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  • I did a prerelease at the Hareruya in Tokyo (because it happened to coincide with a trip with friends), it was cool. I think they’re pretty used to foreigners coming in, they had English-language prerelease packs for us. And everyone could communicate to some degree. I was mostly able to cope despite not being 100% familiar with the cards. My one problem was when someone played a creature with an ability that I wasn’t sure what it was and the guy had to say it a few times. I kept hearing “mens” but eventually figured out it was “menace” lol.

    (This anecdote isn’t really relevant to constructed I guess lol sorry)

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  • A couple of questions about the legacy finals (sorry, I only caught a portion of it and not really a legacy player): there’s a monarch effect in play, where did that come from? I skimmed the decklists and couldnt find it. Also speaking of decklists, there’s a Throne of Geth in Josh Utter-Leyton’s SB, what’s that for?

    Edit: Oops, sorry. Checked the decklists again, saw that Palace Jailer gives monarch. Only thing I’m confused about now is Throne of Geth!

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  • It’s very valuable because:

    • it’s very useful since it serves a “flexible” land slot in your deck. Normally it can be either an Island or a Forest. But in older sets there are also lands that are both Island and Plains or Forest and Mountain. Effectively, in formats where the old cards are legal, Misty Rainforest can fetch the correct color mana you need at any time. Because of this flexibility, such lands are used in a lot of decks in those formats where old cards are legal, meaning there is a high demand for them

    • the original version is out of print and has had high demand for a long time, driving the price up

    • the newer printing from Battle for Zendikar (the one you have) is a very very very rare pull - I’m not sure about the numbers, but someone else here mentioned only 1 in around 200 booster packs will have it

    In short, congratulations on the pull!

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  • It means what the reminder text says. You can choose to cast Murderous Cut for a reduced cost (as little as one black mana!) by exiling cards from your graveyard. Each card you exile reduces the cost by (1)

    Some decks will use the graveyard as a resource, so they will have cards that allow you to move cards directly from your own library to graveyard (often called “milling”). The idea is to win before running out of cards in the library, taking advantages of the additional bonuses provided by having more cards in the graveyard (for Murderous Cut, the bonus is having the choice to play it at a lower cost)

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Apr 2016