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Old 04-27-2018, 10:24 AM
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My read at the moment is that you will need to spend if you want to play a lot of draft or if you want to build a wide variety of high tier decks very quickly. I've just been poking along playing for free and felt no great need to shell out for more packs than what I've gotten. As Yangus notes the economy is nowhere near final tuning, though, so we'll see.
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Old 04-27-2018, 12:43 PM
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I would definitely feel more invested in the game's economy if we didn't already know there would be an account wipe after closed beta. As it is now I'm not really that concerned with doing the daily grind. But if the economy now was the real thing, I'd probably be inclined to spend the $5 to draft once on a weekend and then spend my grinded gold on boosters for a while. Hopefully they keep the (money) cost of drafting pretty low. You can earn a good amount of boosters now just from winning a handful of games per day, and that's always been their goal for daily playing.
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Old 04-27-2018, 03:50 PM
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Hey, my first 7-win finish on Quick Constructed. I pulled nothing!
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Old 04-27-2018, 10:01 PM
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Okay yeah, doubling the amount of gold from quests feels so much better. I wasn't able to play since Wednesday so I had 3 stockpiled quests and got my 4 daily wins today and that got me 2 boosters by itself, plus some more gold I had got me another 1.
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Old 04-29-2018, 10:22 PM
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From my early Dominaria packs, I got Oath of Teferi so I decided to make a UW control deck, so I also crafted Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. A guy at the pre-release pulled that combo against me (he also had a Howling Golem and a Baird, Steward of Argive so I'm not entirely sure I believe how good his sealed pool was). But I haven't figured out what to fill the rest of my deck with yet that doesn't require tons or Rares, so it's not exactly a good deck. I had a mirror match against a Second Sun deck though and that was terribly painful. If I had enough (Mythic) Rare Wildcards, I would go all-in on UW Historic and make Karn, Mishra's Self-Replicators, Powerstones, The Antiquities War...

But I've also started to figure out the hotkeys for priority in this game, so it's actually not that bad to auto-pass until they cast a spell and then also put a manual stop at the end of their turn if I want to Cycle or whatever. The only point to watch out for is that it only auto-pauses when they attempt to cast a spell and not during phase changes, so you can't do instant-speed combat removal that way, which is annoying but unavoidable.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:51 AM
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All the white removal/exile effects -- Cast Out, Seal Away, Ixalan's Binding, Baffling End -- are good. You don't have have to be afraid of a Scarab God at all. Regal Caracal is super good for clogging up the board and I think you should already have that in your collection by default.
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Old 05-01-2018, 10:01 AM
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I've been adapting to the Best-of-1 format in Arena and it really does change the Magic experience. For example: instead of getting frustrated from mana issues, I can just concede and play another match in like 15 seconds! It will be very interesting to see how this game changes once they introduce Best-of-3 games, given the pace of F2P card gaming being so quick because of Hearthstone. Best-of-1 really highlights how important sideboards are, though! But I'll take the positive spin of it instead and just be more willing to concede when I run into bad matchups and such.
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Old 05-02-2018, 01:41 PM
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Yeah, people have to do some odd things when they can't sideboard. Like run lots of random maindeck enchantment hate.

It's been fun to see Dominaria gradually filter out over the last several days. I played against UR Wizards just now, and he did okay, got great value out of Wizard's Lightning. I think the next thing I want to build is mono green, because that looks super fun. Elves, Ripjaw Raptor, Ghalta.
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Old 05-02-2018, 02:20 PM
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Update: my modestly janky mono green stompy is already mad fun, and I just played a guy on mono black Rat Colony! (He managed to get his rats up to 6/1 before Ghalta ate them all.)
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:34 AM
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Song of Freyalise + all the Saproling generators = can't stop the bum rush.
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:07 AM
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I've been cautiously approaching a return to Magic. I played in a Dominaria prerelease but mostly I've been playing electronically. After playing in Duels for a while I signed up for Arena and got in this past week. I'm really enjoying it, even though I haven't ventured too far from the preconstructed decks and I have a pretty modest win percentage. I'm digging white/blue control.

I signed up for a draft this morning and went 3-1 before I had to drop and go to work. A shame, too, since I was really happy with the deck and thought I could go far with it. I REALLY hope once it hits general release that drafts are more common and are at times that don't require me to miss work.
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:40 AM
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UW control is really strong in the Arena format and you can do a lot to upgrade it as you go. (I usually just concede as soon as I see someone drop an Irrigated Farmland or whatever.)
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:23 PM
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i built this saproling list yesterday in arena and it is hella fun.
https://aetherhub.com/Deck/Public?id=2235
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:19 AM
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you should run like two Ghaltas just for laughs
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:42 AM
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They're returning to Ravnica again
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:51 AM
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And it's for an old-time three-set block. This won't make Standard rotation any more confusing, not even a little bit.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:54 AM
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And it's for an old-time three-set block. This won't make Standard rotation any more confusing, not even a little bit.
Am I missing something? Shouldn't it just be Dominaria + Core 2018 + Ravnica once it drops?
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:00 PM
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Going by the article about the last major changes to the set size and standard cycle, once Ravnica hits, it'll be Ixalan + Dominaria + Core + Ravnica until the Fall 2019 set comes out.

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Old 05-20-2018, 04:03 PM
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I can quit Arena now as there will never be a more satisfying win: he had a Scarab God out and he had a Nezahal out and Ghalta kicked his fucking durdly fuckhead face in anyway.
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Old 05-23-2018, 11:32 AM
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I've been having fun in Arena with a pirate deck that also has the revel in riches alternate win condition. It is really satisfying to beat an Approach deck because I spell swindle their approach and load up on treasure. I've been winning most games I play with it in the ranked constructed, but have been generally doing poorly in quick constructed rarely getting to even 3 wins before losing. It is weird, I guess people bring different decks to the two modes, or are using ranked as a playtest or something. Or maybe the good players are all just farming QC, I dunno. I have had much better results in QC with my red aggro deck (like the 50% who aren't running UW Approach) but it isn't as satisfying a win.

I'm tempted to build it for real and bring it to a standard showdown event or something. Being able to sideboard a few of my card choices would help improve consistency. Plus it is pirates so is hella cheap.

I'm enjoying Magic again, hooray!

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Old 06-17-2018, 05:56 PM
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Man, ever since they added Kaladesh Arena is a killing floor. Either you will be blown out in four-six fast turns by BR aggro or you'll wait fifteen or twenty minutes until UW control decides to do something.

Also you will sometimes run into a joker playing Paradox Engine combo. Quit as soon as you see it. Not worth your time.
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Old 06-22-2018, 10:58 AM
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The full core 2019 spoiler is out and it looks like there could be some fun tribal shenanigans to be had. Cats and knights and angels, oh my!
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heya folks! my cohost and I are starting a gofundme campaign to launch a video series based on Brawl and EDH. If any of you want to chip in and help me out, i'd be eternally grateful!

https://www.gofundme.com/set-up-comm...?member=695138
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:12 AM
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Just saw that Shivam is going to the LRR pre-pre-release this Friday! Congrats! Have fun!
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:52 PM
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i'm unbelievably excited =)
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:53 PM
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For anybody who missed it, the PPR is up on YouTube:



And here’s the direct link to my favorite match of the day - Graham vs Shivam!


I’m seriously considering picking Simic for my prerelease kit now. That looked like a ton of fun.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:22 PM
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it was an absolute blast =)
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:35 AM
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so, uh, i'm on the commander rules committee now as an advisory member.
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Old 01-21-2019, 11:57 AM
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Please get rid of the need for your commander to be a legend.

(Honestly, it shouldn't even need to be a permanent, but I know I'm not winning that one)
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