Brainstorm Brewery #136 – Facile Arguments

Luckily for us, we had another opportunity to debate the Reserved List. Excellent. We like nothing better than spending our time debating the merits of something that is literally never going away ever. It’s always a great expenditure of our time. We love it. We even found some time to talk about a few other things in the meantime. That’s how we roll. Enjoy this episode—as contentious as it became.

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15 comments on Brainstorm Brewery #136 – Facile Arguments

  1. Carlos says:

    I’ve listened to this podcast (as I listen to all) with particular interest in the debate about the Reserved list and counterfeit cards.

    Let me ask you guys, those who defended Wizards side and policy, what does WOTC or M:TG gains with stupid high priced cards like those on the Reserved list? Where is the profit to Wizards/Hasbro as a company with that?!

    Honestly, I don’t see where WOTC can gain profit by not printing cards… people want to play with dual-lands, want to play with old cards like The Tabernacle, want to play with “only-printed-once” cards like Gaea’s Cradle or Wastelands… so why not giving the players what they want?!

    Khans must be the most selled set Wizards did in years do to the fact that Khans had fetch-lands in the rare spot. That driven players to buy booster-boxes and crack all those boosters for fetch-lands for their collection/trade/sell.
    To a company that manufactures a product, that is what that company wants to see, people buying the product. When consumers are demanding more product, why need a company negate that demand and keep the product frozen?!

    I don’t understand that… that’s what’s been burying the Eternal formats in M:TG and keeps feeding the parallel market or 3rd party market that, for WOTC as a company, isn’t beneficial at all.

    With things going as this, two things might happen:
    1. counterfeiting in a level that there’s no chance of proving fakes -> people using fakes in sanctioned events
    2. the number of new players in Eternal formats (Legacy, Modern, Commander, Vintage) dropping to numbers that won’t justify sanctioned events on those formats

    I don’t support counterfeit but neither I support this Reserved policy. It’s only hurting the game.

    1. BoltTheBird says:

      “Let me ask you guys, those who defended Wizards side and policy, what does WOTC or M:TG gains with stupid high priced cards like those on the Reserved list?”

      They gain nothing. It is misunderstood by many unfamiliar with the situation that WotC actually doesn’t like the RL either. It’s not that they don’t WANT to do it, it’s that they CAN’T do it. Since the creation of the Reserve List, Wizards was purchased by Hasbro, adding another wrinkle to the impossibility. Both sides have alluded to legal action in the past, but the side that says “You promised in writing this would not happen!” has better footing than “I want these special artifacts!”.

      Much like printings during ABU, this is only a problem because Magic is a smash success- if it wasn’t nobody would care.

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    Pick of the Week @ 48:40

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