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    posted a message on Most Hated MTG Villain?
    Quote from void_nothing »
    Quote from Jay13x »
    Most of the old Phyrexians, honestly. Especially Davvol. No one likes Davvol.


    In fact, everyone hates Davvol so much that no one cared that the Phyrexians made him work on his birthday. Laughing

    I like Davvol! He's so ******* put-upon. Gotta love a villain whose motivation is being tired of his boring job. Actually, I sort of like every Evincar.

    Even if Heliod is an antagonist-but-not-a-villain he's probably the most hated, with Konda pulling a close second. Something about the self-righteousness and hypocrisy of white-aligned villains pisses people off more than the honest self-servingness of black-aligned ones.

    I think this is because people EXPECT a black aligned character to be self-serving and power hungry. That's normal behavior for Black.

    Whether intentional or not a lot of people still see white as the "good" vs Black's "evil" so a white villain seems more like a personal betrayal.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on What's the point in Bolas creating the Eternals?
    Quote from OathboundOne »
    I really just can't buy into Bolas' just making the eternals.

    Why would he waste his last few remaining days of oldwalker god-like power setting up a plane to create a small undead army that it simply may never even be possible for him to move from one plane to another post mending?


    Maybe you're on to something here. Why WOULD he waste his last few days of oldwalker power doing this? Well if you were Nicol Bolas, wouldn't your goal be if you at one stage in your existence had god-like power, to return to having god-like power at some stage??

    The focus here isn't the army itself, it's likely the lazotep. It might contain some kind of secret to getting oldwalker-level power back. Perhaps it can work like powerstones and be used to contain planeswalker sparks, but because it's been fused into a sentient (but completely obedient undead) creature, it may facilitate a planeswalking ability for that creature. That would grant him much less reliance on keeping in his employ independent planeswalkers that might betray him like Tezz. He might launch a crusade to hunt down planeswalkers all over the Multiverse to harvest their sparks for his Eternals, and maybe when he has enough, he might be able to channel them into him and turn him into an oldwalker, possibly stabilised by the proximity of the lazotep. Sure this is helped by his access to his new Planar Bridge, but the plan could function without it!

    I don't think that quite fits either, since we know that (most if not all of) the Gatewatch survives their encounter with Bolas*. If he wanted to harvest Sparks, why would he let them live/escape?

    *Realistically WotC isn't killing off their much (self)lauded protagonist group in Amonkhet. Nissa looks to be involved in post-Bolas rebuilding, Chandra and Liliana are very popular and we know for certain due to leaks that Jace survives at the least. Gideon has too much set-up for his return to Theros to die here.
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    posted a message on What's the point in Bolas creating the Eternals?
    I really just can't buy into Bolas' just making the eternals.

    Why would he waste his last few remaining days of oldwalker god-like power setting up a plane to create a small undead army that it simply may never even be possible for him to move from one plane to another post mending?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    I believe Bolas needs the gods to die to unravel part of the plane for either a source of power or as a was to move his new army off this plane. They write when Rhoas dies "He felt the poison gnaw at his heart and fray the knot of leylines and magic and physical strength that resided in his core. Yet as the poison destroyed the links anchoring him to the world, it also unbound the magical threads placed there by another force." -Hour of Glory

    That was a reference to Bolas' corruption. It's Bolas' leyline manipulation that's unraveling which is what allowed Rhonas to remember the truth.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Gideon's Defeat
    Yeah, apologies my post was more tongue in cheek than I think it came across.

    The defeat was deserved, because they blatantly disregarded the advice of the one person in their group to really face Bolas before, but no one deserves Bolas.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Gideon's Defeat
    It'll be an interesting conversation, to say the least.

    If Ajani weren't such an upstanding fellow, he might just leave them to their well deserved fates. (Or if that wouldn't mean fewer 'walkers to face Bolas.)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Gideon's Defeat
    Double post. Stupid phone.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Gideon's Defeat
    Nitpick.

    I've seen this statement multiple times in the last few days, but Ajani didn't run off to Dominaria. He went to recruit allies (likely from several planes) and then was going to rendezvous with the Gatewatch on Dominaria.

    We have no reason to believe that he's on Dominaria right now.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Chandra's Defeat
    Don't judge Bolas based on his size. Judge him based on his ego.

    So... Larger than the multiverse itself?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Weird Question About Planeswalker Sparking
    I just thought of a kind gross/weird rationalisation for this question...

    Intestinal bacteria.

    They're not biologically a part of the host, but do live in the host's body, aaaaand since Planeswalkers don't experience, err, interesting side effects from them dying en masse every time that Planeswalker 'walks, we must assume that the host body protects them during transit.

    We can therefore assume that a fetus should be perfectly safe as well.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Nissa, Genesis Mage
    I'm honestly just confused as to why the hell we're getting another Nissa pw deck when she's not even IN this set.

    It just doesn't make sense.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from soramaro »
    Something's ... off about the promo art. Between the feathered T-Rexes in the background and the pirates in the foreground, the composition is kinda awkward. It almost looks like the pirates and the dinos are from two completely different pictures and were shopped together.

    But anyway, I'm excited.

    Yeah. I'm thinking it's a composite piece.


    I'm super hyped for a villain protagonist set*, and Vraska's bit in Pride of the Kraul was interesting, so I'm very much looking forward to Ixalan.

    *Assuming that as the face of the set, Vraska is the protagonist and they don't pull another Saheeli.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    I'm fine with the handling of Razaketh, but I really was expecting a cliffhanger ending with Bolas showing up to spoil their fun, so I kinda feel like they missed an opportunity there.

    Meh. Oh well.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on How do plane natives react to Planeswalkers?
    I think that most planes aren't aware that there's a whole multiverse of other planes out there, so the vast majority of those planes' citizens have no reason to know or assume that planeswalkers are even a thing.

    So yeah, as others have said, people just rationalize things away or go with a different fantastical explination.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on New Magic MMORPG by Cryptic
    Ugh. Cryptic/Perfect World? Get ready for a micro-transaction hell of pay to winningest-ness.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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