4/9/2010 TWTW: "Pick a Card—Almost Any Card"

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...and LD gets the discard card it always wanted - at a rarity that isn't obnoxious.
Now that's a spike card. Will see plenty of play in every format.

...and LD gets the discard card it always wanted - at a rarity that isn't obnoxious.

Yeah.  I shouldn't have to say this, but - Thanks, Wizards, for not making it Mythic Rare.  Keep up the good work!

Strive to make it so that constructed decks about 3/10 common, 3/10 uncommon, 3/10 rare, and 1/10 mythic rare, the same as the appearances in the set as a whole.  That includes non-basic lands!  If a wide variety of cards can be represented in each of those categories, even better.  This is the sort of card that should help achieve that outcome.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the design of the plane of Golamo in the Great Designer Search 2!
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Yeah because magic needs more 1cc discard spells (conditional or otherwise).

The more cards I see spoiled from this set the more I think there is a huge disconnect between r&d and the player base.
I wish the name were less awkward, but the card is sweet. Yay for power uncommons!

Yeah because magic needs more 1cc discard spells (conditional or otherwise).

The more cards I see spoiled from this set the more I think there is a huge disconnect between r&d and the player base.

Seems to me that the people who'd whine about their cards getting discarded are not the sort to play super-efficient, <3 CMC spells; you can't take their casual Spellbreaker Behemoths and Emrakuls with this, so I don't think there will be much complaining.

Also you have to look at how weak Duress has been in standard... this seems just a little better, but nothing ridiculous.
Now theres 2 exciting cards in the set, that card and All is Dust. Otherwise im far from impressed. A format centered around walls and giant "i win the game if i ever get to cast it" cards.

People can argue what they want, but magic is getting dumbed down. With all this push for creatures wotc is neglecting controll and combo (last time there was a viable combo deck?). Seems all they do nowdays is making 6+cc critts that are awsome (ill admit as much), but thats it.
Now that's a spike card. Will see plenty of play in every format.



Ill take Duress over this any day !!

so I've heard people prefer thoughsieze, and I believe that's also a lot better then this...
Nobody expects the Kozilek inquisition!

People can argue what they want, but magic is getting dumbed down. With all this push for creatures wotc is neglecting controll and combo (last time there was a viable combo deck?). Seems all they do nowdays is making 6+cc critts that are awsome (ill admit as much), but thats it.



I agree that control has been neglected, but that is because BLUE has been neglected.  Seeing as how blue has had many years in the spotlight I think it is fair that other colors get a chance to shine now.  Sooner or later, Wizards will make decent cards for blue again and you can make all the control decks you want.

As far as combo is concerned, what combo decks have really been tournament viable?  I'm sure that in the older days of Magic there were some, but other than that.  (Kingbry has answered this one)

It is not so much that Magic is getting dumbed down, its that Magic is being pushed more to support aggro than control.  Control has been dominant for a while, let aggro have some time in the spotlight.

After the few years of aggro dominance, hopefully Wizards will make enough good cards in all the colors to allow viable control strategies as well as viable aggro strategies.
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Now theres 2 exciting cards in the set, that card and All is Dust. Otherwise im far from impressed. A format centered around walls and giant "i win the game if i ever get to cast it" cards.

People can argue what they want, but magic is getting dumbed down. With all this push for creatures wotc is neglecting controll and combo (last time there was a viable combo deck?). Seems all they do nowdays is making 6+cc critts that are awsome (ill admit as much), but thats it.



*cough* Last year. *cough*  Bunch of little green guys with pointed ears.  Deck can play it's entire library on turn two... ringing any bells?  But before that, the last really good new combo probably came out of Mirrodin, which certainly was a while ago.
Actually, the last dedicated combo deck to play a major role in Standard was Dragonstorm in Ravnica-Time Spiral standard.

Inquisition of Kozilek makes me scratch my head. In which formats/decks should it replace Duress and/or Thoughtseize? In Standard, what you want to Duress away is often something like Day of Judgement or a planeswalker, so Inquisition is far from strictly better.  Outside of Standard, the number of 4cc+ spells is much lower, so coud it end up better than either Duress or Thoughtseize? I really doubt so, since the few more expensive spells played there are the backbone of several control or combo strategies. It's certainly the best of the bunch agaisnt aggro, which typically plays nothing that costs more than 3, agaisnt which you want to preserve you life total, and against which it is the most likely than you'll want to get rid of a creature. But against control and most kinds of combo, where you life total doesn't matter nearly as much, Thoughtseize is the clear winner. Now, is it better than Duress in Extended and Legacy? Perhaps in Extended where it shines agaisnt Zoo and where very few expensive non-creature spells matter, but in Legacy, I think it is way too often a card with high CMC that one would want to get rid of. Force of Will, Ad Nauseam, Natural Order, Aluren, Empty the Warrens, Moat...

My current opinion of the card is this : it won't replace Duress in Standard, beause it can't play the same role, and the thing it does that Duress doesn't do, efficient creature removal does. The only creature with cmc 3 or less that I'd really want to make my opponent discard before it hits the table is Sprouting Thrinax. In Legacy, I don't think it should be played at all, because the possibility of hitting high-cost spells agaisnt every non-aggro deck is too important. Extended is the place where it could shine the most, but compared to Thoughtseize, is the saving of two life points worth the risk of not being able to get rid of Jace TMS, Scapeshift, or a fattie in the hand of an Hypergenesis player? I could see it replace Duress for the few decks that want more than 4 of that type of spell.

  
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I like the design of the card, but the flavor is a huge miss for me.

First, the name is awkward.  "Duress", "Ostracize", "Thoughtseize"...  "Inquisition of Kozilek".  Hmm.

Second, why does Kozilek even have an inquisition?  Why does this monstrous, plane-devouring entity from the Blind Eternities care what some puny human's innermost secrets are?

Third, the flavor doesn't match the effect with its limit on mana cost.  If this awesomely powerful being did conduct an inquisition, why would it be limited to the smallest or least powerful thoughts?

So, "good job!" to Design and Development, but Creative, you could have done better on this one.
Another nice card. Very efficient and cute design.
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Although I do assume you deliberately refer to them (DCI) as The Grand Imperial Convocation of Evil just for the purposes of making them sound like an ancient and terrible conspiracy.
Now, now. 1994 doesn't quite qualify as "ancient".
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Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!" And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
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Rhox War Monk just flips pancakes, and if games have told us anything, it's that food = life.
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76973988 wrote:
This thread has gotten creepy. XP
Really? Really? The last couple days have been roughly every perverse fetish imaginable, but it only got "creepy" when speculation on Mother of Runes's mob affiliation came up?
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57531048 wrote:
Nice mana base. Not really.
Yeah, really. If my deck was going to cost $1000+, I'd at least make it good.
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I like to think up what I consider clever names for my decks, only later to be laughed at by my wife. It kills me a little on the inside, but thats what marriage is about.
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Of course, the best use [of tolaria west] is transmuting for the real Tolaria. ;)
Absolutely. I used to loose to my buddy's Banding deck for ages, it was then that I found out about Tolaria, and I was finally able win my first game.
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You know, being shallow and jusdgmental aside, "I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
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"I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
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The only way I'd cast this card is into a bonfire.
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The short answer is that there's no rule barring annoying people from posting, but there a rule barring us from harassing them about it.
56747598 wrote:
Browbeat is a card that is an appropriate deck choice when there's no better idea available. "No better idea available" was pretty much the running theme of Odyssey era.
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Or perhaps it was a more straightforward comment indicating a wish for you to be bitten (Perhaps repeatedly) by a small yet highly venomous arachnid.
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You're an idiot, and I'm in no mood for silliness.
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You just... Vektor it.
That's the answer to everything.
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I think the problem is that you don't exist.
This would sound great out of context!
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Modern is like playing a new tournament every time : you build a deck, you win with it, don't bother keeping it. Just build another, its key pieces will get banned.
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I specifically remember posting a thread when I was just a witty bitty noob.
You make it sound like that's still not the case.
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to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
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Just do it like Yu-Gi-Oh or monkeys: throw all the crap you got at them and hope it works or else the by-standers (or opponents) just get dirty and pissed.
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It's true that Alpha and Beta didn't contain any cards like Tarmogoyf, Darksteel Colossus, or Platinum Angel. It just contained weak, insignificant cards like Black Lotus, Mox Sapphire, and Time Walk.
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I didn't know Samurai were known to be able to cut down whole armies...
They can when they're using lightsabers!
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My wife brought home a baby black squirrel they found on a horse track and cared for it for a few days. We named it Grixis, but it died.
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When control is brought back, it should be spread out a bit more, not just concentrated in blue.

Not bad... fairly restricting, though.

Actually, the last dedicated combo deck to play a major role in Standard was Dragonstorm in Ravnica-Time Spiral standard.

Inquisition of Kozilek makes me scratch my head. In which formats/decks should it replace Duress and/or Thoughtseize? In Standard, what you want to Duress away is often something like Day of Judgement or a planeswalker, so Inquisition is far from strictly better.  Outside of Standard, the number of 4cc+ spells is much lower, so coud it end up better than either Duress or Thoughtseize? I really doubt so, since the few more expensive spells played there are the backbone of several control or combo strategies. It's certainly the best of the bunch agaisnt aggro, which typically plays nothing that costs more than 3, agaisnt which you want to preserve you life total, and against which it is the most likely than you'll want to get rid of a creature. But against control and most kinds of combo, where you life total doesn't matter nearly as much, Thoughtseize is the clear winner. Now, is it better than Duress in Extended and Legacy? Perhaps in Extended where it shines agaisnt Zoo and where very few expensive non-creature spells matter, but in Legacy, I think it is way too often a card with high CMC that one would want to get rid of. Force of Will, Ad Nauseam, Natural Order, Aluren, Empty the Warrens, Moat...

My current opinion of the card is this : it won't replace Duress in Standard, beause it can't play the same role, and the thing it does that Duress doesn't do, efficient creature removal does. The only creature with cmc 3 or less that I'd really want to make my opponent discard before it hits the table is Sprouting Thrinax. In Legacy, I don't think it should be played at all, because the possibility of hitting high-cost spells agaisnt every non-aggro deck is too important. Extended is the place where it could shine the most, but compared to Thoughtseize, is the saving of two life points worth the risk of not being able to get rid of Jace TMS, Scapeshift, or a fattie in the hand of an Hypergenesis player? I could see it replace Duress for the few decks that want more than 4 of that type of spell.

  


  [nitpick] actually, the last dedicated combo deck in Standard would probably be either Standard Elves around when M10 released, or Cascade Swans before that. Otherwise, Thepths, Scapeshift, are both pseudo-combo.[/endnitpick]
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Even metallix is gone now.
I'm right here.
Well, I don't know if Standard Elves was ever top-tier, but the poster who asked the question never said 'in Standard', so I think the Elf Combo still counts, meaning the Extended one that tried to birth the Standard version to varying degrees of success.

As for the card, it's a little too pure Spike for me... it does one thing very well, but there's not much creativity to it.
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Or Sanity Grinding or Time Sieve.

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