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  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Blasted Landscape
    Quote from MRdown2urth »
    Anyone play Tiagam? The plus side is this guy costs no mana to use.


    But then you have to play a four drop 1/1 with no haste and a tap ability. /wrists
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Blasted Landscape
    Quote from Buffsam89 »
    One group I used to play with really frowned on Combos and such, so cards like Tooth and Nail were really treated as value engines that his led to ridiculous board states. One such game with this group, a player entwines T&N to grab Mirror-Sigil Sergeant and this. It lasted about 3 trips around the table because of late in the game it was.


    No "combos"? Just T&N for Prime Time + Realm Razer then. "Not a combo, can't get mad." Technically speaking, of course. Think it was either three or six months out from Prime Time's banning...



    Not Necropolis Fiend/10.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Where to go, after MtGSalvation?
    Quote from Rumpy5897 »
    I'm not a huge fan of the formatting side of primers either. I got off easy with Patron of the Orochi, in retrospect I think the committee knew that nobody would care about the thread and just slapped on the primer tag to get me to stop bumping the application. My Daxos the Returned was a bit thornier, but ultimately I ended up with a primer template that I was happy with to the point of back-porting my Patron list to the same style. I figured it was worth to put in the elbow grease that one time to figure out something that worked, if I decided to make any future primers.

    Eventually, I got smitten enough by Feather, the Redeemed to go for it. I mirrored my Daxos primer in layout, wrote everything up carefully while keeping in mind the content feedback I got last time around. It came back with stylistic change requests.

    I'm aware of some builds that are primer-worthy and well maintained, but the authors are just unwilling to put up with this process. I can't blame them. I'm picking up some similarities to peer review in academia, where reviewers tend to suggest stuff for the sake of suggesting stuff. If we're going to be this picky about layout, create a gold standard template that people can copy-paste and fill out to get around the stylistic requirements.


    This. The biggest thing that always got me when I was on the committee, was and I quote "a submission is never approved on the first request". Which, why not, if such a thread were well written enough to be that good? Like you said, it comes down to people in power making suggestions just for the sake of making suggestions, almost like it lends them an aire of superiority.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Where to go, after MtGSalvation?
    Reading this has me thinking that maybe I'll remove most of the graphic work from my own thread, based on the feedback from others.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Where to go, after MtGSalvation?
    Of course, you need some QC. Can't just take any old schmuck off the street and green light them. Speaking as a former Primer Committee member, so many of the submissions I saw were no more than a thread with a decklist. But if you set the bar too high, as we see they currently have done, well you see how many people will spend their free time writing hours of content for free. Like the bottom two percent. That's what speaks the most volumes to me.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Blasted Landscape


    Oh god not this card, nooo make it stop, make the flashbacks stttaaaahhhhpppp!!
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Where to go, after MtGSalvation?
    Quote from Gashnaw II »
    the primers are fine, but yes do primers for commanders who do not have one. i like reading them as they can give me interesting ideas for them. And they really tell me if i want to play them or not.


    The problem is the work load that goes into a comprehensive primer is huge and if you don't have a fan base for the perceived demand, then all the work is wasted. As an example;

    I have no problem maintaining the Kaaliaa primer because she is a popular commander and it is a labour of love for me. She's a cult favourite and people love to talk about her. She's a casual allstar. Now, I feel I easily have all the information to make a similar primer for Alesha, but I can't. Why? Alesha does not have the same following, typically because she is not doing the a-typical swingy plays the average player expects from a game of commander. She is great at generating value-over-time and playing a disrupting midrange strat, utilizing spectres, spheres, fulminators, and tokens, but as my research has shown, she isn't what the average player is looking for. And so I haven't started that topic (and when I have, the interest was little to none).
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Where to go, after MtGSalvation?
    Quote from DirkGently »
    Mostly unrelated to moderation, but the biggest annoyance I've had with the forums personally is the primer system. The requirements for non-content related stuff like formatting is honestly ridiculous. It took me nearly as long to format my Phelddagrif primer than it did to write the thing, and it's like 70 pages long or something insane like that. Having pretty formatting is nice and all, and primers should strive to be readable, but especially for commanders that don't already have primers, I think discouraging people from creating a primer because they'll have to spend hours inserting pictures and tinkering with fonts is a big net negative for the forum. There are many many commanders with no primers that could certainly use one, if only it was easier for people to do.


    Yes, OH GOD YES. I can't even count how many rewrites I was sent back for when submitting Kaalia because of "appearance". And like who cares? Doesn't matter if it's pretty or you're a whizz with BBCode, it's all about the content produced and the need of the community to receive that information. In fact I've had at least two users COMPLAIN about readability in my primer because of the images, but if I remove them I will lose primer "status". That makes no sense, those card images don't do anything for the strategy and function of the archetype...

    Quote from DirkGently »
    Oh, and then also those horrible mobile ads. I swear sometimes it redirects me five times before it'll let me get where I wanted to go. I assume that particular bugaboo won't follow the forums to wherever they go next, but GRRRRRR I hope whoever created them dies in agony. Or at least, like, never finds a fulfilling career.


    Use Firefox (or even better, Fennec off the F-Droid repo as it strips out Mozilla proprietary bits) and install the uBlock Origin plugin. Couldn't imagine dealing with mobile ads in this era. Idgaf about any site's revenue when it compromises the security and health of my devices. Why? Because that site isn't gonna buy me a new device when their malware laced ads fry my system, why should I care about tossing them a few sheckels?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Kari Zev, Skyship Raider [AiR]
    Huh. They got one more trumpet blast in there. Volatile Claws.

    Noice.
    Posted in: 1 vs 1 Commander
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Unreleased and New Card Discussion
    Quote from WizardMN »
    Quote from 3drinks »
    And your new combo of the set to the format goes to.................

    "Just" 11GGU. C'mon, you know you want to..........
    You only create 2 Snake tokens in a 4 player game (you have 3 opponents so there are 2 not being attacked with the original). As such, it is much too slow Smile
    Yeah, that's why it's too slow Rolleyes >_>

    Insert however many players you have for Blade. it's flexible. Or go Helm it for just one token. Whatever. Link
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Unreleased and New Card Discussion
    And your new combo of the set to the format goes to.................

    "Just" 11GGU. C'mon, you know you want to..........
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The vanilla Challenge
    Quote from Gashnaw II »
    Quote from 3drinks »
    Someone never read and/or forgot this gem existed. Craw-Blade. Where it's all about strapping the knife to the wurm to, "swing for lots of damage".

    9 damage is a lot?

    I am totally gonna run the good ol' Grizzly Bears


    Whoosh.

    It's a joke. Back when this was conceptualized, this format was (and still is, tbh) one where everyone complained about everything and no one should have anything nice. Can't have trample or removal, or things that gain flying, that's too OP. Anything that distracts from getting my blade onto my Wurm is OP and way too unfun....

    As a thought exercise, I optimized this list with latter creatures, typically higher p/t ratio to cmc while keeping with the theory of being a deck without answers. That's been some number of years ago now, but the name "craw-blade" always stuck out in my mind as a shot to the caw-blade standard (SHA-ZEN).
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[Primer]] [PRIMER] Kaalia of the Vast

    We play snow lands. Why not play this guy to freeze permanents down? You can even swing into what would otherwise be a block by freezing said would-be blocker by retaining priority after this Kaalia trigger but before moving on to declare blockers. Wink

    I think the support needed is low (just one snow land and we run three) with the ceiling being pretty good.
    Posted in: 1 vs 1 Commander
  • posted a message on The vanilla Challenge
    Someone never read and/or forgot this gem existed. Craw-Blade. Where it's all about strapping the knife to the wurm to, "swing for lots of damage".
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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