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Magic Market Index for April 20th, 2018
Pauper Review: Dominaria
The Limited Archetypes of Dominaria
  • posted a message on Chances of Dominaria "Tresures" to replace masterpieces?
    The first time around, Hidden Treasures wasn't announced. People started coming in with reports of opening Power or Duals or other such stuff after the pre-release, and the first few guys got dismissed as a hoax.

    So there's a non-zero chance, but I wouldn't say it's particularly high. Masterpieces fill a similar slot (and similarly would have been a great way to show off Magic's history), but were left out of the set because it "didn't need them". Hidden Treasures is an even more rare and difficult-to-execute process.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Print This Wizards (so I can put it in my cube)
    Quote from Altaurus321 »
    It's been a while, but here's something that came to mind today:

    Flamewake Veteran 2R
    Creature - Human Warrior {M}
    When ~ enters the battlefield, exile the top three cards of your library face-down.
    Whenever ~ is dealt damage, put a card exiled by it into your hand.

    That's interesting, but I feel like it should be "whenever it deals damage" so it's more proactive.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on Print This Wizards (so I can put it in my cube)
    Yeah that thing's pretty insane. Even just 2RR 4/3 haste + shock is so far ahead of the curve, I can't see them printing it. Sand Strangler is the closest thing they've printed in years, and that's just a Hill Giant with a conditional bolt.

    Even at base 0/0 this thing seems pretty pushed. Shave haste and make it a 0/0 and it's still probably worth considering. As it stands, this is way too good.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on New Jaya Ballard Interaction?
    Void_nothing is correct that Soulfire Grand Master cannot apply to cards that you don't cast from your hand.

    But let's say that you instead used a Buyback card, like Capsize. In this case, you could use Jaya's Emblem to cast Capsize from your graveyard, payign the Buyback, and have it return to hand instead of being exiled. This is also true if you have a spell that puts itself into any other zone upon resolution, like Seasons Past (Library), View from Above (hand), or Reality Strobe (still exiled but with special effects).

    Note that this is distinct from Flashback, which has rules that specify that the card is exiled instead of going to any other zone, which overwrites Buyback and replacement effects like Seasons Past or View from Above (though not Reality Strobe, since that exiles itself anyways so Flashback is satisfied).
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Jodah, Archmage Eternal, Jaya Ballard
    Quote from Ryperior74 »

    Don't forget Crystal quarry that has a home at long last too.

    Crystal Quarry was actually played a decent amount in Invasion-Odyssey Standard, in the Mono-black Control lists. It allowed them to cast Last Stand, which functioned as a double-Corrupt to easily finish off the opponent.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on I think the next "block" might be Theros
    Quote from Ryperior74 »

    I can expect karn to tell the gatewatch about new phyrexia as a future threat

    I do believe I just said that Wink

    as we've just roped Karn back into the plot, and he should be able to warn of the dangers of New Phyrexia as the next interplanar threat,
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on I think the next "block" might be Theros
    Ravnica definitely seems more likely than Theros as the next block, as all signs have been pointing there. I imagine we'll get two sets of Ravnica, because they've repeatedly proven they can't fit ten factions into one set, and if they leave any out they'd have a mutiny on their hands.

    Theros I can seem coming after the resolution of the Bolas plotline, as we've just roped Karn back into the plot, and he should be able to warn of the dangers of New Phyrexia as the next interplanar threat, and between him and Ajani we've got threats pointing us to bringing back Elspeth who can guide that fight, which would necessitate Theros. Plus, Gideon's got some unfinished business there.

    The MMM cost cards could be a plant to interact with Devotion for a Theros return, but it could happen in the Spring of next year and still share a standard with Dominaria.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Print This Wizards (so I can put it in my cube)
    Quote from BlackWaltz3 »
    Would you play these and do you believe they are printable?

    Emberbreath Scholar UR
    Creature - Human Wizard (R)
    1R, Discard a card: Emberbreath Scholar gets +2/+0
    1U: Draw a card. Activate this ability only if Emberbreath Scholar’s power is greater than the number of cards in your hand.

    Notes: It can be a large threat, it can be a graveyard enabler, it draws for cheap when hellbent or after using the first ability to up Scholar's power. Might be a bit too mana intensive for cube though and Izzet is a very strong section.

    It's interesting, for sure, but I don't think it cuts it in cube for sure. I could see this as a lynchpin uncommon in a standard draft set though. To make the cut in cube that first ability would probably have to be free, and even then I'm not sure it beats existing options just because they're better fits.

    Tamiyo, Tidal Insurgent 2U
    Legendary Planeswalker - Tamiyo (M)
    Elementals you control get +1/+1
    +1: Target land an opponent controls is an Island until your next turn.
    0: Create a 1/0 Blue elemental token.
    -X: Draw X cards, then discard a card.

    Notes: Spreading Seas meets Master of Waves meets Pull From Tomorrow

    It's definitely interesting. I'm not sure it quite fits Tamiyo's character though. I get moons cause tides, but this seems much more like a water-wizard type planeswalker than anything else.

    I'm worried the +1 isn't really impactful enough for a 3 mana walker, but the +0 is really good - but balanced, unlike some of your other 3-mana walkers, by the fact that the tokens go away immediately if she dies. I'm also concerned the abilities aren't coherent enough. The +1 and +0 are vaguely water-related as you've got flooding and "wave" elementals, but the last ability isn't. Maybe make it a -3 or -4 Submerge effect?
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on Rumor Mill Forum Helpdesk
    Hey, um, I'm looking through the Dominaria spoiler page, and a lot of the cards with lengthy names extend over mana cost area, making the generic mana cost symbol unreadable. It's been a while since I looked up spoilers here so I don't know how new this formatting issue is. Is there any easy workaround? Having to dig through the page source code seems sort of bad design...

    If you click the card name, it opens the page for that specific card, which has a larger card box and you can see the mana cost.

    For the most part, this isn't usually a concern as we have images to go with most cards we add (and if they're in a foreign language, we can mock them up), but the Dominaria leak being entirely text has left us in a weird situation.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Is Magic killing Commander? (2nd Go)
    Your previous thread was locked and a reason was provided. Creating another thread just to complain about that is not constructive.

    I am an administrator for this website, the highest level authority among mods, and I back Airithne's decision to close the thread, which had gone entirely off-topic.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Masters 25 boxes not properly randomized?
    This thread has gone entirely off the rails. Locking until further notice
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dominaria Leak: Speculation and Analysis
    Of note, the Legendary Sorceries mostly seem to represent things that have happened in the past. Kamahl's Vow happened back in Judgment/Onslaught when he shifted from Pit Fighter to Fist of Krosa. Karn's Temporal Sundering happened back in the Urza's block. Urza's Cylex Blast happened in Antiquities. So there's no reason to believe that the Primevals' Glorious Rebirth has to be something that has just recently happened, especially as the Primevals were in fact reborn as gods back in Planeshift. Especially given that Darigaaz has a specific rebirth mechanic on his card - are they going to put a rebirth mechanic on all five Primevals? That doesn't make sense, and they would have shown up in the Release Notes if it were true. So I don't think the other Primevals are necessarily going to return, and that means Darigaaz could be a Mythic, alongside all of the other tricolor cards.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on How do you feel about the Dominaria Leaks?
    Moved to New Card Discussion
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [Dominaria] Legends discussion
    Quote from Taleran »

    Doesn't the second ability just turn on with the first whenever you cast a damaging spell? I guess there are probably only 3 or 4 good white instants/sorceries that do damage themselves.

    The second ability triggers off of white spells gaining you life. So it won't trigger off red damage spells unless they're also white, and your white spells don't need to deal damage.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [Dominaria] Legends discussion
    Quote from darrenhabib »
    Demonlord Belzenlok
    Legendary Creature — Elder Demon
    Flying, trample
    When Demonlord Belzenlok enters the battlefield, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card, then put that card into your hand. If the card's converted mana cost is 4 or greater, repeat this process. Demonlord Belzenlok deals 1 damage to you for each card put into your hand this way.

    You could construct a deck with around 30 cards all CMC>=4 and the rest land. Skirge Familiar would be your trump card. Some combo win.

    That's definitely the first thought I had with him as well, but unfortunately you need 11 mana in one fell swoop to pull it off, without having access to any non-Land ramp, which is a pretty tough sell.

    My second thought was Insidious Dreams. You can endphase Dreams and set up Lion's Eye Diamond on top (guaranteeing you enough mana to untap and cast Belz with one mana floating), then a stack of 4+ cmc cards, then Sacrifice to kickstart your combo. I'm still trying to figure out what the cards in between are. Necrotic Ooze gives you a compact, 4 mana wincon with Triskelion and Phyrexian Devourer as the other pieces, but you need a way to get those cards into your graveyard without spending much additional mana.

    Hmm... Body Snatcher, Phantasmagorian, Dark Triumph? You discard Phanta to the Snatcher, return Phanta by discarding Ooze/Trike/Devourer, then sac Snatcher to Triumph to reteurn Ooze and win. The problem is, that's 6 cards without including the Sacrifice and LED, and you aren't going to have 8 cards to pitch to Dreams in all likelihood.

    Maybe something with Ill-Gotten Gains?

    Edit: Hmm... you can draw an additional cheap card at the cost of stacking one fewer expensive card by cycling Street Wraith.

    Dark Ritual
    Street Wraith
    Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
    Lion's Eye Diamond

    Draw rit for turn, rit to 6 mana, cast Belz, draw Wraith-Mikaeus-Trike-LED, play LED, cycle Wraith hold priority crack LED, draw Victimize and Victimize Belz for Mike-Trike combo win.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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