They basically state in the article that they banned this because it makes MtG look bad as an E-Sport.
I don't believe in the whole death-of-paper-magic theory, but I dislike that they're making decisions about card design and game bannings based on the impact on digital formats and now apparently streaming. Part of the allure of the game, at least for me, is that these type of interactions CAN happen - it's why I love playing EDH. I don't know if I'm an outlier in that respect, but it sure seems like it.
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Feb 14, 2019Mishotem posted a message on B&R Announcement: Nexus of Fate banned from Standard, Arena onlyPosted in: The Rumor Mill
Feb 7, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from BlazingRagnarok »Quote from tronix »maybe they will do planeswalker split cards! limit it to like 2 abilities and that could plausibly fit on a card alright.
I mean, that's what DFCs do nowadays. An alternate/additional cost that lets players cast the back side of a DFC or have the permanent enter the battlefield transformed is something that we surprisingly haven't seen yet.
Why not just have double-faced cards that are just two separate cards? Not linked, don't transform. Just two separate cards in one. That would allow them to print more Planeswalkers without increasing the amount of cards in a set, or technically even the number of rares/mythics. Just include a checklist card in every pack.
Feb 7, 2019Posted in: SpeculationQuote from AtraxianShade »
Wasn't that how it worked not even long ago?Quote from nobthehobbit »
It strikes me that it shouldn't be too difficult for Wizards to say, well in advance, the prerelease and release dates for the Standard-legal sets (not necessarily special releases like Ultimate Masters) without spoiling anything about them.Quote from k0no »they only just released the current set. what exactly is the issue?
May be I'm remembering wrong, but didn't they generally announced the release dated for their standard products like 2 year quarters in advance? Or at least in their half-year announcements they generally gave the release dates of their announced products.
I'm wondering if now they are keeping the dates secret because they have to program the cards into arena first, then decide a specific date rather than decide a date and rush to have the code ready some weeks in advance from the deadline.
That's exactly how it used to work. And now here we are in February, with a set presumably releasing in April, that we have no release info on at all. Nobthehobbit is spot on, that's exactly what's happening with my store right now.
Feb 7, 2019There's not going to be two (or more) print runs with different cards in each. I'd say it's because they wouldn't do that, but it's more because it would be a marketing nightmare for WotC and a sales nightmare for the stores. How much do you order so your players can get sufficient copies of the new commons/uncommons they want? And if they do it at rare/mythic level, it's even worse. Making a Vol II would only benefit singles sellers, not stores. Whatever their innovation is, it's not this.Posted in: Speculation
Feb 5, 2019Posted in: Speculation
I think MaRo indirectly nixed this idea when talking about the number of Planeswalkers per set in a recent article. Something about not wanting to unbalance Standard with Planeswalkers. They would have to have a lot of Planeswalkers in the set to make one per pack viable without ridiculous amounts of duplicates in a display.
I thought WAR would be PW-heavy too, but now I'm not so sure. I think it might have more than normal, because I can't see them not including the Gatewatch and Bolas in the set.
Feb 5, 2019Posted in: SpeculationQuote from SavannahLion »Quote from Mishotem »The UMA short-announcement window only worked because it was UMA. If they're going to short-announce more products going forward, I guarantee stores will not like it. Using the response to UMA as a gauge for how this will work is a mistake, if that's what they're actually doing.
It's bad enough War Of The Spark hasn't even had a street date announced yet.
I don't think LGS are necessarily "left in the dark" as it is.
My local owners hints at what he knows but says he isn't allowed to discuss anything until someone else brings it up.
I believe the entire supply chain has to be aware of products far in advance. I can't imagine any of that changing unless it's to shoehorn more product into the pipeline. In other words, even though WotC made UMA announcement later, it didn't change the timing of the supply chain.
They used to be. It was common that WotC would announce products, or at least street dates, several months in advance. This is apparently no longer the case, as the window has been getting shorter and shorter. And I don't believe your store owner knows anything significant in terms of a release date, because my store owner would know it then as well. And right now, we're kind of in a weird situation with scheduling other non-MTG events in that same time frame, because we don't know.
Shoehorning more product into the schedule like UMA is one thing, not even giving release info on normally scheduled products is another.
Feb 4, 2019The UMA short-announcement window only worked because it was UMA. If they're going to short-announce more products going forward, I guarantee stores will not like it. Using the response to UMA as a gauge for how this will work is a mistake, if that's what they're actually doing.Posted in: Speculation
It's bad enough War Of The Spark hasn't even had a street date announced yet.
Jan 26, 2019I know from a retailer perspective, my boss is not happy about the lack of a release date. Makes it hard to plan other big events when they might be cancelled because WotC decides to finally say "Prereleases are weekend X". Longer it takes, the more annoying it is, and this is something we used to know a year or more ahead of time.Posted in: Speculation
Don't really care about specific set details, because there's plenty of time for that. But at least give a release date.
Jan 23, 2019Mishotem posted a message on War of the Spark mechanics, Gatewatch vs. Bolas alignmentI think there's going to be a mechanic similar to Conspiracy's Monarch. Maybe something involving capturing a Spark, and getting benefits for controlling it.Posted in: Speculation
Jan 19, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Urabrask »Wondering if it just marketing material, or if Liliana really manages to get out of Bolas clutches this fast.
I expect Liliana will show up as part of the Gatewatch per Bolas' instructions. It depends on how much control the contract gives him over her - it didn't give the demons she killed much, after all.
Jan 18, 2019I thought Azor was also responsible for the creation of the Guildpact? Which might also reinforce this theory, in that not only did Azor give up his spark to create the Immortal Sun but also put a good deal of pre-Mending power into the Guildpact. If that's Bolas' plan, that would explain why he needs to be on Ravnica specifically.Posted in: Speculation
Has it ever been explained exactly what the Guildpact does, by the way?
Jan 17, 2019Just saw a solicit for this, so I guess they're doing it again. Release date of 4/12/19, 8 decks per display. SKU WOCC6275.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Don't have much more than that, just wanted to let you know.
edit - MSRP is $239.92. I should've mentioned that originally.
Jan 14, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from SilverWolf_27 »Quote from zdtsd »Does anyone else think that Jace trapping Azor on Useless Island was foreshadowing? The Gatewatch could definitely trap Bolas on Ravnica, which I think would be hilarious if Bolas regains his ultraspark and then gets stuck. I do think Bolas's plan is to use Ral's Project Lightning Bug to track planeswalkers on Ravnica so he can merge their sparks into one to make him an oldwalker.
No. Just no. Jace pulling some guildpact crap like he did on Azor and trapping Bolas would be an exceptionally lame ending.
They wouldn't need "guildpact crap", they could trap him on any plane with the Immortal Sun. Just gotta get Tezzeret and the Planar Bridge out of the way.
My guess is Bolas gets trapped on the Meditation Plane with the Immortal Sun. Possibly after betraying Tez and trying to steal his spark to make the All-Sp...OldSpark.
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