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  • posted a message on Playing with Spikes
    I run lots of Spikes in Ghave for counter shenanigans. Of course there's the obvious Archangel of Thune/Spike Feeder combo. Spike Cannibal in particularly is fun in that color combo, especially if there are other +1/+1 counter focused decks in your meta. (It also makes stuff like Aku Djinn and Tempt With Glory stupid if your opponents aren't wise to the trick. And he conveniently costs 3, perfectly Aluren-able.) Spike Breeder, similar to Ghave himself, has the ability to convert counters into tokens. Spike Rogue lets you pass around counters directly, good for refueling Weavers and Feeders. And finally, there will always be a special place in my heart for Spike Soldier. I just love that little guy.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions
    Quote from Jay13x »
    I like the new design, by the way, it's a shame that they're beholden to the terrible asymmetric original design, which would make a good token card and looks good for Slivers en masse (like in Sliver Hive). If you look at them without the history of the old, ugly slivers, they're actually a neat concept, and a lot of their artwork is really good.
    GrumpyCat No.

    Slivers are an iconic design, and one of the few creature types completely unique to Magic. Throwing that uniqueness away for some predator knockoffs spits in the face of history. If they wanted a new concept and this new style of art, they shouldn't have called them slivers. A new creature type, or even a creature type that was only mentioned once (Shyft) could have been awesome. "These new shyfts are how we would have done slivers had they been done today" would have been much better than "let's completely destroy a creature type with rabid fans because reasons."
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions
    Quote from VYAzelas »
    It does feel like a cop-out but who knows? Maybe there are books on Sliver physiology and she read some without telling anyone.

    I'm assuming Sliver DNA is highly dynamic so if you manage to polymorph yourself into a true Sliver, you'll be subject to the same physical changes and hivemind as a normal sliver would. They don't explain how polymorphing works in MTG so it's tough to say.
    She made it a point to mention how excited she was to be one of the first people to study the creatures, so I doubt there are just Tomes of Eldritch Sliver Lore lying around she could have been boning up on.

    EDIT: I want to stress again how much this story felt like REFERENCE ALL THE SHANDALARS!, as if the author had a checklist of every card that was supposed to be Shandalarian and had to hit the boxes. "Xanthrid? Check. Vaasgoth? Check. Eloren Wilds? Check." He spent more time trying to shove the ShandaLore down our throat than he did on any kind of character development or, I don't know, thinking through his plot to find all the holes in the logic.

    EDIT TO THE EDIT: ShandaLore is my new favorite portmanteau.

    EDIT THE THIRD: I also forgot to mention how much the Silver/Sliver pun doesn't work when you think about it. They don't speak English on Shandalar, so unless they conveniently happen to have Shandalarian words for "sliver" and "silver" that are one letter off, it breaks down the minute you take a step back.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions
    Quote from VYAzelas »
    They made an attempt in rationalizing old and new slivers together. It's believable but I doubt it will change the minds of anyone who hates the new Slivers.
    I'll give them that it was at least an attempt, but you're right. I still think the new SINOs are an abomination.

    EDIT: And I agree with ilovesaprolings, her ability to turn them both into slivers not five minutes after first encountering one was a huge cop out.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on The goblins of Scars of Mirrodin block
    *sigh*

    This isn't really the place to discuss fanfiction.

    Lock
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions
    Quote from Ikaoru »
    Thanks. I've found his post. I can't find it on the mothership since I haven't been there for a while so I missed that post.

    Huh... I've found the page (via Nissa reveal from here) but it's not my usual wizard site that I go to.
    Yeah, they recently redesigned their site, and in doing so they changed to using magic.wizards.com in all their URLs.

    Their new menu system is completely nonfunctional on my tablet, so I haven't been able to actually read anything off the mothership since the transition.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions
    It's like five posts up, where Barinellos quoted the story. He copy-pasted from the UR story on the Mothership, so I would assume it's in the UR article for this week on the WotC website. I'm at work, so WotC is blocked, or I'd put a link here.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions
    Quote from Ikaoru »
    Wait...

    where did it mention that 2/3 Eldrazi escaped leaving one behind?


    Quote from Intro Paragraphs of the Story »
    At least one of the three Eldrazi titans remains on Zendikar, threatening all life on the plane with annihilation. Nissa stayed to fight the Eldrazi, but she fears it's hopeless. To defeat the monstrosities that assault the plane, all of Zendikar would have to fight as one…
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions
    If I recall correctly (it's been a while and I'm at work so I don't have my copy of Teeth of Akoum handy), the second lock was what Sorin went back to shore up, only to have Nissa defy him an unlock it, setting them free to nom Zendikar. (She hoped they would just leave; that didn't work out as well as she had hoped. But, she's learned from her blind stupidity, and now she's makin' elementals.)

    Thinking back on Teeth, didn't she kill someone by making a tree sprout inside them? I may be misremembering, but I swear that happened.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Uncharted Realms Discussions
    When I first saw the new Nissa on the spoiler, I was worried we were dealing with another Liliana of the Dark Realms-level misbranding, but having now read the story, her new shtick makes complete sense. She's turned her back on the racial prejudices of her past and taken up a role as defender of Zendikar.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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