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  • posted a message on [CMR] Mothership 10/28— Kamahl, Heart of Krosa and his Will
    ITT: an 8-drop that does nothing without an established board presence, in a format where sweepers are both viable and prevalent, is too good.

    @Xcric: how many go-wide commanders does Kamahl compete with, in your opinion?

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  • posted a message on [CMR] Liesa, Shroud of Dusk and Seraphic Greatsword— StarCityGames previews
    Quote from Xcric »
    i kind of liked her better with the wrong translation.


    Same. These days I tend to gravitate toward legends that dodge or mitigate the commander tax, and the life gain on top of her first ability made for outstanding synergy in that regard. This is still good, but means I have to completely change the deck I was plotting (initial plans included Hatred, K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth, Vilis, Broker of Blood, etc).
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Kodama of the East Tree and Magus of the Order— TraderOnlineVideo previews
    I realize Kamigawa has its own flavor, but I'm disappointed the kodama doesn't aesthetically reflect Studio Ghibli's interpretation.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Mothership 10/27— Breeches and red Pirates
    Someone brought his red pants...
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  • posted a message on [Admin] bobthefunny's Strategic Chalkboard
    Quote from Feyd_Ruin »
    Quote from FlossedBeaver »
    Lessons learned: if you let the conservative Christian moderator repeatedly ban the liberal voices of dissent [...]
    Wait.....
    Are you seriously calling Bob a conservative Christian moderator that’s trying to silence liberal voices?


    I wasn't referring to bob.
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  • posted a message on [Admin] bobthefunny's Strategic Chalkboard
    Lessons learned: if you let the conservative Christian moderator repeatedly ban the liberal voices of dissent, you'll eventually get the 'neutrality' you were aiming for. For a month, at least. Or maybe 6 months, next time? The irony is clouding my mind at present.
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  • posted a message on [CMR] Phyrexian Triniform— Commander Legends Product Page preview
    Quote from Xcric »
    this needed to be a 9 mana mythic?

    edh can do so much better than this already without this card.

    i might throw it into feldon, maybe, its a fatty that *****s out tokens and thats what that deck wants.

    i don't know, it really seems like they can't quite grasp the format.


    EDH is basically Timmy; the Format.
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  • posted a message on Commander Legend Spoiler Season starts on the 12th of October
    Quote from SpeedGrapher »
    Say you like ice cream. It's your favorite food. But you only eat it once a week. If you eat ice cream everyday it would stop being your favorite food. You'd be sick of it. Wizards is trying to feed us ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


    If you're an adult and have money, I expect that you should be able to exercise fiscal restraint. If not, pointing the finger elsewhere is demonstrably counterproductive. You have to eat; you don't have to buy cards.

    Quote from SpeedGrapher »
    Their bribing the government to make ice cream a required food group.


    Uhhhh... I'm sorry, what is this supposed to be analogous to?

    Quote from Xcric »
    Sorry bro, ya gotta accept that.


    I think we're at a bit of a disconnect about who needs to be more accepting. You're entitled to your opinion, sure, I'm just trying to dissuade you from the belief that everyone else shares it too. Magic is fine (fact), but if you're going to be upset about each new release, well... ya gotta accept that, bro. Or learn to live with being miserable all the time.
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  • posted a message on [Admin] bobthefunny's Strategic Chalkboard
    Quote from bobthefunny »
    Any concerns about the site's policies, or additional resources you wish to provide to us for consideration will still be welcomed, but we ask that it be kept to an informational level.


    More data for all concerned to ignore. At the informational level, of course.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/

    Less than 14% of the entire population represents at least 23% of those fatality shot by police in 2018-19. I say 'at least' because a portion of those ~200 unknown deaths each year may have also been black.

    https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-2019-statistics-on-law-enforcement-officers-killed-in-the-line-of-duty
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/191694/number-of-law-enforcement-officers-in-the-us/

    Contrast this with the number of peace officers intentionally killed in the line of duty (less than 50) set against the total number of employed peace officers in 2018. That's .007% of the working peace officers 'assassinated,' as you're inclined to describe it.


    [snip]
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  • posted a message on [Admin] bobthefunny's Strategic Chalkboard
    Maybe the actual solution would be to stay to Magic and avoid ANY political aspect at all.


    Congrats, you posted enough bullsh*t to reaffirm the site owner's decision to ignore their conscience. You proved everything we've said since post #9, and now this thread serves as a welcome mat for every other bigot and bad faith actor. At least we can finally admit that this was your goal all along.

    "Post here ye faithful, for no matter how toxic or harmful, there will be balance."
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  • posted a message on Commander Legend Spoiler Season starts on the 12th of October
    If you want to let my points stand on their own merit, uncontested, then you've already conceded the argument. You haven't presented any data apart from your own say-so and some confirmation bias, so no, I don't see it as a problem. It's really not ignorant for me to disagree with a point you've failed to substantiate on a factual level. I think it's been made pretty clear by my approach every single time that your generally pessimistic attitude is unwarranted, and if you don't care to put in the time and energy to properly refute that... well, that's on you.

    I come here to talk about Magic because I enjoy the game. I don't really share any empathy with those who come here only to complain; voicing your concerns here, repetitively and without substance, is about as productive as shouting into an empty bucket of KFC.

    We can go back to talking about Magic now. Any further attacks on my character will be met with a quiet report.
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  • posted a message on Commander Legend Spoiler Season starts on the 12th of October
    Quote from Xcric »

    we were talking about it in a local shop yesterday. we're just absolutely bombarded with products, but those products over the past year seem to have lost focus.


    How so? It seems to me that having more products each with its own specific purpose is indicative of more focus, not less.

    Quote from Xcric »
    one great point the store owner brought up is that his newer customers and less whale-like customers end up feeling overwhelmed with product options. they come in to buy some packs, but they can buy these other packs for just a few dollars more that'll have more of this other thing in it, and for a few dollars more than that they can buy a different pack of the same set that has even more odds of getting this or that.


    Isn't it sort of the shop owner's responsibility to educate his/her customers, though? To be able to foster good marketing decisions for their continued patronage?

    Quote from Xcric »
    trouble is, then they feel the lower priced product isn't worth it, and the higher priced product is priced too high so they walk away feeling ripped off no matter which option they go for.


    I mean, that's what happens when you play the lottery, regardless of pack price. If there's no inherent value in a basic pack, though, what are you doing cracking them at all? We're talking about a product that hasn't fundamentally changed in over 25 years, not a lot of room for surprises there.

    Quote from Xcric »
    he's also sold out on a ton of product before most can even get it because whales will come in and buy it all to get those few hot cards, or conversely someone who isn't a whale gets really lucky and cracks some alt art foil showcase card and comes back to buy him out just like people do when they win money on scratchers. while product is moving faster and better, there is definitely an atmosphere of discontent and being overwhelmed by those that aren't getting lucky and those are the customers that have come in less.


    So when people figure out that it's better to buy singles instead of packs they just stop coming to the store? Is that because your store doesn't stock singles, or because it doesn't stock non-Magic product? I'm trying to figure out why the shop is ultimately getting less business (during a pandemic, of all things) as a consequence of what happens to all savvy Magic players eventually.

    Quote from Xcric »
    it'd be great if there were fewer releases, but at a higher quality. more exploration of themes, less need to ban, more power across all rarities.


    I don't see how those two things are mutually exclusive.

    Quote from Xcric »
    i mean, some of these sets you still can't find but we're on to the next one before anyone can even realize it. it means the people with the money, who preordered, get to experience it and most others simply don't.


    Sure, this is a real problem... but we know the fault lies with how Covid has affected the production / distribution chain, not anything Wizards has done, intentionally or otherwise.

    Quote from Xcric »
    they've pushed the you're going to miss out angle so hard, and after awhile people feel like they are missing out... so what's the point? why keep buying? why keep maintaining? but those are the customers they dont' hear from, they just drop off as other people buy more which presents really flawed sales data. you can sell a ton of product and still have an unhealthy game.


    Are we talking about Secret Lairs, or Magic in general? Because I disagree with the former, and don't see how it applies to the latter. If there's actual data to suggest people who feel the need to collect everything represent a silent majority, and that they're being driven out of the game as a consequence of limited product availability, I'd like to see it.

    Quote from Xcric »
    anyway, regarding spoilers for this set... i'm cautiously pessimistic.

    i want to hope for the best, i want something amazing, something that i'll want to buy cases of, but given the track record i don't expect it.


    I'm confused. You take issue generally with the lottery model, but you still want to have a reason to go out and buy tons of sealed product?

    Quote from Xcric »
    i don't even expect to be able to find the product without preordering. what i do expect is to see some mediocre reprints that no one really needed, a lack of power at common and uncommon, some creative ideas that were reigned in really hard at rare, some absolutely format warping cards at mythic or a couple of extremely in demand reprints at mythic... and not much else.


    Good! If reality matches your expectations then you'll be less frustrated, and if it exceeds them then we can all expect to see you come back afterwards and offer something positive on these message boards.

    Quote from Xcric »
    the product fatigue is real even here, where it should be hype instead. there is just so much printed lately, and so much printed with an edh slant, that it has become difficult to keep up - not just with the information, but the ever changing introduction of new powerful cards (mostly at mythic) aimed squarely at edh players. there's a point where simply too much product competes for the same dollars, and once you hit that point it becomes really easy to just walk away in favor of something that won't feel like a wallet vacuum.


    Are you actually fatigued from purchasing all of these products that you allegedly can't get a hold of, or is the fatigue hypothetical?
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  • posted a message on Commander Legend Spoiler Season starts on the 12th of October
    Quote from mikeyG »
    Who knows, maybe by the time I can justify catching up on all the sets I missed, the single prices will be really down and I'll have more disposable income.


    This doesn't seem like a thoroughly unreasonable expectation, to be honest. I generally pick up my EDH singles in semiannual batches anyways.
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  • posted a message on [Admin] bobthefunny's Strategic Chalkboard
    What would be the point of providing you additional resources when you've decided to roundly ignore the ones already presented, including your own?

    Per your own articles:

    • BlueLivesMatter is a counter-movement that has been co-opted with more positive branding, not the other way around. We know its origins for a fact.
    • It started as a response to BlackLivesMatters. The dates and implied messaging from BlueLivesMatter outlets bear this out.
    • Multiple sources indicate the main point of BlueLivesMatter is to further criminalize the murder of police officers; no other mention of how best to honor the fallen beyond punitive measures.
    • One guy, not already aware of its established social or cultural underpinnings, decided to monetize the BlueLivesMatter movement with merch. How noble.
    • Taken at face value, neither of the main BlueLivesMatter outlets reflect their true origins or intent - was this to be expected? Do we honestly believe they'd promote "Here to undermine the #BLM movement since 2014!" as their mission statement?
    • From the U.S. Sun: "The non-profit organization is made up of active and retired law enforcement officers, who believe there is a 'war on cops.'" Countermovements are easier to digest if someone is waging hypothetical war on you, I guess. Still less noble than the general premise of honoring sacrifice in the line of duty.
    • Speaking of 'war on cops': the number of peace officer deaths per annum has varied greatly since 2013, strongly suggesting there is no surge of cop murder as a consequence of BlackLivesMatter.
    • From the Washington Post: "By using the phrase 'blue lives' and equating themselves with protected groups eligible for hate-crime legislation, police — specifically white police — are telling the world that they are police even when their uniforms are off, part of a targeted community in need of special protection." White people need special protection... why does this sound familiar?
    • From the bluelivesmatter.blue archive: I got as far as "On August 9 2014, Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson was doing his job as he stopped Michael Brown... " before my bias alarm went off. Just doing his job... why does this sound familiar?
    • Some companies have walked-back their lack of support for BlueLivesMatter due to backlash, true. Is that because it cost them bad press or money, or because it was right thing to do? The articles don't specify, but I can guess.

    Your own sources belie the conclusion that you've somehow drawn, bob, and I'm not sure how or why; perhaps you just have a poor eye for obvious bias. How does Hanlon's razor go again?

    I've noted repeatedly that people on this site only came out to support BlueLives in response to my own personal efforts, and your response to that affect remains conspicuously absent. Oh, I'm sure those posters will protest their innocence all day long, if you haven't talked to them already. That being the case, I have this really nice bridge to sell you.

    Balance for the murderers and the murdered, all in the name of selling ad space for the site owners. How ironic that this place should be so far beyond salvation.
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  • posted a message on [Admin] bobthefunny's Strategic Chalkboard
    Quote from FlossedBeaver »


    I think it would go a long way towards serving your point if we could understand you better. Could you maybe try re-formatting your post into paragraphs, correct for spelling and grammar (words underlined in red are misspelled), etc. Thank you!


    You and you alone have to deal with that.

    There is no WE in your opinion.

    Thank you!!!


    I disagree, but my peers are welcome to chime in for themselves here. As someone who makes a living teaching 7th and 8th graders, your writing is... difficult to parse. I've given you the benefit of the doubt in the past and spent quite a bit of extra time and energy deciphering your posts, in the interest of promoting your education on the subject, but those resources are in increasingly short supply given your inability to engage in good faith discourse. I suspect that may be why so few others have bothered to respond to you at all.

    If you have any actual interest in convincing others of your viewpoint, there's quite a bit of room for you to make yourself better understood. The onus certainly isn't on me (or anyone else) to spend extra time making your case for you, when we're demonstrably occupied with crafting our own cogent and intelligible responses.

    In hindsight I probably should have addressed your literacy in a private message, so as not to derail the topic further. Apologies, I won't make that mistake again - though my conditions for re-engaging you remain the same.

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