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Anyone who has played this game for any significant duration will know that it can be very expensive, which directly contradicts its main purpose of being fun and entertaining.
Typically, WotC will make an effort to ensure that this game remains affordable by reprinting expensive cards, but I cannot help but wonder if they occasionally deliberately do not reprint cards to keep them expensive, despite such a tactic being very unprofitable for them.
One of the best-known and most infamous examples of this idea is Damnation which because very expensive due to not being reprinted for so long, despite there being many excellent opportunities for it to be so (most notably From the Vault: Annihilation). Other examples are Rhystic Study and Privileged Position, both of which are far more expensive than they should be, in my mind. Also, WotC has never reprinted the "filter lands" from the Shadowmoor block in a normal set and reprinted the "shock lands" from Ravnica only once, despite those lands being some of the best in the game and always desired by fans, making them terribly expensive. Yet another example is that both Kalonian Hydra and Ghave, Guru of Spores were reprinted in Atraxa's deck in Commander 2016, but Archangel of Thune was not, despite the fact that she would have been perfect for that deck, not was she reprinted in From the Vault: Angels, where she also would have been perfect, but she was reprinted in Iconic Masters, however, so that is a rare instance of WotC actually reprinting an expensive card. They also did reprint both Doubling Season and Bitterblossom, but those cards are still far too expensive, so they definitely need further reprints, in my mind.
What does everyone else say about this? Do you believe that WotC ever deliberately withholds reprinting cards to keep them expensive?
December 10, 2017 9:55 p.m.
Recently, WotC introduced a cycle of ten dual lands (one for each two-color combination) that always enter the battlefied tapped and have absolutely no benefits whatsoever to compensate for that (i.e., Meandering River, Stone Quarry, and so forth).
These lands are, without any question, some of the worst dual lands in the game, yet WoTC has been reprinting them very frequently, when it would cost them no more money, but make them much more, to instead reprint useful dual lands, such as the shocklands or filter lands, yet they are not doing so. At the very least, they could instead reprint the "lifelands" from the Tarkir block (i.e., Tranquil Cove, Dismal Backwater, etc.), as those lands have at least some form of benefit. Even worse than that, some of those lands have cool names and awesome artwork (most notably Highland Lake), so WotC has wasted such great names and artwork on mediocre cards.
Why would WotC willingly pass by a chance to make themselves more money and satisfy the players? Why could they not reprint the lifelands instead? What does everyone else say about this?
December 10, 2017 9:43 p.m.
Given that this forum has numerous lists of cards, sorted by various criteria, I think that it would be great to make a list of every mana-generating artifact in this game, sorted by the color or colors (or perhaps the amount) of mana that they generate, but that will certainly be an extensive undertaking, so I would like to have some assistance with that. Would anyone here be willing to help me with that task? Thank you very much.
December 10, 2017 9:31 p.m.
The_Baneslayer, perhaps some of the inhabitants of Ixalan have created constructs in the shape of dinosaurs (i.e., artifact creatures)? WotC seems to use non-artifact colorless cards very sparingly, so I doubt that they shall have such cards in this block.
December 10, 2017 9:31 p.m.
I would not call this a horror story, but when the first Mirrodin block was released, I obtained a Sword of Fire and Ice, a Sword of Light and Shadow, an Auriok Champion, and a foil Death Cloud, but I either traded them or sold them, because I was new to the game at that time and had no way to know how valuable they would become, so I wish that I had kept them, to sell them for a profit.
Another regret that I have is that I never bought a textless promo Lightning Bolt when its price was low, and now, it is worth far more than I am willing to pay for it. On the opposite side of that, I bought a Primeval Titan for nearly $40 when that card was first released, and it is now worthy barely a quarter of that price.
To continue that subject, I purchased a copy of the 2007 promo version of Vindicate for $25, and, at one point, it was worth $100, at which point I definitely should have sold it, because it is now worth only $35, which is still more than what I paid for it, thankfully.
December 10, 2017 9:27 p.m.
I have Caged Sun in all of my EDH decks (thus far), but am wondering if I should replace that card with The Immortal Sun, now that that card has been revealed; they have the same mana cost, but The Immortal Sun increases the power and toughness of all my creatures, regardless of color, and it also has two other excellent abilities. Since it hinders planeswalkers, I will not put it into any of my decks that contain those cards, and, while it will not cause my lands to produce additional mana, the fact that it reduces the cost of my spells will be very similar in practice.
What does everyone else say about this? Is The Immortal Sun a worthy replacement for Caged Sun?
November 26, 2017 8:43 p.m.
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