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  • posted a message on UW Control
    Knowledge Pool? Care to explain? Literally just for the Littleferi combo? Seems like 6 mana is a bit much for our version of Karn Lattice.
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on where to go for rumors after this site closes
    Wizards has forums? /s

    Yeah this sucks, I've used this site for spoilers for literal years, hoping the "replacement" is in line with what I've been enjoying for all this time.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 5-27 Yawgmoth
    Quote from Raptorchan »
    I never knew Thran were humans. Maybe some of them were and Thran is not a race? I am not very well known with oldest MtG lore.


    Yes, the Thran were humans. I'd suggest reading The Thran for backstory.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Archmage's Charm
    Oh hello there.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 20/05/2019)
    I'd just like to voice my opinion that I am very disappointed that Counterspell will not be joining us. People at Wizards have, time and time again, stated that Counterspell is "too good" for Standard, so this was the first real opportunity to give us a card that helps level the playing field from non-interactive, linear decks and the reactive playstyles that have, in truth, been helped a lot by the additions of Teferi(s) and Jace, but still are left lacking a lot of the time because of a universal answer in the first few turns of the game.

    If they honestly believe that Counterspell would have outshone the rest of the set, then I have a great deal of concern for the cards we haven't seen yet. Sure, Counterspell is big, and strong, and has a heavy amount of emotional baggage, but if as a designer of a set don't think you're capable of outshining Counterspell with the boatload of tools MH1 has (countless mechanics, ignoring New World Order, nostalgia out the wazoo) then maybe there should have been someone else in charge of that decision. Urza, for instance is a friggin bombshell of nostalgia and power which would have made as large a splash as Counterspell. FoN has generated a lot of dialog. Serra made most of the Vorthoses happy, and I think the Commander crowd has been overjoyed with Modern Commander Horizons. We have the return of Sliver after 5 years. We have presumably the remaining Swords in the Sword of X and Y cycle. Canopy lands are pretty big side-grades for a lot of Modern decks. I don't buy that Counterspell would have detracted from the overall hype of the set. Sure, it might have overshadowed some of the sub-par cards they seem to be tossing Modern's way, but don't "restrictions breed creativity"? Just go into design trying to make cards as exciting as Counterspell. Give midrange a powered up Thrun with the WAR god ability. Let stepmom target herself. Make Force of White actually playable. It isn't impossible to create cards on Counterspell's level; they've been doing that in Standard legal sets for a while (Arclight Phoenix being the most recent). I just don't get the reasoning for Counterspell's lack of inclusion. Sorry, rant over.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Counterspell confirmed NOT in set
    I believe part of the issue is that Modern is a frickin expensive format to get into. If you are already playing Modern, chances are you were looking to this set to supplement your choices for whatever deck you already owned. A lot of the set revealed thus far have been interesting hooks that might inspire one to build a completely (or mostly) new deck, which is prohibitively expensive for many players. Was it too much to ask that players with existing decks get a sizable amount of straight upgrades to consider? I'm struggling to think of many cards that slot 100% into existing archetypes without debate, outside of maybe Big Pyromancer and Aladdin for Dredge, and FoN for Blue-based control (and even then, FoN is the subject of much discussion right now. People aren't as gung ho about it as Wizards probably assumed). Personally, as a Control player, I would have liked to sit back at the end of this spoiler season and be content that I could continue to play the deck I enjoy the most with upgrades, and outside of FoN, which I'll be trying out, I haven't seen any direct upgrades for pretty much any card in the deck so far, outside of maybe FoF, and even then at 4 mana I don't think it trumps the versatility of Hieroglyphs' Cycling on T1.

    I'm thankful that I can finally rebuild Slivers in Modern and not feel like I'm the worse Merfolk (last I played Slivers was before Humans were a thing), but I would have liked to see more obvious direct upgrades to existing decks. Maybe it will just take time for people to figure out that some of these cards are much better than first impressions implied, (I'm intrigued by Hexdrinker) but the familiarity of getting Counterspell and being able to just safely tuck a couple into my deck would have been nice. So much crazy stuff happens in Modern in the first 2-3 turns of the game; is spending 2 whole mana to stop a single thing really too good?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Force of Rage - The Mana Source Spoiler
    Sacrificing at the beginning of your upkeep makes this so much worse. You can't sneak into play at end of turn and attack the next turn.
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  • posted a message on Goatnap and Cloudshredder Sliver
    Holy bawow. That Sliver. Modern Slivers, here we come.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mother Bear
    I'm not crying, you're crying.
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  • posted a message on Zhalfirin Decoy
    Quote from SnowCrow »
    Quote from 13055 »
    Mechanically, isn't this a little weak? You basically need three creatures for this ability to be actually useful; the Decoy, a creature to enter the battlefield, and then a creature to attack to make use of the tapped blocker. This just seems much more difficult than it needs to be to activate on your opponent's turn, which is when you would want to most of the time in my experience.

    Or just play a flash creature at their EOT.


    But then that's yet another restriction you need to have in order to make this playable. Idk, cards that force you to bend over backwards to get a so-so effect are rarely any good. I just don't know why this card was so restrictive.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Zhalfirin Decoy
    Mechanically, isn't this a little weak? You basically need three creatures for this ability to be actually useful; the Decoy, a creature to enter the battlefield, and then a creature to attack to make use of the tapped blocker. This just seems much more difficult than it needs to be to activate on your opponent's turn, which is when you would want to most of the time in my experience.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoiler 5/22 - The First Sliver & Slivers!
    Quote from Boushikun »
    Dregscape + Lavabelly + Screeching Sliver + Basal Sliver + Pulmonic Sliver is infinite damage from the grave. Janky? sure. Fun? Definitely.


    How exactly would this work? Unearth exiles any Sliver that tries to leave the battlefield, overwriting the Pulmonic ability, right?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Planebound Accomplice - MTGGoldfish Spoiler
    Quote from login »
    Would work with the new sarkhan for lethal


    Howso? This does not grant the Planeswalker haste.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoiler 5/22 - The First Sliver & Slivers!
    Oh it is absolutely time for me to dig up my Sliver Queen and put together a tribal EDH list.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Collected Conjuring
    I wonder what Cuneo's reveal was like. At work, so can't watch right now, but it's gotta be tough feigning interest in a card that so clearly wanted to be better. How is a professional magic player's first reaction to seeing this card not "Why is it not instants as well?" It's gotta be tough selling cards like this to players who can respond negatively, especially when it's deserved.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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