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.
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Oct 15, 2018Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from hrvl »Magic slang from the wiki. It's not exhaustive, so add something if you'd like.
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.
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Oct 12, 2018So I have a cube which is fairly close to yours, Wtwlf, with a few modifications for personal preference.Posted in: Cube Lists
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
Oct 12, 2018P3K 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.Posted in: Market Street Café
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.
Sep 29, 2018Posted in: Baseless Speculation
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.
Sep 26, 2018Moved to Baseless SpeculationPosted in: 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.
Sep 25, 2018Wildfire393 posted a message on Kitesail Freebooter. Can it exile a planeswalker until it leaves the battlefield?Moved to Magic RulingsPosted in: Magic Rulings
Sep 21, 2018Wildfire393 posted a message on Decks out of single cards vs decks out of stacks of 4 [budget theme Deck]Moved to CasualPosted in: Casual & Multiplayer Formats
Sep 17, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote 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.
Sep 17, 2018This 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
Sep 16, 2018I'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.Posted in: Magic General
TCGPlayer and eBay tend to be very good options as well, if you want a little bit more of a guarantee on your purchases.
Sep 16, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote 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.
Sep 15, 2018It 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.Posted in: Speculation
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.
Sep 14, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Lord of Atlantis »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.
Sep 13, 2018Posted in: Rumored Card RulingsQuote 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.
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Mar 13, 2018Wildfire393 posted a message on Dominaria Spoiler Digest - Who's Who and What's What from the Release NotesPosted in: ArticlesQuote from Viroid »The same way Halcyon is adjective for serene or calm. So a halcyon witness would basically be a serene and calm witness.
That is *possible*, but given that they're acutely aware of the events surrounding the Thran Empire (given the presence of The Fall of the Thran), and the fact that Halcyon was the name of Thran's Capital, I think they would shy away from coincidental, non-related use of that term.
Mar 12, 2018Wildfire393 posted a message on Dominaria Spoiler Digest - Who's Who and What's What from the Release NotesPosted in: ArticlesQuote from Caranthir »You are welcome. Some more:
odah's paragraph is quite wild.
"(Jodah) was also present during the Phyrexian Invasion and helped restore Urza's sanity during that time" - this is wholly incorrect, where you got it?
- one of the primary contributous to Worldspell - not quite, he had to provide his mirror and was forced to utilize (and in the process, consume) the safe havens to distribute the excess energy of the spell to prevent another Sylex Blast.
It is debatable, whether Evra, Halcyon Witness is what we think. After all, we have seen Halcyon Glaze. But using this very particular name on Dominaria and NOT tying it to THE Halcyon would be immensely stupid.
Kolo Meha was above all a Bogardan fire mage, but with ties to Madara, of course.
Gix was not Glacian's kíller. He attacked and wounded him, but Yawgmoth "killed" him by his treattment.
The Jodah piece was paraphrased from the wiki: "300 years after the destruction of the School, Jodah visited Urza Planeswalker, who had returned to Dominaria. Urza wanted to fight the Phyrexians and their coming invasion, but was completely insane. Jodah talked to him, telling him what had happened to the plane in his absence, and played an important role in restoring Urza to sanity." But on further review it seem this was still a bit prior to Invasion.
Mar 12, 2018Wildfire393 posted a message on Dominaria Spoiler Digest - Who's Who and What's What from the Release NotesPosted in: ArticlesQuote from Caranthir »Some minor corrections:
- Primevals' rebirth was one of the climaxes of Planeshift,not Invasion
- Karn's Temporal Sundering is probably the time machine explosion also depicted on Sunder, not the Tolarian rift closure.
- Sagas get counters on the beginning of the precombat main phase
- Mirari was just one of Karn's probes, and a faulty one (it shouldn't be leaking power)
Thanks, I'll get these propagated.
Feb 24, 2018Posted in: Articles
Do you have a list? In my research, I don't think I came across anything quite like what you're describing here.
Feb 17, 2018Posted in: Articles
Sultai Delver is in a weird place right now. Grixis is definitely grindier, as Young Pyromancer provides a threat that's very difficult to answer with a single piece of removal. Sultai Delver is largely left relying on Liliana of the Veil and/or Liliana, the Last Hope to provide their midrange potential, but in doing so they dilute their spell count without actually adding another threat (Last Hope can recur threats, but this is unreliable in the face of Deathrite Shamans). Tarmogoyf is the biggest draw to Green over Red, but Tarmogoyf isn't great with Fatal Push being so common in Czech Pile. There's also Abrupt Decay, of course, but that isn't as vital of a card without Counterbalance being everywhere.
I feel like most builds of Sultai Delver right now would benefit from dropping Goyfs for Pyros and just running as Grixis Delver. You can make a grindier, blacker Grixis Delver with Hymns, Lilianas, and Tombstalkers if that's something that appeals to you.
Feb 15, 2018Posted in: ArticlesQuote from Kuroze »An incredibly enjoyable read. I would have totally continued reading if it went into even more detail. I started playing MTG after Delver itself had already been printed and it has therefore been surprising to see that the archetype already kind of existed, and to see the how much card quality has improved over the years. Imagining MTG without Delver is kind of difficult.
I'd like to add that Delver has been a really important card in Pauper too. Supported by Spellstutter Sprite, Counterspell, Daze, Ponder and Preordain, Delver of Secrets has dominated pauper since at least five years ago.
Yes, there were several areas I could have touched on but did not - I chose to focus primarily on Legacy. But Delver had a dominant run in Standard alongside Snapcaster Mage, Ponder, Mana Leak, Vapor Snag, and Geist of Saint Traft, and it's also been a periodic player in Modern in a few different forms, mostly with parallels to the Legacy lists (RUG Delver and Grixis Delver both see a fair amount of play). And, of course, as you've mentioned, Pauper. For a common card, it's definitely one of the most influential of all time, and easily the most influential common creature ever printed.
Sep 23, 2016Wildfire393 posted a message on Kaladesh Spoiler Digest Part 2: Full Spoiler and InventionsYep! >_<. My bad.Posted in: Articles
Jul 18, 2016Posted in: ArticlesQuote from Squirtle_Squad »Do you think the print sizes are affecting the price? The BFZ and SOI blocks are/were being printed into oblivion. I dont know about KTK block however.
KTK had a fairly large print run because it was drafted as 3x for 3 months and then as 2x for another 3 months. Additionally, tons of people cracked it for the Fetchlands.
Dragons of Tarkir only had 3 months as a 2x set and was never drafted as a 3x set. It's also the only large set ever printed where this is the case - Avacyn Restored, Gatecrash, and Rise of the Eldrazi (the other non-Fall Large sets) were all drafted by themselves as 3x for at least three months. It has only a few staple Eternal cards, so its draw from the Eternal crowd was much smaller as well.
On top of this, Collected Company has been the cornerstone of one of the most dominant strategies in Standard, and has made a splash in Modern. So it's one of the most expensive non-Land, non-Mythic Rare cards in recent memory.
All that said, the set is one of the few standalone sets in standard, so there's lower intra-block synergy than with BFZ and SOI cards, and it has only three months left in Standard, which is why everything is starting to creep downwards.
May 20, 2016Posted in: ArticlesQuote from fabest77 »Hello,
I'm not into Magic speculation at all but yesterday I opened a foil Horizon Canopy in an Oath of Gatewatch booster pack. I'm not willing to play it, so your advice would be to sell it now or to wait?
You wrote that expeditions are good for the long trade but on the other hand Horizon Canopy lost 6.4$ in the last month…
Thnaks for your artciles by the way
Oath is currently still an in-print set, meaning people are still opening it and cracking expeditions. Once it stops being in print, the value on these is likely to take a permanent upwards trajectory.
Canopy is a strong card that sees play in both Modern and Legacy, and as its only other printing is Future Sight and fairly expensive already, the long-term value on this is likely to continue going up unless we see a Modern Masters/Eternal Masters reprint in the next several years.
My recommendation would be to hold it for a year or two unless there's something Eternal you need and can trade it for, especially if you can pick up something on the Reserved List.
Dec 30, 2015I'd also recommend keeping an eye on Blight Herder and Wasteland Strangler. They're currently super low, but along with Oblivion Sower, Void Winnower, and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, they're seeing an uptick in Modern play in an Eldrazi Processor deck.Posted in: Articles
Sep 24, 2015Wildfire393 posted a message on Battle for Zendikar Spoiler Digest 3: Full SpoilerFrom the gatherer rulings on all Processors:Posted in: Articles
"If a replacement effect will cause cards that would be put into a graveyard from anywhere to be exiled instead (such as the one created by Anafenza, the Foremost), you can still put an exiled card into its opponent’s graveyard. The card becomes a new object and remains in exile. In this situation, you can’t use a single exiled card if required to put more than one exiled card into the graveyard. Conversely, you could use the same card in this situation if two separate spells or abilities each required you to put a single exiled card into its owner’s graveyard."
Sep 2, 2015Wildfire393 posted a message on The Running Tally of Current Sets for August 31, 2015Of note, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy has already seen a small amount of Legacy play. He has several major things going for him there, even though Snapcaster Mage doesn't see a ton of play:Posted in: Articles
1) His Looting ability allows you to filter past lands, which is great for decks that don't want to have more than a few in play
2) His Looting ability can stock the graveyard, allowing you to bolster Tarmogoyf at instant speed, enable surprise flashback of Lingering Souls or Cabal Therapy, or just pitch Reanimation targets
3) His "Flashback" ability doesn't require that you flashback the spell on the same turn you cast him. This actually makes it easier to Flashback spells, as something like Abrupt Decay costs 1UGB to Snap Back
4) His Flashback ability does not actually grant Flashback, it merely enables you to cast the targeted spell. This may seem inconsequential, but it means you can target a Daze or Force of Will to enable you to cast it with its alternate cost, which helps you use Jace to protect the resolution of a threat or combo.
5) The +1 of Jace isn't entirely inconsequential either. It can completely neutralize a lot of threats, which can help combo decks buy time to go off.
Jul 14, 2015Wildfire393 posted a message on The Running Tally of Current Sets for July 13, 2015Nitpick: You mention Erebos is seeing an uptick in JOU when I think you mean Keranos. He's played a bit in Modern/Legacy as an extremely difficult-to-answer threat for winning the attrition race in control mirrors, generally as a 1- or 2-of in sideboards of Grixis and Jeskai decks.Posted in: Articles
Jun 25, 2015Wildfire393 posted a message on The Running Tally of Current Sets for June 22, 2015I think it could have been feasible to reduce the barrier to entry to Modern. It would have involved being more aggressive in their reprint policy, however.Posted in: Articles
If MM15 was
1) Mirrodin through Innistrad instead of through Scars
2) Printed in at least as much quantity as it has been
3) More aggressive in reprinting necessary cards at all rarities
4) At the same $6.99 price point MM1 was (and honestly, this point doesn't really matter because stores would likely have marked it up anyways)
I think it could have made the format as a whole significantly more accessible. They could have put LotV as black's second mythic and left Bitterblossom down at rare, and thrown Geist in instead of Comet Storm. Snapcaster, Inkmoth, Glimmervoid, Aether Vial, Blood Moon, Goblin Guide, Cavern of Souls, Ravager, Engineered Explosives, Chalice of the Void, Pact of Negation, Summoner's Pact, Scapeshift, all make fine rare inclusions. Throw in a cycle of duals covering Colonnade, Tar Pit, Grove, Horizon Canopy, and Blackcleave.
Sure, some stuff will raise in price to absorb the falling prices, but where's it going to go? Fetches that will likely be reprinted in Zendikar? The three Rav-block cards that see extensive enough play to be valuable? The few remaining duals that haven't had a reprint but don't really need it with shocks and fetches so abundant?
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