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    posted a message on Theros Beyond Death the rest of the cards and story
    I wonder if the issue has to do with all of the negative reaction that the War of the Spark story received. Eldraine's story was likely already mostly done by the time WAR's story came out but it was definitely still early enough to pull the plug on the Theros story. Additionally, other posters have stated that Theros apparently had a lot of difficulty during the design and development phase, so perhaps WotC decided to cut their losses on this set and focus on Ikoria and the other products coming out this year?
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    posted a message on [TBD] Unknown shores reprint
    WotC has made a lot of cards like this. Nice budget fixing for Commander and Draft, I suppose.





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    posted a message on Setessan Champion
    This card is exciting!
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    posted a message on THB - Staggering Insight
    Can't wait to play it in Pioneer in a UW flier deck. Looks fun. Smile

    Why would you play this over Curious Obsession? One of the biggest reasons Mono U was powerful last season was the ability to go T1 1-drop T2 Obsession-Dive Down/Spell Pierce for your removal spell. The lifelink ability is relevant against aggro decks, which tend to pack cheap removal spells to clear blockers, and get a free 2-for-1 against somebody playing Auras.
    This card may surprise me by becoming useful in Standard, but I'd never consider it for Pioneer when Obsession plus CMC 1 counters are already available.


    Because you do not need to sacrifice the new card if you do not attack. Smile
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    posted a message on No story/lore for Theros
    Can we please just return to the era where in-house writers penned a new chapter to the story and published it each week on the official MTG site?
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    posted a message on New walker confirmed for theros beyond death
    Will be weird if we do not get Ajani...
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    posted a message on 2019 Holiday Card: Decorated Knight
    Quote from Flamebuster »
    Hey it's Shahrazad's long lost cousin.


    'buster


    I still crack up thinking about how Shahrazad turned up in Loading Ready Run's draft for Unstable. Laughing
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    posted a message on 11/18/19 Big Bannings
    I feel like this is confirmation that the higher ups at WotC had no faith in this set's ability to sell based off of a combination of its themes, setting and lack of a Jacetice League member, so they relied on the tried and true method of adding a couple pushed cards to the set to ensure it sold well. Play Design had been doing such a great job, this is really the only reason I can think of for why this set has experienced so many problems.

    I mean everyone immediately knew Oko was going to be oppressively good. There is no way Play Design missed that, or let it slip through the cracks.
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    posted a message on Pioneer Banned List Speculation
    I imagine we will see more things banned going forward.
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    posted a message on The Pioneer Format
    Personally, what I think we ultimately need is some sort of "extended+" rotating format that holds a full 10 years worth of cards.

    The creation of modern 10 years into MTG, followed by Pioneer 10 years later, kind of shows that we run into accessibility issues (at least with Wizards' current business model) at about the 10 year mark. Giving cards a 10 year shelf-life wouldn't make cards a horrible investment for players who actively play, would give investors a decent window to speculate on cards, and gives Wizards more time to print out reprints (such as shock-lands or premium kill spells) if they want to keep cards in the format.

    While Modern plays an admirable role as "eternal format without reserved list", pioneer can't be expected to act as the "huge but accessible format where newly rotated cards can still be played" in the long term unless all unbalanced cards that slip past Play Design eventually trickle out to keep people brewing.


    Modern did not come about 10 years into MTG's life, it came in nearly 18 years into Magic's life (although the set WotC chose to lead Modern off with (8th Edition) was released 10 years into Magic's life).

    I do not think the accessibility issue with Modern is due to the age of the sets because some of the most expensive cards are from Innistrad (the block that came out before RtR (which is the block that starts Pioneer)). The accessibility issue really has everything to do with WotC's refusal to meaningfully reprint modern staples.

    Extended+ is a quality answer to the problem but it would never take hold because people *hate* rotating formats.
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