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  • posted a message on [STX] Pillardrop Rescuer— The Mana Leek preview
    This is literally a strictly worse Custodi Squire.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Crackle with Power - Air bubble Cosplay
    This is just EDH chaff really, where it's cute that it can kill all your opponents at once if you have a load of mana. I just don't see it elsewhere, doesn't work with the cheating spells out of the graveyard plan, and costs a truckload to get going, ramp decks don't tend to be short of win conditions, and often don't even play red anyway. Curious how it plays in Limited, its floor is 5 mana deal 5 which is fine of course, but late game this is basically just win the game.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Cedric Phillips spoiler — Eureka Moment
    This will turn up somewhere imo, with Growth Spiral the idea was you were generally ramping to something immediately on turn 4, as you can't tend to just durdle around forever ramping. Instant means I think this will turn up somewhere as it means you can hold it and interaction up at the same time and then decide on their turn what you want to do once you've seen their play. It's also an extremely threatening playing a control matchup as if they let this resolve then you are just pulling way ahead, but if they stop this you might be able to sneak through something else.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Clever Lumimancer— Jana Amari preview
    That is like super prowess pretty much for the decks that want it. Be interesting if it fits anywhere given those decks don't traditionally play white right now. You can also theoretically build an all in on this and pump spells + double strike spells that can kill as early as T2, but it's probably not good as it's asking to get blown out by a removal spell.
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  • posted a message on [STX] "Baleful Domain", "Arrogant Poet", "Eye Bat", and "Huge Disappointment"— Bearded Husky previews
    Quote from ZasZ234 »
    Poor little Killian Malfoy. I dig the way the story unfolds in the cards. This card name is just such a kick in the self worth.
    Don't really see why the removal spell was rare tbh.


    They often do that with unconditional 3-5 mana removal + upside that they think they've made efficiently: Murderous Rider, Never // Return, Eat to Extinction, Gild, Vraska's Contempt, etc..

    You might think it's strange with Heartless Act and Go for the Throat at uncommon and cards like Blood Curdle and Feed the Swarm at common, but it's pretty normal.

    Did you notice how none of the commons you cite remove planeswalkers, but almost all of the rares do?


    They literally printed a 4 mana exile target creature or planeswalker in the last set with Feed the Serpent. So the ability here is bumping the card from common to rare, and tbh you've got to be pretty desperate to use that ability, I don't see that ability doing anything for the card in terms of making it constructed playable, and it will be mainly used as a Feed the Serpent in limited.
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  • posted a message on [STX] "Baleful Domain", "Arrogant Poet", "Eye Bat", and "Huge Disappointment"— Bearded Husky previews
    Don't really see why the removal spell was rare tbh.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Multiple Choice— UMotivo preview
    Pretty absurd in limited where you will cast this for X = 4 pretty much every time you aren't mana screwed. A 5 mana 4/4 that scry's 1, draws a card, and bounces the opponents best creature.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Magma Opus— Lee Shi Tian preview
    Quote from Crispen_Smith »
    Quote from Crispen_Smith »
    In Historic Torrential Gearhulk kovesboth of these modes. I'm not sure it's as good as Sublime Epiphany in the Gearhulk deck but it's a fun toy to add to that she'll.

    I'd probably have Epiphany instead, and there are good compelling arguments to go Dimir instead of Prismari in a Gearhulk shell.


    I'm currently Azorious Gearhulk in Bo3 and love that deck to bits but am sorely tempted to add red for uncounterable Chandra so anything that giv s me the edge there is welcome. The fact that I can Gearhulk, Epiphany into a copy of Gearhulk and then cast this off the copy seems pretty good and having the treasure token is a fairly big deal to boot. Though I don't disagree that Dimir Geerhulk is a thing.


    If you are Jeskai though you might as well run Inspired Ultimatum which is better than this.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Creative Outburst— Mani Davoudi preview
    Quote from wallycaine »
    So is Prismari's theme all about huge spells that you're meant to cheat out somehow. Tbh I'm not that impressed, mainly because I don't see them printing good enablers. So far the cheapest enabler is a 4 mana 1/4 double striker that will never connect with your opponent to enable these in the first place.

    Tbh I can't see it working out, because I just can't see them printing good enablers, they will know if they start letting you cheat out these cards for like 2 mana it's busted, so will put the effect on otherwise bad cards.

    Arguably the biggest knock of all on these spells actually is that ultimatums are legal in Standard anyway, so if you are going to start cheating out big spells, or even casting them as your game plan why would you not play them instead?
    I'd point out it's not purely "cheat out". Torrent Sculptor gives another example of how they're looking to use these types of cards, allowing you to build your own Turn 3 9/9 or 10/10 with Ward. And Flamethrower Sonata on the other side gives an alternate means of using high CMC cards in your hand.


    It would be a 6/6. A build your own 6/6 for 4 is hardly that impressive. Nullhide Ferox was effectively a 6/6 for 4 mana with Ward, and saw pretty much no play, and this is much worse.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Creative Outburst— Mani Davoudi preview
    So is Prismari's theme all about huge spells that you're meant to cheat out somehow. Tbh I'm not that impressed, mainly because I don't see them printing good enablers. So far the cheapest enabler is a 4 mana 1/4 double striker that will never connect with your opponent to enable these in the first place.

    Tbh I can't see it working out, because I just can't see them printing good enablers, they will know if they start letting you cheat out these cards for like 2 mana it's busted, so will put the effect on otherwise bad cards.

    Arguably the biggest knock of all on these spells actually is that ultimatums are legal in Standard anyway, so if you are going to start cheating out big spells, or even casting them as your game plan why would you not play them instead?
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  • posted a message on [STX] "Elemental Evoker," "Expressive Rehearsal," and "Elemental Summoning"— CoroCoro previews
    Expressive Rehearsal seems pretty good. In a deck with cheap spells, you play this before your land drop and it's basically guaranteed to be look at top 3 cards you library, draw 2 cards, which is pretty good for 2 mana.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Magma Opus— Lee Shi Tian preview
    Feels a pretty meh mythic really. Like people have said the idea is to cheat the instant out somehow, but I don't really envisage such a deck being good. Alone it's way too expensive.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Campus Guide— Jaime Topples preview
    Quote from volrathy_82 »
    Included in every single sealed deck in this set


    It isn't. This card is bad unless you desperately need fixing (ie. are playing 3+ colours with no good fixing). You do not want this in your run of the mill 2 colour deck, it isn't good.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Star Pupil— Ashlizzlle preview
    Quote from Pants_On_Head »
    Is that new terminology there? I feel like I've seen cards like this before, but if I recall correctly, they were always a wordy mess like "when this creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature for each +1/+1 counter on this creature." I wonder if this means we might be seeing this style of effect more often in the future, as this change significantly reduces read complexity on the card.


    It's virtually the same card as Servant of the Scale, however if you manage to give this thing the Ikoria counters for things like flying, hexproof etc., it would move them about too.
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  • posted a message on [STA] Faithless Looting— Wyatt Darby preview
    On what planet is Lightning Bolt too strong for Historic, but Faithless Looting fair game? Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger and Dreadhorde Arcanist's stock in Historic just went way up.
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