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The Magic Market Index for Oct 20, 2017
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The World of Kamigawa
  • posted a message on MTG packs on sale at Wal-Mart?
    I decided to start a thread for this after I realized it wasn't a fluke.

    Last week, I noticed that a few Magic packs (several different sets, including Aether Revolt, Hour of Devastation, and Ixalan) only cost $3.33 instead of the usual $4.18 at Wal-Mart. This week, I stopped at several different Wal-Marts in the area (I live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area), and they were still marked as $3.33 per pack.

    Granted, it's not a completely bonkers deal (unlike when Walgreens sells their packs buy one, get one free the week after Thanksgiving), but it's still pretty good for a big box store. Blister packs are a bit more fun to crack because they can have some really weird patterns if you get several in a row out of the box (multiples of the same rare, very high rate of Mythics, etc).

    Is this sale localized to my area, or have people have similar luck in other locations?
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Explorers of Ixalan
    There's some fairly decent reprints in this set (caught a glimpse of Blatant Thievery, as well), and gameplay seems very Settlers of Catan-esque but rather interesting in terms of how Magic meshes with it. This looks good.

    Yeah, it seems very reminiscent of Settlers of Catan, to the point where it's obvious that Wizards designed the game to target that audience. Still, looks original enough to not be a blatant ripoff.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on New Magic Logo -- Effective starting in Dominaria 2018
    Tryhards be trying hard.

    SOURCE: Mothership.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Masterpieces on Dominaria
    Quote from JovianHomarid »
    Oh god, I just skipped between threads and it struck me: If they do bring back slivers in a big way, they could do a Slivers-masterpice series. Cringe.

    God help any sliver EDH players.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    They've been pretty vague about timelines here, so if it is Ugin (as I believe it to be), it would have to be more than 1280 years ago or whenever it was that Bolas accosted him and Sarkhan put him in his hedron-cocoon.

    On that note, I have always thought that Ugin's feathered wings were very MesoAmerican-y, so him having a very direct connection to Ixalan would make some sense there.
    Quote from Azurhawk »

    As enjoyable as these "Jaceka" stories are, we need a vampire pov asap imo.

    Here you go:
    I'm thirsty! Ah, but I can only drink of the wicked... Wait, did you just cross that road when it wasn't your turn to do so? WICKED! I NOW MAY FEAST!!
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Masterpieces on Dominaria
    Quote from broodwarjc »
    I don't know if they will do this as it significantly affects the value of boxes that don't have one.

    It affects the value of the boxes that don't have them because people open more boxes of sets that have them to try to get the Masterpieces. Why would Wizards decide, "Hey, people are buying too much of our product and prices of singles are plummeting. We shouldn't do Masterpieces anymore!!"??

    Wizards never gave "it sold too many boxes and tanked the value of other cards in the set" as a reason for stopping. That was a reason why they were going to keep doing them.

    Their biggest reason why they were stopping was because they couldn't consistently come up with a coherent theme for each set. With Dominaria being a single set based in the mainstay plane for Magic's first 10+ years, a nostalgia theme should basically construct itself.

    Quote from broodwarjc »
    I would rather them make better cards for standard and older formats, rather than make bad standard cards and cram hard-to-get super mythic rares of older cards into boxes.

    They did both in Kaladesh block. I mean, assuming by "better," you mean "stronger," Kaladesh block has a ton of powerful cards that are seeing play in older formats. Chandra is getting close to being a staple in any Modern midrange deck that runs red. Torrential Gearhulk is a one-of in many Modern control decks. Also, Fatal Push.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Masterpieces on Dominaria
    The theme would be cards with Dominaria-specific names. Like Teferi's Puzzle Box. The early Magic sets are chock full of such cards. Examples:

    Maze of Ith
    Fellwar Stone
    Tormod's Crypt
    Lord of Atlantis
    Ankh of Mishra
    Verduran Enchantress
    Serra Angel
    Sengir Vampire
    Shivan Dragon
    Llanowar Elves
    Glasses of Urza
    Sunglasses of Urza
    Phyrexian Altar
    Captain Sisay
    Empress Galina
    Eladamri's Call
    Orim's Chant
    Belbe's Portal
    Cabal Coffers
    Patriarch's Bidding
    Riptide Laboratory
    Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
    Braids, Cabal Minion
    Braids, Conjurer Adept
    Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
    Academy Ruins
    Flagstones of Trokair
    Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
    Akroma, Angel of Wrath
    Gemstone Caverns
    Saffi Eriksdotter
    Norin the Wary
    Akroma's Memorial
    Korlash, Heir to Blackblade
    Tolaria West
    Jhoira of the Ghitu

    This is only a fraction of the total number of such cards available. It's easy to pick a more specific theme for a Dominaria Masterpiece series from the raw number of cards available. If I had to take a guess, it would be a very nostalgia-inducing type of theme (like, "Oh hey, remember that one place or creature on Dominaria? Well, here's what it looks like now").

    Oh, and before anyone scoffs at cards like Serra Angel and Llanowar Elves being included on this list, just a reminder that the Ornithopter Masterpiece is around $60.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Masterpieces on Dominaria
    When I was looking back through some of my old Ice Age and Mirage cards, it suddenly occurred to me that the Dominaria set coming up next year would be a phenomenal opportunity to put a Dominaria-themed Masterpiece series. Cards that only make flavor sense on Dominaria.

    The card that got me thinking about this is Teferi's Puzzle Box, and there are many, many more that have Dominaria-specific and Dominaria-themed names that would fit in the series.

    Anybody want to throw out ideas for cards that could be in such a set?

    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    I'm wondering whether we'll get a Kumena card in Rivals of Ixalan, and if so, what colors he'll be. Seems like the river he's named after has some pretty red traits, but Kumena seems a lot more ambitious than just being driven by a desire to take action. Blue-black is my guess, (guessing no green since the "course of inaction" that Kumena seems to so resent is pretty green).

    And yeah, Ugin is probably the last guardian they're all talking about. With Nicol Bolas's introduction into the story proper, it's high time that we get Ugin back involved to figure out what it was that Ugin was so concerned about letting Bolas move unchallenged among the planes.

    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan full spoilers
    Quote from Colt47 »
    Dinosaurs as a tribe is in no way going to make the cut in competitive.

    Just saving this quote for a few weeks from now.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Hawk7915 »
    The flats thing stood out as odd, but I'm going to take it as the writer being annoyed at female characters wearing impractical heels while dealing with dinosaurs or dragons (see: Jurassic World). Definitely also an attempt to both humanize Vraska and underscore one of her primary traits - she is a pragmatist and a survivor.

    I enjoyed this story. Jace and Vraska DO make a good team, and since the chances of Jace table-flipping and quitting the Gatewatch when he gets his memory back are close to zero I hope instead Vraska joins on. She's a much more fun Black-aligned 'walker than Liliana and seems a more likely bet for long-term teammwork since she does have at least some amount of morality (granted "I only kill if there's money involved, or I'm threatened, or the other person is someone I deem pretty evil" is not a great moral compass).

    This story really has me hoping that Vraska joins the Gatewatch. She IS way more likable as a black-aligned character than Liliana, especially after Lili's little stunt during the Hours.

    The strongest black element of Vraska's personality is the "by any means necessary." She still has a sense of justice/morality, she's just willing to do whatever it takes to effect that justice. That's been an element missing from the Gatewatch dynamic from the start (Liliana is certainly willing to do anything to achieve her goals, but she doesn't have any particularly strong convictions aside from keeping herself alive and doing what she wants). Vraska's presence in the Gatewatch would set up some very interesting moral dilemmas between the characters that should make for good reading.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan planeswalker decklists
    Quote from void_nothing »
    Quote from Sniffnoy »
    Quote from signofzeta »
    Now I am really scared that the pirate themed planeswalker deck is going to have Vraska as the cover card and is going to be Black Green, when pirates have nothing to do with green. If that was the case, it means that they are building the deck around the planeswalker, not around the theme, in which case I just wished they went back to theme decks.

    I'd expect the pirate deck would be Angrath.

    Pretty much guaranteed; that will make for an unusual Ajani deck, though, as he will have to splash black in order to fit Vampires.

    Actually, I would bet that Ajani is not on Ixalan, but Dominaria. If you look at the art on the booster packaging for "Conquest of Power" (the pre-Rivals of Ixalan name), it's none other than Huatli, Warrior-Poet on the booster packaging. Huatli's in Ixalan, not Rivals, so we can't assume that Ajani is in Rivals. Instead, it makes perfect sense that he'd be on Dominaria -- you know, the plane that he told the rest of the Gatewatch to meet him on?

    Cited booster art for reference.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Great story this week. Vraska has come a long way since her one-dimensional "The Gorgon and the Guildpact" days (geez, that was three and a half years ago already???).

    I think the more "likeable" Jace is actually closer to his original personality. When Jace was mindwiped, I would guess that his pre-battle-with-Alhammarret memories are in the same state as his memories post-Alhammarret-incident, what with the "My past is a part of me, but it is not who I am" theme being emphasized in the story. When Jace gets his memories back, it'll very likely be ALL of his memories, and his personality will likely be far more reminiscent of this Jace than the Jace we've known up to Ixalan.

    A little note about the "flats" comment. I think this was Wizards'/the writer's attempt to make Vraska seem like a "normal" woman, despite her being a shadowy, gorgon assassin planeswalker. For a normal human woman to say this would be trite. Vraska saying it obviously was an attempt to humanize her. Apparently, it didn't play too well with the audience, but that purpose remains.

    In regards to whether Bolas "sent" Jace to Ixalan, I'm unsure. To be sure, there are a few factors weighing in favor of Bolas doing the sending:
    1. Jace was being mindf***ed by Bolas at the moment that he planeswalked away from Amonkhet, and Ixalan was relatively fresh in Bolas's mind when he arrived on Amonkhet for the Hours (Vraska took several months to get her crew together, Jace took just short of that time to get to Vraska from when he planeswalked away from Amonkhet).
    2. Bolas really seems to like his planning, so it couldn't be pure coincidence that Jace went to Ixalan right after Vraska was sent by Bolas. It's very likely that Bolas injected the location of Ixalan into Jace's head, knowing that Jace would instinctively planeswalk away when things were getting rough.
    3. It's possible that Bolas wants Jace and Vraska to meet up and become chummy, considering that he was "testing" how a group of hero-type planeswalkers would handle an interplanar threat like the Eldrazi. Given that Nicol Bolas was (and likely still is) afraid of New Phyrexia (see Dark Discoveries webcomic), it's possible he wants a coalition of "heroes" ready to be able to fight New Phyrexia should they find a means to travel across planes (which they inevitably will). Also, Bolas's compass leading Vraska to Jace, who happened to be in the ass-opposite direction of Ixalan offers up some strong evidence that Bolas wanted Vraska to find Jace.

    On the other hand, there are strong factors weighing against Jace's being in Ixalan on Bolas's whim:
    1. Jace, even a mindwiped Jace, would be too much of a uncontrolled variable to just allow to roam free to interfere with Bolas's schemes.
    2. With Ixalan being fresh in Bolas's mind, it's possible that Jace actually saw the plane in Bolas's mind without Bolas intending, and just planeswalked there instinctively.
    3. There is no guarantee that Jace would do anything that Bolas intended had Bolas actually intended to send Jace to Ixalan.
    4. If Jace gets his memory back, he could potentially turn Vraska against Bolas, and either way, Jace could take the sought-after artifact for himself where Bolas couldn't (immediately) get his hands on it (especially if it turns out to be related to Ugin, and Ugin detects that it has left Ixalan and reclaims it from Jace).

    All in all, I'm curious to see how this thing unfolds. I hope Ugin is involved here, and that Bolas doesn't ultimate get his hands on the artifact.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Chandra, Gremlin Wrangler
    Quote from Dontrike »
    Anyone else get a Duelmasters (or I guess Kaijudo, the thing they tried to remake it as) vibe from that dragon?

    I believe that's exactly the theme they were evoking. There's one card for each of Wizards' major properties.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan full spoilers
    Quote from Arminion »
    ...crazy Skull Shamans sacrificing people on top of the pyramids to please their God...

    Wizards is not going to print a Magic set like that. Ever. Too many reasons why, but most because it would likely be viewed as disrespectful to Central and South American native cultures.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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