Commander product cards really dont take the color pie serious, they are more cards made that simply fit the theme of a product.
Chaos Warp is a odd exception to red , and almost any color has such a card that does something that actually really hurts and breaks the color pie ; mistakes of the creators of the cards.
The color pie only really matters for limited, in any other product they just slam whatever they want and do pretty much whatever they want and only remotely check for the color pie ; the theme of a product like a commander preconstructed deck is much more important for them (which can lead to super off cards like True-Name Nemesis giving colors abilities that are completely out of its color pie).
These offenders dont really hurt the game crazy, but the small bleeds to the color pie can and will add up over time and that is bad for the game, as the identity of the colors is so important ; but to be true, right now, its more about a theme of a deck, as they are almost always 2+ colors as its so easy to splash for a color and use multicolored cards, which is almost free as your mana base isnt even worse than a mono colored one if all your lands tap for your 2 colors anyway and do so with minimal drawbacks if any at all.
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Jul 20, 2019TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Why do Magic player's defend the color pie so much?Posted in: Magic General
Jul 16, 2019Posted in: Opinions & PollsQuote from Avatar »Just play Arena if you want to get back in Magic. Paper Magic is cumbersome and expensive and will take way too much of your time.
Also, you don't have to suffer the so-called social aspect of the physical game. LGS experience is far less pleasing than the promotional videos Wizards pops out tries to pretend.
I would have stopped playing the game long time ago without the social aspect of great people every friday night.
A good LGS is something you cannot replace.
Jul 13, 2019TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Why do Magic player's defend the color pie so much?Color pie matters the most in Limited, where you get "basic" effects and each color plays like you assume from the color pie, so they are different.Posted in: Magic General
Thats a good thing for everyone and each color in todays age gets some kind of removal, that plays different.
Green in the very dark past had no removal, or extremely narrow removal, today it gets plenty of fight effects, so no issues here anymore for limited, you can play any color and get a functional deck, even more so as enchantments are more and more replaced by planeswalkers, which you can attack directly, which solves the color pie issue of black/red not being able to destroy enchantment, we can ignore that today, which kinda removes enchantments out of the game slowly and ninja style so nobody notices (the only enchantments played are whites removal style ones, theres barely any enchantment in new sets that does anything relevant anymore).
For constructed the color pie is broken in many places, and lots of formats define themselves with the most broken cards and with manabases that support 3+ color decks quite easily, the color pie has almost no meaning anymore, you play the best stuff anyway.
So in terms of constructed, you dont need "more" effects that do something special, as you play only the best ones anyway.
In limited it matters a lot to give each color an actual identity that plays different and offers different challenges and playstyles.
Jun 23, 2019Playing a lot more 1 mana flyers into this fattie isnt the worst idea in a deck that might protect this with counterspells.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
It easily wins the game, when its not killed immediatly (and your small flyers are indestructible too).
So this might very well be a thing for a deck thats mainly blue and splashes white (bunch of cards in White/blue that produce flying tokens, which also goes well with this).
Giant lifelink flyers tend to win the game pretty easily if they are not bombarded by removal.
The ultimate troll move is to play this turn 1 with 4 Ornithopter
Jun 22, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Tears of Tomorrow (post EU) »So the whole deal with PWs having static abilities is already over, then?
They design enchantments and then decide to make them planeswalkers.
Nobody likes enchantments anymore ...
Jun 22, 2019Pretty bad card, as its incredible boring.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
For a tripple green cost you would assume something more interesting.
Powerwise its still a planeswalker and pumping your creatures alone wins the game, and killing something at will.
still, doesnt tickle me, its just too generic and the "ultimate" is actually really bad (yea silver bullets etc. whoever).
Jun 22, 2019TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Why is our community moving to two sites? What's the benefit?If the "new" site has major benefits, people will move to it.Posted in: Magic General
If its not better at all, people at some point simply choose one.
A bunch of people with way too much time will do both and every other site on the internet.
Jun 22, 2019They did directly attacking creatures with the provoke mechanic.Posted in: Magic General
And it turns out its incredible strong mechanic if you can at will force a small creature to just die with your bigger one.
The game loses strategy, as the other is rewarded even more.
its already a big advantage to be the attacker, so the games combat mechanics at least "try" to give the defending player some kind of options, which means, you can simply choose to not block.
If you cant choose to ignore an attacker, the games just a slaughter fest of who can keep the biggest stuff around, even more so than it already is in formats filled with removal spells ; if a creature can just kill other creatures, you need less removal and simply bigger and better creatures (especially first strike and deathtouch become really brutal).
The idea to attack stuff is not bad, it just turns out, the game benefits a lot more from giving the defending player more options to increase the strategic depth.
Any power to the attacking player simply makes the "snowball" games even worse, in which a tiny advantage just growth itself into an ever increasing problem, which makes comebacks less likely (and the comebacks from bad draws is the most juicy experiences a player can have in magic, the seemingly unwinnable nightmare games that suddenly turn around and you still win ; any snowball mechanic stands in the way of that).
Mechanics like Provoke however (and the even more annoying lure can produce nice cards, but the combat system itself shouldnt change just to archive this).
Jun 20, 2019The cards just crazy good.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
It steals any permanent forever and has plenty of upside to easily get it back and play it over and over and over.
Its a wonderful card that you can put effort into making it really strong.
Being a creature allows some fairly easy ways to cheat it into play from the graveyard, its quite nasty in a black/blue deck (having it Corpse Dance).
Being 2/3 even allows for Reveillark to get it back.
SO MUCH possibilities and stealing the best card is never bad.
Jun 17, 2019TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 6/17 - Cavalier of Flame, Chandra Stuff, and promosThey should give promos an actual PROMO rarity like they did in the past, upgrading them to rare in the process.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I hate promos with their common/uncommon rarity symbols like the plague.
Jun 8, 2019The impact of Modern Horizon on modern is more subtle , as the cards are just very slightly pushed to matter in moderns metagame of cards, so its actually not by accident at all in this set if something sees play in Modern, they "forced" it to happen.Posted in: Magic General
However, the cards are not so crazy auto-includes that it blanks anything else, quite a bunch of cards are potential options for decks and exchange cards to slightly mess with the metagame, but thats all.
EDH and the rest just gulps up all potentially good cards anyway, so any set that has some remotely playable cards will fit that category.
The vast majority of the constructed relevant cards are rare or mythic, the commons and uncommons are mainly made for limited.
The set from a design standpoint is very much TIME SPIRAL , with the massive amount of returning keywords and the somewhat reprint of older cards in new name, its pretty much exactly Time Spiral, just more expensive and marketed as a modern set.
The limited games so far are quite basic, all the mechanics are very much glued to a color combination of mechanics and quite a bunch of rares/mythics are not too crazy in limited (the exceptions of bombs still exist of course).
The set being more expensive completely kills it for me as a Draft format, i wouldnt play this at all and if Drafts would cost double normally, i would very much stop drafting all together, as this is just the cheapest possible money grab imaginable.
It saddens me deeply that people buy these overpriced products, and the fact that so many do, just gives WotC more incentive to ramp up the cost of playing the game ; very very bad development and people just dont care, which is even worse.
Anyhow, sets nothing special, but costs double, so its actually a really really bad product compared to a normal Draft set.
Jun 5, 2019The mulligan is great for limited to find at least the needed 3 lands to get anything going.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Scry mulligan is stupid for that, as you have to keep a hand with 1 land just to "hopefully" hit something with the scry, and if you dont you are screwd.
So for limited, its a total plus, good for everyone and nobody in their right mind would mulligan a good hand, unless you have a bomb that is so much better than anything else and cheap to cast too (busted crap like Pack Rat, which are insanely stupid for limited anyway).
Standard its pretty fine too, nothing really depends on it and the decks are reasonable slow that they really just need to hit lands if they mulligan.
Modern / Legacy / Vintage the mulligan is completely busted, simply for the existence of INSANE hate cards to mulligan to, Leylines that depend on being in the starting hand, putting the big creature for your Oath of Druids / Tinker away and all the kind of stuff.
So its almost guaranteed they will ban some cards with that Mulligan in these formats and they are willing to do that (as they can just print some replacement cards with similar effects in case of the Leylines etc.).
WotC cares most for Standard and Limited, to nobodies surprise.
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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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