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  • posted a message on [STX] Expel— QTCinderella preview
    Ok, someone who follows the lore please clarify. I was under the impression that there were students from all sorts of different planes attending Strixhaven? My understand was that maybe the acceptance letter or something allows non-PWs access Arcavios so they can attend Strixhaven. When I saw this card, my first thought was that elephant-bro is from Ravnica and got kicked out of Boros.

    So are all the students at Strixhaven natives of Arcavios? If so, where does Strixhaven get all its archive spells? Are there just that many planeswalkers visiting? I demand answers, lol.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Fracture — Pedro Pérez Disalvo
    This is going to be entirely meta-dependent. I don't usually run into too many Planeswalkers that need to be dealt with at instant speed, so while this is a strict upgrade to something like Disenchant, that's about as far as I'll go with it. If you want additional disenchant effects or you're playing where there's a bunch of Planeswalkers, this is great. But with regard to the cards discussed, this isn't strictly better than any of them, or strictly worse.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Culmination of Studies — Marshall Sutcliffe
    Card seems super underwhelming.

    Still holding out for Jin-Gitaxias or Eldrazi.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] "Baleful Domain", "Arrogant Poet", "Eye Bat", and "Huge Disappointment"— Bearded Husky previews
    Could absolutely be wrong but I wonder if, at least in Standard, people are overestimating the value of giving someone a card in the early game. I actually think giving someone a random card is less of a drawback against most decks early than ramping them, and Path to Exile is consensus pretty alright. The fact that you can use this cheaply if you need to, and can always just fire it off at 4 makes it playable.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Wizards statement on Crux of fate
    I agree--I can't be too upset with WotC over this. As was mentioned, they had no reason to believe the artwork wasn't 100% legit, especially with a veteran artist like Felix. I will briefly mention that I AM mildly annoyed that they screwed up the wording on Zaffai, Thunder Conductor, because THAT is something they should've caught, lol.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Wizards statement on Crux of fate
    Quote from ZasZ234 »
    Something doesn't quite add up about this discussion. Fan art isn't protected by copyright afaik, since it is itself infringing on copyright, so the artist shouldn't need permission to use it.

    IIRC from another case WotC may have the ability prohibit someone from using their characters, but cannot simply claim and use the fan-art without permission either since they only have the right to the character not that particular piece of art. So that should put this in a situation where neither party has sole proprietorship of the artwork. A third party selling a second level infringement to either of them wouldn't follow the usually incorrect formula of "two wrongs make a right" either.

    Was discussing this on FB and had to look up some stuff. So generally speaking, an artist has automatic copyright for any work they produce. However, WotC holds the trademark for its characters, so using them for your own personal art would typically be trademark infringement. It's still infringement whether or not the artist profits. So, ignoring anything else, WotC can't just take the art without permission but would also be within its rights to sue the artist for violating the trademark. I'm not sure what the outcome of the suit would be--my guess would be a court order saying the artist could not display the work publicly or otherwise distribute it via any other medium, unless WotC could prove the violation resulted in monetary damages.

    But then there's this: https://company.wizards.com/en/legal/fancontentpolicy

    I take this to mean that WotC basically grants automatic licenses to all fan content produced based on its IPs, with the caveat that by granting the license, WotC reserves the ability to use the content without any further permission from the creator. The way I see this working is that it exists essentially as an ultimatum--either you follow this policy when you create fan content or we sue you for violating our trademark.

    So while WotC in an of itself probably can use the art, that doesn't mean that Jason Felix (who I would assume is classified as an independent contractor, not a WotC employee) was allowed to steal it for his own personal gain. I don't think the artist can go after WotC, but I do think there's probably some sort of cause of action against Jason Felix. Whether WotC does the cool thing and offers something to the artist, we'll have to see.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Reduce to Memory— Mike Sigrist preview
    Honestly this card makes me want to play Pop Quiz as a one or two-of in UW Control. Having an instant speed Divination where one of the cards is always a universal removal spell seems gas.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STA] Mind's Desire— @MTG_Arena preview
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Soo, we know 6 out of the 7 cards that won't make it to Historic, which means either this or Brainstorm is going to be legal in Historic:gaping:

    the final illegal card is the one card from the archive that actually a preview from modern horizons 2

    Abudnant harvest

    so none of the storm cards are banned.

    Abundant Harvest isn't banned. This is the official list:

    Dark Ritual
    Demonic Tutor
    Lightning Bolt
    Natural Order
    Swords to Plowshares
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Mothership 3/26— Lots of Learning
    I don't understand why it's relevant that you can use Lesson cards in a maindeck as the Learn mechanic does not let you tutor for them. Agreed though that some of the colorless cards may be useful if they otherwise synergize with what a deck is already trying to do.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Mothership 3/25— Shadrix Silverquill, Ward, and the mechanics of Strixhaven
    Quote from Sliverologist »
    Does Ward mean stuff like Frost Titan, Diffusion Sliver and what not will be receiving errata?

    And MaRo said Ward will not be replacing Hexproff, they will coexist. But he did mention a week ago Hexproof is the evergreen ability most in danger of losing its evergreen status.

    Yeah, I'd guess those sorts of cards will receive an update. They barely put hexproof on stuff anymore anyway, or it's conditional like on Dream Trawler. This is the sort of thing that bothers me though--why get rid of hexproof? Just print answers to it like you always have. Give us more playable edicts and wraths and hexproof is fine.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Strixhaven: School of Mages Campus Tour— Preview Launch Stream
    Cards look sweet so far. Learn and Lessons are cool mechanics--going to be difficult to figure out a correct balance. Both the Learn and the Lesson cards are mostly below-rate, but having consistent access to them makes them worth more than they would be otherwise. The 5 CMC (MV?) removal spell in particular is interesting--you'd never maindeck that card but having access to it when there's a weird permanent that's going to kill you is neat.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Mothership 3/25— Shadrix Silverquill, Ward, and the mechanics of Strixhaven
    Quote from Creedmoor »
    I'm sick and tired of the DFCs...

    Why? I think they're awesome. More decision-points = more interesting games and more chances for skilled play to matter.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Professor Onyx— Danny Trejo preview
    Can't believe I am this excited over a card that isn't Blue. Man I wish Jace would receive one too.

    Could the twins be Will on one side and Rowan on the other? That would be interesting too.

    That's my guess for the MDFC teaser. Either a Legendary Creature on both sides or a Planeswalker. That would be sweet.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Netdecking has killed standard for me
    I second that the issue is less about netdecking and more about the popularity of Arena and current research and design issues.

    WotC is convinced (and they have the data, so I'm not saying they're wrong) that MtG is less "fun" when your opponent can stop you from doing the stuff you want to do. Current design philosophy is heavily skewed towards threats over answers. This bums me out, because I like to play reactively.

    I agree that grinding the Arena ladder just isn't super fun because when everyone can afford to play a tier 1 strategy, that's what everyone does. When you have a limited pool like in Standard, that means you get at best three or four truly viable decks. Historic is a little better, which is why I find myself playing that more than Standard these days. When I do play Standard, it's usually an event or just regular play--I usually avoid ranked.

    I like having Arena as an option, but I'm very much looking forward to FNMs again because there's definitely more diversity.
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on [STX] Kasmina, Enigma Sage— Sean Plott preview
    From a Standard-playability standpoint, I'm not seeing it, but it's too early in the preview season to know for sure. Seems a lot closer to Dovin, Grand Arbiter than Oko or Tef3ri. Always wary of the "it's good if you already have something else going on" cards.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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