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  • posted a message on Theros Beyond Death the rest of the cards and story
    This is less of a design & development failure than BFZ. It could have been worse.
    They made a set, its not pretty, mistakes were made, a lot of patchwork holds it together, but it works. Its a functional set. It treads heavily into trodden ground and especially blurs the lines of 'arbitrary markers' like BFZ did (what does it mean to be a 'colorless' permanent? What does it mean to be an 'enchantment'?), and it didn't flesh out its scope even as much as the original Theros did (I know what an enchantment on Theros 1.0 was, and it wasn't an artifact equivalent). Escape just remixed older graveyard recursion mechanics with both the risky 'reusable indefinitely' clause as well as the self-limiting resource clause. Its a clunky mashup but at least designwise it both gives a payoff and a safety valve to keep it in check, again, not pretty, but functional. And the story, well, at least they have a clear vision in mind, its telling a coherent narrative, just not fleshed out, not given the resources it should have. Oh well. It could have been BFZ, it could have been worse.
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  • posted a message on [THB] - Alliestrasza Preview - Dream Trawler
    You could do worse than a 3/5 lifelink flying as a blocker but it does feel pretty desperate if you didn't just cast him. One big advantage of baneslayer angel was just how heavily it stabilized your board on the block, because an opponent swinging in with anything less than a 6/6 was going to lose 1 creature and shave off 6-10 damage, so even if they were still trying to run past you with a swarm of weenies the combat math would go against it. A 3/5 flying lifelink isn't as good as a 5/5 flying first strike lifelink but at least if you were desperate to hold it back after you untap with it, you could potentially use instant speed draw spells as combat tricks to make it a 4+/5 and kill off a 4/4.
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  • posted a message on [THB] - Alliestrasza Preview - Dream Trawler
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    Lochmere serpent does all of them and then some more utility.

    does it really? Only in a very stretched definition of the terms. It doesn't really generate card advantage and it doesn't really protect itself and even to become an evasive body it needs to eat limited resources. Its a very slow card that needs to both tie up and eat a lot of your mana base to function. This you just slap it down with 1+ cards in your hand and you're able to untap and swing while playing the rest of your deck normally
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  • posted a message on [THB] - Alliestrasza Preview - Dream Trawler
    Out of all the recent and memorable control win conditions, this I think is by far the best
    consider cards like drogskol reaver, Ætherling, Chromium, the Mutable, Pearl Lake Ancient, consecrated sphinx, nezahal, primal tide, etc etc. How many of these have matched all the following criterion?
    • Combat math and evasive body large enough to swing in and control a board or gain enough lifelink to offset the crackback
    • Card advantage or otherwise value engine that keeps asserting a dominant board state beyond just being a big dumb beater
    • Protection from removal you can use while tapped out or at low cost to be able to tap out for it and not just die 1:1 to a murder

    Many have two of those factors. But how many have had all three? Chromium is a scary 7/7 flier that's hard to deal with, but if someone can just rush around him he's not going to develop more card advantage or gain life for you. Prognostic Sphinx can keep generating some value (not CA though) and protect itself, but its a 7 turn clock.

    This poops card advantage, protects itself with no mana cost after you tap out for it, can swing big enough in the air to both close out a game and make that big life total swing like baneslayer angel, with the upside that it also might jump up to ~7 power when you add in draw spells.
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  • posted a message on Mothership spoiler 1/2 - Polukranos, Unchained
    Between being an undercosted beater on curve and rather absurdly large recursive self-reanimator that can come back multiple times, I feel like this might be getting a whole bunch of underestimation. Getting a 12/12 out of your graveyard for 6 mana is the kind of thing you'd be happy to do in a reanimator strategy, but this is doing it in one card not a combo. Its not as all-in winning as an eldrazi or a certain card drawing demon, but we're still talking about a 12/12 that eats your opponents board if he sticks for a turn. In a deck that isn't running other escape cards to compete with it or other graveyard payoffs, you might be seeing this come down as a 6/6, trade with a creature or two or a kill spell, then come right back as a 12/12 that absolutely needs to be answered, and even if it does get answered, it might come back a few turns later as a 12/12 again.

    Escape is naturally a dangerous recursive mechanic by letting it occur multiple times, threatening to be oppressive. But of all the other cards spoiled, none impact board state enough to be scary. The biggest after this is a 5/6 gatekeeper. This is a 12/12 that can eat several creatures
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  • posted a message on [ELD) mythic Sanctuary
    Are we expecting this to be a $5 common in a few years?

    might be a $6.50 common by 2029
    gotta account for inflation
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  • posted a message on [ELD) mythic Sanctuary
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    Am I crazy, or this is the best card of the set?

    Could easily be, at least for eternal formats
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  • posted a message on [ELD) mythic Sanctuary
    Oh boy its fetchable.

    So that combos to recur cryptic command every turn, instant speed library top manipulation from fetches to enables miracles, kefnet, counterbalance, can assemble infinite combos with taking turns ala walk the aeons + loam, the list goes on and on.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] Kenrith's transformation
    Green usually has mana dorks and large creatures, and this turns mana dorks into 3/3s and enemy creatures into blank 3/3s that can't trade with your fatties. Its nice to recycle gilded goose once its out of food (it won't have flying), and its just small enough that opponents can neither attack nor block against a vigilance questing beast (well, chump it). Gilded goose gets quite a bit better with gingerbread house around I guess, but not sure that's enough reliability for a mana dork without other enablers.
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  • posted a message on ELD - Fabled Passage
    Vista is modern power level, this is standard power level.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] - r/MagicArena Spoiler -
    Mythic rarity is going to cause a lot of complaints for this card in the next few rotations of standard because this thing is probably going to see high play in numerous decks until it rotates out, and a price point that keeps increasing. Its just way too efficient. In one weird way, its a lot like a blink of an eye... with kicker 0. Except the card it draws you is always a 3/1 flash cloud-flying. And like everyone already realized, this is the same reason threeferi was busted, you don't need to be an aggro tempo archetype to take advantage of that kind of pushed tempo advantage, its just good in any shell. Whether its just a threat that an opponent has to deal with or die to and thus trade a card in, or killing a planeswalker, or trading with a flyer (or just daring them to attack you), its hard to argue that "draw a brazen borrower for 0" is worse than "draw a card for 2".
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  • posted a message on [ELD] four new food cards
    Witch's Oven + Cauldron Familiar is a pretty disgusting 2 card combo in draft, both 1-drops with no further mana investment that provides you an optional instant speed ground blocker & drain 1 per turn. Your opponent could have a 10/10 beanstalk giant, only to be losing to cat pies.

    Doubt that will take over standard, but I'd keep a suspicious eye on food.dec emulating aristocrats
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  • posted a message on [ELD] the command zone preview - Gadwick the Wizened (Merlin mtg)
    That's quite a bit more than just a gnarled mass in blue. Blue decks should have no problem churning out value from its tap clause with cantrips or control spells on opponents turn to tap down creatures, making it a lot like a fiend hunter style value, possibly more in lategame, especially given its own ability to draw gas. It might not be a finisher, but if that isn't powerful enough to drive a thump in on a blue deck I'm not sure what is
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  • posted a message on Comander 2019 preview schedule
    Anje's Ravager does look good for eternal format applications, might find a home in legacy. There's something particularly crazy about having a 1R madness card in a deck discarding both players that can... deal 3 damage and draw 3 cards. Per turn. Wait what? Perhaps one of the most efficient card draw engines out there when you're running through your hand. It sure makes asylum visitor, blood scrivener, nihilistic glee and idle thoughts look like chumps. It might be a bit slower to start drawing then bedlam reveler, but just one of these on the battlefield can produce card advantage that makes even recall in vintage blush, and it can be discarded on opponents EOT
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  • posted a message on where to go for rumors after this site closes
    ditto as many I lurk more than I post, and I've posted plenty
    I am not looking forward to /r/magictcg being the de facto 'community'
    its a terrible place, and freemagic doesn't make it any better

    A social media site using 'real life' profiles is something I'd be hostile to, and a voting-driven site like reddit with weighted, temporary content is utterly antithetical to the kind of community of deckbuilding and innovation that's developed around MTG

    What MTG sites even have the name recognition and roots to actually replace this forum?
    Maybe if one of the major sellers or media sites like Channel Fireball, SCG or MTGGoldfish adds competent forums it could be a migration.
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