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  • posted a message on When's the next Silver-Bordered set?
    Love them or hate them, they're cards printed for fun.

    I don't usually buy them, but some cards I love, especially for cube (ie: ashnod's coupon)

    However, admittedly, I might be more inclined to buy more from next un-set if it has the right name and themes.

    My suggestion would be for WoTC to name the set: Unmasked

    As vaccines roll out, the world slowly resumes to normalcy, and restrictions are gradually eased, wouldn't we all just love to play Magic and return to living our daily lives...Unmasked?!

    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Dan Frazier is Back: The Allied and Enemy Signets
    The art is nice, but I was hoping for mana confluence instead
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Oracle update and Rules changes most particularly The Phyrexian errata wave
    Wait a minute...
    Are non-creature cards not getting this errata as well?

    Arguably, Phyrexian arena should also definitely/inherently have the subtype Phyrexian now!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Dan Frazier is Back: The Allied and Enemy Signets
    Quote from Dontrike »
    These look fantastic. I won't buy them based on price alone, but more art like that in Magic is never a bad thing.

    Price is irrelevant and very reasonable.
    Every commander player will want these foils which will only rise in market value year after year

    A purchase delayed is an investment denied
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Mother's Day 2021— Four Mother of Runes
    Pretty sure Grandmother Sengir is on the Reserved List...

    Indeed.
    What I meant was that I'd really like to see her in another form, similar to how we recently saw Baron Sengir revived as Sengir, the Dark Baron

    Quote from Flamebuster »
    Awesome. Now how about a Father's Day Secret Lair?

    What would they give us?...a Maro playset with borderless alternate art?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Saturday Morning D&D and Special Guests: Jen Bartel and Fiona Staples

    As someone who proudly owns a foil Bloomtender and remembers what happened with the reprint of Devoted Druid, I'm not not looking forward to the impact this will likely cause.

    Thanks for responding.
    That's actually reassuring and somewhat good news to anticipate for me since I traded my only copy once the price rose too high to ignore when I honestly felt the card didn't (and still doesn't) justify its tag whatsoever according to my own internal instinctive barometer. It's one of those cards which got printed during my hiatus and I never locked in a playset because I honestly never felt it was necessary for my builds upon returning a few years after. Even though I appreciate its ramp potential, it's still a vulnerable 1/1 2-drop, and there's a part of me which would still prefer paradise druid who protects herself and is much more likely to survive a turn after entering. Also, now that Jund has a hierarch of its own, we'll probably see fewer and fewer 2drop ramp creatures in general. Devoted druid got way too high for what was originally a common (the only reason being because that set had a low print run) and was reasonably expected to crash upon being eventually reprinted (at any rarity below rare), so the result was unsurprising. However, when it comes to cards which were originally rare (or mythic) and get reprinted in box sets as opposed to packs, it's more difficult for me to evaluate the likely degree of impact on current market prices.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Dan Frazier is Back: The Allied and Enemy Signets
    I'm not into the signets at all, but I adore the art throwbacks to the moxen. I might grab a set just to put on display.

    That's Respect
    And especially when it comes to art, we have to give credit where its due
    For what it's worth, if I used Facebook, I'd probably send you a friend request
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair Artist Series: Mark Poole
    The largest format in Magic is called Kitchen Table, you know...

    What's this fixation on specific tournament formats and their ban lists?

    But anyhoo, NOBODY commenting on how Wasteland depicts a destroyed Library of Alexandria??? (I first thought City of Brass but then I read the flavor text.)

    Yes, I understand most games are played at home where "anything goes" or could go depending on what the players agree to.

    However, despite that, I still feel an unusual ethical obligation to keep decks "in check", which is to say built within the framework and community consensus of what different formats allow, because we have to trust that those who make the ban decisions with regards to which cards are "overpowered" (to compete against the remainder of those in those formats' metas) is accurate and justified at the time the decision was made (something which can always be reviewed and reversed at a later date as we've seen happen).

    I suppose it's as simple as this...I like to and believe in "playing by the rules" (no matter what game I play), and if I'm playing Magic with a deck which I know to be misrepresentative because it's basically standard/modern/pioneer/ or commander legal for except for one or two banned cards, any win will be unsatisfying and will likely result in the feeling that I had cheated (or believed I had to cheat) by using unsanctioned game pieces in order to achieve the victory.

    It's not a "fixation" per se, more of an acknowledgement that those who decide "card x" it too powerful for "format y" knows what they're talking about much better than most or us, or at least my less experienced perception of what makes a particular card "fair and balanced" (which ironically doesn't include balance, which is considered by most players to be unbalanced in terms of fairness due to its low CMC mana value and the strength of its potential resulting effect).

    Personally, it annoys me that DTS got banned in legacy, but if I include it in a deck which keeps winning at the kitchen table consistently (or all the time), then all that does is validate the fact that perhaps it's slightly too good to be fair in that format. I also wouldn't want to inadvertently take a deck with me to an event one day without forgetting to remove that one card which is banned in whatever format the deck was initially build for (but then augmented with banned cards to accommodate the kitchen table setting where my playgroup may agree upon allowing certain arguably "broken" and degenerate cards), and then get disqualified or accused of intentionally trying to cheat with an illegal deck list.

    What confuses me it this... Due to the fact that balance is banned across the board (for sanctioned play except Vintage and some kitchen tables), there's already sufficient supply available, and that keeps the price low for kitchen table players who want it. It was printed in FTV, and more recently in Eternal Masters, so what makes it difficult for those kitchen table players who want it to buy an existing copy from one of those printings? I like the new art, but did it really need another printing and new art? What irks me is there are countless other old cards which have NEVER been reprinted since their original printing (perhaps because they're obscure or tied to a specific plane or faction), and are virtually impossible to find at LGSs for many casual players who want them. Shouldn't some of those cards which have never been reprinted once take priority/seniority over ones which have been reprinted multiple times and can only be played in unsanctioned games? That's all I was really questioning.

    The wasteland art is indeed a nice homage to the library.
    Mine is in rough shape, but at least it wasn't destroyed.

    I only wish these new arts included his trademark autograph in the corner which seems to have been mysteriously omitted.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Mother's Day 2021— Four Mother of Runes
    I sincerely hope the bonus card will be a full alt-art Mother of Goons.

    But if you must, I'll take a Giver of Runes as well.

    It'll probably be mother bear or Sakiko, mother of summer

    Personally, I'd be happiest to see Grandmother Sengir!
    (she's a planeswalker, y'know)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on all 5 Phyrexian praetor in phyrexian language secret lair price
    So I guess this will rather tank the prices of the Praetors?

    Vorinclex and Elesh Norn will always climb back up. They're essentially auto-includes for any commander deck which can support them.
    The others are obviously good too for different reasons, but aren't high priorities in all commander decks representing their colors and are easier to omit.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Saturday Morning D&D and Special Guests: Jen Bartel and Fiona Staples
    Archaeomancer and the Enchantress are great.
    The dryad too, but I can do without it since I already have several foils.
    Very curious to see how much bloom tender and primal vigor drop as a result of these prints
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Mother's Day 2021— Four Mother of Runes
    Holy Mother of...!

    I want them all!...in quadruplicate!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on all 5 Phyrexian praetor in phyrexian language secret lair price
    Everyone who knows what's good for them should buy at least two of these without hesitation; one to open, one to keep sealed

    Similarly, if you want playsets and have the money, you should take that order, and double it!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair Artist Series: Mark Poole
    Wasteland alone makes this a decent value, everything else is gravy.

    Agreed. This is the best drop to add extra copies of if you're already ordering either the foil or mega bundle (followed by the Phyrexian praetors in my opinion), but they're all tempting for different reasons.

    If anyone knows the answer, I'm curious... What's the point of reprinting cards like balance (or channel which was also printed recently) when they're not playable anywhere but Vintage. Is there some plan in the foreseeable future being foreshadowed to at least unban such cards in Commander, or perhaps Legacy? Are they hinting that Balance may be added to Historic soon? Why print any cards nobody really needs since they're not even legal to play outside Vintage which nobody really plays on paper anymore (especially when so many other cards have never even been reprinted once, aren't on the RL, and are legal in other formats)?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Dan Frazier is Back: The Allied and Enemy Signets
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    even if this one is only foil thats pretty dang tempting since it feels like ye oldie art of the signets

    they feel like art is in the line of


    I believe these are the arts you were attempting to link to...

    Long Live Dan Frazier!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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