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  • posted a message on Commander Banned and unbanned announcemnt
    The problem is that most of these competitive In-Person Paper formats with Standard, Modern, Pioneer, and Legacy aren't as appealing as EDH / Commander and it's very difficult to sanction competitive events and tournaments for a 100 card Singleton format that would take hours on end to resolve between rounds with 4 player Pods per table unless it's setup 1 v. 1 per table Best of 1 Single Elimination since Swiss Best 2 out of 3 would take too long. The best you're going to get that comes close to officially sanctioned EDH / Commander tournaments is If you have an Achievement System similar to what Triple A Video Games use where players get rewarded for unlocking certain achievements during a game once certain conditions are met and I felt as though the Dungeon cards from the recent Dungeons & Dragons Crossover set was a great example of this that's tied to the "venture into the dungeon" mechanic except this Achievement System would be something that's unlocked spontaneously amongst ALL players kinda like in Planechase.

    Perhaps the best solution for these competitive In-Person Paper formats is by making these formats Singleton so that players aren't needing to spend more on playsets of cards than they have to while also mitigating the financial cost of specific cards getting emergency banned to where it's not as harmful on players' wallets with so many products getting printed to where it seems like it's hard to keep up with and it is. Only problem is that with set rotation as unforgiving as it is, it makes these competitive formats Brawl-lite to where the amount of time it can take to brew a 40 to 60 Singleton card deck would result in these cards possibly no longer being legal in their respective formats anymore and with a very limited card pool to work off of leads to demand for cards that aren't legal in said formats because players are needing the consistency to run "playsets" of cards with different names but are functionally identical even in terms of mana value. There's only so many card functions that a format can contain within itself unless it's an Eternal format like EDH.

    We had a weekly "Gauntlet" event on Sundays in Ottawa for close to 10 years until the organizers moved on.

    Round 1: 4-player pod, no infinite combos. 1 point per player killed, 1 point for last-person-standing.
    Round 2: 2 v 2, but players on same team were diagonal from each other like so:
    You could table talk but if you wanted to ask about casting a card in your hand, for example, you had to show the whole table.
    Round 3: 1 v 1
    You had to use the same deck throughout, so you got some pretty neat showings. Ad Naus won a lot, but then meta adjusted and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben shows up, or Thrun, or Azusa. Entrance was $5 store credit and it was split among top...8? I think. It's been a while.

    Wizard's Tower did pre-con leagues pre-pandemic, everyone got a pre-con and you all battled in a pod of 4. Then next week you could add $X in upgrades to your deck, based on non-foil pricing at the store. Then $50 upgrade, then $100+. Sometimes you got ganged on and it sucked waiting for the next round, but overall it was pretty fun.

    It really is a matter of time until Wizards does this on its own, they don't really need the RC or CAG either way, and they could even incentivize players by allowing the big event winner to make a custom legendary. The salty streamers would have no choice but to get on board because, believe me, they would love to see their face on a Magic card.
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  • posted a message on [AFR] True Polymorph— TCGPlayer preview
    ^ This.
    Commander is a turn 3ish format until they ban Thassa's Oracle. This thing is never, ever resolving to fun use while that's around.
    The effect is super amusing though, so good on Wizards for doing this, at least.
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  • posted a message on [AFR] Mordenkainen— Polygon preview
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    they did it again

    auto ultiamtes with doubling season or vorinclex, monstrous raider

    Yeah, they did. I think Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider was a sign they are aware of the situation but simply don't care to address it.
    Mordenkainen is really sweet though, will definitely need a few copies for EDH, might be one of the few AFR cards I am interested in.
    No sword though ;-(
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  • posted a message on [AFR] Owlbear— Ouest France preview
    This one is good. No complaints and decent translation of Keen Senses.
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  • posted a message on [AFR] Xanathar, Guild Kingpin and Purple Worm—GamesRadar preview
    Why is a Beholder not FLYING ?

    Its literally floating around all the time ...

    THIS...and why doesn't it use its eyebeams? Where is the Death Ray, the turn to stone, the ray of command, the...they made a Beholder that isn't a Beholder!
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  • posted a message on [AFR] Tarrasque— iyingdi preview
    Card is just bad.

    A pretty bad representation of what is supposed to be the big bad monster from D&D.

    Its not even crazy big as a 10/10 and actually very easy to kill here.

    This. they missed the boat on this one. When I'd rather play Carnage Tyrant over a Tarrasque, you know something is wrong.
    SO far, not getting bundles on Arena or boxes live.
    The Beholder doesn't fly or gain flying till EOT, doesn't use its eyestalks and this Tarrasque is extremely weak.
    So far, Drizz't and the Sphere of Annihilation are the only decent crossovers.
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  • posted a message on Secret Lair: Stranger Things
    I don't know if it's hypocrisy. D&D is a fantasy setting and arguably has some influence on Magic's tropes in general. Stranger Things is a modern-day setting so...ok? Yeah it has Demogorgon as a foe, but likely so laughably powered down so teenagers can face it. Stranger Things is fine as a Secret Lair but the cards should not really be playable except in casual play. Same goes for Walking Dead, but that ship has sailed, I guess.
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  • posted a message on [MH2] Break the Ice— Masters of Modern preview
    Lulz cannot wait to pair this with Ritual of Subdual in EDH and turn it into an Armageddon.
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  • posted a message on [MH2] Endurance— Riley Knight preview
    Can't wait to flash this out against someone casting a Splendid Reclamation or Gaea's Will or somesuch in Commander.
    Nice design besides, good job to Wizards on this cycle.
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  • posted a message on [MH2] Greed— Ivan Floch preview
    Yeah it won't affect 7ED foil prices much, the Underground River 7ED foil is still hundreds of dollars, despite other printings.
    Nice bulk rare I guess, seems way too slow for Modern.
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  • posted a message on [MH2] Skophos Reaver— Minotaur Reviewer preview
    Hmm, I got 15 Homelands packs for Grixmas...temptation to open for Didgeridoo increasing...
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  • posted a message on [MH2] Out of Time— Ryuzo Fujie preview
    HEaring he cool kids pairing this with Teferi, Time Raveler so the critters never return.
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  • posted a message on [MH2] FAce to face games -- Reprint of....IMERIAL RECRUITER!!!!!
    Yeah. this is pretty unbelievable.
    Aaron Forsythe said the background told a story, but I vaguely see a claw of some kind?
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  • posted a message on [MH2] Ingenious Infiltrator— Elfeirtwitch preview
    "Whenever a Ninja you control would deal (?) combat damage to a player, draw a card."
    Wow, super solid.
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  • posted a message on Where to find Strixhaven and Commander 2021 previews
    Not a big fan of the Professor, but he has some decent takes on accessories. That said, he can't expect a preview when his whole shtick is "Do not buy booster boxes, buy singles" and "The Rerserved List is a lie!" and all sorts of tomfoolery like that. Wizards will always prefer obsequious people like Shivam or the odd name celeb to add more noise.

    In the end, these content-provider previews aren't that enticing; I would rather have the full spoiler up asap so I can get to brewing and altering decks, but I suppose it's always been staggered.
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