Plenty of boxes opened in my local LGS by now and if the box topper is bad, its quite the feel bad moment, as that card alone makes such a huge difference.
And with the box topper in mind looking at ChannelFireball opening a ton of them at once gives me a even worse feeling of what scumback business they actually doing:
I mean for real, these packs just popped out of nowhere ? WotC send them "extras" ?
What is going on here ...
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Dec 11, 2018You average out when you buy a lot of boxes to the estimate value of a box (and random big hit foils still matter).Posted in: Magic General
So if a box estimate value without big hit foils is already above what you pay for them, it will be a "guaranteed" profit given you can sell the cards that make up your estimate value for that money.
If you just buy 1 or 2 , its randomness involved.
As this set has an even bigger range of cards value the hit or miss is even bigger.
So if you have not crazy amounts of money buying just the cards you really need is the way to go.
Otherwise its more often feel bad than anything else.
Dec 9, 2018TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on A family member damaged my cards- Is there any way to restore them?Any form of pressure with something that soaks up moister will do.Posted in: Magic General
I used to put a bunch of cards between some white paper and simply put it under a heavy box of cards, does the same trick as the book.
Works especially well for some foils that are "mildly" curved, they are quite flat after like a week.
If a card has sever water damage its just damaged no matter what, so in that case for expensive cards i would recommend to give it an proper "alternate art" from someone with a bit talent and just make it nicer that way, as the card is damaged regardless.
Dec 6, 2018The art is super over the top for a 1 mana spell.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Its 3 damage after all, its not a nuclear bomb.
Anyway, this wont be expensive, way too many of them will be around and people that have Beta Bolts will never change to these.
I would have liked a "new" promo instead of one that already got a lot of promo cards.
Like Manamorphose , anyone ? (i would totally play 4 promo ones with a proper art that doesnt look as ugly as the existing ones).
Dec 5, 2018It only works if you have something to spend the mana on, like a spell you actually are going to cast and have to pay mana for, or an ability that has a manacost and you pay the manacost for.Posted in: Magic Rulings
If you are paying manacosts, you can activate mana abilities to pay for it, in which case you can sacrifice both of the artifacts.
But if neither is the case, you can only activate them after another to get the mana in your pool.
Dec 4, 2018I would say in the future we are bound to get something that can remove emblems or just outright take control of them.Posted in: Magic General
But right now the only real way to get rid of them is to restart the game , Karn Liberated is the solution to everything.
Nov 21, 2018Undergrowth is hands down the worst of the mechanics, in any way.Posted in: Magic General
The mechanic kinda banks on surveil to make it playable to begin with and counting creatures only already makes the mechanic quite narrow, as it requires a lot of creatures to shine at all, and even then its overall just boring as it only means an extra +1/+1 counter here and there and thats just bad.
The mechanics in general are quite weak as there is no card that truly shines to promote the mechanics.
Surveil is the most promising as its so close to scry and just better, and thats why there is no reasonable 1 mana card with surveil that you would put in all decks.
Thats fine, but surveil is pretty much just scry, and putting scry on lots of cards would also just make them better and smooth a deck.
Jumpstart is also just another flashback, but again they played it super safe and there is no jumpstart card that is really great on its own and they tend to be too expensive (almost all of them are 3 mana).
Flashback mechanics always provide card advantage as you can cast a spell 2 times, so these mechanics can always be abused and they are pretty much always somehow useful, as even a bad effect, if you can cast it 2 times, it becomes reasonable.
Convoke is just done extremely BAD in this Ravnica.
We had much better incarnations of Convoke cards, even the RED convoke cards delivered a lot more interesting gameplay.
In this set convoke is slapped on 5 drops and thats pretty much it.
Its a very basic cost reduction mechanic that makes spells usually 2 mana cheaper unless you go deep in 1 drops (and even then, the convoke cards we have dont really scale or dont even reward you much for doing that).
The Loxodon with +1/+1 counters is the only Convoke card that is doing Convoke with a twist, kinda like "Mega-Convoke" just add +1/+1 counters to it and it becomes better.
Mentor is a snowball mechanic , so its something thats pretty much Limited only. Mentor does not really work with copies of the same card, so its bad for constructed by design, while good cards with a slapped on Mentor just become slightly better, but thats as boring as design can get.
There is no Mentor design thats really interesting, its a super basic mechanic that rewards players for attacking, and the attacking player is usually winning anyway ; so meh ...
Combining the mechanics on cards would be cool.
Having a creature with Undergrowth and mentor would work well together, as the creature naturally grows and that makes Mentor better.
Spells with Surveil and jumpstart work nice together, and spells with Undergrowth and Jumpstart also work nice together (as you can pitch the creature cards to cast them, and that adds +1 creature).
Maybe they will aim for that in the 3rd Ravnica set, combining the mechanics of the guilds that work together / wouldnt surprise me if they opt to do that.
Nov 18, 2018Putting the existing app in a HTML website and simply calling that from any device would be totally viable, but WotC is not really going to do any work.Posted in: Magic General
They just dont really give enough , even if its a potential gold cow.
Nov 15, 2018TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Please stop shuffling opponent's deck if you don't know howThe big problem of people not shuffling at FNM and PreRelease events is that they get used to it.Posted in: Magic General
If some people shuffle and others dont, or they shuffle against some opponents and not against others, its always a bad feeling, as shuffling a deck of a person then means "i dont trust you" , and some feel bad if their deck is shuffled as they dont see the reason, they just feel "offended" over that stuff.
Its annoying for everyone, so the easy part is to ALWAYS shuffle the deck of the opponent, so everyone is aware of that the deck is shuffled, as it should be and even gets practice in for the shuffling (as especially newbies are simply not practiced in shuffling enough to do it in a reasonable manner, some dont even have a remote understanding what shuffling actually means and why its important to keep the game fair in the first place).
And the small number of actual cheaters in FNM / prerelease events are also fought by simply shuffling, i found way too many people that stacked their decks, even if its "just" the occasional mana weaving that i have to tell people not to do in every single PreRelease if a new person plays in it.
If people are used to shuffling, a proper riffle shuffle will not damage any cards and no sleeves.
If they are not practiced or have a terrible technique, it will shred sleeves like mad, and that can only be avoided if they at least start doing it in the first place (or see others shuffle all the time, if nobody ever shuffles and just cuts the decks, they never ever learn).
Nov 12, 2018Well proliferate works with pretty much anything in almost any set.Posted in: Speculation
Would be cool to get it, but its not particularly "simic" in its effect as a mechanic to put on commons and all that (having an effect that does proliferate at rare is still not unlikely, some kind of Doubling Season would already do the trick).
Maybe its a twisted proliferate that can REMOVE counters as well as adding counters , just like surveil is a better scry, that would further work even broader with all the +1/+1 counters around.
That it will do something with counters is pretty much guaranteed thats for sure, simply because the format screams for it.
Nov 11, 2018Surveil is a bad name for the mechanic as its not generic enough to be put on cards in all colors and especially lands and such stuff.Posted in: Speculation
Putting cards in the grave is in pretty much any reasonable scenario much better and works a lot more with almost any mechanic in a set that somehow uses the graveyard, so the powerlevel is just higher, so you cannot just replace scry with surveil and call it done.
A lot of cards could just use Scry instead of "look at the top X cards and pick one" , but they still dont do that, as they dont want to have the scry keyword everywhere (especially as it is put a lot more on red/blue spells as a worse form of cantrips, as draw a card is often just too good, but scry is not).
Anyway, Surveil is a bad name and that alone might be a big deal to have it in more sets, as the name implies a lot on the sets theme and the cards they put it on.
So if they want to use it, they kinda shoot themselves in the foot already.
Nov 9, 2018TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper BoostersPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from urweak »
People do have preference for the original versions, however 93/94 contributes significantly to that. Look at cards like Erhnam Djinn, it sees play in Erhnamgeddon builds and the AN version commands a considerable premium over other printings.
Also, consider the case of Lord of Atlantis, it sees virtually zero play in 93/94, but it's popular in modern day merfolk builds (Legacy & Modern) and it's original two printings in Alpha and Beta can be had for around $200-$300. However, a card like Serra Angel, that sees no real play besides the 93/94 format costs around $400. The kicker is Serra is an Uncommon, while Lord of Atlantis is a Rare. If Lord of Atlantis was played in 93/94, we would see pricing on it like Savannah Lions, another Alpha/Beta rare. The difference between the two is that Lions sees a good bit of play in 93/94 and because of that costs $500+. And I don't think anyone would argue that Savannah Lions is anymore iconic than Lord of Atlantis.
Alpha/Beta cards are collectors items and priced heavily by nostalgia and collectors value.
Historic significant cards like Serra Angel will have a much higher cost, simply for its nostalgia value and that dips deep into the cards price.
Duals are historic, special, ultra premium cards, that in addition to all that are also highly playable. You really cannot top all the points that such cards cover, they have it all, they are needed by literally any player, no matter what, everyone wants them, everyone likes them, and you dont want to trade them away as they just keep getting more and more expensive.
They are the biggest magic has in stock market GOLD its as save as it gets and you really cannot ever have enough dual lands around the place you sleep ever.
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Nov 30, 2017TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemThe deal with being in public and somewhat called "harassment" (and i clearly distinquish between a from a court defined harassment and a person just feeling they are harassed) , is that its really different pieces.Posted in: Articles
As a private person you have no impact on public that even remotely justifies that anyone attacks you directly.
However, as a public person, like a politician or as we have here, a cosplayer that actively presents their body in public on public events to players, its in your right to criticizes exactly that, which is the body, its presented in a sexualized manner, so commenting in that way is not even inappropriate (might not be your personal taste, but thats a different deal).
If a private person gets mails from random persons theres zero reason or justification, so thats an entirely different matter compared to someone that publicly pushes themselves into public opinion.
Its a really important part of projecting this matter to the context its presented in.
If i see a women feeding a baby and i tell her "You are a 6/10, i wouldnt even rape you" , it would be an unbelieavable inappropriate thing to say , but to someone that in public makes money by presenting their body ? If i tell that to a stripper ? Inapprioriate for sure, but still an entirely different deal, as context matters, the environment matters and if you do not want to expose to that, you are not forced, you can simply not do that job.
If you go to the extreme and outlaw any potenially rude comment, you restrict language by a great deal, so much that people cannot express anything without fear somebody will feel hurt or insulted, and if that justifies that your social media gets permanently flagged and you suffer for it, its a way more extreme response than the "rude comment" started out as.
The adult option would be to point the rude comments out and keep it on a apprioriate level of response, you can talk stuff out and discuss it to proof a point without going to war directly , and still keep in mind, that no person is outright evil, for such things.
And yes, the real sick people are the ones that perform the threats, thats just downright cruelty and has no other reason than pleasing a sadistic pleasure, and that is absolutely nothing a society has to, or should accept, but its a completely different animal to a critic from an public figure.
I am on the side to promote that individuals are responsible for what they are doing.
Jeremy didnt incite harassment, he did poorly phrased comments sure, but thats hardly crazy evil, its just rude and if you talk to him about that, yes ofcourse he knows himself its rude, and thats about it, you can stand above it and realize that something thats already enough, realize you gone a bit to far and the moment you are told so, you can better yourself, problem solved ; the sick people that continue to threaten , thats what remains, but thats adults, responsible for their actions, and any adult that isnt insane should have enough intelligence to not even do that to begin with.
Racist comments are a special kind of deal, just as gay-topics etc. etc.
Its highly controversial to many people and especially your work place is a context with special meaning here.
If i make a racial comment in private, thats it, nobody cares. If someone is insulted they can sue me, i get appropriate punishment, and/or we settle the topic before it escalates, thats the potential for discussion and understanding that is much more valuable than taking every little comment and blow it up like its a death threat right away ; its clearly not.
In your context part you clearly see context matters so much.
Context is key for this here.
All the screenshots are mostly out of context and look entirely different if you get the big picture.
Yes people are offended a lot, but its undeniably a thing you have to be able to deal with if you have any kind of public job, or open yourself up to that (and if you cannot deal with it, its simply the wrong job for you, as theirs issues with lots of jobs and you cannot just blame others for that, self-responsility is a thing, its not that others are always to blame for anything you do and anything you do will have an effect on others, if your job is in public, thats a given).
I think america in special a lot of people are highly influenced by what some special individuals say , so they build up some form of responsibility for what they say, simply because of that.
And i think, it again depends on context and what group you talk to.
In the case here the group of people is the magic community, people that watch Jeremys Channel, thats already a very small subsection again and people that enjoy trollish comments, so they are already open to that and have their own problems why they cannot control what they are doing (as no sane person would write a death threat email to anybody, but lots of people do, especially in heated discusions and extreme topics).
But here Jeremy cannot be at fault for what individuals end up doing, the targeted audience are adults, and should totally be able to control themselves.
Your last part.
I also think he could be much less rude in his comments and from his latest comments he acknowledges this, as often you have to be told you are going over the edge, and if its good to think about it (but again, its about critic and staying on a non-extreme course, you want discussion and not open war).
Lots of stuff i can relate to and the topic is simply overblown by extreme margins.
In the end, people said some mean things and others reacted to them ; thats actually all that happened, thats rude at best, but its not downright evil.
This topic would much easier and smoother be solved in a much smaller circle, or in private between these two.
Pulling it to public just makes things worse, by a lot and it doesnt serve anybody, be they right or wrong, in the end, this open warfare just damages the community and people will bunker themselves into even more extreme sides and become even more unable to discuss anything without directly insulting each other.
But one thing is guaranteed, this will be a hot topic for the rest of the week and probably the next one, and at some point, nobody will care anymore and just play Magic again.
Nov 30, 2017TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemThe fact that a comment makes someone feel harassed doesnt mean it is harassment.Posted in: Articles
Just because someone feels insulted, its not automatic evil in nature.
Most important, he never told to her directly, you literally have to seek out his channel to see the comments, so you actively have to search yourself to see negative comments about yourself.
The indisputable issue are the sick minded individuals that go over the top and do exactly that, email directly, twitter to her directly etc. They do the harassment, they are 100% guilty for it, and they qualify for it, as they indeed take a sadistic pleasure in doing that, its among the most harmful type of troll.
Then theres a difference between private people and people in public.
As a private person nobody has any public interest in what i do and so comments about my person would be out of context.
The moment what you are doing is part of a community, like cosplay at a grand prix and doing pictures of that etc. You present yourself in public and so comments about exactly that are clearly presented.
That alone is no harassment and its just as important to clearly draw a line between what people truly say and what is casually said, simply put, if you are talking to a group of people for hours, chances are you will say something stupid and someone will feel insulted ; so it has to be viewed in context and not just "oh god, look what he said" , and finger point exactly that and ignore anything else.
And especially for Jeremys channel, its clearly a form of topics and talking that you might easily find offending, others do not, some think hes right about a bunch of stuff, and i believe you can easily see he has a bunch of points.
All the so called harassment can be put down to context that gives it a background, so that is what makes the topic a lot more slippery than just believing its all crystal clear.
The idea of thinking its downright crystal clear and theres only black/white in it, is already short sighted, as you have to see more of the picture to get a real glimpse of the actual truth.
Nov 30, 2017TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemYea, if people truly think theres just 1 problem at hand, and that others, but ofcourse never themselves are a part of it, thats just ridiculous, as it is the kind of finger pointing that just wants to make someone else responsible for what you think is bad.Posted in: Articles
If someone truly feels harassed, seek the police, file a claim, prevent the harassment, thats what you can do as an adult, theres a little bit of responsibility for your own too.
Its not your job to defend your wife, if you truly want fairness, she can do that on her own and she should be absolutely able and willing to do so (and if she isnt, that is a problem you have to start working on).
Its always a big question mark, if you have to drag your personal issues into public.
That just makes everything worse, much worse, as you are suddenly exposed to people that choose sides and over dramatic defend it, no matter if it effects them at all.
The adult way to solve the issue would simply be if she started out to simply ask to stop exactly what she thinks is bothering her. Any responsible adult will accept that and change behavior if its reasonable, and if they dont, you file a claim against them, so they get judged by a neutral court (or you are proven wrong on your feeling of being harassed, thats also an option and as an adult your have to live with it).
Nov 30, 2017Theres critic and just phrasing opinions and as a form of entertainer and content provider he has a form of talking that a lot of people find offensive, but there is plenty of comedians i find offensive, but that doesnt make them in any way problematic.Posted in: Articles
Comments can easily be in bad taste and thats undeniable the case for Jeremy, but the real core of the issue to discuss is the small amount of truly idiotic people that take it to a true harassment and violent form of threats ; and the question to discuss would be if you as a content provider are truly responsible for what some sick individuals do , given they are adults, these people are the actual problem, and thats not Jeremy.
The same kind of sick individuals exist on the other spectrum too, some of them Social Justice Warriors that somehow feel Jeremy has to be "utterly destroyed" and death threats against him are "totally fine".
Seriously, its the same kind of sick individuals and its the CORE of a true problem which puts every little issue into full on overdrive roadkill.
It serves nobody and its a form of discussion that is very prevalent in the internet.
Its a culture of trolls and social justice warriors that simply cannot keep their actions behind a healthy line that keeps a minimum of civilized discourse alive.
If people get famous they undeniable have to have a tougher hide. The more people you know and the more people respond to you, the more bad comments you will accumulate.
Thats natural, and people will either like what you do or they will not.
Some of the sick people will downright hate you for whatever you do and this leads to the exact problem of people that think they have to act themselves , right now and fight what they think is the evil, everyone thinks they are in the right to do so and so nobody is able to self-reflect and see they are going over the top.
If matters settle down you could easily see Jeremy seeing himself that a bunch of stuff crosses the line , but bad taste comments and actual harassment should be dealt with in court and absolutely not in public for people to just judge and start their little lynch mobs in every corner burning whatever victim they just found.
So there is more than just one problem.
A lot of problems and everyone is part of some problem, if they see it, know it, or still deny it.
Nov 30, 2017Theres plenty of "good" men that started wars and killed people in the name of what they thought to be somehow the right thing.Posted in: Articles
The reality is, there are no "evil" and no "good" men, just opinions and people that push these ideology with violence over the other, who ever wins will be in the right, the other side clearly must have been wrong.
Its not the job of people to start a lynch mob and "destroy" other human beings and its downright pedantic to think that is in any way what "good men" should do.
Any problem has to be discussed and solved on the appropriate level.
Pushing topics in public only serves the trolls and media hype , people calling out for a single entity to be blamed for everything they think is bad.
The reality is, theres not a single bad person and everyone is usually to some degree responsible for what they do or do not do.
People really like to give small problems horrific names so they sound like much bigger problems, that leads only to despair and misery, it has no positive benefit for anybody, just pampers the ideology of people that really think they are the only legit form of judgment call, self-administered justice isnt the way to go and if you ever get in the situation to think someone is the personified evil, you are guaranteed wrong and simply ignore the other standpoint (so you become evil yourself, just to pretend to defend against evil, thats in no way a solution and only leads to a conflict in which everyone can blame anyone to be in the right and suddenly there are no good men left anymore).
Nov 30, 2017A very big issue is that different topics are brought together, while they simply do not fit.Posted in: Articles
Nazi and troll posters are two very different things and should never be put together, just to fuel a cause, thats selling your own arguments cheap and makes them one-dimensional black/white thinking again, which is good for nobody.
Also, there will be critic and negative critic as well, that has to be acceptable.
Nobody is forced to be overly positive about anything.
If you truly dislike something you can say so, and its value to the discussion that this is expressed and not just ignored, or even outlawed as something terrible wrong.
At the same time its very valid to criticize something and not come up with a solution on your own right away. I can critic a cook and not be able to make it better, thats totally fine and it must be legit to do so. The point of critic is that you should never need to justify for it, the receiver can take the critic and see it as an issue, or they dont, thats their cup of tea and its what an adult has to learn to deal with.
But here again, this changes a lot if someone is in private or its brought up in public and presented to a mob of people.
If you just honestly dislike cosplay and say so, thats fair, nobody forces you to like anything.
The "locker-room-talk" is a topic entirely for its own. Its something that is widely accepted and always was. Women to the same about men, they even do it among each other, it might just be more subtle than the direct approach of actually saying it out loud, even if its just in the "locker-room" (or in this case a youtube channel, or a bunch of twitter posts).
Its fine on its own.
What really pushes the topic to become a real issue is how stuff completely gets lost and out of control incited to be way bigger than what it really is (and yes, thats a terrible huge deal with the amount of media and the very real interest of media to promote topics into "highlights" and further push the mob to generate more horrific events to report about, its almost a self proclaiming prophecy, so its very difficult to truly say what amount of discussion is healthy and what is just talking it to bits and pieces, as many if not all topics will be seemingly super hot for the moment and meaningless the next week, as there is no real issue beside the illusion of talk at all).
How would an adult deal with bad talk about them in private ?
You confront the person and actually tell them to stop as its not ok for you.
Solves the issue, unless the person is actively not recognizing your problem.
In public it changes a lot.
Theres either somewhat anonymous people that jump on a topic train and pick sides, which very often leads to extreme reactions, way over the top (any threats via mail or any form of actual harm is absolutely no-go, no matter what the topic is, theres never a reason to choose violence to solve anything.
So if you talk in public, it will have an effect on people and it will polarize the people more and more. Thankfully lots of people can distinguish between a topic that truly effects them and just a rat catcher lynch mob , but some cant, and the poster shouldnt be responsible for these individuals, as almost anything could be seen as an incentive for violence, if the individual has some sick mind, theres an entirely different problem of its own (and yes, you have to ask yourselves why so many "troll" people exist and no matter the topic, they are harmful and actively ignore any productive discussion).
For the topic at hand, the first problem that ignited this into a public *****-fest was that it was brought to public at all.
Solving these kinds of issues should have been a thing between Jeremy and Sprinkle , in private or by her actively telling what bothers her, its just fair to do so, as it solves most issues and avoids outside people to intervene.
If that doesnt work out and somebody is not taking your arguments, you can take it to the police and to court to actively stop what bothers you with something like a protective injunction suit, which again should solve the issue at hand, instead of putting it up for debate to a lynch mob that just wants blood, no matter from who.
Its a very clear picture if a topic is just instantly brought to public, avoiding any legal options (or doing so later, in hopes the public opinion boosts your side).
See, if a topic is discussed in public, it will never be fair.
People pick side right away and defend it for whatever the cost, even if it doesnt effect them personally at all ; which brings the Social Justice Warrior term to fruits.
Yes thats a problem just as trolls.
Its good to have empathy, but its bad to jam ideals and ideology into a topic and mix topics entirely, just to proof a point that has nothing to do with the topic at hand.
Believe it or not, neither Jeremy nor Sprinkle are somehow "evil incarnate" , they arent and they arent "toxic" to the community.
The kind of topic and how much its media-hyped and exaggerated , thats an entire issue of its own and overshadows the problem they personally had to solve between each other and makes it like a community issue , which it isnt, the community is fine, theres very rare cases and problems to deal with and they shouldnt be ignored, but also not exaggerated into spheres they arent fit for.
And this is, about a game, a hobby, people enjoy playing the game and enjoy being part of a community, if this is taken to a level of social criticism it doesnt serve a purpose for the game it just harms the experience for everyone, as it puts a stigma to the game, that it neither deserves or justifies at all.
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