doubling-season

Topi’s Daily Card #958:  Doubling Season

This little enchantment is quite the potent effect, and it’s a shame it’s not printed more widely.  Due to planeswalkers being a thing, it’s really hard to get Doubling Season in standard.  Keep in mind with Doubling Season and planeswalkers, the ‘walker will enter with double the amount of tokens, but the abilities have the cost of adding loyalty counters, and Doubling Season only refers to effects putting counters on things.  that on top of just doubling all creature tokens, charge counters, or just anything else makes this an enchantment that should be dealt with quickly, because it’s this effect which will make a deck grow exponentially out of control.

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With the new card Annointed Procession being spoiled, there are now four different enchantments with replacement effects that double token creation. This sets up the following scenario in my Rhys the Redeemed commander deck: 

I control all of the permanents shown above, with the Illusionist’s Bracers equipped to Rhys.
I activate Rhys’ second ability, which will create a copy of the single Elf Warrior token I control.
This ability causes both the Bracers and Rings of Brighthearth to trigger, making two copies of the ability. 
The first copy resolves, and tries to create 1 token. This creation is replaced by an effect of one of the four enchantments (say, Parallel Lives), so instead we attempt to create 2 tokens. Rather than make those, another replacement from another enchantment (say, Annointed Procession) takes place, and would create 4 tokens. However, Doubling Season instead tries to create 8 tokens, and Primal Vigor will finally replace that and create 16 tokens total. Whew! 
Now, the second copy of Rhys’ ability will resolve and try to create another 17 tokens, but again there will be a chain of replacement effects, going from 17 to 34, 34 to 68, 68 to 136, and 136 to 272, giving us a new total of 289 tokens.
Finally, the original ability resolves, and another series of replacement effects take place, trying to give us 289 but doubling to 578, then doubling to 1156, and again to 2312, and at last to 4624 tokens. 
This means that, starting from a single token, we will end up with a grand total of 4913 tokens. That’s seventeen cubed! Hopefully I will get the opportunity to pull this off in a few weeks when Amonkhet is released!

Now that I have more time, I want to talk about the new rumors and news that recently came out about the third season of Sense8. The other day a rumor was started in regards to the third season due to an interview with an executive producer who worked on the show - this rumor was a bit malicious.

The rumor determined that the series has been a huge investment for Netflix - especially the second season, which doubled compared to the first season’s expense at $ 9 million per episode - and that the audiences were not as good as other Netflix series - Jessica Jones, OITNB, Strangers Things - which also have big budgets.

It is also rumored that SOME of the protagonists of the series have not signed the new contract yet and that the absence of Lilly Wachowski affected the production because Lana was alone with the project.

Okay, this is all garbage.

JMS is one of the creators of the series so Lana is not alone - He said on twitter that nothing is known at this point, but said ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the series renewal. It must be clarified that this rumor has been given by an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the series and that this can not be certain after only a few days since the premiere. And on the other hand, NETFLIX is who will make the decision on the subject anyways, not a producer as JMS has said:

Everything is uncertain at this point, and there are many factors that we did not consider before. Netflix expanded to Asia in 2016, and many viewers have recently watched season 1 of Sense8, which will create new viewers in Asia. The same effect can happen for all those new / old global subscribers - which increased to almost twice as much since the first season premiered in 2015.

On the other hand, it is possible that some actors have not signed the new agreement for several reasons. [Not confirmed 100%] We could know that Jamie, Tina, Toby and Miguel Angel all came together at the end of February to extended their contracts until June - So in June they will need to sign on for the new season if the second is a success. Brian, Max, Tuppence and Doona were not at that meeting. 

But Max was at the Berlin headquarters at the time, doing press for Sense8 and another project - and perhaps signing the agreement as well. 

The same could go for Doona - she could have signed at the Netflix headquarters in Asia. And we know she loves working with the Wachowski and has been training a lot in the gym - which is a good sign. It is true that we know nothing of Brian or Tuppence yet, but Brian recently said on twitter that he would be happy to do 20 seasons because he never wants it to end - so you can assume that he has signed on as well. Only Tuppence remains as the outstanding cast member, but she has been working hard and perhaps the lack of time has been a problem to be able to sign.

Personally I think that both during the shoot, and ever since production wrapped, that all of them have shown an extreme amount of love for the show. Everyone is fascinated with the project and I do not think any of them have any problems with renewing.

So what are the drawbacks? Time, for example. For instance, Miguel Angel had to ask for time off during production to return to Spain and record Velvet in it’s second season. They gave it to him without problem and adapted to his schedule. Doona also had to take some time off to do some work for Louis Vuitton. Another problem would be money, but I honestly do not think there are problems with that issue and they will come to an agreement if there is one. - So I think the subject of SCHEDULING is something that takes time to figure out, since they have to take into account so many things like nudity, action scenes, project time, recording time to combine with other projects, etc … Everything is still being decided.

About the rumor that the THIRD SEASON will be the last one is also LIE. The producer from this interview - who I think seems a little silly - speaks from his personal opinion as if it were a confirmed truth. JMS has said that has never determined the duration of a series before - That is, if they make the third season the last, he will make a final adaptation as the last season. The executive producer in the interview never even determined that they were five seasons planned, which JMS has said repeatedly. This tells us a lot, especially since the end of the second season left on a cliffhanger, we can assume that Netflix wants more Sense8.

It is true that Lana did not have her sister during Season 2, but we know from Miguel that Lilly has been very involved in the project and has supported Lana even though she has not participated in it. The reason she took time off in the first place was to go through her transition after she came out as a transgender woman. Her absence probably won’t be permanent, and she may come back for the possible renewal. Besides, Lana loves the series, the characters and her work, so I do not think that LANA was a reason for the third season to be the rumored last. By the way, LANA IS WRITING the new season - possibly finishing writing - which is fantastic news.

Now about the show’s RATINGS, I have been doing calculations. All are mere theoretical facts based on instagram accounts, followers and comparison with other series - Game of Thrones, Orange Is The New Black or House of Cards. I’ve had a lot of data taken into account to get these numbers, but I REPEAT, it’s all THEORY.

Based on different data, Sense8 has an average of 3.2 million viewers in the US per episode - and added 6.4% subscribers to Netflix. With this percentage I have added the rest of countries giving me a total of: 5 million viewers globally per episode - without regard to ASIA, since there is no exact data on this territory yet. So maybe we could be talking between 5.5 or 10 million viewers. Are they bad figures? Well since Jessica Jones has 4.8 million viewers per episode in the US, then this is not bad at all. Not the best, but not bad either.

All of this is a mere theoretical study. You have to take into account the data that I do not even have access to; like the opinions of each region, exact number of subscribers, advertising, improved product visualization, etc. … A prime example of what I’m talking about is in regards to MASTER OF NONE. In spite of the fact that in Spain it had a bad review - or had (the stars on Netflix disappeared) - it was still renewed. In the US it has been seen by 3.9 million people per episode and is considered a success. This shows that in each country a certain show works differently, In Brazil with fewer subscribers there are more viewings of Sense8 than the US.

On the other hand, Netflix releases all of the episodes at once, but this does not mean that everyone watches all of them at the same time. There are some people who take months to watch a series. A good example of that is the fourth season of OITNB. In its first month in the US it was only seen by 664 thousand people, yet now it is supposed to be one of the most watched series on Netflix.

To add onto the list of potential problems, THE DUBBED VOICES could be one. In Spain there is a protest going on at the moment, and the series is not being completely understood because the dubbing is in LATIN AMERICAN and not in SPANISH (Castillan). This is probably the main reason why the Spaniards will have to wait until the protests cease.

Finally, I do not like the idea that NETFLIX does not promote Sense8 as it does with other series. I don’t know why this happens. Maybe Sense8 takes care of its own advertising.

This budget is also influenced by the income of product placement. This is a form of advertising, where a brand appears incognito in the series as part of the plot. Examples: Fuchs team is Nike or Joong-Ki’s car is a Mercedes or the kind of Whiskey that Felix drinks. - That type of advertising is sometimes based on giving the product out for free, or at a lower price. There are even brands that pay for them to appear in the show. Sense8 has many expenses, but a lot of them are covered by this kind of advertising.

How about the renewal? For me all of the factors involved indicate that yes, we will have a third season. But we will probably have to wait a couple of months to find out. This month will be the observation of social media & reviews, in June the agreements and presentation of the project will be discussed, and in July we should get the official statement. Netflix has acted like this for other series as well, and I think this will not be the exception.

If you have more doubts like these, or about the plot, characters, or Kalagang … You can always ask me here: https://kalagangspain.tumblr.com/ask

Thank for all @ww-n-double-d you are my favorite american sensates!

anonymous asked:

I was salty about the changes in art styles in su until I read the tags in that post you reblogged. Thank you for educating me that they are VISUAL INTERPRETATIONS of the characters, rather than INACCURATE DRAWINGS of the characters. As an artist, I would feel awful if a lot of people criticized my art because they want it to look a different way than I had portrayed it. Sorry for being ignorant before. Yall work hard, and do an amazing job with the art on the show tbh

thanks! i mean i don’t work on the show, but i am pretty tired that nobody considers that boarders all have their own style and draw the characters in that style pretty darn consistently. i know who does “chibi steven”, who gives lapis what hair, and who makes peridot taller than others. none of that is a big deal to me - that’s how they interpret the characters, and there is no “on-model” version. it’s just your favorite vs least favorite boarder. 

it’s an annoying discussion, because it always turns into double standards: giving earlier seasons a free pass, comparing completely different boarders, or comparing it to shows that aren’t storyboard-driven. none of that is fair to me. i’ve even seen people - friends - get hate because they *gasp* had the audacity to show that “hey, this is kind of a thing with storyboard-driven shows, it’s not some scandalous, new ~crossing the line of animation quality :’( </3 ~ that su is doing”. 

people are allowed to not like ~inconsistency, even if intentional. i don’t care. but if animation “quality” matters that much to them, even when everything is intentional, even when each storyboarder is consistent in their own style, then, yknow… ok. keep raging on for another year, i hope it’s fun. 

i don’t say “get a life” often, but… geez. if they’re so focused on the fandom they either A) let a rage-bandwagon define how they feel B) focus all that time on something they legitimately hate, then… idk. i just feel bad for them. i’m not gonna answer asks about this topic anymore, though, whether positive or negative, cause here’s the thing: once you decide it is, every show is bad. literally anything can be accused of being shit, because this standard that you’ve decided is the “standard of quality” is defined by you. anyone can draw a line in the sand - i’ve done that with shows too. i just want people to be honest with themselves, on whether going out of their way to “prove” something su has always done - intentionally - suddenly makes it bad now is worth it or not. or whether they’re getting any enjoyment out of this at all. 

anonymous asked:

hi! in the reaction shot after Cas reiterates "i love all of you" we get Sam and Dean's realization faces, but to me it looks like Dean is mouthing something. do you think he is or his lip is just quivering?

I very much felt it was lip quiver… for me its the lip quiver of ‘oh shit, then that means….oh boy!’ in the same way that Sam’s little eyebrow raise and lean backwards is… I even giffed it and everyone knows how bad I am at that ;)

Basically these reaction shots + the consistent double clarifications all season leading up to this point (which mysteriously stopped after this, just saying) are what make me feel it is absolutely clear that the first was just for Dean and he knows it.

I am honestly still in awe of how Tatiana Maslany managed the filming of Orphan Black and how she portrayed these fully fleshed-out characters. She did, like, what? Maybe 10 clone characters, which at least 5 of them have a great number of screen time each season. What was it people said: Tatiana literally has more screen time than the show itself because she shares scenes with herself. 

Just imagine the amount of work that goes into that. (And I do hope she gets tremendous credit for what she does.) Doing work for one character alone consists of studying and specifying the background of the character, in each scene, what is the objective and super-objective, what is the relationship of this character with the one she’s sharing the scene with, not to mention getting the character’s physicality into the body such that it feels natural and looks natural, and working with her dialogue coach on her accent. All this, for one character. 

Now multiply it by 5 (or maybe 7, because we often see extra clones with their mini-stories appearing each season.) This takes time and effort, just to get into the character’s head and body. Add to that the memorization of lines. Lines, you guys, for more than half the characters on the show. And we haven’t even taken into consideration the time and energy for filming.

Does Tatiana Maslany really have 24 hours a day? 

Me thinkin bout how KD left Russell who he always called his lil brother to go play with the team that beat them in the wcf and how everyone said he should leave okc too but he stayed and proved everyone wrong about his abilities to lead a team to the playoffs and to better his teammates and how he averaged a triple double for a whole season for the first time in 55 years and only second time in NBA history and all the records he’s broken throughout the year and how he’s gonna be a father in less than a month and how he’s gonna win MVP and regardless of how the playoffs go he’s had the greatest individual NBA season of all time