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  • posted a message on Your Opinion on Theme Decks, Intro Packs, and Planeswalker Decks When You Started Playing
    Price tag wise, a commander deck is a pretty decent investment for a new player.

    It provides a bunch of different cards and enough room to get an idea how a theme of the deck is working and is enjoyable for that person.

    Then they can slowly build it up with better cards.

    If a bunch of people do that it works very well.

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    Stores in my area did before the virus special tournament "leagues" (over weeks) where people buy a deck, either Planeswalker and/or Commander decks, whatever is new, and then they allow you to add booster packs and tweak the deck with them, kinda like a Sealed Pool over time.

    People that buy into these leagues get promos and if they play 10 different people that are also in the league over the time, they get more rewards, and the people that win against the most play in a "final".


    Stuff like that builds communities and it sells these sets very well, way more than they would without anything like that.
    Almost no deck is worth buying for a profit (a handful of Commander decks at least early on, not so now) if the content is really extremely valuable.



    Putting codes in these products to get the same cards in MTG-Arena is basically free for WotC and they should absolutely do it for all products.
    I would even advocate that each booster pack should have a code that provides the content of the pack in MTG-Arena as well, buying stuff in paper AND digital was always terrible.
    Posted in: Opinions & Polls
  • posted a message on [STX] Mascot Exhibition— Miguel Simoes preview
    This isnt a horrific bad card , its just a horrific bad "mythic".

    Its not special or anything, its just mythic because they needed to fill a slot for a "mythic" lesson and picked this one.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Replacement effects in MTGArena
    To test stuff you can make another account and do a pre-arranged game against that "friend".

    Just in case some strange interaction happens and you want to replicate it, thats probably among the easiest ways.

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    The MTG-Arena UI could for sure need some more pointers to what cards an effect corresponds to and what "target" it has.

    They do a somewhat reasonable job for targeting spells in that regard.

    But for more complicated cards that target effects and triggers instead of cards, they currently have no representation to click on as they are no cards and for these choices they build all these extra UIs with buttons and boxes.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Secret Lair Subscription/Membership Survey
    As long as there are people that dont order these and still pay double or more on ebay to get them "later" , people will flip them for money.

    The number of people that are so stupid are not crazy big, so if you know some people with money and less intelligence you can make some bucks.

    But A LOT of people ordered these to make a profit and could not sell them at all, and made a loss.

    A lot of these Secret Lairs packs are sold for less than the price (including shipping) that WotC is asking for , especially singles (as more often than not there is just 1 card thats particularly interesting, and all the others are total junk).

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    Like with all products they tend to throw the best stuff away early , then the product gets watered down till nobody buys it anymore ... happens with basically any special product Wotc has ever produced and is already showing in Secret Lair as well.

    If you get super fast and cheap shipping of the product its more or less trivial to sell for a margin of profit.

    If you however need to wait months till you get your order, then flipping the product becomes a dangerous investment (especially if the amount you order is a higher amount).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C21] Silverquill Statement— MTG Muddstah preview
    Quote from mikeyG »


    In my experience, this playstyle's successes are a direct result of a player's ability, even more than most. Players who are particularly skilled at leveraging political/pillowfort/etc effects can use their own negotiation/manipulation/deception to create wins in situations others can't. Which, come to think of it, is really in flavor for Silverquill. I agree with you that playing politics needs to be natural, but I definitely see some uses for some of these cards, Nils in particular. I can't wait to convince my friends that I'm helping them then clearing everything with a Dusk or something similar. In casual circles, I've had the most success with these types of decks, so I'm really interested in this deck.


    Politics works in general.

    In a 4 player game you can always make some contracts and if you "know" the person is more often than not honoring them, you can make plays that benefit both, so its in everyones favor to do it (like having someone counter something if they promise not to attack them as a backstab for X turns, that deal might be totally fine for both).

    These cards here dont benefit you more for being good at politics, they incentivize you to do it in the first place, as some are notoriously bad and making deals that benefit both parties, so a card that provides them with the contract on a card design basis works for them (and teaches them what they could be doing to convince an opponent into doing something that benefits them, even if they play just normal cards).


    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Secret Lair Subscription/Membership Survey
    Yea it takes over.
    Sell directly to the customers and put them in a subscription model so they pay money passively.

    There are for sure people that will buy any no matter what, even if they lose money buying them.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C21] Silverquill Statement— MTG Muddstah preview
    Keen Duelist is pretty damn good.

    Lots of other cards are nice for casual play, producing lots of tokens and "best friend hugs".
    (if multiple players run such decks it becomes really interesting to see who allies with who)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Hilariously overzealous bans and restrictions throughout history
    For a time all "legendary" creatures where restricted, simply for flavor reasons.

    https://mtg.fandom.com/wiki/Banned_and_restricted_cards/Timeline

    In the super crazy times games could end by decking out, as people played so few win options in their decks (like just 4 Serras Angel) and if they got destroyed it was just over, so any card that could break that issue was far more valuable than players could even imagine today, as you are used to tuned decks thats have an overabundance of win options (like a planeswalker can just win on their own).

    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [C21] Quantum Quandrix— MTGGoldfish preview
    Quote from JinxedIdol »
    Decent value for reprints but not a fan of the fractal theme.

    I kind of like fractal harness. At first it seems bad at X=1 but if it comes down a turn earlier then it becomes a 2/2 next turn anyway (assume it survives). Will get to test for my artifact cube.

    Given the token theme I was expecting the food making chef but I guess it makes more sense in the UB lifegain deck.



    This entire "counter" theme invites you to totally get all in on it.

    Proliferate counters, make more tokens of everything, Doubling Season all if it.

    Almost all the cards get out of hand super quickly.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C21] Quantum Quandrix— MTGGoldfish preview
    Well here are a bunch of pretty sweet cards.

    Deekah pumps out a lot of huge monsters for pitch-spells and free spells in particular, also with Delve.

    That looks quite nice.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Is there a way that I purchase old complete foil sets?
    Ebay has offers sometimes, but other than that, collectors rarely sell them in the sealed box.

    Most of them are opened and sold in pieces, so still finding a sealed box of a complete set is not too trivial (more likely that someone buys the box and fills it with cards, if you consider that the same).

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    Its most likely a thing to buy from collectors if you value a complete set.

    From a store just buying that many cards could give you a discount.

    Cardkingdom_Out_of_Stock

    These complete sets are expensive, buying singles can be cheaper from several sellers (shipping cost adds up in that case).

    On a EU site like cardmarket you can make your own "My Wants" Lists of cards and then use a ShoppingWizard to make it buy all the cards on the list from several sellers for the cheapest cost in total.
    Cardmarket.com

    Did that to buy a bunch of sets and foils of newer sets several times and i made it a habit for each new set to make a "My Wants" list of the cards so i can check the price quickly and order it instantly.

    Similar sites might have features too:
    https://www.echomtg.com/set/DIS/dissension/

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    In the past you could get a complete foil set in Magic Online and then use the "Redemption" feature to exchange the digital for real Magic cards (Magic Arena does not offer a Redemption Program, which makes it strictly digital and far inferior in that regard as you can never "cash out").

    That was the only way to get a complete foil set factory sealed by WotC in a box.

    https://mtg.fandom.com/wiki/Redemption

    If the prices for cards online where cheaper then in paper form that was sometimes really worth doing (but shipping to EU was so expensive that it eats into the margin).

    Still even today some collectors value the sealed box a lot higher.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [STX] Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios // Journey to the Oracle— r/magicTCG preview
    Really tempted to throw this in my friends' Omnath, Locus of Creation deck for EDH / Commander. Apparently MTGGoldfish and TCGPlayer has this listed on pre-order for $50 where as Card Kingdom has it going for $12.


    Never preorder anything at this ludicrous price tags.

    If its a single digit $ , sure go ahead, but anything over that, is guaranteed to go down, unless its a all-format all-star.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Elimination Ritual — MTG Espanol
    Most the time this is just worse than Pernicious Deed if you can choose.

    This is way more specific in what it can hit, not impressed.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Mortality Spear — Gabriel Nassif
    Well, Binding the Old Gods is much better for the value it generates and the synergy with flickering it etc.

    In a deck with a ton of free life gain (like lifelink creatures) this can be nice at 2 mana, but its really not fantastic in regard.


    far from a terrible card, but for constructed this is just mediocre (especially as the "rare" versions of these removals are more efficient by default).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Mage Hunters' Onslaught — Ruu_TV
    Quote from boombox_smk »
    Are we not going to get any Mage Hunter cards? I want some Starship Trooper / Chronicles of Riddick monsters.


    We do have a literal Mage Hunter card and its terrible ...

    To represent the threat to these armies of mages, these needed to be way way scarier.

    Basically Eldrazi ... or Phyrexia ... instead we get super generic random monsters.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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