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  1. I'm kind of on the fence with this one. Here's the thing. You're not entitled to make a living just because you're a pro at something. You can be a professional Monopoly player and that doesn't mean Hasbro is responsible to giving you a living wage. A "Grand Prix" in any other form of competition typically just means "come and compete, and possibly win some money." The fact that pros think they should somehow be able to earn enough money to live on is a misconception on their part, in my opinion. Certainly if they can do it, then AWESOME, but no one is entitled to it. But here's the thing, just because I don't believe anyone is entitled to make a living playing Magic doesn't mean WOTC can't make it easier for pros to do so. It's like making Youtube content. You aren't entitled to earn a pay check, but certainly Google and Youtube can do what they can to help you make a living doing what you love. I think it would be AMAZING if pros could earn a living playing Magic, and I absolutely believe WOTC should do anything they can to make it happen. But it all comes down to 1 thing. Money. The reason professional NFL players make more than professional NHL players is because the football is more popular than hockey in the us. It makes more money, and so it has more money to distribute among its players, and teams are more willing to pay players more money because its more lucrative to have a winning team. So basically, the whole discussion is kind of moot. At the end of the day, prize pools will grow with the popularity of the game. But of course, the more popular the game becomes, the more people play professionally, and thus the less money there is available per capita. So....where does that leave us, really? It leaves us right where we are now, where if you want to make money you need to seek monetization through sponsorships. *shrug*
  2. I wouldn't want to throw anyone under the bus without accurate information...but the game has been going down hill since the new CEO took over in 2016. Card quality has suffered, FNM promos were removed, buy-a-box promos that aren't in the set, selling directly to customers...I mean, it's been one thing after another, and pretty much all of it has been bad. The game itself has been great. But the executive/business side of things has been sloppy and bad, and 2016 does seem to be when it all started going downhill. =/
  3. Yeah, the people that it actually screws over the most are distributors and investors. Those people have GOT to be pissed, but gaming stores having been dealing with this crap for years. It is disappointing, however, that instead of trying to FIX the problem they've decided to stick their own hands into the pie. I definitely feel bad for anyone who owns an LGS. It's got to feel hopeless at this point, even with things like buy-a-box promos and standard showdown boosters, those things along aren't enough to keep stores afloat and WOTC doesn't seem particularly interested in helping them stay alive.
  4. I actually think the reaction to this has been a little overblown. As the article states, you can already buy MTG products on Amazon, and you can probably already buy them there for less than your LGS anyway. People think this is going to kill Gaming Stores, but they've already been living under this cloud for years. Profit margins for sealed product are terrible and it's due in part to how cheap it is to simply buy the product online. This isn't going to change that. It certainly doesn't FIX it, but it basically just means WOTC has decided to stick their hands in the pie that everyone else is eating from anyway. So the "omg wotc is trying to destory gaming stores" reaction is a bit dramatic, but it certainly doesn't do anything to help.
  5. So how was everyone's experience? I just joined the site recently and started adding my Haves just to see what kind of value I have sitting in boxes and binders. I've only added cards that I don't have any use for, and it still adds up to over $560. That's excluding modern staples and dual lands! I'm very tempted to start sending things out and acquiring pieces to an actual modern deck (or 2.) So, how have you guys been liking the site?
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  9. Rakdos aggro/board-control is one of my favorite styles. There are a lot of ways to build something like that, but some general tips. -Pretty much NEVER play a creature that has less power than it's mana-cost. If you're paying 3 mana for a 2-power creature, you're doing it wrong. -Card advantage is hard to come by in these colors, so anything that lets you 2-for-1 your opponent is good. Outright card draw is the best. That's why Bomat Courier is so good in the Standard RB Aggro deck right now. -Your life is a resource, and Rakdos exploits it the best. You're looking to kill your opponent faster than they can kill you, so feel free to spend your own life to get more powerful creatures/spells. -In modern, you don't want your removal spells to cost more than 2, and you probably don't want many creatures that cost more than 3, unless you play 1 or 2 big beaters at the top end. -You will lose probably lose to competitive decks that don't run a lot of creatures. I've never actually built a Rakdos aggro/control deck in Modern, but off the top of my head, if I was going to, and if I didn't have a budget, it'd probably start looking something like this.
  10. If you think you can get to 40+ life every game, then you are definitely going to want to play Serra Ascendant, as it becomes a 6/6 flying lifelinker for 1 white mana and can actually just outright kill your opponent.
  11. 8-Snakes combines GB Constrictor with Panharmonicon, giving us....well, 8 snakes! The idea is to double up on doubling-effects by doubling Enters-the-battlefield triggers with Panharmonicon and then getting bonus counters from Winding Constrictor. It's pretty janky, but also kind of ridiculous! -------------------------------------------- 8-Snakes Playlist: Subscribe: Twitter: Outro: Jahoda by Djjaner -------------------------------------------- This video is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  12. And now the card has been spoiled and I can't take it seriously.
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  14. Check this deck out! It's a jankified G/B Constrictor list by adding Panharmonicon to the mix. Constrictor looks to get extra value out of counter placement by adding extra counters, and Panharmonicon doubles the triggers, so we get even MORE counters.
  15. New deck! We're taking G/B Constrictor in standard and adding...PANHARMONICON! There are actually a ton of cool overlapping synergies and I'm surprised no one else has tried it. At least, none that I have seen. Anyway, check it out! 8-Snakes Deck Tech 8-Snakes Playlist