I'm going to take the low-hanging fruit and point out that BoaB failed, in my mind, because the decks were rarely what I consider budget. What does that say about the state of Magic if you cannot build a competitive deck cheaply? This has always been my concern when retaining new players. Once they find out they have to spend over $100 every few months to update their decks to remain competitive, it's easier to quit and pocket that money. I'm not sure if JVL ever defined what "Budget" meant, leading to some of the issues with the column. I think the forums each week reflected that debate regularly. Previous authors tended to define Budget and stuck to it, and then branched out if they wanted a deck without the restriction.Another problem with the "Budget" aspect is that once the decklists were posted, they became public knowledge at a highly-trafficed site. The cards can easily go from budget to non-budget status as demand spikes in one day. As an example, look at the decklist from last week. Sorin Markov drastically increased in price and many of the other cards did as well after seeing a steady decline over the past year. Glad to see JVL try something else, disappointed that the BoaB is just going away because Magic isn't as affordable as it used to be. The main concern I have with a MODO column, however, is its lack of focus due to the unique formats it offers. I mean, there was one Magic: Online column that was previously around...
The lands work, why wouldn't they reprint them? Sure they need to come up with different things every once in a while but this is a core set and the amazing multi-color lands can be left to the October sets where they can do the most good for the set.I would also like to express how awesome it is that there is going to be a column devoted to the story of magic as that is what I've enjoyed the most out of savor flavor.
RIP BoaB, and nice shockland trolling R&D. Oh well I've been thinking of inventing my own BoaB for a while, and this gives me even more reason to do so.
Unlike some others I am glad my lands will still work. But what I really wanted to say is that I actually signed up on here just to post that I am very very dissapointed in the loss of building on a budget. I can't afford to play Magic anymore and building on a budget has made me able to afford 2 decks in the past few months that I have fun with and wouldnt have otherwise. Especially with formats like Modern building decks can be very very very expensive or you just lose all the time. It has definitely lost some of my interest in checking the site every day.
Posting an explaination for what is unarguably, hands down, the most important spoiler of the entire set would be exceptionally well mannered. This article is akin to a wife telling her husband that she's pregnant then rambling about her hair. We do care about your hair, but we also care very much about our unborn child.Posted in big text for big reasons.
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Shocks are clearly going to be in Return block. I'm not sure why people ever expected a cycle of reprints from Ravnica block to be in the core set rather than in, um, Return to Ravnica.
How infinitely disappointing...how long can you reprint the same boring ass lands...normally I defend R&D to the death, but not this time. This is just laziness.
"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
And incredibly popular too.
When I was your age, we had 12 years of Brushlands, and by gum, we liked it! *Spits tobacco into spitoon*
Because a return to one of the most popular sets of Magic would be a bore and sell poorly. Putting "good" cards in a set already capped on "good" is poor marketing.
And why do you think people are excited about RtR? For Hunted Horror and Infectious Host ? No, it's for the cards people played with then and now. Reprinting cards people expect to be in the set is good marketing.
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
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Continuity of the Core Set duals is good. I like the Glacial Fortress cycle, they're new-player-friendly and good in tournaments, and being continually reprinted means we can keep using the ones we've got.
Duals with proper dual land types are absolutely certain to be in Return to Ravnica (see M13's Farseek, Liliana and Zac's comments about her, etc). But NOTE that the lands with basic land types are NOT yet guaranteed to be the Ravnica shocklands. That's certainly a possibility, but there are many other options, from tweaks on the shockland formula at rare down as far as Coastal Towers with basic land types at uncommon.Boab has been problematic for a long time, and torn between at least two audience segments, so I can see why you're retiring it.
The new column lineup means Mondays are by far the best day of the week. (Although do mind that Noel stays Johnny. His article last week was pretty straightforward Timmyish decks.) Perilous Research I'll give a try but probably skip over.
However, the Uncharted Realms I'm looking forward to a lot. Jenna's good, and it'll be great to have some flavour content on the mothership again.
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And why do you think people are excited about RtR? For Hunted Horror and Infectious Host ? No, it's for the cards people played with then and now. Reprinting cards people expect to be in the set is good marketing.Did you actually play Ravnica or do you just understand what cards are in it? Ravnica was one of the most well designed, well balanced, fun to play, potential filled, and interesting blocks in the history of Magic: The Gathering. It wasn't simply "the set with those shock-things".Ravnica without shocklands would have still been Ravnica.
Zero fear about these changes, only excitement. The new flavor article sounds great, I stopped reading JVL's building on a budget when I realised that the majority of his game reports were either faked or chistmas-land scenarios. If I wanted to read about bad decksin Chistmas-land, I'd read a Mike Flores article.And to the people who are complaining about M13 Zen lands: Get over yourselves. The primary point of the Core Sets is to be something with the lowest barrier of entry of any set, so yeah they're going to have the most simple, while being the most effective, non-basic lands. If you seriously thought they were going to print the Shock Lands in a non-expert set, you were fooling yourself.
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It's good that they reprinted the M10 dual lands. They're basically the only budget-friendly thing that Wizards does anymore.
I hope they reprint the guild bounce lands in Return to Ravnica. The card advantage they provide is pretty powerful, and means that they aren't just plain weaker than the rare fixers. Ravnica was the first time I actually had access to mana fixing that wasn't Chromatic Sphere and it was fantastic.