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  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Skirk Fire Marshal
    Or just slap down an Akroma's Memorial, attack, tap 5 goblins, and laugh as your Krenko deck takes a hilarious victory.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Coalition Victory
    People still want the literally only card that'd say "Counter this or lose the game" unbanned?


    There is no other SINGLE card that, NO MATTER WHAT, either does absolutely nothing OR wins the game on the spot. CV has no in-between, unlike something like Tooth & Nail which can be used for an Avenger of Zendikar + Regal Force. Coalition Victory has no interesting interactions or anything.
    Posted in: Commander Rules Discussion Forum
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Skirk Fire Marshal
    Edgar Markov approves of today's card. Can lead to either very early blowouts or late-game sudden boosts.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on 'Vanguard' commanders: good thing or bad thing?
    I do love the idea of stopping Edgar Markov through Aether Flash & Co. It'll work exactly once, after which the Edgar player KNOWS you're the first that needs to die. At which point you will. Repeatedly.

    That said, while I do rock Edgar myself, I too am not really all that fond about "Just stick me in the command zone and do nothing else" commanders. Edgar at least enables a bunch of cards that are otherwise rather weak on their own to be interesting, but I would prefer it if any future generals would at least need to touch the board to have an impact. Playing a general just for it's colours is...boring, to say the least. And at least the Eminence commanders aren't really good at the "Just play me for my colours" bit, Oloro is and who knows, they might roll with that more often in the future.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Commanders that are stronger in 1v1
    If you're running multiplayer rules but want to go 1v1, take a look at commanders that are banned in 1v1. So much to choose from there. Even without going full-on degenerate Edgar Markov usually curbstomps 1v1 games.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Skirk Fire Marshal
    Always happy to see them in Edgar Markov too. Sac outlet, stays on the field post-most-wraths, haste and growing when stuff dies...Yahenni might very well be the most powerful 3-drop in the deck, and that's in a deck where 3-drops have to be pretty freaking strong to make the cut.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Question Regarding Vanquisher's Banner
    I use Vanquisher's Banner as some kind of wrath insurance. If I'm not fast enough before my board gets a nuclear strike, it helps bounce back as well, at the cost of a turn. It's definitely not the strongest card in the deck, but I'm very rarely unhappy to see it.

    Also Drain Life, I'm finding your lack of Coat of Arms disturbing.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Azor's Gateway // Sanctum of the Sun - Can this card be good in casual play?
    It just requires so much work for a payoff that, once you get there, feels very much like a win-more situation. Plus, you need to keep your life total up as well. When people see what you're up to, you will be gunned might just be too much work.

    Yeah I'm a bit pessimistic about this one.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Skirk Fire Marshal
    The 2 mana cost makes me hestitant to call it a blue swords, but it's among the best removal spells in the format for sure. I have seen it backfire hilariously once when a few turns later the Reality Shifter cast a wrath to deal with the army the Shifted person was building up backed by a Seedborn Muse (in Bant), and the smug was real when Avacyn, Angel of Hope got flipped over. Good times.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Gavin Varhey confirms change of course for Masters sets.
    Quote from Reesepuff »
    I wonder which defining cards this set will have. It’s gotta be something from portal three kingdoms. Are they ever able to do some kind of masterpiece set for say dual lands in masters 25 since it’s not technically a reprint?

    Doing so would actually violate the reserved list. This happened with an early Duel Deck and FTV and people were not happy. So no Masterpiece Duals.

    My question is: what exactly upset people about Iconic Masters? I drafted it twice and enjoyed it. But it seems as though there was a lot of outrage. Would anyone want to clue me in? I’m very curious to know what Gavin is saying.

    IMA has, compared to MM3 and EMA, very little in the way of actual marquee high-value cards. This + the high availability caused the expected value of a booster to plummet, yet they're still $10 a pop. The result is hard-to-sell stock and people feeling burnt by buying into the set.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Gavin Varhey confirms change of course for Masters sets.

    For those of you who have Reddit blocked, here's the full quote:

    I'm sorry that Iconic Masters didn't work out at your local store. I can't help with your specific situation now, but I do want to address one thing about Masters from a Product Architecture standpoint.

    In the beginning, we had Modern Masters. The idea was that we would pull only from Modern legal sets. Makes sense.

    However, over time, we've now done three of these and reprinted a ton of the cards in Modern. A thing we have to be very careful about is how quickly we reprint cards, because otherwise doing more Modern Masters becomes hard. Additionally, going wider and looking at other formats makes a lot of sense - Legacy and Vintage players need reprints too!

    So, Masters sets have entered a new era. Instead of being based around formats, we are basing them around themes. Iconic Masters was the first of these. (I should note that this doesn't mean there will never a Modern Masters again, but just that we're trying something else out.) I was happy with how the set came out in a lot of ways (if you didn't try drafting it, I, for one, would recommend it: I enjoyed it a lot!) and, like every set we've ever made, there are of course some things I would have changed in retrospect. It was also our first roll at this, and I like to believe we tend to only get better and better with iteration.

    Masters 25, coming out in March, is the next. I'm incredibly happy with how that turned out, it's a fantastic celebration of 25 years, and I think it will be a big success.

    So if Iconic Masters wasn't your jam, keep your eyes out for Masters 25. The set is fantastic and I think you'll really enjoy it. Smile

    I think this is a good thing for the future. It gives them more freedom to reprint cards in need of one without a true home, while still having a venue to reprint modern/legacy/vintage cards. As long as the sets are a bit more worthy than IMA, this looks like a good change to me.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Card Draw in Boros?
    While they're not repeatable, Wheel of Fate and Reforge the Soul are pretty cheap and give you a nice burst of draw. Knollspine Dragon might be too expensive mana-wise but can draw a LOT of cards, and the same goes for Runehorn Hellkite.
    Equipment wise you also have Mask of Memory. A fair bit better than Rogue's Gloves.
    Now I don't know what your budget is, but I'm guessing Land Tax and Scroll Rack fall outside of it? Doesn't get much better than those two. Same probably goes for Sword of Fire and Ice.
    Finally, while it's not exactly draw, Outpost Siege does give you an extra card to work with each turn.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Unreleased and New Card Discussion
    As an Edgar Markov player, this set has me PUMPED. So here's my listing of the cards I'll at least consider. (Anything not mentioned isn't going to go in anyway)

    Bishop of Binding - While this makes me a bit weaker to wraths, the ability to take away a threat and make one of mine bigger is not to be underestimated. Not a shoe-in, but certainly an option.
    Forerunner of the Legion - It may only be a topdeck tutor and it's Vampire ETB effect may not be all that strong, the fact that it tutors and pumps is already enough. A guaranteed in, especially now that there's actual drawpower he can tutor.
    Martyr of Dusk - Looks very unassuming but is 3 bodies for 2 mana, albeit one coming later. Will slot in over another 2-drop.
    Skymarcher Aspirant - Unexciting but it's a 1 drop that is likely to fly later in the game. Good value for mana, will bump off another 1 drop.
    Champion of Dusk - ALL OF MY YES. Drawing cards is probably the weakest point of Edgar. Being able to draw a glut just for doing what the deck does already? Oh yes, Edgar is ready!
    Dusk Legion Zealot - Yet another unassuming card that will quietly slide into the deck and do decent work. Cantripping vampire taking along a second body is useful.
    Oathsworn Vampire - The deck is relatively light on lifegain but there are enough sources to enable a reasonably consistent casting of this guy. Recurrent vampires are always a plus.
    Twilight Prophet - That thing about drawing cards? Yeah. It may not be the strongest draw effect, but Bloodgift Demon was never a truly bad card and this is usually going to be much better.
    Elenda, the Dusk Rose - Great if she can be paired with a sac outlet, enabling her to grow massively during a boardwipe, leaving me with an army after it. But she might be too inconsistent to work, so not an auto-in.
    Legion Lieutenant - A 2 mana anthem on a stick. I'm not sure if I could've asked for more.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Champion of Dusk - Brazilian spoiler

    Vampire Knight
    When ~ Enters the battlefield you draw X cards and lose X life where X is the number of vampires you control

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mastermind's Acquisition - Wish Tutor

    Comes from Seth DM Cross Twitter:
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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