The trick that has been around for many years is Nev's Disk with Hurkyl's Recall. You activate the disk and put the effect on the stack then cast Hurkyl's Recall to get back your disk and any other artifacts that would have gotten blown up.
@joshuabrooks I agree with you that people have to learn lessons. Maybe learning a lesson by losing $100,000 is a bit much? What bothers me most though is that the scammer would win with $100,000 in their pocket. What kind of lesson does the scammer learn? They would learn that they can get rich easily by taking advantage of people. Then other bad people will see what the scammer has done and then you have more people doing scams. And then it cascades from there, repeating this same process over and over, creating thousands of scams. Lets stop it now while we still can.
@protoaddict quadromes - still enter tapped, add 4 colors. That'd make them better than triomes, but still not always better than duals.
I am entirely unsure if that is true or not. I mean the issue is not actually the dual lands, but the existence of the fetches, because the fetches are the primary reason we care about the land type other than Gush. Period. The fetches were a mistake, not sure if that genie can ever be put back in the bottle.
Remove the fetches from the equation and the ways you could print new duals in a variety of ways opens up in a huge manner.
@desolutionist if you're looking for more advanced play, I like the new Challenger decks. They're a great way to capture Standard feel.
If your looking for the most basic stuff, like REALLY basic, to teach, Open House decks are awesome (don't know how you can get'em during pandemic, but maybe someone has a few to sell on eBay?).
Other than that I'd go with Jumpstart, like people said here, or Duel Decks seem fine.
Both versions have infinite mana and a 1-spell-per-turn limitation. Both draft 60 card decks from a pile though. A shared zone game is great, and the 200 card deck keeps things interesting enough game after game. The balance between colors also helps.
Just wondering about "Joker" its numbered 5 but in the 3 position is it 3 or 5? You also call it a Zeitgeist movie. Do you mean Zeitgeist the German word or Zeitgeist the Marvel comic char? -either works oddly enough.
@desolutionist It seems to me that your beef with Vintage is more a change in your perspective in life overall. If you're looking forward to spending more of your free time on family and business and only occasionally playing magic, then the game as a whole is likely becoming a lower priority to things that matter more in the grand scheme.
The obvious endgame here is for WotC to dramatically cut paper print runs (leaving just enough product for Limited), and to instead sell packs on MTGA and chase rares/mythics as singles (in both paper and digital). This reduces their manufacturing costs by something like 10-100x for future sets and as a bonus allows them to capture some of the existing secondary market by occasionally reprinting non-rotating-format staples.
(Incidentally, if you don't spot the role of the LGS in the above plan, you aren't looking closely enough at the figure squirming under the wheels of the bus.)
So not to be that guy, but someone over at WOTC had to have done some sort of SWOT analysis to determine how much this would raise the bottom line vs hurt distributors and LGS, and based on the data made the call that this would be net positive for them in the long run, even if some stores took a hit. Likewise when they decided to sell direct via Amazon and remove the MSRP. All of these are moved to bring the game more in house and not to rely on middlemen, agree with the methodology or not.
Also, WOTC has sold "singles" before. Any deck with a fixed list is basically just that, so nothing new there. I remember buying commander decks just to get True Name Nemesis, not to mention the FTV and Comiccon sets which are closer parallels except without the limited supply. Doing it direct is the big thing and that very likely hurts distributors and super huge magic shops like SSG.
Ultimately what you see as throwing LGSes under the bus is really just them being good late stage capitalists in a publicly traded company and concerning themselves with quarterly results. I concur that this probably is yet another thing that is going to erode faith in them, but the short term gains are what they are pretty much on the hook to hit. Maybe if the LGSes around the world formed some sort of union, as they do provide the labor to run the events and such that is part of the lifeblood of the game, they would have a little more say in plans like this.