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  • posted a message on [540][Powered] wtwlf123's Cube
    Sure, I'm not saying that the "Archetype" (specifically cheating big creatures in quickly) decks are winning every game, it's mostly just that they reduce the game to a very binary state. If the reanimator deck cheats out a mega-fatty in the first couple of turns, if you have a suitable removal spell for it, the game is practically over in favor of the other deck. And if you don't have a suitable removal spell, the reanimator deck just runs you over and that's that. And when you're drafting to just play one match, it feels extremely anticlimactic either way it pans out. It also means that building a deck like Red Burn or RG Aggro/Midrange gets extremely punished since they literally can't pack any answers to these kinds of threats.

    I think I'll try it out and let you know how it feels versus the previous.
    Posted in: Cube Lists
  • posted a message on FSL: Forums as a Second Language
    Quote from hrvl »
    Magic slang from the wiki. It's not exhaustive, so add something if you'd like.

    Throat Wolf
    It's a green card - believe it's rare, cause only one other person I
    know got one. Can't remember the exact text offhand, but it costs 1GG, it's
    2/2, and it can attack during opponents turn (it says on the card to count
    attack declaration as a fast effect for this purpose.)
    Hope this helps.


    Nah c'mon man, Throat Wolf had Firstest Strike.

    Also moved to Magic General
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [540][Powered] wtwlf123's Cube
    So I have a cube which is fairly close to yours, Wtwlf, with a few modifications for personal preference.

    I primarily cube 1v1 with my brother, using the Glimpse Draft style.

    Whenever we're both on some combination of Aggro/Midrange/Control, absent a few specific cards, games are generally very dynamic.

    But when one person is on an "unfair" deck like Reanimator, or any deck with an early Black Lotus, games are a lot more one-sided and unfun.

    What would you think of a version of your cube that excludes the following cards and focuses more on the Aggro/Midrange/Control basis?

    Might keep a couple of those targets in to support Green Ramp
    Posted in: Cube Lists
  • posted a message on Portal 3k boosters. Keep or sell?
    P3K packs are definitely worth more as sealed packs than cracked. You've got a decent chance of making money on your cracks because there's a lot of randomly expensive stuff, but WotC has been slowly reprinting everything playable in the set and they tend to drop drastically - so the only things that are still really high are things that have little practical value and are only really valuable to collectors.

    The other thing to take into account is the fact that P3K boxes were relatively easy to map. Because there were only 55 rares and boxes contained 60 packs, you were pretty much guaranteed a copy of each rare in each box. So if you open packs until you got the highest-value rares, the best bet was generally to move the rest - so loose P3K packs should be treated as suspect. Of course, if you got them at or near MSRP I assume you got them from a gamestore around release and so the chances of that are lower, but it's still worth considering that it's unlikely that you'll get money in the packs.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Unban Ferocidon?
    What are the odds that Rampaging Ferocidon gets unbanned?

    Mono-red has still been really powerful with Goblin Chainwhirler. It's losing a few key pieces with the new rotation, but it's getting some new toys as well. If Mono-Red or mostly-red aggro drops off the map entirely with Guilds we could maybe see Ferocidon unbanned, but unless we hit that point, they're likely to be a little shy on the unbanning.
    Posted in: Baseless Speculation
  • posted a message on Are the eldrazi coming back?
    Moved to Baseless Speculation

    There has not been any talk about the return of Eldrazi. Last we saw them, Ulamog and Kozilek had been obliterated on Zendikar by the giant Gatewatch Channel-Fireball, and Emrakul was sealed into Innistrad's moon. With all three titans handled, things should revert to how they were pre-Rize of the Eldrazi, where there are no Eldrazi roaming the Blind Eternities at all, or at most they'll show up on the plane the Titan(s) is sealed on, which in this case would be Innistrad.

    Innistrad is still one of Magic's most popular settings so I imagine we'll return there again in the near future (probably another 1-2 years), but they wouldn't necessarily want to tug on that Eldrazi thread again so soon. A lot of people complained that they took Innistrad and Eldrazi'd up the place.
    Posted in: Baseless Speculation
  • posted a message on Unmoored Ego
    Quote from pierrebai »
    Cast this at pre-release naming island. Watch your opponent be unable to cast his niv-mizzet.

    Playing, name a basic land type could mana screw your opponent. Could also do mostly nothing.

    Remember it's capped at 4 copies. Naming a basic land type doesn't do as much as you think.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Unmoored Ego
    This is probably the strongest Cranial Extraction effect we've had thus far. The card doesn't need to hit the graveyard (a la Surgical Extraction/Extirpate), it's three mana, and there's no restriction on what you can name. Overall, that makes it extremely powerful.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Best place to buy singles
    I'm a big fan of Magic Facebook groups. Since sales are peer to peer, overhead is lower and you generally get lower prices than you would anywhere else. The "Sick Deals" group is particularly good because they enforce that the sale has to be 10% lower than TCGPlayer or Ebay at the minimum. The High End group is good for larger acquisitions like Duals and other Reserved List cards.

    TCGPlayer and eBay tend to be very good options as well, if you want a little bit more of a guarantee on your purchases.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on "Lightning of Signal Fire"
    Quote from jshrwd »
    Man, they are really pushing this "immunity to graveyard hate" ability, aren't they?

    I don't see it as immunity to graveyard hate so much as trying to avoid active dis-synergy with the fact that Jumpstart exiles the spell as it resolves. If this (and Ral) only counted spells in your graveyard, you would be hesitant to Jumpstart things because it would lower the amount of damage they deal.

    That said, this card seems pretty unimpressive to me. If it could go to the dome, was an instant, or cost UR instead of 1UR, it would be pretty powerful. As it stands, I'm really questioning how good this can be.

    Maybe there's some kind of Jeskai deck that will self-mill/exile from library with Search for Azcanta and Surveil effects, then point this at the new Boros Reckoner dude to deal a huge amount to face, but that seems like a lot of hoops to jump through.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Surveil to replace Scry?
    It seems very unlikely. Surveil is definitely stronger than scry, which means they would have to be stingier with where they use it, which would actually make it worse at its primary job of smoothing mana for limited play.

    Also, MaRo has indicated that they wouldn't want the Vancouver Mulligan using Scry if Scry wasn't evergreen, and Surveil on that Mulligan would be incredibly degenerate.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Rumor Mill Forum Helpdesk
    Do MTGS get some commission for putting the names of other sites in the titles of spoiler threads? Best practice is to move the name of the source into the body of the post. If not, surround the source's name in parentheses so we won't mistake it as part of a card name; and attribute them properly: "from <mysource>".

    MTGS does not receive commission for properly sourcing our cards, but it has long been our practice. I will pass on the suggestion that we more clearly delineate the cardname and the source, however.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mission Briefing
    Quote from jayjayhooks »
    Instant UU: Surveil 2, then choose an instant or sorcery in your graveyard. You may cast that card this turn. If that card would put in your graveyard this turn exile it instead.

    Can this card 'flashback' itself since it doesn't target? Sort of like how Lightning Bolt sometimes increases goyfs toughness on resolution and can't kill it when it was a 2/3 without an instant in the yard? Do the same type of rules apply here?

    No. A spell is put into the graveyard as the final step of resolving it. This is before state-based actions are checked, which is why goyf survives sometimes, but it does not happen in time for Mission Briefing to target itself.
    Posted in: Rumored Card Rulings
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