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WotC seem to be wasting a lot of reprint equity with this set, and I’m wondering why they have decided they need to do so now, in the last quarter of the fiscal year. None of the reasons I can think of say particularly good things about the current health of the game.

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MSRP is $335 for a box, $14 for a pack. Obvious cash grab.

posted in Vintage Community read more

I've been reading discussions on recent restrictions, Paradoxical Outcome, Workshop, etc. There has been a lot of talk on whether restricting, semi-restricting or unrestricting some cards would promote or kill a diverse meta.

What I don't see amidst all this discussion, although I think could be helpful for promoting a diverse and healthy meta, is a consideration of semi-semi-restricting cards, in addition to full restrictions and semi-restrictions. A semi-semi-restricted card would be allowed as a three-of or less in a deck.

Full semi-restriction is a bit extreme compared to non-restriction. There is quite a bit of difference in a card's influence over deck construction between when it is a 4-of and when it is a 2-of. When a deck has 4 of a certain card, that card has structural influence over the deck. When a deck has 2 of a certain card, that card does not have much of an influence over the structure and feel of the deck. Some of the semi-restricted cards, although powerful enough to break the game consistently when unrestricted, become just another card that might be useful to draw once in a while when semi-restricted. The decks that were centered around such cards when they were unrestricted become largely useless when they are semi-restricted.


Jokes aside, I don’t want the DCI to have to solve the metagame for us. If a card is problematic, they don’t have to figure out if it would maybe be fine as a two-of or three-of. Either the metagame can handle a card, in which case it’s allowed as a four-of, or it can’t, in which case is restricted. No micromanagement necessary.

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@stormanimagus You still have to pass the turn when you have the combo.

posted in Art and Collecting read more

I keep my power in the games cupboard, in the deck box of whatever deck I played last.

posted in Vintage Tournaments read more

Full proxy Vintage in Groningen, the Netherlands next Sunday.

Location: Proeflokaal Hooghoudt, Gedempte Zuiderdiep 61, 9711 HC, Groningen, Netherlands
Date: July 15, 2018
Doors open 11:30 AM
Event begins 12:00 AM
Entry: €5
REL: Regular
Playtest Cards: As many as you like; be considerate of your opponents.

https://www.facebook.com/events/636006313401856/

(Note that Core Set 2019 releases that weekend, so if you want to play Meteor Golem for some reason, you can.)

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Black also gives Goblins access to Earwig Squad which is just a beast of a card.

posted in Rules QnA read more

L1 Judge here. If I were called to the situation you described in your first post, I’d rule that player B’s explanation is correct: Player A putting their Gisela in the graveyard indicates that they chose to apply the damage doubling effect first, which is a legal choice for them to make. Player B’s choice of applying the damage reduction effect first is also legal, so there’s nothing to do here: Player A’s Gisela is dead, Player B’s Gisela is alive, and they can continue with the game.

Note that it doesn’t matter whether Player A knew that they could choose in which order they apply the replacement effects. Player B gets an advantage for having a superior knowledge of the rules, but that’s how competitive Magic works.

posted in Vintage Tournaments read more

The venue would like to know how many people they can expect. So if you are planning to come to this event, please leave a message on TMD or attend the event on Facebook. Thanks!

Also, please let me know if you plan to play Dredge, because as it stands now it looks like I won’t need to bring Tormod’s Crypts. 😉

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In the last edition of our Vintage Quarterly, the Shops decks dominated. Will you beat ’em or join ’em?

Location: Proeflokaal Hooghoudt, Gedempte Zuiderdiep 61, 9711 HC Groningen, Netherlands
Date: March 11, 2018
Doors open 11:30 AM
Event begins 12:00 AM
Entry: €10
REL: Regular
Playtest Cards: As many as you like; be considerate of your opponents.