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  • posted a message on What Is Your Favorite Video Game?
    Obviously this is going to be a personal choice, but I would have to hand the title to Turok 2: Seeds of Evil. Not the most polished game out there, and the plot vaccilates between preposterous pulp nonsense to non-existence. But when I was a kid and had just gotten a '64 for Christmas that game was the one I enjoyed the most.

    Nowadays I almost never take up shooters, and I despise online multiplayer anything, but I definitely can get down on anything that looks like it's got a lot of cool ideas, and I'm not part of the market for pre-release sales. I really enjoyed Journey to the Savage Planet and Greedfall from a year or so ago. City builders are nice "comfort-zone" games for me, and of course Fromsoft's stable might be single-handedly raising my blood-pressure into 'at risk' territory. Weirdly enough some of the games I've enjoyed the most over the last few years have had complete jank combat i.e. The Sinking City.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on Blue is utter broken trash and should be full-scale removed from the game. Change my mind.
    There's always going to be one archetype or color that's more powerful than any other at any given point and time. Stick around long enough and you'll see it change within the rotating formats. Every color has checks though. What strikes me as weird is when, in a game where people in competitive formats are constantly analyzing the meta-data and figuring out to within minor percentage points what deck is the absolute best and most efficient option, suddenly playing "around" something within one particular color identity is non interactive. I mean it's frustrating to play right into a counter spell, but not anticipating that it can happen is just kind of foolish. It's like arguing that fighting games would be way better if they got rid of blocking.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Satoru umezawa jank brew
    There's lots of cool overcosted creatures in blue and black that you could use with the tacked on ninjutsu ability for value. I know it's not the most original idea, but a ton of Eldrazi from the last few Zendikar sets come with some baked in value at just four cmc, and they're generally pretty cheaply available to buy to boot. If you wanted to power it down maybe integrate some of the black creatures with the dash mechanic so you can take your opportunities to dash in a creature that won't get blocked and ninjitsu in a big stomper with some etb effects. You wouldn't win much, but you'd still have some jank fun.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need To Come Clean About My Paper Magic Gaming Hobby
    I think with MTG WOTC is in the unenviable position of balancing support for the profit oriented secondary market whose continued existence is a primary draw for the more competitive side of the community against pricing potential new players out. I am by no means a WOTC apologist, but that type of balance is a lot trickier to pull off than a lot of people think. It's sort of like Netflix knows that their customers are going to share their passwords, but since their proprietary content needs exposure to attract new customers they simply have to accept that they're only going to be making money off part of the market in an already overcrowded field. All I can really say is that at least we're lucky enough to live in an era of MTG where there's a lot of different options for every type of player, many of which are specifically designed to avoid or mitigate some of the "pay to win" problems that are inherent in any collectable card game. Personally I simply set a limit to the amount of money I'm willing to spend on any individual card, and mainly enjoy the more casual kitchen table formats.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Sagas in the graveyard
    Quote from peteroupc »
    For purposes of Kathril, a double-faced card (such as Boseiju Reaches Skyward) has only the front-face's characteristics while it's neither on the battlefield nor on the stack (C.R. 712.4a). Thus, for example, while Boseiju Reaches Skyward is in a graveyard, it has neither reach nor any other keyword ability listed on Kathril's ability.

    Thank you. That's a little disappointing, but I guess it makes sense. I'll have to find another place for Boseiju Reaches Skyward then. I was anticipating some pushback from my playgroup on that one, and I really appreciate you helping me to avoid it. Smileup
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Sagas in the graveyard
    I have a Kathril, Aspect Warper EDH deck I play casually with friends, and I wanted to tinker around with some of the new sagas. Normally I'm not a huge fan of flip sided cards because they tend to create some rules confusion. My question is whether Kathril will get his keyword ETB benefit from a saga's creature side being in the graveyard: Specifically the card Branch of Boseiju in this case. If so, would the saga have to have been transformed before leaving the battlefield to get Kathril's buff, or is it just a permanent enchantment while in the graveyard?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
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