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  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the November 26, 2018 announcement?
    Quote from Galerion »

    Quote from 13055 »
    I just want them to unban anything and have it not break the universe so they start being less overly-cautious with these changes. My best bet is SFM being that free-to-unban card. Further, I'd enjoy seeing the format with Ponder/Preordain (either/or/both). It feels unfair having Stirrings around without P or P, and I'd prefer giving other decks tools to even the field than taking away the tools of other decks and hamstringing them (even if it's looking like Stirrings is quite good).


    While I have voted for Preordain myself we shouldn't forget the big difference between the blue spells and the others like Ancient Stirrings and Faithless Looting.

    The blue ones just make your deck more consistent and therefore better with no downside. Unless you are playing Aggro they will just straight up help you with your strategy no matter if you are looking for threats, answers, combo pieces, lands, etc.

    The others need building around. Jund plays red and green and yet runs neither card because they don't work with the deck.
    Besides Merfolk every blue deck will play the blue cantrips. The same isn't true for the all the green and red decks and their respective spells.


    Technically they have a deckbuilding cost, but those costs are so far beneath the benefits they give. No one is arguing that, because Stirrings isn't bonkers in Elves, it isn't good. The card in the right shell is super strong. The problem is the "downside" of having a critical mass of colorless spells, or having enough of a graveyard component to your deck, is so frigging easy to accomplish in Modern that there really isn't a downside.

    I'd argue the fact that "every" blue deck would run either cantrip is false, but even if it isn't false, I think we can all agree that Stirrings and Looting do more for their decks than the cantrips would do for any other deck with the possible exception of Storm. Stirrings and Looting straight-up enable their decks, while the cantrips offer more consistency to U-based combo decks, or offer a better cantrip to non-combo blue. Is having a card that each blue deck runs really that much of a problem? They're one-mana cantrips; it's not like a too-necessary creature that causes frequently similar boardstates across a format *cough*Copter*cough*.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the November 26, 2018 announcement?
    I just want them to unban anything and have it not break the universe so they start being less overly-cautious with these changes. My best bet is SFM being that free-to-unban card. Further, I'd enjoy seeing the format with Ponder/Preordain (either/or/both). It feels unfair having Stirrings around without P or P, and I'd prefer giving other decks tools to even the field than taking away the tools of other decks and hamstringing them (even if it's looking like Stirrings is quite good).
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on UW Control
    That's fair. Last time I played with Purge was back in Jeskai Nahiri days, but I can see it being good with Shadow decks running around. I don't know if anyone at my place plays Jund, but I might call an audible and take something out for Purge, maybe the Stroke. I don't know if I really need the fourth piece of countermagic in the board for the mirror.
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on UW Control
    Gonna try something a little different tomorrow. Cutting the fourth Cryptic, as that seems to be what everyone else is doing (even though I adore Cryptic). Also throwing in an Entreat to try it out, and moving Crucible to main because the LD plan seems to work more often than I thought. Moving away from Heiros for the week, I haven't hated them, but U: Draw 1 isn't particularly strong, unless you know there's a Terminus on top. I'm not sold on Ancestral, but I'll try it out and see. I feel like I might make the move others have and swap the Verdict and Settle, to have Settle main, but I'll give Verdict another night to test.

    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [UMA] - Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Quote from LuckyJoe1988 »
    Anyone else notice that the wording is different on the ruling for Dark Depths about creating a Legendary token, than our most recent iteration of a Legendary-token producer (reprint) of Tolsimir Wolfblood? Instead of saying "creat a token, named" it simply states the name, and all the rulings that come with said token.


    Dark Depths follows the new templating of Verix Bladewing. Not sure why Tolsimir abandons that template, but it might just be that they had sent off the Guild decks to be printed before Dominaria was printed? That seems unlikely, but I can't think of a better reason.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/10/2018)
    That is quite the interesting theory. I don't know what their justification for new arts is, but with the next announcement on the 26th, and this set being rushed for a December release, it is suspicious. I was more thinking SFM might be the big-ticket-item, as DTT isn't really worth much. SFM still isn't quite JtMS, but it at least has some secondary market value. I don't think unbanning DTT would boost sales as much as the JtMS unban did, but maybe Hasbro can't quite figure that out?
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    Welp, got my Topper in the mail. Lavaclaw Reaches! I'm pretty sure I would have been happier with literally any of the other 39 over this. Free is great, and it looks beautiful, but only Stirring Wildwood and Tasigur, the Golden Fang are worth less, and both actually see play anywhere. I'm glad Wizards is apologizing for the huge fiesta that was the Mythic Edition sale, but I can't help but be a bit salty with my luck of the draw.

    On an entirely unrelated note, chances that Lavaclaw Reaches will get discovered as the lynchpin to some crazy-strong brew sometime soon and becomes worth something?? Grin
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [UMA] - Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Welp, just got my apology letter, and my - you guessed it! - special, foil, not-quite-borderless Lavaclaw Reaches! Earlier today I was joking with my wife about how Wizards was sending out apology cards for folks, and said that some poor saps were ending up with promo Lavaclaw Reaches while others got Celestial Colonnades. Guess there is such a thing as karmic justice after all. On the plus side, the art does pop pretty nicely.

    Edit: Actually, though, is it really just Lavaclaw Reaches, Balefire Dragon, and Lord of Extinction that see virtually no play anywhere out of 40 promos? 3/40 is pretty bad luck, I woulda been happy with pretty much any of the other 37. Ah well, free is free. Maybe it's time to go grab a lottery ticket, though, I think this worked through my bad juju for a while.

    EditEdit: Oh god, I just actually looked at the prices and somehow the Dragon and Lord are still over 10 bucks each. Is Lavaclaw the only sub-five dollar card in the Toppers??

    EditEditEdit: Ok so after having actually looked through the lowest prices for each of the 40 non-promo versions of the cards, Stirring Wildwood and Tasigur, the Golden Fang are each worth less than Lavaclaw, but they both go into at least 1 deck that I know of, unlike the Reaches. I'll just be here in the corner, gnawing on my salt-pile for a while, if anyone needs me.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [UMA] - Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Quote from DanzBorin »
    Demonic Tutor and Reanimate being upshifted is stupid. These are uncommons, not rares. These are being completely shifted because of secondary value. In no way would these be back breaking in limited.

    This might have been a hit if they included the topper and kept the pack price at $10 (or maybe lower a bit to $8). But no, they just added $96 to the cost of a box for 1 card... 1 freaking card.

    Wizards just keeps compounding mistakes with even bigger mistakes.

    "How do we get out"

    "Keep Digging!"

    "No, dig up stupid!"


    Um.. did you just say that a 2 mana no-restrictions tutor is uncommon? Have you played limited before? With price memory I'm beyond glad Demonic Tutor isn't a Mythic
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [UMA] - Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    Quote from dietl »
    Quote from 13055 »
    I think it'd be pure blindness on Wizards' part to not include the Tron lands here, but then again they could have included them in either of the Masters sets earlier this year. They seem like obvious inclusions, especially with Masters sets taking a break after this. Won't really get a good chance to reprint them for a long while.


    Urborg is number 254 out of 254 so no Urza's lands, sorry.

    Damn, that really sucks. I remember MaRo saying the Tron land reprints were a when, not an if, but a masters set was the only thing that really made sense to me as a medium.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [UMA] - Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper Boosters
    I think it'd be pure blindness on Wizards' part to not include the Tron lands here, but then again they could have included them in either of the Masters sets earlier this year. They seem like obvious inclusions, especially with Masters sets taking a break after this. Won't really get a good chance to reprint them for a long while.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    Oh that's nice, I had similar issues, but didn't think I'd be getting a topper. I'll check my email when I get a chance to see if I've heard anything from Wizards.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    I thought the only people getting the boosters were people with unfulfilled Mythic Edition orders?
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/10/2018)
    Quote from genini2 »
    201.3a If a player is instructed to choose a card name with certain characteristics, the player must
    choose the name of a card whose Oracle text matches those characteristics. (See rule 108.1.)
    Example: Dispossess reads, in part, “Choose an artifact card name.” The player can
    choose the name of any artifact card, even one that’s not legal in the format of the
    current game. The player can’t choose Islan


    I don't know when it changed, but it appears to have changed based on the comprehensive rules. Seems like a weird change since the only reason it was there anyway was to prevent unintentionally picking the wrong card.


    Huh that's really stupid... I can't think of a single reason to allow a card not legal in a format to be named for any name-choice card... I stand corrected, but I do not believe that rule makes any sense.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 01/10/2018)
    Quote from idSurge »
    Then he went Lab Man into Angel's Grace/Spoils of the Vault, naming "Dash Hopes."

    Thats a smile, nod, GG type moment.
    My bad. It's Abandon Hope. I don't know why I always get those mixed up. Pro tip: don't ever get old. The brain isn't what it used to be.


    Technically Abandon Hope isn't a legal name in Modern. But hey, style points are style points. I might have to bring back the Naus if things keep getting better for it. It always just seemed to be on the wrong side of T4 kills. I suppose things are slowing down a bit though.
    Posted in: Modern
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