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  • posted a message on Challenger Decks 2019
    8 didn't they only do 4 last time wonder if they value goes down.
    8 decks per display does not mean 8 different decks, in case that's your question.

    Generally speaking, most preconstructed/curated MTG products start out awesome, then they get slowly and gradually watered down, then discontinued and replaced by something else that follows the same trajectory. It happened with FTV, Commander, Duel Decks, Event Decks and Clash Packs, and it is likely to happen with Challenger Decks and Spellbooks as well.

    Now this is only the second set of Challenger decks, so I expect it to still be great. But I do expect the 2023 edition to be terrible.

    I hope I'm wrong.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on How much luck is involved in Magic?
    Boring answer, but it's a healthy mix of both. To win, say, a GP you need both. But new/bad players often blame bad luck when they lose instead of looking closely at their own decisions and taking responsibility for everything that they could in fact control, while they feel like they rightfully deserve every win they get and ignore their luck in those instances.

    Like it or not, this is part of what makes Magic so successful. You can come in as a new player, get some wins against better players and feel good about it, which makes you come back for more and improve. But anyone who takes this game seriously, needs to make a big efford to identify every mistake they did that was under their control and own those losses to improve, instead of shaking losses off as bad luck. It's harder than it seems, but this is a big part of what separates okayish players from the good ones.

    Also, don't complain about bad luck, even when there was nothing you could do. You're being bad company, and you're also tilting yourself. Just be quiet and move on.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the January 21, 2019, announcement?
    Mental Misstep should not even be in the conversation. If you think the card is ok, you have not played a format in which four copies is legal.

    I dislike it when they hit a deck by banning a card that goes in a lot of other, less problematic decks. You wanna kill KCI? Fine, but don't make a non-problematic deck like Hardened Scales collateral damage. I'm not saying that Mox Opal and Ancient Stirrings aren't busted, broken cards, but the whole format is busted and broken. No need to randomly hit a wide array of decks because one of them is a problem, when it leaves a meta full of other busted, broken decks untouched. Unfairness is not an argument for a Modern ban, that's the nature of the beast. We're not going back to the old days of Jeskai vs. Jund vs. Zoo vs. Faeries anyway, forget that. I miss those days, but it's irrepairable.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on New Quick Draft paper format modeled after Arena
    Additionally, it mitigates the amount of time you get stuck playing "that guy" (which is often a big boon in many people's books).
    Shouldn't "that guy" also get to play Magic? I mean yeah, he's annoying and/or smells, but he's still a worthy opponent, and part of what makes this game so beautiful is that it brings people together and give them an easy, safe and non-awkward platform to communicate through, regardless of social skills. Don't take that away from "that guy", he needs all the social interaction he can get so that he might one day stop being "that guy".

    Edit; I do agree that player-chosen pairings at FNM and higher is very, very unlikely.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Forbidding Spirit
    ... it's a white 3/3 for 3 mana! That's crazy efficient for a white creature, at least for an uncommon. A great ability tacked onto that is pretty nutty.

    Creatures seem big in this set in general, a lot of the Gruul and Simic beaters are very beefy.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on New Quick Draft paper format modeled after Arena

    If you dont get paired with people and you simply seek out an opponent that is available in a store , it will be bad too, as it further increases the "anti-social" part, as some players will not be as "liked" as others and if nobody or just less players want to play them, its not really a good social gathering anymore ; thats problematic in my view.

    Some might seek out the "easy" opponents just to get more wins, which is also problematic.

    Pairings are fair and neutral and you get to play against different opponents.
    If you get to choose who you want to play, thats just not going to end well.
    This is true and important. Getting paired with opponents that you don't get to choose is a HUGE part of the social aspect of events, and cutting it would make FNM a lot worse. It would get incredibly awkward. Shy and awkward players could get to play less, have a bad experience and not come back.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Weekly MTG previews
    That Sphinx is super scary for limited. Reach 7, get a 5/5 flier with almost-hexproof? At uncommon?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Possible name of the upcoming set
    Does anyone else miss set logos? Simply using the Beleren font with a new color scheme and background makes every set feel a little bit less unique.

    Minor gripe of course, I'm stoked for upcoming sets.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Sunder Shaman Magic mics preview
    It could get chumped by tokens for days in limited... But in any other case, it's so, sooo good. Love it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Skewer the Critics (aka Spectacle sorcery Bolt) - The Mana Leek spoiler
    This season I'm gonna T4 Chainwhirler and then Skewer your x/4.

    This, Wizards's Lightning, Shock, L. Strike, Viashino Pyromancer and Fanatical Firebrand, fueled by Frenzy. That's my plan. That's a LOT of direct damage. Glad UW got some incidental lifegain in this set.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mirror March
    At least the six mana weird red enchantment isn't the mythic.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Fireblade Artist
    2/2 haste with upside? I'm in!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Windstorm Drake (Diário Planinauta preview)
    Quote from Dunharrow »
    Very weird. It fits into the Orzhov deck better than Simic or Azorius.
    Yeah. You jam the white Afterlife cards in UW and go to town, or splash it in Orzhov with Azorius Guildgate at the top of the curve.

    Great card for limited, trash everywhere else of course. That's ok.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [RNA] Revival // Revenge
    Quote from SnowBunny »
    Not really sure what targets would be juicy to reanimate but the Revenge part looks hilarious
    Militia Bugler already has a deck, but it's kind of useless as redundancy since you need to find Bugler first anyway. Maybe some aristocrats build?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Thrash/Threat
    The card seems good in a RG Monsters style deck, where you have loads of big creatures so the first half is almost always a remocal spell. Being able to target a PW is part of the unprecedented amount of flexibility we're seeing in this set and to some degree GRN as well, and it's probably a nod to BO1 on Arena. The latter half is a do-nothing beater at decent rate, which is very nice to have in case your opponent doesn't have any targets or you don't have any creatures to use for the first half. Good card. I was hoping for something more low to the ground, but this demands some beef to be good.

    Nonbo with Nykya, but what isn't?`

    Quote from Lectrys »
    Dang, why is Ruric Thar quoted on a Guildgate...

    Guess that's nigh-confirmation we won't be seeing Ruric Thar on a card this set.

    And where's the uncommon Gruul split card...?

    Since I'm already crunching the red/green gold cards, let me share the approximate list of cards still left to be spoiled:

    • Split uncommon
    • CCDD uncommon
    • Hybrid common
    • Guildmage uncommon
    • Unknown rare
    • Unknown common
    • Unknown uncommon
    • Unknown uncommon

    Since Gruul already has two legends and two mythics, Ruric must both be a rare and break symmetry of two legends per gold color combination. Either that, or he has gone mono-colored and he's the red or green mythic. All of these options seem unlikely, but who knows.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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