Quote from Crazy Pierre »Another disappointment.
One thing I'd like to know is whether Gavin or those guys actually pay money for their internal drafts or whether they get an allotment for R&D and they just draft to get a feel. Because right now, I don't really want to drop $45 CDN for a draft when I could use that $45 to get a card or two out of the set as singles.
Message to Gavin and others that work on this set: If I don't get $10 U.S. out of value per pack, I'm not opening the pack, period. Keep the EV high and my interest will remain high.
You know this isn't how EV or gambling works right? I get that people are upset that the value gets soaked up by a few cards but yeah, it hasn't been a good idea to crack packs for value in a long time. If you're going to draft, you're paying to draft and the additional expense is an experiential cost. You're subsidizing the cost of paying people to design a draft environment, not to shove every card you want into packs so you can conveniently crack the things you need.
I understand your frustration. I don't need Fortune Thief either. On the other hand, if I had the monumental task of designing a set meant to encapsulate the whole of Magic's history in which I wasn't allowed to pick cards from the Reserved List, and had to maintain pretty strict boundaries for numbers of rares/mythics/uncommons, and had to create an interesting limited environment, AND had to cater to a secondary market being mindful not to crash anything entirely then yeah I might throw in Fortune Thief. It's a very rare effect in MtG that is a callback to a well-appreciated card from Magic's History. Moreover, it is a very interesting effect in limited. No it's not a huge hit in terms of value, but it ticks off all the other boxes pretty well.
I think it's important we remember that the variety of employees at Wizards do not solely function to entertain our individual interests. They have a very specific task, and it comes with not pleasing everyone all the time. Are you upset that Rishadan Port is in the set, or are you happy for it? If so, may I ask what red rare you would put in place of Fortune Thief that also speaks to Magic's history in the same way, has a hugely interesting effect on limited, and suddenly fills your pockets as you hope? The only candidate that immediately pops to my mind is Stigma Lasher which really only costs anything because it's not awful and it's scarce.
I don't mean to offend or attack you personally, I just notice a lot of these posts that ignore the idea of EV and what a huge task this actually was to craft this set. It's the internet, use it how you will, but these people work to make a game for everyone, not just you, not just me, not just all of MTGS, and the biting message to an individual in particular feels very unnecessary.