Personally, I think it pushes out a card type that is already not very common in the meta. Legends are certainly played in some places, but as an offensive tool Karakas is probably too much for them.
As for hitting your own stuff, I think that's fine, and a perfectly viable strategy and choice. Maybe it should have an actual mana cost associated with activation, but that's only a maybe from me.
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May 9, 2019Ah, I suppose online resale would make the difference nearly impossible to tell? That’s unfortunate.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I hope someone eventually posts a pic of one of these sheets. I’ve seen non-foil ones, but never a foil one. I’d also be curious to see if they have card backs or not. I think reddit had some mild speculation about making them not worth cutting by removing the backing.
May 8, 2019Posted in: The Rumor Mill
There was one post on reddit. Guy posted a very suspiciously vague picture of an all black box with a mizer's labeling. Many called him out, he then posted the invoice. Frankly, I'd call that confirmed, but something still strikes me as odd about it since no one else has posted pictures. He also posted it the day people started getting shipping updates.Quote from LennX »Quote from Phoenix_Wombat »Sunday evening got email that my package shipped, about 20 minutes ago knock at the door. Fedex guy handed me a package it was the Masterpiece box. All I can say is I have my fingers crossed for those still in limbo.
Any pictures? I'm still unable to find any photo proof of it being delivered on the internet.
May 3, 2019Sure. Probably a secondary issue that I'm not sure how to account for and can't see the actual workings of from the outside. Many are talking about how taxes were wrong and resulted in canceled orders, I'm inclined to believe that angle, not sure if it applies to you.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I'm not familiar with the inner workings of either the eBay site's build or the PayPal API. I'm just making assertions based on what I've built in the past. Part of me would love if someone more experienced would give a better analysis of what happened, as far as the technical portions go. I've been interested in this whole thing for a few different reasons, but seeing this as a tech issue is the main reason I keep sticking my nose in here. It's just an interesting UI case study I can put in my back pocket.
As an aside; not all PayPal orders were canceled, I used PayPal.
May 3, 2019Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Well... Hold on a moment. This is partly about when you tried to buy and partly about actions taken during purchase. I've been looking over this thread and the various (innumerable) Reddit threads about what exactly people did during this rush. If you waited more than 5ish seconds for your payment to process you should have canceled the whole thing and went through the process again. I have yet to see someone say they waited more than 5 minutes for payment and got a positive confirmation for that purchase.Quote from foam_dome »So for those of you who are actually getting their boxes:
What time did you first attempt to purchase it, and what time did your payment finish processing? I'm trying to get a general idea of when the 12,000 limit was reached.
I first tried to order at around 12:00:45 Pacific time, but my payment was pending and eventually got canceled. I then managed to "successfully" buy two at 12:23.
I wonder if my initial order was within the first 12,000 attempted, after discounting all the bots.
Because your API call was hung. It seems to me that clicking "buy it now" and moving to the next window does not reserve you a box, it just moves you to the next window to process payment. If your payment hung until past when 12000 boxes were sold then you missed it. This is why you needed to cancel and redo the purchase; it makes another attempt to get a good API call through the payment system. Once your call is hung though, there's nothing to pick it up from that state, it's just dead. There's no point in waiting for it.
Source: Am confirmed on 3 boxes via 2 congrats emails, did not use a bot, and refreshed my API calls every 5ish seconds during the initial minutes of the rush.
Imagine a drive through like McDonald's with an infinite number of lanes through which you order, pay, and pick up. You pull up to the window and order (click buy it now), move to the next window to pay and spend 20 minutes paying (or however long). While you were doing that thinking you were secure to pickup your product at the next window the other infinite lanes were processing payments faster than you and some 1000 people could sneak through the whole process before you could pay. Now once you go to the window with your receipt in hand because your payment processed, it simply says they are out of stock. Processing your payment was not putting you in anyone's way, so when someone found a faster lane than yours they could cut in line ahead of you. If your payment window was slow, it was beneficial to leave that window entirely to find a faster window even though this required driving around the whole process again.
This is not like an ordinary store where you go to pay with your product secured in your hands. Despite there being a "cart" it does not act like an actual cart.
Edit: as for the actual time 12000 was reached, I saw it stop at 11,995 sold at 5 minutes after open. It stayed that way for some 10 minutes then a bunch of chaos happened and I stopped tracking it.
May 2, 2019Arkmer posted a message on Anyone else just want a Release Date instead of PreRelease and Release a week apart?Yes, please.Posted in: Magic General
This week of having done prerelease events then not being able to draft it is frustrating.
May 2, 2019That's interesting. A digital queue would probably be effective at fixing the sales counter and it would fix the PayPal overload.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I do think it would just create a new point in the system for people to complain about though. It would probably cut back on complaints in total though since we wouldn't be seeing this 42k number thrown around, the relisting, and other purchase related complaints. Likely we'd only be seeing "I didn't get into the queue despite being told I was in the queue", but that's probably not as bad? I don't know.
Any time there's a limited supply like this I'm surprised when people think that everyone is supposed to be satisfied.
May 2, 2019Hasbro did not list more than 12000 items. the eBay counter just tracked 42k unique clicks on the buy it now button. This is not a Hasbro issue, this is an eBay issue.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
As far as not being able to cancel orders, they only have 12000 boxes. Should they just keep all the money even though they cannot fill the orders? Of course not, so they should refund the people and notify them. They aren't getting more product, it was very clearly stated that "once it's gone, it's gone".
May 1, 2019It's very likely that that counter does not decrement when orders are canceled. This is likely because rushes on a limited product like this are rare and a the metric matters even more infrequently.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
The 32k you saw (the 42k I saw) are very likely the number of orders that came in in total and not the actual amount sold. I would trust the official announcement from WotC more than some ticker on eBay.
It honestly just depends on what point in the sale the ticker ticks up. On clicking "buy it now"? Clicking the payment button? When they actually receive the payment? When they finally ship the box to the consumer? Which one makes the most sense? They can cancel even paid orders right up until they ship you the product, so are they even sold until then? You can make a reasonable assumption, but it is also reasonable to assume that clicking "buy it now" will result is a sale. Where do you think it was actually taking count? My guess is that it was taking count on the "buy it now" button, which is probably pretty accurate in 99% of situations, but this was not part of that 99%.
May 1, 2019@eBay savvy usersPosted in: Modern
Sooo... post Mythic Edition run. I have one question.
I got my brother to lend me his account for this so I should be okay trying to get 2 and 2.
On my account I have 1 paid, and 1 pending.
On his account I can see 2 paid for in his PayPal but nothing in his eBay for purchases.
Do I have 1, 2, 3, or 4 mythic editions?
This was pretty wild...
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Feb 4, 2014Acidic Slime all the way!! He's super versatile and is always a sound play. Stops fatties, hoses Artifacts and Enchantments, can even get beats if you're ramping into him! There is rarely a time I do not want to Slime someone!Posted in: Announcements
I fell in love with this card during the SOM/INN Standard, I played the mono-Green Wolf Run Ramp deck; I used x4 Beast Within, x4 Acidic Slime, and x4 Green Sun's Zenith to occasionally play full on Land Destruction in addition to the wildly powerful monsters I would windmill-slam into play! Throwing +10/+0 and Trample on a Slime with the Wolf Run was often a scoop from my opponent as well. What a fun standard!
My only regret is never having a Mimic Vat.
Greatest deck achievement, no joke, Primordial Hydra and Fling; I used the Flings in the sideboard to get rid of the Mirran Crusaders that began to plague me, they also happened to be a potential 20 damage to the face in response to removal.
With Red/Green seeing play again, I am in high hopes for a reprint of the Slime.
Feb 13, 2012Got this deck to a new meta and just got totally pooped on.Posted in: Arkmer Blog
It's really good against control, but I moved into a heavier aggro meta. Now it is bad bad bad. I'll be putting this away for awhile... maybe forever since I want to off load my Titans.
Jan 5, 2012First change: -2 Slagstorm -1 Grave Titan, +2 Sever the Bloodline +1 Inferno Titan.Posted in: Arkmer Blog
Reason: Solar Flare has been really fun to play against because the threat to answer count has been so close it's palpable, ha, as much as I love playing those games I'd like to win them. Sever, I feel is more relevant than Surgical Extraction or Nihil Spellbomb because I'll get two shots at the removal and they can table their threat base (look and feel like they are winning). Sever can be forgotten in the yard, hopefully not by me, and be a surprise or even prevent them from being as aggressive as they could be.
In other matchups it's still solid removal if not better. Not a sweeper which makes me a little sad, but as is common in magic "different uses and weaknesses".
Dec 29, 2011Birds have been nice, but Control won't have killed me and I can afford the tempo loss against mid-range because I can trade all day. Aggro is where the birds would matter and the players in my area like to kill them; also, apart from Crusaders my mana drops are on 2, 4 and 6 so the ramp lays out in a way that birds are irrelevant.Posted in: Arkmer Blog
To be honest I just threw Titans in until I couldn't cut any more things so their numbers are flexible. I'll try a few with Inferno, he does have the whole "I kill Mirran Crusader" thing going on.
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