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Jul 19, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from cryogen »
I lurked for a bit. But yeah, I joined you, ISB, and WF when Gaka and Weebo left staff.
I am like... 90% sure that WF joined staff after you did. He actually didn't join as a commander mod at first (I want to say he was a mill mod) but was later added when we saw that he was posting like.... literally everywhere.
Jul 16, 2019I would love to see mono colored commanders again. I say this from the standpoint that I would love to see more payoff effects for creating mono colored decks.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
I wouldn't mind more partners so long as they don't go crazy strong with them. I hate partners with mechanic though as I feel like it takes all the fun out of it.
Jul 14, 2019Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
I have been juggling things and waiting for the new cards to show up for M2020 which has kind of delayed me testing. I sort of hate testing decks as I wait for a bunch of changes so I have been putting it off. I still don't have any testing in for Judith but I will try to report back if and when I do manage to see and test her.
I would probably say Gamble is more likely to work out better for you than Scheming Symmetry. Keep in mind its topdeck tutoring at sorcery speed meaning that the other player gets their card before you get yours. It technically is the Imperial Seal effect but the fact that you give away an Imperial Seal is my concern. There are a lot of other possible tutors as well they are all just less efficient. Some other draw or vampire could also be an option if you don't come up with something that quite makes sense.
Jul 12, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from cyberium_neo »I'm sure it's legal to advertise new forums in this forum, but it still feels kind of wrong. You could've advertise this on EDHREC, which I'm sure many of us visit anyway, at least then it would be a neutral ground for people to pick and decide. Posting it here, alongside with a negative outlook, you're actively contributing to the "last gasp" by luring people away, while benefiting your new home.
Technically promoting Nexus goes against the rules of the site. The issue is in part that almost the entire moderator team is transitioning off. The fact that we were told that the site would be entirely shut down the moderator team started making plans to replace salvation. The announcement that was made came well after Feyd our technician started making nexus well after we had ourselves attempted to purchase salvation to keep it going and were told that would not be possible.
Its actually kind of *****ty to tell everyone that the site is closing, make alternative plans, and then say its all good its going to continue. The point being that they have created a fractured community with how this was handled. I am not on staff anymore and am not in the loop but the last I heard the new owner had not really done much communication with the staff about plans and how to continue and replace the staff that were leaving.
So, yes technically everything about this thread should not be allowed but the staff that would normally stop this from happening have all been burned essentially with this transition. I have no idea who plans to still be on site working as a staff member but I have already seen several step away. If you look at the commander forums you will see that only two of five moderators are still listed. I believe wildfire is an admin on nexus as well so I don't know what his plans are but I think bob had intended to remain here (not really sure though).
So, yes its kind of *****ty but lots of people feel burned on this and the advantage of moving is mostly that Feyd (who was our technician here for the last several years) is essentially the sole owner of the new site and he is making huge changes and improvements all the time where salvation has been limping along for years now from a development standpoint.
I have no idea what the new owner's plans are. Maybe he will be amazing. I haven't had any interactions with him in several years at this point though and I think a lot of the staff are sort of fed up with the unknown.
Jul 11, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from Onering »If you already have an account here you just register there? There's nothing special you have to do to verify?
There might be an email verification process I can't remember but its not associated with any other sites so signing up is quite easy.
Jul 11, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from ilovesaprolings »So we basically have two mtg salvation right now, or something like that?
I haven't fully understood this whole situation...
Its more than just a second site. To give some back story, MTGSalvation has recieved almost zero development time in the last year and a half. A year and a half ago, we were given the deckbuilder which we had expected to point out the bugs in it quickly and have them be fixed. I think we got like one or two days of developers reviewing and a few minor bugs were fixed in it and then we received no further assistance from development other than to make sure that the site was still up and functioning since then.
Before the deckbuilder, it was probably a few years before that that we recieved significant developer assistance on the site and it was probably mobile which was the previous attention we got.
In a nutshell, we have not received much for attention from development since curse bought and transitioned the site which has been something like.... 5 years now I would guess. We had a HUGE backlog of requests of which a lot of the fixes were small cosmetic things that could have been quickly fixed. The upside of nexus is that essentially Feyd_Ruin (who was our previous tech) wrote the whole site and is updating and fixing things as he goes. The current product we have now can be requested to be improved and I believe Feyd will actually continue to improve the product there. MTGSalvation is like a half sunken ship on the other regards. Its unsure as to what kind of assistance it will have from the new owner but the backlog of requests is kind of large at this point.
I can't even tell you how often I have had to say, that's a great idea, we can add it to the stack but for the foreseeable future we don't know when we will get dev time next.
Jul 10, 2019Wow I need to update this list kind of badly. I just figured I would drop in an update. I have been having some issues with lots of players attacking me while playing this deck with threats both flying and just chunky things. Due to this I am resorting to do some testing with some things like Seraph of the Sword, Dawn Elemental, and Commander Eesha as defensive measures. I am also going to do some testing with things like Lyra Dawnbringer and Baneslayer Angel as threats that give me some sticking power through lifesteal and add vigilance nicely.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
With the new pickup of a bunch of sticky flyers I am also going back and seeing if I can test out Dowsing Dagger and Sword of the Animist with a small equipment tutor package as well. I originally shyed away from them in part because I didn't have a lot of creatures that could pick up and carry them but I have added a lot more 4/5 mana flyers recently and so I wanted to circle back to them for testing. Having Sword of Feast and Famine in my list gives me a nice late game tutor for the equipment while the other two give me great early game ramp. Ramping lands is also a little less fragile for me given we usually refrain from mass jacking with lands in my meta.
Thalia's Lancers also was missing from my list which I didn't think about much due to not having that many legends but realizing how many of the lands I actually want are legendary I quickly added it in.
The OP is way out of date though with where I am at right now. I will see if I can get some testing in with some of my recent changes and update this thread.
Jul 10, 2019Posted in: Commander Rules Discussion ForumQuote from Card Slinger J »I've always wondered why EDH / Commander never had a set mulligan rule for the format but now that we finally have one it seems as though there's been some backlash for it lately. One of my friends made an argument saying that since EDH / Commander is a casual format by default that it should be up to the players to decide what type of mulligan rule that their playgroup adopts. Problem is that it ends up creating an unfair advantage among players in a 4+ player pod or at least that's the way I potentially see it anyway.
As for me I personally don't have a problem with it but I understand that this is an issue that should be determined based on house rules. Friends of mine who I've been playing Magic with for years have been so used to the old mulligan rules (Partial Paris / Vancouver) that they think that the rules were fine the way they were. As long as I get used to the new change then it shouldn't be a problem though If other players want to mulligan the way they've been doing it for years then who are we to judge If that's how they enjoy playing Magic?
Commander does have a set mulligan rule, its the same mulligan as every other format. At one point it was Partial Paris and there were rules outlining how that worked but as wizards moved to the Vancuver mulligans the rules committee decided to move away from Partial Paris and adopt the official mulligan rule that all other formats would be using. This reduced the number of rules for the format and brought it more in line with the other formats not to mention decreased the average speed of starting hands.
There is nothing saying people can't ask and suggest an alternate mulligan system for games. The rules committee usually encourages people to adapt based on what players want.
Jul 8, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from Artaud »Someone is out of his mind unbanning Servant while cards like Ugin, the Spirit Dragon exist. Iona was just icing on a cake of banning it. Prepare for Grindstonning...
Do you think that anyone out there who is willing to do this couldn't just run some other combo?
Grindstone Combo: 7 mana to do everything in one turn and its an artifact creature + artifact which are probably the types of permentant that have the most options to remove and or respond to not to mention it only eliminates a single player not the table.
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon: 11 mana combo and also it is something easy to interact with not to mention somewhat difficult to tutor up being a planeswalker + creature / artifact.
Neither of these are very efficient and an artifact creature is very fragile as far as combos go. Generally speaking I doubt any of these options are better than combos that blue, black, and or green could already assemble so maybe for red, white, or boros colors it might be something new but I think this is probably a big knee jerk reaction.
Jul 8, 2019ISBPathfinder posted a message on Banning Criteria discussion: Allow players to win out of nowhereI would be interested to hear a bit more on "Cause severe resource imbalances". There can be a great many cards that you could examine under that stance. Cradle and Coffers for instance are cards that create great resource imbalances but you could also say the same about Necropotence. Its such a broad criteria that it can really be widely interpreted. I feel it might be one of the more vaguely stated ban criteria.Posted in: Commander Rules Discussion Forum
I suspect there is probably a lot more depth to this mostly involving how quickly it comes online and how complex it is to set up and cost to assemble as well as what it does for you. For example if you were to cast Sphinx's Revelation for 20 it would be a big resource imbalance but that would be ignoring the setup you put into doing that effect.
I guess what drives me a little crazy is how vague and up to interpretation it is. Tolarian Academy for example could be either kept banned or unbanned depending on where you draw the line with this. Really the same thing could be said for anything that produces mana, ramps lands, or draws cards. Hell, you could call a Wrath of God effect a means of imbalancing resources assuming you are clearing out a resource you have little of that someone else is using.
Jul 8, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)
I haven't had a chance to look at the document but I would guess to some degree the same reason that Hermit Druid never got the axe (it has ways to play it fairly) is perhaps the same reason it came off the list. There are a good number of cool and niche uses for painters servant like say Oona, Teysa, or Blind Seer where it isn't a card that needs to be banned.
This is purely a guess though, I have not gotten a chance to read the new updated policy.
Jul 8, 2019Its worth mentioning that some of the problem of Paradox Engine is that it is colorless which means that the places it can be played are far more widespread. Given we just came out with the new Urza it seems like we constantly get commanders who can break the card in half. If Paradox Engine had a color or colors it might not have been as big of an issue.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Paradox Engine also doesn't seem like it has a purpose outside of going off infinite or close to it. Thats just what the card is intended to do.
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Mar 19, 2018The flavor of Kamigawa was good. The mechanics were literally what killed it. It's not that the mechanics could not work but all in all they were too weak to stand up to standalone cards that do see play. In a lot of cases the mechanics are weak because the cards that use the mechanics are weak. They had a lot of interesting abilities but ultimately they did not push any of them far enough to make them be all that good. Most of the good cards do not use the mechanic keywords of the block.Posted in: Articles
I won't say that the set lacks good cards but the mechanics came off weak and they needed a power nudge that they never got.
Feb 9, 2018The problem I have is that its very easy to tell when a set is going to be good vs bad. I often look back at Khans of Tarkir as a good example of a modern day set that was amazing from a power and money stance.Posted in: Articles
From the get go it had:
Amazing Rare Cycles
Cards so broken they got banned in legacy
I mean.... the set is so full of goodies that a card as busted as Siege Rhino is $1. In a lot of cases I determine if a set is good by the number of cards worth money. Bad sets in many cases have all of their value in like 3 cards where as with good sets you will see a lot more of the focus in $5-$15 cards.
It comes down to how you want to assess a set as good though. I generally go on the number of playable cards which is part of why I think Khans is an amazing set because it had so many playable cards that it deflated the prices of almost everything when it was new. Mechanics are fine but in a lot of cases the mechanics are there to make drafting the set interesting. You generally only see a few good cards that fit the mechanics of a set at best.
Jan 30, 2018Its been a while since I checked in on one of these but I have to say I love the look and format you have here. I am not sure if that is new or not but the tables look really nice. Thanks for keeping up with this project Teia.Posted in: Articles
Jan 4, 2018Posted in: ArticlesQuote from cyberium_neo »Twitter or Facebook, as in our own page, or MtgSalvation's page, if you have such.
And what is the budget and format restriction?
I cant speak for kaburi (who seems to be heading this up) but what I got from this was:
1) Build a deck for Azor
2) Host your list here on salvation using our new deckbuilder
3) No Budget restrictions required but if you want to make yours budget thats fine.
4) Format restriction is just commander. I suspect that means the official rules committee multiplayer banned list.
Dec 21, 2017The short answer is no. It would be incredibly hard to import all of the raw data that is in the forums. We did bring this up when it was being discussed and really all we can do is offer the deckbuilder as a new tool that users can use.Posted in: Articles
There are advantages however when it comes to searching for decks as well as retaining your own versions of some decks especially for some formats like standard and modern where more frequently there are primers for discussing a deck but they do not track the personal progression of decks as well.
When it comes to some formats like commander it might be a little bit of a con from the standpoint that there is a lot of history that you will be dropping potentially to move to the deckbuilder. There is some upside though too in that it will be easier to search for and find lists though on the deckbuilder and several of the stat and sample hand features can be fun to look at from the perspective of others viewing a list.
Right now our focus is to make the deckbuilder as good as we can and then we will figure out how to format and organize things in a way that makes sense. As it stands we dont really have an intention to force users to change how they do things but ideally the deckbuilder gets to the point that its how it makes sense on how to build decks on site.
Dec 20, 2017We had some issues upfront where our card import had the wrong color for a lot of cards. We are still working on fixing that as of right now. Before the deckbuilder was introduced that data was not really being used so its easy to overlook that in testing.Posted in: Articles
Cost - its slowly getting more accurate. I uploaded a deck on day one where it said the cost was like $400 and its now up to $2200+ so its getting a little more accurate. I am not sure if there was a fix on this front / when it might have happened but it has been updated in the last week somehow.
Dec 20, 20171) I brought it up and right now there is no option for private decks. It is possible in the future we may be able to provide it but its going to come down to priorities and how much dev time we get for additions and how much of a priority private lists are. I will make sure the feedback is forwarded but I cant guarentee anything on this front.Posted in: Articles
2) Currently there is the option to simulate opening hands, mulligans, and drawing additional cards from the deck. When you load up a deck it defaults to the "overview" tab and you just need to look for "Hand Draw Simulator".
Dec 20, 2017You can draw a hand, mulligan, and draw additional cards. There are some legal concerns if it gets much beyond that but that should at least let you do some goldfishing.Posted in: Articles
When you open a deck it defaults to the overview but if you tab over to "Hand Draw Simulator" you can do some testing.
Dec 15, 2017Several are giving it here but I also you can make it here if you would like.Posted in: Articles
Dec 15, 2017Generally speaking cards that don't show up have an issue on the card in the database and its not flagged as legal in the format you chose. I am working on Confluence right now and hopefully that will fix it moving forward.Posted in: Articles
EDIT: I am able to find Mana Confluence now after having fixed the card. I don't see anything wrong with Voltaic Key offhand but it might depend on what format you had selected when searching for it. If you have issues still please let me know.
Dec 2, 2017ISBPathfinder posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemThis is the independent viewpoints of Teia Rabishu. It does not reflect the feelings of the moderator staff or of curse gaming.Posted in: Articles
Dec 2, 2017ISBPathfinder posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemPart of the problem is also that we are a two party system. To some degree its a choose your poison and to be totally honest, it didn't matter who else it was I was not voting for Hillary. Some of this problem comes back to issues with the electoral college and how our presidential elections are held but why would the established parties want to change that because they have all the power in the current system.Posted in: Articles
I am still a republican at the end of the day and while Trump might not be my "ideal" situation I will still probably end up voting for a republican candidate because of the things that I find important tend to be more republican concepts. I am a moderate because when it comes to social issues I disagree with republicans but when it comes to financial and military issues I am a conservative.
The real problem in my opinion is that there are only two parties to choose from and really you can point at either party and the extremists are totally bat ***** crazy. I actually suspect the average US citizen is more of a mix of the concepts of both parties. The problem is they take ridiculous extreme views on everything as a party.
Dec 1, 2017ISBPathfinder posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemTeia, I respect your views and your right to them. This is however me admitting publicly that I am a mild conservative from small town nowhere. I wont get into things any further than that however your are grossly grouping those that do not have your own beliefs together. I will admit that yes, some do share the extreme viewpoints that you are posting about but I think you are being wildly outspoken as to what percentage of the conservative party have these beliefs.Posted in: Articles
Personally I am an old school civility sort of believer. When it comes to flirting and dating I am a little awkward from the standpoint that I don't know how to flirt but at the same time I don't approach things from a standpoint of "grab them by the pussy". When I first met my wife it was helping a mutual friend of ours to move. I was so nervous to ask her out that I did it via a somewhat formal email I asked her if I could take her out to dinner at a nice restaurant. My wife is a strong liberal independent woman who is also a pastor. We both come from a very different set of beliefs when it comes to politics but we are civil and we listen to each other and ask questions as to how and why each other believe that and while we still differ we totally respect each other's viewpoints.
So, coming back to this whole "Donald Trump voter" thing. Yes I 100% did vote for Trump. This to me was not an endorsement of his actions or things he says but instead a matter of picking between two choices and choosing the one that I wanted to politically follow. For me, its almost always going to come down to a matter of policies and expectations from any candidate. Hillary was far too liberal and I literally could not get behind a single one of her stances. I may not agree with how our president talks and acts, but if you were to get down to the actions he has taken he is still probably at about a 65% with me as far as the actions and things he has tried to achieve as the president. Lots of the ridiculous stuff is still totally ridiculous to me so I wont get into that stuff but as a whole I am still more on board with what he is doing than what Obama did or what Hillary had intended to do.
Getting more back on point. I will totally back you on the fact that disrespectful attacks on women are totally shameful. I am not at all trying to defend anyone who does this. Being a conservative does not mean that you are some sort of womanizer though. I might be in the minority but I prefer to handle dating / relationships as a dignity thing. Something to approach with class and civility rather than it being about who you get to screw in the end.
I just wanted to say my little tangent but I think you are very wrong when it comes to your grouping and assumptions of conservatives. I might want different things politically than you but that does not mean that I have any sort of disrespect for women.
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