Most of my decks on TappedOut are theorycrafting, seeing how a card interaction works or just messing around. I like grindy attrition decks, usually in some variation of --Turbofog, Lantern Control, discard, that sort of thing. Resource denial is a way of life. I also have a soft spot for Dredge and recursion.

Creature types that need more support: Bat, Plant, Scorpion, Shaman, Skeleton

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Nemesis Yup, in Conflux through M14. So right around when I started really getting in, but I don't remember seeing them anywhere. I would have definitely been in the target audience for those at the time.

https://www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/magic-fundamentals/magic-general/319159-con-6-card-conflux-booster-packs-for-1-99

(Original M:tG article is 404'ed.)

Looking around further through Mark Rosewater's blog, it sounds like Walmart and Target and whoever specifically asked for these as a product. So they were a thing for five years, then they got discontinued, and now they're being made again, eleven years later. I don't think these would have been made if there wasn't demand for them; I'm almost wondering if Walmart has higher expectations for these than WotC does.

July 12, 2024 5:02 p.m.

Omnipresence

Enchantment

You have hexproof.

Creatures you control have hexproof and indestructible. You may have them assign combat damage as though they weren't blocked.

"There is some small power in controlling the world, but true enlightenment comes from becoming the world."


Create an Elf Pirate.

July 12, 2024 6:04 a.m.

Gidgetimer WotC, and M:tG in particular, seems to be in a highly experimental phase right now. I'm sure orders to make more money faster come down from on high somewhere, but that's the nature of capitalism. They want to expand their market and attract new customers. Every corporation does it, and I would suggest WorC is more ethical and transparent about it than many others. (Not to say there's not a lot of reasons to be mad at WotC/Hasbro's business practices, but they seem to be in the habit of at least weakly admitting their profit-induced missteps, not deflecting or blatantly lying like certain other companies.)

But economic discussion aside, they're trying a lot of new things, keeping what works and getting rid of what doesn't. I got into M:tG with Time Spiral and Alara (kind of skipping Lorwyn), and there's lots of stuff I prefer about those days, not least of which is the much more reasonable number of product lines. But the changes they've made have been successful from the standpoint of creating a popular luxury product and keeping it reasonably affordable. Even a booster box is a lot cheaper than what you need for a lot of other hobbies.

July 12, 2024 1:20 a.m.

I think this is a box store/pharmacy checkout lane sort of product, not a dedicated game store product. It's for impulse buys, cheap gifts, and starting collections, stocked next to the candy bars and trashy celebrity tabloids. I probably won't be buying any, but if someone has a little extra cash and wants to take a chance, I wouldn't hold it against them.

And with some deep and focused research, there's this.

https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/755580309373943808/people-arent-understanding-what-a-value-booster

July 11, 2024 10:02 p.m.

Some other guesses: Garruk - badger, Chandra - lizard, Domri - raccoon, Elspeth - swan, Sorin - bat (too easy?), Gideon - mouse, Oko - snake

July 11, 2024 6:18 p.m.

Xejiv, Vorinclex's Fatefinder

Legendary Enchantment Creature - Phyrexian Druid

Eminence - Whenever a Druid you control becomes tapped, if Xejiv, Vorinclex's Fatefinder is in the command zone or on the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on that permanent.

At the beginning of each end step, untap up to two target Forests.

3/4


Create a Fish Wizard. It can't be any more anthropomorphized than Bloomburrow, and try to make it distinct from Merfolk.

July 11, 2024 2:42 p.m.

Asder Excellent taste in games.

The Pathcutters

Legendary Planeswalker

+2 Add two mana in any combination of colors. Spend this mana only to cast planeswalker spells.

0 Put a loyalty counter on each of up to two target planeswalkers and a +1/+1 counter on each of up to two target creatures.

-9 You get an emblem with "Whenever you activate a loyalty ability of a planeswalker, put a loyalty counter on up to one other target planeswalker."

The Pathcutters can be your commander.

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My take is that the "The Gathering" in the title of the game refers to the groups who go out and save the multiverse every so often. (It was slapped onto the title because just Magic by itself was too generic to copyright, and it just kind of meant you could gather your friends to play.) There's the Nine Titans, the Weatherlight Crew, the Gatewatch, and it seems like Duskmourn might be introducing a new group. So this card represents one of those gatherings.

My dissertations aside, the challenge is a wild card. If you want a more specific challenge, explain what the Pathcutters are doing and/or why they're doing it. Something about Omenpaths?

July 11, 2024 4:05 a.m.

Heat waves are the worst. Today's high temperature locally was 108 (42 for the Fahrenheit-challenged), and that's the lowest it's been all week. Miserable.

July 10, 2024 10:30 p.m.

Said on Eda, Mother of …...

#9

Comparing to Bramble Sovereign, the offspring ability feels balanced.

I'd almost push the life gain ability to triggering on any creature entering, token or nontoken.

The best comparisons for the populate ability are Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage and Cayth, Famed Mechanist. Going off those two, with a side of Rhys the Redeemed, it's probably safe to reduce the cost. Maybe , , Tap another creature.

Which custom tokens Commander is your favorite so far?

July 10, 2024 10:19 p.m.

So why did Jace end up as a fox? Obviously a reference to cleverness, trickery, all that stuff, but are there other foxes on Bloomburrow? I guess frog and otter were taken, bird isn't quite right, but rat would have worked thematically, and kept all of them to major types.

July 10, 2024 10:02 p.m.

Said on Bloomburrow...

#11

In other combos I have no idea what to do with, Ygra, Eater of All and Sarulf, Realm Eater have some nice color, thematic, and mechanical overlap. Munch munch!

July 10, 2024 1:28 p.m.

Said on Bloomburrow...

#12

It always takes me a couple of days to catch up on previews. I got some time off today, so I'm almost up to date.

Another Mystery Booster Playtest mechanic arises!

Kaervek, the Spiteful + Maha, Its Feathers Night (not enough poetic, too much awkward in that name) could be interesting. Would it be good enough for Pioneer?

New art for Run Away Together by Omar Rayyan. He's got the right style for this sort of pastoral setting.

July 9, 2024 6:55 p.m.

Holding Out for a Hero

Enchantment

Exalted

Creatures you control get +2/+1.

When a creature with first strike, double strike, vigilance, or haste enters under your control, sacrifice Holding Out for a Hero and put a double strike counter, a haste counter, and a vigilance counter on that creature.


Keep it going. Same challenge: Make a card with the name of a song.

July 9, 2024 2:27 a.m.

Femme_Fatale Cool, thanks. I didn't know about it either. Will play around with it tomorrow.

July 9, 2024 12:09 a.m.

Binding Focus Stone

Artifact

, : Exile target card from a graveyard.

, : Exile target artifact or land.

Binding Focus Stone has all mana abilities of all cards exiled by this card.


That last sentence might need some templating work.

Create a card that shuffles itself into your library when it resolves.

July 8, 2024 6:30 p.m.

Quennus, Metallurgeon

Legendary Artifact Creature - Vedalken Artificer

Modular 5

Other artifact creatures you control have modular 1.

Whenever you sacrifice an artifact, you gain 1 life. If it was a nontoken permanent, create a token copy of it, except it's a 0/0 creature in addition to its other types.

0/0


Pretty sure this isn't broken with anything. Partially inspired by Anikthea, Hand of Erebos, which exiles the cards it creature-izes, but I don't want this to interfere with encore.

Create a Goblin commander.

July 8, 2024 3:23 a.m.

Said on ASSASSINS...

#17

TwistedAura All the cards that were marked in red (illegal) before UB:AC was released have since become legal. I was responding to your first post here, which isn't a concern for the deck anymore.

July 7, 2024 5:55 p.m.

Said on Tyranid Upgrade...

#18

This is a pretty mana-hungry deck with a lot of X-costs. You have some good ramp sorceries, but I wouldn't go below 36 lands, and 37-38 is probably the safe zone.

July 7, 2024 12:32 a.m.

Said on Verrak Suicide...

#19

Any thoughts on Plunge into Darkness? It's a semi-tutor that combos with Children of Korlis and Vizkopa Guildmage for an instant-speed "Pay X life: Gain X life and each opponent loses X life."

July 6, 2024 5:23 p.m.

Said on Tyranid Upgrade...

#20

Welcome to the club, bitis!

I'm not an expert Commander player, I mostly make gimmicky casual decks, but for your cards you're trying to add, my suggestions are:

Counterspell replaces Cancel: same effect, lower cost.

Temur Ascendancy and Rhythm of the Wild replace Invigorating Hot Spring and Stroke of Genius: more reliable for haste, counters, and card draw.

Swiftfoot Boots replaces Thrill of Possibility: you have a lot of draw and card filtering already, and this deck doesn't really take advantage of discarding.

July 6, 2024 5:15 p.m.

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