Some of these are really cartoonish (which I don't exactly object to, it just makes it look more kid-friendly), but some of the others are quite impressive.
Kiora, Ashiok, Angrath, Huatli and Domri are all much more animated and pleasant to look at. That Karn is fantastic. Don't care for Ugin, though, he looks like a hummingbird.
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Apr 13, 2019Flavorwise, I'm disappointed. The Rakdos don't really care about reanimating things anywhere as much as the Golgari do. If anything, they're at opposite extremes: Rakdos is "live every day as if it's your last" and Golgari is "death is only the beginning".Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Apr 13, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from calamity_unbound »I feel like this one falls short, unfortunately. Sisay's Ring only taps for colorless, but enters the battlefield untapped, which means it's more likely to have an immediate board impact. That said it also barely sees play in EDH, and I don't expect we'll see Firemind's Vessel showing up very frequently either.
Tapping for two different mana specifically is flavorful, but could also be somewhat of a hindrance for the mono-white or mono-red decks this might otherwise see play in.
That's why Gilded Lotus exists.
Apr 11, 2019Neuroticneurok posted a message on Tamiyo Collector of Tales and her epiphany EFro PreviewsStrange card. Library manipulation is definitely a Blue characteristic but we have so few ways of doing that right now. We do have Surveil, but Scry would obviously be the better choice.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
The ult is a bit blah. The static ability is hit or miss.
Apr 6, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Diarmuid »Well, we just had Thirsting Shade as a common 1/1 black lifelink for one, which could pump instead of haste, and it was considered bad. Is haste that much better than (rather inefficient) pump?
(I know it's better, just is the difference such that one card is considered unplayable and the other super exciting?)
The problem with sinking tons of mana into ANYTHING, a creature, an enchantment, whatever, is that that expenditure should produce tangible results. That 2 and a black you pay for +1/+1 is a pretty poor trade off unless you're really hard up for life (and what is there in Black that requires a large expenditure of life?).
This is a better card because it's never a bad card to have turn 1 - attack and get a point of life, then use it to chump block or even use combat tricks to get a bigger lifelink return before killing both creatures. Or you can even sacrifice it.
Apr 4, 2019 Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Apr 4, 2019Bit annoyed that a Selesnya Legend cares about Wolves when most Wolves have their support in Gruul colors.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
EDIT: In point of fact, most Wolves are Green, and secondarily in Red, with two exceptions that are White and one that is Black.
Mar 31, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from itazuranarisu »Kind of funny that it destroys all creatures when the Eternals are supposed to be indestructible. Still, I guess they wouldn't make an exile wrath?
It's a brilliant piece of time manipulation: something can't exist in the present and future if it was never created in the past. It's a good thing Teferi is one of the good guys - if he were on Bolas' side that would be very difficult to combat.
It's not quite a Supreme Verdict but it'll do.
Mar 9, 2019Maybe they'll be doing the God thing with Planeswalkers this time around - "X is a legendary creature until conditions Y and Z are met, at which point it becomes a Legendary Planeswalker and gains these abilities".Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Feb 26, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from cyberium_neo »"I didn't buy Apple stock 20 years ago, before they rise in price, so the company should release them cheap and in bulk to the public, that way everyone could have them."
Some people managed to get lucky and bought some old cards way ahead of time, and justly rewarded for their timing and decision. I don't mind reprints, but I don't see the need to want them, to the point of being acidic towards the game company.
People should really ask themselves: 1) Why do I need $100+ cards in my deck, in a format that's meant to be casual? 2) Do I require a $100 card in my deck to make it good or perhaps I just need better deck-building?
MtG in general is not an expensive game, even staples in most formats are affordable to have multiple copies. The only ones that are ridiculously expensive are the ones that go into Legacy/Classic environment, most of those are overpowered cards anyway, degenerating to a healthy game. If a person thinks s/he needs Mishra's Workshop to make their artifact deck work, then the person should REALLY consider their mentality and skills, not the card price.
One ought to differentiate desire and necessity.
Okay, you used Mishra's Workshop as an example. So, let me ask you:
1. Is there another card in this game that is as close to it without being it? No. There is no land that gives you three instant colorless mana to cast artifacts other than this card.
2. Is there a suitable alternative? I personally don't know, but I suspect that the answer to that is also a no, because when you know what the best card to use in a certain deck is, anything else simply isn't going to do it. It's like if you had a car and that got impounded, but you still have a bicycle. Not sufficient, and certainly not even comparable.
3. Can you build the deck(s) that utilizes it to greatest effect without it? I suspect the answer to this is a yes, as while having the right cards is certainly helpful, skill and dexterity are far more important.
Also, I find people who quibble over the 'want vs. need' thing to be hopelessly pedantic. If you were dying of thirst, and I asked you if you wanted some water, and you said "Yes, I need it.", then to your mind it would be reasonable of me to smile and pour it out on the ground while going "Ah, but you don't WANT it."
Feb 20, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Teysa_Karlov »Quote from Neuroticneurok »I don't know about you but I think the era of the LGS is on the close. They cost money to run, to keep open, and require people to show up to buy product to keep the store going. The problem is that American consumers are quite fickle and lazy. A convenient alternative like Arena will do great damage to gaming stores simply because it removes a lot of hassle from the average gaming outing; physical copies of product, expenditure in time and gas and money, being packed into a battered area in a strip mall that reeks of dank weed and a lack of personal hygiene, not being pressured by the owner or staff to buy product. Most LGS's remind me of museums anyway; boxes and boxes of stuff all stacked up and put on shelves to gather dust and molder without anyone showing the slightest interest whatsoever.
You realize if every LGS closed, Magic would just die right? Arena and MTGO wouldn't keep it's corpse afloat.
I would express the hope that it would NOT die, but would, instead, merely transition into a lesser-played version of itself.
Why is it always this all or nothing approach in gaming business? Either you're making billions or it's just not worth it to bother? What happened to being proud of modest successes and stability?
Quote from Rainbow Sun »Didn't they do this once before a long time ago? Maybe I'm thinking of another company.
End of the day, I really don't care what "other parts of the world" think about this, but this is going to end poorly with select stores jacking up prices well beyond reason and driving business to places like WalMart.
Is that really such a bad thing? If a store decides to be greedy and demand more money for a product that isn't worth the new price, the only group that's really going to be hurt by this is the store itself. If Walmart and Target can offer better prices for packs and decks, why wouldn't you want to shop there?
Feb 20, 2019I don't know about you but I think the era of the LGS is on the close. They cost money to run, to keep open, and require people to show up to buy product to keep the store going. The problem is that American consumers are quite fickle and lazy. A convenient alternative like Arena will do great damage to gaming stores simply because it removes a lot of hassle from the average gaming outing; physical copies of product, expenditure in time and gas and money, being packed into a battered area in a strip mall that reeks of dank weed and a lack of personal hygiene, not being pressured by the owner or staff to buy product. Most LGS's remind me of museums anyway; boxes and boxes of stuff all stacked up and put on shelves to gather dust and molder without anyone showing the slightest interest whatsoever.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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