• Vintage 101: Spoiled Rivals

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    Spoiled Rivals
    It's 2018! Welcome to the future, Vintage peeps! Spoilers for Rivals of Ixalan have been trickling out and the Magic community awaits each new nugget of precious information like an excited puppy waiting for its master. As always is the case with new Standard releases, Eternal format aficionados must carefully sort through each spoiler looking for diamonds in the rough. So far I'm not seeing much that appears to have potential, but the community has been discussing a few of the new spells. Let's take a look at the cards people are talking about!

    https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/vintage-101-spoiled-rivals

    posted in Vintage News
  • RE: Induced Amnesia

    @kistrand

    Why not Nature’s Claim rather than Active Volcano? Ray of Revalation? Have you tried Abjure or Hatching Plans?

    posted in Single-Card Discussion
  • RE: [Podcast] SMIP # 74: The 2017 Year in Review & "Moxies" Award Show

    I finally finished the podcast and wanted to comment that I really enjoyed the Star Wars commentary. I would encourage you both to include this sort of discussion in the future whenever you feel compelled. I could have listened to another hour of it, and those that don’t need it, can easily avoid. I’m glad you didn’t trim it, though I do think you could have structured it better. You both alluded to some things you wanted to discuss, but some of them never got talked about,

    I will say that at the end of the day, I think the polarization of this film largely comes down to how they handled Luke (with a smaller subdivision hating the Rose/Finn subplot). You both mentioned wanting and desiring a badass Master Jedi Luke beatdown, but instead we got 30min of Luke telling Rey to “go away.” Two of my friends absolutely loved seeing the broken and failed Luke, while I on the other hand was devastated with seeing that (especially after having to see a broken and failed Han Solo in TFA).

    This probably goes back to a childhood of wishing everyday that Lucas would reunite the original cast, clinging to every rumor of episodes 7-9 through the 80s and 90s. Wishing to see those heroes in action just one last time. This desire was even further reinforced with everything from writing term papers on Star Wars to backpacking through Tunisia to follow in Luke’s footsteps (side note: I highly, highly recommend this to the intrepid when Tunisia is safe again. You will understand a ton more about George Lucas’s inspiration). So needless to say, I sometimes wish they hadn’t even brought Han, Luke, and Leia back, just to see them like this. What was the point?

    I would imagine that you guys largely agree in some regard, as the only argument for the inclusion of the original cast is “to burn the past,” and yet, even here, you guys spent the entire portion of the podcast speaking about Luke, Yoda, Sidious, Kylo and Rey (which let’s be honest, is Luke 2.0 and Anakin 2.0- which is fine, I love them) and essentially zero mention of Poe, Finn, Rose. This is pretty representative of this trilogy’s lack of cohesion.

    Which is where my biggest issue lies. This film only needed a handful more Luke scenes to make his contribution purposeful. A few more Yoda-like training sessions, or a badass confrontation at the end (I loved the astral projection at the time, until I found out he died doing it). But I think we can see that the whole point of Luke in LJ was purposeless. This is evident by something that nobody seems to be discussing. Luke offered to teach her three lessons, but I remember leaving the theater wondering what the third one was? Later research shows that the third lesson scene ending up on the cutting room floor!

    THE LAST LIVING JEDI MASTER ONLY HAS THREE LESSONS TO IMPART TO REY, AND ONE OF THEM IS CUT FROM THE MOVIE?????!!!!! How short-sighed is this? How lazy is it when writing the Luke scenes (perhaps the most anticipated and important scenes of the movie) that they couldn’t get three lessons out of him? These should have been the three biggest moments of the trilogy (much like the quotables from Yoda/Luke training), and an excellent chance to build on our knowledge of the force.

    Unlike you guys, I don’t think I’ll need to watch this movie too many more times. I didn’t get much out of it in subsequent viewings that I didn’t get out of the first, other than the gulf widending for my appreciation of any scene with Luke/Rey/Kylo versus every other scene. I still think it’s one of the most beautiful SW films and has some of the most powerful scenes, but I do expect to be skipping through most of the film.

    I probably over-venerate Han and Luke, but as you guys mentioned SW has become almost a religion. If we had had a handful of other films with Ford and Hamill, I’d be more open to the whole “flawed hero thing,” but being as I waited almost 35 yrs for their sunset ride, it seems rather depressing. This did nothing for the legacies of two of the most memorable heroes in sci-fi history. I would have preferred their further adventures in my imagination. TFA gave me a ton of things to ponder. Last Jedi has given me very few. Maybe you truly can never go back.

    Oops, it appears I’ve used my allotted word count for the month! :) Anyway, great discussion Kevin and Steve. I enjoyed it.

    (Disclaimer: I too have stayed spoiler free for both films, and was probably the only person in America that didn’t see the Han death scene coming in TFA, so I might be a little oversensitive to these deaths, and maybe why after seeing the disappointing twilight years of Han, needed a huge Luke moment. Even now, two years later my wife likes to remind me how much consoling she did to me during our drive home from The Force Awakens :) It was a tough night. I hope they at least give Han’s death purpose in the final film.

    posted in Vintage News
  • RE: Induced Amnesia

    @kistrand

    Yes maybe in a vacuum, Outcome presents an easier path to take if your mission is just sleeve something up and draw cards.

    So just to be clear, you also experienced drawing a lot of cards with Induced Amnesia? You just didn’t have mana?

    posted in Single-Card Discussion
  • RE: October 17, 2017 Banned & Restricted announcement

    I would not restrict anything this round based upon data I compiled. I would unrestrict Fastbond if I were the DCI.

    posted in Vintage Community
  • RE: [Podcast] SMIP # 74: The 2017 Year in Review & "Moxies" Award Show

    Please recommend (ideally on twitter) cards you want us to cover in our Rivals of Ixalan set review. If you don’t speak up, we can’t promise we will cover a card you are interested in.

    posted in Vintage News
  • RE: [Podcast] SMIP # 74: The 2017 Year in Review & "Moxies" Award Show

    @thecravenone said in [Podcast] SMIP # 74: The 2017 Year in Review & "Moxies" Award Show:

    @hierarchnoble said in [Podcast] SMIP # 74: The 2017 Year in Review & "Moxies" Award Show:

    "What should have been a discussion of what each person took away from the movie was instead [Steve] trying to win an argument and prove that his point was the right point. It was way too aggressive. He took something that should have been a friendly debate about each of their assumptions and tried to turn his assumptions into fact. It reminds me of the lawyers I work with that can't help themselves but approach even casual discussions as something to win. I hope he didn't mean to belittle [Kevin]."

    This happens in their Magic discussion all the time, too.

    It might be because she has less context for the Magic stuff versus the Star Wars stuff. It might be for one of the reasons that @Smmenen listed. Either way I wanted to pass that information along and it has not detracted from my own enjoyment of this episode (beyond when I can listen to it, obviously) and I enjoy it.

    posted in Vintage News
  • RE: Induced Amnesia

    @kistrand

    My list sucks. I just slapped it together pretty much. I opted for a Painter shell so that Abjure and Pyroblast have more range.

    posted in Single-Card Discussion
  • RE: Induced Amnesia

    Playing this card in a league right now. Initial impressions are really impressive. First one goes for about 5-7 cards. Second one draws about 9, and the third one is for 15 (game). Reminds me of Paradoxical in the way that they chain into each other for more and more cards. It's also hard to interact with. The best card it seems against it is Leyline of the Void. The best card to counter is Perilous Research.

    posted in Single-Card Discussion
  • RE: Vintage Feelings

    @joshuabrooks No worries, I'm not about to sell out unless something personally bad happens (like I'm about to lose my house, I can' feed my family, someone in my family is really sick, that kind of thing). It was a thought that crossed my mind after the frustrations with the vintage community.

    I do love Vintage and there are some people here that make up for the negativity.

    I do generally play other formats. The format I actually play the most is EDH/Commander. I play that most days at work with a few coworkers and generally have a blast playing. Especially when we get together after work and shoot the shit. Nothing like playing some games with a few friends bullshitting the whole time.

    I do still enjoy following magic. I love watching videos on Channel fireball, catching player streams, and watching Pro Tours/SCG/Grand Prixs.

    I really want to try out cube. I'm going to actually proxy the whole Vintage Online Cube (edit it as I go along) and try to get some friends together to jam it. I have no feeling to build the whole cub out with real cards. Maybe one day, but I'll need to own more than one dual land (a bayou).

    posted in Off-Topic

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