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« Reply #90 on: December 23, 2009, 02:06:30 pm »

Some other choices that seem good:
Elspeth (creates 2 permanents of different types, only loses to Tramplers)
Mystic Snake
Words of War/Wilding (trumps the Mill decks and has answers to some other decks as well)
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« Reply #91 on: December 23, 2009, 04:20:38 pm »

You can't play Plangalcial Wurm when they are Sad Sac'ing You can you?

If you could, then PGW would be a hate deck for Sad Sac ^_^

... oh wait, actually Sac Sac is a terrible deck.  You are force mulled to 3 no matter what.  If you happen to draw Sac in the first 7 cards, you lose if you keep.   Because if your opponent draws their card, they will undoubtably kill you before they get decked, and your Sac is worthless.  If they don't draw thier card, they are mulling to 1 (to find thier card) meaning the sac deck is going to get decked first (even after the -3 cards).

In this line of thinking, wouldn't Extract.dec be the one of the best decks? Mull and extract the opponent's WinCon. SadSac is too expensive to work, but Extract is only U.

Research/Developement might actually be amazing in this kind of format, since it avoids decking and gets you more wincons.

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« Reply #92 on: December 23, 2009, 07:20:13 pm »

Research/Developement might actually be amazing in this kind of format, since it avoids decking and gets you more wincons.

You can't use Research to get anything other than land, since the deckbuilding restriction also applies to the sideboard, so Research doesn't work like you're thinking.
Development just makes you deck faster because they will just let you draw 3 cards, since they're all going to be lands.

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« Reply #93 on: December 24, 2009, 09:00:23 am »

Research/Developement might actually be amazing in this kind of format, since it avoids decking and gets you more wincons.

You can't use Research to get anything other than land, since the deckbuilding restriction also applies to the sideboard, so Research doesn't work like you're thinking.
Development just makes you deck faster because they will just let you draw 3 cards, since they're all going to be lands.



Oops, I forgot about the restriction applying to sideboards. Clearly useless.

I still think Extract.dec woudl be exceptionally good.
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« Reply #94 on: December 24, 2009, 06:41:35 pm »

I still think Extract.dec woudl be exceptionally good.

It would be ok so long as they don't start with the card in their hand. It does have to mull to 1 every time though.

Another option is Arcane Denial. Counters whatever they do and ensures they deck first even if you both mull to 1.
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« Reply #95 on: December 24, 2009, 10:37:23 pm »

Another option is Arcane Denial. Counters whatever they do and ensures they deck first even if you both mull to 1.

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« Reply #96 on: December 30, 2009, 07:11:26 am »

Are the decks restricted to only playing with 60 cards? All the mill strategies would be kinda wrecked if someone decided to play 80 cards

I'm guessing that world champion 1998 or whatever it's name is, isn't allowed...otherwise i think he would be great!

Seismic assault is another option, at any given time you can shoot whatever your opponent plays.
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« Reply #97 on: December 30, 2009, 11:16:38 am »

Are the decks restricted to only playing with 60 cards? All the mill strategies would be kinda wrecked if someone decided to play 80 cards

I'm guessing that world champion 1998 or whatever it's name is, isn't allowed...otherwise i think he would be great!

Seismic assault is another option, at any given time you can shoot whatever your opponent plays.
Yes, 60 only.
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« Reply #98 on: January 04, 2010, 12:16:07 pm »

Wizards has told us that RoE is meant to be drafted on its own, not as part of a larger block. Eldrazi are clearly big, godlike beings. They don't belong to the wizards crawling around the surface of Zendikar.
Rosewater's column has a few tantalizing hints, too. Many references to a "fundamental change".

Also, the "goblin of the goblins" paragraph.

One of the themes of Zendikar is allies.
Look at these images.

I had a vision of what Rise of the Eldrazi might entail. It came to me in a dream last night, so if this makes no sense, oh well here goes:

What if Rise of the Eldrazi is a cooperative game of Magic? Imagine giant Eldrazi beings appearing, and the players have to team up to defeat them! I am given to understand the WoW tcg has 'raids' that play something like this. One of the inspirations for Zendikar is "D&D adventure world," but there's a very important element of D&D which is missing here: the GM. What if limited tournaments appoint one player to be the Eldrazi player, whom the other players must team up to defeat, while also plotting each others' demise?

This could be the most mind-blowing thing ever, or just a sign that I've blown my mind. You decide.
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« Reply #99 on: January 04, 2010, 04:05:08 pm »

Wizards has told us that RoE is meant to be drafted on its own, not as part of a larger block. Eldrazi are clearly big, godlike beings. They don't belong to the wizards crawling around the surface of Zendikar.
Rosewater's column has a few tantalizing hints, too. Many references to a "fundamental change".

Also, the "goblin of the goblins" paragraph.

One of the themes of Zendikar is allies.
Look at these images.

I had a vision of what Rise of the Eldrazi might entail. It came to me in a dream last night, so if this makes no sense, oh well here goes:

What if Rise of the Eldrazi is a cooperative game of Magic? Imagine giant Eldrazi beings appearing, and the players have to team up to defeat them! I am given to understand the WoW tcg has 'raids' that play something like this. One of the inspirations for Zendikar is "D&D adventure world," but there's a very important element of D&D which is missing here: the GM. What if limited tournaments appoint one player to be the Eldrazi player, whom the other players must team up to defeat, while also plotting each others' demise?

This could be the most mind-blowing thing ever, or just a sign that I've blown my mind. You decide.

how on earth would you run a pro tour or grand prix like that?

neat idea, but better suited to a planechase-type extra i think

(imagine- there's a separate Eldrazi deck, huge cards  with lots of non-decision dependant abilities that trigger depending on what turn it is. the rest of the players have to defeat the Eldrazi deck while manouevering for position and the winner is the person with the highest number of points at the end - points woudl be included for various different things like life remaining, cards remaining, etc....)
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« Reply #100 on: January 04, 2010, 04:40:19 pm »

I'm imagining something like: every pack has 3 Eldrazi cards in it, which are immediately given to the opening player (like the token/rules tip card) and MUST be included in their deck (does not count towards the 40 card minimum). At the beginning of each game, both players take their three Eldrazi cards and shuffle them together in the command zone (where EDH generals and planechase planes live).

There is some method for triggering the play of these cards (regular cards could have "when X happens, put the top Eldrazi card into play," or it could just happen on a defined turn N, or happen on a 'trap' condition specific to each Eldrazi) and the Eldrazi cards would look something like:

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so every turn it attacks the nonactive player until someone kills it, at which point it gets put on the bottom of the Eldrazi deck, or maybe there's a dedicated Eldrazi graveyard pile also in the command zone. Maybe the Eldrazi deck loses when it gets decked and there are no Eldrazi on the battlefield.

You don't need a special 'point' victory. You can either have the winner be decided as normal (zero life or decking out). Or, more weirdly, the players who get to advance to the next round are any players that don't lose to their combined Eldrazi deck. Each round you get paired with a new opponent, so there's a new Eldrazi deck to fight.
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« Reply #101 on: January 12, 2010, 12:29:58 am »

Oh! So close:

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« Reply #102 on: January 12, 2010, 09:22:58 am »

My only hope is that Eldrazi cards are not a completely out of the box concept.  As fun as the command zone is, I'm going to get particularly annoyed if Wizards implements type after type of sub permanent and new fields of play that they come from.  Eldrazi as a creature-less type is fine, triggered creatures from the command zone is annoying though.
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« Reply #103 on: January 12, 2010, 10:40:15 am »

It seems like Wizards had the same "many vs. one" idea but are just making a special set for it. It probably won't be a part of RoE. It just feels weird to be summoning Eldrazi to fight on your team, you know?
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« Reply #104 on: January 21, 2010, 07:21:11 pm »

Looks like Eldrazi are large colorless creatures:

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« Reply #105 on: January 22, 2010, 03:41:50 pm »

Well we basically knew that already.
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« Reply #106 on: January 23, 2010, 02:21:26 am »

My bet is that Eldrazi can't be cast with mana, only have their cost lowered by lands until it hits zero. Would be kinda cool, plus it fits with this land nicely since Wizards doesn't like making lands that don't tap for mana.
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« Reply #107 on: January 27, 2010, 06:38:31 pm »

If there was any question, Eldrazi is a creature type, not anything more. Quoth the FAQ.
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« Reply #108 on: January 29, 2010, 01:01:04 pm »



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Ho ho ho, maybe? Why else would you word it like that?

Could be a hint that Eldrazi are under neither player's control. In fact I take it as near-confirmation.
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« Reply #109 on: January 29, 2010, 01:06:58 pm »

Does this wording work for the perennial non-card, the sixth basic land type, Bobland?

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If a card or ability would count the number of basic land types you control, it counts that many plus 1.

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« Reply #110 on: January 29, 2010, 01:40:33 pm »

Change "Whenever" to "If", to change it to a replacement effect, and it looks pretty good.
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« Reply #111 on: January 29, 2010, 02:04:41 pm »

Change "Whenever" to "If", to change it to a replacement effect, and it looks pretty good.
You know, I meant to do that but then got distracted by a shiny object...
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Ho ho ho, maybe? Why else would you word it like that?

Could be a hint that Eldrazi are under neither player's control. In fact I take it as near-confirmation.
This card is spoiled wrong.  Here's the real text from Gatherer:
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Whenever a creature an opponent controls attacks, if you're the defending player, put a 3/3 red Ogre creature token onto the battlefield unless that creature's controller pays 3.

It's still an odd weirding, but I'm told that Design and Development shy away from putting "Planeswalker" on cards, so they couldn't word it "Whenever a creature attacks you or a Planeswalker you control". And otherwise it wouldn't protect your Planeswalkers.
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« Reply #113 on: February 05, 2010, 11:26:02 am »

Something I knew about Worldwake before last night's draft: Quicksand was reprinted.
Something I did not know about Worldwake until last night's draft: Quicksand was reprinted at common!
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« Reply #114 on: March 02, 2010, 11:31:08 am »

I still get a happy shiver down my...spine...when I think of how good Flash was in Legacy. Mmmm, like warm soup on a cold day. Hardly knew ye, etc.
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« Reply #115 on: March 02, 2010, 01:07:47 pm »

Reading Sam Black's Lands! report from GP Madrid, the deck seems to fold to specific cards. Maybe it should use black over white (Nomad Stadium and Ray of Revelation are not irreplaceable) and use Cranial Extractions. Would help with Extirpate, Price of Progress, etc.
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« Reply #116 on: April 01, 2010, 12:38:15 pm »

So I hate standard. It is SUCH a boring format to me, but I was having a little trouble articulating why.

And I remember that guy on BD who wanted to write a computer program that would evolve a Magic deck, by introducing random changes to it and keeping the successful ones, and so on. I believe he was working with a Stompy deck at the time. And I remember Arena League. You had your deck, and when you win, you get to bust a pack, and add cards to your deck.

And I was talking with some friends about the Texas textbook controversy, and how they wanted to include "intelligent design" as a possible explanation for life on earth (don't get me started). Now the thing about things that have evolved versus things that are designed is that the evolved thing makes sense every step along the way. There is no such thing as an "intermediate form" - or to put it another way, EVERY form is an intermediate form between what was prior, and what comes later. The evolution of life is not guided, and every link in the chain from one form to another has to make sense as a viable organism in its own right.

And then it hit me: this is what I don't like about standard, at least not these days. Imagine taking a limited deck (draft or sealed) and playing some Arena-style games with it. You win, and bust a pack, and maybe add a few cards that augment your deck. If you did this enough, you could eventually lead up to the sorts of decks that populate standard: Boss Naya, Jund, U/W control, and so on. Every card you add, every change from that first draft deck to Boss Naya would be an improvement. You could trace back the evolved history of your deck, and see a monotonic strengthening.

So what? Well, I realized that not every deck could be similarly reconstructed! Try to imagine generating a Tendrils or 2-land belcher deck, iteratively, one or two cards at a time, from a draft deck (remember, you only get new cards if you win!). You could never do it. Ritual effects are SO BAD as 1-ofs (I guess I'll make a Black Lotus exception), that you could never make that leap to where you have enough that they (and Tendrils) become good. Same with Dredge, or Enchantress decks, or even some exotic flavors of control or aggro.

So, all decks are designed, we know this. But some decks are evolve-able, by processes like the one described above. And there are some decks that are un-evolve-able, and the fact is that standard right now is almost exclusively evolve-able decks. That is what I dislike about it! I like a format with decks that could ONLY have been designed, that could never arise from similar but weaker decks. They haven't printed very many cards in this vein lately, and they certainly haven't pushed them the way they have pushed mechanics like simple removal spells. I miss seeing cards and thinking, "What am I supposed to DO with this?" and then going to work figuring it out. These cards haven't gone away entirely (Hive Mind! Open the Vaults!) but they just don't make up a respectable slice of standard, and I dislike that.
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« Reply #117 on: April 02, 2010, 02:34:54 am »

Hmm, that's funny, i just dislike all the jund mirrors  Smile
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« Reply #118 on: April 09, 2010, 08:26:33 pm »

To oversimplify, it sounds like you're a Johnny/Spike and they haven't been making competitive Johnny cards.
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« Reply #119 on: April 10, 2010, 01:51:41 pm »

Eh, not really. If every good deck was doing some intricate thing and simple creature combat was not viable, I'd be just as upset.

I don't think my objections fall anywhere on the johnny/spike/timmy axis.
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