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  • posted a message on Legendary Creatures in Rivals of Ixalan
    Maybe I missed something these past few days -- we've concluded that the sphinx art *isn't* from a legendary creature, then?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Legendary Creatures in Rivals of Ixalan
    I'm curious. Why have we been seeing Huatli plastered over so many RIX products? It's not like she's getting another card this set, and unlike Chandra on the Aether Revolt packaging, she's not the central character of this block (...is she?)

    As for the Huatli/Kumena binder art itself, I think both of those pieces will feature on noncreature spells. Huatli because duh (if it's card art--but I think we can assume it is, if the Kumena art is also on a card), and Kumena because, while it certainly captures his stature, it hardly looks like legendary creature artwork. Have we ever had a legendary creature depicted in profile before? For a card depicting a story character, the art director would surely have had the piece revised with a clearer look at Kumena's features,

    That Huatli art, though, is interesting. Perhaps it depicts a story moment? It's weird not having the set's key art on the Ultra-Pro binder. Why the change, I wonder?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Legendary Creatures in Rivals of Ixalan
    Ah, my man Kumena. I love the pose and the setting, but why can't we see his face?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Tarkir had the benefit of being based on the Mongol Empire, which was itself very wide and incredibly diverse and stretched from East Asia through the Middle East and right up to the gates of Europe.

    As for Kamigawa -- we know it's actually quite big. Though the area we saw was only a few hundred miles across at most, the novels mention other continents and other lands, particularly east of Jukai. But these are unknown and mysterious to Kamigawa's people.

    The Innistrad artbook and Planeswalkers Guide, meanwhile, refer to the four "known" provinces of Innistrad, leaving room for more if the creative team ever wants to expand the plane.

    Places like Fiora and Innistrad could on the exact same plane for all we know, separated only by the sea. Imagine if Planeswalkers cane to Earth: some might wind up in a plane called "America" while others wind up in a plane called "Europe." Unless they were told, little would they know they could travel from one place to the other by boat.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria Returns
    Given that Dominaria is such a huge and diverse world, they could do multiple location-based sets here rather than hopping around from mini-themed plane to mini-themed plane. Expansions following Dominaria could be "Aerona," "Jamuraa," "Shiv," "The Burning Isles," "Otaria," Etc.

    For that matter there's also no reason smaller planes like Amonkhet and Theros couldn't have been conceived as different kingdoms on different continents in a larger, more expansive world.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Legendary Creatures in Rivals of Ixalan
    What about the weekly fictions? Do we have any indication of when they're supposed to resume?



    I don't mind fun at all, and Gisath is a terrible card, the large majority of the targets for it are creatures I wouldn't play in a non-tribal Dinosaur deck.

    But why *would* you play Gishath in a non-tribal Dinosaur deck to begin with?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Azurhawk »
    Quote from 31F »
    A sympathetic rakdos character that isn't insane or kill-crazy? Took them long enough.

    While his motivation certainly makes him sympathetic, his depiction in the story and especially in the cards is still pretty much kill-crazy and somewhat insane so far tbh.
    For now his backstory is pretty much just an informed characteristic that may even never matter.


    His portrayal in the story has actually been rather pathetic, lovable, and awkward. That's not a criticism, by the way-- just an observation. He comes across as a pitiable, blundering, somewhat humorous dolt, almost cute. His art paints him as some kind of badass, but in the story he's anything but.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    A couple questions :

    1.) Do we have any idea when the Rivals of Ixalan story will start up (sometime this month, I'm sure?) and

    2.) Do we have a good estimate for when official previews begin? I read somewhere that it would be around Christmas, but I was wondering if we have any sort of confirmation for this.

    At any rate, the art book releases on January 2nd, and we tend to get our first art book spoilers what, a week or so in advance? In which case we have maybe two weeks before we know roughly how the Rivals story plays out. The hype here is building.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Legendary Creatures in Rivals of Ixalan
    I'm actually not big on Angrath's role in this story. Don't get me wrong, he's sympathetic and likeable in a blundering, pitiable kind of way, but Ixalan has really been threatening to overshadow its native characters with foreign, visiting planeswalkers.

    I'd rather see characters like Kumena, Mavren Fein, Adrian, Tishana, Apatzec, and Huatli (if they can just make her, you know, interesting) take central roles. With so much focus on the Jace and Vraska already, the story feels in danger of being taken over not by the inhabitants and cultures of this rich new world, but by visitors from abroad who are desperately trying to leave.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    If the vampires are supposed to be morally grey, then we have to take Creative's word for it, because it doesn't show at all in the actual story, where all the vampires we see are either ravening monsters, sadists, or random evil mooks serving as canon fodder. Furthermore, they all undertook their vampirism willingly--they're invading Ixalan for the Immortal Sun because they want to enjoy their power without having to pay the cost. They have their cake, and now they're pillaging and killing so that they can eat it too.

    Now, perhaps the Immortal Sun was indeed theirs to begin with and it was stolen from them. That gives them a legitimate and understandable goal--it doesn't, however, make them "grey." Even if they are somehow suffering terribly for their vampirism, I see no reason in the least to sympathize with their plight, given that 1.) they asked for it and 2.) they expressly utilize it for the purpose of conquering and subjugating.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    While it might be entirely coincidental, is anyone else getting a vague "Castle in the Sky" vibe from the Ixalan story? Heroes team up with a crew of lovable pirates to seek a lost civilization, armed with a special artifact that helps show the way, with an enemy army in hot pursuit. The city/ruins in question hold lots of gold and a special glowing powersource that grants the wielder unlimited power. And finally, the villain reaches the city first and awakens it, forcing the heroes to race to stop him.

    Now that Kumena has (probably) reached the city first and the Elder Dinosaurs have awoken, I half-expect him to go full on Colonel Musca and start wielding the Immortal Sun's power in a hail of destruction, cackling in Mark Hamill's voice.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Capture of Jingzhou, Doran (new art) and Prismatic Geoscope
    That Doran art is beautiful. And the coloring of his leaves is perfectly suggestive of the coming Aurora.

    When will that promo become available? It's listed as a summer promo, but it's not out yet, as I understand.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    The Shapers was my favorite Ixalan story so far. In terms of prose alone, it was a pleasing read. Content-wise, it lifted the River Heralds into my favorite faction (when the Ixalan factions were first spoiled, the River Heralds seemed by far the least interesting to me. Now that spot belongs to the pirates.)

    Kopala and Kumena are both excellent characters. Kopala has the right balance of courage and doubt; he knows his power, but this is balanced by humility and an awareness that he still has much to learn. "Least of the greatest of my people" was a perfect line because it captures, in a droplet, the essence of his personality and worldview. I'd like to see him play a larger role.

    As for Kumena... I think we'll be seeing much more of him. So far he is the only character taking up the mantle of the villain, but even then, he is a nuanced figure and there is an undeniable logic to his arguments. I find myself caught between Kopala's reasoning and Kumena's--it's been a long time since we've had a villain like this. After Bolas last block, and Tezzeret the block before, and the Eldrazi the two blocks before that, it's refreshing to have an antagonist whose motives are not only so understandable, but sympathetic.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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