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  • posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)
    Seems like they took the complaints about TWD to heart. New frames will really help to make these cards look visually distinct. Not in FOMO Secret Lairs.The only remaining issue is Legacy legality but, honestly, I do not think WotC cares about Legacy.

    I am very excited for the 40k commander decks! I hope we get lots of commanders out of it - Guilliman, Calgar, Dante, Grimnar, Azrael, Halbrecht, Typhus, Kharn, Fabius, Abaddon, Eldrad, Swarm Lord, Ghazghkull, Trazyn... So many good 40k character, and this is not even getting into all the juicy 30k characters!
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  • posted a message on [STX] Commands, Mystical Archive, and the first look at Commander 2021
    I love the design of the Masterpiece cards! I love that the Twins are back!


    "Witherblooms are goth bio majors. They draw power from the essence of living beings, whether that means enhancing nature or exploiting it. Witherbloom mages are most at home riding zombie crocs, picking herbs for potions, and hanging out in their swamp making grim jokes. Their motto is "Get your hands dirty."


    SIGN ME UP!!!
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  • posted a message on Maro confirms strixhaven is no Reskin of any version of “magic school” and a bottom up set
    Quote from Flamebuster »
    Breath of Fire II featured a "magic school" which allowed you to craft different magics with various elements, and that predated Harry Potter, so Schools of Magic are not exclusive to a particular pop culture phenomenon whether stated or otherwise.

    I'm curious to see how this unfolds and the lore/design/world connectivity it has behind it. They say there's no reskin but honestly how can you not do a reskin of a concept that's been done many times before in some form or another?

    'buster


    The easy answer to that is to have the students use things other than wands, like staves, swords, rings, etc.
    Ah, a video game reference! I also remember a PS2 game called GrimGrimoire that also featured a magic school setting, but the rather than magic houses, students were specialized by magic type (sorcery, glamour, alchemy, etc.)

    It is possible to avoid using Harry Potter as a reference if they researched other Magic School stories. But, if the students have to use a magic wand that looks like it is from the Harry Potter movies to cast spells, then the association with Harry Potter is unavoidable.

    I also think that Maro is backpedalling. Harry Potter is one of the most popular magic school world stories in the last decade, so how can WotC not use ideas from that world?
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  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Superdrop Smitten
    I hate that the drop I am most interested in - the Faeries - are only in foil. They are going to curl so much. Sigh.
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  • posted a message on New Secret Lair Cards
    I love the Teferi and Kaya art.
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  • posted a message on 2021/2022 Crossover Shenanigans
    Why would Konami - the makers of Yugioh - partner with Wizards of the Coast?
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  • posted a message on Secret Lair x The Walking Dead
    Imagine if they had just trated these cards
    Quote from Dontrike »
    These aren't for me, I think their dumb BUT...........

    I have a feeling this will be their best selling Secret Lair Drop. Time will tell.

    It will absolutely sell well and will be amazing for the company. Whales are the reason Secret Lairs keep going strong and keep breeding like rabbits, it's why we've had 28 of them in less than a year already and I'm sure we still have another 4-8 to go before we even get to this product line's first birthday.

    This will sell well and it wouldn't surprise me if we get a Harry Potter Secret Lair for Strixhaven with legendary equipment with the Cloak of Invisibility, Horcrux, that wand, legendary instant Deus Ex Machina, legendary creature Hermoine, the Actual Main Character, and see the famous moment of wizards defecating in the street and poofing the feces away (this last one fits perfectly).


    JK Rowling is so controversial right now. I am not sure the money earned from the cards would be worth the sheer amount of flack that would come at WotC for months afterwards.
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  • posted a message on Amonkhet remastered
    Quote from user-11102155 »
    is there somewhere a number of active arena players ?
    i am just curious, cause i think it is trash (i mean there are so many better games you can play on a pc). i understand people get their dose of magic during corona there, i just wonder if it will be a thing after corona or even in 2-3 years.


    Arena is wildly popular. It will be fine after the pandemic.

    2 or 3 years from now? Who knows.
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  • posted a message on B & R Announcement 8/3 Major Shakeups
    Quote from seilaoque »

    if they're going to keep improving threats, then they need to bring better answers or else we'll keep having extensive ban lists every time.


    It looks like Wizard's recent design philosophy is to make bigger threats, so players simply compete on landing bigger threats, rather than using lower-costing answers to take care of those threats.

    Wizards keeps citing their player satisfaction surveys where new players don't like their threats being countered or neutralized before they can use it. So, really good answers are unlikely to be made for Standard. The better creature removals recently seem to be in black. (Cast Down, Heartless Act)

    They might scale back on the power creep for creatures, but removal will probably remain not as quick or efficient in Standard.



    Which has been the biggest problem plaguing Standard for a long time now. The game is far healthier and more vibrant when threats and answers are roughly equal. When threats far outstrip answers, you are left with a shallow game of who can ramp and draw into their threat faster.
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  • posted a message on B & R Announcement 8/3 Major Shakeups
    After this year, I doubt I would EVER consider playing paper standard again. It is just too volatile. I think Pioneer might wind up the same way once it goes on Arena. Frown



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  • posted a message on Double Masters 2XM New reprint product
    Quote from the n00b king »
    Quote from xaltair »
    This was my point too, it would suck to open a $16 pack and get a $3 rare or mythic. It would also suck even more to buy a $300-$400 box and find out all your rares and mythic amount to about $150-$180.

    I mean if you buy a standard box for $110 and you get $60 worth of rares/mythic it already feels pretty bad, but imagine buying something 3 times as much, the feeling should be 3 times as strong. I mean if there is only one $100 card in the set and the rest are $50 or less in value then it'll be hard to justify the price of the box at $300 unless you can get 6 of those $50 cards in the box whether they may be rares/mythics/foils or whatever.

    It's like buying a Collector's pack for $20 and when you open it you get $8 worth of cards in value, or even $10, it feels bad.




    As someone who bought an Iconic Masters pack and pulled Channel, let me tell you - it sucks.


    Just want to point out that you can do so much worse. Go check out Alpha Investments opening videos. Recently there's one where someone threw money in the trash by buying a box. That product was such a joke AND a rip off at the same time.


    In terms of just playing the 10 dollar lotto and buying a single pack, I cannot think of a worse feels bad moment than opening a MYTHIC that is only worth 58 cents AND is banned/restricted in every format. It is absolutely terrible. Channel should never have been printed in the set, especially not as a Mythic. From my perspective, it would have felt better to crack a pack and open a 20 cent rare that I might be able to slam into a budget commander deck than it was to open an absolutely useless piece of cardboard.

    But yes, Iconic Masters was a terrible set, especially when you compare it to A25 and Mystery Boosters. I 100% feel awful for anyone who spent hard-earned money to buy a box of Iconic Masters, especially at the inflated costs when the set first came out.
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  • posted a message on Double Masters 2XM New reprint product
    Quote from xaltair »
    This was my point too, it would suck to open a $16 pack and get a $3 rare or mythic. It would also suck even more to buy a $300-$400 box and find out all your rares and mythic amount to about $150-$180.

    I mean if you buy a standard box for $110 and you get $60 worth of rares/mythic it already feels pretty bad, but imagine buying something 3 times as much, the feeling should be 3 times as strong. I mean if there is only one $100 card in the set and the rest are $50 or less in value then it'll be hard to justify the price of the box at $300 unless you can get 6 of those $50 cards in the box whether they may be rares/mythics/foils or whatever.

    It's like buying a Collector's pack for $20 and when you open it you get $8 worth of cards in value, or even $10, it feels bad.


    As someone who bought an Iconic Masters pack and pulled Channel, let me tell you - it sucks.
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  • posted a message on Double Masters 2XM New reprint product
    After my experience with my M21 box (where I only got 3 Mythics and had 8 duplicate rares), I am really leery of buying a box of Double Masters because it is just so gosh darn expensive. I really worry about playign the lottery with it and taking a really pricey bath. Frown
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  • posted a message on [M21] Elder Garganoth— hobbyjapan.co.jp/cardgamer preview
    This card makes me laugh. It is super pushed but also not playable (without investing more cards into protecting him). We live in weird times.
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  • posted a message on [M21] "Selfless Rescue Dog"— VGTime preview
    He is basically a version of Dauntless Bodyguard that can sacrifice himself to save anyone.
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