>>44753533 I'm hoping to have fun, unfortunately the only people who show up are people who can't make limited decks, kids and 3 people at "my level" but they will probably participate somewhere else. It's usually pretty fun but I wouldn't mind a that new mythic sphinx...
We've actually had a massive influx of players over BFZ. And Both stores in my area are generally running 2HG on pre-releases.
The store in the bigger city was simply full for BFZ pre-release, so this time there are two single tournaments that require you to register before. The shop is in a small building in the old city, so there just isn't room for more than 32 players.
The 2HG tournament had to be moved to launch weekend, which coincides with a small traditional gaming festival.
Additionally, we now have a sports club hosting prereleases on sunday. If the bigger LGS somehow has free slots for the tournament on saturday, I'll be attending three singe events.
On Wednesday there'll be a draft we can enter with our prize boosters, and the festival is just three days tournaments non-stop.
With that many events I'm bound to hit both good and bad pools, but as long as things don't like BFZ prerelease I'm fine. Five of my rares were lands, and I could play none of them. When Ulamog is the only rare you can afford to play, things are fucked up.
Magical christmasland would be getting an eye of Ugin and some big flashy Eldrazi or that insane Sultai Devoid deck I managed to draft once.
>>44756120 I see what you're saying, but I don't really give a fuck about any of the lore past Time Spiral so I'm probably not the one to talk to about this.
But, otherwise what >>44756156 said. Shadows is the first block to be designed with the new structure in mind so that's what should give us the best idea of what this actually means for the future of the game.
>>44756209 >I don't really give a fuck about any of the lore past Time Spiral so I'm probably not the one to talk to about this
They're now designing sets with the story in mind. The choice of mechanics and themes is directly tied to the story and can be understood easier when brought into connection with what is happening to the protagonists and the planes they visit. BFZ's cards made perfect sense when you looked at them with the battle against the Eldrazi in mind.
>>44756120 Not to forget that there is pretty much mechanic connection between the two sets now. It's basicly just Devoid. Most colourless matters stuff is in BFZ, and even the Scion generators are there. Hit a sealed generator and try to build a ramp deck, or a landfall deck.
Sure that, gives both titans a distinct feel, but it feels like you're missing components for your deck. I really hope draft works better.
>>44753533 My LGS only has events on Sunday, and we almost got shat on by WOTC. BFZ saw only 72 kits go to the store, and OGW was originally going to be 54. (Tried to fuck the LGS because FRF was a poorly attended prerelease.)
Luckily the LGS came back with numbers showing stronger overall prereleases with FRF being a rare dud, and players at the store hounded Wizards via feedback that they bumped our allocation to 90 kits. Not perfect, but better than 'lol we only have 9 kits left for the second session' that happened at BFZ. Part of that had to do with expanded prize support (go 4-0, win a Fat Pack at launch, win 1 game, still get 1 pack) and that'll be back for OGW prerelease.
As for what I wanna open? Either 4 Hedron Alignments for top comedy, or the Eldrazi Displacer, Brood Monitor, and Zulaport Cutthroat to go infinite.
>>44757424 >Oath of the Gatewatch review: Magic has a new colour of mana. Kinda. | Ars Technica UK | Kyle Chapman
>Well that headline isn't going to confuse players already unsure about colorless mana. Not at all. At any rate, it's still cool seeing a technology, science, and gaming outlet review Magic's latest set.
But it literally is kinda a new color of Magic, just like snow mana. Why are they implying otherwise, like the article got something wrong? They're the idiots who designed one thing then got upset when people compare it to what it effectively is and get confused about the distinction.
This just makes me think they don't know what they're printing and will print anything as a gimmick.
>>44757873 Wotc have a policy of you do proxy behind closed door, we don't care. Then a certain shop decides that they can stream a proxy tournament for the world to see. Usually people omit these in their angry rant because fuck wotc.
>>44757972 When sung publically. You aren't required to pay royalties when singing the song in your own home to your own guests. You are, however, when you sing it in a public place like a restaurant, or the restaurant owner, at the very least, is.
The new directives from Wizards is very much in line with this. In your own home you can do whatever you want. In a store they expect the store owner to keep tabs on the cards being used actually being their product.
Then again, if I was a store owner, and I'm thankfull I am not because customers are fucking obnoxious, I would probably not bother enforcing that rule unless I was certain that Wizards might find out about it and revoke my rights to run events.
>>44758122 That doesn't sound like a very "asshole" thing to do at all. I mean, I'm not a very competitive magic player, so maybe I just don't know, but what gave you that impression in the first place?
>>44758009 >>44758122 It's such a stupid thing to do too. Like, when asked on his blog what he thinks about people designing their own Magic sets, Maro always says he's completely for it as it is a good lesson for people who might be looking to get a job in designing games in general and Magic in particular in the future, but if you send him a link to the custom art threads on /tg/ he is oblidged by his contract to tell the management about it and get them involved.
Bottomline, the people at Wizards understand that you use proxies and that you make your own cards and that's fine, but as soon they see it becomes a copyright and trademark issue and suddenly they aren't allowed to allow your fun.
I'm going on sunday as my LGS is only doing it for that day. I have a friend who may or may not be going with me and another friend who is going by himself. I've never been to a prerelease before so any advice?
>>44758253 Jesus fuck, nigga, you understand nothing and you're outraged because you understand nothing. This is just sad.
1) Proxies and counterfeits are against WotC intellectual property if there made after existing Magic cards.
2) WotC employees are not allowed to look at custom cards because it's technically possible for the custom card creator to sue Wizards for stealing ideas. That's why they're not allowed to look at the cards and will tell you they never ever looked at custom cards.
>>44758185 >>44758204 A WPN store doing proxy tourney behind closed door have been going on for ages and wizards will keep turning a blind eye as long as you don't shove it into their face. Streaming it online, as in, a wizards approved store doing proxy tournament for the world to see is shoving it in their face. Yeah, 'asshole' might not be a right word, more like 'fucking idiot'.
>>44758358 >you understand nothing I understand pefectly.
>it's technically possible for the custom card creator to sue Wizards for stealing ideas Yes, and WotC also owns the rights to things like the mana symbols and the fonts used on Magic cards, making the unathorized use of them copyright violation.
No; blame the asshole company that won't reprint cards people would pay them to get.
I know Wizzerds has had it out for Vintage for years, but this is fucking stupid. It's a nut-shot to people who have been playing the game for decades.
What did they hope to accomplish? Sanctioned tournaments are one thing (and you won't see me complain about regulations for those for a number of reasons), but overreaching like this over tournaments in which Wizzerds won't see a dime anyway is ridiculous.
So now I can't play AnT anymore because I don't have three of the cards I need. I can't buy a Volcanic Island from Wizzerds, so why do they care whether or not I buy it from someone else? What possible good would it do to continue brainshitting all over the place by both proscribing and not printing cards for which there's a huge market?
I'll be going with a friend of mine. Asked the LGS owner today how many people registered so far and he was at 42 already, which is a shitload for my LGS considering our FNM's range from 8-18 on average.
Hoping for that sweet-ass promo Kozilek or, what'll probably be even better, Matter Reshaper, Reality Smasher or Thought-Knot Seer in any way, shape or form.
>>44757674 Honestly, the combo isn't that hard to pull off.
I put together a basic Abzan deck including Siege Rhino, 4 Nissa Oaths, 4 of each loop piece and some more thinning and can pull it off almost every game while still being strong enough to kill people by blinking shit if I don't get it or things get countered.
Going Saturday at 5pm PST. 2HG, which I am incredibly excited for. Unfortunately it appears that Red and Green are ass but I'm really stoked to play black. Im thinking of going really heavy into colorless and playing a B0 deck. Idk if there's already terminology used for "strictly colorless" as being a large part of a deck, so I did 0 as I thought it was a good representation of no colors.
I want Walker of the Wastes and a shit ton of Oblivion Strikes. Good luck fellow fa/tg/uys
>>44753533 >Who else here is going this weekend? I even convinced 3 friends to join me for the 2HG event!
>What are you hoping to get? Warping Wail, Sylvan Advocate, Remorseless Punishment, Eldrazi Displacer, Nissa's Oath, Hedron Alignment, Goblin Dark-Dwellers, Inverter of Truth, Bearer of Silence, Sifter of Skulls, Thought-Knot Seer, Matter Reshaper, Reality Smasher, Eldrazi Mimic, Ayli, Jori, Stormchaser Mage, Captain's Claws, Corrupter Crossroads, Sea Gate Wreckage, Mirrorpool, foil shit
Some of the crap like Hedron Alignment and Remorseless Punishment I want to brew with a little. I'd like to try a couple Punishments in a Demonic Pact deck - play spells to control the board, then hit their boardstate, hand, and life totals at the same time
>>44757920 Actually, I believe it ONLY applies to sanctioned events, just not the kind you're thinking of. STORE sanctioned events cannot use proxies, regardless of whether or not it is a WIZARDS sanctioned event. So long as it's casual play- that is, not in a tournament format or at least not at the FLGS, you can use proxies.
>>44761872 Except it's not necessarily fair use. It's more complicated than that. (Also, not the person you were talking to, I just thought I should point that out if you're going to go around insulting people when you may not understand the concept yourself)
I favor draft to selaed so I stopped going to prereleases since my store started to do pauper drafts for sets. Basically you draft four 13 card packs (you remove the rare/mythic and basic/foil card from each pack and keep them) so it's an environment where you don't face bomb rares. For Oath it shuld be two packs of Oatch and two of Battle. I hope it will still be done 2vs2.
>>44754747 >Sultai Devoid Just say BUG you degenerate.
Jeskai, Mardu and to a certain point but not really, Abzan are fine names because they're not already established and easy to say. Patriots/American isn't really that intuitive, Mardu just straight up didn't have a name before and Junk is a specific type of deck (that almost all Abzan decks are, so whatever), but RUG/BUG have no reason to be bastardized into the new names. It's like calling UR decks "Izzet decks" or Atarka Red "Gruul Burn"
>>44758075 >In your own home you can do whatever you want. Oh wow I sure am happy that Wizards is allowing me to do what I want within the confines of my home. Thanks to this newfound freedom to not give a shit about them if I'm not actually interacting with them at all, I will surely fall into their fold and worship the ground that their trannies and retard devs walk on.
Till today, we only have 4 teams pre-inscribed in the pre-release plus the confirmation of 2 more teams who are playing tomorrow.
To be honest, I'm not a devoted player of Magic (I play most TCG except YuGiOh), but I recommended the owner to get like 40+ OGW packs for this prerelease and seems that we wont have a high number of assistants like in BfZ (18 teams/36 players).
I think I fucked it up. Any LGS in the same situation? What should I do? I dont want the owner to get mad at me.
Card in OP is the only one I hope to pull, pre-ordered all the others I care about when they were reasonably priced. Also as many Wastes as possible. I only need like 6 total to be set for EDH for good.
Well, cant deny expeditions made people buy the pre-release packs here, but players in my LGS dont believe in that information anymore.
>>44785501 I played HS, but its not considered a Trading Card Game because of the facts you cant trade cards.
Frankly I dont give a crap about Kibler, but for now, Heartstone is a better game than Magic because you can play if for free. Magic have a problem that I've seen this season and that is the lack of new players. Heartstone gets lot of new players, supported by the Warcraft franchise just like YuGiOh and Vanguard are supported by thier series. Right now, this block made new players from the Theros/Talkir block to leave the game because of the price to compete. You cant even compete in a FNM event because your deck will be stomped by Jeskai Black and Abzan / GW Megamorph and Ugin Ramp decks, decks that are expensive at the moment. The people lost interest in the game and most new players who had like 1 year playing the game decided to stop playing and since that day..
My LGS runs now FoW tourneys in the same day as FNMs cause the game is a combination of the cancelled WoW TCG and Magic and its fucking cheap, making it attractive to the newbies. I even had to play with a shitty deck at FNMs because only 7 people assisted the tourney last week when I had like 35+ players in a FNM when Theros was still legal. People could bring their Heroic/RDW decks and still had the chance to kick asses while now they cant even do that.
>>44777756 >Patriots/American isn't really that intuitive
Really? I play Zedruu in EDH and pretty much everyone understands what I mean when I say it's an America deck. Maybe it's just an American thing, but the first color combination I come up with when I think of a deck themed around freeing the shit out of people is the good old red white and blue.
>>44788173 I figured other members of the Anglosphere and countries with these types of three color flags might be able to understand. Strange, isn't it? The places we grow up in can change the way we see something so small and arbitrary, even something we wouldn't think about like the order we say specific things, yet they still feel like they matter. I'm glad we live in a world where we get to share little details like this so easily with each other, Anon.
What's up bitches, just got home from the midnight prerelease, perhaps the first in the world. I invited a dickhead mate of mine because he loves to play and quit collecting some time ago. He weaseled me in with a story that he always comes top8 and wins heaps of packs. Motherfucker went 1-3 and only won against this kid who was way past his bedtime.
I made a grixis tempo with heaps of red burn removal, a pretty pivotal Rolling Thunder, black removal spells and a few of those RU haste prowess flyers. Threw in Endbringer and Kozilek for fun because I was already running some (<>). Endbringer was mvp. Card engine, ping engine, can push through the damage if need be. Good shit. I ended up going 3-1, lost to a good player, made a few misplays on my part. It was pretty much the mirror match lol, but I used the wrong removal because I was convinced he was going to burn me out.
Went against BW lifegain, which did nothing really, won twice fairly rapidly. One match was against a guy I've known for years, old guy who comes with his daughters, and he's generally a good game but he mulliganed to five in the second game and couldn't get the gas back. RW aggro, was super scary in the first game and I only won because of a clutch Flaying Tendrils followed by a Reality Hemorrhage. Was a pity, I much prefer an actual game rather than the RNG falling in my favour for once. Second match was against what I assume was meant to be GB valuetown, except nothing he had was of particular value. Efficient creatures, but had no card advantage engines and just fell to my constant removal.
>>44788319 Leaving the weeb art aside, the mechanics are pretty easy to understand and its cool.
>>44786304 I dont think Magic is dying (at least not in Chile). We still have many people getting ready for FNM and Pre-release. What you maybe are right is the lack of new players. I havent seen a new magic player since Khans of Talkir. In fact, my LGS had the BfZ Event Deck till yesterday when an old player bought 4 of them because he needed the Hangerbacks and Guardians asap.
Force of Will is a game that caught my curiosity. Noone played it before, but slowly it got the attention of weebs and some mtg players and now there are tourneys of 8-12 ppl. It might get on the level of pokemon TCG
>>44794091 It's the second set in the block, it's designed to be played with BfZ. Though this time wizard did a rather poor job seeing that we don't have anymore Ingest/Process and barely any landfall in OGW.
Thanks. It felt pretty good. I paid for two places in the prerelease so I'm pretty glad that I got a fair bit of value back. Also, the first foil full art land I've pulled since BFZ came out in some quirk of statistics. >>44794091 Who knows man. I don't work for Wizards. Some good synergy between sets though. Some. >>44797830 I found myself jumping through hoops a little bit. Wastes don't appear on the commons sheet as often as I'd expected, and I ended up playing a hedron archive and the scrying lamp. I probably wouldn't normally but the passive card advantage from the scrying lamp really helped as did the draw 2 from the hedron archive. I had a blighted woodland, just to make sure I had the fifth colourless producer even though I couldn't have activated it if I wanted to. But I made it work and it wasn't terrible. Went 3-1 like I said.
>>44791387 With 3 Stormchasers, did you think about playing a UR tempo game instead of splashing B and C? Stormchaser is a good aggressive card but I don't imagine they work well if you want to ramp up into a Kozilek or Endbringer.
Also it looks like Eldrazi Mimic is about $2 right now. I've got a good feeling about that one, I'd recommend holding onto it for at least a couple weeks. If an Eldrazi deck doesn't break out in Standard by then, it'll definitely be a deck once KTK rotates out.
>>44799712 I did consider it. However, most of my U was pretty poor, there were only like two instant speed control elements in my pool. It ended up being far more BR removal with U splash than UR tempo. Most of my U was shitty creatures and a few of the really poor counters. The removal necessitated my going into black, otherwise it would have all been somewhat conditional or damage based. I think I did right, especially as I only lost to the mirror. Endbringer was my bomb, he was the top of my curve, but I threw in Kozilek because I'm greedy. And the draw 5-7 with the cast trigger is just backbreaking. The tempo game slowed my opponents down enough so that they couldn't keep anything on the field until I had enough mana to cast him if I wanted. >>44799644 I wish Tazri were in foil, that would definitely get the edh nerds wet in their panties. Ayli I'm tempted to make an edh with, but I've already got enough damned edh decks. I'm considering flicking off Kozilek for the twenny bux, but I haven't decided yet. I might wait until early next week for the prices to stabilise and then do some heavy trading. One of the mimics is a foil so I'm hoping that's ok. Also the origins and some of the BFZ boosters are from silly little games and spot prizes which was nice.
>Go to FLGS >They aren't doing a prerelease >They did one for the past sets that I know of ( since KTK ) What the fuck happened? Does Wizards hate money or do they just honestly expect the turn out to be that low that they don't even bother with smaller stores?
>>44758551 wizards can't reprint most of the vintage and legacy staples because they're on the reserved list. Hasbro has made it clear that as a condition of their continued existence, WotC must honor the reserved list. Since wizards cannot generate money off legacy or vintage, they have an incentive to move those to online-exclusive formats, and hype up Modern as the paper eternal format.
Expect legacy and vintage to no longer be sanctionable by 2017, goyims
>>44806054 If you don't bring a 2HG partner, at like 90% of stores you'll be asked to leave, because your presence might trigger one of the other gamer grrls that dragged their cute boyfriends to play the magics.
>>44806054 >>44805882 >>44806099 Yeah, no. At our store we specifically tell people to come even when they don't have a 2HG partner because they will find one there. It's a nice way to get to know new people.
Well I went 2-1 because of a bye and my opponent getting mana screwed. My pool was fucking garbage, Captain's claws as my promo, i got like 20~ creatures in total in my pool so i had to jam grixis + colorless garbage to even have a playable number of creatures. At least prize packs are a thing.
>>44815343 Hah, you tell me. Shit helped me win more than a game. Still, you know what really, REALLY pulled its weight in every single game?, Dazzling Reflection ( that and Wall of Resurgence & Munda's Vanguard though less so).
I really think Dazzling Reflection could become a staple in Standard after yesterday. I mean, of course Limited isn't anything like constructed, but I can't stress enough just how damn helpful it was.
>>44815344 As someone who went 3-1 and won 3 packs, all I can say is don't go to these events expecting to pull big or great, my limited pool was amazing, (don't sleep on visions of brutality my friends) but ultimately my most worthwhile card is bearer of silence, when your only mythic is inverter of truth, you kinda just have to go in for the gameplay aspect to still enjoy yourself.
>>44815344 Well Prerelease isn't just about getting good value out of pulls. If you can make a good deck out of what you get and top then you have a chance at winning a ton of packs, which you can choose to open or sell yourself for value. I'm sure that 90% of people won't get an expedition, but its not like you can say that you didn't get your money's worth, depending on what your store charges of course.
>>44757873 They can't, legally. Problem is, they weren't trying to ban you for playing nonsanctioned proxies, they wanted to pull your LGS from WPN for allowing you to play with nonsanctioned proxies in their store. Getting pulled from WPN means they basically can't get new inventory from Wizards and can't deal in Magic anymore. "Wait", you might say, "how the fuck can that in any way be reasonable or justified by any terms of conditions? There isn't a legal ground for that kind of retardation even in Tel Aviv"
Unfortunately, Wizards holds all the cards (figuratively and literally) in the relationship. If they wanted, they could just stop for absolutely no reason and there's really nothing that can be done to stop it, so stores would be strongarmed into stopping people having fun
Thankfully even the modern mongoloid crowd that still pays for Magic found that feat of kikery unkosher enough to kick up a fuss, and they backpedaled a million miles a minute and pretended they weren't the happy merchants they obviously wanted to be
Pulled an Arid Mesa last night in my prerelease box. I became the party of the store. Then I traded it in for an Imperial Raider box for X-wing because I don't play competetive magic or red/white and had no use for it.
>>44791354 What the fuck are you even trying to say? Yes the American flag is red, white and blue, but "American" as a name does not convey "we're actually talking about the colors of the American flag". RUG delver for example is also called Canadian Thresh.
The Azorius/Orzhov hybrid thing was a joke about how the US is a police state ruled by kikes, so if it were American thematically as opposed to because of the flag, UWB would make more sense.
I'm too new, literally played with friends decks, but just ordered some decks and cards separately and made up an imaginary deck in my head. Would be nice to go to one of these, but the places where I live are pretty shit...
No expedition, but I did get a pack foil Thought-Knot Seer which was great in my mostly colorless B/R deck. Any ideas on what it's price trajectory will be? It's looking to be a huge card in standard and modern.
>>44800514 32 beaverbucks tax in for the one I go to. Khans and the few before that were 28 then its been 30 until this one. Prizing is 2.5 packs per person down from 3 as of bfz because dollar dropping reasons.
How much is a promo one of these guys worth? I thought he was nothing special but apparently normal foils are going for around $20.
Also, which cards are expected to rise or drop in value? In terms of potential money cards, I got two Mirrorpools, two Reality Smashers, a Thought-Knot Seer, a foil Overwhelming Denial and a foil Jori En, Ruin Diver. Which should I hold onto and which should I sell ASAP?
>>44827120 I would have but it was all utter shit. Still, I'm learning right? First pre-release ever tomorrow afternoon. Hyped as fuck to sit in a basement with smelly neckbeards to play a children's card game.
Only card I really wanted is pic related (eager to try it as a one-of for my modern Affinity) and I opened it in my first prize pack. That new one-mana Naturalize for artifacts/enchantments with CMC 3 or less may replace the Wear//Tears in my Affinity sideboard, too.
I basically got fuck-all in in the rare/bomb department (my heart fell when I saw not one but TWO copies of Zendikar Resurgent and an battle-land for my weakest color pairings).
My teammate for 2HG was also a novice of the game, and I mostly had to do back-seat driving for him.
However our pools were similar, and we both basically built the same B/U eldrazi aggro decks. Overall we did much better than I expected us to and finished in 9th place out of 26 teams. (so close to top 8 that it hurt)
Pic related were the core of our decks.
Biggest MVPs were sky scourer and gravity negator. Sky scourer basically had at least +1/0 to +3/0 every fucking turn to colorless spells and bonesaw. Bone saw->equip bone saw->play another colorless spell happened a lot.
Kozilek's Translator and Gravity Negator were sky-bros flying through the air together a lot. Translator and Essence depleter let us ping the opponent on both our own turn and our opponent's turn.
Dampening Pulse fucked up so many people's shit. Holy fuck it just took a massive dump on people's boardstate. Between it and the colorless lords in both our decks, anything short of a bomb just couldn't profitably interact with our dudes.
Surge if fucking crazy good in 2HG. Containment membrane basically shut down a lot of bombs for us. That surge sphinx is crazy if you have any (we only had one between us).
Slaughter drone and Malakir familiar were rattlesnakes that kept better creatures at bay. The following play happened pretty often to great effect. Teammate: "I'm going to play bonesaw or other cheap aggro card" Me: "ok. I'll surge comparative analysis and have you draw two cards" Teammate: "ok. Thanks for the cards. I'll immediately do something with them with all these untapped lands"
Essence Depleter was useful on his own, and also synergized with my Malakir Familiar and some of the weaker "lifegain matters vampires" in my teammate's deck.
My boy and I 3-0-1'd. I was on Dimir control and he played Gruul aggro, which is fine for me 'cause I usually fuck up the all-in nature of combat strategies.
We had like two rares between the two of us decked. The rest were unplayable garbage. But he had enough allies to synergize, and I had enough removal and counters to deal with the bombs that we couldn't match.
One on one sealed is still total lucksack garbage, though. At least ten pack 2HG mitigates the luck factor.
>>44828224 >cont Highlight play of the evening was a play that made my inner Timmy squeal with joy.
A game durdled on waaaaay too fucking long with clogged up boardstates on both sides. Eventually our opponent's came to the conclusion "ok. Our board state is better. We can safely win the damage race."
We chump blocked with the absolute minimum number of creatures to survive, then resolved Part the Waterveil for its awaken cost.
>>44827646 I've won off of "I've got nothing" before. This one I "Green Black Bullies" This set seems to be low in powerful creatures so the 3/5s 4/5s / 5/4s were the biggest dudes around until the final when they ran into a 6/8 that flings from the graveyard.killed it with the deathtouch bat but lost the other 2 after that.
>all these people pulling kozilek >want a kozilek >pull shitty angel and a bunch of other garbage in my set >get wiped out by people who pulled good pretty shit for a first prerelease desu, not impressed by limited at all
>>44828539 Would drop the Expedition Raptor since you aren't creature heavy, which the support ability needs. Otherwise the deck seems to be pretty tempo, not bad. Crush of Tentacles will be excellent if you surge it late game.
>>44828224 Sky Scourer was my MVP too, that and Fall of the Titans which anyone can tell is bonkers in 2HG when you get to just deal a billion damage with surge. We went Red/Black aggro for me and Blue/Green control and finishers for my partner. It was awesome, I wish we had more surge cards because they were indeed the absolute nut.
>>44830148 They're nearly worth $10 now, they probably cap out at $15 if they're sickeningly good in standard and then slowly climb up to $30 max over the next four or five years if they're actually good in Modern (I can virtually guarantee it won't see a reprint unless Wizards radically changes how they reprint things ASAP).
>>44831019 Not really, the only good ones are the +1/+1 counters for the team and the token making one, if you don't have either and/or General Tazri don't bother trying to make Cohort a thing. Any of the surge rares/mythics - and even most of the commons/uncommons - are absolutely bonkers in 2HG so always play them.
>>44824517 Actually, one question about this card, "at the beginning of combat phase" means once a turn regardless of attackers being declared or not, whenever I declare an attacker or after blockers are declared?
Of what you got the Reality Smashers and the Thought-Knot Seer are certainly gonna rise. A lot.
Overwhelming Denial you gotta sell now. JoriI don't know. Its a weird card in that it needs you to play a lot of spells, which empties your hand and in turn makes it hard for the effect to activate. Luckily it's not like that terrible pyromancer enchantment in that it fills your hand to give you some gas to go on. It being so cheap helps too.
On one hand it could be forgotten by everyone and be yet another <1€ Legend, on the other it could find a way into some important decks as a way to provide a lot of early card advantage, even if its dead weight later on.
Luckily for it, its in the perfect colours for its use. Both Blue and Red have strong card-drawing spells to keep your hand with cards and rely on a lot of small, very cheap spells, be it creatures or, more commonly, instants.
Mirrorpool I don't know. I can't remember what it did for the life of me.
>>44831019 cohort is fucking shit. I turned a match around that I should have lost because my opponent was tying up all his creatures trying to do cohort things. Cohort does far too little for the amount of resources it ties up.
What you want is Surge. Surge everything. Some of the anus mana stuff is alright too.
>>44800514 $22 to sign up beforehand and $24 for just showing up, plus we got a free pack for each of the 4 rounds we won (I won 3 running RU eldrazi) and I won raffles for 50 card sleeves and a 350 card folio. First time I've ever played Magic at the LGS. Some of the old timers were a little salty.
Went to two events. Judged the first one, played in the second.
The number of times I had to say the phrase "colorless is not a color" was/is pretty embarrassing. But hey, got a Mystic Gate expedition in my compensation prerelease pack.
The tournament I played I went 3-1 playing Memedrazi ramp with hedron crawlers and cultivator drones. Slam down Deceiver of Form, he reveals eldrazi devastor and suddendly my 4 scions are all 8/9 with trample.
>>44833553 I can see the card being very powerful when combined with Scry effects, specially those that can be activated every turn. Maybe in a Ux deck with Hedron Alignment and a lot of tokens+fatties as a plan B?
I can see such deck behaving like a combo / weenie / ramp deck early game to squash your enemy like a rotten fruit late game as soon as you slam down Deceiver.
It could be very good. Regardless of what they say it does have a lot of potential.
>>44838796 What about a Black deck that abused Deceiver with "Return to the top of your library" effects?, Purge the Tombs comes to mind.
Also in Vintage it could be used alongside Necropotence. You just gotta keep drawing until you get something like Emrakul, somehow get it in the graveyard off your hand/exile and then return it to the top of your library. From there onwards you just don't draw and reveal the fatty of your choice every turn.
So yesterday, my promo was Oath of Nissa, and my first pack of Oath was Oath of Gideon. I didn't think I would do well, but I got a Mina and Denn, then my battle packs came through and got Omnath and foil Ruinous Path. So I ran Jund, went 3-1, was happy but didn't get any good pulls from my prize packs.
Today, my promo was Kozilek's Return, still have it in the wrap. Oath packs, nothing great, got the U/R manland, thinking I might have to play red. THEN I open my battle packs. Gideon and Kiora.
Upset I didn't go undefeated, but had one of the best matches I've ever played. I lost before I went on to destroy him the next 2 matches, but that first one was epic.
Plus, the Return plus 2 planeswalkers, I got my money back. Pretty happy overall.
Minus, never got to use Mina and Denn with Omnath to make 2 5/5s each turn. That was the dream.
>>44838869 Actually, an Hedron Alignment Could work in Vintage alongside Necropotence in a B/G deck.
You abuse Necropotence to draw all the Hedron Alignments early on, cast two, destroy one with Natural State and abuse the "exile upon discard" effect to exile the third while the fourth sits in your hand.
Pulls were overall kind of decent, but nothing to write home about. Drana's Chosen and the Prism Array were the only terrible rares, really, but Mirrorpool, Endbringer and that promo Dread Defiler made up for it.
Played UG with the Dread Defiler as a splash and went 2-1, 0-2, 1-0, 1-1 and 0-2 in the end, though the last 2 ones turner out that way due to me not focusing anymore and doing some severe misplays.
>>44753533 Played midnight release, got 3 lands for rares, gb manland, w/g checkland and r/u manland, went abzan allies, full spawnbinder mage lockdown tard mode. None of my opponents could do anything till lategame, by then I would draw my eldrazi displacer or from beyond and value town them to death with support triggers.
Went Saturday morning 10am pre release, half asleep opened box, same shit as before 3 rare lands. Started looking through box had to laugh, even more allies this time, including 3 spawn binders and 2 joraga auxiliary. Went bant allies and scion generators, wincon was drowner of hope lockdown then swing for 20, or deepfathom skulker roll in unblocked for card advantage value town.
Every single opponent pissed that any threats they played always stayed locked. Lowest point for one guy was nailed me to 1 life, then watching his dudes all stay tapped/blocked till I rolled in for 26 and the kill.
Fun times, 15 packs won, 1st day guy wanted to play for it, wasted him in 3. 2nd day split final pack prize so if I lost still got 3, and we played for the pack per round winnings.
>>44848349 I'd argue it might be even better. You should be able to signal you're heavily colorless, and pick up ramp that'll let you get endbringer out quick enough. Get him out turn 4 or so (which isn't impossible with hedron crawler into Seer's Lantern, which are both commons) and then you can either draw a card, eat a small attacker, ping a smaller attacker to death, or just keep their 8/9 from attacking each untap step. It's damn back breaking.
>>44843165 >what if.... your opponent identifies as neither male or female Then they would have no cards in the hand to begin with, because they can't draw any. Drawing a card is defined as taking top card of player's deck and moving it into his or her hand.
They don't feel like Eldrazi...Eldrazi are supposed to be BIG and GAME CHANGING.
They feel like coloured, colourless permanents. They are supposed to interact with the exile zone but most don't and it ends up affecting their feel as characters.
I mean we've already had coloured artifacts for forever, so you'd think WoTC would have went out of their way to give the Eldrazi and their broods a distinct personality, but it just feels like a boring, rehashed, gimmick. Mix in Cohort, Surge, and Support...three of the more boring mechanics out there....and is it any wonder that the new set isn't well received?
God I hope this set isn't representative of the future of magic.
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