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  • posted a message on Amonkhet remastered
    Soul-Scar Mage! Glorybringer! this will be great in historic.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Cards that are surprisingly effective
    Well, I always point to Ashes to ashes in threads like this. Exiling two things in black is a great rate.

    Something that is unexpectedly useful is just a creature with deathtouch but feels too small to waste premium removal on, like Vampire Nighthawk.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Pretty serious ban announcement
    That was unexpected!, I thought for sure they were going to let it rotate out.
    This standard was a complete trash fire in card design :/

    Maybe I'll play standard again... maybe.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Running Command Tower in a monocolored deck?
    I disagree, mono-coloured decks want as many basics as possible and then double their mana. I often comment "ah drew the best card in my deck" whenever I get a mountain in my mono-red deck haha.

    the only exception is if you are using steal/clone effects and might steal a creature with an activated ability.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    My government did its best to save businesses from the worst of the COVID. As I said earlier in the thread there is no COVID here, because the border is closed and all cases tracked and quarantined (currently 8 active). They also announced further financial aid For example: small businesses here get free electricity until September (from April) as we still have government-owned power utilities.

    Perhaps you should petition your government for help for local small businesses.


    We have had the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Plan Act passed that combined is several TRILLION dollars of aid and low interest loans to small businesses. Some states have granted aid to small businesses as well. Our border is like Swiss Cheese with Mexico, covid travels freely into the country from the south and from air travel just about anywhere in the world. Western Australia I see has about 2.6 million people spread out over a HUGE area, with 2.0 million of that in Perth. (Basically a city and thousands of square miles of uninhabited bush country) Much easier for WA to contain and reduce over a population of 330 million concentrated in large cities all over the country.

    Petitioning our government for help is about like pissing into the wind, near pointless as they do what they wish. And when they do something its slow and packed with pork riding legislation that increases the beuaracracy.

    We lost 33% of our GDP in the second quarter. Shattering the record of the Great Depression. (Of the largest market on the planet) and we have over 26 TRILLION dollars in debt. Comparing Western Australia to the United States is like comparing raisins to grapefruit. Don't get me wrong, at this time I'd probably rather be living in rural Western Australia. Fixes here aren't simple.


    I live in the capital city and I was talking about that, just the store that closed was in the country.

    Federally sure politics is trash, ours isn't great but at least took COVID threat seriously since March. I am suggesting you go to your State and even local governments they are much more responsive to citizens. They need to keep their small business running or they might never recover.

    How to stop the spread: 2 months lockdown, everything except supermarkets/pharmacies closed, 2 person groups only, mask orders. I am not sure if the USA constitution allows the closing of state boarders, but there needs to be people checking every single border and giving out 2 week stay at home orders.
    Once you stop community spread you can start testing and carefully tracking sporadic outbreaks that will continue. locking down apartments and suburbs following the persons travel history to find where they got it from. Test and Track. just doing testing isn't enough you need to track where they got it from. The testing needs to be free or people won't get it done.
    A further 2 months of slowly allowing more businesses to open and larger groups to meet.

    The economy is just gone its too late to save it, forget it! save lives instead. You effectively need to hibernate the economy until the emergency is over. No rent, no rates, no power or water bills, no one gets fired but everything is closed. You need to have your local small business to still be there when you get out of lockdown so their bills need to go away until they can open. The economy is dead just go into however much debt is required to solve the problem, doing nothing or doing a huge amount are both bad but only once saves lives.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    "G Cubed (Bunbury, Western Australia)"
    Sad to lose this one :/ but small-town stores have a lot of pressure on them. I lost my localest store last year and have since completely stopped playing standard without regular tournaments. But I am happy to travel a little further for FNM drafts. I think there might have been a bit of over-expansion of game stores locally going from 1 in 2010 to 9 in 2017 and then a chain store has started to dominate the market so we are down to 4 now.

    My government did its best to save businesses from the worst of the COVID. As I said earlier in the thread there is no COVID here, because the border is closed and all cases tracked and quarantined (currently 8 active). They also announced further financial aid For example: small businesses here get free electricity until September (from April) as we still have government-owned power utilities.

    Perhaps you should petition your government for help for local small businesses.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Double Masters downshifts
    Serra Sphinx is super good but also super annoying to have both Sphinx and Angel in my cube, It just seems odd to me to have two cards that are the same in different colours.

    My green 5 drops are so stacked but like the look of Skullmulcher, maybe replace Nemesis of Mortals? which is just a big thing for potentially very little? You can scoop up your mana dorks once you have already ramped for more cards.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on Set boosters (yet another new type of booster)
    Why though?

    I think these should be more like jumpstart where they are themed around something in Zenidkar.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Double Masters downshifts
    Yeah, Salvage titan and Shamanic Revelation would have been nice downshifts and they are awful rares to pull in expensive packs.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on Double Masters downshifts
    I love the card I have a stack of them from a silly deck I brewed up years ago (It involved heartless summoning). But yeah the nature of Peasant is that tutors aren't actually that strong since there is nothing stupid to tutor.

    Except maybe loxodon warhammer? edit: oh oops forgot it was a creature. my artifact creatures at little things
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)
    I suddenly realised that I have added a few of giants recently, bloodfray giant and Ravenous giant and Howling Giant in green, so suddenly Thundercloud Shaman seems better than it used to.

    Have others used thundercloud shaman or is he old technology?
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Feeling bad about not "growing up" was a component of my anxiety problems at least when it got to crisis levels a couple of years ago (The major one was my younger brother dying of cancer). So I hopped on a plane and went and fended for myself for a while, travelling alone, and despite the occasional bad day, I did just fine with no one to fall back on. Most of the time more than fine since I am hypercompetent with the over planning habits of someone with anxiety.

    It is rather bizarre to feel like you haven't achieved anything when you literally have a PhD but its just that PhD took a lot longer than you thought it would and your scholarship had run out for several years before you finished. To escape the stress I would just go play magic in my lunch break for however long a Commander game would take.

    I have always found shuffling physical cards to be super relaxing, I actually always have a deck next to me at my computer so I can just shuffle it and deal out a hand, maybe play out a few turns before picking it all up again and shuffling some more.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    There are enough things to worry about before getting to biological warfare (or what God thinks of you). You might just have anxiety, something that this virus is making worse, maybe seek some professional help. Seriously, you don't need to pull on those bootstraps yourself, Maybe, you just need some help because your brain doesn't produce the right amount of serotonin.

    I was talking to you as if you were sane but you are a Peterson Fan *facepalm*
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)
    Prerelease done, I managed to get all the cards I needed (dumpster diving the chaff people left) I also managed to get some foil Ikoria cards I was missing.

    Now there is just one card I am missing and it's not even that good... Splendor Mare to replace sandsteppe outcast (which is weak). Is there some other 3 mana good stuff white creature I can use instead?

    3 drops


    maybe I have too many white 3 drops hmm
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)
    I was only finally able to get my hands on physical cards yesterday, when FNM started again, but I definately not going to risk a cube night yet.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
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