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  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Hoping that does turn out to be Elenda as she looks even better than I imagined.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Finally got to finish the story since I'm at the office, and def enjoyed Ixalan's closing story. All the parts worked well and flowed, except for Angrath just showing up out of nowhere. I don't think Vona is dead just yet; Huatli calling a dino and then leaving without witnessing just smacks of reversed Bond villain move.

    As for who found and raised Orazca first, I'm betting it was Kumena. He is the only one we haven't seen in the 'Race' yet, and had a bit of a head start, since he was on the move before any of the others. Overall, Ixalan was a great story line, and I'm hoping that Rivals is just as good.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    The Race, Part 2 is up!
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    After thinking on the Immortal Sun and its importance to Ixalan and its possible powers, I'm thinking Bolas wants it for himself, not the Planar Bridge or Eternals. I have a feeling that while the Sun is an immense power source, it will be the city of Orazca that is the only way off the plane. My working theory is that the Sun also gives off a powerful, passive regen/longevity effect that keeps those around it healthy and whole. I came to this after thinking on the ancient nobles of Torrezon turning to vampirism after the Sun's theft. They were so used to the power of living as long as they wanted, they didn't want to give that up. So with that in mind, Bolas would want the Sun as it would be a means of restoring more of his power while granting him an additional layer of protection/invulnerability. I would really enjoy seeing the Immortal Sun take the place of the gem between Bolas' horns, upping the stakes for the next confrontation. Just some of my thoughts, I could be totally off.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Several things to like about this weeks story:

    Mavren and Vona's PoV's were much needed to get the vampires represented. I like that they show different sides of the Legion, his fervent religiosity and her more classic vampire tendancies.

    Mavren's history lesson gave some cool insight into how and why vampires manifested on Ixalan. It seems to confirm that the Immortal Sun does grant immortality/extended life and that the Torrezon ruling class had to turn to vampirism through St. Elenda to maintain their power. This is a nice touch, reminding me a little of Edgar Markov turning to dark forces to survive.

    Vona is a good example of why you need to keep busy if you are immortal. Especially if you are an immortal vampire with a powerful thirst and prone to boredom.

    Jace and Vraska were good this week, and did confirm the workings of the compass.

    I do like how Vraska was described by Huatli; it is fun to see the various characters be described by other characters that haven't met yet.

    I liked Tishana's description of planeswalking (a dolphin trying to breach the surface) and wonder just how much she knows about 'walkers.

    Cannot wait for Part 2!
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    I too enjoyed Angrath's fighting style; as soon as the chains were involved, I was hooked. Def got flashbacks of Chainer, and for a planeswalker to use this style too is awesome. Looking forward to seeing more of Angrath.

    As for the rest, def not bad, and as others have said, I also enjoyed her mistaking Kaladesh as the city of gold.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on GatheringMagic - Dire Fleet Ravager
    I was already planning on building Inalla, and boy this guy looks good to try out.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Just a bit of speculation based off the new enchantment Legion's Landing // Adonto, the First Fort flavor text: There is a (vampire) queen of the Legion of Dusk. I am interested to know more about her, and wonder if she will be a player in Rivals of Ixalan. Either she'll be revealed as already in the 'new world' having arrived disguised as a captain, or they'll use the 'ruler needs to get their hands dirty' trope and she'll arrive, for the first time on the continent, in full force to claim the Immortal Sun. Either way, hope we get to learn more of her.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on TCGPlayer preview: Legion's Landing / Adanto, the First Fort
    Really enjoy this card, from the flavor on both sides to the abilities of both. The art is good on both as well. Def going to try this in my Edgar Markov deck. And hope we get to see this vampire queen alluded to in the flavor text. The Immortal Sun is probably something she, herself, has to come and collect, coming to the 'new world' for the first time.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Spell Swindle (wizardsmagicEU spoiler) - rare Treasure-making counterspell
    Nice counter, and I love the art! It's the usual 'mage absorbing a spell' action shot, only with a pirate mage and gold coins showering around the pirate as the spell is absorbed. Def good flavor.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Battleship of Dusk Legion
    Really enjoy the art on this, but got to agree with others that the ship feels bigger than just a 4/6. And that it should be Legendary considering it looks like a floating city. And that it should have some other ability besides Vigilance; the art just begs for more than what the card is. Here's hoping that any Legendary ships have just as fantastic art and better abilities.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers Confirmation of Leaks and new Spoilers
    I am loving the flavor of this set, and cannot wait to read more about Ixalan's factions, especially the Legion of Dusk. I am looking forward some Vampire Conquistadors.

    I think it's because we are going to a world that is more open-ended fantasy that has me hyped. It's not like Steampunk Kaladesh and overwhelmingly Egyptian Amonkhet. Ixalan's Meso-American and Pirate Fantasy themes are meshing pleasantly well together and is just a nice break from the two recent set themes.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    I am def hyped for this set: Dinos, Pirates, green Merfolk, white Vampire Conquistadors, and so much more. I am more excited for this than I was for Kaladesh and Amonkhet blocks combined.

    Also, I am not usually a Green and Red player, but I will need to pick up a couple copies of the new Rootbound Crag just for that new art with a Dino in the distance.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Commander 2017 General Discussion (Renamed)
    I think it's ironic that they reference the Sengirs with Baron's Pridemate and the 'Van Sengirsing, Bounty Hunter,' but never considered a new Baron Sengir (or at least didn't put it into today's article). Which is frustrating when Vamps only got two alternate legends, who are brand new, while the other tribes got at least three new legends. A mono-black or black with either white or red legend would have been appreciated. They even had Runo down as a crossover vampire wizard, which would open up more Grixis/UB Vamps, but apparently pulled him for a brand new character instead.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on God save the Queen - Queen Marchesa Knights and Soldier themed midrange
    You can safely drop Thorn of the Black Rose and Marchesa's Decree, possibly Knights of the Black Rose and Marshal's Anthem, and replace both Hanweir Lancer and Chieftain en-Dal with Archetype of Courage.

    The reason why I'd drop three monarch cards is that Queen Marchesa and maybe two or three other enablers are fine for getting and resetting the Monarchy. Queen Marchesa especially since she's our recurring source of the Monarchy in our command zone. That, and Thorn, Decree, and the Knights just don't pull enough weight for EDH.

    I def enjoy the theme of the deck and may switch my Queen Marchesa deck to more of the knights and soldiers theme.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
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