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  • posted a message on B&R Update: Ironworks Banned, Hada Freeblade, Spatial Controtion, Circle of Flame banned in Pauper.
    im pretty sure that unbanning twin would be incredibly bad. imagine playing vs that ur phoenix deck. except now you not only got to play around 7/9 that flip the board up, you also gotta be conscious of losing on t4. should stay banned. dunno why were still having that conversation.
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  • posted a message on B&R Update: Ironworks Banned, Hada Freeblade, Spatial Controtion, Circle of Flame banned in Pauper.
    You need to know the game and be intelligent to win with KCI , WotC cannot let that be, everyone needs to be able to understand the game ...

    Yea ... thats one way to phrase it, or let us simply call it "Dumb down the game".
    If a combo involves more than 2 pieces its just way too complicated, cant let that be.

    ----

    The reason to see KCI banned is simply to make the game more trivial to consume for the "streaming" of it in digital and events.
    Its the kind of deck that appeals to people that play the deck and not so to viewers that barely understand the rules of the game in the first place / even commentators struggle to understand the deck or see whats happening.

    They want the game to be more "visual" to the eyes of a newbie, so they look at the board state and assume whats going on.

    Its literally dumb down the game , not that its a secret, but its still sad ...


    did you think that removing damage on the stack was dumbing the game down? or removing interrupts? or how about only dying at the end of a given phase if your life hit zero or less?

    kci has been in talks of a ban for months. I've been a magic player since 1995 and seen, and lived through, all the major changes in the game. this getting the ban hammer was a long time coming. understanding archaic, incredibly niche rules to abuse shouldn't be a thing. the deck sucked watching play out. it took long ass turns and opponents couldn't straight out concede because sometimes it fizzled.

    something else will take its place. don't worry.
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  • posted a message on Scrabbling Claws
    This may seem innocuous at first but it's nice that WotC continues putting these subtle GY hate cards in the sets. No one wants another Innistrad (return) standard. Smart.
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  • posted a message on Mass Manipulation
    Quote from DirkGently »
    Quote from remathilis »
    That might start getting some Cabal Stronghold into Dimir decks
    jesus how optimistic are you? Quad blue AND enough BASIC swamps to pay our stronghold? You're playing it for x=10 or something?

    Anyway constructed aside it's limited bomb.


    there's a little deck called mono black lantern that is the ideal home for this. it would have no problem casting this to steal an entire board. the deck struggles vs bg but this can easily turn the tide.
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  • posted a message on Absorb
    Quote from Morphling »
    Quote from P1991N »
    I expect Absorb to see some standard play in a Lich's Mastery deck.


    For such a deck to support BBB and WUU in the same deck, its mana base will have to support that.

    In order to see any amount of play, it has to that consistently enough to be worth it. Not saying that's impossible, but it won't be very easy to do.


    just play some lanterns. pretty easy.

    at any rate, we'll have incredibly good mana bases come january. this won't be hard to play.
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  • posted a message on Top 32 players announced for revamped Pro scene
    Without naming names, a buddy of mine got the invite but had to turn it down.

    This list makes sense if:

    a) You live in the Continental USA
    b) If you don't, you're loaded

    WotC isn't paying any hotels or flights for these. So for example, APAC players would have to fork out for all the details (and the traveling). Buddy told me that financially, it didn't really make sense and it would wreck havoc on his personal life.
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  • posted a message on Bedevil
    Quote from Watchwolf »
    Quote from Raptorchan »
    "Bedevil" sounds similar to "Vaudeville" so maybe it was used for a reason.
    I was a little confused because the American pronunciation of Vaudeville is "VAWD-vil" but then I learned that the British pronunciation is more like "VAW-de-vil". That's still pretty different from "be-DE-vil" though.


    neither are correct anyways.

    it's vo - the - ville.
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  • posted a message on Top 32 players announced for revamped Pro scene
    Quote from ElectricEye »
    No female players? Something needs to be done to fix this inequality. The patriarchy is clearly responsible for this


    As much as I agree with you, based on who they chose, sadly, no woman has achieved anything close to those guys. If the choices are based on accomplishment and presence, then that list is fine. Maybe it will ignite some of our female players in upping their game to make the short list too. I think Arena will help tremendously in that regards. Just a gut feeling (because they won't have to deal with all the face to face bull***** they would usually have to deal with).
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  • posted a message on RNA Promo cards
    Quote from Dontrike »
    Firewheeler feels like the new Flametongue Kavu, lots of two toughness creatures to hit.
    The Haunt is not bad, in fact it might be really good. The fact it grows as cards are played from your opponent, grows when attacking, and has lifelink means it is a must kill creature before long.
    Growth Spiral is just Explore.
    Mortify is always a good reprint.
    Simic Ascendancy is great in commander, a way to pump up creatures while being an alternate win con itself is a nice double threat.
    Growth spiral is a bit better than explore. It reduces the chances of “whiffing” by drawing the card first.

    Also, the instant speed sounds kinda huge. Turbo fog can leave their mana open for counters/tricks and dig/ramp EoT if they have spare mana.


    Explore has a completely different function.

    It allows you to PLAY an additional land.

    This new cards PUTS the land into play.

    That is massively better. You can't EOT explore and drop an additional land. But you sure can with the simic one.
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  • posted a message on Magic Pro League (9 pm announcement got spoiled early)
    Quote from lukey52 »
    Quote from the n00b king »
    Quote from BB84Prez »
    Cool. Now when will the Arena Mac client be released? No mention of MTGO which doesn't bode well for its future IMO. This is a very significant change for WotC to throw millions behind Arena for real tournaments.


    MTGO is awful for the e-sports community.

    It's obvious that Arena is tailored made for this type of tournament.

    Additionally, it's no secret that MTGO will eventually be phased out. I think it's going to happen more quickly than what most people think.

    I'm curious to know how they gauge who the 32 top players will be for both paper and MTGA. Will these be the same players? Or two separate groups? Will it be based on ratings or whatever?

    Looking forward to seeing more details on this.


    Until WotC has a way for people to play vintage, legacy, modern, pauper and commander on arena (which will likely be years if ever) MTGO will exist. The amount of people might only be a small percentage of the playerbase but the negative PR if they abandoned those formats online would hurt far more than the cost of just keeping MTGO online.

    Quote from RxPhantom »
    So is Arena more of a priority than paper Magic now?


    Seems likely, far cheaper to do digital than paper, especially when there's no way to actually cash out once you've put money into arena. Wizards are the only winners every time someone buys off there.


    You know...I would actually love to see the numbers for these formats. Wish WOTC was more transparent with that.

    Excluding modern, I would actually think that the number of players for the other eternal formats is actually relatively small. And the majority of these players already play paper magic anyways. No one can complain about the price entry of pauper you know.

    I don't think WOTC cares at all whatsoever about Vintage or Legacy. These are not formats it supports (or they are on life support). It's a healthy community that organizes their own tournaments.

    Additionally, WotC doesn't see a penny from the secondary market and thus, have even less reason to support it - let's not forget that these are NOT the people that are putting money into the game anyways.

    From a purely business perspective, WotC has all the reasons to continue to focus on both e-sports via arena and standard. That's their cash cow.

    Porting older formats might be in the plans only because it will allow them to take in even more money for all the wild cards you'll need to put together to get a deck. The economy of mtga might actually have to shift in order to support these formats.

    I've had this opinion for a while now, but I think WotC absolutely wants to kill paper magic. Mtga is way more profitable for them. And the logistics, don't get me started.

    I predict that paper magic is no longer supported within 10 years, based on how things are moving currently.

    MTGA will move to mobile and you'll get "fire gatherings" like hearthstone to play in.

    Magic is getting turned into a video game. The end of days of the TCG are near us my fellow friends.
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  • posted a message on Magic Pro League (9 pm announcement got spoiled early)
    Quote from BB84Prez »
    Cool. Now when will the Arena Mac client be released? No mention of MTGO which doesn't bode well for its future IMO. This is a very significant change for WotC to throw millions behind Arena for real tournaments.


    MTGO is awful for the e-sports community.

    It's obvious that Arena is tailored made for this type of tournament.

    Additionally, it's no secret that MTGO will eventually be phased out. I think it's going to happen more quickly than what most people think.

    I'm curious to know how they gauge who the 32 top players will be for both paper and MTGA. Will these be the same players? Or two separate groups? Will it be based on ratings or whatever?

    Looking forward to seeing more details on this.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mana Source Spoiler- 2019 GP Prom....OH MY GOD!!!
    Can't wait to get my hands on one of these, what with all the APAC Magic Fests! Oh wait... Frown
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  • posted a message on Full Gallery is up
    sleigh of hand reprint is cool.

    boxes are selling for 380SGD here.

    lulz! that's equivalent to about 360$ cad.

    that's crazy!
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  • posted a message on Seize the Day - LRR Preview
    That pack EV is quickly dwindling down in the last 24hrs.

    These cards are all over the place man...i wonder if there's any grounds to the speculation that this set is to front line a new format. Cuz otherwise, some of these reprints are bizarre.
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  • posted a message on Sublime Archangel
    another mythic downshifted
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