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Faelix_Drakes are you talking about the standard/pioneer ban on Dec 2nd or has there been a more recent change?

December 12, 2019 3:20 p.m.

Said on Abzan Hulk Piles...

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I recently made a deck using both the boonweaver and protean hulk combos. My biggest takeaway? Both are tools for assembling an actual combo, and its usually worthwhile to only include one. You end up dedicating all kinds of slots to making sure they go, Boonweaver needs Pattern of rebirth, Karmic guide, and Reveillark, and then you can assemble an infinite loop to kill off those if you have a Zulaport and Fiend Hunter or similar for 5 cards required at minimum for Boonweaver. Your protean includes Delver, and works to assemble whatever combo for 2 slots. I personally like Boonweaver because with Fiend hunter, it becomes an infinite combo loop by itself with a sac outlet, and then you can save slots by only running one more infinite out, like Sun Titan + Fiend Hunter , and another Zulaport type dork. The pieces have high individual quality, and by running more revive outlets like Delver you can recur them during the Boonweaver combo chain if they're already in play/GY

December 9, 2019 5:33 p.m.

Said on Sword and Board...

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Consider replacing your big beefer stuff with more small utility stuff and upping the wipes. Small red creature blasts like Pyroclasm Whipflare and Sweltering Suns will massively slow down any decks relying on dorks to supply mana and kill weak commanders. I'd also recommend peeking Open the Armory for some nice early tutors, and Sigarda's Aid + Hammer of Nazahn for free equips. Additional pieces to slow other decks will help you leverage more swings, so consider slowdown pieces like Smoke Tangle Wire Eidolon of Rhetoric Oppression Trinisphere .

I'd cut almost all your creatures 5 CMC or above except possibly Avacyn and Massacre wurm and Aurelia.

December 5, 2019 4:03 p.m.

Said on It's Time Moxes ......

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If there are ever going to be reprints or a way to weasel around the policy, it will be from

  • All policies apply only to tournament-legal Magic cards in printed form. Wizards of the Coast has and may continue to print special versions of cards not meant for regular game play, such as oversized cards. The restriction also does not apply on non-redeemable digital cards in Magic Online or MTG Arena.

Wizards can get around the restriction by printing special edition cards. Think of the Amokhet invocations or the Kaladesh inventions. Whether they will choose to is another issue. They've currently said they don't want to get around the list with premium cards, but if they reverse their stance this is most likely how they'll do it.

Personally, I think Wizards will dance around the issue with a single reprint every once in a blue moon. Reprinting their oldest, rarest, and most sought after cards would be massively devaluing their own product and brand. It will also shatter collector's faith in Wizards. Can't speak to the legal side of the issue, but I imagine Wizards wouldn't want to open the door for a lawsuit to walk in.

Legacy/Vintage are for dinosaurs anyways. The cards are owned by older players and the events usually require travel/time off from work, something older players will have an easier time with. Wizards creating a new format after RL talk stirs up again should also be a sign, formats are more partitions for when people started collecting. Normally this would be fine, but the new biggest format Commander reaches across the traditional format age/set boundaries which is driving prices of older cards with lower supply.

Another potential work around I see for the RL is a direct-to-legacy/vintage/commander powerset similar to Modern Horizons. Nonbasic lands with one basic type that ETB and opponent pick another basic type for you, a new set of moxes that lets an opponent fateseal you, a charcoal lotus that sacs for 2 mana of any type, you get the point.

December 4, 2019 3:12 p.m.

Said on Sylvan Tutor...

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Simply put, too many other tutors that perform better that decks would rather run. If you need 8 slots for tutors, and Sylvan Tutor is the 10th tutor you would add, you're probably adding the others first. Given the small print size and its relative scarcity, its unlikely people will just have one laying around to toss in their casual mono G stompy anyways. You would also only acquire only for Vintage or Commander play, and most people probably don't even know the card exists. Also most decks would rather pay 1-2 mana more and get the card directly to hand. Tutors that give card disadvantage must have other aspects that offset the negative, namely searching for anything Imperial Seal or being instant speed Worldly Tutor Vampiric Tutor Enlightened Tutor Mystical Tutor . You'll also notice that the instant speed tutors are more flexible in what they can grab, as well as with timing.

December 3, 2019 2:33 p.m.

One thing to consider with Urza's Blueprints is that you can use it in response to the echo, plus the turn you play it. So you can choose to draw 2 cards for mana, or you can pay to get a card every turn.

If you're more interested in repeatable artifact draw, Mind's Eye or Staff of Nin will serve you better.

November 27, 2019 2:49 p.m.

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