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  • posted a message on M25 foils question
    I don't think A25 was as bad as Amonkhet.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [UMA] - Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Quote from thatmarkguy »
    Quote from Antiantiserum »
    I have not looked at he full spoiler yet. Is there anything in the set on the level of Tree of Redemption, Channel or Triskaidekaphobia? Having pulled all three, I am super wary of any Masters set that includes such awful junk rares/mythics (well Channel is not junk but it is banned in all the formats I play and therefore is worthless to me).
    We're 213 cards away from the full spoiler. Will be out around 19th/20th/21st this month though.


    We have been told that the box topper 40 contains all (20) of the set's Mythics. So at the very least, we know that there won't be a Channel or Tree level Mythic dud. It looks like the lowest value Mythics in the set are currently ~$15 (Balefire Dragon, Lord of Extinction, Sigarda)

    Of the 19 rares we know about so far, only three are sub-$15 at present, though it is expected that there will be plenty more.


    Well that's really exciting! Smile
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [UMA] - Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    I have not looked at he full spoiler yet. Is there anything in the set on the level of Tree of Redemption, Channel or Triskaidekaphobia? Having pulled all three, I am super wary of any Masters set that includes such awful junk rares/mythics (well Channel is not junk but it is banned in all the formats I play and therefore is worthless to me).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [UMA] - Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    As a guy who has pulled Triskaidekaphobia, Tree of Redemption and Channel, I am super disinclined to buy Masters boosters to begin with, doubly so now that they are 14 bucks a pop.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Collector's Boosters
    Quote from Guesswork »
    Quote from Watchwolf »
    "This new product created by a business whose goal is to make money is just another cash grab! How vexing!"
    Fact: WotC could fold tomorrow, shut down the presses, and we could all still be playing Magic until we die. These kinds of "WotC gotta eat" arguments are specious.

    I give WotC money for interesting game design and enjoyable play experiences. This product offers neither. And since I think they've been struggling to justify getting my money for those two reasons as of late, my opinion is that their efforts with this product are misdirected.


    Just look at every other game that has died - without consistent support, interest in the game would slowly wane.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Is the sky really falling this time? Or another case of a Magic slump?
    Quote from idSurge »
    Last I heard all metrics point to growth, not decline.


    They push it hard right now with MTG-Arena and advertisement.
    (But frankly, i dont see how people ever spend actual money in Arena, its downright crazy what they charge for money)

    Ravnica is also a set that attracts people to come back all the time (you can literally ask people for that).


    However, a lot of "new" players that simply dont stick to the game and vanish again.
    So the number of people that stick to the game for some years and people that just pop in would be more interesting.


    As of right now, with all the money flooding into advertisement of Arena , if it wouldnt produce any growth at all, that would be the immediate death in an apocalyptic fashion ; but still, it could be way bigger, so the growth is diminished a lot ; and given its probably not a persistent growth, if these people just go away after a year, or dont spend money in the game in long term.


    Pretty sure every Arena player is counted as a new player, hence the rapid rise in Magic's popularity.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Is the sky really falling this time? Or another case of a Magic slump?
    Quote from AlecPyron »

    I think MTG would do just fine even if all MTG only stores disappear. It'd sux royally for a lot players as the density of places that host events dwindle to just big hobby shops, but at worse we just roll back to a pre-Innistrad era I imagine. Maybe I'm being optimistic.


    Local stores are dying, which is why WotC is putting so many eggs into the Arena basket. That is their safety net in case paper dies off.

    Quote from Onering »
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    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    There are other directions I haven't heard anyone really talk about (maybe hint at, but not right out mention):

    1) There have been bars opening up here & there that cater to the gaming community. 21+ environment.



    I think I support this idea because the older I get the more annoying the younger generation looks to me. I also feel that magic tournaments are like gambling. And I do get annoyed that some of the younger players, whom are too young to hold a job is playing with decks that cost almost as much as a car, and they think their ***** don't stick at the tournament table. Like I've said I'm annoyed by the younger generation. Although, I started playing magic when I was 26 years old.

    2) LGS's become "country clubs" for nerds, w/ monthly or yearly memberships, holding private and open events.


    Another idea that makes total sense to me... Smile I do feel that some LGS should push membership cards so member players are allowed to trade (or sell) cards in the store. And it seemed like a good way to allow proxy players (members are allowed to play with proxies).



    3) LGS's start charging at the door. Either a per night cost or by the hour.


    Sure... but this might push people away from the LGS. On the other hand, if your going to a dance club (or night club) there are door charges.


    I also support the bar idea, because while I don't find the younger generation annoying, the older you get the creepier you feel for hanging out with them. Once your over 30, playing cards with 19 year olds has a way of making you feel old and weird.


    I had that experience when I was 20 and still playing YuGiOh. Smile
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on As much as I like them trying to put some more focus back on the story, were "story spotlight" cards really necessary?
    Quote from NGW »
    I mean, do they really think we're too dumb to know what's a key moment in the story without a giant planeswalker watermark and a note at the bottom of the card pointing it out to us?


    The general populace is indeed to "dumb" to know which cards are story spotlight cards and which are not.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The new Niv-Mizzet, Parum card seems grossly overpowered
    Parun is a good card but his casting cost renders him utter trash outside of Commander.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Is the sky really falling this time? Or another case of a Magic slump?
    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    There are other directions I haven't heard anyone really talk about (maybe hint at, but not right out mention):

    1) There have been bars opening up here & there that cater to the gaming community. 21+ environment.


    One opened up in Reno a few years ago. The place focuses on selling alcohol, while offering table space and a huge library of board games for people to play and enjoy. It is always packed and always busy.

    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    2) LGS's become "country clubs" for nerds, w/ monthly or yearly memberships, holding private and open events.


    This has definitely been done before and may work in dense urban areas where the community of players/gamers is very high. In less urbanized areas, this model would struggle, I think.

    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    3) LGS's start charging at the door. Either a per night cost or by the hour.


    Charging per table used to be common practice, especially for RPers. The model proved unpopular because people do not want to pay for table space. One system I have seen work in other areas is for there to be a "free space" and a "Premium space", with the premium space offering a better experience than the free space.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Reserved List Discussion
    Quote from drakeavril »
    Quote from Hermes_ »
    I hope they respond to you Smile

    Thank you, I put it in the mail today so here's hoping Grin


    So any response?
    Regarding counterfeiting, do people actually check the cards in sleeves at tournaments?
    If someone sleeved up some duals, I probably won't notice the difference if played across from me.


    Depends on the quality. Some counterfeits are noticeably different.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Changes to competitive/pro play
    MagicFest is a dumb name. Have not read the article yet but would not Magic Gatherings be a better name for the events? MagicCon? GatheringCon?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Hatchery Spiders and the bulk rares!
    Many bulk rares only look like bulk rares because they are designed for or will be successful in formats you are not playing/thinking about.

    Like Hatchery Spider is going right into my Goreclaw Commander deck. He works really well there.

    Camaraderie is, likewise, going to be popular in EDH.

    Erratic Cyclops... Yeah, actually very much playable in EDH.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Promos: Lord of Atlantis & Teferi's Protection
    I *need* four of those Lords of Atlantis. Hopefully they won't be too expensive... *crosses fingers*
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on GP Schedule
    Quote from SalTea »
    The nearest one is Las Vegas, which is a 6.5 hour drive. :/
    Salt Lake will never get another GP because of how poorly the last one did. And it did so poorly because it was doomed to fail. M15 sealed, the week before Khan's released, and on the same day as Salt Lake comic con. I wonder why no one showed up.

    That is terrible, terrible planning on the organizer's part.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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