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.
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.
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Apr 12, 2021TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Your Opinion on Theme Decks, Intro Packs, and Planeswalker Decks When You Started PlayingPosted in: Opinions & Polls
Apr 11, 2021This isnt a horrific bad card , its just a horrific bad "mythic".Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Its not special or anything, its just mythic because they needed to fill a slot for a "mythic" lesson and picked this one.
Apr 10, 2021To test stuff you can make another account and do a pre-arranged game against that "friend".Posted in: Magic General
Just in case some strange interaction happens and you want to replicate it, thats probably among the easiest ways.
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.
Apr 9, 2021As 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.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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).
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).
Apr 9, 2021Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote 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).
Apr 8, 2021Yea it takes over.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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.
Apr 8, 2021Keen Duelist is pretty damn good.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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)
Apr 7, 2021TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Hilariously overzealous bans and restrictions throughout historyFor a time all "legendary" creatures where restricted, simply for flavor reasons.Posted in: Magic General
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).
Apr 7, 2021Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote 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.
Apr 5, 2021TheOnlyOne652089 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.Posted in: Magic General
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).
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Apr 3, 2021TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on [STX] Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios // Journey to the Oracle— r/magicTCG previewPosted in: The Rumor Mill
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.
Apr 2, 2021Well, Binding the Old Gods is much better for the value it generates and the synergy with flickering it etc.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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).
Apr 2, 2021Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote 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.
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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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