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  1. The way that fifth copies work is a little opaque. There’s this thing called “the vault”, which you accrue progress towards opening as you obtain fifth copies of common and uncommon cards (and by opening packs I think?). Either way, they hide your progress towards it opening until you get to 100%. When you do open it, you’ll find it has wildcards in. For rares and mythic rares, there’s duplicate protection to prevent you getting fifth copies. If you ever get a complete set then you get gems instead. Hope that helps. 

  2. If you have access to a Windows PC then the best thing to do is download Magic Arena. The tutorials there will explain all the basics, and there’s a skill progression tree which ends up unlocking basics decks in most of the colour pairs so you can get a feeling for them all. 

  3. 26 minutes ago, strawdonkey said:

    Conversely, I've sold nearly all my cards* since I don't have time to play any more. It's not a reaction to Ixalan mind, though I did get to play Ixalan sealed recently and holy fuck that is not a good format.


    Looks like it's more tailored for draft instead.


    *have retained my cube, a couple of crap commander decks and five Pauper decks. Which is still quite a lot. Getting the loft done with the proceeds from the two Modern decks and big pile of fetchlands though!

    I know what you mean about the sealed format, I’ve played it twice and it was pretty crap both times with struggling to make playables. 

  4. 7 hours ago, strider said:

    Absolutely loving ixalan online. Dinosaurs and pirates. What's not to love? Seriously considering spending some cash and making a naya dinosaur deck. I was enjoying the last set, but this new one is brilliant and great fun to draft.

    Agreed :) I’ve done one draft on MTGO (ended up with a pretty sweet merfolk deck) and played an awful Rakdos Pirates deck in my prerelease. Picked up a booster box and am playing sealed with my friends this week, hoping for some sweet Dino action!

  5. 50 minutes ago, Tourist said:


    And possibly my marriage.


    Got told off by my wife when the decks turned up at home...

    Meanwhile, in my office at work...


    in my defence some friends and I play sealed every time a new set comes out they're not all mine honest

  6. From what I've been able to glean from Redddit, Soldier 76 used to be the "Captain America" of Overwatch - the perfect hero never straying from the path of what's right etc. That context makes the short a lot more interesting to me than it first appeared, especially his drawn out hesitation as to whether to save the girl or go after the gang members. It really speaks to how the rejection and disbanding of Overwatch must've changed him profoundly as a person and left him as someone who's basically a vigilante now. 

  7. 10 hours ago, U-1 said:


    Looks and runs perfectly



    This was the most shocking thing for me upon reflection.  Blizz don't have the best track record with game launches (see Diablo, every WoW Expansion ever, almost every time they release a new Hearthstone expansion...) so the fact that it was rock solid playable last night was amazing.  It'll be interesting to see how it holds up once the proper Open Beta launches.

  8. I too spent this evening with it and fell for it completely. It's just perfect size chunks of fun, each round is only a few minutes so when you wind up on the losing side it doesn't feel like much of a big deal. The maps have a lot of character as do the heroes, and I love the variety of them from what I've seen. 


    Many favourite so far have been Mercy and Widowmaker. Some giant robot and I as Mercy held a corridor for ages in one game, and after that I was using her Shift key ability to fly around the room patching up and resurrecting people with gleeful abandon. It felt awesome and must've been annoying as hell to be on the other end of :)


    Widowmaker is totally the opposite of course.  I was surprised at how powerful she was when not in sniper mode, her automatic rifle does a good job of chewing people up which is good as I'm terrible at FPSes so my aiming was crap!


    So much more to do, the gap between beta close and release is looking longer and longer...

  9. I'm Balir#1792 on PC, I've added everyone upthread so far. Currently I'm frantically counting down the hours until I leave work to collect my daughter from school and "work from home" for the rest of the afternoon :D Right now I'm strangely drawn to playing Mercy first, I guess it's my inner / long repressed WoW healer coming back out to play again.

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