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  • posted a message on Secret Lair Subscription/Membership Survey
    How does one get surveys from WOTC these days? I used to take surveys on the mothership homepage after each set, but it's been years since I saw one.
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  • posted a message on Strixhaven for Peasant
    Quote from calibretto »
    What do you folks think about the common duals from this set? Is a possible later scry better than one life on ETB?
    1 life is usually trivial - it's rare that a player gets knocked out at exactly 0 life - there's usually excess damage being dealt. Of course, there are also those games where 1 more life would have made all the difference.

    If the game hits a point where I want to tap five lands (4 plus the Lorehold Campus) just to scry 1, I'm in real trouble. It could prevent losing the game because you drew a land when you needed gas, but man, does that game suck if you had no better options and had to take a turn off to scry.

    Personally, I wouldn't (and don't) run either.
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  • posted a message on Where to Find C21 previews
    So, it's 4:00PM here, and 6:00PM on the east coast, and still no spoiler, right?
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  • posted a message on [C21] Silverquill Statement— MTG Muddstah preview
    Some of the new cards are amazing, but the reprints are fairly disappointing. I was really looking forward to this deck, too.

    Promise of Loyalty is a fun boardwipe.

    Inkshield can be a game-ending fog.

    Cunning Rhetoric and Author of Shadows are really interesting "what's yours is mine" cards.
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  • posted a message on Strixhaven for Peasant
    Not exactly Strixhaven, but related - Looks like we won't get anything from the C21 decks that accompany this set - two decks have been spoiled, and all of the new cards are rare except for a land that only works in Commander. No new commons or uncommons, and no need for downshifts. Strixhaven is all we get this round.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on [C21] Lorehold Legacies— The Command Zone previews
    Cursed Mirror says "As Cursed Mirror enters the battlefield, you may have it become a copy of any creature on the battlefield..." I have a question about the wording. Clones says "You may have Clone enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield," so it enters as a copy and triggers any ETBs. But this says "as it enters, it may become a copy" - does that mean it doesn't get any ETBs of the copied creature? Does it even count as entering as a creature, or is it becoming once afterward? Is it too late to trigger?
    I'd like to put it in Purphoros, God of the Forge if it can trigger Purphoros and make more tokens by copying a Siege-Gang Commander.

    Also, Angel of the Ruins is straight up replacing Eternal Dragon in my Zur Astral Slide deck. Such a good ETB to flicker over and over.

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  • posted a message on Where to Find C21 previews
    Video's up.
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  • posted a message on Strixhaven for Peasant
    My picks:

    Definite
    Frost Trickster - ETB for blink, tempo "removal," and flying. Very versatile and powerful.
    Deadly Brew - Removal and recursion all in one. Edict effects aren't necessarily dependable, but the recursion makes it great.
    Maybe
    Rip Apart - Good, solid removal. Not exactly exciting, but a good card. I just wish it could burn an opponent in the face.
    Zephyr Boots - Flying and Looting can help punch for damage and smooth out dead draws.

    I'll be curious to see the Commander cards next week. This isn't the most loaded set for us, but it has some solid cards.
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  • posted a message on Strixhaven for Peasant
    Deadly Brew BG
    Sorcery (U)
    Each player sacrifices a creature or planeswalker. If you sacrifice a permanent this way, you may return another permanent card from your graveyard to your hand.
    I just found a new card for my Golgari section.
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  • posted a message on Strixhaven for Peasant
    Quote from n00b1n8R »
    1B
    Instant

    As an additional cost to cast this spell, you may sacrifice one or more creatures. When you do, copy this spell for each creature sacrificed this way. Draw a card and lose 1 life.

    Seems pretty sweet in the deck that wants it. I'm really surprised that the floor is so high at this price on an instant.
    Connect with the Forbidden does look interesting and has a pretty good ceiling, but how does it compare to Village Rites in most situations?

    I suppose the floor is no sac, just draw 1, lose 1 for 1B

    With sac 1, you get draw 2, lose 2 for 1B, but Village Rites would have done that for half the mana and no life loss.

    If you sac 2 or more creatures, it really starts digging, but it also starts chunking out more and more of your life.

    I suppose it being copies of the same spell helps against counter magic, though.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Owlin Shieldmage and Dramatic Finale— Bandit previews
    Quote from 5colors »
    I was really down with Dramatic Final for Teysa until that last bit :/
    Still amazing in Teysa Karlov. It pumps the tokens she gives lifelink and vigilance, not to mention creating two flying tokens (3/2s with the pump) per turn, in addition to any other payouts you're already doubling. So, sometimes rather than saccing four creatures on your turn, you'll sac on on your turn, one on the next player's, one on the next player's, and one on the next player's. That still yields eight 3/2 tokens with flying, lifelink, and vigilance, which is pretty crazy.
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  • posted a message on [STX] Mothership 3/31— Zimone, Manifestation Sage, Strixhaven Stadium, and more
    Quote from Melkor »
    I definitely don't see a whole ton of Harry Potter, I see the same basic tropes and university window dressing Rowling drew on. The sweet little girl who is smarter than her older peers and very excited to learn predates coed schools being the norm. The thing with looking at this stuff and seeing Harry Potter is that Rowling really had very few new ideas. Her characters were charming and really carried it, and a few of the details were nice, but as someone who absolutely loves those books even now and has been reading them since i was a child, she really didn't have hardly any ideas that were original even then.
    Agreed. Rowling created an entertaining story, but she did it by drawing from a lot of other sources/inspirations. Some are very obvious (three-headed dog guarding passage that can be lulled to sleep with music = Orpheus and Cerberus), while others have a little more creative twist to them. But her world-building isn't the most original and doesn't hold up under scrutiny. It contains a lot of tropes that were tropes before she wrote her series. Doesn't make her story less enjoyable, but people need to be more well-read if they think Harry Potter was the genesis for these things.
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  • posted a message on Strixhaven for Peasant
    Emergent Sequence is interesting, though I'm not certain I like it as much as Rampant Growth. I'm rarely a fan of making my land vulnerable to creature removal, but in a dedicated +/1/+1 counter archetype, it could grow to be quite a threat.

    Early game, it's likely to be a 2/2 (play a land, then play this). Late game, it may just be a 1/1 (when you don't have a land drop). On rare ocassion, you may get it to a 3/3 (with two open mana, play an Evolving Wilds, crack it, and play this).

    The only question is whether it hurts you or your opponent more if they use removal against your land creature.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on Strixhaven for Peasant
    I like Frost Trickster. It's a solid card.
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