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True, still like the feel of Oldrexia better.

I wonder if this set is going to ramp up staples in the 99 for commander, a risk they run any time an artifact-centric set comes around with a bunch of colorless stuff (if they don't lean into colored). Higher potential I think to be a staple-chase set.

October 2, 2022 12:19 p.m.

Not sure if I will be into this set or not... Maybe if some strong anti-artifact faction is involved.

I do like me some of the old non-Borg Phyrexians. The power-brokers that they were. I found them to be cooler before praetors & all the forced-unity stuff.

October 1, 2022 11:07 p.m.

I think that is a capital idea. Mechanically, I love it when the story allows for WoTC to break from their little design boxes of: "we CAN ONLY have this mechanic here". Though it would be nice if they finally stopped using "Deus ex Machina" or "Golden Fleece" plot devices to pull that epic together. I would also enjoy seeing how they could twist one of the least traditionally "goodguy" color combos into a true protagonist.

I think in addition to your multiversal "Rathi overlay" scenario, it would be awesome if MtG had its' own "Weirdworld". I'm thinking, essentially, a plane where some of MtG's most unkillable, indestructible things go after they are Exiled-or where lost things end up. It would be like MtG's own "transference of energy" principle. I just imagine a bizzarre wasteland where exiled titans loom over the earth aimlessly & without purpose... Imagine some sort of wingless shell of "unmade" Avacyn... A place where you could say; "that's where that ended up!"

October 1, 2022 10:59 p.m.

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I just wish the humor was better :)

September 24, 2022 5:13 p.m.

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legendofa There was an older post about discard/resource denial & a fondness for outlasting opponents - to the letter. Also, some of your card creations seem to be very on-point for the new age of . Lastly, I've seen some of your decklists :)

September 24, 2022 9:39 a.m.

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Haha! legendofa I had this feeling that you were at heart!

Well, I tend to rock the . I like to make the whole table bleed, put a clock on it, & also throw a party while I'm at it. Make the sitback & controllsters realize too late that their life totals can be important. All, the while I am rocking expendable threats that leave my opponents feeling empty inside when they try to control me too much :) .

I feel "strongest", while being subjective, is probably .

As for It can go suck a lemon. Blue with its' thinks I'm clever... but I just have catch-all overpowering gimmicks. Nothing clever about extra turns or nixing out any spell in the game with few exceptions - lazy Jace personifies his dud color well... I'm supposed to sly-guy, lets outwi....nah, guess it'll just be unstoppable mind-control FTW. If I would wave a wand I would remove all but the most expensive extra-turns spells with self-exiling. I would burn the counterspells. Lord knows doesn't need pre-emptive removal with WoTC deciding to give it efficient & recurrent exile options. My opinion on this always stands though: make better punishment options so that catch-alls are no longer catch-alls.

Not really sure on aura's, never use 'em much.

I'm not much of a tribe guy either, but I would say I like Warriors the best. Though Najeela, the Blade-Blossom ruins this for me a bit, since she feels like a WUBRG strictly-better warrior commander. But I do love some of the static abilities on warriors Ruric Thar, the Unbowed, Marisi, Breaker of the Coil are beauties. Warlocks are quickly becoming a favorite for me too Extus, Oriq Overlord  Flip is just too wacky to get a handle on.

I sit at 38-40 lands.. I tend to run alot of spells that destroy all rocks & dorks so it makes sense for me that I hit curve more with lands or use-it-or-lose it options.

September 23, 2022 11:08 p.m.

*Point 3) It is getting hard to average turns. With changing complexity of mechanics, turn wins can have variable dependency. This is very true with groupslug. I have a Kardur, Doomscourge deck that is so parasitic with how it wins.. Just so dependent on what your opponents are bringing to the table.... Basically, I am getting to Goldfish win-turn is becoming a difficult metric to use with the rising complexity of the game (the rise of interdependent mechanics as a legit path to winning).

Point 4) I've gotten stuck on that one too. I often play slug & death by cumulative lifeloss (player removal is* problem removal & life matters). Therefore, I have learned to peck at obvious control players while I can, I chisel at the player that cannot gain the life back to put pressure on them. I played at an LGS a little while ago & killed someone (instead of spreading it out) with their own deck & utilized another player's unwillingness to attack. I think the expectation was to spread around the damage until this person assembled a secondary wincon & they were pretty miffed that I would just kill them before this happened. It is an oddity to me that expected behavior can influence the power level in public play, but I have witnessed it.

September 23, 2022 11:37 a.m.

I think I'm ok with release rate & more options (I don't have product fatigue because I am a specialized player in a few narrow fields). What I get VERY eye-rolling on though, is how EACH DAMN set has this synthetic MSRP price balloon to a few cards, some sets will have varying quality but it seems like every set just HAS to throw a few $30-50 range cards whether or not that value is realistic... Though alot of that is on us as consumers. I for one, am being a choosy consumer & not feeding the beast unreasonably, but I do think this level of informed consumerism requirement will eventually be a big deterrent to new entrants to the game. I get a bit cynical about the amount of greed machine WUBRG they keep releasing as well, they know that the land-base alone for WUBRG is a ridiculous cash cow... I'm sure they see a bunch of tertiary sales skyrocket with these. & yes, if they keep doing this, then why not make WUBRG enchantress? it'll be inherently better than enchantress, for eg. Apply that to any number of archetypes & you may end up with an expectation for every EDH player to have some sort of token WUBRG "best of ___" deck; that is healthy for the dollar line, but not for the format. Particularly not good for the format for new entries if WUBRG decks are status-quo.

September 22, 2022 11:10 p.m.

But Shelter isn't going to help Ivy block feather, Gods Willing is again not helping Ivy against the voltron, same with Feat of Resistance, same Balduvian Rage, Emerge Unscathed. That is a good amount of common Feather cards right there that have minimal benefit to Ivy if you are casting them for a Voltron attacking benefit, If you wanted to you could lean more into other cantripy agro only instants that grant something like menace or "cannot be blocked".. & again that is complete poopy for Ivy to copy as a defender... targeted extra combat is again useless as the defender. There is still a whole line of voltron open against her, particularly regarding instants/sorcs that are only beneficial for attackers.

& no I don't like her, I'm not a guy, & is she lazy? Yes, in a non-equipment voltron-rich meta she can swizzle other player's strategies. I just think that is different than truly shutting them down.

September 16, 2022 10:57 p.m.

Regarding Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief, I'm not sure that I agree that she: "shuts off a strategy"... unless I'm reading it wrong. She doesn't seem to be staxing at all, she may even want opponents to be casting more spells rather than shutting them down. Am I missing a line of play where she is truly shutting down a strategy... isn't she just copying them, & with the Feather example, aren't most those instant buffs more beneficial for the attacking player (ie protection from creatures, colors, etc). She may get an occasional cantrip in that case, without the ability to recur them. I could see copying aura voltron spells just by existing being somewhat of an issue.. Though she is still not stopping the voltron deck from doing its' thing. Also, it seems like it would be too strategy-dependent to be destructive to the format... She seems a little do nothing in a bunch of metas, she doesn't stop voltron strategies, & she is responsive unlike Tergrid, God of Fright  Flip who actively is decked to aggressively shut down everyone

September 16, 2022 9:17 p.m.


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