These are cool.
Capricorns are a type of personality, the sea-goat thing makes a lot more sense in ancient babylon. Essentially a symbol of the god Ea (or Enki), it was frequently depicted on stone tablets known as kudurru. Kudurru were used mainly to mark land granted by kings to governors or vassals, and Ea was the god of water and also civilization, so it was under his auspice that such land grants were made and expected to be kept. So essentially the god Ea and the sea-goat or goat-fish were associated with accomplishing a great deed or achieving a difficult goal, particularly within a traditional civilized system. I think an argument could be made for white or white/black but modern readings of capricorn tends to emphasize the ambition more than the tradition aspect.
Anyway it's astonishing to me the expectations y'all have of a game that's just a few steps removed from gambling. Literally founded on the premise that you'd ante up cards. This game launched with game-breaking "rare" cards that would wipe the floor with any chuds who didn't cough up enough dough to win games. The only "fair" way to play this game is if everyone gets random packs and passes them around and even then it's still a coin flip to see if you get mana hosed later. It's blackjack with airs.
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Dec 23, 2021You spend a card to get three mana off your commander? I mean I don't doubt there's some kind of combo that makes it decent but I don't think it's an auto-include unless you just have extra space or something.Posted in: Speculation
Dec 21, 2021I still think it's pretty funny that all this is over a motorcycle, a vehicle invented something like 135 years ago. It's probably the least futuristic thing in this set full of skyscrapers and robots and such.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I get that it's about how you feel about technology rather than anything rational and you can feel like the weird robots are sorta magicky but you saw a motorcycle the other week and it's lame to see a real life thing in your fantasy card game, but it's still very funny. Next up, some outrage over a gramaphone card.
Dec 6, 2021I feel like a lot of this thread is "we have this thread every week" territory but I wanted to chime in as a long time player that I actually do like this stuff. Been playing for an ungodly like 21 years now and magic is more dynamic than it's ever been. So many more options for how to play this game instead of being weirdly trapped in block cycles and hoping your LGS has the cards you read about in the duelist or whatever. I get how it's been frustrating for the collectors, but I gotta be honest I got no respect for collectors of any stripe. Life is meant to be enjoyed, not hoarded or assigned a cash value.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Nov 8, 2021I dunno if I would describe it as product fatigue exactly, but it makes me a bit sad that this is just at this point wotc stepping into the fun indie card mod scene and sucking up the money and attention just cuz it can. I was kind of into it when it first started and it was still them commissioning regular artists and having some fun with it (loved that serum visions) but now it seems like the point of these is more just to make weird collabs and have one-offs to push paper. A lot of me wishes that mtg overall kinda stayed in a middling semi-profitable limbo, now that it's hasbro's literal best-selling property it feels like there's a lot more pressure on the game to keep hasbro afloat instead of doing its own thing or standing aside and letting cottage markets for custom cards live on their own.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Just something I've been thinking about here on the third visit to the plane that made mtg a breakout hit.
I swear I'm not just mad that I can't get a whole deck of full-text lands
Feb 26, 2020What's great about this is that pretty much all of the financial success wizards has enjoyed in the last 5-10 years is from expanding the appeal of this game to folks who are not people in this forum. This game is doing great and making a %#$& load of money and a huge cultural splash and none of it has anything to do with the people in here flipping out about a product that highlights and supports women.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Y'all didn't spend enough money to force the company to only cater to you, so they had to go and find other sources. You can cry about it but that's the fact. No amount of hate-tweeting mark rosewater is going to make you the primary market target again. You are irrelevant, not because the company is "woke" or hates white men but because solely targeting you as a consumer means losing a ton of money they could otherwise be making. Not selling this product means losing money.
At this point your weird power-trips about "anti-consumer" nonsense are just white noise under the sound of the money printers.
Feb 12, 2020Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Magiqmaster »So why don’t we run Secret Lair through local game stores? The short answer is we can’t logistically, at least not without drastically raising the price and taking significantly longer to get the product to you.
Secret Lair is what is known as a “short window print to order” product. It requires having a single uniform ordering point, otherwise there’s no way to monitor the time cut-off. Also, with print to order, you want a single uniform shipping point. In addition, we want the product to get to as many players as possible (and yes, we’re working on the global reach issues) and many players do not have easy access to a local game store.
I don't get why shipping these Secret Lair cards to LGS costs more; they could be included with other releases like Ikoria, for example. It sounds a bit bogus to me, but it might be true. Who knows?
I mean, if you want to produce a product only for the people who pre-order it, it doesn't make much sense to add a middleman who then ships it to you. If you want to sell something with a limited window to order, it also doesn't make sense to do it through an lgs since they have to reply back with signups somehow and coordinate orders. You could try, but it's just not going to work as well as direct sales.
If you're thinking of it more like a from the vault type situation, then that removes the whole limited window, secret revealed shortly before, bespoke nature of the product.
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Jan 24, 2022Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Flamebuster »Storytelling as of late has been very lacklustre. I know the "next big storyline" event started with Throne of Eldraine largely, but the way they convey it has been stunted. Yes I get people were tired of the Gatewatch and this is WOTC's way of licking their wounds from the asshattery that was War of the Spark, but you've had >2 years to get your things in order and go back to your top-notch storytelling ways.
I hope that they can begin to tie it all together more than they have been.
(Gatewatch itself wasn't a bad idea. In fact the character development in Kaladesh and thereafter was stellar. But a knee-jerk method of ending it the way they did didn't help things).
Honestly, I thought the storytelling in pre-War of the Spark sets like Ixalan wasn't spectacular, just workmanlike. It gets the point across at best, and at worst, like for the Rivals of Ixalan stories, we only realize too late that the story doesn't depict what's in the cards.
Jan 24, 2022Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Lectrys »
They clearly stole the blue dragon's name from Kingdom Hearts.This means the dragons' names are probably significant in Japanese, just like several, if not all, of the names in the OG Kamigawa blocks.
Kairi, Sora, and Riku just mean Sea, Sky, and Land, so Kairi is a perfect name for a major blue aligned nature spirit.
Jan 22, 2022Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from lookingupanddown »
I've had multiple occasions of people tearing up silver-border cards in the middle of other people's games because they're "not real Magic." The general Magic community respect actual hornets more than silver border cards. Unstable sound extremely well on its Limited environment and full-art basics, but that wasn't enough for most people.Quote from ChrisBP7 »Quote from migrena »
they made some of the cards legal exactly because people were losing interest in unsets. this increases perceived value of set as people could sell cards potentially valuable for other formats. it's artificial increase of product value and it's a bad sign that they did this. i enjoyed ocasional unset draft but my lgss never sold even remotely close amount of unset product compared to normal sets.Quote from Dontrike »
But some of them are legal this time, so that argument falls more flat than usual, and clearly people like it or they wouldn't be printing it. I'd rather have this than 100 more Secret Lairs or the next $15/pack limited set, or Double Feature.
Strange, from what I remember Unglued sold moderately well, Unhinged was a sale disaster because of overprinting as well as some bad designs and Unstable had to be reprinted multiple times because of the high demand. Were do you get 'people start to lose interest in unsets' out of that?
Oh, I DARE someone to try and rip up my silver border cards. That's a declaration of war and I don't think there would be anything left of the person that had the testicular fortitude to do such a thing. My property is my property, you can dislike Silver Bordered cards but you keep your disgusting hands off my expensive merchandise.
Jan 21, 2022lookingupanddown posted a message on [NEO] Saga art of the day Finale (there’s two) — “Boseiju Reaches Skyward” and “The Modern Age”Towashi skyscraper developers: Finally, we have a new, taller skyscraper! We can finally outmatch the great Boseiju itself!Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Boseiju: *outgrows building* MUST SHELTER ALL
Jan 21, 2022Melkor posted a message on Datamine from Kamigawa AR experience (so yet another leak) — FarewellLove that Seb art!Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Jan 21, 2022Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Madness? Some of the best people I know are mad.
Jan 19, 2022DecemberFlowers posted a message on Another kamigawa leak Junji, the Midnight sky (Kokusho reincarnation)Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from buffntuff »Quote from Mergatroid_Jones »
7 mana for this seems like a pretty balanced uncommon to me.
A 5/5 flying menace with modal death triggers that both generate concrete value in response to a kill spell would absolutely never appear at uncommon at any cost. a 5/5 flying menace, yeah for sure. A blockable ground-walker with modal death triggers? absolutely, if it's on theme. But all of these together? No way.
Right, it would be disgusting as an uncommon even at 7 mana. If anything i think that WOTC messed up a bit with rare vs mythic design in the last set, where we have absolute ground-breaking bombs like Dreadfeast Demon and Hullbreaker Horror at rare instead of mythic. I think that this is really bad for limited, so many times I've been blown out of the water from one of those cards while I was in an almost impossible to lose from position and vice-versa I've overthrown a winning opponent by casting one of those.
Jan 18, 2022lookingupanddown posted a message on [NEO] Saga art of the day 5 — The Dragon-Kami RebornPosted in: The Rumor Mill
Meet the original art, on the card and the actual piece. The frame bits were digitally added (it's meant to to be one gilded folding screens), while the original piece was made with gold leaf.Quote from Alix Branwyn »The carved wood frame was a digital addition, and the main art is oil and 24k gold leaf on an 18x36 board. At the time this was the biggest piece I had ever made.
Jan 17, 2022Posted in: The Rumor Mill
You mean like Alaborn Cavalier? I'd be fine with it. I imagine it's another Tiffany problem, because the first working revolvers existed in the 16th century, while the last knights existed all the way to the early 17th century.Quote from soramaro »Edit: I'm still kind of curious how the people that are fine with the DJ art would react to a card art featuring a weapon that is, in terms of outward appearance, a real-world glock, but shoots little fireballs instead of bullets ... and its user is wearing some big pauldron fantasy armor.
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