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Many Magic: The Gathering Players Ask, Gavin Verhey Answers! Modern, Commander Reprints and Products

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In this very special episode of Tolarian Community College, The Professor is visited by Gavin Verhey of Wizards of the Coast R&D. The Professor is allowed to interview him about everything from Modern Reprints to Commander and other MTG products. This is a must watch! Prepare for the first Pauper PTQ at GP Los Angeles! Watch my video all about this historic event here: https://youtu.be/54LyKiS5gns Did you miss Magic: The Gathering Office Hours - Domri's Legal Raiders? Watch it here: https://youtu.be/vn8swVfVhy8 My Pauper playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7qQXP-Qk9E&index=1&list=PLvqw7t0kbGX96qIqeharIJ9O25lhYFCti Tolarian Community College is brought to you by Card Kingdom! You can support The Professor just by checking out their store through this link: http://www.cardkingdom.com/TCC TCC Shirts! Playmats! - http://www.tolariancommunitycollege.com/ Or you can support me directly over at Patreon -https://www.patreon.com/tolariancommunitycollege Music Courtesy Of: "Vintage Education" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Bob Dole (10 days ago)
WHAT?! When did they get rid of the duel decks?!
Der Redstone_Pro (25 days ago)
I want a full competetive vintage challenger deck for only 10.000$
Der Redstone_Pro (25 days ago)
a problem of snapcaster could be that there is no explanation about what flashback is a set could need commons where you can read what a ability does
Phloid82 (1 month ago)
I'm calling it now. Gavin Verhey will succeed Mark Rosewater in his role when Maro retires or moves on someday.
SSeeiicckk (1 month ago)
So... is mental to ask if madness will have a turn? Vampires with madness? Or for fuck sake just a planeswalker for this ability. Is it too much to ask? Yeah i think so
EloquentTroll (1 month ago)
I will buy signature spellbook Chandra or Jaya, but I won't buy one I don't care about just to "support the product". Also looking the new Challenger Decks and Gavin is LYING HIS BUTT OFF, they are Event decks. That whole exchange is infuriating given the BS that are the 2019 Challenger Decks. That this exchange isn't brought up in the grading of the new Challenger Decks feels disingenuous.
Micah (2 months ago)
"Money because we care about money MORE than players." - WOTC
SonAlexander (2 months ago)
Gavin - "I love Kamigawa" Justin Parnell - (internal screaming)
MaruderSlayer (2 months ago)
28:52 looks like indeed, he did not
Robert Tanksley (2 months ago)
They should do playsets in those signature spellbooks.
Fawkes (2 months ago)
Seeing this kinda stuff is reassuring to see
mintegral (3 months ago)
Yes!!! Give Rebbec and Glacian cards!!! This is everything I've ever wanted omg
Aidan Katz (3 months ago)
That was an amazing video! I started watching the professor sporadically when I started playing magic 4 years ago and now I watch every video.
H2h T2t (3 months ago)
People hording fetch lands must be jumping for joy. Bet those things got a huge price hike after this.
guimartgon (3 months ago)
24:50 yet from the vault annihilation had no damnation?
Gorgon's Eye (3 months ago)
So are we getting a Professor card?
Snowhateswinter (3 months ago)
A little late to the comments, but just wanted both the prof and Gavin to know this video was awesome. Prof, you asked the questions we wanted to hear without shame. Gavin, you reacted in a friendly way to some questions that would’ve made some people a little nervous or make some people feel attacked. Great work
Elias Poor (3 months ago)
When will we get a surgical extraction reprint? 😩
Grandpas Magic (3 months ago)
Am I the only one who wants a new Ixidor card?
frogmanjordan (3 months ago)
Bichpants McGee (3 months ago)
Gavin Verhey says EDH players don't want fetchlands? Fine, stop reprinting Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse in almost every Commander precon.
CipherBytes (3 months ago)
Gavin, what are we doing to control the investment market which is actually just scalping? It's a game, man. Kids just want to enjoy the game. They don't want to get sucked into a lottery system that is being manipulated by multiple sources. I view this whole situation as the motivator behind many other problems. Fake cards, resealed pack scams, and ebay lotteries. It's snowballing into multiple attack fronts. Sure, we can all buy more boxes to increase our chances, but is that really a good answer for the game and players or just for the bottom line? I understand you guys gotta make money to stay in business, but so did the company that sold the shake weight. Listen, not attacking you. Just want some answers. Is the intent of WoTC to protect the game or is WoTC just staying out of it? What is the plan to counter this if WoTC is concerned?
Astrit Ademi (3 months ago)
What about hybrid mana costed planeswalkers?
Neuro Toxic (3 months ago)
Fetchlands aren't critical in Commander? They are too "intimidating" for new & intermediate players so they can't be in standard? Gavin either showed how out of touch WotC is with the player base or is afraid to admit they will only be in expensive products
Jean Pablo (3 months ago)
if or whin
Jon Boon (3 months ago)
I am still worried about their reprint plans. I am hoping there will be more and valuable reprints put into sets like Conspiracy/Battlebond without the price markup that Masters sets had. This would be the appropriate way to make cards available for players.
Kaku (3 months ago)
What about a Set showing The past (Like Origins) for some planeswalkers that appear as creatures Like ajani, Kaya, kiora, tamiyo or koth. Maybe even Just in Commander Sets. And what about Reprint of existing planeswalkers in Standard Sets Like Liliana of The veil, Koth or Garruk?
Jorge Piza (3 months ago)
I think again, you exceeded your own limits and you improved. I think that there should be more videos like that, they could be called premium line, or blue ribbon, I do not know
Melinda Phantom (3 months ago)
This was very enjoyable to watch, and while I don't agree with all of Gavin's answers, I still think he has done amazing work for the game, heck I remember reading his reconstructed articles years ago
Patrick Kelley (3 months ago)
I appreciate the limited politicians responses from Gavin.
Nanofuture87 (3 months ago)
The look on Prof's face when Gavin said one of the barriers to Modern Challenger decks was established players' feelings was priceless.
Hans Malcolm Ringger (3 months ago)
Push on the price point next time! $30 entry is much better for the casual player.
Rosskred11 (3 months ago)
I respectably disagree with Gavin when he says new formats will not compete with modern's popularity. Maybe not at first, given how many players have invested so much money in it...but I think given enough time, modern will become the new legacy and wont be played very heavily. Over time modern players will transition over because of the extreme popularity a new format would bring.
Gabriel Azolini (3 months ago)
"That Brawl format is a menace!' That 1-player Brawl tournament would like to have a word with you, Prof. hahahahha
Gabriel Azolini (3 months ago)
I'd KILL for an Ajani Signature Spellbook. Just saying
MakeThisPlaceIgnite (3 months ago)
Gavin “obviate” verhey
Brigham Schellinger (3 months ago)
I really hate that brawl wasn't a thing that worked out. I really felt like it was a format designed with me as a player in mind. I'm burned out on commander since it's really spikey where I am, and it allowed me to use all of my one of rares from my drafts. I still have a brawl deck built for this standard but alas it's collecting dust.
Howard Phillips (3 months ago)
I don't get why WOTC keeps acting like the interplay between fetches and dual-typed lands is such an advanced strat. I have *literally* never met a single player who both underestimated fetchlands and was aware of dual lands existing. The interplay between the two cards is as intuitive and obvious as core MTG staples like tribal synergies or "spells-matter" types of cards.
Meny De la Torre (3 months ago)
I missed a question about the Reserved List ;(?
Welverin (3 months ago)
Good video, but then Gavin is always interesting. Thanks for the video, both of you.
Styles Extraordinaire (3 months ago)
MTG: Hard Copy! You surly maximized your time with Gavin... and his answers on all were excellent, well spoken and elegant. Also your questions in all these "Gavin Interview Sessions",are very relevant and insightful. Thank you both, you are appreciated.
Tyler (3 months ago)
Very great interview. You guys both did a great job. I Only got triggered once lol. When he was talking about modern event decks... he pretty much did say that they do care about the second market. I have 4 modern decks that did cost me a lot of money. But I don’t care! Give people the silver platter. I want to see more players playing modern. I hate the bar of price stopping so many people from enjoying other formats. Hell I also like the ideal that I could own more than 4 modern competitive decks on the cheap. I welcome it. I find it hard to believe I am the minority.
Grasshopper (3 months ago)
Modern precon decks with new cards designed with Modern in mind. Yes! This is what I have been wanting for a long time and I have been arguing with fellow Modern players that we need this. I think Gavin is worrying to much about upsetting the balance of Modern. They do this on a pretty regular basis already. Last year we got 5 Color Humans and a lot of Modern players were not happy about it. This year we got Arclight Phoenix and again, a lot of Modern players are not happy about this deck. Modern can adjust though since it has such a large card pool. You just have to give it time to adjust. Stop being scared Gavin. Make some cool Modern precons and add fetch lands as a one or two of in these decks! Modern is the big boy format on the field. It will be ok.
Grasshopper (3 months ago)
Maybe they should make a new fetchland with new oracle text that doesn't involve shuffling but has your opponent cut your deck after you fetch instead. This would be quicker.
Evan Magness (3 months ago)
Prof. Please watch star Wars episodes 4-6
Michael Summa (3 months ago)
So can you watch Star Wars sometime soon so I can start respecting your opinion about things again? It sounds stupid but you gotta understand, it's like taking psychedelics for the first time. You're a different person afterward.
psychedelics? I have never smoked pot, let alone taken psychedelics.
rvca 1375 (3 months ago)
Mono green Tron challenger deck would be cool
Sam Bae (3 months ago)
38:25 You’re welcome.
Daspien1 (3 months ago)
Interesting !
Omar Guzman (3 months ago)
What about WOTC does something to prevent a 2017 Commander set being over $250 in less than a years time. Giving the average mtg player only a few months to get it at a reasonable price..? WOTC is pathetic.
ZoidsNut (3 months ago)
Black/White Innistrad angel yaaaaaasssssssss!
hydra66 (3 months ago)
Good interview prof
Gavin S. (3 months ago)
I loathe Gavin Verhey. He represents everything wrong with the game these days, to me.
Ron Hintz (3 months ago)
Professor I love this idea. I would love to see more episodes like this one. You and Gavin hit this clean out of the park. Very very informative with future products and really enjoyed the stories. Please do more episodes like this one. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this. Also having Gavin there was an excellent choice. Very knowledgeable about magic and a pleasure to listen to. Great job to both of you!
jevry (3 months ago)
chad (3 months ago)
so wizards of the coast does not want to lower the value of modern in any way and does not want modern accessible outside of buying singles to play modern. well people don't think you'll be playing modern any time soon for cheap! BOOOOO!!!
chad (3 months ago)
the problem with reprints is they attach high dollar, very sought after cards to crap products that have no value aside from the reprints. also, they jack up the MSRP and if that doesn't go up, the distributors jack the price up and the LSG charges us more. So its a lose lose situation for the consumer.
Xavi Wise (3 months ago)
Summary of the interview: Proff: Hey Gavin, why everything you guys do revolve around the secondary market soooo blatantly? the cards you reprint or not, the cards in challenger decks or not, the print runs, the pricing of product on the shelf....absolutly everything, while you say you dont pay attention to the secondary market? Gavin: yes, I ate a pickle, tasted good, thank you for asking. next question?
Aidan O'Rourke (3 months ago)
I want the professor card
Ruth Evers (3 months ago)
I really hope this leads to more interaction with WOTC- I know the products would benefit, and we players would, too.
Button Tapper (3 months ago)
2020 COMMANDER DECKS: Return to Homelands themed. (All decks)
Kyle Childress (3 months ago)
Baron Sengir is reserved list and i'm pretty sure Gavin doesn't want to be quoted that reserved list reprints are a "when". I'm assuming you guys meant a new version? Could you clarify?
Cb Epyon (3 months ago)
Overall I really enjoyed the video I just wish that the question of declining card quality would have been addressed.
Rafael Silva Willians (3 months ago)
8:20 Prof: "Fetches will never return to Standard." Gavin: ;) That smile. That subtle smile
Skynyrd Jesus (3 months ago)
I've been of the opinion for a long time that high value land cards should be printed in every core set or even every set with a random chance to replace the basic land in a pack with the same legality rules as masterpieces had. Chase cards are one of my favorite parts of playing magic, and I only play casually to be fair, but it just seems so bizarre to me that the Mana base is almost always the most expensive part of any deck. Since they are such a necessary product I think that would be about as elegant solution as can be done.
Gollum 2016 (3 months ago)
I just want to see a good werewolf commander.
Frost weaver (4 months ago)
I love this
Clint Stewart (4 months ago)
Really great! Thanks Gavin. Thanks Prof
Thenutkid Jr (4 months ago)
Profesor...the podcast doesn’t show all the audio. It has happened in the sideboard and this one. Please check this. Great show by the way.
Jeff Swetlikoe (4 months ago)
Professor, this is a great video with great content but I feel that when you're editing the video together, you should only use one audio track at a time. The tinny, mechanic sound is usually a result of this and it did sort of bother me at times. Thanks for the awesome content!
Pranjal Chaitanya (4 months ago)
I'm hoping to see Izzet drakes as a challenger deck
lbwiggains (4 months ago)
Well done Gavin, well done. Very classy.
Peter Koebel (4 months ago)
All this talk of reprints, reminds of the pre-pre-release. Where Adam joked that R&Ds slogan F. I. R. E stood for: Forget It Reprint Everything
Joe Nic (4 months ago)
I enjoy Brawl and I don't think it deserves the hate that it gets. Here are some things I think would improve its reception: 1. Make it available on Arena. Arena has a Singleton format, but not Brawl, for whatever technical reasons. If it were available, I'm sure more people would play it because of reason #2. 2. Market it towards Drafters. Brawl is great for me because I draft almost every week. I have lots of powerful cards, but I rarely have playsets of them. And I'm not willing to spend the money to get them to play Standard. Brawl is a place for me to actually use the cards I draft and win. 3. Don't try to convert Commander players. Brawl is a great introduction to Commander, but I don't think it works in reverse. Most of the Commander players I know just look at it as watered-down Commander, so they can't be bothered to try it. I understand that mindset and it would be very hard to convince them otherwise. Let the Brawlers grow into Commander, but don't expect the established Commander players to embrace Brawl. 4. Support the format. That tournament when only one guy entered, and therefore won, was super embarrassing. That shouldn't happen. Post more articles, put up more videos, host more events. Finally, I'm disappointed that content producers who have a lot of power in the community like Josh of the Command Zone and the Professor are so critical of a format that they didn't even really try. Their negativity actively discourages players from trying it. It's not a format for you. That's fine, you don't have to play. That's what great about Magic, you have options. I'd like to hear what everyone else thinks. Thanks.
Ty Sylicus (4 months ago)
Gavin is such a great sport here. I knew Prof was going to really dig into him and ask some tough questions. However, Gav keeps his cool.
Me Me (4 months ago)
I cried when he said I have never seen Star Wars
Schwarzer Tee (4 months ago)
I call it here and now: A Sorin Markov Spellbook containing his greatest creation and his gravest failure: Avacyn. How flavourfull would that be?
cuntos cunt (4 months ago)
Make baron sengir great again
Japan8o8 (4 months ago)
prof was foaming at the mouth for that sengir haha XD
Robert Barnett (4 months ago)
Wasn't Baron Sengir a planeswalker? At least technically speaking?
MrVovoda (4 months ago)
I was just about to comment about the lack of brawl in this video when you… "mentioned" it. Nice timing there, class act from Gavin indeed.
shaun skinner (4 months ago)
All I heard was signature spellbook Nichol bolas
Alec Cobham (4 months ago)
Please! They’ll NEVER make a modern challenger deck that’s tournament playable out of the box. Why would they pack $900+ of value in a product they’ll sell for a minute fraction of that? They’d make them garbage on purpose. They’re too worried about peoples’ feelings.
Caleb Horowitz (4 months ago)
This might be the best Magic video I've ever seen. It's such a big deal to see the professor ask heavy-hitting questions like that and for Gavin to give legitimate answers that don't skirt around the problems or concerns of the community. Gavin's great, and I'm really glad this happened.
voltagetoe (4 months ago)
The motive behind product line cuts is that Commander is growing with same rate as Modern is shrinking ? Oh boy, they better now release 8 EDH decks per year instead of just 4 - and include way better reprints than previously.
Lennart Jacobs (4 months ago)
We need "land masters", a set where all lands get reprints. People need lands to play the game.... So give it to them.
SpencerBelanger (4 months ago)
Half life 3 confirmed!!
Alvikus (4 months ago)
I have a question. Does anytime think we could get a Jaya transform card. Start as ‘Mothet Luti’ and she then becomes Jaya?
Willie Scott (4 months ago)
I'll be honest, I didn't have high hopes for this video, but man, I was wrong! Glad to hear some answers, and excited to see these things come to fruition.
MrPowerpen (4 months ago)
This guy refused to answer why no fetch lands
Tobias Leon Haecker (4 months ago)
Dear Prof, would you please stopp the Brawl Bashing. I think, as a major influencer, you are hurting the format from which I think you don't have understood. It is not the format for you. It is not the format for longtime players with a huge collection. But it is the best and fun format for new and casual players. In Bremen (over half a million) it is one of the most played in store formats which attracted and kept! a lot of new players. A deck is extremely easy to build, the cards are easy to obtain (since all of them are circulating), it is cheap (because you can a lot of the rares which aren't chased for standard) and it is fun since there a no difficult meta and there is somehow a power level roof. (not like in commander where you first should check the power levels of the decks before playing). For most players, they finally can use all the cards from draft and sealed which aren't usable anywhere else and clock the tradefolder. And it is a very good startingpoint to getting into commander. Once the deck rotates you probably have enough for a mediocre commander deck which you now can upgrade. The games are way more "simplistic" compared to a commander round, but the games are in general faster and perfect for a small round in the store. Also it fits extremely well with planechase, archenemy, two headed giant and so on. But for players which are very deep into magic it can be a bit boring. But we have some pro players which got into Brawl to play jank and funny stuff because they got bored from standard.
Jon Boon (3 months ago)
If Brawl didn't rotate, I would agree.
Jeremy Church (4 months ago)
This video was awesome! A huge thank you to Gavin coming on! Great work as always!
Martin MacKenzie (4 months ago)
Gavin's a fan Prof!! Amazing episode - thank you Gavin for coming out and doing this!
Sean Miller (4 months ago)
I'm seeing it all over the comments, but really what a great video. Looking forward to the pauper one, and I don't even play the format. Would love to see more of these interviews in the future.
alexanderespinoza (4 months ago)
5 months to put cards into a PDF and get them to a printer seems like bs.
Eduardo Serpa (4 months ago)
Such a classy, nice dude. Thanks for making this possible, Professor.
A Ham (4 months ago)
I have to defend Blood Moon and Ensnaring bridge. Those cards are the hall pass monitors of modern. I want them to always be in the format so that there exists a hard sideboard counter to certain archetypes that might otherwise run rampant without them. As a Jund player, I begrudgingly acknowledge that Blood Moon is s necessary evil.
Nomad6763 (4 months ago)
You guys banter like you've known each other for years
Nathan Spagnoli (4 months ago)
would love to see a decent markov remake
A Ham (4 months ago)
This was a really good interview. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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