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  • posted a message on Lava Spike
    Quote from DanzBorin »
    Quote from Pouncing Kavu »
    Quote from DanzBorin »
    Great reprint. Bad art. Bad upshift. Since it's player only it's not a great limited card so no reason to make uncommon.

    That might be exactly why they'd upshift it. You don't want limited pools flooded with cards that are bad in limited.

    It's always every excuse as to why they upshift. It's BS. Need to stop giving Wizards excuses. They upshifted Lightning Bolt. So you can't have it both ways.

    I think Lightning Bolt is probably too good at common for limited. Uncommons can be cards that are either too good or not good enough for limited, so I think I can have it both ways.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Lava Spike
    Quote from DanzBorin »
    Great reprint. Bad art. Bad upshift. Since it's player only it's not a great limited card so no reason to make uncommon.

    That might be exactly why they'd upshift it. You don't want limited pools flooded with cards that are bad in limited.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership spoilers 11-20-2018 downshifts aplenty
    Quote from Metallix87 »
    Laboratory Maniac is super interesting as an Uncommon.


    Yeah, alt-victory at uncommon is a first. Feels very weird, but appropriate for this set.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on MTG Goldfish 12 Bolt Deck - viable?
    Quote from amicdeep »
    With the shear amount of discard in the deck is hollow one worth considering?


    Given that the majority of the discard in this deck makes you pitch your whole hand, probably not.

    Also, Risk Factor seems awkward here as a 3-mana card in an 18 land deck, although I do like that we can discard it and still play it later.

    I really like this deck, but I feel like it's at a pretty high local maximum for what it is, and it would be pretty hard to improve without taking it in a totally different direction.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Direct damage to players (and not planeswalkers)!
    Quote from thatmarkguy »
    Quote from Pouncing Kavu »
    I thought the whole point of the Dominaria planeswalker damage rule change was that spells like Lava Axe now target players.


    No, the point of the rule change is to make all new cards printed from that point forward be able to target exactly who they say they target, and not have a secret invisible 'anything that hurts players can hurt their planeswalkers instead' as had been the case before. The point of the rules change was *exactly* so they could design cards like this. Before the rule change they couldn't design cards that specifically were meant to be able to hit players and not planeswalkers (without adding clunky restriction text). Now they can.

    Whoops, that should have read "spells like Lava Axe now target planeswalkers", but I think you interpreted my point correctly. I guess that makes sense, but it's weird that they conditioned us to think that anything that could target a player can hit a planeswalker, and now that's not true.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Direct damage to players (and not planeswalkers)!
    I just noticed that Gravitic Punch is a burn spell that deals damage to players, but not planeswalkers! I thought the whole point of the Dominaria planeswalker damage rule change was that spells like Lava Axe now target planeswalkers. So now they're printing new cards that only target players? I get the appeal of this template, it's much simpler, and maybe you don't want it to be able to hit planeswalkers for strategic reasons.

    But in the past, that was just a game rule that burn spells that target players could always hit their planeswalkers. I can just imagine explaining to a new player that my M15 Lava Axe can target their planeswalker, but Gravitic Punch can't, and the only way to tell is to look online. I'm generally fine with oracle changes, but this is a really weird one in that two cards could have the exact same text but do different things.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Full Set Gallery Up
    So, okay, decent set. I'm not as wowed by this set as I have been by the past two Ravnica blocks. Maybe it's just been too soon since the last Ravnica. Maybe this set is actually just less interesting. Maybe I'm just disappointed that Dominaria didn't get more sets. But for whatever reason, I feel like this set is more of a supplemental Ravnica product than an actual standard expansion. It's a fairly competent remix of old Ravnica themes, which is different than how I felt about RTR. RTR felt like a "legitimate" continuation of Ravnica.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike the set, it seems fun, and I'm certainly going to be drafting it and stuff. But there's something missing. Maybe I'm just getting too old and nothing excites me anymore. :p (Okay, that's not true, Dominaria was awesome.)

    Also, there's coffee in the Magic universe? Not magical enough!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Risk Factor (R&D Twitch stream preview)
    I don't think it's a bad card, but it's weird: if this just always dealt 4 damage it would be better, but undeserving of being a rare.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Russian Twitch Spoiler
    Quote from JinxedIdol »
    I realized just now that Wojek is pronounced /voyek/.


    That actually sounds a lot better than whoa-jeck. Of course, if you say "voy-eck bodyguard" at the prerelease everyone's going to be confused or think you're being pompous. You can probably get away with it if you have a Polish accent or something.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Lazav, the Multifarious
    Quote from tronix »
    i'll admit that i did not know multifarious is a real word.

    Magic: the Schooling


    The only other time I've seen this word was in Calvin and Hobbes, ironically.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Doom Whisperer and more Cool stuff inc previews
    Wow, so add {1} to Abyssal Persecutor and you trade a heinous drawback for an upside?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Gateway Plaza
    This might be the third version of Rupture Spire, but it's the first one that sounds like a truck stop.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Goblin Electromancer Reprint - Paste Magazine
    Nice reprint. Now that core sets are back, though, I wish they'd go back to having reprints in new expansions always having new art.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Assassin's Trophy
    Obviously a very powerful card, but kind of an awkward name to get used to saying. We have path, push, bolt... now what, "I'm gonna trophy your Liliana"?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dream Eater
    Why is bouncing something contingent on surveiling? Shouldn't it just be "Suveil 4, then bounce the thing"?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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