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  • posted a message on WAR for Pauper Cubes
    Quote from Humphrey »
    so for me its probably
    T1 for sure:
    Law-Rune Enforcer

    T2 borderline included:
    Crush Dissent
    Ahn-Crop Invader
    Vivien's Grizzly

    also interesting:
    Spark Harvest

    a couple of cards will go into T3 which will make it a pretty decent counter themed cube at least.
    overall disappointing set, especially with the "exciting" announcment. powerlevel wise the set is horrible and i also fail to see a shift to more complex commons.


    Perhaps "shift towards more complex" really means "shift away from generic/vanilla commons". But they've been taking on pointless abilities to our Grizzly Bears for years..
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on WAR for Pauper Cubes
    There is also Wardscale Crocodile
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on Card Kingdom Spoilers: Mana Geode, Guild Globe, Gateway Plaza, Prismite
    I wish
    Quote from krishnath »
    I like the implication of Gateway Plaza, I think it is referring to Niv-Mizzet's rebirth, but I hope it is one of the other Paruns and Niv-Mizzet's rebirth is unrelated. Also, the art is amazing.

    Mana Geode is a solid mana rock for 3. It's no Darksteel Ingot, but it is better than Manalith. both of which see play in Commander.

    Both Prismite and Guild Globe are fair mana filters.


    I wish the Plaza name didn't sound like part of an office park or something
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on War of The Spark Name and Number Crunch
    Oh I see what I did wrong. Even though I counted Ugin’s conjurant as an Uncommon I counted it above as common. Simple mistake. Yeah we know all uncommons. All we have left is one blue common now and we are done!

    Sorry for mistake guys! Easy mistake to make I guess.


    We're probably the only ones in suspense for that last blue common lol (which will likely underwhelm but oh well!)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on War of The Spark Name and Number Crunch
    The reason I thought the artifact would be common is that if the common land is the 101st common you would need 19/color + 5 artifacts and currently there are only four that I saw in the spoiler:

    Guild Globe
    Iron Bully
    Prismite
    Saheeli's Silverwing
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on War of The Spark Name and Number Crunch
    So there is one outstanding common Artifact and also a common Evolving Wilds-esque land?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 9 more cards leaked on reddit (7 new)
    Quote from pierrebai »
    The power keeps creeping. Aven Eternal is 3 power for 3 mana, two of which are flying, in blue, at common. Blue, the color that traditionally sucked at combat.


    It's Eldrazi Skyspawner with +1 toughness but the token isn't a Scion that makes mana. Won't play the same in WAR though due to amass being prevalent.

    Skyspawner is a pretty strong common.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on WAR for Pauper Cubes
    Quote from Waymarsh »
    I'll admit, I'm surprised that Spark Reaper gets your attention, Humphrey. I think it is very, very, very meh, but in the way the rest of the set is: Actually interesting and not effects you normally get at common, just not really all that strong.

    My stance on this set remains the same so far: Lots of solid archetype support that I've wanted for ages (mostly in Red), like the sac dude (still mid-high on that one) and the spells matter cards (none of which are auto-includes but may warrant consideration). The only thing that really seems like an all-purpose improvement is the tapper, who I will admit I slept on a bit but who seems very strong to me. The excitement of these cards isn't so much their power level, although I do think that it's a little high, but that they're cards that I actually want to play with. That hasn't necessarily been coming through as much recently, especially at common.


    Apparently wotc is downplaying this as not a NWO level change in philosophy but it certainly seems like it will feel like a major shift during limited. Probably more interesting for hardcore drafters (but..that is just a matter of time) but much more daunting for less advanced players. Not really sure its worth it, especially from a Pauper perspective, since it seems certain that the supplemental sets will be the top pipeline for viable new/reprint cards into the format.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on Oath of Kaya (Del Rey Books spoiler)
    Quote from Caranthir »
    From Del Rey Books

    https://twitter.com/DelReyBooks/status/1118187343813521408

    1WB

    Legendary Enchantment


    When Oath of Kaya ETB, it deals 3 damage to any target and you gain 3 life.

    When an opponent attacks a PW you control with one or more creatures, Oath of Kaya deals 2 damage to that player and you gain 2 life.

    "So that everyone gets what they truly deserve, I will keep watch."


    Um, like is this like, um, atrocious writing, like, um for real?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Vintage before 8th Edition...?
    I believe I made the top 8 in the Origins Type I tournament in 2003 with Mono-G Stompy. Or perhaps it was the next year I forget.

    (which isn't to say it was a good deck choice at the time)
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [CUBE][WAR] War of the Spark-- Almost Playables
    There are a ton of interesting cards in WAR, but at first glance I think "Almost Playable" is going to be moniker of all the top cards in the set for my (power) Cube. However, it seems like there are more hard-to-evaluate cards than normal so the door remains open (well, ajar)

    In general I imagine we will play with plenty of these cards, but it will be in other situations because the threshold for (power) Cube is way up there. (I honestly think it is higher than is generally appreciated on this forum)
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Jace PW deck cards
    Quote from Huaojozu »
    And today's word of the day is... Reconnoitre. I guess there must have always been a verb to describe getting reconnaissance, I just never wondered what it was. You learn something new every day.

    Nothing too exciting in the cards, though like everything with Proliferate, EDH players may find something they like.

    Its the "other" use of recon (after reconnaissance)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on WAR for Pauper Cubes
    Quote from Humphrey »
    im still the negative guy on this set here. the only really interesting upgrade is the tap guy. the weird might play fine in the spells matters deck as well, but ill probably wont exchange it over any other 3 drop i run.

    Twinbolt turned out pretty lame in my cubes and is now T3. Pyrohelix is also not a new card and has been around for a while.

    Band together, yeah. Depending on the rules in the end it might be decent to still pretty bad compared to other colors removal.

    Bloom Hulk. Vanilla 4/4 for 4 doesnt make the cut in any of my cubes and proliferate wont do much in most cubes unless you jumped through some hoops before.

    I really dont see anything more interesting or pushed then what we got in the last ~3 years. Actually its even worse than most sets.


    It seems like they're pushing the envelope a little bit, but only in places where the envelope would need more than a push to be Cube viable (spells matter, green "removal", etc)
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on [WAR][CUBE] Awakening of Vitu-Ghazi
    Quote from opterown »
    Quote from psly4mne »
    Awakening is a huge dumb beater, and I don't think it gets there without any evasion. It doesn't even combo that well with the green/x manlands.

    Treetop Village does give it trample!


    if you pay G1 after casting this
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [WAR] War of the Spark for peasant cube
    If they'd themed it even *slightly* more broadly, say, "Topple the Monolith" it could have been "destroy artifact or legendary" which would have been boss.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
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