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  • posted a message on [ELD] - r/MagicArena Spoiler -
    This card is Magic's SWB2 locked Darth Vader, and I hate it.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] Stormfist Crusader
    Speaking as somebody who's totally ignorant of any current meta, and cannot possibly predict whether this card has what it takes to make an impact, I love this card and it's something I've always wanted as a pants-down tempo player.

    1. A cheap, evasive 2-drop beater? Check.
    2. In the right colors for my play style? Check.
    3. Restocks my hand? Check.
    4. Can push through the last few points worth of damage in the event of a ground stall? Check.
    5. Costs me life? Who cares!
    6. Gives my opponent cards? Who cares!
    This card alone makes me want to brew up a Standard deck.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] Mothership spoilers 9/16— Queen Linden and her retinue
    Quote from Bhogal83 »
    It's perfectly fine for Medieval-Europe-inspired planes to be populated with dark-skinned people
    Wow... when I reduce your post to the one phrase that's actually on-topic, we agree!
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  • posted a message on [ELD] Mothership spoilers 9/16— Queen Linden and her retinue
    The last time bigots on the internet clutched their pearls this tightly over a Magic card was when Rakish Heir slipped us some nip.

    Magic: corrupting your children into realizing that male corsets and black women exist, since 2011.
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  • posted a message on {ELD] Robber of the Rich (@JEDepraz spoiler)
    Quote from Manite »
    Like I said earlier this year, the Arthurian and Fairy Tale themes feel weird smashed together in one set; it's like two different worlds being visited at once. The princess-centric stories like Cinderella and Snow White make enough sense in an Arthurian setting, but more surreal stuff like the Gingerbread Man and Red Riding Hood feel like they wanted their own world. The net sum is that Eldraine feels like Shrek world but with less humor (and Ogre farts).
    Agreed. The complete creative failure of this set becomes more and more apparent with each new spoiler.

    There's simply no point of view behind the creative elements of the set, here. Just a bunch of unrelated references, callbacks, and tropes in another shallow bid to build yet another high-concept, "resonant" setting. Wizards needs to get off this train.

    It sure is a good thing this set has a decent mechanic or two. And some compelling singles, such as this one. Because Eldraine is shaping up to be a major creative low point. Maybe the customer service team that created Homelands should've been brought in to consult?
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  • posted a message on {ELD] Robber of the Rich (@JEDepraz spoiler)
    Quote from Marl Karx »
    This is why I am HIGHLY dubious of "psychographics" (which is not a real concept outside of the head of Magic designers wrapped up in inane "lifestyle" research IMO). By linking color to "philosophy" above all else you easily miss the forest for trees -- in this case somewhat literally. When you are THAT associated with a forest (AND archery), you should be green.

    Its not even that much of a stretch on the philosophy front either because you can depict him and his men as Diggers (or Levellers I guess if they're too squeamish for that)
    I don't understand what player psychographics have to do with anything else you said.

    Player psychographics refer to the reasons players play Magic. It's mostly a marketing concept -- Wizards wants to design cards that players will want to buy, so what do players want to buy, exactly?

    Traditional answer: cards that allow players to express themselves (Johnny), cards that allow players to have a novel experience (Timmy), cards that can be played competitively (Spike).

    I actually agree with you that psychographics are kind of an overplayed concept (how many people bought BFZ because they wanted to play it, vs. how many people bought BFZ because the packs were full of golden tickets and Magic is turning more and more into legalized gambling?)

    But none of that has anything to do with why this card is red and not green.
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  • posted a message on {ELD] Robber of the Rich (@JEDepraz spoiler)
    A hasty 2/2 for 1R is already unprecedented.

    Add in two other upside abilities, one of which is a repeatable card advantage ability, and hell yes, this is a contender for "red 'goyf" status.
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  • posted a message on Next 4 sets + other mechanic from eldraine
    Quote from Mockingbird »
    One thing to note about the Eldrazi is that they’ve been marketing failures in each iteration they’ve existed. They essentially ruined Zendikar 1 drafting (which is a pretty big deal because drafting moves a lot more packs than just straight selling alone);
    I'm not sure what you're saying, here. ROE was drafted as a standalone (ROE-ROE-ROE) set. You wanted three more months of ZEN-ZEN-WWK? You wanted a different third set for a ZEN-WWK-XXX draft? I just don't see how ROE draft impacts Zendikar draft at all.

    ROE wasn't an unmitigated success, but it proved that battlecruiser Magic worked, and battlecruiser was the freshest thing to come along in Magic since the 90s. But they got a little pushback from new players who didn't get it, got spooked, and decided to serve up a steaming hot turd sandwich with BFZ/OGW. The whole Eldrazi thing is irrevocably tainted because of it, but it didn't start off that way. You can't blame ROE for this.
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  • posted a message on Next 4 sets + other mechanic from eldraine
    Quote from Melkor »
    I was just coming here to post about that. After ROE, I was really excited for more Eldrazi. after BFZ and Shadows blocks, i never want to see them again, they completely forgot what Eldrazi were. ZEN and WWK were fantastic sets, let's hope Wizards gets at least a little bit of that. if they botch this as bad as BFZ block, i hope they just destroy the plane.
    Without hyperbole, I believe that BFZ and OGW were worse screw-ups than Homelands. Homelands had the excuse that it was an early set, and the game's audience was much smaller. There was so much riding on BFZ and OGW, and they were so historically bad. The game still hasn't recovered from them.

    I'm in the same boat as you: ROE was my favorite set of the Modern era. After BFZ and OGW, I'm out. WotC has shown no sign that they understand why those sets were as bad as they were, and I have zero faith that they can rekindle interest in Zendikar.

    I'm fine with a return to Theros, though. The first trip didn't exactly set the world on fire, but there's plenty of room for improvement.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] 3 Adventure cards (with rules) and Uncommon Legendary (Syr Konrad)
    I guess that... works?

    But I'm kind of bummed at how much better every one of these cards would feel if the creature hit the battlefield first, and the adventure effect could somehow be cast later. This mechanic has echoes of bestow in how painful it's going to be to wait to cast the overcosted adventure effect before you can get the card onto the battlefield as a creature.
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  • posted a message on 5 Throne Spoilers
    So far, Throne of Eldraine appears be the set where resonance is going to jump the shark.
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  • posted a message on Flaxen Inturder (ELD)
    Is there any chance these cards referencing adventure are actually DFCs? As in, activating Flaxen Intruder‘s adventure creates 3 bear tokens and flips to an enchantment or artifact named Welcome Home? Or would the card read, '...then transform X' if that were the case?
    That would certainly give Who/What/When/Where/Why a run for its money.
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  • posted a message on Flaxen Inturder (ELD)
    I hate this frame slightly less than the Amonkhet Invocations frame or the devoid frame, and that's about the only good thing I can say about it.

    The XXTREME MOTHER GOOSE flavor does not bode well for my interest in this set. I miss Lorwyn. Frown

    Mechanically, I have no idea how this works. Sorcery / creature split seems like the cleanest idea, and the one that fits with the flavor of this particular card the best, but the way the sorcery has been placed in the text box space, that feels unintuitive.
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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.
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  • 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.
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