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  • posted a message on Secret lair leaks — old border walkers, Johnannes voss, math is for blockers, kamigawa ink, and Thomas M. Baxa
    Probably getting the Voss one, and maybe the PWs or Kamigawa Ink. I frankly love the old templating--it's terrible because the old templating was terrible. That's actually the entire selling point. These are collector items and the old templating generates nostalgia. As far as issues with playing with them--sure people can play these in tourneys/EDH but (1) if it's FNM it's an eternal format, and all of these cards are pretty well-known and (2) if someone doesn't it's super easy to just pull up a picture of the card. They're not going to be problematic at all.
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  • posted a message on Magic: The Gathering's Secret Lair: Purrfection
    I am actually curious how they decide on the list of cards they put in these. To me this one is underwhelming, even though I sort of like the art (at least, I like it a bit more than the "Box of Rocks" lair). But hey, what's great is no one is forcing me to buy it, so I can just skip this one and not care that it exists and that other folks might enjoy it.

    I don't think this needs more actual cats because that's what OMG Kitties! was about and this is obviously supposed to be a different thing. That said, I do think it's kinda weird to do another cat themed lair (w or w/o actual cats). Meh, they can't all be winners.
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  • posted a message on [MID] Wrenn and Promo Cards— Weekly MTG previews
    Going to try to respond to the multiple topics going on here:

    Set boosters are better if you just want to crack packs and aren't interested in drafting, so I'm down with that change. It's also cool that they give you a foil promo card in the bundles now. Value seems pretty similar to me overall. Still, sucks that they got rid of the booklets--I haven't bought a bundle in a minute and didn't know that. That was pretty much the reason I bought those guys.

    Step back a second and think about the issues they mention re: the werewolf deck. At first, I thought it was weird that there wasn't a werewolf deck, but all the reasons they put forward make perfect sense to me. I think sometimes people like to act like WotC is screwing them ALL the time, when in reality it's just some of the time, lol. If your idea of corporate greed is that the business didn't overhaul its packaging, include additional product (sleeves), etc., just so they could print the specific deck you want, I mean, sorry?

    AFR is a lot better than everyone seems to think. Throne and Ikoria were just egregiously pushed sets so almost anything looks *****e in comparison. We are seeing Standard be a little powered down, but that's a good thing overall. If you play Standard 2022 on MTGA at all you know that tons of cards from AFR are seeing play when they're not competing with companions and adventures. In any case, none of the cards in Midnight Hunt look particularly busted. Also, for all we know some of these previews are the most powerful cards in the set, and the rest could look just as powered down as AFR. Lot of jumping to conclusions going on.

    WotC was on my bad list because of curly foils and BS like Oko and Uro. It's tentatively looking like they may have fixed one or both of these problems. The rest of the things people complain about really don't bother me. Here's to another 30 years of MtG being awesome.

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  • posted a message on Universes Beyond Officially Discontinued for MTG?
    1. They're not going to get rid of the reserved list.

    2. I'm excited about the UB stuff. I do think they'll reprint problem cards, but if the TWD cards are any indication of the power level they're looking at, I think we'll be okay, lol. And they're only legal in Legacy and Vintage anyway (Commander too but you only ever really need one)--if you can afford to play those formats I'm pretty sure you can handle paying $40 for your copy of Rick. Also, I still don't understand why (after learning about which upcoming IPs will be featured) people are still super worried about nonsense like Sesame Street and Doritos crossovers.

    3. The reprint train isn't slowing down any time soon, and WotC has no reason to artificially inflate cards (by withholding reprints) with already high secondary market prices. Cards that are in high demand are always going to drive sealed product sales.
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  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Stranger Things
    Quote from wallycaine »
    A good way to think of it is less "make people buy set boosters", and more "people are already going to be buying set boosters, so this helps get enough copies in circulation without absolutely flooding the market with them".

    Well, sure, but I already don't understand the purpose of set boosters, regardless of The List's interaction with UB cards. My point is that you typically pull something like 6 List cards from a set booster box, and obviously there are tons of cards on the List so pulling a specific one is a low rate. Even if they adjust the drops (which is also kind of annoying if you want non-UB List cards), you're still unlikely to pull a ton. If the point is to make what would otherwise be limited cards more widely available, then this is the bare minimum.

    That said, I (1) don't care one way or another if they make the variants widely available or not because the existence of mechanically unique UB cards doesn't bother me and (2) I agree that as far as the way releases are currently structured, I think putting the variants on the List makes the most sense right now.
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  • posted a message on How does this work
    It doesn't combo. If you mutate Greathorn onto Scute Swarm, all of your copies of Scute Swarm will be tokens named Migratory Greathorn but will also have the ability of Scute Swarm. So you basically just get hella 3/4s instead of hella 1/1s.
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  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Stranger Things
    I'm not really into TWD or Stranger Things but think it's cool that the crossover stuff exists. Hasbro used to make the ALIEN toys, and that's one that I REALLY want to see. The Dark Tower would be awesome and absolutely fits MtG flavor. Not sure what else I'd be into off the top of my head. But yeah, I say bring it on.

    I don't LOVE the print-to-List idea that much, only insofar as it seems to be a forced reason to buy Set Boosters, the existence of which I don't really get. It still seems as sort of an unnecessary product to me. But otherwise I think it's a cool way to ensure we get MtG versions of anything that turns out to be potentially playable, and I don't have a better solution off-hand.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Culmination of Studies — Marshall Sutcliffe
    Card seems super underwhelming.

    Still holding out for Jin-Gitaxias or Eldrazi.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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
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