One of the broad trends of the last ten years of Magic is that R&D are slowly getting better at making good Limited environments. Zendikar is about the only bad-for-Limited Expert set there has been since the start of the six year plan and even that wasn't awful.
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So, then we can assume that the next block will be Tribal? And, we won't get an original block theme again for a few years since Innistrad was last year? This article really showed me that R&D will only give us something truly new every 3 or 4 years. Kind of unfortunate. I'm already tired of the Tribal/Multicolor/Artifacts block cycle.
I don't think that was the problem with Shards block. I think the "turdic" mechanic might have had something to do with it.
Also, we will likely never see a block again that has NO recurring mechanic.
Also, we will likely never see a block again that has NO recurring mechanic.RTR has a very strong chance of doing just that. MaRo has stated he wanted all guilds to get new keywords, and 10 is a LOT of of mechanics for a single block. I would not be surprised if we didn't get a returning mechanic.
WotC seems to have shown its disdain for Tribal.
"So how did our three-year return go? Not great."LOL.Multicolor is by far the most enjoyable block theme - the complete antithesis of godawful tribal, which leads to a degenerate constructed deck and tunnel-vision drafting, the polar opposite of drafting multi.Wedges of Alara 2014.You're welcome.- Sol
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I believe Qilong is talking about the Tribal type.
That's nothing but a pessimist view. Drafting tribal is among the best because the content all compliments each other. The decks you can make from it always end up being more dynamic and everflowing.
Whereas drafting multicolor is basically just mix matching the best whatever content you were able to nab. There may be no synergy between your deck's contents at all. Although, Alara did a much better job than Invasion at making sure color-combo synergy was prominent. They definitely were able to learn from their mistakes. Invasion was crafted for constructed play, and had more flavor, but was hard to draft.
And what you're saying about "tunnel vision" is contradictory to the essence of draft altogether. No matter what type of content you're drafting, you pick a single concept from the beginning and stick to it. All drafting is based on "tunnel vision".
Do you really think they didn't have hard times? You're coming off as though you've got some type of insights about the personal business matters of the company. Well, let's compare your insights to mine then.Magic scraped by for ages, and suffered huge loses around the era of Invasion block. With the release of Yu-Gi-Oh! and loss of the Pokémon, they faced the crushing weight of two very large competitors. The company took its losses on the game and kept it around because it had sentimental value to the company. Enter Richard Garfield, who comes back in attempts to boost the game's longevity. He puts out Odyssey, but it's sales and popularity were only mediocre, much to his despair because he did an amazing job with the storyline and flavor. As luck would have it though, sale and popularity skyrocketed with the release of Onslaught. The block was a huge success they rode that wave all the way until Ravinca, when the game took another flatline hit. Ravinca was a flop.
Then they cranked out Coldsnap, looking to bank on nostalgia and finish of the Ice Age block, but it was a flop as well. Now they were getting nervous, a little desperate. Lucky for them, they were able to recover from it with Time Spiral, which was a huge hit. Time Spiral block provided another huge wave for them to ride on all. Then Lorywn was another hit, giving them a double boost. They've been riding that wave ever since.
Just because the game sells worldwide, and they've currently been doing very successful, doesn't mean things have been all rainbows and unicorns. You scoff at what he says as though you know something, but now take my insights into account and do you feel so confident to scoff at him?
Although the truth behind what he says goes farther back than he's accounting, what he is saying still holds an incredible amount of truth. Magic suffered a Great Depression starting at about Mercadia block, and from that time till about Onslaught, it was a Near-Death Experience.
Just because it was a big deal in your world doesn't mean anything. It was a flop compared to Onslaught and Mirrodin (which was just riding the wave Onslaught created). Kamigawa was a HUGE success in Asia, but I bet you'd say because of the prices Saviors packs were going for that it was no good. It just goes to shows what you know. Kamigawa was another huge hit, but Ravinca flopped. It wasn't anywhere near as popular as either of the aforementioned sets. That's what business' look at, when there is a spike and sales, then there is a drop. That drop is called a flop. Sales and interest in the game dropped during Ravinca. It's obvious that you're just caught up in your own experience of it that leads to to think it was greater than it actually was.
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you dont know what the word synergy means if youre saying that. cards working together = synergy. multicolor sets have this moreso, simply because whatever random combination you want to draft is easier to play.
By the way, does the term Noblesse Obligé mean anything to you? Do look into that my dear.
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