit with mine once I figure it out.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] Mechtitan Core — CalebDMTG preview
    Quote from genini2 »
    That you get the exiled cards back makes this at least plausible to play and it does evade a lot of removal outside of standard (Doom Blade, Go for the Throat, Cast Down), but unless you can get a lot of value off of reenter trigger the opp having fatal push or that new channel land that bounces the token to hand is so brutal.

    Just want to point out that Go For the Throat, specifically in this instance, is not a removal spell you'd have to worry about with this card.
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  • posted a message on (Neo) Phyrexian Tamiyo
    Quote from ThyLordQ »
    As a Jace fanboy, I've read the Ari Marmell novel more times than Jace has seen printings and can tell you that he's definitely a complex character. I can totally get the Jace fatigue, especially since his se ond printing saw EXTENSIVE play across multiple formats and continues to be a high value card for that reason. I actually want to see more of Jace because I currently have a Jace Tribal deck that I would love to have more options for. But that said, I definitely have to say that the lore is there for Jace, he's not just some poster child that's been paraded around the front of Magic for years. I actually liked the tidbit about Jace's face tattoos having been done by Domri Rade when he first planeswalked to Ravnica after he Vegetabled Alhammaret on Vryn, to remind him of his home plane that he could never return to and then he mind-wiped himself.

    But yeah, just had to stick this out here for my boy Jace.


    Super minor thing, but it wasn't Domri Rade, just a Gruul Shaman. Domri probably wasn't even alive when Jace got his tattoos.

    I will have to defer to you. I have perused the stories and can't find the instance I was thinking of. Memory is funny like that. Either WotC used Domri as a reference image and Id assumed or I misread where it talked about Jace as a Teenager as though the Gruul Shaman was the Teenager, fitting Domri's description. Either way, I appear to be incorrect on this. Kudos!
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  • posted a message on (Neo) Phyrexian Tamiyo
    I would have preferred to see one of the overused planeswalkers compleated. We only had three Tamiyo cards. We've had 13 Lilianas, 12 Jaces, 17 Chandras, 10 Nissas, 8 Teferis, and 12 Ajanis. We've seen every interesting mechanic out of these guys we could reasonably expect, and I'm personally tired of all of them (though I can't speak for others). I would have much rather seen one of them get turned. 'Cause ya know, good riddance.

    But I've never really paid attention to the story. I like Tamiyo and dislike Jace mostly for aesthetic reasons and fatigue reasons. Jace just seems to have an obnoxious "my life is so hard because I'm so important" vibe. I couldn't tell you anything about their personalities.

    I'm not actually salty at the loss of Tamiyo. But she was one of my favorite planeswalkers. I think a lot of people liked her specifically because she has been a peripheral character. She hasn't been overdone. Also "I'm studying the multiverse" is a better motivation than what most of these multiverse travelers have.


    As a Jace fanboy, I've read the Ari Marmell novel more times than Jace has seen printings and can tell you that he's definitely a complex character. I can totally get the Jace fatigue, especially since his se ond printing saw EXTENSIVE play across multiple formats and continues to be a high value card for that reason. I actually want to see more of Jace because I currently have a Jace Tribal deck that I would love to have more options for. But that said, I definitely have to say that the lore is there for Jace, he's not just some poster child that's been paraded around the front of Magic for years. I actually liked the tidbit about Jace's face tattoos having been done by Domri Rade when he first planeswalked to Ravnica after he Vegetabled Alhammaret on Vryn, to remind him of his home plane that he could never return to and then he mind-wiped himself.

    But yeah, just had to stick this out here for my boy Jace.
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  • posted a message on (Neo) Phyrexian Tamiyo
    Quote from Rainbow Sun »
    I'm not terribly pissed it was Tamiyo, I just hope they don't resolve it in a boring way.
    AKA: OH Gideon comes back for 5 minutes to save her! Praise Jesus!
    Or: Turns out Lilliana's powers now work on phyrexians! For reasons!
    Or: And then Kaya offed her offscreen because we had no idea where our writing was going!

    I'm mostly irritated by the Compleation mechanic not applying to all of her colored mana costs. Yes, it would potentially put her at -1 loyalty. I'm sure there's some shenanigans in game already to handle that. Paying 2 life for 2 less counters and her being 1 mana cheaper really isn't much of a discount.

    I do agree there would have been better characters to do this to though, or at least a little build up with a "Previously Unknown Walker" who is compleated.


    The only problem with your suggestion of a previously unknown waller being Compleated would be that noone would care beyond the "oh, that happened." The fact that it's happening to a character that we've had around, that has helped the Gatewatch with Plane-shattering problems now succumb to one of the most ancient evils the Blind Eternities has had matters more. And if you take their current cast of Walkers on Kamigawa, Tamiyo is the one that makes the most sense.

    The Wanderer was a huge enigma until we found out that she's the missing Emperor. But we still don't know much about her. To Compleat her wouldn't have had much of an impact.

    Kaito is a "new" planeswalker, new to us at least, and as such he doesn't have the rapport with the players so that we would care if he got Compleated.

    Tezzeret... well, not even sure about Tezzeret at this point. He largely appears to be his own person but closely tied with the Phyrexians but only for his own gains. To Compleat him would be irrelevant because we already see him as a big bad. On his own versus Jace, as Bolas's Minion through the events of War of the Spark and now as a Phyrexian co-conspirator. It wouldn't make sense to Compleat him.

    So that kinda leaves Tamiyo as the only choice here. I mean, yeah they could've had a random walker just planeswalk in just in time to be captured by Tezzeret but that's lazy storytelling and would be even more, how did everyone call it,"done for shock value"?

    Anyways, that's my two cents. This definitely makes me curious to see where this story arc is going. We've seen 2 out of the 5 praetors so far, other than the possibility of one in New Capenna or Dominaria, which I don't see happening, we will probably have to wait a bit before seeing the next one. Which makes me feel better than back to back to back to back stories about the same characters (Battle for Zendikar, Shadows Over Innistrad, Kaladesh, Ixalan, Dominaria, oops War of the Spark.) Kinda seemed like it happened altogether too quickly to me. Even though it's about 3 years worth of Story arc.
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  • posted a message on Unfinity Delayed till second half of 2022
    Quote from hoffmkr »
    There usually a few cards I like in in-sets but overall not my focus. However, the lands in this set look phenomenal. The buy-a-box promos, WOW

    I'm a little sad that they've chosen to go the black-border Acorn stamp direction either these cards, as I've always enjoyed the silver-border touch that made these cards unique but I am definitely looking forward to this set as I love all things UN. I also decided this past year to pull the trigger on an EDH deck celebrating one of my favorite video games and got themed custom Dragon Shields and a custom art Captain Sisay as Commander Shepard so seeing these lands, they are now a MUST HAVE for that deck. I'm glad they are a buy a box promo AND in Collectors Packs which means that they should be widely available for me to get my hands on.
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