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Jake Vyper

MTG Writer/Streamer is a Fantasy & Sci-Fi Author, Social Media Manager, and Founder of Epicstream.com

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  • Cyberpunk 2077 Wins This Year's Golden Joystick For Most Wanted Game
      Cyberpunk 2077, the highly-anticipated open-world RPG from CD Projekt RED, has been named the Most Wanted Game of the 37th Golden Joysticks Awards. This is the second year in a row fans voted the studio's upcoming game as their Most Wanted Game.  During the award gala's pre-show prior to the announcement, the Golden Joystick team premiered a special video of their visit to CD Projekt RED, giving us a peek at the developers working on the game. The video hosted by Hollie Bennett (Head of Communication UK) features CD Projekt RED's Pawel Sasko (Lead Quest Designer), Marcin Pzybylowicz (Music Director), and Miles Trost (Senior Level Designer) talking about the development of Cyberpunk 2077.    It's not even that surprising to see that this game is winning many awards before its release next year. I just hope that it won't be as disappointing as Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding game.  CD Projekt Red would like to thank the fans who voted for the game in this year's Golden Joystick Awards.  Here's a description of the Cyberpunk 2077 game:  "Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you." Cyberpunk 2077 is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020. Related: Keanu Reeves Reportedly Doubles Commitment to Cyberpunk 2077 Due to Personal Enjoyment
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  • The Magic: The Gathering Standard-Legal Cards That Went Up In Price ...
      Monday's Magic: The Gathering ban and restricted announcment dramatically changes the Standard format thanks to the banning of three cards: "Oko, Thief of Crowns", "Once Upon A Time", and "Veil of Summer", causing certain cards to go up in price.  In the Standard format, we see some powerful creatures and planeswalkers go up in price since the banning of those three cards. According to the price change data by MTGGoldfish, the creatures that got the most price increase lately are "Korvold, Fae-Cursed King", and "Brazen Borrower". Korvold, with the current market price of $14.28 increased by $2.28 this week while "Brazen Borrower" went up by $1.59. "Korvold" will most likely continue to see play in Food sacrifice strategies while "Brazen Borrower" will surely be used in Control, Blue/Red Flash or Blue/Green Flash archetypes in Standard.    "Rankle, Master of Pranks" and "Voracious Hydra" also saw a price increase this week but not as much as the Korvold and "Brazen Borrower".  It's not surprising to see some powerful creatures in Standard get a price increase now that Oko, a card that invalidates big creatures, is gone in the format.  Another Commander from a Throne of Eldraine Brawl preconstructed deck saw a price increase recently: "Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale", a Mardu-colored legendary knight that went up by 5% but I doubt that it will see Standard play even if "Oko, Thief of Crowns" is no longer legal.  Three Standard-legal Planeswalker cards made it to the Top 10 weekly price change data: "Vivien, Arkbow Ranger", "Liliana, Dreadhorde General", and "Teferi, Time Raveler" with Vivien getting the biggest spike this week (+$6.79) with the current market price of $18.55. Vivien will most likely see play in Green-based Adventure archetypes. With Oko gone in Standard, more players will be able to keep big creatures on the board instead of being turned into 3/3 Elks with no abilities.  Meanwhile, "Nissa, Who Shakes the World", a card often seen in Oko decks, decreased in price by 2% with the current market price of $6.20.  However, the biggest surprise when it comes to Planeswalker price changes is "Oko, Thief of Crowns" himself. Soon after Wizards of the Coast banned Oko in yesterday's announcement, its price continued to crash down to around $31 but now it's going up again by 5% recently with the current price of $35. It's most likely because people are realizing that Oko is still legal and viable in other formats like Modern and Commander.        A couple of land cards also saw some price increase this week: "Blood Crypt"  (+6%) and "Castle Locthwain"(+41%). Both cards produce black mana and will most likely see more play since Red/Black aggressive strategies will probably be more viable in Standard now that Oko is banned. "Field of the Dead" also went up by 10% but that card is banned in Standard.  Here's the weekly price change data from MTGGoldfish: Are you surprised with the recent price changes following the big ban and restricted announcement? What cards do you expect will continue to go up or down? Let us know in the comments section below.  Related: Magic: The Gathering Developer Exposed 452,000 Players' Account Data
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  • Magic: The Gathering Play Design Admits "Oko, Thief of Crowns" Was A ...
      Following today's Magic: The Gathering ban and restricted announcement, Wizards of the Coast's Play Design team has shared some insight into how they designed MTG cards for the Standard format in recent years, explaining their approach to setting the power levels and their mistake of designing "Oko, Thief of Crowns" for the Throne of Eldraine set.  Magic R&D designer Bryan Hawley admitted that "Oko, Thief of Crowns was much stronger than they intended, and explained how they developed the oppressive Planeswalker card. "There's lots of reasons he wound up as strong as he did, and there's not a clean and easy story to tell," Hawley said. "The story is rooted in the fact that Play Design is (and needs to be) a design team, not simply a playtesting team." Play Design was focused on testing different structures for the Food archetype, and they revealed that earlier versions of Oko had "most of their power tied up in (a much broader) stealing ability". Although the Food-turning effect was considered more fun, they admitted that they made the card overpowered.  "Ultimately, we did not properly respect his ability to invalidate essentially all relevant permanent types, and over the course of a slew of late redesigns, we lost sight of the sheer, raw power of the card, and overshot it by no small margin"  This reiterates what WotC members Melissa DeTora and Paul Cheon addressed last month during a Magic Arena livestream. DeTora said that Play Design had a goal to make Oko a powerful card in Standard but they underestimated how powerful his +1 ability as a defensive ability to remove creatures and artifacts. "Oko is stronger than it thought it would be, and we are monitoring the format to see see how things are going to shape up after the MC (Mythic Championship)," DeTora said. "So we know it is very strong."  Hawley also summed up the lessons they learned recently when it comes to designing cards, and talked about how three-mana planeswalkers like "Teferi, Time Raveler" and "Oko, Thief of Crowns" are oppressive because of how they invalidate other types of cards. "We'll likely continue making three-mana planeswalkers, but sparingly, carefully, and with the question 'if this planeswalker is strong, what could it push out of the environment?' at the forefront of the conversation," Haley said.  Play Design's primary goal is to make play environments as fun as possible, and part of that has been reverting their decision to power down Standard, which they've gradually done over the course of the last year. Although they've made some mistakes like designing "Oko, Thief of Crowns" that way, they've learned from those mistakes, and hopefully, they will stop printing cards that will hurt the Standard format.  Related: Magic: The Gathering Developer Exposed 452,000 Players' Account Data
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  • Magic: The Gathering Bans Oko, Thief of Crowns & Much More
      Magic: The Gathering players have been anticipating Wizards of the Coast to make today's ban and restricted announcement, and it's finally here.  Today, WotC announced some changes across all formats, but as expected, Standard is getting the most changes this time, banning three cards: "Oko, Thief of Crowns", "Once Upon A Time", and "Veil of Summer".  However, Standard is not the only format where Oko is banned. "Oko, Thief of Crowns" is also banned in the Brawl format.  In Legacy, "Wrenn and Six" is banned, and in Vintage, "Narset, Parter of Veils" is restricted (only one copy of this card is allowed in each deck).  Magic R&D developer Ian Duke explained why the cards were banned in the latest announcement. "Oko, Thief of Crowns has also reduced metagame diversity and diversity of gameplay in Standard by shutting off build-around creatures and artifacts," Duke explained. "Ultimately, Oko's power level has proven higher than is healthy for the current metagame, and higher than intended for future environments, including Theros: Beyond Death and forward." Of course, many already expected WotC to ban Oko today but what's really surprising is the banning of "Once Upon A Time" and "Veil of Summer".  "Once Upon a Time is one of the key reasons green has been overrepresented in the environment," Duke said. "It contributes to a high consistency of strong starts and provides a level of early mana fixing that other colors don't have access to. This advantage is especially important in the context of a small five-set Standard card pool with less flexible mana bases. Arena data indicates that."  These changes come to effect on November 18 for MTG Arena and Magic Online; November 22 on tabletop.  Are you happy now that Oko is banned in Standard and Brawl? These changes should help the Standard format become more diverse again. Hopefully, WotC won't need to ban any card in Standard in the near future.  The next MTG ban and restricted announcement is on December 16.  Related: Magic: The Gathering Developer Exposed 452,000 Players' Account Data
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  • Magic: The Gathering Developer Exposed 452,000 Players' Account Data
      Wizards of the Coast, the publisher and developer of Magic: The Gathering, has confirmed that a security lapse exposed the data on hundreds of thousands of players.  According to the official email from Wizards of the Coast, the company left a database backup file in a public Amazon Web Services storage bucket. However, since there was no password on the storage bucket, anyone was able to access the files inside. Techcrunch reports that the U.K. cybersecurity firm Fidus Information Security was able to find the database even though the bucket is not believed to have been exposed for long  — since around early-September. A review of the database revealed that there were 452,634 players' details, including about 470 email addresses associated with WotC staff. The information exposed inclued player names, usernames, email addresses, and date and time of the account's creation. There were also user passowords, which were hashed and salted, but not impossible to unscramble. Now WotC is asking Magic: The Gathering and MTG Arena players to change their passwords.  According to Tech Crunch's review of the data, none of the data was encrypted and the accounts date back to at least 2012, but recent entries date back to mid-2018.  WotC sent players emails explaining that the security breach was accidental, coming from "a decommissioned version of the WotC login" that was made accessible online. The company also believed that the database hasn't been exploited by malicious actors.  The publisher already informed the U.K. data protection authorities about the exposure, following the breach notification rules under Europe's GDPR regulations, EU's data protection legislation. TechCrunch reports that U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office confirmed the disclosure.  Businesses can be fined up to 4% of their annual turnover or 20 million Euro for GDPR violations.  Related: Commander May Be The Most Played MTG Format
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  • Magic: The Gathering is Having Its First Ever Pionner & Modern Star ...
      The Star City Games Season Two Invitational is happening this weekend, starting today (Nov. 15) and runs to Nov. 17. The bi-annual Magic: The Gathering tournament takes place in Roanoke, Virginia, and has a total prize pool of $100,000. This is the first SCG Invitational that features both the new Pioneer format and Modern.  The winner of the SCG Invitational will get $20,000 and a seat at the SCG end-of-the-year championship. Watch live video from StarCityGames on www.twitch.tv Here's a breakdown of the three-day MTG tournament:  > Day one: Players will participate in eight Swiss rounds of Pioneer and Modern MTG formats (four each). Those with 15 or more match points will advance to day two. > Day two: The top-eight players from four Swiss rounds of Pioneer and four Swiss rounds of Modern will advance to day three.  > Day three: The playoffs and finals will be fought in a single-elimination bracket Pioneer best-of-three format.  The Pioneer format wasn't originally going to be a part of the SCG Invitational. Last month, the SCG Tour team decided to make an emegency change to the tournament by replacing Standard with Pioneer after Wizards of the Coast failed to ban "Oko, Thief of Crowns" from the Standard format. "Simply put, Oko is a card that has warped Throne of Eldraine Standard around itself and that is undeniable. So much, in fact, that maindecking cards that are typically seen as sideboard cards (Noxious Grasp, Aether Gust, and Veil of Summer) is becoming commonplace," Philipps wrote.  You can watch the SCG Invitational on Twitch.tv/StarCityGames.  Just in case you haven't heard of the new Pioneer format, it's a non-rotating format that's mean to bridge the gap between Standard and Modern just like how Modern bridged the gap between Standard and Legacy. Here are legal sets in the Pioneer format now:    If you're a fan of MTG's new Pioneer format, we invite you to join the most active Pioneer Facebook group:   Magic: The Gathering Pioneer PlayersPrivate group · 3,672 membersJoin GroupA group for Magic: The Gathering Pioneer Format discussion, news, deck tips, strategy, rules help, memes and more! For general MTG discussion, post he...  Related: Commander May Be The Most Played Magic: The Gathering Format
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  • Commander May Be The Most Played Magic: The Gathering Format
      If you ask Magic: The Gathering players what they think is the most-played Constructed MTG format is right now, many of them would probably answer Standard or Modern, but it looks like Commander has already taken the throne as the most played Magic format.  Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Mark Rosewater recently responded to a question on his Blogatog: "The majority of players don’t play Commander/Brawl." Do you have numbers that back this up?" "Yes," Rosweater answered. "The data says it might currently be the most played constructed format, but that is far from a majority. People forget how many players play 'cards I own'." So data suggests that save for extremely casual play (kitchen table Magic), Commander is the most played Constructed MTG format, even more than Modern and Standard. According to the Professor of the Tolarian Community College YouTube channel, Commander is not going anywhere, the future of Magic is Commander, at least on paper since Commander is not available on MTG Arena.  Wizards of the Coast is releasing a good amount of Commander products next year, including the Commander Legends set that will let combine the experience of booster drafting with Commander, and new Commander decks that will be released alongside new MTG expansions.  Do you enjoy playing Commander? Do you think this format is worth your time? Let us know in the comments section below.  Related: MTG Designer Confirms These 3 Throne of Eldraine Cards Were Originally Multicolored
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  • Dragon Ball Fans React to The New Live-Action Movie Rumors
    If you want to annoy a Dragon Ball fan, just bring up Hollywood's live-action adaptation released in 2009 called Dragonball Evolution. The James Wong-directed film was bashed by critics and fans, so it's easy to see why fans are not thrilled to see another live-aciton Dragon Ball movie from a Hollywood studio, but according to a recent rumor, Disney wants to make a new live-action Dragon Ball film.  Over on Twitter, We Got This Covered shared an article claiming that Disney is developing a live-action Dragon Ball film, and the rumor says that the live-action film will feature an all Asian cast, but fans on Twitter have shared their reactions, and may of them are not happy about it.  As you can see in the tweets below, fans are not thrilled with the rumor's idea, with many sharing gifs and memes expressing their negative reactions to it. Dragonball Evolution received tons of negative reviews with just 15% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and since that was released, fans are no longer confident that Hollywood can do a live-action film that stays true to Akira Toriyama's manga and anime series.  pic.twitter.com/LROmDweKU9— Derp (@DerpLikesDBZ) November 14, 2019 you guys play too much for me to believe a word of this— Chris Stuckmann (@Chris_Stuckmann) November 15, 2019 Disney cant do a DB movie without Toei's approval.— DAVE?️❄ (@Dave_Drawss) November 14, 2019 Here comes another bad Dragon Ball Evolution pic.twitter.com/ibtcYd2VAi— Trunks (Future) (@TitanCrab117) November 14, 2019 pic.twitter.com/WAV9Ol6Xpt— TheBlueFox696 (@MandrescuMaria) November 14, 2019 Dragon ball evolution... non pas encore... pic.twitter.com/OsZix08zda— Malcolm (@Malcolm_Ve) November 14, 2019 pic.twitter.com/T6PuJKJemd— Snowy Squid (@Master23Magic) November 14, 2019 Akira Toriyama: "HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE TO TEACH YOU THIS LESSON OLD MAN!!!"Hollywood/Disney: "Hello, I love money!"*Toriyama, Shueshia, and Japanese business men all surround Hollywood/Disney to beat them up*— V-patt (@BVP_23) November 14, 2019 Do you think Disney can make a live-aciton Dragon Ball movie that fans would love? Let us know in the comments section below.  The Japanese version of Dragon Ball Super is available to stream on Crunchyroll and FunimationNOW while the English dub currently airs on Adult Swim during the Toonami programming on Cartoon Network. You can also stream it on Amazon Video and Funimation. The Galactic Prisoner arc in Dragon Ball Super is still ongoing in the manga, and you can read it for free on Viz Media.  Related: Dragon Ball FighterZ Releases First Trailer For Broly
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  • Magic: The Gathering Designer Confirms These 3 Throne of Eldraine ...
      Did you know that three mono-colored Magic: The Gathering cards from the Throne of Eldraine expansion were originally multi-colored? It turns out that the cards based on Lady of the Lake, Robin Hood, and Merlin were originally multicolored, and MTG head designer Mark Rosewater confirmed it on his Blogatog.  When a fan asked Rosewater which colors he was going to assign to them, he recalled:  "I don’t remember. My best guess: Robin Hood - red/green or red/white Lady of the Lake - white/blue Merlin - white/blue or blue/black" Just in case you don't know which Throne of Eldraine cards he's talking about, here they are:  Emry, Lurker of the Loch (inspired by Lady of the Lake)  Robber of the Rich (inspired by Robin Hood) Gadwick, the Wizened (inspired by Merlin) Since "Outlaws' Merriment", the card that represents Robin Hood's team is red/white, it just makes sense that "Robber of the Rich" would also be multicolored. However, considering the Merry Men are rebel outlaws, and Robin Hood is their leader, white doesn't make sense flavor-wise.  Outlaws' Merriment It's nice to know that they were originally multicolored, but I'm glad that their final versions were not. All three of the cards mentioned saw a decent amount of play across formats, and I love how the Magic R&D designed these cards. I just love how the whole Throne of Eldraine set was designed, and if you want to know all the fairy tale and Arthurian legend references in the set, watch this video.  Throne of Eldraine is now available for tabletop and on digtal (Magic Online and Magic Arena).  Related: MTG Arena Plans To Add "Remastered" Sets and The New Pioneer Format
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  • Magic: The Gathering Arena Plans To Add "Remastered" Sets and The New ...
      Wizards of the Coast and the developers of Magic: The Gathering Arena have huge plans for the free-to-play collectible card game. As part of this month's State of the Game, WotC revealed that later next year, they're planning to start adding "remastered" versions of older sets to Arena. "The MTG Arena team, in conjunction with Magic R&D, will be looking at multiple sets and condensing them into a single larger set that only includes the most relevant cards, and adding that to the game," WotC wrote. "This will allow us to focus on what made these sets fun and exciting for players while delivering on the content much more quickly." Omitting the cards that are not viable in non-rotating formats would definitely help them focus on bringing more viable cards from older sets at a faster pace, but it's still a long-term commitment since they would still need to program a bunch of cards if they want to bring Pioneer or Modern to the digital client. "Pioneer is one of the formats that we're working towards, but it'll be a longer journey before we can talk specifics," WotC said. "As we head towards that goal, we'll be focusing on delivering the best play experiences that these iconic card sets can offer." When Pioneer was announced last month, many players criticized WotC's decision to have different new non-rotating formats in Arena and on tabletop. Why not just add Pioneer to Arena instead of just focusing on Historic? Now that they revealed their intention to add Pioneer to Arena, it looks like Arena will have a bright future ahead, and it's exciting to see that WotC has big plans to improve the game.  We'll most likely have to wait next year to see the "remastered" versions of older sets added to the game so don't expect to play Pioneer on Arena anytime soon. However, players will soon be able to play the new Historic format when it launches later this month, and they're adding 20 new cards with the November 21 update. Arena is also getting a new Friends List feature to help players connect with friends in the game.  Are you excited to play Pioneer on Magic Arena? How about Historic?  Let us know in the comments section below, and don't forget to join our Magic Arena Facebook group here:   Magic Arena PlayersPrivate group · 10,952 membersJoin GroupA page for Magic: The Gathering Arena discussion, news, deck tips, strategy, rules help, memes and more! For general MTG discussion, post here https:/...  Related: MTG Writers Think War of the Spark: Forsaken Ruined The Game's Lore
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