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  • posted a message on Kiki Chord / Kiki Company / Kiki Evolution
    I had sold out of Pod prior to ban announcement, but I like the crossbones list. Direct and to the point to get started anyway.
    Posted in: Combo
  • posted a message on Why do counterspells feel unfun to play against?
    Buehler Blue hated Scragnoth. I played during that era and have nothing but fond memories of those days. Learning how to deal with counter magic was like a merit badge of our character as magic players. I chuckle at the idea that Mana Leak is a boogeyman that can "ruin formats, crush dreams" or other such hyperbole. Maybe I, as an older magic player who favors the older styles of gameplay, just understand the ruthlessness that was and can never be again?

    But really, the rhetoric against counterspells paint them to be the devil in new shoes. They aren't that bad.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Questioning My Entire Life
    Quote from Trivmvirate »
    The funny thing with social science is that it is always after the fact. It is based on observations of the past to make a statement on the nature of that past. That means, if that article tells you how you should think about your own life, then they're wrong, because they don't know anything about you, only about the past of the world that you think you live in. Countless thinkers (many of whom had better podia than an online blog with a fishy name) have tried to analyze the 'design' of society and failed to anticipate even the more modest of changes.

    Also, reflect on this. You are worried that someone else is controlling you, so what happens is that someone who wrote an article on an internet blog is now controlling the way you feel. Your response here is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Also reflect on why the observed lack of 'utter and complete freedom' disturbs you so much. Why are you so focused on your individual self? Why not look at yourself as part of a society, where you influence others and others influence you. I advise you to read on some proper social science on this matter, and get this alarmist nonsense out of your head, for it is just the extreme side of one viewpoint pushed into a certain categorization by liberalist people (which is totally in the neoliberal zeitgeist). Stuff like this might make things more relative and move you in another field of thought: http://www.academia.edu/576759/Understanding_the_Structure_and_Agency_debate_in_the_Social_Sciences (page 37)

    By the way, I didn't fully read that article, I skimmed it and found it fairly disturbing not for its content, but for its presentation. It is really meant to scare people and its written in the way to maximize the scare factor. That website is a disgrace. Things like 'Top 5 cancer symptoms' and 'signs of a depression' as the first deeplinks indicate to me a society that thrives on the anxiety of its readers and fuels them for that reason. Realize you are being fooled.


    I really enjoyed the academic discourse presented in the link you provided. To summarize it, social sciences are very interested in the interaction between culture and how it is created and consumed by people. How we interact with it can be just as important as how we create it. The link provided is very different that the other links, which are more in line with conspiracy theorist in nature.

    Learning to parse the sheer volume of information available and make sense of things is something everyone struggles with on some level.
    Posted in: Real-Life Advice
  • posted a message on Current Modern Banlist Discussion (1/19/2015 - 7/13/2015)
    Quote from Sheepz »
    If your deck artificially narrows metagame diversity, you'll take a ban. If that line sounded like something a politician would say, it's probably because it set off your BS meter. So if in six months, Twin starts performing like its a rocket, get ready for your ban.

    Is that honestly a format people are happy with? A format where people become scared to play they best deck because if it reaches a certain threshold of wins/metagame saturation, you take a ban?

    I'm out. I can just not care about Modern, but there were a bunch of players out there who did care, and are now more skittish to invest heavily or invest at all.


    You also thought that post for a "traditional magic format" was a good idea. Clearly your thoughts on what the format should be don't alogn with then majority. Even the most diehard unban proponents here don't want a restricted list format.


    I would rather push boundaries than restrict them personally. In that thread, I am willing to go out on the limb and have some cards unbanned/cards restricted. I've played Vintage and Legacy for years and am acclimated to the abrupt and most ruthless the game has to offer. The game's creators seem to be more afraid of their creation these days.
    I personally believe Modern would be a better format if ban criteria were not vague or based on gut feeling. Maybe if they were even intentionally consistent, possibly even if they banned the correct cards at the correct times. The DCI hasn't had the best track record over they years but not for a lack of effort.
    I agree also that I am a in the minority of players in play style and outlook.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on Current Modern Banlist Discussion (1/19/2015 - 7/13/2015)
    If your deck artificially narrows metagame diversity, you'll take a ban. If that line sounded like something a politician would say, it's probably because it set off your BS meter. So if in six months, Twin starts performing like its a rocket, get ready for your ban.

    Is that honestly a format people are happy with? A format where people become scared to play they best deck because if it reaches a certain threshold of wins/metagame saturation, you take a ban?

    I'm out. I can just not care about Modern, but there were a bunch of players out there who did care, and are now more skittish to invest heavily or invest at all.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on Traditional a New Magic Format
    Quote from Sam I am »
    This format doesn't ban Jace, stoneforge, or jitte so It's going to be completely dominated by stoneblade

    It also doesn't ban deathrite or BBE, so It will be completely dominated by jund

    It also doesn't ban glimpse of nature, or GSZ so it will be completely dominated by elves

    It also doesn't ban GSZ or birthing pod, so it will be completely dominated by pod.

    It also doesn't ban top, so It will be completely dominated by countertop

    It also only restricts dread return, so it will be completely dominated by dredge.

    It also only restricts Dark Depths, so it will be completely dominated by dark depths.

    It also only restricts blazing shoal, so it will be completely dominated by infect.

    It also doesn't ban cloudpost, so it will be completely dominated by 12 post.

    It also doesn't ban artifact lands, so it will be completely dominated by affinity

    It also doesn't ban ponder or preordain, so it will be completely dominated by delver and storm


    This sounds like a format. Turn on some death metal, and let us fight to the death in the arena like our ancestors have done in days of old.
    I'm in.
    Posted in: Homebrew and Variant Formats
  • posted a message on History of Land Destruction: When did it get powered down?
    Quote from mondu_the_fat »
    It's a series of things happening over the years, not a sudden thing.

    1st instance -- when the 2cc sinkhole stopped being printed and the 3cc icequake and when ice storm was stopped reprinted (it was easy to accelerate into) and thermokarst was printed.
    2st instance -- when strip mine was restricted
    3rd -- when strip mine was stopped being reprinted and when with wasteland being printed
    4th -- dustbowl and rishadan port
    4.5 -- a soft change, the printing of fetchlands made land destruction even more difficult, but this wasn't a direct "we must nerf land destruction!" event
    5th -- when pillage was no longer reprinted; cards like ghost quarter and ark were printed.
    6th -- when stone rain was replaced by craterize

    The most jarring was the restriction of strip mine. Ever since then, there has never been a deck with land destruction as the main theme. Back then, we were already discussing the decline of land destruction -- the dominant deck of the time was counterpost, and there was no real solution to kjeldoran outpost except armageddon. The general consensus was that if you couldn't reliably use a land destruction spell/effect by turn 2, it was unplayable as a main strategy (especially given that counterspell existed in the format).


    Kjeldoran Outpost mirror matches wee all about a card called Political Trickery or prickery if you drew it and resolved it first, lol.
    The gradual decline of land destruction was inevitable, but sped up around or after the Urza/Mercadian standard. Ponza Rotta Red was the last LD dedicated deck that did well still main decking Stone Rain and Pillage etc that I remember. That was 2000/2001(?)
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [Primer]Lands
    The situations where I remember wanting using the Oblivion Stone as my out, but alas, deck space being an issue. Would have been nice to close out that match with Drownyard honestly. I can see where the Smokestack/Harvest might now be too slow if U/R Delver is a huge thing, but how did the Open event look at the early tables?
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [Primer]Lands
    As much as I enjoy being adorable with Top, the tried and true method had all the strength still. No drown yard stories? I wanted at least one game to be decided by it lol.
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on Jared Boettcher banned 46 months, loses 2013-2014 ROTY Title and Worlds Spot
    Quote from Valanarch »
    Quote from ElAzar »
    Quote from Poster X »


    1 you didn't see him NOT look at the bottom card. Every other action he took was consistent with actions that would be taken if you knew what the card was and wanted to cheat.


    I think its this kind of argument why it was called a witchhunt.

    "no your honor, i didnt see her perform witchcraft, but i also didnt see her not perform witchcraft, and yet the cattle went ill and the corn was rotten on the field, so there is evidence enough, isn´t it?

    I was one of the people who was looking at the videos, and yes, it was obvious that he did shuffle in an unusual way, but i believe some people do thinks like that as a lucky charm. For a clear proof of cheating, you have to proof he know what the card was, and i couldn´t find that proof in the videos. But maybe we just have a diffrent opinion what evidence means.

    The whole point never was if he was a cheater or not, but if there is real evidence enough to be sure.
    And that hasn´t changed, despite the outcome. That people seem to think they "won" because he might be a cheater, dosnt mean they won, because if he is a cheater or not wasn´t the point.


    Boettcher turned me into a newt!

    But you got better? He still received his deserved punishment for his ban according to the DCI after their investigation. I'd would have liked to see their evidence, since they had access to a body of evidence; much more than we do in a few video links.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Masterwork of ingenuity
    I'm already looking to find a white commander 2014 deck because of Nahiri. This is just the bonus round.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on So what killed Extended?
    I remember when 1.x Extended had revised dual lands in it. I miss that format. The duals were phased out in 2002-2003 time frame if I recall and the format turned for the worst in my opinion. They then shortened the seven year to four year and the problems got worse.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on C14: Unstable Obelisk
    It's another option, maybe an option no one wanted, but an option.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on what are the staple goblin tribal cards?
    You see Tarfire frequently in Legacy Goblin builds also.
    Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
  • posted a message on How do you tell if Packs have been Pre-Cracked?
    There is unlucky, and then there is tampered booster packs. Report them for this for everyone's sake.
    Posted in: Magic General
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