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  2. U.S. Supreme Court to End E-Commerce?

    I assume that online content creators based in the U.S. who sell merchandise would be required by law to file paperwork in order to compensate the new tax policy, failing to do so would more than likely cost them their business on top of being falsely accused of tax fraud. Someone made an argument the other day that the idea of sales tax heralding the "death of e-commerce" is a fallacy as it really only makes up a small percentage that doesn't even begin to bridge the gap between an online store vs. a brick-and-mortar store. Since online stores have lower overhead due to having smaller and less expensive physical locations, they can literally be anywhere and don't need high-expensive store fronts with lots of room for customers. The person I talked to was mainly referring to standard shipping but with this new tax policy it would essentially add a state tax to merchandise where the prices would vary from each city, state, county, and district in the United States. The real question is just how expensive will it get under the new paperwork until Congress steps in to help ease the burden for online retailers. I also discussed this with my mom since she buys most of her stuff on Amazon nowadays and after looking through the web articles I sent to her regarding the recent Supreme Court verdict for online sales taxes it doesn't really seem to affect her THAT much even though the stuff she buys will be slightly more expensive. I'm also curious to see how eBay adapts to the new tax policy but so far I haven't noticed any new changes when I was browsing through listings for various card game singles. If I were to guess it's that they haven't had time to adjust since the ruling was just announced very recently.
  3. Yesterday
  4. I mean, you might be right, but my take away was that it was how he "uses and abuses" his allies as that was the following line. Ultimately, it doesn't really matter. Just irritating to me as a personal note.
  5. He said he interacts with allies in a new way because he can search all of the opponent’s zones for their allies, which may be hero allies, on level 4. At least, that’s how I took it. He seems to be a mix of Ginyu, Cell, and Wheelo. Overall I like this a lot.
  6. Babidi has come forth, and honestly, I actually think he's really solid. Just his named cards alone make him a phenomenal Ally MP, and honestly, he kind of feels like the finished product to King Kai's beta MP, bringing in all the strength of the Cell/Cell Jr. engine into the traits era (although I still think Cell/Jr is a slightly better deck at doing this, in part owing to access to Namekian). That said, it does annoy me that the post makes this bold declaration of how he "interacts with allies in a new way," when he is seriously a rehash of Cell's Awakening stack straight down to the use of Ally-based mill strategies. The difference is that he has more focus on utility, while Cell has more focus on offense.
  7. U.S. Supreme Court to End E-Commerce?

    I'm not 100% sure I understand the full impact of the situation as the wording seems confused and strangled at certain junctures, but I am rather curious to see how this will affect the merch sales of online content creators based within the US. While certainly not the full brunt of the impact from any decisions going forward, it is curious how it will influence the online climate for people who rely on merch (such as webcomic creators). But I do expect that Trump will veto anything that could maybe change this to something for the better. I have every faith in that man to make some very fucking stupid decisions without understanding their full-impact because someone said it was a good idea.
  8. U.S. Supreme Court to End E-Commerce?

    Supreme Court Decides Wayfair Online Sales Tax Case Amazon's Stock on Wall Street Plummets Amid Supreme Court Decision Supreme Court Finds Balance in South Dakota v. Wayfair Online Sales Tax Ruling So the U.S. Supreme Court finally reached a verdict today on the South Dakota v. Wayfair case involving Online Sales Taxes which was ruled on a 5-4 decision that struck down the longstanding legal precedent that businesses don't have to collect internet sales taxes on behalf of states where they don't have a physical presence. The reason was that the physical presence rule decided from the Quill Corp. v. North Dakota 1992 case was "unsound and incorrect" in the current age of Internet services. Only Congress can save online retailers from drowning in a paperwork flood that money-hungry state and local governments will be directing their way. If the decision is correct on the law, then it must be taken as a signal that the law must change. Otherwise it would mean that small online retailers on Amazon, eBay, and Etsy could no longer do business unless they're willing to keep records and make regular tax payments, even If the amounts are trifling, to as many as 9,998 different state and local sales tax jurisdictions that each have their own forms and tax rates. To make matters worse, the various jurisdictions don't even agree on what gets taxed. Using its power to regulate interstate commerce, Congress can create a new standard, or restore the old one, in black-and-white, replacing a less-certain judicial creation, and prevent state and local governments from burying the national market under a landslide of tax paperwork. I guess the real question is whether or not If Congress can manage to pass some sort of legislation regarding this without President Trump threatening to veto.
  9. Last week
  10. So I actually have a had a chance to play as and against Buu. The first match was against Retribution Buu as Resolute Cooler. This was actually pretty close until the last couple turns. There were 3-4 combats where we were both at 25-35 cards and just wailing on eachother. Eventually Cooler broke through with a Sin Choke, after I had made my way through his Orange Jukes. Cooler ultimately won with 25 cards still in the deck. What I learned about Buu is that his level 3 isn’t just his best level, it’s an amazing level even compared to every other MP in the game. Specifically in Orange, this MP can Rejuvenate 2 when entering combat and 3 more at the end of combat if Checkup Drill can stick around. Orange Juke can tutor TWO drills on this level. He did this to me multiple times. I’d enter, destroy his drills with Nova, and then attack. He’d block, play two drills, search if it was checkup, and the combat continued as if I had done nothing to his board. Really awesome stuff. He wasn’t running Orange Counter Ball but I think something can be said about it Rejuvenating FIVE CARDS on HIT. His level 1 and 2 are serviceable but not as abusive as that level 3 constant. Level 2 is a safe place to camp and recover a ton of cards. He spent the early combats here and coasted till I was even in deck count with him. The HIT: Gain 2 anger or Rejuvenate 2. Was really useful because he’d throw it and if it hit in Ret you’re likely going to level or you rejuvenate 2 key cards. That’s a lot to consider when he’s still got 2-3 cards in his and only one block in yours. He did get to level 4 for one combat but I Sin Choked through the prevention for game. I also played as Ret Buu against Ascension Piccolo(W), Rampaging Drawku(We didn’t finish), and Ret Hero 18(W)
  11. Yeah, I was excited to play buu, but I have to echo that he's pretty underwhelming. My biggest concerns: - AT: his upper levels are great sure, but he drops off REALLY fast. To the point where his brackets overall are pretty mediocre. Especially for an mp that seems to want to do physical stage beats. It only takes one weak stage attack to drop him to C or lower. Reminds me of SSG goku, but on every level. His relatively low PUR doesn't help this either. - Overly balanced: he takes a lot of good effects that we've seen on other MPs and mixes them together. This makes him good at a lot of things, but not great at anything since these effects have no synergy with one another. Jack of all trades master of none. This leaves him feeling very unfocused, and I think is leaving a lot of us scratching our heads thinking about what direction to take him. Maybe some new cards in the set will reveal some synergy where it does not currently exist, but it's a small set so even if that happens it will likely be narrow/niche. - No win condition: this has been said by others, but cannot be overstated. He does a lot to rejuvenate and hamper his opponents win con with board control, but this just serves to draw out the battle. Basically he's just trying to outlast the opponent rather than trying to win. This is not a great strategy with how fast the game has become. Especially against mppv decks since he has no built in anti anger support. Or even against dbv decks if you can't crit sufficiently. Best case scenario you're going to end up going to time a lot. He seems to want to be a stage beats mp, but other than having a physical attack on every mp level he does nothing to support this. That's not enough these days. Long story short he doesn't do anything that broly or cooler don't do better. Joey did hint that there have already been changes to the final version, so hopefully they're good. Some possible ideas to improve him may include: - beefing up the power of his effects. If his effects aren't going to synergize then they need to be a little stronger to be serviceable. For example the lv 1 could be changed to 4 stages instead of 3 and 2 rejuv instead of 1. This will be difficult to balance though as this could easily snowball into buu being great at everything. - add some consistency across levels: this would give him a direction to build him and a win condition to pursue. For example you could just add "your attacks do +1 stage of damage" to all of his levels and that would go a really long way. Suddenly he's a consistent stage beats mp. - make his named cards less gimmicky/more consistent: this could be solved any number of ways with small modifications to mp or card powers. Currently these effects are unreliable unless you're on lv 3 and have many counters and ways to play around them. When I first saw the named cards I was fine with them being gimmicky for the sake of flavor because I assumed his mp would make up for it with pure power. This is not the case so far. Fingers crossed for the final version.
  12. I'd honestly say that if we made this change, we'd need to bring down the sheer number of cards rejuvenated. I'd say maybe 2 cards per banished Named Card/specific named cards. This would put it in line with the Supreme Kai's Level 4, and it draws nice parallels between the two of them.
  13. Nintendo E3 Direct

    I was actually at E3 last week, it was great. RIP to Snake's ass though...
  14. I agree that the designers don’t have to make each MP’s level 4 more powerful than the last. I think they’ve done a good job at keeping the MP powerlevels in the same place while making the styles faster. Drawku is still sort-of the bar when it comes to how powerful a character can be. My issue with this is that I think Buu is going to struggle when not camping his 2 and 3. Hitting 4 is when you’re going to start losing a close game because your opponent can easily answer it. I hope that they buff level 4 in some way. I would like to see the first attack “Deals no Damage.” Like Pikkon level 2 here. I think that change would power that effect up quite a bit. I like what you said about the cards in your banished zone triggering the rejuvenation. Since it’s a HIT effect you won’t automatically rejuvenate 9 but it’s a looming factor your opponent will have to play around. That may be even too strong though haha.
  15. This is a bit of a side note, but in terms of design philosophy, I actually don't mind them deliberately making new MP Level 4s that are weaker or lateral to old ones. Not every MP needs to be a complete winner, and I think there's a lot to be done/said about his previous levels. That said, just changing the attack from Physical to Energy might make it a bit more likely to land. I just straight up dislike the HIT though, personally. Rather than banishing what's in play, it would be nice to see it rejuv for the one's that are already banished. There is just a bit too much set-up needed as things currently sit.
  16. Have you tested this MP? You do not need to have a beastly hand to play around his powers. Each of them have an easily exploitable weakness. Something the best level 4s in the game do not have. If you let an attack hit, hold the block for his power or banish it in the next action with a removal option. Rejuvenate 3 isn’t even significant enough to swing games and in the games current state nobody is going to let your setups sit on the board for more than a turn or two. It’s a power that requires too much setup for something Ox King does just for entering the field. His level 2 can probably recover 5-7 cards in a combat much easier with zero setup. The level is pretty bad for a level 4. edit: I also want to point out that if you enter against Buu Level 4 and throw an attack like Blue Neck Beam, Defensive Burst, or any other powerful HIT effect your opponent is going to be forced to stop the attack anyway.
  17. Sure his level 4 is useless if your opponent has 2 physical blocks and a sinister choke. Everyone understands that... if you don’t land your 8 stages one combat but land a physical the later you still have board control and the potential to land the 8s and rejuv next combat.
  18. His level 4 is by far the weakest level on paper and in testing. Each of his powers are so easily played around on level 4. The prevention effect can easily be blown through by multiple attacks in the game. If it were “deals no damage” it would be a significant boon. AK, Sin Choke, and a ton of other no prevention options make that power significantly worse than the consistent recovery on his earlier levels. Otherwise all of his other effects are HIT effects. Inconsistent and slow. Cooler whips out a zero cost rejuvenate 7, Drawku can tutor Saiyan Tantrum for a Rejuv 3 and an auto crit, and Krillin is automatically tutoring multiple setups with a ton of other effects attached. All of these are zero cost level 4s. To get a significantly game-changing move on level 4 you’re going to need 2-3 turns of setup to possibly rejuvenate more than 3. Board control is popular right now because of Orange and Krillin’s popularity. All your opponent has to do is either block the first instant so you don’t have a setup for the attack’s hit effect,block the attack on level 4 so he can’t rejuvenate, or just banish your setups as they enter play because you have an action to interact with it. It’s pretty weak even compared to his 3. Level 3 automatically blanks one of your opponent’s board and adds consistent auto recovery. I’d take that over a few okay hit effects any day.
  19. Nintendo E3 Direct

    Honestly I wish they would add the new characters to the Wii U and 3ds versions. I understand they fixed some jank but I spent allot of money on Smash 4 and I don't feel like this new one is worth it to upgrade to a switch.
  20. You are absolutely crazy if you think his lv4 is just “okay”. The first attack against him does no damage... He has board control on command. He has an EIGHT stage physical... and you think his HIT effect is underwhelming even though it’s a reliable Rejuv 3 but potentially a Rejuv 9... This level 4 is more than okay to me, and if you are not convinced it wouldn’t be difficult to demonstrate... IT HAS EVERYTHING except maybe a crit effect. Let’s add crit effect + Rejuv 3 because I don’t think he is strong enough... I think orange will be best just for devouring drill assist Unleashed in turboing to lv4.
  21. Honestly, it's kind of sad that he's unable to be played in Namekian. The rejuvenation synergy would really work wonders there. As things are though, I'd say he works best in Orange. He's got some alright anger gain, and Retribution should help you jump up a couple of levels rather quickly to rest comfortably on his level 3 (and just have his level 4 there for when it's needed). Add in a bit of Orange's innate rejuvenation and a couple of drills to help bulk out his overall kit, and you should have a decently defensible MP. The issue still sits with his offensive kit; He just doesn't really have any. His attacks just don't do enough right now. One good thing about him that I feel needs acknowledging though is that he's got amazing power levels. He is going to be a BEAST to try and AT stage beat down into submission. Only probably relevant in a handful of match-ups in the current meta game, but it might really help out with other Escalation MPs. Time will tell.
  22. I want to like him but his named package is flawed. There are a few direct counter cards for the gimmick. That generally leads to a very losing matchup. I think levels 1,2, and 3 all have the makings of great MP levels and after a few changes for the release Buu could be very good. Level 4 is okay but the HIT effect is extremely underpowered compared to other 4s in the already in the game. Overall I’m excited for the rejuvenation effects. I like the level 3 constant working even during your rejuvenation step and the he’s got Cooler’s level 3 constant on his level 2. what styles do you think he will succeed in, in his current version?
  23. Earlier
  24. And he is weird. And that is honestly fantastic. |: I don't know how good he is though tbh. He's kind of a utility-counter stack, but that kind of creates what strikes me as the biggest weakness of the stack; It just pales in direct-beatdown match-ups.
  25. My only concern would be that your main attacks are going to be Life Card damage. That doesn’t seem to synergize with MV much. But I think it may be worth testing out. Majin Buu is up on Deadzone guys.
  26. Nintendo E3 Direct

    I didn't plan on quitting DBS a month ago but that's pretty much how it is playing out. I haven't gone to any tournaments I said I would, havent hit up any drafts; hell, my wife and I only got a few games in over the last month. I still want to draft some time but I haven't been paying much attention to new stuff at all. Getting into D&D really phased DBS out of my hobby rotation. I don't even own a Switch and I'm excited for a new Smash. Ridley is an awesome addition. From what I read, the damage scales different depending on the number of players that started the match; so damage is higher in 1v1 than a 4-man free-for-all, which is awesome. New Gamecube controllers made for this game too; perhaps they saw pro player's crutching on old controllers or the Smashbox and finally decided to compete? Maybe they'll start having a hand in competitive play? Nintendo had their stuff together this year (I think they're on a roll at this point). Companies like Squeenix, on the other hand, advertised big things and then shit bricks.
  27. Nintendo E3 Direct

    They're doing great so far with the Switch. They continue to regularly add titles and deliver 1st parties that are fun. They recently started cross play with Xbox on Paladins and with it coming soon for Minecraft, I got a feeling that library of cross play will grow which is a great thing for gamers in general. Now if Sony will jump on that bandwagon, there may never be a stale or dead multiplayer again.
  28. Perhaps, but he would have reliable blocking and anger hate. I'm actually kind of liking the idea of blue protective. MPPV is (in theory) one of his harder match ups and it would help immensely with that. Should still be able to get to 2 reliably as well (which lv 1 would probably depend on the number of cards with anger in them that you're running).
  29. I’ve thought about Blue Protective with Overpowering Drill myself. There may be something to that. However I think against other Majin Vegeta’s, he’s going to lose the mirror because he can’t reliably run Prideful Challenge.
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