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 on: Today at 01:41:46 AM 
Started by Chill79 - Last post by zeus-online
Seems hard to fake, cards where in great condition and the seal looks real.

 on: Today at 01:24:32 AM 
Started by Smmenen - Last post by hashswag
It feels like DT in decks that can reasonably expect to hit a wincon or two every 7 cards, such as Grixis. It doesn't feel like DT in decks that need to search for specific singletons at specific times, like Storm.

The analogy is too situational to say that they're actually similar cards. You could say that an EOT Dig is like a Yawg's will turn, since you have a load of options to work with, but limited mana and you lose access to a bunch of the cards that you can't immediately use. You could say It's like an instant speed Acall+Snap+Acall to find an answer, since you can't use lands/sorceries/etc to save you, etc.

 on: Today at 12:48:07 AM 
Started by Shock Wave - Last post by yugular
Did someone record any of this?

I would love to attend events like this, but I live in Europe which makes pretty much all time schedules poor for me Sad

 on: Today at 12:45:18 AM 
Started by Zherbus - Last post by thisfool
I've liked Sphinx of the Steel Wind in testing. Like many, I've been looking for ways to deal with the newly treasure-cruising delver decks. Though it's sometimes hard to get a welder online in this matchup, Sphinx has been a horse for me over a small sample thus far. It gets around Dack and Ancient Grudge; its enemies are Steel Sabotage, Hurkyl's, Jace, and Ice. I was occasionally able to hard cast it, even when my deck's only white sources were pearl and lotus. What do you think of this?

 on: Yesterday at 11:34:41 PM 
Started by Smmenen - Last post by Bibendum
Yes in a deck full of 4 of's you will usually hit what you want. Tiny bit different playing with the restricted list

 on: Yesterday at 11:22:10 PM 
Started by HappyNewyear - Last post by sirgog
Always be aware of which mainphase you cast your Cruise in.

I won a game recently where my opponent Force of Willed my lategame one-mana Treasure Cruise (precombat main). Rather than Mana Drain their Force, I Mana Drained my own Cruise, passed to postcombat main, and hardcast Blightsteel.

 on: Yesterday at 11:17:54 PM 
Started by Demonic Attorney - Last post by sirgog
Bluffing, and storm

1) You are playing a Tezzeret control deck and, on the play against an unknown opponent, draw a Mox heavy hand without much action. Think Sapphire-Jet-Island-Misty Rainforest-FoW-Blightsteel Colossus-Mana Drain.

Do you ever attempt to trick the opponent into believing you are playing a Storm deck, and try to make them FoW one of your Moxen?
If so, what out-of-game actions (such as announcing "Storm Count is one") and what in-game actions (such as fetching Underground Sea to bluff Dark Ritual) do you take to back up your bluff?

2) When you are not playing a ritual combo deck, do you ever carry around a life total pad that tells the story of a storm game on the page you have it open to prior to starting the match, in order to trick your opponent into making poor game 1 mulligan decisions?

 on: Yesterday at 10:29:32 PM 
Started by Smmenen - Last post by MTGFan
It's interesting that everyone's talking about Dig in terms of Demonic Tutor similarity.

From the best (or one of the 5 best) Magic players in the world right now:

Part of me actually believe that it was a mistake to print a card this powerful and that Dig Through Time will change the way we play all formats of Magic. I know it's great in Standard and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if it saw play in either Modern or Legacy. It's remarkably similar to just having double Demonic Tutor. It's also creates such a large advantage that you'll be able to leverage that into your next Dig Through Time.

 on: Yesterday at 10:09:35 PM 
Started by DaveKap - Last post by Samoht
I think Control Oath is favored heavily in G1, but a proper SB plan and MD configuration can make the match up swing back the other way into URg Delver's favor. Tarmogoyf is significantly better than Pyromancer in this match up as well.
Game 1 is about 50/50, and almost always revolves around the threat of Oath resolving.  I would actually call this one of the two matchups where Pyromancer is preferable over goyf, because Abrupt Decay is less relevant.

Game 1 is 80/20 in Oath's favor if they are competent. Goyf allows you to protect one threat and ride it home quickly. Pyromancer requires you commit to a board and lose at any point they can protect their Oath. AJ Grasso proved this to me through testing the match up extensively.

 on: Yesterday at 10:04:46 PM 
Started by Chill79 - Last post by Greg
Everybody and their mother sent me this video as soon as it went viral, especially friends of mine that don't play Magic but are fascinated with my interest in the franchise.

Before I even watched the video for myself, simply reading about how a Black Lotus and Tropical Island were opened in the same starter made me raise an eyebrow. I knew that the pairing of the rares did not "make sense" with how the product was packaged back then.

Black Lotus was "always" packaged with Lord of the Pit, and Tropical Island was "always" packaged with Bayou. (The latter is true in Revised starter decks, as well.) Many high end collectors and enthusiasts of Magic's early history are aware of how certain rares were packaged together based on the layout of the original sheets.

Something crossed my mind during all of this: Volcanic Island. Volcanic Island was accidentally omitted from the "Alpha" print run. It was then corrected with the "Beta" printing of the set. If you look at an uncut sheet of Beta, though, you'll see that Volcanic Island is somewhere in the middle of the sheet, which is a bit strange, as it was the only rare that was accidentally left off. (Circle of Protection: Black also didn't see an Alpha printing.) It's extremely likely that the entire rare sheet was reorganized, but there's no way of knowing, as no uncut sheets of Alpha (knowingly) exist. If the sheets were reorganized for Beta's printing, then it would explain how rares could have been packaged together differently in Alpha starters when compared to Beta starters.

Here's a picture of an uncut sheet of Beta:

Let's look at a couple of things.

Cards that I highlighted in one yellow box represent cards that were visually documented as being opened together out of an Alpha, Beta, or Unlimited starter deck that are contiguous on a sheet of Beta.

1. Tropical Island and Bayou (Alpha starter)
2. Deathlace and Fork (Beta starter)
3. Time Walk and Underground Sea (Beta starter)
4. Savannah and Mox Ruby (Unlimited starter)
5. Ankh of Mishra and Howling Mine (Beta starter)
6. Warp Artifact and Granite Gargoyle (Alpha starter)
7. Deathlace and Fork, again (Alpha starter)
8. Black Lotus and Lord of the Pit (See below)

(There is no video documentation of a Black Lotus being opened alongside a Lord of the Pit, but there are stories and forum posts dating years back of people telling about how they opened up a Lord of the Pit and Black Lotus together. These were random people who likely had no reason to lie. It was also before the popularization of filming sealed product being opened. Even if people were lying, it's hard to imagine that people that would stoop to lying would accurately know about the ordering of rares... and if they wanted to make up a great story, wouldn't they have chosen the neighboring Mox Emerald instead of the Lord of the Pit?)

Cards that I highlighted in a color besides yellow are pairs of rares that were visually documented as being opened together out of an Alpha or Beta starter deck that are not contiguous on the sheet.

1. Winter Orb and Mind Twist (Beta starter)
2. Braingeyser and Tundra (Alpha starter)
3. Black Lotus and Tropical Island (Alpha starter)
4. Dingus Egg and Living Artifact (Alpha starter)
5. Taiga and Fastbond (Alpha starter)

For argument's sake, let's just assume the videos are real. I have an incredibly hard time imagining that the video in question (or any of them, for that matter) are faked, as the cards are all ridiculously crisp and consistent with one another in condition and printing similarities. This would be rather tricky to fake, especially since there's really no fantastic "gain" in fabricating something like this.

All of the rares that were opened together that weren't contiguous with each other are from Alpha starters, with the exception of Winter Orb and Mind Twist, which is noteworthy, as they are both conveniently on the corners of the sheet. I am of the assumption that Alpha's rare sheet was organized in a different fashion and then re-organized for Beta as misprinted cards were corrected (Cyclopean Tomb) and missing cards were added (Volcanic Island).

It's still incredibly interesting that two Tropical Islands have been opened out of Alpha starters featuring different companion cards (Black Lotus and Bayou). Also, Deathlace and Fork have been opened together in both Alpha and Beta starter decks. I think it's somewhat safe to assume that the Alpha rare sheet was different than the Beta rare sheet, but not completely different. I'd really like to learn more about this, if anybody else has some thoughts or information on the matter.

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