eshifen said: On the idea of a Dark Jace: cliches are great for recognizable top-down designs (like Evil Twin), but don't make for compelling stories. Particularly not one like the Evil Counterpart, which cheapens the characters involved by eschewing actual emotional/psychological characterization in favor of a gratuitous gimmick totally detached from actual human experience. (yeah, this is a pet peeve of mine)
A trope is a tool. It can be used well or used poorly. As a “Star Trek” fan, for instance, I enjoyed both “Mirror, Mirror” and the character of Lore. Both are the evil twin trope.
amirashika said: Mark, I just listened to your "How to get a job in R&D" podcast. I just wanted to thank you for taking your time in doing these, I'm sure a lot of people will benefit from the advice you give : )
I’m glad you enjoyed it.
sweetoothtkc said: Does Mons Johnson (of Goblin Raiders fame) do anything but play in the FFL? I see his name come up a lot in FFL related stuff but not much else
Mons is a playtester. That’s his primary responsibility.
esrix said: I like Evil Twin. Please don't listen to the haters.
Evil Twin was one of the most popular cards in Innistrad.
eshifen said: Your justification to keep the name New World Order (tradition > applicability) directly contradicts the justification given for replacing the name Elder Dragon Highlander (applicability > tradition)
No, it doesn’t. The first is an inward facing program used solely by R&D. The second is an outward facing program used by the public with a name that is misleading. It also uses someone else’s IP.
asmileunderthestars said: Does the Future League and the Future Future League focus only on standard? Or do they also test Modern and Eternal formats as well?
It mostly just tests Standard.
mylifeisafirehazard said: Did I hear correctly that efreets are in Jeskai? I love that creature type! :D
You did hear correctly.
tperusic said: It was my wife's birthday yesterday. Could you tell her something cool about her favorite character, Avacyn? :)
The first Avacyn had an ability called “forbidden” that was killed before the mechanic got out of design.
sirblackaxe said: Could blue get first strike? Cunning tactics and outmaneuvering seems like a blue way to fight.
Blue should not have first strike.
danoggin said: Have we seen the last of Fblthp?
I hope not.
captainjackharness said: Are there still folks inhouse that think that the Great Creature Update was a bad move? Why might that be? It seems like all upside, especially to tribes that don't have a ton of newer members.
Having the cards do things that are not represented in text on the card is not ideal.
ricardolongo said: Please don't do an evil twin for Jace. Or for any character, for that matter. That's a pretty tired and silly trope in my opinion, one that usually destroys my ability to take a story seriously. Personal opinion, of course. :)
You write off a lot of different IP’s if you eliminate all the ones that have used the evil twin trope,
aazadan said: We know that you have to be really good at Magic to be on a development team, but how good do you have to be to be on a design team?
professorwhat said: So...was Vronos one of your favorite Planeswalkers?
Yeah, he’s awesome. Wait, did something happen to him?
about9spiders said: I didn't actually understand the Garruk tales from the pit. How exactly is it pronounced? I've always said Guh-rook, not pronounced gah-rook. Everyone else says ga-rick and it bothers me.
It is pronounced GAIR (rhymes with hair”) - ruck (rhymes with “truck”). The emphasis is on the first accent.