A Collection of Data Changes and New Features

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Posted on May 6, 2024, 11:08 p.m. by Femme_Fatale

There's a bunch of little things that have changed or I felt the need to let people know.

First, promo pack stuff. Before I figured out how best to display these things (and pre-release, foils, etched, oversized etc) with the treatments system (previously known as alterations), I had put them in as printing variations. However I hadn't really had the time to remove the variations back then so they kidn of sat there for a few years. Now I'm slowly getting through all of them and deleting them. So if you had used these promo pack printing variations in a deck or inventory, please use the treatments instead as

[[CARDNAME (TLA:$$$) *PP*]]

or

[[CARDNAME (TLA:$$$) *f-PP*]]

Second, playtest cards. Many of you have created submissions for Pick Your Poison to fix it for MKM not remembering/realizing that this card is actually the second card of the same name. That's right, not one but TWO cards in MKM re-used an existing card name from a completely different card. Now granted the original printings of these were playtest cards, but as far as data is concerned, it's still a fully valid gameplay piece that we need to account for since it was part of a specified product.

I had left these re-used names in MKM as their playtest rules set, largely out of spite of WotC and not knowing what to actually do with them. Now, you may notice, that we have Pick Your Poison (Playtest) and Pick Your Poison. I'm trying this out to see if it works fine for people and if there are any issues with it. If there are none I'll go ahead and do the same with Red Herring and eventually attach (Playtest) as a suffix to all the playtest cards. To make sure they don't break existing decks or inventories I would also add the name sans-playtest as a synonym. Doing this would mean that if this situation happens again I no longer have to deal with deleting printings (which the site isn't happy about ever happening). The synonym part would also mean that if this happens again the new card would auto-redirect to the playtest one, and I'd remove that synonym from the playtest card. Just to let ya know in case you get confused in the future.

Future playtest cards from the next mystery booster product no doubt coming will share the same fate. I am still uncertain about the Gavin event playtest cards since you can't actually buy them as part of a product or get them as promos. Not too dissimilar to pro-tour giga-sized reward cards or the Heroes cards given out to WotC employees.

We also have a couple of features.

The basic land slot is now fully integrated into the 15 pack option. Previously it was only basic lands but now it's any card with the rarity of basic land. Also the pack size options have been more accurately named to what they are, to help differentiate them from the new play booster pack structure that may be coming in the near future.

The important point with this feature is that I actually need your help. Any and all information you can give me about which cards worked with the basic land slot in previous sets let me know. I know FRF had the gain lands and khans fetches as chances. I know STX had it completely replaced with the Mystical Archives. I know GRN and RNA had the Gates (but I don't remember if Gates fully replaced basics or not). And I ESPECIALLY want to know the rates at which they appeared at, not all sets have them appearing as the same chance of basics iirc.

There is a slight possible chance that we might be able to get The List/SPG/Masterpieces/etc in accurately as well, but this, as I recall, would take A LOT of work.

Finally, as some have already sent in feedback regarding this, you may notice that popover for card images now shows a green "add to deck" button. Which does, well, exactly as it says on the tin. Lets you add the card to an existing deck of yours. We do have plans on expanding the stuff you can click on the popover. If you have any suggestions or feedback regarding this new feature, let us know!


EDIT: In regards to the popover now staying around when you hover over it blocking text, press "escape" on your keyboard to fully clear it. There are more things we are thinking of doing to make sure this isn't blocking the UX of the site but let us know what your thoughts are.

Kaweiwu says... #2

Thank you for your work. Mtg has become so confusing lately... I can only imagine how it feels to actually work on implementing all the alternate arts etc.

May 7, 2024 5:33 a.m.

Tsukimi says... #3

Femme_Fatale You are the best thank you so much for all of your work!

May 7, 2024 10:34 a.m.

Jokulmorder1 says... #4

Thanks for the updates!!

May 7, 2024 10:45 a.m.

Femme_Fatale says... #5

In regards to the popover now staying around when you hover over it blocking text, press "escape" on your keyboard to fully clear it. There are more things we are thinking of doing to make sure this isn't blocking the UX of the site but let us know what your thoughts are.

May 7, 2024 4:10 p.m.

dude1818 says... #6

On Gavin's cards, Scryfall doesn't even list them, since they aren't even cards printed by wotc. They really are just playtest stickers. You can point to that as precedent if you don't want to deal with them

May 8, 2024 1:55 a.m.

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