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    posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    In the end, wether one likes Secret Lairs or not, it is a long known fact that WotC has become a *****ty company that is employing more and more anti-consumeristic practices to either save money or swindle more money from their addicted playerbase.
    From "lower the paper quality, so we might save some money" to "rise the price on the reprints products, they will buy it anyway" to "we in R&D don't playtest cards much, it is not our job" to "we wanted to push even more monetization to Arena, but if we did it people whould be upset, so we will introduct something even more outrageous and dial it back to the point we wanted saying we are 'listening to feedback'" to "we put this card at mythic because 'artificial scarcity'" to "people who play arena will be ok paying more than other games because it is MtG".

    Secret Lairs are just the Nth iteration of the player base swindling.

    If that is what you want to spend your money on, it's your money, you have the rights to spend them however you want.
    On the other hand, it is our right to point out the anti-consumeristic practices the company is employing to push you into spending those money.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    True horror from any game publishing company starts when the audience just rolls with the changes.
    Its how loot boxes, pay-or-wait, duplicate leveling, and other insidious tactics got started.
    The secret lairs is just an evolution of the exclusive buy-a-box promos.
    People rationalizing in their heads why its a good purchase, why its not as bad as it appears.
    If it proves such a profitable venture, why not extend that to putting never before seen cards in secret lairs?
    All the while people ask themselves how we got to this point.
    That's exactly the point.
    Microtransactions started with the horse armour in Oblivion and now we have $60+ AAA videogames that milk players through microtransactions and lootboxes by design.
    WotC has shown that they really want to go down the slippery slope with previous "premium" products like the Masters products:
    Fitst Modern Masters was a hit, it costed more than a regular set, but was good value for your money.
    Second Modern Masters, WotC saw that customers were willing to pay that extra and rised the price considerably.
    Then after the first Eternal masters they started to go down the slope: print them more often, rise the price, put fewer and fewer valuable cards among the draft chaff and see how far can we swindle money from these walking wallets.
    When the customers started to notice they just put out the same product FOR A HIGHER PRICE (Ultimate Masters).
    Then rebranded the Masters products into the Horizons product by adding CARDS THAT YOU CAN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE that are legal in an eternal format and will probably not be reprinted for years.

    I wouldn't be surprised if WotC started rising the price on this line of products then started to add either "hard to obtain anywhere else" cards or "brand new cards" to it.
    For example, dishing out a 5 ally fetchlands and a 5 enemy fetchlands SL for $80 each and never reprint them again in any other widely available product for another 3 years.
    Or putting Oubliette in those products, so if you need/want a x4 you either have to pay an outrageous amount of money to have them new or a little less to get some in poor conditions from the secondary market, all the while the card itself will never see another wide print-run.
    Then the next step is to put SL exclusive cards in there.

    If the product is a monetary success and no one voices any gripes with how it is handled because "you don't need to buy it" or "it is meant for collectors, bro/sis", then you can be 100% sure they will roll it down the slippery slope because there is no negative feedback to stop them.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Secret Lair - Year of the Rat
    Really hope that dropping random secret lairs at random dates throughout the year with a very short notice will not become a trend in the future.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on No story/lore for Theros
    I'm assuming that the main reason why Rath was on the list is that it was referring to the plane as it was presented in the Tempest block.
    Same reason why there are both Mirrodin and New Phyrexia.

    Yet I'm surprised there wasn't the distinction between Dragons Tarkir and Khans Tarkir. They are different enough to warrant the Mirrodin / New Phyrexia split.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Commander legends speculation
    The legendary creatures I'm still waiting for:

    Never had a card -
    - 4th Sister of the Innistrad Archangels
    - Asha, the ruler of Bant
    - Atraxa before becoming Atraxa
    - ... A 5 color identity angel so I can use Maelstrom Archangel in an angel tribal deck...

    Had a card, but really need a new version -
    - Gabriel Angelfire
    - Selenia, Dark Angel
    - Radiant, Archangel

    Really hoping we will get at least 1 of those.
    Posted in: Speculation
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    posted a message on The Pioneer Format
    This is most probably what will happen a few months from now:
    "Pioneer Horizons"
    Crappy reprints with a few poorly tested new cards and even less chase cards at mythic all for triple or quadruple the price of regular boosters and half the card quality coming in early-mid 2020!
    If we are "lucky" they will also add a collector's version that costs 10 times the regular price and is still choke full of draft garbage, but will have cards with a slightly different border or with art that is actually original.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on [ELD] - Deluxe Edition
    Costs near nil to make, will be sold out almost instantly because idiots and their money are easily parted.
    WotC must love this easy money.

    Quote from Sneasel007 »

    That being said, $450 is a monstrous price. It isn't hurting anybody for existing, though, so I don't see much need to get worked up over a product I'll never buy.

    I disagree with it not hurting anybody. Maybe not today but I tell you with the direction of the "specialty" products that it could be harmful later on. Just like loot boxes in video games, they weren't hurting anybody at first but eventually it became a necessity to play games to compete. I could see WoTC sneaking in playable cards only obtainable in these specialty products. I hope not but with how much WoTC is digging into the pockets, it wouldn't surprise me.
    They are already sneaking in standard playable cards in ancillary products while at the same time making them unobtainable unless you buy the ancillary product or the collector boosters.
    The slippery slope is already there and we already started sliding down.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on No green legendary artifact in ELD?
    The legendary mythic green artifact is The Great Henge in case you missed the spoilers that were added a little after this thread was opened.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
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    posted a message on [ELD] Harmonious Archon
    Whelp... This means no angels in the set. Nice to know for my wallet.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Kenrith, the Returned King
    I imagine it was more to keep the abilities in growing order of mana cost rather than show "preference".
    Posted in: Kenrith, the Returned King
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