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  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from orlouge82 »

    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.

    Like I said, she'd basically be playing Wolverine's role on the X-Men and Avengers: the one who is willing to cross lines the others wouldn't cross and get his/her hands dirty for the greater good. Lili couldn't fill that role because her motivations were purely selfish. To keep the comic book trope running, Lili is more like when Lex Luthor joined the Justice League.

    and hey, here's another Wolverine trope we'd get: a love triangle! well, if Vraska and Jace ever get out of the friendzone. Wolvie had a thing for a certain telepath that had a significant other, we could see a similar situation with Vraska, Jace and Lili.

    also about Vraska: I like how they handled her stone gaze. the fact that she can't just use her stone gaze wily-nily is a good way to keep her from being overpowered. I think they need to put more of a limitation on it than just "needing to be charged," but it's better than nothing.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Most Dangerous Plane 2.0
    Okay, a few years ago I did a poll asking what was the most dangerous plane to live on.
    Since then, a few more unhospitable planes have been added to the lexicon.

    So with these new planes added to the list, NOW which is the most dangerous plane in the Multiverse?

    and some of my entries are the same plane in different states, because while the plane is still trying to actively kill you, the nature of the danger had changed drastically.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    this story hits a lot of warm, fuzzy spots for me.
    the budding friendship between Jace an Vraska adds new dimensions to both characters, and is actually kinda fun to read. both of them get made a bit more likable in this story, and one can only hope these two stay in each other's good graces even after Jace has his memories back and is Guildpacting again. Who knows? maybe a certain team of supermages could be convinced to recruit a new member. The jacetus league doesn't have its Wolverine yet, and Vraska could easily fill that role. of course, her working for Bolas complicates things a bit.
    Bolas' portrayal was very -for lack of a better term- seductive. if the reader didn't already know who Bolas was and what he was capable of, he would have come across as almost benevolent, or at the very least, kind of Ugin-like.
    of course, this begs the question of Bolas' endgame. The only reason Nic would actually honor any agreement is if he thought he could use that person again in the future. While I'm certain it would be beneficial to have an assassin that can turn people to stone on retainer, I can easily see Bolas taking whatever item he sent Vraska for, not fixing the whole antiplaneswalking aura of Ixalan, and leaving her stranded there, or owing him a favor to leave.
    Or not. Bolas always thinks of the long game, and maybe waiting a while to screw Vraska over would be a smarter thing to do.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    For the record, seeing Jace freak out at his own powers tickles me.
    along with yelling "Useless Island!" that was almost as Meta as Bolas' musings on the Gatewatch,
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Commander 2017 General Discussion (Renamed)
    in past Commander sets, we've gotten brief explanations of the new characters. nothing substantial, just a paragraph-or-two-long breakdown of who they are and where they are from. and the majority of it comes from the inserts that come with the decks.

    so maybe we should ask if someone that purchases the decks could post the bios from those inserts?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    Remember, Ob Nix said that you must always take the telepath out first.
    Bolas was just following the natural strategy.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Most Hated MTG Villain?
    So it seems the characters with the most nominations for most hated (Konda, Nahiri and Heliod) are all white aligned.

    very interesting...
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Most Hated MTG Villain?
    Hey, I was wondering if you could name a villain in MTG that you absolutely despise and was or will be happy to see get what's coming to them.

    HOD is a showcase of the evil and cruelty of Bolas, but most of us have been more marveling at the level of power and cruelty of Bolas than actively hating the guy or rooting for him to fail.

    so If Bolas isn't the guy you love to hate (or just plain hate), then who is it?

    and note, I said VILLAINS. so you can't say Jace or Nissa.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    Quote from Mangod »

    I'd like to know, since Mirage predates when I started playing (Odyssey block, FYI); what even was the flavor and/or story of the Mirage-block?

    sounds like a good idea for an Archive Trap (wink wink hint hint)

    anyway, here's a good place to start in delving into Mirage and Visions.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    Stories where the bad guys win, and you KNOW they're going to win, are very fun and almost cathartic to read when handled well.

    Prime examples of this are The Thran and Nemesis, two of the most beloved stories in Magic lore.

    The sense of dread and despair that increases as the story progresses, where every minor victory by the heroes is fleeting and short lived (if they get a victory at all), and you as a reader know things are not going to end well, can make for great storytelling.

    So far, the stories of the fall of Amonkhet have been absolutely delicious. And Bolas Himself hasn't even arrived yet.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria Returns
    If it gets us Phil Foglio and Matt Cavota back on MTG card art, then I'm all in.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Vraska's stone gaze
    Okay, with today's announcements regarding Ixalan, we know now that Vraska is going to be the star and protagonist planeswalker of the set.
    Very interesting choice, methinks.

    But that brings up an interesting question regarding her abilities. for all this time I though the stone gaze thing was automatic. you look her in the eye, you turn to stone. end of discussion.

    But with her apparently leading some sort of expedition, is it possible that she can control the stone gaze? it is possible that (if she likes you) you can look her in the eyes and not become a statue? because if that weren't possible, I could see her leading a team of people being a bit tricky.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria Returns
    Return to Dominaria Confirmed.

    We're going home.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Pirates & Dinosaurs...

    Loaded announcement day, with some more hints about Ixalan.

    Even the official page is up and running.

    Looks like we're getting s "Quest for Eldorado" type of story, with a lot of stuff fans have been asking for crammed into one set.

    so what else do you think we can expect from this setting?

    and doesn't Vraska look a bit weird in a conquistador outfit?

    Posted in: Storyline Speculation
  • posted a message on MaRo's Gatewatch Announcement
    From the man himself...
    The Gatewatch are still going to be our protagonists, but every member will no longer show up in every block. We may even have some blocks where none of the Gatewatch appear, although even those blocks will still be relevant to the larger story.

    Read the whole article here.

    This is what we wanted, right?

    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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