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The Magic Market Index for Oct 13, 2017
The World of Kamigawa
Treasure Cruisin' - Manaless Dredge
  • posted a message on UB-Evergreen Keyword Suggestions
    Quote from Dusk707 »
    What about an Anticipate effect? Example: envision x (look at the top x cards of your library, put one into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order). It feels more blue, but black can envision by sacing a creature, paying life, or discarding a card. It provides something both colors do in card selection and can can easily fit on creatures: either as combat damage=envision or blocked=envision.

    Example cards:
    Visionary Monk 1U
    Creature - Human Monk
    When ~ enters the battlefield, envision 2

    Seer of the Beyond 4UU
    Creature - Sphinx
    When ~ enters the battlefield or attacks, envision 4

    Demonic Mind Games 2BB
    Sacrifice a creature or discard a card: envision x, where x is the creature’s or discarded card’s converted mana cost

    Demented Apprentice 1BB
    Creature - Human Wizard
    Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery you may pay 2 life. If you do, envision 2.

    Technically what you're suggesting is an action word, not a keyword. Maybe I'm just being pedantic and an action word fits the bill as well as a keyword does, but I think that this thread is looking more for something a card has rather than something a card does.

    As far as the mechanic itself goes, the fact that the mechanic is always better than "draw a card" makes it extremely difficult to balance, considering that you're stapling Sleight of Hand to a bunch of cards. Hell, the most similar creature to the sphinx is friggin' Dragonlord Ojutai, which is an indicator of strong this kind of mechanic is. Not to mention, it's one of those ideas that doesn't fit as well into black.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Un-Commanders
    Quote from chochky »
    Cake Day 1WW
    As long as it's your birthday, you can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.
    5, Give Cake Day's owner a birthday present: Exile Cake Day. Only an opponent may activate this ability. (The present must be wrapped.)

    And its flavor text will errata away that darned candy loophole.

    I'm surprised at how many of the creatures in OP's post could actually exist in black border land. Wren Cloak is the most silver border of any, with its dual rarity and rarity-matters theme, and Erin is probably too wacky to exist in black border. All of the rest actually could work in black border land, except for a little non-standard terminology.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Non-Oona Faerie commander
    There is one red faerie, but that's besides the point. As far as other commander options go, Wydwen, the Biting Gale is in Oona's colors but features a different kind of playstyle, Vendilion Clique is a powerful mono-blue option, and Rubinia Soulsinger at least gives you other color options.

    If you care more about finding a commander for a Sultai faerie deck rather than just matching creature types, Damia, Sage of Stone is a powerful control commander, though other options do venture away from the fae deck strategy. Leovold, Emissary of Trest would be perfect if he weren't banned.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Nighthawk Cycle
    Quote from WenSon »

    so who tells this wizards so we get this printed ?

    You probably weren't being serious here, but, legally speaking, nobody at Wizards can pick up and use custom cards found on these kinds of sites. You'll find some real mechanics predicted by people who make custom cards as well as some very similar designs, but that's nothing more than statistically likely coincidence. Even community-designed cards like Waste Not had to go through a rigid process with lots of red tape.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Mardu kill demon (a better noxious gearhulk)
    This could easily pass as a mono-black or Orzhov creature. It would make more sense as a Mardu creature if it had lifelink and just dealt damage to the destroyed creature's controller instead.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Here's how they could do vanilla matters
    Discussing this on a MTG forum might be taboo, but, incidentally, Yu-Gi-Oh executed a vanilla mechanic by printing a bunch of effect monsters that counted as normal monsters. While I'm not suggesting you ape YGO's design choices, you could spice up your set by having some of the design space normally dedicated to vanilla creatures be taken up by creatures that Humble themselves, effectively. If your vanilla-matters cards work in the same way as Muraganda Petroglyphs, they'll basically count creatures that have lose their abilities the same as naturally vanilla creatures, avoiding the pitfalls the mechanic would normally have.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on From the Vault: Transform
    I don't understand what the point of this set is. There is only, what, 50 transform cards total? (I don't have the means to search for all the transform cards right now) It is like doing a best of album for a band that has only released two records. Whyyyyyyyyyyy

    Keep in mind that these are cards that have minimal chance at reprint outside of other DFC sets and maybe a DFC heavy masters set because they're logistically locked out of regular sets and precons. While calling an expensive FTV set a reprint is a big stretch, this is as close to one as we're likely to get without a concerted effort to boost the number of DFC in circulation.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Red Mill?
    There's a really great way to take advantage of this kind of mechanic, but it's not mill. Though, I guess Nekusar decks do mill out opponents with some level of frequency.

    That said, forcing your opponent to discard randomly created color pie concerns in an otherwise red mechanic. Mono Red doesn't get purely offensive random dsicard effects unless they entail some sort of risk to its user. There are only two nonblack red cards that force your opponent to discard at random, and they're both symmetrical. This is just one of those mechanics that jump into another color's pie when you make a symmetrical effect one-sided or a self-hurting drawback into an offensive mechanic.

    What I'm saying is that this isn't red and isn't mill.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Wurmheaded Hydra
    More like a ridiculously mathy design. On that thought, it would be funny to see an Un-card that forces players to make increasingly complex computations to figure out what the card does.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Duel Decks: Merfolk Vs Goblin
    Quote from Dontrike »
    Yes, I understand they've used it on ONE card since saying that it's barely going to be used, but we have two cards that are practically the same, Master of the Pearl Trident and Lord of Atlantis, both clearly work for this product and change nothing about the gameplay for either deck, and yet one could use a reprint far more. We all know DD isn't made for collectors in mind, but why not hit two birds with one stone? The deck stays the same for casuals, but there's something for the collectors or those finding a quick and easy way to find a few cards for a merfolk deck.

    This is one of those cases where doing the later would have pleased more people and potentially meant more product being sold, thanks to a card that hasn't seen a modern border printing ever. It just seems strange to not take the chance for something like this, especially when Lord of Atlantis cannot be easily reprinted while Master of the Pearl Trident is a bit easier to reprint.

    For Wizards, like all for-profit companies, pleasing its customers is merely a means to an end to making money. Sure, they could stuff a valuable reprint into a $25 combo pack worth a full 1/3 of its MSRP, but why sell more combo packs when they can make even more money saving it for a Masters product? I've said this to other people hoping for extremely generous "needed" reprints and will say it again: remember who we are dealing with. This company actually has a rather consistent reprint policy, and learning it will let you know what to expect instead of getting up in arms when your high-priced reprint doesn't show up in a product it had no chance of being in.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Duel Decks: Merfolk Vs Goblin
    Quote from Dontrike »
    Quote from thatmarkguy »
    If they want these cards getting into the hands of newer players (they do), they want said players getting the cards that are templated like newer cards. Lords-that-don't-care-about-control aren't cards they want newer players learning from. Given the choice, they'll print the one that they want players learning is 'normal templating' - the one that only affects "(creatures of subtype) you control".

    It's also a decent idea to teach players about past cards as well so they are not confused about things that they have a decent chance of seeing from any Magic Youtube personality or by going to their first Modern event or even in a kitchen table environment. Protection isn't really a thing Magic does anymore and yet the face card uses protection, so if we go by the "normal templating" thing it doesn't exactly fly.

    Well, Wizards obviously isn't trying to protect new players from outdated templates, but that certainly doesn't make them obligated to reprint cards with them. Duel Decks, despite being a reprint product, aren't targeted at collectors, so it makes sense that Wizards prioritize more recent design over more desired reprints. By the way, retired keywords such as protection aren't quite on the same level as symmetrical lords, and their absence is not a template choice, as opposed to, say, the difference between Spirit Link and Lifelink. Emrakul, the Promised End is proof of that.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on New Magic Logo -- Effective starting in Dominaria 2018
    Quote from Watchwolf »
    I think you are afraid of something that isn't going to happen, but has been happening for years now. It's not like Magic is suddenly gonna turn its whole brand upside down in 2018 and turn into something else. It's more like the logo is finally catching up to a transformation it's been going through since, like, Mirrodin. Nothing about the game is actually going to be changing any more than it has been, so don't worry so much. Do you like what MTG embodies today, disregarding the logo? If you do, then you will probably continue to. The new logo is not signifying the start of a change, but more of a retrospective of how far it's already come.

    You're right about that. If anything, this new logo is most emphatically not a change made "for the sake of change." Rather, it's an extremely logical next step in a chain of changes designed to keep Magic current, whether that be a new border, a new font, a shift in how story is told in this game, or the game's overall design philosophy.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dryad arbor + manland activation during block
    No. All blockers must be declared simultaneously. If you tap a manland for mana before you declare blockers, it cannot block, and if you tap it after you block, it can't animate any other blockers.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on New Magic Logo -- Effective starting in Dominaria 2018

    Me and my friends use plenty of this. Thank god they are with the old logo. Imagine how ugly they would be with this new logo.

    I mean, yeah, the new logo won't look good on a grey background, but the old/current logo looks hideous on yellow and orange backgrounds, too. I'm still trying to parse real issues with the new logo apart from the general kneejerk reactions that changes of any quality receive, but I'm sure that "looks bad on a same-color background" falls into the latter category.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Duel Decks: Merfolk Vs Goblin
    I love how they decided to give the goblins 3 copies of Ghostfire to justify Master of Waves.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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