Does anyone ever think that when we were young and we were told that racism, sexism, and most of all of the bad things in the world were gone, the people who told us knew that what they were saying were lies, and were really just cleverly conditioning us to become the agents of change in our extremely fucked up world?
I would love to see a whole block set on Fiora [the plane where Conspiracy takes place], mostly because I just really want Fioran basic lands, but there are a bunch of hurdles:
A Fiora block would need to have all the conspiracies and draft-changing cards, which presents a whole host of issues.
The sealed prerelease [a vital part of any set release] couldn’t make use of the the draft-changing cards at all.
Drafting a large set, it’s hard to get multiple copies of cards to set up sweet Hidden Agenda combos. A set could get away with having one or two creatures that tutor for copies of themselves, but they’re pretty format-warping if done too much.
All of the draft-changing cards and conspiracies would be nightmarishly complex for new players; I’ve been playing for a couple years, and even I have no clue how to evaluate them in Limited.
A big part of Conspiracy being fun was having really good cards that would do horrific things in Standard or Modern.
Will of the Council is really boring in two-player games.
Ravnica has eaten up a lot of the “European city” tropes, but Fiora is distinct enough that this shouldn’t be a huge issue.
There’ll almost certainly be a Conspiracy 2 at some point- WotC officially acknowledged [in a Comic-Con panel, I think] that Conspiracy did really well and it influenced their decision-making for the future. Besides, Planechase got a sequel and there’s no way it was more popular than Conspiracy.
But here’s a challenge: even with all these hurdles, would there be an interesting way to make an entire Standard-legal Fioran block?
“Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organisations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.” (source)
The above quote comes from Linus Pauling, Ph.D, and two time Nobel Prize winner in chemistry (1901-1994). He is considered one of the most important scientists in history. He is one of the founders of quantum chemistry and molecular biology, who was also a well known peace activist. He was invited to be in charge of the Chemistry division of the Manhattan Project, but refused. He has also done a lot of work on military applications, and has pretty much done and seen it all when it comes to the world of science. A quick Google search will suffice if you’d like to learn more about him.
This man has been around the block, and obviously knows a thing or two about this subject. And he’s not the only expert from around the world expressing similar beliefs and voicing his opinion.
Here is another great example of a hard hitting quote when it comes to scientific fraud and manipulation. It comes from Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and long time Editor in Chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ), which is considered to be one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. I apologize if you have seen it before in my articles, but it is quite the statement.
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine” (source)
The list goes on and on. Dr. John Bailer, who spent 20 years on the staff of the National Cancer Institute and is also a former editor of its journal, publicly stated in a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that:
“My overall assessment is that the national cancer program must be judged a qualified failure. Our whole cancer research in the past 20 years has been a total failure.” (source)
He also alluded to the fact that cancer treatment, in general, has been a complete failure.