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  1. saprolingtoken

    Commentary on the EDH/Commander ban list

    Power 9 should just be banned due to being expensive + appearance. That includes Twister. I'm fine with everything else being legal regarding price. These cards can be a special exception. Special pleading, if you like Balance is way too broken and way too easy to abuse and way too cheap. You...
  2. saprolingtoken

    December 4, 2023 B&R Announcement

    The reasoning from WotC feels contrived, always has. Keep popular cards unbanned because people like them even though they're better than many of the cards that are banned? Sure, why not? Keep those same weak cards banned? Yep, don't want to shake up the format. Also we have a bunch of direct to...
  3. saprolingtoken

    August 7, 2023 B&R Announcement

    Glad to see Desire back. A sweet card but definitely not a problem because it is so expensive and random (at lower levels of Storm at least). But it is hard to counter as well as not being contingent upon your life total so that's a pretty nice option to have for Storm based decks. I can sort of...
  4. saprolingtoken

    Magic Memories: Goblin King (and his kingdom)

    Both Muxus and Snoop are awesome but in different ways, sorta. Both are good in doing the combo thing and also the fair thing. Snoop shines more in Modern but Muxus is much better in Legacy and Vintage where you have access to more ramp and Goblins like Lackey and Recruiter. Both are sweet cards...
  5. saprolingtoken

    May 29, 2023 B&R Announcement + schedule changes

    New B&R coming up but I expect no consistency from WotC, no definitive/general understanding of what they want each format to look like, why certain cards have been banned, etc. Expect nothing IMHO. These are the people that gave us "gentleman's agreement" and " Yorion too big for Modern...
  6. saprolingtoken

    Magic Memories: Goblin King (and his kingdom)

    It's good to point out that Winstigator was a point of contention and something that Goblin players went back and forth on for awhile. I would personally contend it wasn't that good, ever. I remember lots of debates on MTGTheSource about it but it never really performed consistently. More or...
  7. saprolingtoken

    Magic Memories: Goblin King (and his kingdom)

    Krenko is certainly notable as a Commander. It is the 14th most popular on EDHRec as of writing. Krenko is pretty straight forward and can easily shift from a combo approach to more just play a lot of Goblins/tokens/swarm approach. It's easy to build around and very powerful. Certainly notable...
  8. saprolingtoken

    Red Turban Rebellion [EDH]

    I was already sold on the art and I like the playing RW EDH decks because it feels like I have to be a bit more creative in deckbuilding, that it's a sort of "underdog" color combo and it will fly under the radar at the table a bit, no pun intended.
  9. saprolingtoken

    Red Turban Rebellion [EDH]

    This deck is sweet. I just like that the commander is strong, you have to build around it, but it scales pretty well into the game and it has built in recursion. That you can run actual Rebels from Masque block is really sweet. Love it.
  10. saprolingtoken

    Magic Memories: Dream Halls

    When I started getting into competitive Magic, circa 2003, Dream Halls was pretty bad. I liked the card in a conceptual sense but it was just so expensive when I could just Wish for Yawg's Win and, well, you know. That line didn't last too long but neither did Halls and I never got the option to...
  11. saprolingtoken

    Magic Memories: Goblin King (and his kingdom)

    It was really depressing that in the decade or so after Time Spiral there were basically ZERO Goblins that were playable in the deck. Krenko is fine-ish but not really that great since it's four mana and requires you to untap to do anything and also requires you to have other stuff in play...
  12. saprolingtoken

    March 6, 2023 B&R update

    I think that's a great summary! I really think the only possible answer is to unban a lot of cards at this point. The blue cards, I think, are so fundamental to Legacy's identity that it would be not ideal to ban them. I think ramping up the power in non blue decks by unbanning a lot of stuff to...
  13. saprolingtoken

    March 6, 2023 B&R update

    Yep, agree with that. Thank you, I'll be here all day. :cool: Yeah, there is a lot of crap on there that needs to be removed before you get to cards that would have an impact. I think a metagame where they unban Top and bring back Miracles, a meta with two very powerful decks, would be...
  14. saprolingtoken

    March 6, 2023 B&R update

    If 20 years of evidence isn't enough then I don't know what is. You could say in the first few they didn't want to unban stuff because of a high level of prudence, I'd get that. That hasn't been the case forever so I think that's a realistic answer, not cynical. Hell, you could say it's...
  15. saprolingtoken

    March 6, 2023 B&R update

    They pick the most random times to ban cards. Initiative had less of a metagame presence than Delver after a month or so of the metagame adapting to it. Iteration has been around since 2021. And Delver hasn't really changed much since the Ragavan ban January of last year. I can't tell if this is...
  16. saprolingtoken

    Magic Memories: Goblin King (and his kingdom)

    What I find so interesting is that the same basic structure of the deck has mostly remained unchanged, if not most of the cards themselves. The only big difference is that modern goblin decks play 23/24 lands and the SB has more GY hate and REBs. I believe Sonne was correct about the singleton...
  17. saprolingtoken

    Magic Memories: Goblin King (and his kingdom)

    Yeah it's kind of absurd. Worse effects in the same vein of Tinker like Natural Order, Academy Rector, etc. still see play and fetch up worse card types. I guess perhaps they assumed something like Tinker would be a healthy part of the metagame but that wasn't really the case in Type 2...
  18. saprolingtoken

    Magic Memories: Goblin King (and his kingdom)

    I think that allowing Goblin decks "to do their best" (a good way to put it) would be a great goal. I think pushing the envelope on creature-based decks is perfectly fine and actually should be encouraged via ban list management, in an abstract sense. More specifically, I think Recruiter Goblins...
  19. saprolingtoken

    Magic Memories: Goblin King (and his kingdom)

    There is a lot to respond to in this thread that I'm still trying to process but a lot of really great stuff! I would like to say that my interactions with you about MTG have been the best, bar none, on the internet over the last 20+ years. You're very thoughtful and knowledgeable about these...
  20. saprolingtoken

    Magic Memories: Goblin King (and his kingdom)

    Yeah, especially in hindsight, it seems weird to let Tinker run amok for so long. Even when it wasn't broken it was "just" very good. PT: New Orleans really demonstrated how nuts the card was. The card was always such a ridiculous design combining the most broken mechanics- cheating on mana AND...
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