Thank goodness for non-Magic finance people selling on eBay. Was able to pick up a Bazaar for $490 and a Library for $400 in the past couple weeks, and they arrived in nice shape. I don't mind taking a chance on deals when the pictures are fuzzy or low-ebay bidders considering Paypal usually rules in your favor when anything shady happens. Just need to be vigilant to find good prices I guess.
@stsung You bring up some good points here. My children generally enjoy modern and sealed events. I have let them try different formats, and they have different preferences. My daughter, who is 10, prefers sealed deck. Her favorite events are pre-releases. My 12-year old son loves EDH, and is a competent Modern player (he has won tournaments). My oldest, who is 15, loves Modern and drafts and has shown quite a bit of interest in Vintage. We steer clear of Standard because of the cost. I don't feel like forking out the dough to support 4 standard players while trying to keep up with the rotating sets. Not only that, but we don't have time to play tournaments every week. If we play the less frequent events, we sort of self-regulate and maintain balance in our activities that way (they are involved in athletics as well). The eternal formats also make the most sense for us, because I already own the cards.
This thread has inspired me to finish updating some Vintage decks to play with. Last night I built Standstill, Gush Mentor, Eldrazi, and a UR welder deck. Looks like I'll be jamming some Vintage with the kids this weekend!
@Princess_Power yeah, it does just seem like neither of them considered it possible to fill up the hand and discard. Kai even mentioned how he was scared when he passed back and Owen still got another turn, but then it didn't matter so he assumed that it didnt work.
they could only do it in vintage masters or a similar set. in Standard right now they are afraid to print a Rampant Growth as mana acceleration is just too powerful. there's no way a colorless mox would be fine, even if it came into play tapped. hell, if it had suspend: 1 and ETB tapped, it would probably be one of the most powerful cards in Standard right now. accelerating into TKS and reality smasher is just insanely powerful. printing a 6th, colorless mox just for vintage would probably be fine. at some point you're just mox-flooded and adding another one doesn't break thinks. although at some point the 1-land-belcher deck would be too powerful. but I doubt allowing a single copy of a 6th mob would be enough to push that over the edge.
Hey, I'm the author of the program that automates combos on MTGO. I came to the conclusion that without official support from WOTC (which could come in many forms) these types of programs can never be fully functional and bug free enough for the average player to use them. I removed the script because I didn't want to spend time to updating a program every week that didn't work in a large number of cases.
For example, the Bomberman combo script didn't work if you had a Monastery Mentor in play. This is because Mentor creates a huge number of triggers which are impossible to automatically order and yield to. I believe tmdbrassman actually has a video on his stream demonstrating this. There are a bunch of other cases like this where tiny issues with card interactions or how the user had their MTGO interface set up made the program not work.
Sorry for the disappointing answer. I sincerely hope the ability to automate combos comes to MTGO in some form one day.
I guess if you get used to playing on Cockatrice you are all set. All you need to is find some Vintage players (seems there are plenty).
I from time to time play a match but even though I used to play on Cockatrice I can't concentrate on the game that well and mess up and that is why I rather play on MODO. but I wanted to try xmage to see the difference (haven't done that yet)
People usually play 'casually' so if there is something strange happening it is usually your opponent changing mind about his play or something similar and players do not tell you that your life total is supposed to be different or something. I usually add counters/change life with delay because I can't play properly on Cockatrice.
So to answer your question I have nothing against Cockatrice. It's all about the players.
It is easier to be wrong in Vintage than any other format. It’s also easier to argue you actually are right. As a result, what people believe to be true is usually more relevant than the actual reality.
We're about to draft it at our office too. That being said, outside of picking up Wastelands on MODO and wanting this Cabal Therapy art in non-foil, the set didn't really interest me outside of drafting.
@Brass-Man That is a good point... after Lodestonegate I can't even imagine what would happen if they intervened with this card... I wonder what ever happened to all those dudes who just gave up on magic when Shahhrazad got the ax. On the other hand, it is curious that Intervention isn't in top 8s more... one would think more guys would be drawn to a card of that power level.