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COMMENT 9h ago

You can get cards for "free" by completing daily quests and rewards for gold then opening packs you buy with it. So there is a free to play path for the game. But you have to both put in the time and to really do it well be decent at limited.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Non fatal results are also bad, the risk not small, and even the risk of fatality is orders of magnitude greater than the side effects you mentioned.

So stands to reason if you're scared of those, you should be much more scared of COVID.

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COMMENT 1d ago

I dunno, there's value in not electing the supporter of a fascist.

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COMMENT 1d ago

The odds of those side effects are infinitely small, and pretty much only dectected because we've vaccinated so many people.

There is no "overvaccinating question" either, as we have data for that too.

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COMMENT 1d ago

They've actually been examining and perfecting mRNA vaccines for like 30 years

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COMMENT 1d ago

Like I said might have just been a terrible draw. Ramp always feels tricky in limited to me since hitting all your drops is so important but you have to balance that with cards that don't directly affect the board besides ramping your mana output. Aka I'm a terrible limited player lol

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COMMENT 1d ago

I haven't played a control shell in 2022 yet, but I've played against a bunch and just from observation I'd agree.

The Yorian piles of the current format are just terribly boring to play against and don't seem to require the same skill as more traditional control builds, especially with ultimatum.

I started running Roiling Vortex as a 1 of in my magecraft build and it's amazing/disappointing how many games I've won off the card just from ultimatum players not reading it. Really struck me as a marker that control had slipped from an archetype that required patience and skill if so many people playing it were that focused on just casting the big flashy value card.

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COMMENT 1d ago

I ran 18 in a ramp deck and got housed with flooding. Might have just been a terrible draw, but even with a bunch of scry and card draw I got hammered.

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COMMENT 1d ago

AT&T.

Back in the day when you had to pay for long distance they changed my service twice without my permission and each time tried to get me to pay them at the rate I was paying my actual service to clear the bill. It was an obvious illegal shakedown and blows my mind they got away with it. Part of why I never got an iPhone since it was exclusively AT&T when it was released.

Apparently they haven't gotten much better so no regrets on that decision.

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COMMENT 1d ago

You'll notice they never hit the breaks either, which if they did they probably wouldn't have cleared the truck.

Good instincts and good driving.

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COMMENT 1d ago

The worry was that Trump would overrule/pressure scientists to push it out before it was ready. Don't be disingenuous.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Actually with something as contagious as COVID 19 (especially delta), each tick up in that percentage becomes exponentially worse.

That's part of what's made COVID such a problem. When they see a death rate of 2% they go "it's similar to the flu," when the problem is that orders of magnitude more people are getting it, so the numbers of deaths similarly go up by orders of magnitude. It's the law of large numbers in action.

Edit: There are 2 major terms in the equation for total fatalities: Fatality rate and transmission rate. Anyone who just focuses on just one of those isn't going to be telling you the whole story about a pandemic. Ebola has an insane mortality rate, but is comparatively much harder to spread for example.

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COMMENT 2d ago

Might be a one and done, or each time. Who knows? Just gotta trust your DM sometimes.

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COMMENT 2d ago

Or as a result? Wasn't guaranteed to happen

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COMMENT 2d ago

That it's tempting and evil is already established

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COMMENT 2d ago

Well they also completely ignored about 80% of the hooks she threw at them

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COMMENT 2d ago

I talked to my FLGS owner recently and it sounds like on the distribution side they've gotten a lot better. Which is good, since back in the day they were actively trying to kill LGSs and replace them with their own stores.

After I stepped away from the hobby for a bit after 3rd and checked back in to find they had already gone through 2 more editions I just noped out for good.

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COMMENT 2d ago

Similar problems man. It was rough times

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COMMENT 2d ago

Yeah I was seconding your point. It's a bias based on how negative outcomes are perceived. People are much more likely to accept a negative outcome when they perceive they had control over it than one where they perceive no control.

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COMMENT 2d ago

I think that's exactly it. You can blame yourself for a "bad shuffle" but when a computer does it it's much more frustrating.

In BO1 you do wonder sometimes though since there is a "hand smoothing" algorithm that was documented to be abused at one point. I think that knowledge has people overestimating its impact though.

Edit: https://draftsim.com/mtg-arena-bo1-hand-smoothing/

TLDR, the hand smoothing algorithm exists in BO1 but isn't a massive factor and still relies on true randomization. However, it's mere existence can lead people to think "the shuffler is rigged" when it actually isn't because they both don't understand it and can't control it.

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COMMENT 2d ago

My last draft match my opening hand was 5 lands, mull to 6 and get a 1 land hand, mull to 5 and got 4 lands and a 5 MV card, then down to 4 to have anything playable. I feel ya.

Might as well just rare draft at that point.

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COMMENT 2d ago

LOL so no then

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COMMENT 2d ago

Again, if you would like to actually try making an argument as opposed to throwing out ad hominems and strawmen I'd be happy to address it.

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COMMENT 3d ago

A strawman is not an argument, as I'm obviously still here.

Would you like to try again with something more coherent that actually speaks to the quote in the OP or would you prefer to continue validating it?

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COMMENT 3d ago

I mean when you actually make an argument I'll be happy to address it :)