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Mar 21, 2019Whether SFM belongs on the banlist and whether unbanning SFM would have any relevant impact on the winners' meta are two different questions. Too often people ask for an SFM unban because they want to play her and she looks silly behind bars, and people shoot them down because, truthfully, she wouldn't do anything against the top of the field. SFM unban wouldn't fix our problems, but she wouldn't create more.Posted in: Modern
Mar 20, 201913055 posted a message on Academy Rector + Plunge into Darkness + Near-Death Experience // Necropotence + Near-Death ExperienceGosh darn it, I saw the upper case title and thought we were getting Rector in Horizons. There goes my mood for the rest of the day.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Mar 7, 2019Posted in: Modern
Is that the exact quote? I thought they said something to the effect of, only new stuff and stuff that has never been legal in Modern. I thought they were cagily not excluding the possibility of a SfM reprint.
Mar 7, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from The Fluff »Quote from Melkor »Quote from Ryperior74 »Oh boy
Brace yourselfs for possibly at long last getting the ally colors of the swords
Yay!!! I just hope they don't nerf them like they did finishing the manlands. if they keep the '3-2-powerful effect and 2 protections' then I'm good. I wish the other ones were cheaper
I thought they were saving the allied color swords for the return to Mirrodin? Well, if they would pring them now I'm not complaining.
Just don't make them too broken in abilities.
The problem is the original swords are all too powerful for Standard, so if we wanted to get the other half through Standard, they would be weaker. Most people want a compete cycle of similar strength, so this is a much better way to deliver on that request.
Edit: also worth noting that Mirrodin is now New Phyrexia.
Mar 6, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from CrypticCommander »Quote from thatmarkguy »Per mtgtop8, Mire is actually the most used land in modern right now (Tarn is second). If their supply was equal Mire would quite likely be above Tarn in price tag.
You also have to recognize that tarn is also widely played in legacy and is the most played fetch in Vintage. While wide-scale reprints would likely bring Tarn's price down, I still would guess that it'd still be more pricey than Bloodstained Mire.
I don't have the numbers, but I can't imagine that the number of people playing paper Legacy comes close to the number of people playing paper Modern. Sure, Tarn is big in older formats, but if Modern has 10x more players (not sure of actual numbers, but wouldn't be surprised) then Legacy's impact on the price is so much less, let alone Vintage, a format that almost solely exists on MTGO.
Mar 6, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from SecretInfiltrator »
Are you telling us that professional players aren't going to test the new mulligan rule before the championship?
This was asked the day of/after MF Cleveland, with the implication that pros had been playing with it at the MF all weekend, which I tried to correct. When it was asked, pros that had attended the MF had certainly not been testing a Mulligan rule that wouldn't impact them for months over testing the format they would be competing in that weekend.
Mar 1, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from login »Quote from AtraxianShade »
arguably this kind of sets have a lower production cost than Standard sets: you skip most of the design and testing part.Quote from user-11102155 »it is just that the timmy factor in our community increased and wizards noticed this. this product is not to evolve modern but to diversify the product range and sell a product with the same costs of developement and production for a higher price to all these people that are willing to pay for it.
I dont think so in this case, there a re new cards and reprints of cards not currently in modern so they had to test stuff up to a point.
MaRo has stated that the Play Design Team has rigorously tested the new set with existing Modern. I'd argue this set has more testing behind it than an average Standard set, as there's just so much more to Modern than Standard. If they did their jobs, and I'm hoping they did, then developing and testing this was a monumental task. But we shall see once the spoilers begin in under 3 months.
Feb 28, 2019I'm thinking we get Braindrizzle, U Instant Draw 2 put 1 back. I don't know how they can avoid calling out Brainstorm. I also think we get some sort of "free" counterspell, with some drawback that makes it less optimal in combo decks. Oh, and of course, actual-factual Counterspell.Posted in: Modern Archives
Feb 28, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from NGW »Quote from mapccu »Quote from AtraxianShade »I don't really see straight-to-modern new card prints as such a big deal. I mean, they have been doing this for legacy for years now and no one batted an eye and it is not like they did it only with unplayable cards: Leovold, Emissary of Trest and to some small extent Teferi's Protection are two examples I can think of.
Supply of those cards was sufficient for legacy's playerbase. Leovold also saw two printings.
If this is the set made to bypass standard for modern playable new cards there could be a very real supply issue if something in a higher rarity ends up spiking a tournament as a four of. This is considerably dangerous for new printings where you don't have an old supply to boost. I'm not talking about counterspell here. The modern playerbase is just much bigger than legacy.
Overtime it could be eased with new printings, but it could further exacerbate the barriers to entry for the format in the short term.
Obviously without any data on the playerbase it's impossible to draw any concrete solutions. Look no further than nexus of fate where perceived scarcity can heavily drive a price. Mark said on blogatog that nexus has more copies out in the wild than any other mythic from that set - yet it still commands a higher price than some of the other just as playable (and more rare) mythic from the set.
I have serious reservations about the product if they differentiate it this way.
I mean, is that any different from a new modern staple being printed in a standard legal set that may also have to compete with standard players wanting it on top of that?
I don't have exact numbers, but generally Standard sets see more printings than supplemental sets.
Feb 25, 2019Posted in: The Rumor Mill
This hasn't been tested yet. The article states this is for the second Mythic Championship, in London in April. This weekend was Mythic Championship I in Cleveland.
Feb 23, 2019I don't think he was suggesting we do Vancouver Mulligans with Surveil instead of Scry, he's saying, if we do away with Vancouver Mulligan in favor of London, would Scry be completely phased out from the game in favor of Surveil.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Feb 23, 2019Because Surveil is generally more powerful, I don't think it will phase Scry out. Scry is a really neat quarter-mana-cost effect to toss onto cards to sweeten the pot. Surveil plays into the graveyard, which means any future block with grave support would need to be more wary of using it, and if it had replaced Scry, that could make costing cards difficult in development.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Feb 23, 201913055 posted a message on [M20] Bundle w/ 20 foil basic lands, oversized spindownPromo card is the more interesting piece, imo. Maybe they're trying to make things less stupid with the BaB promos by turning them into Buy-a-Bundle promos? Makes them less money overall, most likely, but puts more into circulation if they're just in every single Bundle, and decreases the chance of a Nexus of Fate-type issue of pricing (not that that was the only issue with Nexus).Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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