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    Ignithas reacted to Ishi Tonu in My plan as unofficial L5R community coordinator/brand director   
    We are closing in on the release of the Crab, Lion, and Dragon clan packs, which will mark the end of the first clan cycle, and the dawn of a new age for el5are.
    Flantasy Fight Gums will begin a cycle of premium rival expansion packs that will shift the balance of power in Koguran, bring balance to the game, fix any included cards that received errata, and bring new players into the game.
    Each pack will include the following:
    2 complete tournament legal decks, and enough tokens to get two new players into the game
    The decks will be comprised of a mix of alt art clan and neutral cards that are deemed balanced, best support the clan themes, and/or pivotal to the story.  Most importantly they will be cards that appeared in the core set and first two dynasty cycles, to ensure that they remain a good value for anyone that plans on playing the game for the long term, as these packs will be considered premium expansion.  Players who did originally purchased the core sets and first two expansion cycles will not be required to purchase these cards as you likely already own them all.
    The planned rival decks are as follows:
    Dragon vs Phoenix (battle of the elements/rings)
    Lion vs Unicorn (clash of military clans)
    Crane vs Scorpion (clash of political clans)
    Crab vs ???? faction
    Additional dynasty cycles will follow that focus on the 7 great clans.  The next premium expansion ("The Arrival of the ????, dun dun dun") will feature a reprint of the ???? faction cards from their rival pack and  an infusion of new ???? faction cards that builds upon their XXXX theme that will be unveiled in the Crab vs ???? pack. (so rest assured that you will have another opportunity to play the ???? if you didn't purchase  the crab vs ???? pack.
    I will coordinate all information about design, OP, story, and anything else el5are related.  you can email your el5are questions to me at somethingel5are@effeffgee.corn.  I will provide weekly updates on as many el5are topics as I can. 
    Utz!!!!!!!!! (and yes it's ok to respond to this with Banzai!)
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    Ignithas reacted to The Jade Throne Podcast in The Jade Throne Podcast   
    Episode 115: Lets Talk About That LVO Survey
    This week it is Shey joined by Special guests Trevor and Tsar talking about the endeavor to get a Grand Championship at the LVO.
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    Ignithas reacted to LordBlunt in A Moment of Respite [Critique]   
    This post is counter to how the great majority of players should/could respond to threads that they don’t agree with. If you are aiming at being an ***@%0)3, you succeeded. 
    And to those of you who responded with a ‘like’ to his post, shame on you. 
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    Ignithas reacted to phillos in Mono No Aware - Card Rotation   
    The one per deck cards as a balancing mechanic for strong card effects has been criticized by the L5R fandom already since we saw alot of that in the first cycle and those cards just made the game way more swingy.  I suspect presenting that solution again would be just as unpopular.
    Hopefully everyone blows up together therefore what is competitive get's reevaluated.  Previously noncompetitive cards and tactics could see light.  That is sort of the ideal for LCGs.  A constantly changing card pool allows you to constantly reevaluate your card pool in a new light.  Rotation just adds instead of subtracts but the same should be true.  I'd argue subtracting is more effective in this regard since at some point if you only add to a card pool you reach a ceiling of competitiveness for a faction deck and you only get small tweaks to top tier decks.  The game therefore stagnates at a competitive level assuming they are good about not introducing power creep.  We've seen this to be historically true in LCGs. 
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    Ignithas got a reaction from Simplegarak in Player Compensation for Card Changes   
    I think you make a valid point. Including the erratad cards into future packs as extra cards (as some companys already do) would be ideal, but FFG doesn't operate like that. There is a very real chance that we get promos with the right text and future printings of the product will probably be printed with the erratad versions.
    PS: I don't get why a significant portion of the community tries to gatekeep the game when critic is expressed. Don't let this discourage you, I and probably a lot of other people see things in a similar light.
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    Ignithas reacted to Khudzlin in Inheritance Cycle Spoilers thread   
    There should have been a new stronghold for each clan in the first cycle. And people wonder why deckbuilding is stale...
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    Ignithas reacted to Khudzlin in Inheritance Cycle Spoilers thread   
    The more competitively viable strategies there are for each clan, the better. Role locking clans compounds the lack of strongholds in making deckbuilding stale.
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    Ignithas reacted to Schmoozies in Anyone still use Rout/Outwit?   
    The issue with rout/outwit is the force and keyword requirements.  They can be awkward to reach against towers which is why in my experience they have started to fall out of favor.
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    Ignithas reacted to Ser Nakata in Listen to Tyler Parrott talk about game design   
    Which is probably what happened to Unicorn when designed for the Core Set.
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    Ignithas reacted to twinstarbmc in Player Compensation for Card Changes   
    Dude. "Casual play" doesn't mean you can do whatever the heck you want. We still want structure, balance, and a good game. Implying casual players don't care about rules and errata is, frankly, a bit insulting to what I suspect is a majority of the fanbase.
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    Ignithas got a reaction from LordBlunt in Player Compensation for Card Changes   
    I think you make a valid point. Including the erratad cards into future packs as extra cards (as some companys already do) would be ideal, but FFG doesn't operate like that. There is a very real chance that we get promos with the right text and future printings of the product will probably be printed with the erratad versions.
    PS: I don't get why a significant portion of the community tries to gatekeep the game when critic is expressed. Don't let this discourage you, I and probably a lot of other people see things in a similar light.
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    Ignithas got a reaction from Ishi Tonu in Advice: Phoenix vs Unicorn   
    The Phoenix Unicorn MU is really easy to understand. As a Phoenix player the following things are important:
    -Kuroi Mori on your SH. If the Unicorn is competent, he will be almost always be faster than you.

    - Let your oponent spend cards to break your provinces. This is usually not a MU that gets decided by value, so giving up value to delay Unicorn is viable.

    - When Uni is on your SH you lose if you don't have Tadaka or more active Censures than your oponents Captive Audiences.
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    Ignithas reacted to everythingbagels in Player Compensation for Card Changes   
    I am 100% not trolling, this was not a joke post, and this is my only account. This is my first LCG and I don't like decisions like this that FFG is making. That's great you can accept it, but if you believe I'm not allowed to find fault in FFG selling us cards and literally changing what they do with not a word of making it right, then I guess that's what allows companies like FFG to make decisions without putting their customers first.
    Again, I'm perfectly fine with rebalancing cards for the health of the game. I'm not okay with them leaving out any sort of compensation as part of that process.
    The toxicity of some of your responses is definitely enough to put me off of the game. Is this what I should expect if I ever dared go to an official event? I had a pretty cordial discussion about this in the L5R discord, but I guess I should have expected more hostility from those on the FFG forums. Thank you to those who were decent enough not to attack a fellow player of the game we enjoy for raising an issue of concern.
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    Ignithas got a reaction from Doji Tori in The RL and my take on it   
    Resto breaking itself would have made it actually stronger.
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    Ignithas reacted to Doji Tori in The RL and my take on it   
    I meant to say the erratas have been implemented before seeing whether restricting the cards could solve the problem. I find using the RL, if viable, would have been a more aesthetically pleasing solution.
    I assume the erratas will have a positive effect, since this cards were often described as a NPE, and it is possible that they found simply restricting them wouldn't be effective. 
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    Ignithas reacted to Kani Kantai in The RL and my take on it   
    As a new player to both limited card games and L5R, I have absolutely no problem with the RL, and think it helps new players take a second look at cards to understand why they are so powerful they need to be restricted and therefore learn new strategies/ideas that you could use or may need to defend against.
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    Ignithas reacted to Doji Tori in The RL and my take on it   
    I think some of the errata might have been a bit too hasty.
    Neither Restoration of Balance nor City of the Open Hand were on the restricted list, which is something that they could have tried to limit their power. To put an example, I think Restoration of Balance and Niten Master work well together, because both create a sort of “card advantage”. But if both were on the RL and you played Niten Master your opponent would have access to their entire hand to fight it, or if you played RoB, then you wouldn’t be able to use a character that stands so efficiently to get extra value off your attachments.
    Tadaka is a bit tougher decision, and they already tried putting it in the RL. His effect is one I don’t see ever becoming bad, though maybe it would become less effective as the card pool grows. As such every Phoenix card that works well with Tadaka would be a contender for the RL, even if it is balanced in every other way.
    On the other hand, quite happy with the inclusion of Steward of Law in the RL. I feel like the little bugger was a bit of an auto-include, though not having a cheap character with annoying combos available will definitely hurt.
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    Ignithas reacted to C2K in The RL and my take on it   
    I still believe roles are too restrictive for deckbuilding.  Considering how big the RL has grown, does the game need to be even more restricted? 
    And if the roles need to stay, then only neutral cards should have elemental/(Keeper/Seeker) restrictions.  Nothing like getting a Dynasty pack, but can't play any of the cards from your clan from it. 
     
    As for Tadaka, he has some counterplay now, but Phoenix is very good at fighting over the rings they want.  It basically means PHX players will have to sacrifice more to stick his effect, which might not be a bad thing in certain situations.  Late game Tadaka is so much pain after all.
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    Ignithas reacted to Bayushi Tsubaki in The RL and my take on it   
    Honestly? I'd run any other Fire province now.
    It's that bad.
    Before, it did one (really nice) thing on reveal, and then was a dead card with 3 Province Strength for the rest of the game.
    Now, it's sooo much easier to play around that it'll end up a dead card 90% of the time.
    A bad fire province that actually works is better than a good one that hardly ever works, imo.
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    Ignithas got a reaction from Supertoe in Missing the Point!   
    I don't understand why you make strawman arguments against the position that the coppys aren't unique. It is not a position I hold.
    We bought the game as a larger group, because we wanted to experience the game, but 50-60€ seemed a lot for one person to shoulder. The game is decent and I am looking forward to my next game sessions. But it is certainly not a mile stone in board games and the notion that someone doesn't get it, seems ridicoulus to me. It seems that like in Keyforge people are emotionally so much invested in it that they have unforfillable expectations and then react overtly negative or dismissive to people that share their doubts or criticisms.
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    Ignithas reacted to Matrim in Uji and Harriers   
    Thanks, there is an interesting view of how the harriers relate to law  in 'The Last Province' episode 25 between 1:03 and 1:08 (3+ hr podcast....).
    Their opinion was that the Harriers needed to be kept secret as actual knowledge stops all the duelists etc who would otherwise be able to defend with a clear heart. They also make an interesting point on that the Harriers are generally internally aimed (i.e targetted at other clans) whereas the Scorpion similar units (Shinobi)  can 'claim' they were told to protect the Empire against unseen threats. As far as I can tell those 'threats' tend to be internal and usually aimed at the Scorpion as well but that's just my opinion.  Anyway it is an interesting counter argument whereas I think the world (both Rokugan and here) is more shades of grey and theirs seems to be more black and white.  Pure good/evil never makes an interesting story as it just does not ring true.
    I think FFG's world and beliefs in proof etc are more forgiving thus making the world both more human, realistic  and less rigid. In my opinion (and it is just that) if someone came to court and screamed that the Crane illegally used gunpowder to blow up a Lion supply depot when the Lion was attacking Crane then the easy response is 'were they Crane? do you have proof, are you not trying to blame  incompetance on your own commanders on us? perhaps it was a successful raid and you are feebly attempting to lie to blacken our name'. At this point the duelists get involved. Then the accusor is cut down which automatically means (under Rokugan law) that he/she was lying  As far as the Clan Champion is concerned success covers a lot of sins and details can be avoided.
    To my mind it is inherently more interesting to have a small subset of the Crane willing to go against everything most other Cranes respect most to ensure the Crane survives. The counter argument that all Crane are utterly honourable and would never do anything dishonourable seems something only a fake world would have especially as even in the old lore Crane's repeatedly did not behave in such a fashion for exactly the reasons I give.
     I also agree that we should have only the odd Harrier card and not the AEG splurge of almost all military cards being Harriers. Since FFG has only printed one so far I don't think that is a trap they are falling into. 
     
    Finally I have adjusted the blog post slightly to include two quotes from 'The Crane' covering the Daidoji using these very methods along with Uji AND using black pepper. Therefore invalidating some of the incorrect opinions of other peeps above.
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    Ignithas got a reaction from Matrim in Uji and Harriers   
    I really liked this article. A lot of interesting informations that I didn't know before.
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    Ignithas got a reaction from LordBlunt in Children of the Empire Spoilers   
    I'm pretty sure that it will be played in Scorpion as a 1 or 2 of.
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    Ignithas got a reaction from Nitenman in Why I got bored with Dragon, or what’s in a name…   
    I think it is the complete oposite. Íf you are playing Dragon you get punished extremly hard for making slightly wrong choices when attacking and defending due to having a small board. This is even worse in paper, because the current Dragon strategy is sacrificing early game advantages for a dominating mid- to lategame, which results in a pretty bad tie-breaker. This is also why Dragon performs pretty poorly at tournaments despite being one of the best clans.
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    Ignithas got a reaction from Ascarel in Why I got bored with Dragon, or what’s in a name…   
    I think it is the complete oposite. Íf you are playing Dragon you get punished extremly hard for making slightly wrong choices when attacking and defending due to having a small board. This is even worse in paper, because the current Dragon strategy is sacrificing early game advantages for a dominating mid- to lategame, which results in a pretty bad tie-breaker. This is also why Dragon performs pretty poorly at tournaments despite being one of the best clans.
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