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  • posted a message on 5 New Secret Lairs to be announced on Feb 14
    I honestly hate saying it, since I've been playing for 20+ years, but this is starting to feel like my exit from the game. Due to life constraints, I haven't been able to play the last couple of years as often as I'd like. I told myself I'd keep my Commander decks for random games, draft on occasion, and focus on my collection of Legend cards that I'd been building up. That way, even if I didn't get to play as often, I still had my connection to the game.

    Even a couple years back, I struggled to keep up with buying the singles of every Legend that got released, with Commander gaining popularity. Then, when Throne of Eldraine released last year, the full-art versions meant suddenly I'd need two of everything to keep up, one of which would be pricier. Then, the Secret Lair Drops, that are running alt-art legends at a premium and only had a short buying window. Then the announcement that 2020 would be the year of Commander, with a ton more released. Plus full arts continuing, and now more Secret Lair stuff. I was struggling to keep up then, now I flat out cannot.

    So now I'm contemplating selling off my collection as well, and just resigning myself to a maybe a couple drafts a year and the odd commander game.

    Such is life, I suppose. I always figured I'd have to slow down playing at some point if adulting and life got in the way, but I never really considered the idea that pricing and sheer numbers would push me out entirely.
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  • posted a message on [THB] Nightmare Shepherd
    Quote from NerdSoda »
    T3: Ayara, First of Locthwain
    T4: this lovely card
    T5: Gray Merchant, sac to Ayara.

    Yeah, I'd just love to point out that this represents a life swing of 36 points (heal 18, deal 18) before you attack with this guy on turn 5.

    Very much magical christmas land but that is an awesome direction.

    Is it really THAT much of a Magical Christmas Land, though? It's just three cards on curve, that have very good synergy together. If you're playing a monoblack devotion-style deck, I wouldn't think this would be all that hard to do consistently. Let's not throw out that it's got some built-in resistence to disruption in that the demon gives you a mini-Ayara token if she gets offed before you can drop Gary.

    In all honesty, this is my favorite new card of the set so far.
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  • posted a message on [THB} Shadowspear
    It's not every day that my Horobi, Death's Wail deck picks up a new card, but this absolutely makes the cut.
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  • posted a message on [THB] Nightmare Shepherd
    It's also a nice way to get extra use out of ETB effects on creatures. Cast Gray Merchant of Asphodel and get the drain effect, then sac him or let him die in combat to get the new token and a second drain effect for free.
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  • posted a message on [TBD] Furious rise
    Honestly, at this point I think that's the best that can be said for ANY of the story. So far, weve gotten hints that the gods are at war, that the titans are escaping, that Klothys is doing SOMETHING, that Heliod is trying to take over Meletis, that Elspeth is eacaping, and that Ashiok is there as well.

    All those things are hinted at on cards, but we have no book, no online stories, no flavor articles, no "catching up with"... Just these little blurbs, and evidently we wont be getting anything beyond that. I have my doubts that they actually give this set any kind of storyline at this point, it's just a bunch of cards that have to do with the plane and the vague idea that "yeah, there's stuff going on here right now, you figure it out."
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  • posted a message on [TBD] corococo jp preview - Dryad of Ilysian Grove and Eaten To extinction
    Hooray, more Exploration effects for Lord Windgrace decks! And this one fixes mana as well!
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  • posted a message on [THB] Thassa, Deep-Dwelling
    Turn 4 Thassa, Turn 5 Cavalier is not bad at all.
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  • posted a message on Seven Secret Lairs in 2019
    Honestly, this is causing me more undue stress than I would have thought. I've been collecting Legend cards for years now and have done a decent job on keeping up with the new releases. Unfortunately, now that we have full art versions like the ones in Eldraine becoming a thing, a crapton of new legends coming out in the new releases for commander, and now these essentially premium singles being limited release and potentially harder to come by, I don't think my wallet can keep up anymore.

    I used to play regularly, but now time constraints and adult life have gotten me to the point where I only get to play a few times a year anymore, so I've cut back to just my commander decks and my personal collection. And now I may be getting to the point where I can't keep collecting because I can't keep pace.

    Feels bad, man.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 2019 Holiday Card: Decorated Knight
    "Hey, do you guys want to play a casual game? You can use goofy joke cards if you want."

    "Sure, just let me go grab my Vintage deck too. For... reasons."
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  • posted a message on Fae of wishes- cunning wish on a stick?
    That is... Strong? The effect is powerful, and the reusability is huge, but it's awfully slow. Cast it for four, recast the creature from exile for two, then pay two more and discard two to bounce it. Its effectively a wish for four mana with a convoluted buyback cost of four mana and two discarded cards.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] Stonecoil Serpent
    Quote from Lectrys »
    Quote from Crispen_Smith »
    So, apparently, not being an Eldrazi earns Endless One reach and Trample. That's probably a fair deal.

    To compensate, I get to blow this serpent up with artifact destruction.

    ...And stick it in my Modern Hardened Scales deck.

    Still dodges Destructive Revelry at least!
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  • posted a message on Ayara, First of Locthwain
    Well that's just a slam dunk with Endrek Sahr.
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  • posted a message on [ELD] Precon previews: Oko, Rowan and associated cards
    Honestly? Other than the casting cost, I actually like this Oko more than the non-precon.
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