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!
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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.
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
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?
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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