"Ah, the age-old conundrum. Defenders of a game are too blind to see it's broken, and critics are too idiotic to see that it isn't." - Brian McCormick
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As far as the benefit of the rest of Magic is concerned, gold cards in Legends were executed perfectly. They got all the excitement a designer could hope out of a splashy new mechanic without using up any of the valuable design space. Truly amazing.
--Aaron Forsythe's Random Card Comment on Kei Takahashi
I'm saddened that Momentary Blink was apparently never on the table, but I can respect the rest of the design/development decisions.Cheers!
I really LOVED the elspeth vs tezzeret one. The art, the cards, the themes...I enjoyed the Nicol Bolas vs Ajani deck. Not for the cards, but for the alternate art and theme (i'm an Alara fan).I expected to buy this Venser vs Koth, but when I saw the cards it has in, I thought back and doubted of buying it.Well, it still has some really cool alternative art cards. I probably could buy it... maybe...Then you realise it appears only in english and japanese, and the doubts dissapear. I will not buy it. I swear.As an european player, my native language is not english, neither japanese.If I want to have and pay for english cards, I log on Magic Online and get them. They are only available in english worldwide, which is ok.If I want cards in my native language, I go to the store to buy them. But with this product I can't do that.You screw things up. A casual product very far from the casual audience because you did it in foreign languages.Yes, maybe porfessional and competitive players are ok with english cards, maybe with japanese cards too.But the casual players, who I think this product is for, don't care about english or japanese cards.The saddest part is that NO ONE at Wotc said why this happened. Why they canceled all the other languages that were previously announced to that product. The languages disappereared and no one told us, your customers, an explanation of this.What a pitty and what a shame...I hope this Duel Deck sells so bad that you never ever do it again (the cut languages thing).
76125763 wrote:Zindaras' meta is like a fossil, ancient and its secrets yet to be uncovered. Only men of yore, long dead, knew of it.
Edit: I think there's enough cool stuff in the decks to keep them interesting. There are some nifty rares and some good other cards. It's a lot better than Knights vs Dragons, in my opinion, which was completely unbalanced and didn't really have any cool cards to begin with. Sure, it compares very poorly to Elspeth vs Tezzeret, but that was by far the best set of duel decks they've ever done.
From Mark Rosewater's Tumblr: the0uroboros asked: How in the same set can we have a hexproof, unsacrificable(not a word) creature AND a land that makes it uncounterable. How does this lead to interactive play? I believe I’m able to play my creature and you have to deal with it is much more interactive than you counter my creature.
MaRo: One of the classic R&D stories happened during a Scars of Mirrodin draft. Erik Lauer was sitting to my right (meaning that he passed to me in the first and third packs). At the end of the draft, Erik was upset because I was in his colors (black-green). He said, "Didn't you see the signals? I went into black-green in pack one." I replied, "Didn't you see my signals? I started drafting infect six drafts ago."
MaRo: I redesigned him while the effect was on the stack.