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    posted a message on [AKH] Who's more likely to be this set's native planeswalker?
    I am so disappointed that Samut is the planeswalker. I frankly find her character to be exceptionally boring, and think that Djeru had much more potential.

    I also feel like we've got MORE THAN ENOUGH "good guy" planeswalkers to last us awhile. How about a few more villains for a change WotC?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on [AKH] Children on Amonkhet
    They also mentioned that the Trial of Strength (the green one) apparently lasts (or has a gap of) YEARS, during which it's entirely possibly the women could have gotten pregnant, had the baby, and gotten back into fighting form by the end of it.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    I wonder if we'll get something like "oath" cards when a PW joins the Anti-Gatewatch?


    I wouldn't even want them to have an anti-gatewatch for them to do that. Just have it be. When an evil Planeswalker shows up they get an "Ambition" card.

    For instance

    Ob-Nixilis' Ambition 1B
    Enchantment
    When Ob-Nixilis' Ambition comes into play, draw 1 card and lose one 1

    At the beginning of your upkeep Target Player loses X life where X is the number of planeswalkers you control, you gain life equal to the amount of life lost this way.


    I feel like, to a certain extent, just having a Gatewatch necessitates having an Anti-Gatewatch, just due to numbers. As the Gatewatch grows larger and larger, we rapidly approach a point at which individual planeswalkers simply pose no realistic threat/obstacle/challenge to them unless they're on a power level with certain oldwalkers, and having too many oldwalker-esque villains is simply untenable.

    More and more commonly I feel that future threats are going to HAVE to be multiple antagonists working together, otherwise they're just not believable.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on [AKH] Who's more likely to be this set's native planeswalker?
    Quote from OathboundOne »
    I honestly feel like Samut being against Bolas makes her LESS likely to be the native planeswalker, just because I feel like we already have more than enough "good guys" in the set. (And definitely more than enough "good guy" planeswalkers in general for awhile, lets get some more villains.)

    Yes we'll be getting a Bolas, and Bolas is the ultimate bad guy, but I feel like having Djeru as the 5th walker, and him being faithful/loyal/manipulated by Bolas would be more balanced and more interesting.


    On a semi-unrelated note; Wizards, can we get a plane with a Government Vs Rebels plotline where the Gov't is the GOOD Guys for once please? I get it, plucky underdogs, freedom fighters, yadda yadda yadda, but seriously enough.


    First I don't think giving Bolas a planeswalker servant would be more balancing (even tough I agree it would be more interesting) since Bolas could probably face around 10 planeswalkers along.
    To your second point: I'd love if we'd get a story without any clear good or bad guys like it could have been in the purifying fire novel without biased writing.

    I wasn't meaning balance as in balance of power, Bolas obviously outclasses the gatewatch (until they inevitably pull some kind of Deus ex machina out of their backsides). I was referring to balance in numbers (occurrence of actual villainous planeswalker cards).

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    Quote from OathboundOne »
    I honestly feel like Samut being against Bolas makes her LESS likely to be the native planeswalker, just because I feel like we already have more than enough "good guys" in the set. (And definitely more than enough "good guy" planeswalkers in general for awhile, lets get some more villains.)

    Yes we'll be getting a Bolas, and Bolas is the ultimate bad guy, but I feel like having Djeru as the 5th walker, and him being faithful/loyal/manipulated by Bolas would be more balanced and more interesting.


    On a semi-unrelated note; Wizards, can we get a plane with a Government Vs Rebels plotline where the Gov't is the GOOD Guys for once please? I get it, plucky underdogs, freedom fighters, yadda yadda yadda, but seriously enough.


    I mean, depending on how you look at it, we had that with the original Innistrad. The government of humans at least was the good guys, you know, Church of Avacyn and such. SoM was arguably about that too, the Mirran government fighting the invading Phyrexians and such. I could probably spin a few others as examples, but they do exist. But generally? Whoever the "good guys" are in a story have to be weaker than the bad guys, which means either status quo vs rebels or super strong invaders vs status quo. I'll grant there are exceptions for sure, but it's generally going to fall along those kind of lines. Innistrad kind of was the exception of sorts I guess.


    Innistrad wasn't a Government vs Rebels plotline though (Until you got to SoI, where it is indeed the rebels/heretics that are the good guys against a corrupt/mad church).

    SoM was closer, but again wasn't Government vs Rebels, Mirrodin honestly didn't have an overarching government unless you go way back and count Memnarch which you again end up with something closer to Bad Governement vs Good Rebels(Glissa/Slobad), rather SoM was a conflict of planar citizens vs extra-planar invaders.

    I'm really specifically meaning Government as a in body that administrates a plane or territory on a plane. Basically every recent storyline involving the Governing body of a plane/territory of that plane against a rebel faction has cast the rebels as the good guys. Kaladesh, Fiora*, Amonkhet, SoI.

    I'll except the Gateless from RtR from this list, cause honestly I don't know much about them, their agenda or their practices.

    *I'll make a special note with regards to Fiora in that I don't think we can say for certain that the rebels are really the "good guys" but we CAN say for certain that the government is corrupt.
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    posted a message on [AKH] Who's more likely to be this set's native planeswalker?
    I honestly feel like Samut being against Bolas makes her LESS likely to be the native planeswalker, just because I feel like we already have more than enough "good guys" in the set. (And definitely more than enough "good guy" planeswalkers in general for awhile, lets get some more villains.)

    Yes we'll be getting a Bolas, and Bolas is the ultimate bad guy, but I feel like having Djeru as the 5th walker, and him being faithful/loyal/manipulated by Bolas would be more balanced and more interesting.


    On a semi-unrelated note; Wizards, can we get a plane with a Government Vs Rebels plotline where the Gov't is the GOOD Guys for once please? I get it, plucky underdogs, freedom fighters, yadda yadda yadda, but seriously enough.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    I've got to say that I honestly don't think Bolas' plans for this block will have anything to do with the Planar Bridge. Bolas is a long term thinker/planner, but the invention of the Planar Bridge was really just a happy accident. There's no way that he'd have set any sort of plans into motion that REQUIRE the existence of a device that no one's even invented yet, and may not be created by time he needs/wants it.

    I really feel that the Planar Bridge is a seed for a future plot line, not a part of the current one.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet is a safe haven from Bolas
    I think the shear amount of Bolas iconography present on the buildings and denizens of the plane rule that out. If the Gods opposed Bolas, do you really think they would allow their supplicants to so openly exalt him?

    Beyond that I'd say that Bolas is fine with absolutely anything that benefits Bolas and advances his agenda(s) - agendas which can basically be summed up as "Bolas Bolas Bolas" - so he'd be perfectly alright with it.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Sacred Cat Erin Campbell twitter
    I think a better word for them would be Benign.

    Benevolent implies good intentions, benign just assures the lack of BAD intentions. (Which they couldn't have if they're just mindless undead drones.)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Same-Color Planeswalker Conflict
    I would agree that Tamiyo's not BANT bant, but I'm comfotable with her being Blue bant. If not for the added difficulty in casting her card, I'd imagine she would have cost GWUU instead of 1GWU to really highlight that blue is her core. (In fact, IIRC someone asked MaRo about that on tumblr and he said as much/agreed with that assessment.)


    EDIT: Looked for it, but all I could find was this comment, doesn't mention mana costs but he does outright state that Tamiyo *IS* more Blue than White/Green, so there's that.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    So, I read the story this afternoon, and I've been going about my day, occasionally ruminating on it, and I find myself annoyed at the inconsistency of character power level. What I mean is this:

    The Gatewatch was ambushed by a horde of undead and then some wurms just for good measure;
    Jace is a mind mage and virtually useless against ranks of undead - Accepted
    Nissa was having trouble drawing mana for some unexplained reason - Alright
    That leaves Gideon, Chandra and Liliana to do most of the fighting. The problem I have is that absolutely nothing in the description of the fight made it sound like the situation was at all different from ones that each of those three have INDIVIDUALLY handled solo. After all the battles that the Gatewatch has been trough in the past that largely amounted to speedbumps on their road to victory, I just can't take it seriously that a bunch of zombies and a handfull of wurms could have ever posed a real threat to even ONE of them, let alone all three.

    It feels like they were neutered just to fit the narrative of "Uh OH! They're in real danger now!" except no they're not and never were.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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