Bruh. The introduction of formats was specifically to identify limitations on cards. I've been there when it used to be the Wild Wild West of cards. It wasn't very fun. Back then, they had this thing called ante, and it made playing a huge risk. Are you gonna walk away with less cards?
At no point has playing Magic been about who and what cards can be played, except around a kitchen table where it is a friendly gentleman's agreement about what can be brought. If you're looking for the kitchen table experience, Arena will never be it. I understand not liking playing against certain cards, but the majority are going to bring what wins. If you don't have an answer for those cards, then, yes, you're gonna lose and lose a lot. Arena forces you to be part of the meta, just like any other format.
At this point, after reading several of your threads, I think your expectations are way, way weird. Just accept that online magic isn't going to be your happy table experience where you can dictate what not to play against. I highly doubt wizards is going to change.
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May 9, 2020Slavan K. Guiser posted a message on Gentlemen, Online MagicTG doesn't work and here is why.Posted in: Magic General
Dec 24, 2019Grant1 gave me quite the gift yesterday in the mail! Thank you! These will be making their way into my 5 Color EDH deck. Yes, it is made entirely out of Christmas altered Cards (or will be, once I get that magic 99).Posted in: Community Discussion
Dec 7, 2019Off mine go! I'm sending out 8 alters for someone's enjoyment.Posted in: Community Discussion
Hints? Is that what I heard?
That's a colossus of a snowman.
Oko was here.
Snow better place than home!
I'm excited! I loved the alters this year especially. I hope you do too, mystery person who receives them!
Apr 17, 2019Ah, man. This thread hasn't hit upon Long.deck yet. I can't do a description of this beast justice. Check out Stephen Menendien's write up on SCG.Posted in: Magic General
Look at it here. This deck was a monster.
There's a lot of coverage of the legacy and vintage championships in the archives from WoTC, as well as looking at The Mana Drain in there. It just takes a bit to sort.
Feb 28, 2019So, WPN just sent out their e-mail, announcing this set. Not a whole heck of a lot to add, other than the booster boxes will be 36 count, which makes it even more different than a Masters set. Might even keep the price around $3.99?Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Feb 13, 2019I've never really understood the idea by getting an artist to sign it as "damaged." It's not like it fully kills the card to the point of structural integrity. Also, depending on the size of the signature, I would rate it as LP or MP. It's not worse than the marking from a GP draft most of the time. Personally, I love getting artist signatures and value cards with a signature moreso because of the work into getting them that way.Posted in: Magic General
As for your situation, I'd have to say that you'd be in your rights to write a nicely worded e-mail letting them know that you did receive a card in a condition different than what you expected. Overall? I don't think it's a huge deal if the card is really in LP condition. And really, how often are you going to find a signed Beta card? I'd feel lucky, honestly.
Jan 30, 2019Slavan K. Guiser posted a message on Masterpieces are missing from Master Sets or what WotC is missing out onNot gonna lie, I've put a priority into getting old-border foils of new cards that came out in judge foils. Love 'em love 'em love 'em. I'm sure they could do a box topper series akin to the Ultimate ones doing it. It's a lot less about collating at that point. I agree that Winter Orb foiled would be SOOOOOO awesome. I'd like to see some of the Legends foiled out (I'm looking at you Dakkon Blackblade).Posted in: Magic General
Jan 23, 2019Azorius: Definitely detain. So good in both constructed and limited. Addendum is cool, but ultimately limited. I wish they did more with forecast. It was very interesting.Posted in: Magic General
Dimir: Transmute. Surveil is definitely solid, though. Tutors are always stupid good. Cipher is cool, but ultimately difficult to pull off. Kinda like haunt in Orzhov.
Rakdos: Spectacle seems solid. Unleash at least sets up interesting play decisions. Hellbent isn't a great ability. I hate not having cards in hand.
Gruul: Bloodthirst always felt awful to me, because of the tension of trying to break through a stalemate to get the bigger creature. Never would get exactly what you wanted. I think Riot takes this one, Honestly.
Selesnya: Convoke, definitely convoke.
Orzhov: Extort. Love it. Haunt was interesting to use, but difficult to deal with. The effects are really useful if you can time it. Afterlife is...obvious? Good for limited.
Golgari: Dredge, dredge, dredge, dredge. I prefer undergrowth to scavenge, as scavenge plays against the graveyard re-use the Golgari already established in the original Ravnica.
Simic: Evolve is solid. I personally liked graft in its ability to shift the +1/+1 counters, as there was some interesting effects that could happen. Adapt is kinda meh. Wish they had reprinted Evolve.
Izzet: Overload was almost entirely useful in the cards. I think it even is solid from Vorthos point of view. I enjoy replicate moreso than jump-start.
Boros: Mentor is definitely good. Battalion came out wonderfully, but would've liked to see it more like battlecry. I don't think they needed both. Radiance could have been so, so interesting.
Aug 30, 2018Slavan K. Guiser posted a message on Magic ethics question: Letting opponent play slowly when a drawed match favors you?Look, I don't think you're required to tell your opponent about time. I don't think it's ethically wrong to give your opponent any advantage they don't need. If your opponent didn't seem under duress outside the norm, I don't think you have any need to give them playing tips.Posted in: Magic General
However, how did your opponent playing W/R Boros Monarch end up playing a BBB card? And a rare at that in Pauper? There's some worse ethical things going on here than slow play.
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Jun 2, 2019I may not have been the most active or visible member on this site, but I made so many friends with people and bonded over a very many things. Not just Magic, but art. I am incredibly saddened by the fact that I wasn't able to participate in the last Christmas Card Exchange. :'( First time in roughly 8 years. I'm going to miss coming to this site just to read about Magic.Posted in: Articles
Thank you all, from the beginning of the exodus, all the way until now.
I look forward to whatever comes next.
Mar 16, 2018Kaburi,Posted in: Articles
I just saw this article pop up and missed the one for Prophecy, which I promptly went back and read. It's really awesome to see someone taking the time to do this for some of the much-maligned sets that have contributed to building this great game. Wizards has always made the game fun and fantastic, even if the cards aren't always super powerful.
Have to honest, I rarely read articles on this site anymore. It's good to see something unique come along. Give me more!
As for cards from Saviors that I love, there's two that are pretty well EDH staples for me. First, if I'm running blue, Eternal Dominion is in there. I like pairing it up with Uyo, Silent Prophet. Casting 3+ copies of Eternal Dominion on every upkeep to raid your opponent's decks is fun, but not a good way to make friends. Second, there's Choice of Damnations. It's one of the meanest cards to play. You almost always come out on top, no matter what they make. At the pre-release, many people often did not read the card closely, choosing one as the number. I can assure you, they didn't lose one life, but I got some very angry concessions after a judge clarified the card.
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