I would go so far as to say that players shouldn't have any more problems playing with cards with Phyrexian mana symbols than they do with any new Magic cards. There are abundant visual cues (not to mention the rules text) to tell you the color of each symbol if, for whatever reason, you cannot distinguish between them.
I wouldn't recommend playing in places where it's too dark to read your cards at all.
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And so people say to me, "How do I know if a word is real?" You know, anyone who's read a children's book knows that love makes things real. If you love a word, use it! That makes it real. Being in the dictionary is an artificial distinction; it doesn't make the word any more real than any other word. If you love a word, it becomes real. --Erin McKean, Redefining the Dictionary
For linking a card to Gatherer without writting the name of said card for readers, use the autocard brackets together with and equal sign and right the name of the real card. Then put the message you want inside the tags, like you would do with autocarding. Like this:
I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
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.
No thread specifically for the Organized Play changes, which are quite interesting.
I love love love the addition of more GPs. I've been saying for 10 years they should go in that direction, and with 2000+ turnouts I couldn't understand why they didn't. So that's good.
The "private PT" thing confuses me though. I thought that's exactly the opposite direction the Magic Weekends were going in. So no more bundled GP with the PT? No PTQ? No side events, artist tables, gunslinging, learn to play, or other promo display? Hopefully BDM explains because I just don't get it. I presume Paris was a test case and it didn't work out as predicted, but really they never shared enough info for me to garner what the test was and why it didn't work.
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