Blue version variant of Angelic Ascension.
I don't really see blue as the color to destroy or exile anything permanently. However, they have done similar cards like Pongify
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Mar 5, 2021ShiroeTheEnchanter posted a message on [TSR] Mothership 3/5 — Secret Plans, Manifold Key, Sorcerous Spyglass, and the full Time Spiral Remastered setSaffi's new art fits the card's activated ability, but it doesn't make sense for the flavor text. Wizards should have dropped or changed the flavor text.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Mar 4, 2021ShiroeTheEnchanter posted a message on [TSR] Gemstone Caverns and Wastes— TCGplayer previewsThere is something oddly appealing to me seeing Wastes in the old land frame.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Feb 28, 2021ShiroeTheEnchanter posted a message on [TSR] Time Spiral Remastered Name and Number CrunchPosted in: The Rumor Mill
Intervention Pact does not fit in the list, so Wizards isn't reprinting the full cycle.
Feb 12, 2021ShiroeTheEnchanter posted a message on Maro confirms strixhaven is no Reskin of any version of “magic school” and a bottom up setPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Flamebuster »Breath of Fire II featured a "magic school" which allowed you to craft different magics with various elements, and that predated Harry Potter, so Schools of Magic are not exclusive to a particular pop culture phenomenon whether stated or otherwise.
I'm curious to see how this unfolds and the lore/design/world connectivity it has behind it. They say there's no reskin but honestly how can you not do a reskin of a concept that's been done many times before in some form or another?
Ah, a video game reference! I also remember a PS2 game called GrimGrimoire that also featured a magic school setting, but the rather than magic houses, students were specialized by magic type (sorcery, glamour, alchemy, etc.)
It is possible to avoid using Harry Potter as a reference if they researched other Magic School stories. But, if the students have to use a magic wand that looks like it is from the Harry Potter movies to cast spells, then the association with Harry Potter is unavoidable.
I also think that Maro is backpedalling. Harry Potter is one of the most popular magic school world stories in the last decade, so how can WotC not use ideas from that world?
Sep 1, 2020ShiroeTheEnchanter posted a message on [ZNR] Confounding Conundrum — Lucas Esper Berthoud previewPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from H3RAC71TU5 »
I also strongly feel that this could be a white card, although it does have some precedence in blue. Blue being anti-ramp contrasts its color-pie relationship to green, and the method (returning to hand) is characteristically blue. Blue and white should definitely share anti-ramp cards as one of their points of intersection.
Hopefully, white will get some anti-ramp cards which are at least as good as this one, since in the context of this environment it seems to me white needs this more than blue.
This card reminds me of Land Equilibrium
EDIT: Somebody beat me to it in an earlier post.
Aug 26, 2020ShiroeTheEnchanter posted a message on How USPS Will Impact E-Commerce Sales for Local Game Stores (LGSs)Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from Wizmin »
Also there is the fact that UPS and Fedex (especially Fedex) greatly over charge for their services and aren't really competitive for smaller mail. At their rates, selling singles is barely worth it for cards at $10 or under
Yep. And UPS and Fedex don't service more rural or sparse areas very well (i.e. "last mile delivery"). That's why UPS and Fedex (and Amazon) often have shipping services that transfer mail and packages to the USPS to have the USPS make the final delivery. If the USPS ceases to exist, some people won't be getting any mail or packages without paying a lot more money or be forced to go to the nearest UPS/FedEx hub to pick up stuff. In Magic: The Gathering terms, that would ruin most small businesses or sole proprietorships selling singles, since delivery costs will increase dramatically.
Aug 13, 2020Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from clubalien »this set was a rip off i spent 600 dollars for two boxes and didnlt pull one jace or one force of will which is why i bought them
You should have bought singles, because unless you wanted full art foil versions of Jace and Force of Will, you might have spent less than $600.
Sorry to hear that you lost the lottery.
Aug 9, 2020Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Stoogeslap »What I find interesting about these "leaks" (quotes because some leaks are intentional) is that I wonder where the card came from? Cards aren't just printed by themselves; they come from a sheet. So what about the rest of the sheet? Or maybe it came from a booster pack? If so, what about the rest of the pack? Scooby Doo mystery is afoot...
From past leaks, the common scenarios seem to be
1) Somebody got access to one of the manufacturer's printers and was able to take a photo of a sheet or steal a sheet.
2) Product for expansions are printed in advance, so they can be shipped to retailers in time for the release date. Somebody with access to a warehouse or distribution center in the pipeline would end up finding a booster.
3) The rare printing error where a card from a future expansion is put into one with an impending release. This might happen if they put the wrong template on the printer, and a few sheets might be run and put into boosters before the technicians catch the problem.
And, there is also that big "god book" scandal 2 years ago, where somebody within WotC disseminated a spreadsheet with the cards of an expansion. That was card information exposed to the public.
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Apr 9, 2021Tiro of Meletis posted a message on D&D forgotten realm confirmed to get commander decksI don't like Commander decks being limited to one plane. I miss the diversity of seeing other planes we haven't revisited in a while get thematic cards in Commander, especially past legends without cards, or new versions of them.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Apr 7, 2021Dontrike posted a message on [C21] Lorehold Legacies— The Command Zone previewsPosted in: The Rumor Mill
Patently false because of people's poor short term memories is pretty funny. Please, go on more about how three people on a tiny forum can't remember the last 3 years.
Wait, so when you criticize White's point removal, you mention it only gets it in nonstandard formats, but the only better board wipes you mention are also outside of Standard? Weird dichotomy there.
Path to Exile isn't in Standard or Historic. It's legal in Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and Commander. Swords only misses that list by 1 format. They aren't that limited in legality.
Even in standard, white gets Skyclave Apparition, Shatter the Sky, Doomskar, and Sigrid, God-Favored as solid removal options that all see play.
In Commander you get Terminus, Catastrophe, Cataclysm, Winds of Abandon, Wrath of God, and more for very playable board wipes.
White weenie is currently a top tier build in standard. Not much of a memory if it can't remember things currently occurring. White almost always has multiple 2/1 for 1s with upside in standard, and many see play in other formats as well. In addition, it gets things like Mother of Runes in the 1 slot.
Odric, Luminarch Marshal is a popular casual Commander card, Angel of Invention saw plenty of play in it's standard, as did Aerial Responder. Zetalpa, Primal Dawn is a fairly popular finisher in commander, as is Akroma's Will. You also have things like Elite Inquisitor that show up pretty frequently and are almost keyword soup.
It seems the issue has less to do with white's flaws and more to do with your analytical skills.
This unfortunately doesn't have much to do with the original argument being made. No one is saying white doesn't have good cards in a variety of situations, it certainly does, but the argument was spot removal and efficient soup creatures. Yes, it has board wipes, and it's usually the color to have that in Standard, but outside of that the board wipes are, for the most part, pretty interchangeable with all colors having their own in some way. From Decree of Pain to Ezuri's Predation/The Great Aurora to Blasphemous Act.
When it comes to spot removal while you indeed listed a great one in Skyclave Apparition white's single target removal has been lacking and been left behind by black and blue (from Go For the Throat to Rapid Hybridization), and even green when it came to Beast Within (so much that white stole the card with Generous Gift, ignoring the color pie break of BW) and even Ram Through.
You said folks were "ignoring history" when it came to white, but when you can only come up with a couple examples of good single target removal in white in recent years it in fact shows people were looking at history appropriately. Board wipes are about the only thing white still has, Doomskar being one of the better ones in recent history for how it can escape discard and played early, but you must remember that black also has had a three mana board wipe with Bontu's Last Reckoning. White's board wipes are a constant in Magic, but they are not always the best, and the same is true for the other colors.
When it comes to keyword soup creatures they are great in Commander, but more often than not they are far less impressive than green's soup creatures.
Apr 6, 2021Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Black is the premier color of targeted removal and will likely never get a spell as good as Swords/ Path for it. White is already ahead and it's not the best color at it.
White will also not see another card as good as PtE or StP, so as far as trajectory goes it's at least on par with every other color in that regard. Apart from that, at least we can finally both agree that black is more efficient.
Black has Toxic Deluge and Damnation for board wipes that come close to on par with what white gets. None of the others you listed are better or more efficient than white's board wipes. 2/99 cards.
By what metric are you judging efficiency here? EDH curves out much differently than historic / modern / standard etc, so even 6-7 drops are perfectly viable. Pretty much everything I listed are top black cards on EDHREC, have similar or better effects than what you listed, and maybe cost an average of ~1 mana more in a format that really doesn't care. It sounds like you're making the mistake of thinking what used to be efficient in standard (MV4 sweepers) somehow translates to EDH; it doesn't.
How does "success in Standard" equate to "has the best 1 and 2 drops"? Bizarre leap you keep taking for reasons I don't have the crayons to figure out.
Well, one of us needed to provide an objective measure, and it wasn't you. Do you have evidence to provide that proves me wrong, or are you going to keep engaging in logical fallacies?
Is it universally acknowledged, or are you in a bubble? I forgot when you were elected to speak for the community.
White is not the strongest color but it isn't as straight cut trash as your whining implies it is.
It is, yes, and I'm not saying anything that every other respectable MTG news site hasn't already made a case for themselves. I also never said, nor implied, that it was "trash"; if you somehow inferred that from the evidence I provided, then at least we may be approaching the same conclusion.
Also of note, white has literally the only agro 1 drop that is playable in commander.
That would mean more to me if EDH was a format that, as a whole, actually cared about aggro. There are plenty of non-aggro 1 drops across all colors that could be described as efficient, playable, viable, etc. Personally, I think something as simple as Viscera Seer does as much or more for a given deck's game plan than Serra Ascendant, but your mileage may vary.
Apr 6, 2021Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Which of white's premier effects is it no longer best at?
Targeted removal. This has been addressed multiple times now.
They have the most and most efficient board wipes.
Strong disagree on that second part, and I think I've already said as much.
Black gets one that sorta compares. Show me the board wipes outside of white then. Why bother saying you can provide examples without actually doing so?
Because if you play as much EDH as you claim to then you already know what they are? But I'll humor you: Black Sun's Zenith, Crux of Fate, Damnation, Decree of Pain, In Garruk's Wake, Kindred Dominance, Mutilate, Necromantic Selection, Overwhelming Forces, Toxic Deluge; special mention to Living Death.
Where are you getting 20% of the field from?
How does best 1 and 2 drops suddenly mean best win rates?
Uh, the two links I gave you. I'd still like to hear your source, if you don't mind.
Do you have a better metric for defining "best 1 and 2 drops" apart from their very measurable success rates (or lack thereof)?
Sounds like you play a really.insular meta. That sucks
Okay. White being the weakest color in EDH, by a very wide margin, is almost universally acknowledged by the entire Magic community.
Apr 6, 2021Posted in: The Rumor Mill
You didn’t specify a format so I covered the breadth of what’s most popular, within the context of white’s current trajectory. White has two of the objectively most powerful, single target removal spells ever printed, yet accounts for only 2 of any given 99 cards in one popular format, and as you pointed out, only Path to Exile is legal in modern - neither of those cards are legal in arguably two of the other most popular formats, which you also mentioned. The point wasn’t that white has no removal, only that it’s not the “most efficient” compared to what mono black or black + X has been churning out in recent years. You made a comparative statement that others had already disproven, and I didn’t feel like being redundant here.
Again, as far as comparative statements go: does white have a lot of sweepers? Sure. Are they the “most efficient”? I would argue no, given the push to MV5 in recent years and the diversity of efficient board removal in other colors. Playable (or even prolific) does not equate to “most efficient.”
According to the metrics I’m seeing, standard mono white aggro accounts for ~5% of the current meta. Mono red is closer to 15-20% (near the top) and also sports efficient 1 and 2 drops, as does dimir rogues (7-12%). Mono white ranks 8th according to the top google hit for "standard tier list," though to be fair the two archetypes directly above it also hover in the 5% range. Whether or not that qualifies as top tier is, I suppose, somewhat subjective.
I see a lot of people complaining about white in EDH, and I fully empathize. The casual cards you listed may be fun to certain people, but are still emblematic of the design philosophies holding white back in one of the most popular formats. They are certainly not what I would describe as being above-curve, which is what I strongly feel white needs in terms of win conditions if its card advantage and ramp potential continue to languish.
Apr 5, 2021I suspect Darksteel Forge may spike.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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they could have added "A Dog ate my homework" to it
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