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  • posted a message on Challenger decklists for this year!
    I am sad for everyone that spends money to buy these.

    Total waste of money.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on March 11 B&R Update
    Quote from Patch8700 »


    I'm actually glad Rampaging Ferocidon is still banned. If BO1 being a mess is a legitimate concern then I don't think giving red more toys would help the matter.


    It would be a good card as it beats the cards that would otherwise beat the red deck.

    Imagine a white lifegain deck that cant gain life, stopping a Lyra lifelink, the lifegain from Wildgrowth Walker, all that kind of stuff makes it a really REALLY good card to counter the lifegain stuff a lot of decks are doing to not die to burn to the face.

    Token decks are also really badly harmed out by the card, and the entire green/white mechanic was kinda about making tokens.

    Its also a nice card against the "phoenix" cards, as you deal damage to them for putting them in play , especially against the 0/1 egg that turns into a 2 damage penalty.


    Simply put, the cards REALLY good in standard and hates out a lot of decks even accidentally, simply by being a good card for red decks in general.
    In a vacuum the card wouldnt be too powerful, but all the card does is really harmful for the format, instead of being a answer to a strong archetype, it pushes the Red deck even more than what it already does.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Congrats everybody! We got WoTC onboard with format-bypassing cards
    For LGS stores the standard people are the most important as they buy packs and build lots of decks.

    Any standard legal set is also modern legal.
    A modern legal set that is not standard legal does indeed alienate a customer base, the promise is that there are enough people that will buy the modern only cards (which are fine for commander and the like too).

    It can be done without an issue, as long as the set carries enough cards that people want to actually buy.
    Even if there are no modern players at all in a region, the set still will sell simply because people want the "stronger" cards if they play casually anyway and/or Commander decks (which you can bet hard on that they will ensure Commander people will find a good selection of cards that are simply good for everything).

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    Its still more of a gamble, as all this set does, a standard set would do better, simply for the reason that a standard set is actually standard legal, which this is not.

    All the potential bonus banks on that the cards are simply better than the ones from a standard set ; in which case this product will deal some side-damage to standard sets.

    At least 1 set each year is like that now, they produce some special cards that are not standard legal, so far these sets turned out to be overall good for value, and especially for the foils to pimp some commander decks.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Discarding Nexus of Fate repeatedly to avoid losing
    As long as a player can do something that will result in the other player drawing till they dont have a library, can be speed up a lot.
    Once its clear that the one player with the Nexus will do nothing else than draw and discard the same Nexus over and over again, its on the opponent to do something against it, and if they cant, they will quickly draw till they are decked out and lose.

    Pretty simple, no loop that needs to be broken, as the game just naturally ends as a player can actually die and keeps drawing new random cards from the library, till they are convinced they cant win anymore.

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    It becomes a loop the moment BOTH players have a Nexus and cant die and will at some point sit and just repeat the same action, or do tiny differences that are just meaningless (like tap a lot, attack with a 0 power creature and all that kind of stuff).

    At that point its a loop that needs to be broken as the game does TRULY not advance, its stuck at it is.

    Some loops cannot be broken at all, as there is no choice that allows it to end (like the player would have a hand limit of 0 for whatever reason and so they cant even make the choice to not discard the Nexus).

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    In the end if you can demonstrate a loop, you can also shortcut it, as the opponent agrees (and why shouldnt they, till it matters to do something different).

    If they are wasting time in their loop doing nothing, its slow-play or downright stalling for the time-out, not a viable option (even if players will do it to some degree as they might opt to "bluff" in some way, but that also has limits).


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    Loops that involve one player doing literally nothing else than doing the same stuff over and over again each turn and simply forcing the opponent to die as they also cant do anything, but draw a card each turn ; thats a viable win option, even if its a very slow and tedious way to win (and for everyone involved its very recommended to use shortcuts if its very clear for everyone thats whats happening over and over again).
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on WoTC English report without gender
    Quote from k0no »


    unless of course, someone prefers a particular pronoun and doesn't find it degrading at all. In which case it's on you to respect them enough to use it.

    that's the bottom line. It doesn't do anyone any harm to be polite and respect people enough to do this.



    As long as its a matter of being "polite" and thats all about it its one thing.

    However, its not just being polite, its downright you are forced by law to do it, and NOT doing it, is not just being unpolite, its downright a crime, which means people are forced to do it, and punished if they dont.

    Its a reversal of respect.
    Its not a show of respect and its not earned at all.
    Its a respect you force upon, which is just like the old age of kings where you chop the heads off people that dont bow before the king.
    All the people should be treated equally, special rules and especially special power to a tiny minority results simply in obedience by fear of the repercussions, and not the good kind of respect that is earned.

    Your argument comes down to "Its no big deal, just do it" , while the other opinion would be its a tremendously big deal, as it crosses a line of forcing people to use a kind of speech and enforcing that by punishment, which directly brands the person that stand out by taking that special right in a negative light, as some people will not like to be forced to comply if they dont do it out of themselves.

    Another major issue with the pronounce is that if it bothers people, they will simply "avoid" said person to avoid bothering with the pronounce.
    So if someone does not feel comfortable using "they" to address a person, or doesnt do it by mistake, they feel bad about it too, or they will even be punished for doing so ; so they naturally avoid this issue by further pushing said person out of their environment, which makes matters far worse.

    Thats why my standpoint would be to out of respect NOT use a preferred-pronounce. People get the pronounce that fits their representation, the natural way a person would address anybody. In the vast majority of cases that is not a problem at all, and if it is, people that are willing to comply in the socially close range will use the special pronounce, while others will not ; no punishment, no disrespect ; happy people that can treat each other fairly and equally.
    If someone asks me to insult and single out them every time i see them, its not a sign of disrespect to not do that.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on WoTC English report without gender
    Well you could have "he, she, it" and go with "it" as a neutral one, and that would work well.

    But someone will argue "it" is somehow degrading, like "they" is any better.

    The vast majority of people can simply avoid having to bother with pronounce, and even the vast majority of transgender people will simply settle with "he/she", any other pronounce will always draw a lot of attention, and that means a lot of negative attention too ; so its much easier to simply avoid having to bother with that all together, its simply not worth it.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Congrats everybody! We got WoTC onboard with format-bypassing cards
    Its a good thing as they can print cards with an higher power level that would not work in standard.

    But its also bad, as they produce cards that do not appeal for an entire portion of players (aka the standard people).

    However, they already did this with the Commander product and that worked totally fine as the Commander people can play pretty much any card, especially in the casual crowd.

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    The usual problem for Modern is that they print like ~1 and maybe a handful of cards that could remotely do anything in modern per set, which is laughable low amount of cards that could potentially do something in modern and older formats.

    Designing sets with that in mind is quite restricting, as rarely a card is good enough in all the formats its allowed in, and when it is, its so pushed to a power level that it messes with standard A LOT or appeals to a very very narrow special need of the format it wants to appeal to.


    Also they can print cards without the need to connect it to a specific plane or story ; unless they still want to build a story around these sets (lets hope they dont).

    So this turns into a set of cards that could also just be Commander decks, but with Booster packs.

    I mean, they totally could simply not sell preconstructed Commander decks and slot the cards into a booster product and call it done ; thats most likely what they are doing anyway.

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    So yes i can see issues with this product, but i also like to see more cards that have a proper power level that is at least somewhat reasonable and not 99% crap cards that have no chance at all to see play outside of a draft deck.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on WoTC English report without gender
    Quote from SavannahLion »
    Before we continue this discussion can we have a link to the article? I still don't have any idea what everyone is talking about.....


    Sure no problem.

    Top Stories of Mythic Championship

    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on WoTC English report without gender
    Its pretty annoying to be gentle, and downright offensive to use the "they".

    I would never do that, out of respect to the people.

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    Anyway, any more specifics are doomed to get out of hand very quickly.


    BTW they very often failed to use the proper pronounce during the stream as expected, people just use "he/she" all the time and do so every time.
    Its simply impossible to force such a trivial pronounce change , and even more disgusting to punish people for not doing so.

    WotC wants to ponder to that ideology, so theres that, its not like they do it "naturally" , the business simply tells the workers they HAVE to.

    I mean, they just decided to go with it, on cards they also use "they" instead of "he or she" wording.
    I still think people that want to have a special pronounce should wear some kind of reminder for that (like a nameplate, so people dont have to awkwardly ask them all the time, works a lot easier, people do that at my work place and it works flawless).
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on /new Mulligan Rule being tested at Mythic Championship London
    This mulligan is LAUGHABLE with Serum Powder , any Leyline, all the stuff that involves having a card in your starting hand.

    Its also INSANELY broken in vintage with any kind of combo deck its just stupidly better to assemble the hand you need.

    Even just putting a creature on the bottom for stuff like Oath of Druids is a thing.

    With sideboard hate cards as 4x in a deck, you will be almost guaranteed to find a copy in your mulligans down to like 3, its a whooping 7 cards per mulligan and without shuffling them, you get the almost cycle through your entire deck (especially in 40 cards Limited, 7x6 = 42 , but in Limited, you really dont want to go down to 2 anyway; different story in constructed if you auto-win with stuff like a black leyline, or heavy hitting hate cards like Stony Silence , Rest in Peace).

    Theres simply no way this works fine outside of Limited and to a lesser extend in standard (as standard is quite the grind fest of 1-for-1 trades till someone sticks something).

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    For any other format this will be more of an advantage to get at least a somewhat reasonable playable hand if you have to mulligan to 6 and especially 5 and lower ; the vast majority of the time you have to find your 2nd or 3rd land to get the hand playable, and the scry just barely helps with that, but you only get to see the card if you keep the questionable hand, so its a very unsatisfying gamble.

    Starting with -X cards is tremendously worse for decks that have to trade 1-for-1 or grind an opponent down, but for a combo deck that just needs to find its pieces, the quantity of cards is almost irrelevant, all that matters is to find the combo pieces and at least a critical mass of lands to cast them.

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    As it is, this simply cannot ever be allowed in older formats, it just doesnt work and produces a lot more problems than its trying to solve (with the amount of fetchlands the cards on "bottom" will quickly end up randomly in the deck anyway).

    Removing the shuffling from mulligans is the only reasonable plus, or just keep drawing 7 till you keep, THEN shuffle the library again if you used any mulligan, to start with some kind of random library at least.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on /new Mulligan Rule being tested at Mythic Championship London
    This mulligan is LAUGHABLE with Serum Powder , any Leyline, all the stuff that involves having a card in your starting hand.

    Its also INSANELY broken in vintage with any kind of combo deck its just stupidly better to assemble the hand you need.

    Even just putting a creature on the bottom for stuff like Oath of Druids is a thing.

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    For any other format this will be more of an advantage to get at least a somewhat reasonable playable hand if you have to mulligan to 6 and especially 5 and lower ; the vast majority of the time you have to find your 2nd or 3rd land to get the hand playable, and the scry just barely helps with that, but you only get to see the card if you keep the questionable hand, so its a very unsatisfying gamble.

    Starting with -X cards is tremendously worse for decks that have to trade 1-for-1 or grind an opponent down, but for a combo deck that just needs to find its pieces, the quantity of cards is almost irrelevant, all that matters is to find the combo pieces and at least a critical mass of lands to cast them.

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    As it is, this simply cannot ever be allowed in older formats, it just doesnt work and produces a lot more problems than its trying to solve (with the amount of fetchlands the cards on "bottom" will quickly end up randomly in the deck anyway).

    Removing the shuffling from mulligans is the only reasonable plus, or just keep drawing 7 till you keep, THEN shuffle the library again if you used any mulligan, to start with some kind of random library at least.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on No More MSRP
    Is that really such a bad thing? If a store decides to be greedy and demand more money for a product that isn't worth the new price, the only group that's really going to be hurt by this is the store itself. If Walmart and Target can offer better prices for packs and decks, why wouldn't you want to shop there?


    The vast majority of the time, you want to pay a store to actually have a place to play.
    Thats the main point of a store, having a place to play AND get your cards to do so.

    If you "just" want to buy cards and play at your kitchen table, you dont need a LGS at all, thats already covered by ebay or some other form of buying the cheapest possible cards you can get, if you just want to get the cards choose the way to get the most out of your money.

    However, if you actually play at your store and enjoy the time, chances are the store doesnt do so good, and they BADLY need the money.
    So if they lose customers, the irony is, they have to charge more for the stuff they have, which will then drive away more customers, because the product gets more expensive ; its a cycle into death of the store.

    The vast majority of stores are not inherently "greedy" , theres no point to be greedy if that translates into customers leaving your store, you want to keep a loyal base of players, and the better you know them, the more loyal they will be and the more enjoyable the experience of the store can be for everyone involved.


    Stores that charge more than MSRP are usually doing bad already, so it all comes down to if the players want to support a store, or they want to abandon the store and leave ; which is either easy to do, as there are other stores around, or its very terrible, as there is no other store in any reasonable reach, in which case, you better get to work with that store if you value your LGS to play you enjoy.

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    Taking the money to some super market chain is pretty much the worst you can do in terms of supporting your local LGS, and if too many do that, you wont have any stores left that offer their place to play.

    Its not rocket science at all.

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    The MSRP is pretty much ignored by LGS stores anyway if they can make more money out of product it will go up, if they dont sell the product it goes down; pretty simple stuff, no greed, just totally normal business.

    The big super market chains will honor a MSRP much more, as they dont bother if a product sells or not, and their people dont know anything about the game, so they slap the MSRP on the stuff and let it sit there to sell, and sadly enough it does sell to people that are just as badly informed if they overpay and others will abuse the cheap MSRP on premium product (which the supermarket stores did not get at the beginning, but WotC doesnt give a ***** about that anymore).


    At this point WotC is the ENEMY of any LGS , not a partner or a benefit, they are the flat out enemy that want to see the store crash and burn, while paying them double.
    The irony gets to the max if a store has to buy from a distributor that actually charges more for a booster box than you could them online, but you have to buy from that distributor to keep your WPN status alive.
    Its all a mess that just hurts the stores, and thats a terrible trend that just keeps accelerating with everything WotC does at this moment.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on No more MSRP
    You will always have a "MSRP" in some form or another.

    A product will have a much lower MSRP in this terms, as a "estimated value" number of the content.

    For premium expensive product stores usually charge more than the WotC MSRP anyway, so its completely meaningless.

    Almost all the preconstructed decks like Planeswalker Decks are worth way less than the MSRP they ask for.

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    If at all, the MSRP is more of problem for a store that has no idea what their product is supposed to be worth, so they just go with the MSRP and then wonder that nobody buys the product , and some expensive premium product gets sold out instantly.


    Like for any product in the digital age, if you want to know what a product is worth, you have to accumulate prices of the product across the board and then simply buy from a source you want, cheapest or not.

    If WotC wants to sell more and more product on their own, they make stores competitors instead of distributors (which they are working on to sell from a website of their own in big numbers, which makes them a serious threat to any stores that might simply not be able to match their prices and absolutely not undercut them).


    So simply removing MSRP does absolutely nothing, as it was meaningless to begin with.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on B&R Announcement: Nexus of Fate banned from Standard, Arena only
    They are just too stupid to properly program their software.

    The easy way out is to flex the rules of the game to the software and simply ban cards for use in that software.

    Its a pathetic show of failed software skills.

    But what else to expect from WotC , thats how they operate now.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ultimate Masters Box or Pack Mapping?
    Check packs for damage, glue and other signs of "repacks".

    Especially in the big stores people open packs, remove the good cards and bring the bad packs back, to get their money back.

    If that is a common issue in the store you get real problems quickly, but personal in these stores doesnt really care for that anyway.
    Posted in: Magic General
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