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  • posted a message on [C19] Mire of Misery -oh lets just say maro said they are starting to give black these types of cards
    Quote from Carthage »
    I do welcome the ability to answer other permanent types in the colors that can't, that's an outdated color pie ideal that makes the game worse.

    I just wish they would add it for red, the color they seem to hate the most.

    haphazard bombardment remains one of the worst designs they've ever printed, they went out of their way to NOT give red a flavorful way to destroy enchantments.
    Perhaps it's an outdated color pie ideal in a format where every deck is goodstuff.dec, and games are decided by turn two. But, I would argue that the problem there is your format, and not your color pie philosophy.

    If there aren't meaningful differences between the colors, then there aren't meaningful differences between the colors.

    There's room for occasional bends, and even infrequent breaks, but if there's no baseline understanding of what a color can and can't do, or if that baseline shifts whenever it's convenient for you, you're undermining maybe the most significant system that makes Magic Magic.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C19] TCGplayer preview - Empowered Autogenerator
    Quote from Xcric »
    **** this thing and its lazy design
    I don't think you understand the difference between design and development. There is nothing lazy about the design.

    Now, did development cost it into a deep, dark hole where only a few niche combo decks dare to follow it? Looks about right.

    But if this thing were broadly playable, it would be banned faster than Black Lotus.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine speculations
    Yeah, I'm guessing Eldraine is the Lorwyn-replacement setting. Elves, fairies, etc., but also humans. Too bad, Lorwyn, we hardly knew ye. Frown

    I can't think of a mechanical theme that:
    1. has not already been claimed by a plane to which we will likely return;
    2. has not been done recently;
    3. would be a good thematic fit for a Lorwyn-replacement setting,
    other than maybe instants & sorceries, which doesn't belong to any particular plane yet AFAIK, and which we haven't really seen in the limelight since Magic Origins. And, I guess that could fit with the Kasmina speculation.

    That said, I'm going to guess that any major mechanical themes will be subordinate to a more top-down approach to world creation. Kind of like how tribal was a cornerstone for Ixalan but not the entire building. That seems to be the way they do it these days.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on where to go for rumors after this site closes
    As part of the original exodus from mtgnews, all I've got to say is, I never expected mtgsalvation to last as long as it did.

    I guess I'll be packing my bags for this new exodus.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Kaya's Guile BBD preview
    Quote from 5colors »
    Quote from Reesepuff »
    As happy as I am with the card, Kaya as a character seems to be forced almost as if they’re trying to make her a main protagonist post WAR.


    Oath of Kaya didn't clue you into that?
    How is Kaya in ANY way different from the other silly, designed-by-committee protagonists they've crammed into the Jacetice League... ahem... Magic Avengers... ahem... Gatewatch? Every. Last. One of them is New Coke.

    (Except Ajani.)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Spell Snuff
    Quote from Jivanmukta »
    Delete Cancel from the game if they're just going to always make a slightly better version.
    It's nice to have a baseline.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ice-Fang Coatl (Merchant spoiler)
    Quote from BestOfThree »
    There seems to be a worrying trend in this set that all these cards are new and weaker variants of cards I've already been playing with for years.
    The lack of innovation on display so far is really something. Time Spiral-esque remixing / nostalgia this is not.

    This is more like going to your local flea market and seeing cheap sneakers with an Adirdas logo. i.e., knock-offs.

    Putting that broad criticism of the set as-yet-revealed aside, snow cards have been the slow-motion structural failure of Magic design for what... 24 years, now? I am really just flabbergasted that they still can't crack this mechanic. I get it if they want to save major innovation for a different set, but really. Really. Snow has been lame for so long. Why even do it again if you can't make it cool?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on IGN Spoilers - Nicol Bolas, Dragon God, Deliver Unto Evil, The Elderspell
    Would've been better if it cantripped.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Bond of Passion
    I have no doubt that this is costed correctly for Limited. A well-timed Act of Treason is already a 2-for-1 effect. Throw a Shock on top of that and you have a game-ender.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 4/11 - Enter the God-Eternals
    "Guys! How can we make this card as ugly and unappealing as possible?"
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Parhelion II
    I love this card.

    This card is terrible.

    This card is also AWESOME.

    I am never going to play this.
    Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
  • posted a message on Challenging Troll
    Quote from krishnath »
    They wen't longer with Menace before keywording it. All the way from Fallen Empires. (Goblin War Drums)
    True, but as far as we know they also aren't actively searching to replace a G/x keyword the same way they were trying to replace fear / intimidate with menace.

    If you're looking to speculate about a new evergreen keyword, I think your best shot is trying to guess what prowess's replacement will be.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Challenging Troll
    Quote from boombox_smk »
    I like it. 6 power for 5 mana. If you give him trample hes kind of a house. Since we are seeing more of these "opposite-of-menace" creatures, you think they'll eventually keyword it? Nuisance?
    If they can go this long without keywording it, I doubt they're ever going to.

    If they're ever going to keyword one of the classic, green pseudo-evasion abilities, I'd hope it was "overpower", but in my reckoning that's no closer to being a reality than the Stalking Tiger ability. Partially because they need to find a good second / third color for it, partially because it would have to take the place of one of the current evergreen keywords in order to keep complexity down, and partially because they'd probably like to keep it flexible (like, have it able to key off toughness or CMC) so as to avoid the problems with prowess where it just doesn't fit perfectly into every environment. The Stalking Tiger ability has similar issues.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Kiora's Dambreaker
    I'll be dammed! A good Sea Serpent variant!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Samut Tyrant Smasher and Samut's Sprint
    Fires of Yavimaya, etc.

    I think the most jarring thing is seeing a PW that's so... simple.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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