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  • posted a message on Double Masters 2XM New reprint product

    I agree, when have they EVER done a set just for reprints and forgot about Draft? Chronicles? They aren't concerned with getting us these cards we would like to have and they are totally in tune with the secondary market manipulators. Same old same old. Frown


    I think it really was Chronicles as the last reprint set that didn't focus on draft, because it was the set that caused card prices to fall sharply at the time and prompted Wizards to establish the Reserve List policy. I can't find the history, but you can probably state that when the limited draft format was officially established, that's when draft booster sets came into focus.


    I was there when Chronicles released. I bought many packs hoping for stuff like the Power Nine or other powerful cards from ABU/Antiquities/Arbian Nights/Legends. We bought a lot of this stuff blind at the time/pre internet and info from Magazines like The Duelist. Those cards weren't there in Chronicles and it really didn't lower the price of the "good stuff" at the time. I got in around April of 94 and the supply of ABU/Antiquites/AN?Legends had dried up, they were gone. There was still a trickle of The Dark out but even then the prices of those packs were shooting up into the 5 to 10 plus dollar range. Prices of the Power9, other strong cards and dual lands didn't move down, they moved up. Jank like Elder Dragons and high cmc Legends dropped, but they were just that, jank. Its not 1994 any more, WotC needs to print a dedicated (NON draft) reprint set with cards that need reprints due to heavy play and fringe cards that have never had a single reprint whose values are high because of low supply. Of course this won't happen with how they run things. Frown


    Sorry if this seems naive but I don't get your argument at all. Only the rare slot(s) and *maybe* a few uncommons drive the value of a pack of cards. The draft experience is driven by the commons mostly, and the uncommons and rares to a small extent. If you look at Mystery Boosters as the most recent example, they did a great job filling the set with needed reprints, and it was also a blast to draft. Why on earth would you want them to stop making the drafts fun? When we were going to Magic Fests and Commandfest before COVID, I loved doing Mystery drafts because I had a great play experience and walked away with an Elesh Norn and a Grave Titan. To me, having a set be a good draft experience is just added value. And when I buy a booster box, which I do every set, I do not just want to rip it open and throw away 95% of the cards. I want to draft it or play Sealed even, so I can enjoy every card I open.
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  • posted a message on Commander ban list and rules update
    Quote from rowanalpha »


    I can't think of one of the companions where its requirement is so simple (Lutri aside, and why it was banned) that a deck will simply stumble into and be the correct color identity for (because last I checked color identity still applies). You have to consciously build around the restriction and you're going to lose out on good options somewhere. Three basically say "You can't play sol ring", for instance. (Gyruda, Keruga, and Umori if you want to play any non-artifacts.)


    Thats not the point.

    If you have a deck that "could" play a companion you simply have to play it, as there is no reason not to.

    For literally any card in your actual deck you make a decision to play the card, but for Companion, if you CAN play them, theres simply no reason not to have them as a Companion

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    Jegantha, the Wellspring if your deck is 5 color and happens to have no double mana cost cards, theres no reason not have have this Companion.
    So everyone that just happens to have a deck like this, is pretty much forced to have this one.

    Kaheera, the Orphanguard if your tribal deck happens to support this, there is again no reason not to have this.


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    As said, no matter the restriction, if your deck CAN play a Companion you will feel very forced to do so (especially as there isnt really much of a choice of Companion if one happens to be viable, the others usually are not, so they are even exclusive, which reduces your viable options to choose form to just that one).

    If you make a concentrated effort to play one of them and make your deck "terrible" to do so, fine, but some decks will not need to do that, and in that case the Companion is just added value to that deck for no cost at all.


    I think it's very hard to accidentally build a deck that matches a companion's conditions without trying. Looking at the two examples you use, I have an Elementals based Morophon, the Boundless EDH deck, and at first I thought that Jegantha, the Wellspring was a perfect fit. But then I realized that Avenger of Zendikar and Soul of the Harvest and all of the Cavaliers didn't work. Then I thought, cool, I'll run Kaheera, the Orphanguard! But the deck runs Jodah, the Avenger and Oracle of Mul-Daya and a few other creatures that throw it all off.

    My point is just that almost any deck will have to adjust at least a little to make the companions work. I even looked at Kaheera, the Orphanguard for my Gishath deck, but too many of the Dinosaur support cards are humans, and at the end of the day, that companion isn't strong enough to take them out.
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  • posted a message on [IKO and C20] the tokens of the set and decks
    Wait, are we not getting the counters? Like the flying, menace, lifelink etc. counters? sorry if I'm missing something obvious...
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  • posted a message on [IKO] Jegantha, the Wellspring— Cardmarket preview
    I have a Morophon, the Boundless EDH deck built as Elemental tribal... wonder if this is worth cutting the Cavaliers for? And Soul of the Harvest, Avenger of Zendikar,... etc. Probably not, but cute anyway!
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  • posted a message on 2/14 Secret Lairs: Theros Stargazing
    Quote from SonofaBith75 »
    Wow. Just tried to order the bundle and the website says: "CONGRATULATIONS! Your order is completed but at least one item doesn't have enough stock. You will be contacted to your email separately."

    WHAT THE ACTUAL F*** I thought the ENTIRE POINT of these was that they were printed to order. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER WIZARDS!!



    They’ve said multiple times, they print X number PRIOR to the sale occurring, for near-immediate shipping, then if sales EXCEED X, they print Y more copies AS NEEDED. Relax, and understand the process.


    Hey, it would be a lot easier to "relax and understand the process" if they were clear about the process. That message is ambiguous and concerning to any reasonable person, and I shouldn't have to scour the Internet for wherever else they've supposedly explained this. They have a history of messing up exclusive releases, and my reaction is not unreasonable.
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  • posted a message on 2/14 Secret Lairs: Theros Stargazing
    Wow. Just tried to order the bundle and the website says: "CONGRATULATIONS! Your order is completed but at least one item doesn't have enough stock. You will be contacted to your email separately."

    WHAT THE ACTUAL F*** I thought the ENTIRE POINT of these was that they were printed to order. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER WIZARDS!!
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  • posted a message on [C19] Mandate of peace
    sunforger has a new toy!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Card that searches for an artifact
    Inventors' Fair is probably the most efficient one.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Brawl 2019 - Chulane, Teller of Tales
    I think the Vigilance is the white ability. The card draw when you cast a creature is green, and the bounce is blue. This is how they make the card really feel like it belongs in all three colors.
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  • posted a message on Commander July 8th Banlist Update
    The Iona ban is absolutely ridiculous. She's so innocuous I was laughing when I read the announcement. I still think Paradox Engine is fine and shouldn't be banned, but at least that card *was* legit broken if you're that kind of player. Banning Iona is just a sign to me that the rules committee has completely lost touch.

    One vote of no confidence from me. I think Wizards should take the reins and come up with a ban list that makes at least a *little* bit of sense.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Amass' potential
    Lazotep Reaver is great value in any Tymna the Weaver deck for sure. Curves right into her and then draws you two cards!
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The Commander Price Discussion Thread
    Looks like Expropriate just jumped. Must be Commander.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Book Devourer
    The art reminds me of Browse <3<3<3
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  • posted a message on playgroup ban of Terastodon
    The most ban-worthy green fatty in the format right now is Craterhoof Behemoth, and many people have started just cutting him (?) from their own decks because he's a boring win con. Frankly, in my Selvala, Heart of the Wilds deck, Terastodon isn't even close to the most powerful creature. If your meta has lots of decks that abuse blinking and bouncing for etb effects, then y'all need to adjust your decks to deal with that strategy. That's part of what makes magic fun, adjusting to your metagame. If everything that gets annoying is just house-banned, you're missing a big part of what makes this game interesting, in my opinion.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Loyal Drake
    I’m sorry, but like, did blue really need this? It would be a format staple if they’d made it white and called it like “Loyal Squire” or “Loyal Vanguard,” and it feels so wasted on blue which probably barely even plays it compared to other card advantage options. Ugh. I mean it’s cool and stuff but ugh.
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