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  • posted a message on 2021 promos: The Gitrog Monster and Nicol Bolas, The Ravager
    It truly is too bad that we used our scales of judgment for...well.. judgment. The owl of wisdom is so terrible - it really has ruined quite a few judge promos that I would have otherwise sought out.
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  • posted a message on [KHC] Kaldheim Commander precons
    Quote from Dragoon91 »
    That Stoic Farmer is a joke, it's worse than Kor Cartographer, it's only upsides are Foretell and being 3/3 but still... what a let-down. Also why is Tales of the Ancestors blue and not white? This card would fit in White both thematically and mechanically, what a waste.

    The other cards are cool though.


    First, if you wanted a kor cartographer effect in your deck, you probably wouldn't mind a 2nd. Secondly, I don't know - this is like saying that light up the stage is bad because jeska's will exists. Both sets of cards have a similar place in the decks that want those effects, but situationally each comparable card can be better than the other. This isn't comparing grizzly bear to scavenging ooze.
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    Quote from Dragoon91 »
    That Stoic Farmer is a joke, it's worse than Kor Cartographer, it's only upsides are Foretell and being 3/3 but still... what a let-down.

    Foretell is a BIG upside. You can cast Stoic Farmer with only 2 lands, where you can only cast Kor Cartographer once you're at 4 mana. In *most* formats, if you're at 4 mana in white, you should have better things to do. In those other formats such as Commander, Farmer isn't an Either/Or with Cartographer, it should be an And.


    Yeah, but on Turn 2 in EDH, you are more than likely to just cast a mana rock and not foretell a card. Foretelling this will cost you your turns 2 and 3 to just ramp once, that's almost worse than Cartographer's Hawk. I understand that you want consistency but beyond Solemn Simulacrum and Kor Cartographer, do you need a third 4-drop that ramps? There is also Keeper of the Accord at 4 mana. This could easily have been a functional reprint of Knight of the White Orchid and it would have been great.



    First, if you wanted a kor cartographer effect in your deck, you probably wouldn't mind a 2nd. Secondly, I don't know - this is like saying that light up the stage is bad because jeska's will exists. Both sets of cards have a similar place in the decks that want those effects, but situationally each comparable card can be better than the other. This isn't comparing grizzly bear to scavenging ooze. Finally, in a 1-2 color deck, where this card would be played - I run maybe 4 2cc rocks if that many even. That gives a roughly 35% chance that you will have a turn 2 rock play - hardly excluding the use of that mana for foretelling.
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Kolvori, God of Kinship // The Ringhart Crest— Seth Manfield preview
    Is it just me or does she look Asian with Tarkir-themed art


    The eyes look slightly asian, but that thin, sharp nose is definitely what you would see on earth from someone from a cold, dry geographical ancestry - like scandinavia (just science - thin noses with small nostrils warm and humidify air leading to a better chance of survival/fewer diseases). She certainly looks remarkably tall, another stereotypical "viking" trait - as well as being rather fair-skinned. My guess, however, without being able to see her hair would be Siberian (blond hair would inch it back towards NW europe). But...I fully agree with you on the outfit having a more Tarkir feel to it.

    "Ideal" siberian woman
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Runeforged Champion and the other four Runes— TCGPlayer previews
    Quote from seilaoque »
    man... this is a stupid parasitic mechanic....
    I mean, just 5 runes, and like 2 cards that mention them? why even bother, really?


    we had less support for cartouche/trial in amonkhet and yet the red/white cartouche were actually fairly important in standard and hugely important in limited. To judge a card/cycle from "your format" - be it standard, edh or whatever is a very limited view. I doubt it will really find a spot - but the doom foretold decks are presently running lithoform blight for the cantrip aspect - and these could perform a similar function. I think these will actually do some heavy lifting honestly - we just have to see how the meta settles after the release.
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Axgard Braggart, Fearless Liberator, and Vault Robber— Jim Davis previews
    It's all circular. dockside extortionist enters play, makes some treasures. Magda, brazen outlaw sacrifices those treasures to summon gadruk, the throne scourge the goblins launch the poor port inspector goblin bombardment, gadruk makes a treasure, vault robber exiles the gobo, Magda makes a treasure, and you're halfway to your next dragon Smile
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Fearless Pup, Horizon Seeker and Frenzied Raider— Wizards Fan Email previews
    Quote from caulkwrangler »
    I love the flavor on both of these.


    Really? The demon berserker is a full fail flavor wise. He gets stronger from threatening his friends (your creatures) talking about the entrails they sent flying, but your opponent's angels talking about the kittens they saved does nothing to provoke him. He should have been random limited garbage (only trigger off opponent boast) or maybe a small metagame use (trigger off all critters). Or...his flavor txt should have been something else. This is card number, what, 15 that has a flavor txt that while passable as a story has absolutely no connection to the ability of the card.
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Cosima, God of the Voyage/The Omenkeel - Kotaku.AU
    The omenkeel seems rather insane. Truly lends itself towards a game that is over before it begins if you have a turn 2 omenkeel and your opponent has no meaningful answer - starting turn 4 with 5,6 or 7 mana is a very dangerous place for your opponent. It reminds me of smuggler's copter - not the evasion but a sense of inevitability if it connects a couple times.
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Skemfar Avenger— PVDDR preview
    3 power for 2 mana is a great rate. Triggering only on elves and berserkers may have been a necessary addition in a playtest world that included cooking a lot of cats. We've had a few of these since grim haruspex but I believe this is the first at 2 mana and seems like it could really do some work.
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Valkyrie's Sword and Revitalize reprint— AliasV previews


    The white member of the Equipment with free creature cycle is a 7/6 for 7, and the best Revitalize art ever is finally here.

    Source: AliasV


    What? You didn't like the guy chugging a vodka he raided from the mini bar? Yeah - I guess you are right - that card will look amazing in foil.
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Aegar, the Freezing Flame— Levunga preview
    Quote from Courier7 »
    I suppose you could abuse Aegar's ability if you could set up some sort of "infinite ping" scenario on an indestructible creature.


    No, maybe not--the source has to be giant, wizard, or spell. Still....Niv-Mizzet, Parun, if you can get there. HJit an indestructible creature for excess, draw from the giant, ping from the dragon wizard becuase of the card draw, repeat.


    Add a stuffy doll and the combo does a good impression of...curiosity.
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Aegar, the Freezing Flame— Levunga preview
    Quote from rowanalpha »
    So if I Blasphemous Act, does that count at a spell dealing damage or does there have to have been a previous spell dealing the damage? My gut say no, but the effect is out of the ordinary


    Blasphemous act + this guy = decree of pain. Sadly, this is a nonbo with irencrag pyromancer - I keep hoping for that card to be relevant but it just can't get there.
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Mothership 1/13— Wings of the Cosmos and Funeral Longboat
    Too bad we can't make all cards mythic.

    Abuse me, Funeral Ship of the Necromancer
    crew 1
    You may exile a creature card in your graveyard rather than pay the crew cost

    Whenever Abuse me deals combat damage to an opponent you may return a card exiled with abuse me to the battlefield tapped
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  • posted a message on [KHM] "The Bears of Littjara" and "Mystical Reflection"— Dagoba previews
    I love the card, but I just don't see where this card beats essence scatter/negate in any of my decks. The utility of making my critters better, making theirs worse just doesn't beat just getting rid of the threat altogether.
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Jorn, God of Winter and Kaldring, the Rimestaff— Brian Kibler preview
    Yeah, the ability isn't a particularly bad Seedborn Muse impression when a similar effect on Sword of Feast and Famine is obviously really good.


    That's like comparing library larcenist to sword of fire and ice . Equipment provides an immediate, reusable effect and in those cases provides a way for the critter to survive the experience of combat and possibly push through an otherwise impenetrable defense.
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  • posted a message on [KHM] Mothership 1/12— Starnheim Unleashed and Dual Strike
    The "normal" card looks hilariously stupid ... look at the faces, its just terrible.

    But otherwise, a bunch of tokens, easily produces X=2 and more for a reasonable late game that can just win a game on its own, no matter what happened before it.


    I saw that and looked at the artist - it was like someone was trying to emulate phil foglio. I saw Johannes Voss and thought - I liked his art. Did a gatherer search - and sure enough, I love some of his art...and disliked some too. It seems like he is such an accomplished artist, he doesn't exactly have a "style" that you can just see a card and go - yep that is Brom, RK Post, Terese Nielsen, Anson Maddocks, Richard Kane-Ferguson. Sadly, this card is in a style that I don't care for his execution of. Fortunately the alt art is exceptional in my opinion, and I am not limited to choosing between which art I hate least.
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