No doubt, it does go without saying that these "this set sucks/I dont like this set/worse set ever" threads come up with EVERY set. But jeeez, these past few sets they've just seemed more and more justified. I've actually even lost a lot of interest in MTG ever since Innistrad rolled out. And I'm someone who's been playing pretty avidly since about 1995. Since Innistrad rolled out and Theros came in, I've never been less interested in MTG in the near 20 years I've been playing. Usually I'll come up with dozens and dozens of crappy new rogue "Johnny" decks with each new set that comes out. Since Innistrad rolled out, I've made 2 different decks in about the passed year and a half.
I understand MTG is trying to pull back the power creep and that's fair enough. But now it feels like they're taking us back to the days of Legends with these overcosted and tri-coloured cards that would still barely be playable even if they cost 1-2 less and and weren't so colour intensive. And what's with all the uncommon cards printed as rares?
This next block after Khans better be like Urza's Saga meets Mirrodin with power 9 reprints after all this crap.
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Nov 6, 2012The sick thing is, it really feels like the whole Thragtusk/Restoration Angel thing really is just about unstoppable. Playing on MTGO I'd say about 8 out of 10 matches in "Tournament Practice" are some variation of the whole Thrag/Angel combo. I've seen BGRW "Frites" decks that play it, RGw mid range decks with Huntmaster and the combo, plain old GW midrange, GWu control, GWb with the black splash for Abrupt Decay and other removal.Posted in: Standard Archives
EVERYTHING runs it now and maybe I'm just doing something wrong but it seems really hard to come back from a 4th turn Thrag into 5th turn Resoration Angel. Removal doesn't do much, the huge life swing is really hard to get over and the whole threat of them totally screwing you in combat with an instant speed Restoration Angel puts you in that position of either NOT attacking and just dying to them being more aggressive than you or attacking and dying to them suddenly having 2 extra blockers, 5 extra life and most likely knocking out most of your attackers.
What sucks is that I understand that Thragtusk is "balanced" more or less. But jeez, it just sucks that the format has fallen into the whole "Play this card or lose against this card" thing.
Jun 28, 2012Oh, jeepers I totally didn't notice this was public. Let me just clarify that I am indeed totally not some "right wing" type. I'm entirely opposed to all politicians across the board.Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
Dec 18, 2008What can I say about the art issue, it's entirely impossible to debate an opinion of that sort, and I'd just sound like a tool if I went as far as to present my opinion as a fact.Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
And hell, I actually hate anime with a passion, but the art on some yugioh cards is just really neat IMO.
Yugioh does sort of have a limited format, although I do totally admit it's REALLY lame in comparison to MTG's limited formats. Hell, it's really lame in general.
Like during the yugioh pre-release they give you 5 packs (I think it's 5) and you have to build a 20 card deck out of them.
There's generally no real cohesion in any given yugioh set. So it's nearly impossible to actually build a solid limited deck with even a semblance of a theme. And since many sets have no removal what so ever, it's entirely possible to win by just playing 1 creature bigger than anything they got and just letting them deck out.
There's also no real structure to these tournaments, they're basically just casual. You get a little paper in the beginning and you have to go around looking for matches and write the results on it. After 1 or 2 games, most people just fill out random names and results on the paper and hand it in for their free pack.
Not to mention that since there's such a large amount of little kids at these events, cheating isn't just a minor issue, it's part of their deck building process. All the time you'll see kids openly trading cards with eachother between decks, not even attempting to keep it discreet. You'll end up seeing decks with 6-7 of the same card and the "Oh, i got like 2 of this card in every pack!!!" excuse.
Which is silly, cause there's no benefit to winning in these tournaments. Whether you lose every game or win every game 2-0 you still only get 1 pack at the end for turning in your sheet.
Hell, I doubt they would. But it would be kinda of cool if Konami attempted to have a more structured limited format. But still, I do admit that yugioh sets are just pretty terrible for limited.
Although I could see it being kinda cool in a "Cube" kinda limited format.
Dec 17, 2008Posted in: Talk and EntertainmentQuote from Sapphire TriThe Japanese OCG has been like that.. BUT even there highest raritys dont go into the insane prices the american markets go.
EX: Highest rairty Very played Secret in japan would be about 20-30 ish In Dollars
American printed version... 100+ Umm LOLWUT?
Also count on the fact Upper deck makes those cards MUCH harder to get then there Japanese Counter parts. I used to play Both TCG and OCG. And could out right say I could mae the meta defining deck in OCG form for 1/5 of the price if I made it in American. Maybe even... CHEAPER. The reprinting of valuable cards HELPS keep them around and allows the people who couldnt afford them the first time around to get there shot at it.
But Anyway I am glad UD is losing this. I look forward to what Konami will do. I enjoy so many of there games and they do very well. Lets see what else they have plans for.
I'm actually not to worried about the crossover myself, Konami seems pretty knowledgeable about games, I'm hopeful that that could carry over to CCGs.
A lotta peeps were worried that Konami would somehow screw up the banlist or do away with it all together. I think Konami would know enough not to totally piss off the fanbase of one of their biggest cash cows.
And I'm sorta split on my feelings about Yugiohs annoying reprint policy. In some ways it does kinda suck that you'll bust your ass trading/buying to get this playset of 40-50 dollar cards, only to see them reprinted as commons in the next preconstructed deck.
In the same vein though, it is a pain in the ass that the tier 1 deck in yugioh right now is literally well over 1.5k in value. Even the more accessible tier 2 tournament decks are at least close to or over 200 dollars.
I think it'd be a hell of a lot better if yugioh had a rarity system closer to MTG. Instead of like 7-8 different kinds of rares and probably like a less than 5% chance of actually pulling the rares you'd need for decks or even a rare that would at least be decent trade bait.
At least in MTG if you buy 5 packs or so, there's a decent chance you'd get something that'd be worth trading for something you do need.
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Apr 24, 2018Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Blue gets to be broken beyond any semblance of fairness with ONE CARD combos. But Mardu being playable? That's a sin.Quote from Dontrike »Quote from Joao Wockeez »Quote from Cainsson »You people act like vampires aren't still the worst dedicated tribe by the very fact that they're not in UG. A vampire deck will never even have a chance to beat well-built Elves, Merfolk, Zombies or Goblins without Edgar's eminence. And tribal decks are the lowest tier of competition. The card/deck doesn't do a thing to stax, combo or taking turns strategies.
I would like to encourage you to watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYvsM5HrCSc&t.
I would agree that vampires are ONE of the worst tribes (ever heard of werewolves and angels?) but Edgar Markov makes vampires broken.
From my experiences Edgar Markov makes vampires average. Hell, it's not even the best Commander deck to come out of that year.
Apr 24, 2018Edgar needs to be cast to win against good decks because Vampire Lacerator and his token buddy aren't cutting it in a multiplayer format with 40lp.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
There's THREE good vampires, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Olivia Voldaren and Captivating Vampire. And there is no Elvish Guidance, Goblin Warrens, Zombie Apocalypse, Merrow Commerce or Dragon Tempest to help them either.
Edgar and Arhabo are balanced by being powerful tribal cards in very weak tribes. If you really can't deal with them the right thing to do is be an adult and either build better decks or ask the Eminence players to adapt their decks to the playgroup's level. Not prohibit everyone else from playing a deck that is neither overpowered in cEDH nor problematic in casual commander just because you don't like that there's some things you can't say "no" to and for the first time ever some of those things are not in blue.
Apr 24, 2018You people act like vampires aren't still the worst dedicated tribe by the very fact that they're not in UG. A vampire deck will never even have a chance to beat well-built Elves, Merfolk, Zombies or Goblins without Edgar's eminence. And tribal decks are the lowest tier of competition. The card/deck doesn't do a thing to stax, combo or taking turns strategies.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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Sep 10, 2014Posted in: New Card DiscussionI agree with your overall statement, though. In my opinion, the focus has recently been too much on Limited and not enough on Constructed (especially Standard and - to some extent - Modern), leading to sets where large amounts of cards are (close to) unplayable outside of Limited and very few cards that are even considerable options for eternal formats.
As I understand it, though, Wizards designs sets primarily based on Limited because their goal is to sell boxes of booster packs. Drafting is the most consistent way that consumers use up those boxes. Many people (myself included) draft at least partially to score Standard-playable cards. That part is gambling, really, because there are so few good cards anymore. I'm not a huge gambler and I don't think I would draft much if the matches were no fun.
So logically, Magic R&D focuses most on how to make those drafts enjoyable, even for the people who don't pull anything decent. Otherwise, a lot of Standard players would stick to buying singles, which makes those singles more expensive and only benefits the secondary market rather than Wizards itself. Sure, a good number of people would probably buy boxes, which is where the singles would come from, but face it, you don't always get your money's worth when you buy a box if there's nothing you want to use and only a few tradable cards and the couple of mythics you get are crap (foil Hythonia the Cruel, looking at you). Not everyone wants to take that gamble. The people who do are the ones who drive up sales; Wizards sells more boxes of each new set because there are fewer Constructed-playable cards in each box.
We just have to accept that Constructed formats aren't of much concern to Wizards, except to throw in enough of an incentive to ensure Standard players will continue to dump money into drafting. The players themselves are the ones who figure out how to make the best of what they have. Modern and other eternal format players are effectively no longer a target market, since they tend to only focus on the few (usually out-of-print) cards relevant to their decks. Tournaments and huge events and promos and all the hype around anything to do with Constructed? The "flavor" of a set? The very existence of "pro players?" It's all window dressing. Or it's sponsored by the secondary market, which profits the most from Constructed.
Sep 10, 2014Ponder can sort top 3 cards and draw 1, or shuffle those useless cards away and replace itself. I know it seems like a stupid banning (and it is) but Wizards of the Coast "believe" it is to strong for Modern. These are the people who kept Bitterblossom and Wild Nacatl banned for years. They are dumb when it comes to the ban hammer most of the time. Kills off entire archetypes (and yes I am raging at their stupidity towards Modern's bannings, it's why I rarely play it).Posted in: Magic General
Sep 10, 2014Hi,Posted in: Magic General
Does anyone know why Ponder is banned in modern?
Especially when there are cards like Sage of Epityr which is almost better because you get a 1/1 out of it.
Ponder isn't even that great?
It's good but not enough to ban it?
Mar 25, 2013Sene posted a message on Post ITT to get a special custom! (read the first post)( )_( )Posted in: Speakeasy Archives
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