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  • posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    Quote from Whalaqee »

    Then there is the lie that Mark Rosewater states about having to raise the price and that it would take longer. The increased cost is just a multiplier for how much cash they can grab. They sold Planeswalker Decks which is packaging + 60 cards. These lairs are just packing + 3-8 cards. At most the packaging might cost them a bit more. Yet when done in large runs, like in the hundred thousands, its cheap. Its only expensive if they made a few.

    That's not a lie. Consider if they needed to print enough of the product to make it some of available to every LGS - Unit cost would be the same, but manufacturing time would be longer so there would be more stock needing to sit in warehouses until all the product was ready to be delivered. Then, they'd be selling as a wholesaler which means either they make smaller profit off the stores or the stores make no profit off selling to the consumers. Since the product then would not be print-to-demand, they have to guess how much product people will want to buy or either they or the LGSs will end up with product sitting in inventory which is never good for a business. Secret Lairs would end u the same as From the Vault; either (a) inflatedly over priced by LGSs or (b) sitting on shelves.
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  • posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    Quote from matrix_lord »
    This is my take on these upcoming drops - 5 Drops = one for each color. "Look to the Stars" slogan - *Original* Theros's Gods in Constellation Frames + Signature spells

    That's funny, bcause I took "Look to the Stars" as a reference to the World Championships. Given that they are doing an uneven distribution (5 drops, three days) I'd be surprised if they were all formatted the same.
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  • posted a message on Full art Basics from Unsanctioned
    Quote from migrena »

    i have just noticed holostamp on those. why do they have it?

    That's an anti-counterfitting measure. Since the Full art basics are effectively rares, they stamped them.
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  • posted a message on World Championship Weekend promo Crucible of Worlds
    That card will be supremely expensive if there are only 16 in existence.
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  • posted a message on Eight-Legged Friends (Spider Tribal)
    I'm gonna disagree with the previous poster on most of his color judgement.

    Fog and Return to the Earth are both solid in green, so Mistweaver and Acidlash make good sense in monogreen as they are, though the latter should probably be a little more expensive. Killing any creature, though, would require adding black to the cost.

    Gargantula should probably be more expensive, unless it's a mythic, but I'm not seeing red in it's abilities. It could be monogreen or green white.

    Black doesn't get reach, so gravewidow needs to be green black as it's written. It's a very effecient 4/4 for 4, so it's probably a rare.

    I agree that caught in the web needs a different name, something evoking the web itself. The taxing attackers ability is a white ability though, not green, so you are stretching at best to have it in monogreen.

    Lastly, do a check of the names against a magic database, I think a few of those are already card names.
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  • posted a message on [THB] Mothership 1/09— Promo cards
    Is thrill of possibility actually in the set, or is the promo a throw back to Eldraine?
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  • posted a message on [TBD] The First Iroanian Games
    The previous theros block had Gold tokens that didn't tap when sac'ed to generate mana (unlike treasure). Any idea if they are keeping that templating?
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  • posted a message on 10 Multi-colored Uncommon Spells
    Why does Ratform make the creature a snake?

    Prescient Recollections is very weak. I would change it to "Put the top 4 cards of your library into your graveyard, then draw a card. Then choose a card in your graveyard and put it into your library third from the top. Then choose a card in your graveyard and put it on top of your library." At two different colors and sorcery, it isn't cost effective without negating the inherent card disadvantage in casting it. Alternately, make the card an instant.

    Ancestral Protection should probably only prevent damage from one source.

    Otherwise, the cards seem pretty well made.
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  • posted a message on Custom Set Assistance?
    Quote from LeoninBolas »
    Here's some new cards based around the altered mechanics:

    Guard Patrol 4W
    Enchantment {U}
    Stalwart-At the beginning of each end step, if three or more creatures you control blocked this turn, create a 1/1 white soldier creature token.

    Blessings of the Earth 2G
    Sorcery {C}
    Search your library for a basic land and put it on the battlefield tapped. Shuffle your library.
    Stampede (When you cast this spell, copy it for each creature spell you cast this turn.)

    Blessings of the earth plays against its own interest, in that it ramps, but to maximize its utility you need a lot of mana to begin with.

    Vile Cutthroats 3R
    Creature — Human Rogue {U}
    ~This~ has trample as long as its attacking.
    2RR, T: Ransack 3.(Exile the top three cards of your library, the next spell you cast this turn costs 3 less to cast.)


    I am not sure why someone would activate this ability. It is a net loss of one mana to exile three cards from your deck. Any exile interactions need to be specific to the ability that exiles the card, or interact with your opponent's exile, otherwise it will negate the purpose of the exile zone (second graveyard problem).

    Mistspewer 1U
    Creature — Elemental {C}
    When ~This~ enters the battlefield target creature gets -3/-0 until end of turn.
    Ambush 2U(You may cast this card as an instant by paying 2U. If you do, return it to your hand when it enters the battlefield.)

    Secret Plan XXB
    Sorcery {R}
    Plot - When you cast this card, you may discard a card that shares a color with it. If you do each other player copies it.

    You draw X cards and your maximum hand size is reduced by X until your next upkeep.

    I don't think this works the way you want it to. Players only discard to handsize at the end of their own turn, so the plot lets you fill your opponent's hands and they will still have the opportunity to play their best cards before discarding while the caster spends mana to draw and immediatly has to discard. Effectively, you Mind Twist yourself to let your opponents filter their hands.

    And here's a mythic based around Boyachi's idea earlier:

    Fwoosh, Burning Rebel 2RR
    Legendary Creature — Goblin Rogue{M}
    Discard a card, R, T: ~This~ deals 1 damage to target player.
    Whenever ~This~ deals damage to a player you may cast up to one card that player owns in exile until end of turn.

    This is a good application of interacting with opponent's exiled zone, but I still think mixing the exile and cost reductions into one ability is too much going on in one mechanic. The cost reduction (a la the aforementioned Hardened Berserker) is plenty interesting space to play in by itself.
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  • posted a message on Custom Set Assistance?
    This issue with Stalwart and Ambush, which work both in a vacuum, is that having multiple mechanics that discourage opponents from attacking will bog games down. Stalwart tells people "don't attack or I get something" and Ambush says "don't attack when I have mana untapped," both of which mean its harder to push through the incremental damage that some strategies rely on. They can still work, but you'll need A LOT of testing to balance them.

    Ransack doesn't make sense, as in, what is the purpose of exiling the card? I like the cost reduction effect, which is a red ability, but exiling from opponents is firmly black/blue (adding a cast rider would make it far too complex and powerful for a wide use keyword)

    I like the idea of Stampede, and I like it counting creatures entering rather than being cast personally, but that does make it harder to balance.

    If you want a widely used mechanic, I'd go with conspire over plot. That makes it easier to theme the color pair around and to build with in draft. The trap comparison above is apt, and traps were meant to be niche answers to individual situations rather than an overall deck archetype
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  • posted a message on Reimagining Kamigawa
    I like the format you've set up. Like the previous poster said, there are some balance issues.

    I think the activated abilities should either all be synergistic with animating them, or none, so the Myojin of Night's Reach should probably do something else. Reanimation or drawing cards for life could be good options.

    Cleansing Fire is oppressive, but you could change it to "Target creature deals damage to itself equal to the damage it dealt this turn." This is powerful, has offensive and defensive applications, and does not completely stymie creature combat.

    If you want their shrine cards to "turn them on", the Seeing Winds and Infinite Rage abilities should be "~~ can't attack or block unless a opponent lost 2 or more life since the beginning of your last upkeep." That way, the shrine can trigger on your turn, but you could still block on an opponent's turn.

    I would make the tap requirement more specific, as in tap a red creature for Infinite Rage, for instance, and if your intention is to represent praying it should be a non-Spirit creature too. Otherwise, its especially weird that two Myojin could "pray" to each other to avoid a board wipe.
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  • posted a message on Seven Secret Lairs in 2019
    Some of them are only 30.
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  • posted a message on Return to Tarkir: Clans and Mechanics

    Thanks for pushing me on the DFC front. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to create the kinds of card designs I wanted to without it, but Mastery is proving to work well so far. And yes, your templating definitely feels cleaner. It's a little wordier, but that may be necessary for sake of clarity. Also, I hadn't thought about using multiple counters yet, but I'll keep that in mind as an option when simplicity seems called for.

    Reknown is a good example of the templating he's talking about. A Keyword has to have the same information except for Costs and numerical variables, so different instances of your mastery couldn't grant different keywords. Using that template, though, the keyword only carries a numerical variable of counters and the added text grants the keyword. You can also have effects that trigger once when a creature gains mastery (i.e. "When CARDNAME attains mastery, it deals 2 damage to any target.")

    Looking at your other mechanics, Martyr, Reverberate, and Aspire should be ability words rather than keywords due to the varied effects each has. This is more about templating than anything else, but notably cards can reference Keywords for game effects but not Ability Words, so martyr synergies would need to focus on creature getting sacrificed, not getting Martyred, for example.

    Resurgence is neat. I'd Template it as Resurgence [VARIABLE] - [COST]([COST], Exile CARDNAME from your graveyard: Put the top [VARIABLE] cards of your library into your graveyard, then put up to one card that shares a card type with CARDNAME from your graveyard to the top of your library)

    Drag to the Depths 1U – Uncommon
    Return target non-land permanent to its owner’s hand.
    Resurface 2 - U(U, Exile Drag to the Depths from your graveyard: Put the top 2 cards of your library into your graveyard, then put up to one instant card from your graveyard to the top of your library)

    First, you want all of the necessary information in the keyword, so that you can drop the reminder text on more complicated rares and playes still know how many cards to mill. Secondly, if the effect targets, it can be fizzled by graveyard removal and the user cannot choose from any of the cards the effect itself mills. Lastly, given the costs (compared to dredge) you may actually be okay putting the card into hand instead of on top of library. I'd recommend testing that to see if it plays better.

    Lastly, the dragonlords are very inconsistent in their power level vs their opposing color. Dromoka is basically a niche sideboard card, but Atarka and Kohlagan put a sword on their opponent's head immediatly, and Ojutai just is not fun to play against. Making the effect symmetrical is also counter intuitive to the way these kinds of cards are designed now, even though I see what you were going for thematically.

    Here's an alternate template you might try:

    Atarka, the Ravenous 3GR – Mythic
    Legendary Creature – Elder Dragon
    Flying, Trample
    When Atarka, the Ravenous enters the battlefield, sacrifice a blue permanent.
    When Atarka attacks, if the defending player controls a blue permanent, create a 4/1 red Elemental creature token, tapped and attacking.

    This would still make Atarka harder to play with the blue Temur cards, but not impossible for draft, and the attack trigger would then get you a bunch of reverberate triggers when your opponent is playing blue. You could probably find ways to synergize the punishment abilities as a reward to the player in the same way for the other dragonlords as well.
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  • posted a message on 'Mystery Booster' product
    A mythic only appears once per print sheet anyway, so the mythics like Mana Crypt and Sliver Hivelord are just as likely to appear individually, but you might get both in the same pack because they are on different sheets. The other cards are all, therefore just as rare as an individual mythic in a normal set, regardless of their printed rarity.
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