Ob Nixilis - truly the Sun Tzu of the Magic Verse.
Edict is a lot worse for Modern now that Lilian's Triumph exists, making this purely limited fodder now :(.
Exclude is also unlikely to see play, and seeing it at uncommon and Prohibit at common is making me reaaaal nervous that Counterspell isn't gonna make it.
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May 20, 2019Hawk7915 posted a message on Diabolic Edict, Exclude (R&D Plays Magic previews)Posted in: The Rumor Mill
May 16, 2019Hawk7915 posted a message on Welp it’s finally happening for black/rakdos players...About time.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Having one color completely unable to handle a card type is annoying but livable. Having two colors completely unable to handle a card type just leads to too many feel-bads.
I'm curious as to what "with limitations" looks like. Sorcery-speed only? Pay life to do it? Do it as a punisher effect?
May 16, 2019Don't have time for a full spoiler list, but here are some guesses for actual cool, fun cards in the set...Posted in: Speculation
Abolish (possibly at common?)
Coalition Honor Guard
Teferi's Protection (probably at Mythic :()
White doesn't have a whole lot to add. I think Mother of Runes would be a little oppressive in Humans which is already a top-tier competitive deck and most really good white stuff in Legacy/Vintage is a clear color-pie break (Swords to Plowshares, Land Tax) or seems like something they wouldn't want in Modern (Cataclysm, Armageddon, Enlightened Tutor, Recruiter of the Guard) or has a multiplayer mechanic that rules it out here (Council's Judgment, Palace Jailer). As a result, I think most of white's stuff will be focused on fun stuff that people enjoy in Commander alongside some much-needed pauper reprints. Containment Priest will be the spiciest addition to Modern while Teferi's Protection will see some sideboard play and be rejoiced about for Commander players.
Fact or Fiction
Foil (still at common to curse the Pauper realms)
I think people need to prepare to be disappointed with blue in Modern Masters. I see all these people drooling over Brainstorm and Gush and Daze and Show and Tell and Force of Will and Stasis and I'm like...dream on, guys. I think the goal of this set is NOT to destroy Legacy but to reinvigorate Modern while still reprinting much-wanted cards for older formats. As a result, I think blue's big adds will be Flusterstorm as a "fun police" card and Counterspell to boost hard control decks. We'll see alongside that some cards that hit us right in the nostalgia and some much-needed Commander and Pauper reprints. As a minor note - don't laugh at my mention at Arctic Merfolk, as it seems surprisingly funny in a format with Aether Vial
Snuff Out (I think we'll see a cycle of free spells but I also think this will replace Outbreak)
I've changed my mind on how likely Toxic Deluge is but I could see reanimator being a thing they experiment with alongside some pauper love. Carrion Feeder would also be an exciting way to support both Zombies and Aristocrats.
I do also think we'll see Slivers - probably 2-3 per color with a cycle of multicolored. I think we'll see a mix of new and old, but among the reprints will be Plated Sliver, Talon Sliver, Crypt Sliver, Toxin Sliver, Winged Sliver, Muscle Sliver, Heart Sliver, Crystalline Sliver.
I also really want Astral Slide in the set, but I think the fact it can hit ANY creature and hits off of ANY Cycle makes it too obnoxious in a format with cards that cycle for 0. I suspect we're more likely to see a "fixed" version that only hits your own dudes and/or has an activation cost.
May 9, 2019Hawk7915 posted a message on Help in building a Green/Blue Druid commander deckRashmi is fine. She's powerful, and she is herself a druid to try to get the Archdruid Combo online faster, but lends herself to a bit of a different deck - one that utilizes Wilderness Reclamation and Seedborn Muse to try and get more value. There's some oblique synergy there with running powerful enchantments alongside Argothian Enchantress and Verduran Enchantress (as well as stuff like Krosan Restorer, Arbor Elf, Hope Tender, Voyaging Satyr, and friends alongside stuff like Wild Growth), but that feels a bit too crazy. I definitely prefer her to your alternative option of Tatyova, Benthic Druid if you go with a generically powerful Commander who happens to be a druid though.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
But for my money I actually think Ezuri, Claw of Progress is the strongest commander for a Druid army.
- Of the 157 druids available in your color identity (not counting Changelings), only 18 fail to trigger Ezuri.
- Ezuri provides the counters you want to make your little army of 1 and 2 power dorks actually threatening.
- Ezuri also makes it easier to "turn on" Rishkar, Peema Renegade and Incubation Druid, and does a great job super-charging Viridian Joiner, Marwyn, the Nurturer, Gyre Sage, and Devoted Druid to let you ramp into crazy-strong spells like Craterhoof Behemoth and Finale of Devastation and Genesis Wave.
May 9, 2019I know you said no Tribal, but it is low-hanging fruit and I've found Yuriko, The Tiger's Shadow to be a fun proactive deck. It's not SUPER tribal because there are so few ninjas, so it is more about finding Arcane Adaptation, Conspiracy, and/or Xenograft to turn all your little random 1/1 dudes into ninjas so that your commander functions as a SUPER Edric. Despite more or less demanding a fair number of Flying Men and those Conspiracy effects, I found there was a lot of skill-testing decisions both in building and in playing. I run a Trinket Mage package experimentally, but Yuriko also pushes you to play unconventional answer cards and maximize your tempo and ability to have open attacks. I don't win a lot with it because it does become archenemy often, but it is a blast every time I shuffle it up.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
The problem is that you'd think commanders with good attack triggers would encourage you to play a proactive list, but it rarely works that way. Tribal makes for good proactive decks because they encourage you to beat face without necessarily encouraging you to play Voltron and combo-kill people (like Narset, Enlightened Master, Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest or exploit the repeated combat triggers for grindy stax advantage (i.e. Brago, King Eternal, Kaalia of the Vast, Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, the way some commanders with attack triggers might. That being said, I also think you can build a proactive, interactive list for folks like Edric, Spymaster of Trest and Gahiji, Honored One.
May 8, 2019Strictly better than Twiddle but still wildly unplayable.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Untapping one thing once is not super powerful, and in a world where Dramatic Reversal and Turnabout exist there is very little reason this could ever be run. If you are slingin' spells and want untaps for some reason (U/W Heroic maybe?), you have Cerulean Wisps which cantrips or Triton's Tactics which multi-targets. I'd probably also pay the 1 extra for Refocus or Vizier of Tumbling Sands in such a deck.
Tapping one thing is less useless, but still pretty useless. I look to have my tapping effects be repeatable (like Mind Games, Puppeteer, Hand of Binding) or able to multi-tap (Gigadrowse, Blustersquall, Gridlock), Icy Blast, Send to Sleep, Choking Tethers). The problem being that blue gets to bounce for the same rate or better (with stuff like Vapor Snag, Snap, Echoing Truth, Curfew, etc) and that tends to buy you way more tempo than tapping something down would.
Pretty sure beyond Turnabout that Choking Tethers is the only one of these to actually make it into the 99 of one of my decks and only because of a heavy cycling theme.
May 6, 2019Agreed, a decklist would help. I presume from your post that you want boardwipes that wipe more than just creatures, but don't want pure land destruction spells like Armageddon. Ideally it looks like you want spells that nuke lands incidentally, but that don't remove Zurgo himself.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
A few more good ones, then, are...
Burning of Xinye
Hour of Revelation
May 2, 2019I definitely think that Gird for Battle and Rile are better than Blindblast and Moment of Triumph or Take Heart, so I'll make that change. Also turns out I don't have a spare Response, and I think that puts me at juuuuust enough sorceries to try Finale of Promise. I may also drop one of Run Amok or Healing Grace for Warlord's Fury to be sure, even though Feather can't recur Fury.Posted in: Decklists
I'm interested what ya'll would do with the creature base - I want an okay curve of low-cost creatures, ideally ones that interact well with pump effects. The addition of Gird actually makes it even more important to be able to "go wide" imo. I'll look into Dauntless Bodyguard but who else would you add?
Apr 30, 2019Posted in: DecklistsQuote from RileyMcAwesome »Looks fun! Wish I had some suggestions, but I don't know brawl/standard very well.
If it helps, the "maybeboard" included...
Parhelion II (got a shiny foil one but not sure this is the right deck for it)
The Wanderer (redundancy with Tajic to make it easier to spam Reckless Rage and Dual Shot)
Dauntless Bodyguard (just another body)
Leonin Vanguard (just another body but has some lifegain synergy)
Finale of Promise (this deck doesn't have a ton of sorceries so I'd need to weave in like Warlord's Fury, Maximize Velocity, Rile, Gird for Battle, and/or Crash Through but it is spicy with Feather and all my small spells)
Jaya's Immolating Inferno (Can be rebought with Feather as a sort of poor man's Aurelia's Fury).
Ajani's Influence (this is a 4-mana Gird for Battle...but it can also cantrip! It's so much durdly value).
Apr 30, 2019I also pulled Feather, and am interested in trying that deck out in Brawl. Same deal as my Ral post - I am not willing to drop a bunch of cash so if a valuable card is missing I won't be able to acquire it any time soon.Posted in: Decklists
That's especially hard for Feather because a lot of the things that are so spicy in Commander for her don't exist in Brawl, and I can't afford to do Angel Tribal since that would require buying Lyra and Aurelia among other cards. Still, I was curious if there was enough value in the format to make her worth using...
No infinite comboes here, but lots and lots of value and a solid aggressive beatdown plan.
Apr 30, 2019I pulled two Ral Zareks over the weekend and it got me thinking about a Brawl deck for him. I tagged this as "budget" in that I don't really want to go buy a ton of cards for it as no one I know Brawls currently so if anything more than $1 is not in the list, I am unlikely to be able to get it. My rough sketch is...Posted in: Decklists
The Oncoming StormMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards Commander: 1
4 Ral, Storm Conduit
2 Augur of Bolas
2 Electrostatic Field
2 Gobling Electromancer
2 League Guildmage
3 Enigma Drake
3 Flux Channeler
4 Crackling Drake
4 Murmuring Mystic
Instants and Sorceries: 21
1 Crash Through
1 Warlord's Fury
2 Blink of an Eye
2 Chart a Course
2 Contentious Plan
2 Expansion // Explosion
2 Lava Coil
2 Lazotep Plating
2 Lightning Strike
2 Narset's Reversal
2 Radical Idea
3 Fight with Fire
3 Invade the City
3 Role Reversal
3 Sinister Sabotage
4 Chemister's Insight
6 Commence the Endgame
3 Narset, Parter of Veils
5 Jaya, Venerated Firemage
2 Firemind's Research
5 The Mirari Conjecture
3 Izzet Locket
3 Mana Geode
1 Sulfur Falls
1 Steam Vents
1 Izzet Guildgate
1 Emergence Zone
1 Memorial to Genius
I know of course that adding Niv-mizzet, Parun, Primal Wellspring, Thousand-Year Storm, Arclight Phoenix, Treasure Map, and Search for Azcanta would dramatically improve this deck but, again, budget. Plan A is to set up the combo kill with Ral + copying spells, with plan B being beatdown with drakes and tokens. I would have loved Bond of Insight and I toyed with Finale of Promise which I also pulled, but I'm not sure what to cut. Maybe the planeswalkers are too cute, especially as I don't have a Karn's Bastion to spare for this deck? Thoughts?
Apr 30, 2019Posted in: DecklistsQuote from DirkGently »Yeah, guardians might actually be decent. Could reset transmogrify wand, that's pretty solid value. Not sure how amalgam will work out, but it seems...reasonably efficient? I mean it's probably a hill giant T4, but it could pretty easily grow to be like 2/3 of a dakkon blackblade, which isn't toooo bad for 4 (or 2 under ugin). Wouldn't even be close in commander, but in brawl I feel like an efficient beater that scales with the game could be at least ok. Especially when I need to defend my commander.
Manalith = powerstone = dragon's hoard = chromatic lantern...I'll see how I feel about the ramp. The fact that they're essentially free under ugin is a pretty nice bonus, but it does mean I've got a lot of cards dedicated to mana in a deck that doesn't have a real high power level, which is annoying. I'll probably be leaning a lot on the commander to provide the value I need. Biggest bummer is that there's no reasonable way to get him out earlier than T5 without any <=2 cmc rocks in standard for him. I do think it's worth ramping twice (or more) before he hits, though, since it means we can play a 3-4 cmc spell alongside him T5...so we'll see. Hopefully we'll get the meta together sometime next week and I can start trying it out.
Technically Powerstone is good because you can animate it with Karn, the Great Creator, slam a Helm of the Host on it, and start going ham :p. Is that good? I have no idea, but it is extremely funny. Otherwise on further reflection you are probably right and if anything Manalith is "better" than the others because there is no badness that happens if it gets ninjaed (sorry, pirated) by Hostage Taker or Admiral Beckett Brass or Hijack, wheras an opponent stealing Lantern or Horde might lead to them getting extra value.
Apr 29, 2019Yeah, there isn't a ton of room here for improvement.Posted in: Decklists
- Cards I am unsure are worthwhile: Awakened Amalgam (just a dumb beater here), Manalith (not sure you need 7 rocks and this is the weakest in the list).
- Cards of interest: Guardians of Koilos (not sure you can combo off here but at worst it resets the counters on a 'walker or rebuys the EtB on another artifact), Wand of Vertebrae (it can rebuy used Karns?), Fountain of Renewal (a little life early, extra card late).
Apr 24, 2019Hawk7915 posted a message on Random Deck Discussion: Outcryqq - Roon of the Hidden Realms [5/19]We've talked about it in thread, but I second (or fourth or whatever) getting Kindred Discovery. My first build of my wife's Varina list ran almost no card draw, and that turned out to be a huge mistake. My thinking was that "Varina will just draw all the cards", but she loots. That seems obvious, but in practice it means if you have a 2 card hand, you aren't getting a ton of traction to draw 4 discard 4 with her. Your list has Remora, Arena, Mind's Eye, and Skullclamp as reliable repeatable draw, but I'd definitely add at least one more and my wife's list has also found cheap draw (Chart a Course, Night's Whispers, Read the Bones) to generally be pretty good.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
One card I'm curious about is Ajani's Welcome - seems a little low impact? My wife has enjoyed a nice, lean curve and a lot more token makers and I'm not sure I'd run it there, nevermind here. That's why I'm excited for Lazotep Reaver but I'll also vouch for Putrid Imp and Graveyard Marshal as solid little dudes (and of course I know you are all aboard the Soul Diviner hype train which is also good).
Apr 19, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)
I assume you mean "In Sultai" given the Muldrotha comment, which takes away my two favorites (Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God and Tamiyo, Field Researcher). I think the best, roughly in order, are...
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon: Draw 7, gain 7, play 7 SHOULD just win the game on the spot.
Liliana, Dreadhorde General: One-sided Tragic Arrogance effect that also hits lands should completely cripple opponents to the point that winning is just a formality, and unlike most of these chumps she sticks around!
Jace, Architect of Thought: Super duper bribery on all opponents AND a free permanent for you to find any of these other 'walkers or game winning effects. Less good in this specific case compared to the Doubling Season case because if you pull a 'walker you won't necessarily get to ultimate again.
Jace, Unraveler of Secrets: This doesn't win the game, but Erayo, Soratami Ascendant is banned and this gets you that same effect. Your opponents might just scoop in disgust?
From there, there are several sort of "Tier 2" effects that aren't as powerful but are still game-winning especially in concert with a few other walkers.
Mu Yanling: Surprising, for sure, but "take an extra turn and tap all possible blockers" should be a powerful play if not necessarily a game-winning one.
Liliana Vess: Rise of the Dark Realms on a budget is fun, and she helps you assemble the comboes.
Kiora, Master of the Depths: 24 power and three fight triggers isn't broken or anything like some of these, but is a good way to end the game in concert with any of these other effects.
Vraska, Relic Seeker/Sorin Markov: Powerful effects but need some support to make it an instant win.
Teferi, Temporal Archmage: If you are going for a long, grindy game this emblem makes all your Planeswalkers super powerful and obnoxious.
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage and Will Kenrith are also usually pretty spicy, but less good in Muldrotha. Jace, the Mind Sculptor is also obviously very powerful but can't ultimate instantly without additional support.
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Nov 30, 2017Hawk7915 posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemPosted in: ArticlesQuote from GreenJobTzar »See your number one shows why the costume people are immaterial to the community, they only show up at high level events, therefore with CS gone, nothing was lost. No one is cosplaying at my kitchen table or any other. Saying someone playing dress up makes someone buy an intro deck is such a leap of logic even the worst digital marketing hack wouldn't try it.
And your number two, couldn't agree more. Harassment's just not happening at the players playing with cards level that people think it is unless one thinks social media reflects reality. Try going to you local LGS and be a salty POS. People will play the games for an event, but you're not going to participate much beyond pay to play.
If your LGS is rife with rape jokes, name and shame bruh. Can't find Jeremy doing it, though most of his content isn't great, but would love a link.
Fair that we've gotten pretty far into the weeds here. My LGS seems generally great, my wife hasn't run into issues there and has generally bowed out because she hates limited and we're too poor for constructed. I haven't seen much/hardly any of Jeremy's stuff. I've seen a few of Christina's pictures on WotC's social media page but this whole scandal is the first I've really heard of both of them. They'll be gone, and there will be new cosplayers and scumbags to take their place.
I do think there's room for improvement and inclusion, because data says that something like 35-40% of players are women, but only 1% of serious tournament players or even casual "weekend warriors" are women. Some of that may be legitimate gender and cultural differences, but some of it is almost certainly that women feel unwelcome at local FNMs. It doesn't take the extremes of rape jokes and threats to scare 'em off.
Still, we're way off the issue here. It seems like we're both generally in agreement that being civil is good and that we're here for the larger issue and have no actual buy-in on the individuals involved, and I concede that cosplay is a poor/nonexistant marketing tool as it's pretty niche even among nerds. I do think they should be treated with respect, but fair enough that paying cosplayers to come to events like Hascon is probably money better spent elsewhere (like on fixing Gatherer or improving development or getting mainstream press attention).
Nov 30, 2017Hawk7915 posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemPosted in: ArticlesQuote from GreenJobTzar »That begs the question, what special accommodations need to be made for non-majority people? As far as I saw from 95-201X, none, but my group and LGS doesn't do any language policing, though we did make fun of the guy with waifu lands until he stopped using them.
I would say the people who demand things non game related do affect the game. Beyond salaries paid by wizards for content managers and other community management roles, money that could be spent on more RnD, better quality product and tourney prize support, we've already seen calls for wizards to pay adults to play dress-up.
So yes people who want to enjoy the game differently are detracting from the game by sapping finite resources. One could say they are growing the pie, but a worse product (ICM and other recent sets) is shrinking the pie more.
1) MaRo doesn't lie, and has repeatedly noted that "casuals" - folks who play for costumes and stories and flinging cards around their kitchen table - are the major audience of Magic the Gathering by a vast, vast magnitude. Super serious players who play professionally, and even semi-serious players who grind FNM every week, are an overall minority of the player population. It is THEIR enjoyment that funds the serious R&D to grind out good products and develop a game that rewards good play at the highest levels. While the recent Standard issues are likely in small part due to overtaxing the development team to serve a story team, the ability to hire new developers and refine/improve R&D with the Play Design team is due to the ever-growing sales from that story change, which has been a huge success for MtG's primary consumers.
2) I don't see why not hitting on people, commenting on their body shape and appearance, or "joking" about rape is an undue and unreasonable accommodation to expect in a professional setting, if you are dead-set on being the very best player beating the very best opponents. If your pleasure comes not from winning but from getting to be a dick to your opponents and drink their tears, you are at odds with the intent of the game. The author, and most female/colored/disabled players, are not asking you to treat them like Kings and Queens. They are asking you to treat them like adults and fellow players.
Nov 30, 2017Hawk7915 posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemPosted in: Articles
There is also a public policy issue. We want humans to live in the US, interestingly enough. For that, we need people to, you know, mate! Unwanted advances are sad, and when made repeatedly, are in fact harassment. One-off failed pickup attempts are not, and punishing them will lead to more introversion from an already-introversive group. Should we not be encouraging players to date each other, rather than making women at Magic events sacred cows??
I can accept a middle ground: flirt with tact. At a bar, grossly creeping at a girl results in a drink tossing. At a card event, perhaps a shove? But banning that behavior is wrong.
I get what you're saying, and am all for tact. The point of the author, and many other eloquent folks in this thread, is that it is never "just you" playfully flirting and dropping it if she says no or says nothing. It is every. single. opponent. Every single time. My wife usually made clear she was with her husband, and got creeped on the few tournaments she has been to back when we were just engaged and long-distance so she was attending alone. The fact that it is a constant barrage from all parties means even the guy who says "Hey, you're cool, that game was great, let's get coffee sometime" (which I'd consider to be respectful, tactful, and focused on positive qualities instead of just having sex ASAP) can feel pretty unwelcome because you are in fact the 10th guy to proposition her that day. The truth is that the far too many men are NOT that tactful and respectful, and I get that's because they're nervous and awkward but that is a reason and not a terribly compelling excuse.
Nov 30, 2017Posted in: ArticlesQuote from Kryptnyt »That's fair. I didn't know about any Wolfenstein outcry. If there's flamethrowers in that game, it makes a lot more sense I guess. I still don't think Nazism has anything to do with cosplay however.
Yeah, I spend a ton of time on AV Club and most of my friends are hyper-liberal so I saw some of it. There is a legitimate phenomenon of making a tempest out of a tea kettle so I'm not sure how widespread the outcry REALLY was, but it was widespread enough to vaguely ping my radar so I understood that reference. Considering how fresh, and not well-disseminated, the reference is it would probably be good to edit the section to clarify.
Nov 30, 2017Posted in: Articles
Context matters, so consider my post to be "unsolicited pick-up lines that clearly make the recipient uncomfortable" since sure, you might be flirting and it makes sense to drop old gems like this - but also, if all your pickup lines relate immediately to sex with someone who's just there to play Magic, perhaps you should find a few new ones. THAT's the overall point, really, of my thread here - many here are saying "just let me play cards, this is a game, leave politics and identity out of it", then defending dropping cheesy pick-up lines and trolling for sex with their female opponents who are also just there to play cards. You can't have it both ways. It can't just be a game when it makes you comfortable, and be about your out-of-game needs and wants when it makes you comfortable too.
I opted for a clean example in the interest of not getting a warning or infraction.
Nov 30, 2017Posted in: Articles
I know it's a tough line sometimes, but the issue here is that your privilege to be left alone ends when you harm someone else. If you say "hey, you look great in that dress but it'd look greater on my floor", your female opponent calling you on it or reporting you to a judge for unsportsmanlike conduct is no longer a "Thought Police" issue, it is an anti-harassment issue. Treating people with respect, decency, following the golden rule, etc, shouldn't BE a political issue, and the point of the article is that if you take this as an attack on your personal beliefs and politics, perhaps it is time to do some real soul searching regarding those beliefs and politics.
Nov 30, 2017The full, in-context quote is:Posted in: Articles
"It should go without saying that if you feel personally attacked when someone denounces the Nazis, you ought to take a good, hard, long look inside yourself to find out where that Nazi sympathy comes from. And then you kill it with fire from a good, old-fashioned, American-made M1A1 flamethrower, a fine weapon responsible for killing many Nazis in the actual World War II."
In context, she refers to killing "those feelings of sympathy" with fire, and there is no advocacy of violence against Nazis. "Kill it with fire" is a common turn of phrase, and is here directed entirely as a metaphorical fire-bombing of negative attitudes some may possess, internally.
The "shoot Nazis in Normandy but not New York" bit is specifically referencing the outcry over Wolfenstein's recent release, which a handful of conservatives decried despite Wolfenstein being a long-running series predicated on shooting the hell out of Nazis (something it has in common with many, many, many other Triple A shooter titles on the market), as the context of a Nazi-controlled US still featuring Nazi-shooting was apparently too close to home for some. I admit the messaging is muddled by the long gap (she mentions the game in paragraph one, and the line, with no reference to the game, in her final paragraph), but there is no advocacy of violence here. An edit to make it clear she's referencing Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, however, may be beneficial.
Nov 30, 2017I suppose I can appreciate the desire to "face only the strongest". Christina doesn't even play so that's whatever. I would challenge the assumption that welcoming women, people of color, disabled people, etc to the community somehow will give you less worthy opposition. I'm also not sure that folks who enjoy the game differently (for its art, costumes, flavor, etc) should be made to feel unwelcome or be treated poorly when they won't ever dilute your tournament experience or environment.Posted in: Articles
Nov 30, 2017I find it interesting that many posts here are to "keep politics out of my escapism". I understand and empathize with the sentiment. I come here to get away from the horror show that is modern politics and news. I generally prefer to tune out and avoid confrontation.Posted in: Articles
Here's the thing though; folks like Christina and the author are "bringing their liberal politics into your game" because you, or folks like you, started it.
I am a white man, so I have a limited perspective on many things, but I am also disabled and in a wheelchair. I have 100% had folks talk...real...real...slow to me, or make cracks about "feeling bad beating up on a cripple" at tournaments. I've let it mostly roll off my back or taken them aside and gently told them that that is very uncool of them, as my physical disability does not overly impact my cognitive functioning and it's a bit insulting to assume othewise. Are my opponents who do this immune to criticism? Am I injecting my "SJW politics" into the game by correcting them, or by posting this?
I would hope logically you'd answer "no, that's all fine and fair" - but then why is it wrong for Christina or Alexandra to similarly share their perspective and defend themselves? I would personally not have been as violent or blunt as the author either, but as someone who can only generally imagine what its like to be treated as "less than" every. single. minute of the day, since I get treated as "less than" a few times a week, I also don't really have the right to tell someone that their anger or protest is inappropriate. We can't endorse a community that does stuff like ask women "are you hear with your boyfriend/husband? You look GREAT in that dress. Are you free later? Do you know how to play? Do you just play for the pictures? Are you just doing this for attention from men?" AND also say "whoa, calm down lady, it's just a game" when they get upset at that treatment.
Nov 30, 2017I was a bit nervous about the title here, but this article was dead-on. Many here are quick to say we need to protect valid criticism, but that wasn't the issue here. Christina didn't leave because of "criticism" - it's not like people were telling her she got the colors wrong or ought to have used metal instead of foam on her costume or she should switch to "Urban Decay" for makeup because it doesn't look as tacky and smeared after being in costume all day, or whatever and she couldn't take it. She left because of persistent harassment that crossed the line from respectful criticism to personal attack. The defense of criticism is a borderline non sequitur - it's like leaping into a discussion of how to prevent arson by adding "hey, just remember, roasting marshmallows in your backyard is great though. Let's just remember that some fires are helpful and maybe be a little easier on the arsonist, okay?"Posted in: Articles
The fact that there are so many comments here on MTGS are in defense of Jeremy, or a leap to "if you tell me I can't do as I please to others you are the oppressor and problem!!!!" is as depressing as it is utterly unsurprising. You hit the nail on the head. If you choose to spend your days protecting and defending Nazis, Fascists, rapists, misogynists, and internet trolls, even if you yourself feel you are NOT a Nazi, Fascist, rapist, misogynist, or troll, you can't be surprised to find that you are unwelcome in private communities due to the company YOU have chosen to keep, and the hill YOU have chosen to die on. You really should take a long, hard look at why you feel that this is the side you want to be on if you are uncomfortable with the labels that it entails.
One of the great lies of the 20th century is that all opinions are equal and sacred, that your ignorance is as valuable and valid as my knowledge, and that there is no objective truth. You are absolutely entitled to the opinion that Jeremy is right, that Christina is a crybaby, and that perhaps to go further, women are objects for your amusement or should only wear things that conform to your standards of beauty. You are also entitled to the opinion that the Earth is flat, but that isn't going to help you pass an Astronomy class or leap off the edge of the planet, and you are entitled to the opinion that gravity is a lie but that isn't going to let you take to the air on your own power. You're entitled to the opinion that all medicine is quackery and all nutrition is part of a conspiracy - take a decade off eating healthy and visiting doctors or taking any medicine and get back to me on how you feel. And you will face criticism by those that actually study, learn, research, and listen instead of forming a snap opinion based on their personal, anecdotal, and frequently privileged evidence. That criticism 100% means you will face consequences for sharing the opinions that underline and define Nazis, Fascists, rapists, pedophiles, and misogynists around the world.
I'd say that's the only misstep here. I am not calling you a Nazi - but your spirited defense of them is cause for concern and says a lot about your underlying beliefs and attitudes. If being lumped in with someone that, 10 years ago, we almost all agreed was synonymous with "punchable jerkwads and universal villains" is making you feel discomfort, perhaps it is your beliefs, and not my connecting of the dots, that is the problem.
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