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Apr 21, 2019TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on [LEAK][BOOK SPOILER DISCUSSION] Ok....yeah... cool cards and all....WHO DIES ALREADY?Posted in: SpeculationQuote from Xeruh »
Why would Bolas be unable to use magic? Losing his spark doesn't take away magic. It just takes away planeswalking. Doesn't mean he might not have some other sort of tricks up his sleeve, it's Bolas.
The Spark granted additional powers , like an upgrade to all the abilities the wielder already had.
However, that was the case for the Old Walkers, the new ones its really just barely a drivers license to planeswalk (and with stuff like the Planar Portal / Gate its not the only means to travel the planes, given you have enough technological know-how).
Keeping Bolas "alive" is for sure a guarantee to be backstabed at any moment, its not like he will die of old age any time soon.
However, such a tremendous defeat is really really bad for the psychological sanity of a extremely selfish narcissist like Bolas , so chances are if he ever gets the chance for revenge, he wont mangle around for a greater plan anymore, but seek for all out annihilation.
Keeping Bolas around however as a potential source of help even, is still a possible move ; so in case something even more crazy powerful pops up, they can join forces (which is silly, but a very common trope to increase the epicness of a power creep increasing beyond limits).
At this point the threats in Bolas and the Eldrazi pretty much tickled the upper limits of what is even remotely thinkable, as any other more powerful enemy would be quite outlandish (still have Phyrexia hanging around, but in the end, they are in general a much lesser threat than Bolas or the Eldrazi as they quite slowly work their way from plane to plane over time).
Apr 19, 2019TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Hypothetical question on how to protect something you didn't expect to get that is worth 300+ dollars...simply put the expensive card back between the other cards in the booster pack, fold the opened parts to keep the pack contained.Posted in: Magic General
You can carry that around in your pants just like a booster pack, the more cards as a protective shell the better.
If your smartphone has a protection case around it, you can also place the expensive card (with a common card as extra protection on each side) inside of the back for your smartphone if its large enough to keep the card.
Or put the card repacked into its booster inside your money bag, next to your credit card and the like.
All done by me, works all great, to get a expensive card back in safety, then immediatly put it in perfect fits and sleeves to seal it.
Apr 19, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Kman »This is now the third time we've been through this Masterpiece/Mythic Edition set thing. It shouldnt be confusing anymore
A lot of players never seen this product at all.
You cant buy it in a store and you couldnt buy it at all outside of the US.
So there are quite a bunch of people that even now have never heard of this product.
Apr 18, 2019Its GARRUK !Posted in: The Rumor Mill
The boy is back in town. (Saved Liliana, only to get her head chopped off clean and quick)
Looks decent, bunch of expensive ones which makes this a much better buy for the people that can get it ; the last was incredible *****, but this will sell easily like hotcakes.
Apr 17, 2019I really dislike "catch-all" effects, as it makes deck building so much worse and main-deck hate cards are just tedious.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
But with the amount of graveyard shenanigans they print every time stuff like this is quite needed.
So in the end, modern day Naturalize that might just randomly deal with a graveyard card if needed.
Apr 16, 2019Bad name for a black/green effect, as this fits much better on a red card.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Feeling is this should have been tri-color with red.
But it does what it does and its not particularly bad at that.
Its still a hell lot worse than a clean board sweeper that Black/Green "usually" gets.
Apr 16, 2019Chances are they "trap" him in his meditation realm and call it a day.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Truly killing him didnt work the first time already.
They have a tendency to put the big bad enemy in some kind of hibernation (Emrakul in the moon) for later re-use.
Apr 15, 2019Never understood why they dont make it "may" on the toughness damage, so you can play it alongside other creatures without hurting yourself.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Its a pointless drawback, as its already a stretch to make this good.
Apr 15, 2019Should at the very least draw 4 and even that would be underwhelming (Opportunity)Posted in: The Rumor Mill
The token is "ok", the card just oozes in mediocrity.
As an actual X draw spell, this could have been a decent card, or a great one even.
Apr 14, 2019One of the biggest problems that red presents in current standard is the "accidental" maindeck hate cards.Posted in: Magic General
Stuff like Chainwhirler hurts all the 1/1 tokens , not because red wants to specifically beat the token decks, but because its simply good in general.
Removal like Lava Coil just hits the 4 toughness creatures and as a bonus also exiles creatures.
Stuff like that gives the deck a lot more legs than it would get if it needed some proper adjustments in deckbuilding.
Overall, red decks present something like 24-30 damage worth of fodder from their hands , and if you can negate some of them, or hit back with a lifelink creature, the race is much more open already.
If you can simply shock a creature right away, that saves you like 4+ life, kill another creature, and you gained virtually 10 life doing that.
If you dont kill anything and eat damage till turn 4+ , your removal wont save you as they can simply kill you with burn ; simply said, you play into exactly what they do best, and you fail to establish a game plan that prevents them from doing what they want to do.
Decks already use cards that are specifically good against red aggro decks to get out of reach of burn spells and stone wall them, if you can keep a creature alive against a burn removal spell, they wasted the damage, the card and you are likely ahead quickly.
A single Dive Down from a blue deck can turn the tide of a game. A single mass removal that cleans the board can be enough to remove all their steam, and the moment they are on their back, you can close the game.
If an opponent plays cards wrong or plays into terrible trades of cards or simply mismanages their own life points, they give the red deck more and more bonus points that they shouldnt get against a capable opponent.
Risk factor in particular is a card that only shines when the opponent is already at a really low life total (<10) , but even then they almost always want to take 4 damage, as the +3 cards will most likely deal more damage than that (and letting them draw lands gives you more breathing room).
You never ever want them to draw 3 cards from the first Risk factor and then take the 4 damage from the jump start ; thats the worst possible move you can do, and you simply dig your own grave doing that.
All said and done, Mono Red isnt a BAD deck in standard and has enough strong cards to be a threat regardless of what you do with your deck.
But like always, if you want to beat Mono Red, you have to first understand what Mono Red is actually trying to do that wins against you, and shift your own plan accordingly.
Apr 13, 2019Yea these could have been bigger and more "X" focused on the abilities, as they ask for a crazy 10CC manacost anyway for the uba-giant mode, that should win the game for that much mana.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
At least they look like they do something quite good even at low mana, like X=3 , the big 10+ mode is just eye-candy for the timmy to make them dream or as a super late game top deck in some EDH games to win the game pretty much on the spot.
But even at X=3 they produce potentially some devastating card advantage that already should be able to win a game in normal magic , limited and standard that is.
Apr 13, 2019TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Tamiyo Collector of Tales and her epiphany EFro PreviewsPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from inflatable fish »I don't get you people. which part of Tamiyo in the art looks "fat" to you? I mean like seriously.
Its probably the neck part that is completely missing on this art , in the other art you can always see Tamiyos particularly large neck (like all Moonfolk).
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales (asian human look, no neck)
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage (moonfolk, large neck, very slim body)
Tamiyo, Field Researcher (moonfolk, large neck, very slim body)
Shes not a human, but in this art she is pretty much modeled after a asian human, which in comparison to a moonfolk is "fat" ; by human standards its not fat.
Apr 13, 2019Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from Mergatroid_Jones »
Yeah, kinda. This has always been the main problem with most superhero media. Brainiac is going to destroy the world, oh no! But we know that the writers are unwilling to allow the world to end, so the threat is meaningless. The worst thing they could possibly do is kill Superman, but that's happened many many times already, so whatever.
It's not like it's easy being on the writer's side though: it's your job to make the stakes matter, but it's also your job to follow a basic trail provided by your corporate sponsors, and it's your job to make it possible for any amount of stories to follow. If DC tells you to make a story about Brainiac and Superman going at it on Earth, how are you supposed to produce stakes that feel real when you have to have a soft reset at the end of the arc? Kill Jimmy Olsen? It's not easy to walk that tightrope, and the results are very often called "lazy writing" no matter how much struggle went into it.
They've got the "we can't destroy the world" problem and the "we can't perma-kill our characters, 'cause they're our bread and butter" problem. It produces very constrained storytelling.
The best stories are the "one-shot" spin-off alternative reality comics that totally allow the world to end and characters to die permanently in that particular universe, as the writers can do whatever they want and everything can happen.
Stuff like Old-Men Logan, flashpoint paradox and the like , which are particularly cool in my book.
Apr 13, 2019TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Tamiyo Collector of Tales and her epiphany EFro PreviewsPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Descendant of Urza »So? Planeswalkers are people too. And Tamiyo in particular is a middle-aged mom according to the story. I agree with the folks who say she just looks realistic.
The middle-aged mom look is exactly the problem in the art.
The artist didnt try to paint Tamiyo at all, but just took a generic asian old women with all human proportions and made that, especially the face looks completely out of touch for the Tamiyo character and more like a stock photo of a asian geisha.
Tamiyo is a MOONFOLK and they are very slim in statue and in all pictures of Tamiyo she looks exactly like you would expect a moonfolk to look like.
On the other card she is still slim and looks exactly like she should.
In this art the artist simply failed to paint Tamiyo.
I believe its a terrible idea to have multiple artists paint the same character, as this produces art like this, which is out of character, there needs to be consistency and guidelines, which they failed to meet in this art particularly.
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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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