Is it that difficult to ignore people? If somebody spams you with PMs, isn't that harassment and cause for moderator action in and of itself?
I don't think we need Vintage safe spaces so that we only have to hear the opinions of people who agree with us.
There are multiple Chinese sources and some are much better than others. With most modern cards (like the Elspeth above), the difference is obvious. With the older stuff, it's not. I handed my father in law who deals in high-end baseball cards a mint Legends Sylvan Library and a Chinese Sylvan to see if he could tell the difference. He found one: the fake is too glossy. The internet has found a way around this: there are tested ways to simulate aging and break down the gloss. It's especially difficult to tell with Beta cards since Beta was such a crappy printing to begin with. I'll get high-res scans of a Chinese Demonic Tutor next to my Beta Demonic Sunday night or Monday. There's no meaningful difference in the printing.
The light test is NOT reliable any longer. The Chinese can't get authentic blue core card stock, but they can get authentic black core from the same company WotC buys from. A card can't pass both the light test and the tear test, but are you really going to tear test the Black Lotus you just bought?
The most comprehensive examination I'm aware of can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/bootlegmtg
Also, it appears that a new set of fake Beta duals and Unlimited power is out in the last two weeks. I would strongly urge anyone seeking to buy any card that might be from this new printing to familiarize themselves with what tests still work before making any major purchases.
Yes, it's silver-bordered. My question is, would this be Vintage playable? Assuming you're willing to spend half as much on your Nerf blaster as on your Force of Wills, you can probably discharge 144 darts.
Downside, you have to pick up 144 darts.
My thought is that you can't reliably cast a 5 mana sorcery, but that it would reliably do 20 damage.
Ultimately, this isn't about what's best for the game. This is about California law. It's easy to get emotionally invested, but the fact is that the game is fundamentally intertwined with the law because it can't exist without strong copyright and trademark protections. It thrives in part because of a massive and unregulated secondary market without any of the usual protections or restrictions.
Ultimately, Magic will be a bubble that pops. The cards simply aren't "worth" their ascribed values. Unlike a dollar that has guaranteed value as a means of paying American taxes, nobody is sitting around guaranteeing the value of Black Lotuses or aggressively hunting down counterfeiting operations. In fact, we presently see counterfeiting operations increasing both their quality and rate of output over time. Unless Wizards agrees to be a buyer of last resort for authentic Magic cards and guarantees buy prices, a card is only "worth" the cost of producing an undetected forgery. The cost is dropping and so is the rate of detection.
If you're going to get up in arms about anything, it shouldn't be the relationship between Wizards and judges. It should be that Wizards isn't making an effort to make Black Lotus harder to counterfeit. The treasury actively takes older, more easily counterfeited bills out of circulation. Wizards is making zero attempt to remove Beta cards from circulation and replace them with cards with stronger anti-counterfeiting protections.
@Brass-Man Just to be clear, it's entirely legal to buy counterfeits in the US. You just can't gift/sell/trade/represent them as the real thing. This isn't a legal gray area. The New York Times specifically researched this in the context of Chinese counterfeit clothing. We shouldn't antagonize WotC, but we also shouldn't misrepresent the law.
Even if WotC were to sue, the existence of the reserve list means they can't claim a dollar in lost sales from any number of counterfeit Black Lotus. They're actually in a worse position to press a claim than the clothing manufacturers who directly compete with counterfeits.
@Topical_Island Which is itself dubious. 2B Jester's Cap with a 5/3 body attached remains strong, but the cost of swinging with a Goblin or Rogue keeps going up. We haven't gotten a decent Gob in a while, though we do have some interesting Rogues. This is probably as bad as Gobs have been since the printing of Earwig Squad. Walking Ballista is a nightmare for a deck full of 1/1s.
One of the things that's hard to communicate to folks who aren't used to playing Gobs is how grindy most games are. Getting a 4/4 every-ish turn, often with a tutor attached, wins grindy games in ways that something vulnerable to StP and other spot removal wouldn't.
@13nova I think you're very confused. Wizards intentionally has gone many years without printing a new, playable Goblin specifically because they were so oppressive in Legacy. Moreover, they would be oppressive in Legacy if Goblin Recruiter was unbanned. Food Chain isn't in Modern.
As to the removal and combo you listed, Earwig Squads have always given Goblins a strongly favorable matchup against combo. It used to have a favorable matchup against Oath, but it always had a poor matchup against Brian Kelly. The removal you mention doesn't do anything against Squee or Food Chain.
To me, you have to consider this card in the context of Grixis Delver. You're going to want to be able to flip Gush, FoW, 8 CMC delve spells, and Gurmag/Tasigur. The question is, do you really want this guy over Dack Fayden or Vendilion Clique? I don't think you do. Menace basically only gives this evasion from Lodestone Golem. Thalia/Mentor/etc is always going to have a second critter to block with without losing value. Also, I might just play Dark Confidant and eat the damage if I think Grixis Delver is where I want to be.