Nicol Bolas only drinks the blood of his enemies.
And the occasional strawberry Yoo-Hoo.
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Aug 11, 2017Pollaski posted a message on The question at hand: Would the Gatewatch drink Coke?Posted in: Magic General
Jul 26, 2017Bolas had the whole damn Gatewatch destroyed by the end of the first section. That was as glorious a clownstomping as I've ever seen.Posted in: Magic Storyline
"I promise not to listen if you all shout at each other" <- this line killed me.
1. My god is Jace a dumbass. He's really a dumbass. Sure, lets try to invade the mind of the anciant dragon planeswalker who's psychic taunting me the entire time I'm trying to do it. That couldn't have possibly been any sort of a trap, could it have?
2. Welp, that's it for Lilliana as a trusted member of the Gatewatch. Not that anyone really expected her to stay til the last if things got dire.
3. Love how Bolas pretty much defeated everyone by just crushing their strengths. The Gatewatch really were just a bunch of kids who got lucky a couple times.
4. The big shock of the story, of course, is that Ral Zarek is working with Bolas. Which does NOT have good implications, given this pretty much means that Bolas is at least somewhat connected to Project Lightning Bug. That seems bad. On a side note, could you imagine Niv-Mizzets reaction to finding out about all this?
5. Still not sure exactly why Bolas wants the Gatewatch alive. But not killing any of them seemed pretty vital to his plans.
Good ending, we got what we wanted. On to Ixalan!
Jul 26, 2017Are you ready?Posted in: Magic Storyline
I said, MTG Salvation.... are you rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrready?
Then, for the thousands in attendance.
And the billions watching all around the multiverse.
From the ruins of Nakthamun on Amonkhet...
LLLLETS GET RRREADY TO RRRRUUUUUMBUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLL!!!!
Jul 19, 2017Posted in: Magic StorylineQuote from RaltheMad »Story was ok. I have no interest in Samut as a character (she's been handled terribly imo) but at least we got to see more of Hazoret and Djeru. I wonder if Hazoret will manage to replace her arm somehow or will be one handed from now on. Also Hapatra makes it out alive which is a relief.
Last story is the Gatewatch vs Bolas and I kinda hope they wont rush the ending or the battle. They better not give it to James Wyatt to write it.
This whole set has been pretty much Allison Luhrs baby. Mama needs to put the baby to bed next week.
Jul 19, 2017Posted in: Magic StorylineQuote from Tekkactus »Hey look, another planeswalker that immediately turns around and goes home with no intention of ever leaving.
Maybe Samut and Saheeli can get together and- OH WAIT
Yeah, it'd make way more sense if Samut just suddenly went "LOL screw those guys, not my problem anymore, idgaf"
Jul 17, 2017Posted in: New Card DiscussionQuote from Nightshade1233 »
Then cry when one of your opponents plays a fog after you declared the attackers.
DAAAAAAAAAAMN YOU SPORE FROG!!!!
Jul 15, 2017So I think next week's story is going to be the Hour of Devastation, with the Planeswalkers fighting Bolas (and losing). After that it'll be more of an epilogue, showing the survivors trying to figure out how to navigate this new world, and finishing with Samut's spark going off. It'll be interesting to see where she ends up landing, and how she's going to feel about all this. Chances are, she won't be happy for leaving when her people needed her the most (which may not lead to fond memories on their part either)Posted in: Magic Storyline
Jul 13, 2017Posted in: Magic StorylineQuote from Kruphix7 »I really liked today's story, it was quite sad at parts but i think it was important to have a story from the pov of average Amonkhetu. Not everyone can be a pw or a god and the hours are happening to them too.
Interesting things we learned:
-love and parent/child relations were forbidden.
-eternals can speak (the naga's whispered mind control commands) we knew they retained their previous skill and power but speech and maybe even personality is interesting.
-eternals can be destroyed..but the only one we saw killed was done in by a god weapon. If you aren't a divinity you may have a rough time w/ these guys.
In teh game, Eternals are basically 4/4s that kept their abilities. Flavorwise, 4/4 humanoids are pretty dang powerful. (Even the two living characters that were easily worthy enough to be Eternalized are weaker- Samut is 3/4, Djeru is 4/3). So yeah, Joe Amonkheti isn't going to really stand a chance.
Jul 12, 2017Posted in: Magic StorylineQuote from ChrisBP7 »Quote from Tiro of Meletis »
No.Quote from Gutterstorm »By the beard of Keranos you people are insatiable.
"We hate the Gatewatch. We want fewer planeswalkers, more stories about the people of the plane."
WotC: "K. Here ya go."
"No we still want it to be plot relevant!"
"We want the deaths to matter. Make us feel damnit!"
WotC: "K. Here ya go."
"Noooo! That's just grimdark for grimdarks sake!"
WotC: *exasperated sigh*
Seriously. This story was excellent. All the heartache of the people(except that first chick. She cray). They were fighting loved ones, friends, brothers in arms, heroes. The heartbreak was palpable.
Last I checked, everyone was praising Hapatra's story.
The last time we got a story like this, it was Shadows over Innistrad. And everyone loved it. Feel free to find my post praising Emrakul Eises. Which was written by Kimberly Krienes no less - who we all bemoaned in BFZ.
In Emrkaul Rises we checked in on the utter devastation Emrakul was wreaking over Innistrad. Hal and Elena and Elder Kolman attacking them, Gisela and Bruna, the cultist Edith, Emrkaul herself, etc. We saw the despair and havoc everywhere.
Then we saw Jace and Tamiyo's reactions to Emrakul's arrival, and we saw Jace depart to retrieve the remaining Gatewatch, with Tamiyo remaining behind. The plot advanced, and we saw examples of Innistrad's state from local Legends.
This story was uninspired interlude filler with nobody characters. It broke from the momentum of delivering solid stories week after week. Remove today's article and literally nothing is lost from the overall arc. That's a sign of how relevant it was.
The Gitrog Monster story and a few similar ones from SOI and EMN were also pretty well received if memory serves right... and they had just as much to do with the main story as this one did. At least in this one, the eternals and the scarab god finally appear. So no, actually there would have been something lost if we'd just jumped to the next one. Also both the Hapatra story and the other stories from the last weeks focussed very much on either legendaries or the gods and didn't give us much insight into the reaction of the common Amonkhetu. And while I liked the story, I was starting to wonder about them. In such an indoctrinated society, I would expect a variety of reactions to this disaster and I wanted to know more about it. Now, with this story I got it. And it was every bit of tragic as the death of the gods and the like. I actually found this story emotionally heart-wrenching. These small views into the demise and lost hopes of random Amonkhetu also served as world-building: Like the fact that lovers aren't allowed to stay together and that parents might meet their children, but they are expected to stay away from them. All this drives home how devastating all of this is, not only rationally but also emotionally: Their whole society has sacrificed everything, from having families to being lovers for one singular goal which promised them the things they lost this way in an eternal afterlife... and now there is no afterlife, their sacrifices were for absolutely nothing, their city is destroyed, the gods are dead and the god-pharaoh doesn't even see them as worthy of his attention anymore. They have literally lost everything. No wonder some of them have been driven into insanity.
In short: This story might not have advanced the plot much, but it made me really care for not only the gods or legends like Hapatra or Samut, but also the normal people of Amonkhet. BFZ wasn't able to make me care for more than the planeswalkers or certain individual characters, SOI was better in that regard, but the Innistradi were still more or less there to become Eldrazi mutants or to be killed by Angels. Here I really care for the inhabitants of the whole plane. I liked it.
You make an excellent point here.
One of the biggest horrors of the Eternals is that, at the end of the day this is what it turns out you had spent your entire life preparing and striving to become. This is the glorious afterlife you were promised.
It's going to be especially jarring for poor Djeru, who was literally a milisecond away from this fate himself.
Jul 12, 2017A lot of people are making a great point. If you take out the fact that we knew what was going to happen thanks to the cards and the artbook, the existence of the Eternals would actually be a huge shock. If you were to read the stories, and pay no attention to the actual cards being spoiled, this is the point where you'd learn just what the previous champions have turned into.Posted in: Magic Storyline
That alone makes this relevant.
Jul 12, 2017I loved this story. Didn't really advance the plot much (other than the Eternals showing up), but by god, the atmosphere of the piece was devastatingly tragic.Posted in: Magic Storyline
Far too often in disaster movies (and HOU is a straight up disaster movie), you don't really humanize the people who die in the big disaster- the entire thing focuses on the protagonists and their quest to not get killed. So while you watch downtown LA fall into a chasm in 2012, or New York blow up in Independence Day, you just see a bunch of buildings blowing up/collapsing, with maybe a few CG bodies tumbling at a distance, along with masses of people running, knowing its fruitless, but you never see the actual end. (This is intentional for two reasons- 1. Most disaster movies want a PG-13 rating for wider appeal, 2. They're popcorn action flicks, and actually thinking about the lives being ended and tragedy of it all kinda kills the mood.
With literature, especially serial literature that's going to give us a week to digest this before moving on to the two climactic pieces (Samut's sparking and the Gatewatch vs. Bolas) you can go a bit darker, and they've done a great job here. They've done a fantastic job all sequence of showing this tragedy through the eyes of the Amonkhetis themselves, and by focusing on five different protagonists, not only do we get a great view of the scope of the Eternal's slaughter, but we also get a myriad of reactions to their arrival. We have the woman who goes completely insane, and effectively commits suicide by Eternal. We have the brave woman who stands in their way, fighting the futile fight so that others may (hopefully) escape. We have the tragic Romeo, who only wants to find his lover, only to see she's been mindcontrolled. We see the hotheaded avenger, keen to make this fraud of a God-Pharaoh pay for what happened to Oketra- only to discover she's barely even a fly to him. And we see the dying man, his last thoughts on protecting another, praying for deliverance, not knowing that the one he wants to protect tragically no longer needs it.
And overall lies the fact that up until literally five hours ago, these people thought this was going to be the best, most glorious day of their life.
Its dark, and bleak, but I think we need to see it.
As for who the savior is, there's really only five options- Samut, Nissa, Chandra, or Hapatra. Or someone nameless, which wouldn't shock me. In the end, it doesn't really matter, because that's not the point. Neither is who the child might have been. The focus is on the tragedy of it all.
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