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  • posted a message on No more MSRP
    Quote from k0no »
    Quote from Mana Goat »
    "We believe the elimination of MSRP will simply help us communicate better to our players and the places where those players shop."

    Not sure what WOTC is thinking but it isn't a desire to make things easier for us to understand. Less information rarely is a good thing, like driving with no depth perception.


    if the US and parts of Europe were the only places in the whole world, sure.

    but there's other places.


    Tell me, where did I say anything about the US or EU? No where? Why yes, that is correct. Because it affects all consumers regardless of geographic location.

    Removing the MSRP might have some short term benefits as you have mentioned, but I doubt it is for us the consumer. Most actions taken by a company are for the company and the stock holders, even if it hurts the consumer. And taking the MSRP away hurts all consumers because it leaves us more open to price gouging and scalpers.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on No more MSRP
    "We believe the elimination of MSRP will simply help us communicate better to our players and the places where those players shop."

    Not sure what WOTC is thinking but it isn't a desire to make things easier for us to understand. Less information rarely is a good thing, like driving with no depth perception.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Gallery Up
    I kinda wish they had brought back Graft for the Simic, I really like how the oldest Simic mechanic interacts with the Galloping Lizrog.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on "Biomancer's Pet" (Russian Twitter)
    The one card you need to make a simic deck work and it is in rare.

    Couldn't they have found a rework of this to fit in a lower rarity? If not this card is literally a make or break for anyone want to play a Simic deck.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on What would happen if there was a second Chronicles event?
    Taking into consideration player base size, card prices, and other recent trends. What would happen if we had a massive reprint event that targeted the most needed and/or desired cards and printed them into the ground to the point that anyone could afford buying a playset of them?

    Who would it affect and what would happen to the player base?

    Please note I am not asking should or could this happen, but rather I want to focus on what would possibly happen and why.
    Posted in: Opinions & Polls
  • posted a message on RIP my noble LGS (Gaming Goat, Elgin)
    Sorry to hear that happened to a LGS, especially this close to Xmas.


    I hope that they find the person responsible.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Full Gallery is up
    Just because this is the most expensive booster set ever doesn't bother me because I can just sell my second house. I really don't see what anyone else has to complain about. Rolleyes

    Honestly people. Stop punching down. We all want the game to be cheaper and people with less money being able to play with Snapcaster Mages doesn't hurt you unless your fragile ego rests on having things others can't afford.

    I've heard alarmism over the idea that if WotC reprints too many of a certain card, the hoarders will sell off their unused troves and the market will be flooded and the price will be too low and the Magic economy will completely crash. Why is this bad again? Especially if this tactic is used only selectively to make certain cards much more affordable. Do we really need a Magic Wall Street with a caste system of who can afford to play what formats?


    Honestly it feels less like a wallstreet and more like Beanie babies at this point with how people act over these cards.

    Let WOTC pull another Chronicles, the game needs a bit of a cleanse anyway and for anyone against this just remember that you did decide to invest your money into painted card board.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Upcoming Norse-Inspired Set
    Meh I don't see how the stereotypical Viking differs much from Pirate or Barbarian/Beserker.


    Vikings bathed regularly and had a sense of personal hygiene.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Full Gallery is up
    Quote from cfusionpm »
    Quote from Mana Goat »
    This does bring up a question I have about the art. Bitterblossom, Offalsnout, Safehold Elite, Glen Elendra Archmage, and Slippery Bogle all got new art and I wanted to know if new art like this comes from commissions or is it just run off from other sets?

    Art CAN be reused or re-purposed (most famously Alpha's Birds of Paradise was originally a Volcanic Island), but usually big names get specifically commissioned for art on a particular card.

    As a side note, did we ever figure out what the "Definitely not Dig Through Time" art ended up being? There are no blue cards with that art, and I don't think I saw ANY card with that art...? It's the face of the box, but not in the set?


    Thanks for the info. I understand the Bitter Blossom art and the artist is a big name, but why commission the Safehold Elite new art? The art is definitely Lorwyn/Shadowmor flavor, but I don't see WOTC paying for new common rarity art. So maybe it is unused art from a future set?

    Still kinda cool they got Jesper Ejsing who's debut was in Lorwyn to come and do some new art for old Lorwyn and Shadowmor cards.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Full Gallery is up
    Quote from greywyn »
    Very disappointing set for the price per pack / per box.

    As for cards I would've liked to see reprinted regardless, Bloom Tender is right up there.


    edit: Also, strongly dislike most of the new artwork. Cheap and nasty.


    This does bring up a question I have about the art. Bitterblossom, Offalsnout, Safehold Elite, Glen Elendra Archmage, and Slippery Bogle all got new art and I wanted to know if new art like this comes from commissions or is it just run off from other sets?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Out of curiosity, does WOTC ever state whether the new art used in Master sets are unused art for other sets or is it specially commissioned?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Slippery Bogle and friends
    Just got to say that the art from Slippery Bogle and other Lorwyn/Shadowmor cards in this set are making me really crave going back to those sets even more now.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Quote from urweak »
    Quote from BlueTronFTW »
    Then again, there is no law requiring WOTC price masters boxes as high as they are. People keep pointing to MM1 and saying "see the stores just hoarded it and jacked up the price, it has to be expensive!"


    Are people here really saying that? I remember MM1 as being so limited in its printing that stores were only getting like 5-10 boxes each and that was it. There wasn't enough product to horde.


    It was pretty bad, I remember even here on this site people were arguing over how the EV and the extremely limited print run created a perfect ***** storm. The people with revenue bought as much as possible and then flipped it for profit, they pretty much doubled their money without having to open a single pack. It was a scalper's perfect product.

    And that really is the problem outside of the game that I have an issue with, Modern is so expensive to play and there really is no excuse for that. It only hurts the player base and the LGS.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Was kinda on the Fence for Master Sets from the beginning. I like the reprinting, the new art for Bitterblossom makes me really happy too. But I dislike how WOTC tends to handle this product line.

    Can't say I will be able to buy this product with the high price on packs, but I am hoping for some modern staples to drop low enough for some quick grabs though.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Another Ixalan set
    Quote from 5colors »


    I'm also repeating other people who at wizards who have spoke on the subject Maro is just the easiest source to pin down. Again you can disagree or say he is out of touch, but as you said his words are not binding, even if Maro hates Kamigawa if Kamigawa is as really beloved as you claim then I think we would have returned by now.


    Maro is certainly the most vocal, for better or for worse. As for why no return I think it might have to do with like we have discussed the set in their eyes was a failure, and despite there being a constant desire for it they might not know where to start. This might be the reason why we saw a couple of new Ninjutsu Cards in the past. Sort of testing to see what worked, Khans might have also been test to see if an Asian theme was doable.

    I acutely never said I disliked the creative choices, personally I'd like to see Tiro idea of trying Kamigawa with a new mechanical and flavor spin. But I'm also not blinding myself to the fact that Kamigawa failed its first time through and as such wizard thinks its unredeemable.


    I whole heartedly agree in that if they ever did do Kamigawa again they would have to try new mechanics and flavor that is a given. But if you would allow this one last bit of optimism from me, if the set was considered truly nonredeemable as Wizards seems to think, why are they still using ideas from it? Tamiyo is from Kamigawa and in the current lore she is even recorded going back, and even Ajani joins her there for a short time.

    Not saying this means anything definite for the future, but if Wizards was so truly opposed to using Kamigawa again it would be better to completely seal the set away. Instead they are chumming the waters just enough to keep us thinking about it a little, so maybe this is where the frustration on my part is coming from.
    Posted in: Speculation
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