Shes generally good in modern, as there are a lot of potential targets for non-land permanents that cost 1 or less.
All the Mox, 0 mana stuff, Aether Vial, Chalice of the Void, Engineered Explosives, a bunch of 1 mana creatures, tokens in general and so on.
Plenty of stuff.
Exiling cards from graveyards is also a thing that matters in modern. Exiling cards so they cant Delve them away, good, exiling flashback stuff good, exiling spells in general good, Exiling creatures for dredge, Phoenix and the like, all good.
All the abilities are made to matter in modern and they are super fringe and either hit a "metagame" or they do absolutely nothing.
Its pretty much the absolute most metagame depended planeswalker ever made.
The card is even a "win-option" for a Lantern control deck, as you can easily exile stuff from the library, and it hits a lot of stuff that your Ensaring Bridge does not stop naturally.
Let me repeat, its a SUPER FRINGE planeswalker, but if it does what you want, it does it pretty well.
For the vast majority of casual Timmy players its a terrible card, but for the Spike that wants to win, it might be exactly what they are looking for.
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Jan 2, 2019Non-token is a bit of a disappointment with so many tokens around, but its classic WotC over protection to ensure the card doesnt end up being too good.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Its a human, so if all breaks, you can just play 1 or 2 (maybe even 4) in a Humans deck.
Even if you play a 2nd copy, you at least get 2x 1dmg out of it.
Pretty much will see play for sure, as it gives a red deck more punch.
Even fits in as a "finisher" for combos that loop creatures around.
Would look at Reveillark to get stuff rolling (even with Phantasmal Image in the mix)
Jan 2, 2019It comes down to if this card is good enough if you just -1 it 3 times.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Thats 3 x 1/1 flyer and 3 life.
If you found another copy by then, you keep cranking out tokens and that alone should win the game, if your other means of controlling the board ensure you dont die.
Cards not particularly great, but its 3 mana to get flying tokens, which can totally be enough to see play in standard, even if its not incredible at all.
Dec 30, 2018The moment you place something as a "reminder" you have to distinquish them from actual counters and you are responsible for them to be correct / otherwise you misrepresent the gamestate and thats a problem.Posted in: Magic General
As long as stuff is done in each players head, they can do mistakes or miss triggers or simply miss that the creature has damage and so block different.
However, if you play the game for a reasonable amount of time, keeping track of damage for a turn is in the vast majority of time a pretty trivial thing, as more often than not stuff just dies right away from damage or it dies from a removal at the end of turn.
So outside of the digital game, in which tracking damage is just simplistic to do and the game itself keeps track of it, in the physical card game someone would have to do that job, and thats much more hassle than its worth, as it simply never really matters in the vast majority of time and you would just have to move around "temporary" damage reminders just to remove them immediately after without doing anything relevant.
Dec 27, 2018Lich's Mastery is already a deck, its not great but it does its thing.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
And the deck does not really need the new duals anyway.
Absorb is still pretty terrible in that deck, as you have to dig deep each turn or do something productive rather than sit and wait just to "hope" they play something you can counter.
Thats especially bad with all the cant be countered stuff in standard, so there are plenty of way better options to choose from.
Emergency Powers would have been an amazing card for the deck, but it shuffles the graveyard back in, which is completely counter productive.
Massive design fail, but oh well ...
Dec 26, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from MRdown2urth »Does blue have any good creature ones besides Deep Freeze and Imprisoned in the Moon?
In standard not really much.
But control magic removal is arguably the best removal you could possible have as it gives you the creature for them to remove or die.
We just dont get any reasonable playable control magic anymore as they cost way too much mana (6+ for the unrestricted ones).
Dec 22, 2018TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Mechanics ( Spectacle, Afterlife, Adapt, Riot, Addendum)If there is a 7 mana permanent that just "wins" the game after this, or severely punishes the opoonent and/or gets you ahead so much that the symmetry doesnt matter, THEN this card turns into a real winner.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Otherwise its worthless garbage.
So this is quite a gamble.
Its either really useful to find your game winning bomb, or its completely worthless.
Theres really not much in between.
(Its still 7 mana too, so it still requires a real deck around it to work, but the most important part is to have something that is truly broken that you can find with it)
Dec 21, 2018TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Mechanics ( Spectacle, Afterlife, Adapt, Riot, Addendum)Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Flamebuster »
That's the result of people being narrow-minded and seeing things in a vacuum. I'll admit I was a bit guilty at first however once you see the mechanics in action, which is the best way to gauge whether it is feasible or not, you change your tune quite readily. Personally I think Jump-Start is somewhat superior to Flashback because you can recast the spell through ACC means. Same with people chiding Mission Briefing as subpar to Snapcaster Mage. Is it? Mission Briefing lets you cast things like Ancestral Vision again via its suspend cost. Snapcaster doesn't let you have that luxury.
It's all about perspective.
You can only suspend from your hand.
Dec 21, 2018Time Spiral block did a lot of these.Posted in: Magic General
And it was the most complex block they ever did.
They wont do that anymore, the ordinary player is simply overwhelmed by this.
Its in contrast to what players enjoy that are more engraved into the game and stick with it longer, but its the pill to swallow.
In non-standard product they are more into trying more complexity out.
Even the Un-Sets add more complexity and Draft-Sets did cards that do more than what they would do for standard.
Simply put, any set that will be standard-legal is doomed to be as trivial as possible.
They just wont do anything complex anymore, that train went off quite some time ago.
Dec 21, 2018Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from Galerion »Ever heard of Dredge or Storm? Turned out those mechanics are completely busted.
Then there was Delve which created monsters like Treasure Cruise and Dig Through Time and even the not-busted ones are still very good and playable.
And not that long ago there was Energy.
It's easy to say they should be more creative but the thing is the crying will be even louder if they mess it up. And that's always a risk when making a mechanic that does something that has never been done before.
I would go and argue that these mechanics are EXACTLY right, as they are powerful enough to break into constructed.
And lets face it, every card that sees play in modern is in some way, shape or form, a "busted" card or downright a mistake as its just too pushed.
Self-mill as a strategy works thanks to Dredge, so that is in general a good thing, as its an entirely different form of playing the game, which enriches the game.
Storm is a mechanic that requires a lot of setup to work, unless you pair it with rituals and cards that ramp into it for the single big turn.
In general, storm is also a great mechanic, at the bunch of cards produced entire NEW decks that would not work before.
Again, it enriched the game with an entirely different form of playing the game.
These mechanics are dangerous as they do something so different and they require different answers, as they dont follow a mindboggling stupid way of playing creatures and attacking, thats just an tiny aspect of magic and what it can do.
Cards with "kicker" variants are just a bit more flexible, if one mode is good, the kicker bonus is just the cherry on top.
Cards with "flashback" variants are somewhat inherent 2-for-1 spells, they are pretty much good from the get go.
Cost-reduction mechanics are dangerous as they become busted the moment they are abused the most, or too easy to abuse.
Outside of that, mechanics that do something truly new can very easily produce entirely new decks that attack an angle the game did not have before, and by that chances are that the deck has no real good "counter" cards.
But the game becomes so much better if you have these mechanics and give players new decks to explore, instead of repeating the same stuff over and over again in tiny variations.
Dec 20, 2018TheOnlyOne652089 posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Mechanics ( Spectacle, Afterlife, Adapt, Riot, Addendum)Modal abilities are always nice if they offer a real choice that makes sense reasonable often.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
In Limited i have a hard time to see why anybody would play the cards with haste and not the +1/+1 counter, unless its the actual alpha-strike of damage.
Overall the mechanics of this set are extremely tilted to be as dumb as possible.
In comparison Bloodrush and Evolve offered a much more interesting approach, while the new mechanics are just flat out uninspired +1/+1 counter at be done with it.
Dec 20, 2018The current form they design sets kinda repeats the same formula over and over.Posted in: Magic General
They just print cards that are kinda similar to existing ones , especially at common and uncommon , there is very very rarely something new.
The same is true for mechanics. They like to roll it save and just do what they already know and repeat it over and over and over, till players get sick of it.
Experiments come with a cost to fail or be great.
They shy away from that and just go on infinite repeat.
At least we get a handful of cards that still do something special, but more often than not these cards are over costed or just not supported enough to make any spot in constructed , but they do provide a new angle of gameplay, they have a fear from cards to be too good, especially if they cant really say how good a card will be, they simply make it more expensive and thats usually the nail in the coffin.
The last set that really pushed the level of complexity was the Time Spiral set, which did so much combinations of mechanics and nostalgia, combined with messing around with the core mechanics of the game, its "too much" for a lot of players, which is sad.
Some players cant get enough complexity and special effects, but the audience for that is just too small, so we get the opposite, streamlined stupified mechanics that just do the same stuff over and over again in minimal different ways, its boring yes, but really only to the people that desperatly want more complexity and play the game every week, people that have longer breaks or skip entire sets will not immediatly recognize that a mechanic is just a repeat, as they didnt play at that time.
Its a real issue, but it also simply not the way they make sets right now and probably wont in the future.
At least there are Cubes. Simply build a cube with cards and mechanics you enjoy and play with people that do the same, its the only really way out to get what you want.
Dec 20, 2018Really boring card.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
It stats are made to be effective, and if its a 4/4 that draws a card, it will see play, if thats what the card is doing 99% of the time.
But thats all it really is, late game fat, boring ...
They really removed anything remotely interesting from this Ravnica and replaced it with generic filler crap cards ... How could they possible allow this to happen ? Quality Assurance probably all in vacation time or non existent.
Dec 19, 2018Adapt is a terrible mechanic.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
All of these mechanics are flat out stupid, as they are so blatantly blank.
Its not even remotely new in these mechanics, incredible disappointing.
Who could have ever thought that Ravnica could be such a boring place to be ...
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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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