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    themast#90326 commented  · 

    I will never play a card game where the cards can be modified on the fly.

    I will never draft or play sealed if I don't have a non-rotating format to use the cards in afterwards

    I'd say this product is no longer for me but it's not the same product it was before Alchemy was announced. It's a product I would have never bought into if I knew the way it was going because I knew the money was locked in unlike MTGO or paper.

    This single change is so bad it makes me want to quit your game altogether, digital and paper, because it shows that you're happy to completely upend the player experience for nothing beyond some extra bucks. You can argue that's happened in the past but I'd say it was almost always done in good faith - trying to push the game and accidentally making broken cards/mechanics that had a huge impact. I always felt like you tried to fix your mistakes. This is not like that - this is intentional and predatory. There is no good faith effort to make the game better or push the boundaries in a way that makes the game more fun. The only way we are pushing the boundary is in seeing how much the players will take before they revolt. I have been playing this game since Ice Age and been through quite a few changes over the years - I've never felt this way after any of those changes.

    I had no issue with new collector's editions and flooding the market with Commander products - more stuff allows people to enjoy the game in more ways and that's a great thing. Introducing new sets that retroactively change old cards and formats makes it so that less people can play the game unless they are completely onboard with everything you do. That will never be me, and I think you may be surprised to find out how few people there are like that.

    If you're going to burn your enfranchised players for stuff like this it seems to signal confidence that there are so many new players out there, that you will be able to grow your way out of the attrition that changes like this will produce. Well, I've worked for a lot of growth-based companies and I can tell you this: Growth is great until it stops and nothing grows forever.

    I will actively discourage new players from playing Magic in the future. I will recommend a different game. I used to be a borderline Magic evangelist. This sucks. You should really reconsider what you've done here.

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    themast#90326 commented  · 

    I want to be able to invest in a deck and strategy. I cannot do this if my cards can be changed overnight at the whim of a developer. Reverse this change.

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