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    posted a message on How did you do at Amonkhet prerelease?
    Quote from silph »
    these "how'd you do at the prerelease" always attracts happy players eager to share how well they did.
    just a friendly invitation: i like even more hearing about those who did so-so or very poorly, and hearing about what went wrong!


    To be frank, I share every experience, even the worse. Smile
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
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    posted a message on How did you do at Amonkhet prerelease?
    Quote from jshrwd »
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Hapatra is a bomb no less. In the end, despite having not quite enough counter-dealers, she well did her work, and unless facing a flyer-heavy deck (that hardly anyone had), the 1/1 deathtouch snakes are a big deterrent. Slamming the blue cartouche on her T3 was usually also a great play (as I have faced just one deck with more than a couple fliers), as she could provide the snakes by herself while diminishing his army.

    Dang, son. If you're doing this against me with just two mana fixers in sealed, I'm just shaking my head that it wasn't my day.


    Ya know, my second daughter was born on November, and the only 2 times when I played Magic since then was AER prerelease where I went 4-1 and one AER draft. So I counted on the fate and god of mana fixing to stand by me when I got my leave, in order to ensure I am enjoying myself and not whining about manascrew. I do not say I did it regularly, but once or twice it happened. ;-)

    And for the record, a friend of mine and a quite a Spike (He once represented our country on Worlds) was quite frustrated by exactly this situation, because I managed to have all three colors on T3 all three games we played. It just was MY day Wink
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
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    posted a message on Prevalent double rares in pre-release packs
    Nothing like that here, except one guy who had a promo and a normal Hapatra.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
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    posted a message on How did you do at Amonkhet prerelease?
    Strangely, I do not see a thread here (or anywhere else, for that matter), so I decided to start one. What were your pulls, pools, MVPs, etc?

    I cracked a Champion of Rhonas promo, Hapatra, Glorious End, Throne of the God-Pharaoh, Harsh Mentor, Vizier of Many Faces and Liliana, Death's Majesty.

    Obviously, I focused on Hapatra and Liliana and tried to make BG work. Problems? No removal save for Stinging Shot. No black kill spell, no green Cartouche. But I had Destined/Lead, another incentive to run BG. Also got a couple of cheap self-cutters to go with Hapatra (but not Baleful Ammit, one of the best).

    Also, I had the Champion of Rhonas, but no fatty to drop with it (not even Colossapede)- the only 5-drop besides Liliana was Horror of the Broken Lands (again with little cycling support).

    In the end, I splashed blue for double blue Cartouche (evasion), Vizier (bomb) and Aven Initiate.




    The result of this wacky thing? 5-0 and first place in a 19-player prerelease Grin

    First of all, Oashra Cultivator is a great target if you want a T3 4/5 Defiant Greatmaw, and it still lives to tell the tale and fetch the land. Destined//Lead is, hands down, a bomb. I nuked opponent's board twice with it - his four critters forced to block exerted indestructible 4/2 Bitterblade Warrior; and won two more games by forcing him to gang-block a snake, running around for 8+ damage.

    Hapatra is a bomb no less. In the end, despite having not quite enough counter-dealers, she well did her work, and unless facing a flyer-heavy deck (that hardly anyone had), the 1/1 deathtouch snakes are a big deterrent. Slamming the blue cartouche on her T3 was usually also a great play (as I have faced just one deck with more than a couple fliers), as she could provide the snakes by herself while diminishing his army.

    Splashing for the two blue Cartouches was in the end a great idea, as most of the games were won on the acquired wings of flying hippos or scorpion demons.

    Lili was also great. I kept hitting double lands with her the first two games I played her, I zombified twice with her, and she was always a great lightning rod as well. In one game, I knocked Destined/Lead to grave just in time to use it for alpha strike.

    Vizier was as great as you would expect, and there were some nasty tricks with it and ETB effects, especially with another unfair card, Supernatural Stamina.


    MVP was definitely Destined/Lead.

    I beat UW embalm deck with Anointed Procession (he had Glyph Keeper, Oketra's Attendants and a couple others, but was usually dead before he embalmed but one), GB deck that was almost a mirror (except he had Ammits and two Hapatras), two UB cycling decks (one good, and one wacky with Kefnet and New Perspectives), and finally a RG with Champion of Rhonas, both Manticores, cheap beaters and two Consuming Fervors.

    Nothing of interest in the prize packs, though. But a great event nonetheless.

    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
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    posted a message on Amonkhet prerelease over/under performers
    Champion of Rhonas, my promo, was not as good as it looked. But mainly because my deck lacked anything bigger to drop, not even a stupid vanilla (Colossapede, Scaled Behemoth).

    Hapatra is SICK. I mean, I knew the card is good, but it kept coming to my opening hands. I had Soulstinger and Defiant Greatmaw to go with her, and she was spewing snakes like crazy. And 1/1 deathtouch snakes are a BIG deterrent.

    Oashra Cultivator is not only mana-fixing, but also an ideal target for almost every -1/-1 counter dropper - Baleful Ammit drops one, Greatmaw and Soulstinger 2. (I played Defiant Greatmaw as 4/5 more than four times, making Cultivator 0/1 Smile

    But the true all-star was Destined//Lead. I managed not one, but TWO blowouts with it and deathtouch creature, and another two game won thanks to forcing them to block the lone small attacker.
    Posted in: Magic General
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    As someone who studies Magic lore over 17 years, I must say that in the recent days, I also incline more and more to the theory that The Raven Man is Lim-Dul, or at least related to him in some way.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Nicole Bolas art in Hours
    I suspect his leaked Hour booster art will be the PW card art. This is probably just Hour key art.


    It is used at the product page of HoD, so it is probably the key art indeed.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Fall 2017 set named Ixalan & changes to pro tour schedule
    Quote from Caranthir »
    What an anticlimactic way of announcement...

    Khans were announced at PT by MaRo. BFZ at PAX. Shadows at another PT (or GP?). Kaladesh during announcement day, and Amonkhet at least with image. This was...just thrown to us, without any ado.

    Anyway, it is just rebranded Atlazan. Too bad, liked the previous name more. Now hoping that Conquest of Power will have less stupid name.


    It's gonna be
    Pursuit of Domination :p


    Still a better love story than Twilight :D. No, really, I'd liked that name more Grin
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    Quote from 5colors »
    Quote from Vorthospike »
    So I noticed a weird thing on Cartouche Of Zeal. Apparently the trials have to be completed in a particular order? Or at least the Trial of Zeal is the final trial. I'm not sure why it would be setup that way. Given that Deem Worthy also shows Hazoret it seems that Hazoret's judgement is held is especially high esteem by Bolas.

    Also has it been confirmed that if you complete the trials you get always get killed? That seems to be the implication of Deem Worthy but it also doesn't really make a lot of sense.


    It's been said before but yes it goes WUGBR order;

    The Trial of Solidarity— Tests your ability to work with others.
    The Trial of Knowledge—Tests your mental capacity.
    The Trial of Strength—Tests your physical capacity.
    The Trial of Ambition—Tests your willingness to do whatever it takes.
    The Trial of Zeal—Trial is a fight to the death.

    The winner is then killed in a honorable death by Hazoret and is put on a boat and sent through the Gate to the Afterlife. It considered the highest and best type of death on Amonkhet.


    Just adding (for Vorthospike) - we know the order of trials from the cartouche arts (see attachment).
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Fall 2017 set named Ixalan & changes to pro tour schedule
    Quote from Fiveod »
    Quote from Medussa »

    do we have anything to say it's not? I'm still thinking the guy who leaked "Egypt World" way too early was doing more than guessing. Add in art that looks like Vraska, and her ties to Ravnica (even if the sets were fake, the art was probably commissioned for more than a survey)

    I admit it's a pretty big guess, but afaik, there's nothing (except set naming precedent) to kill the theory.


    That's not how burden of proof works. You come up with credible evidence to explain why you're right, you don't bank on your wild speculation until it's proven wrong. To call the evidence for your theory "flimsy" is being extremely generous.
    ¨

    Thanks, Fiveod. Nothing more I can add to it. People really do not understand how burden of proof works recently...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Fall 2017 set named Ixalan & changes to pro tour schedule
    Quote from Medussa »
    Quote from RxPhantom »
    Kaladesh, Amonkhet, then Ixalan?! Three new planes, consecutively?! I'm pretty stoked for this, but I'm a little pessimistic about the dull rehashes that are sure to follow. But hey, new places! Woo!


    I'm still guessing Ixalan is the ocean under Ravnica.


    Nope.

    Quote from Xenphire »
    The kind of absurd speculation here is unsurprising considering these forums were the same ones that spawned "Marit Lage is coming to Innistrad!" and "Phyrexians are going to invade Kaladesh!!12121!!"


    Really, Xen? Both of those were in fact decent speculations, however they may seem silly in hindsight. Speculating that Atlazan/Ixalan is the ocean under Ravnica is not.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Fall 2017 set named Ixalan & changes to pro tour schedule
    What an anticlimactic way of announcement...

    Khans were announced at PT by MaRo. BFZ at PAX. Shadows at another PT (or GP?). Kaladesh during announcement day, and Amonkhet at least with image. This was...just thrown to us, without any ado.

    Anyway, it is just rebranded Atlazan. Too bad, liked the previous name more. Now hoping that Conquest of Power will have less stupid name.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    Quote from MinaHarcourt »
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Quote from MinaHarcourt »
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Just found a large image of Gideon's Intervention on Daarken's site.

    http://daarken.com/shop/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/400874-Gideons-Intervention.jpg

    It is apparent that the person who is tackling the victorious initiate aside is Samut. The left shoulder shield, the forearm bracers, even her large earring is visible and leaves no doubt.

    Art of Samut: http://media.wizards.com/2017/images/daily/c4rd4r7_oAZ23SiCe5.jpg

    Now the question is - who is the tackled one. The logical choice is Djeru (Djeru's Resolve, Cruel Reality), and flavortext of Baleful Ammit (his and Samut's relationship). The only thing that does not fit is that the tackled person lacks Djeru's distinct hairdo.


    Why does it need to be Djeru? If Samut saves someone she knows from her own crop it doesn't mean it has to be Djeru.


    Are you serious? Grin

    I dunno... maybe because
    - Djeru is the only Amonkheti mortal who has a card named after him and not having a legendary card in Amonkhet (the only other is Hapatra, who has own card)?
    - There is clear interaction/relationship hinted between Samut and Djeru?
    - Djeru is depicted at least on one more card (and Story Spotlight no less)?
    - Djeru is, based on all of the above, supposed to be an important story character? Maybe even the expected Amonkhet-native walker who will ascend in HoD the latest?



    Djeru is not the only Amonkheti, though. Besides, you said it yourself. In a world where visual cues are so important that Wizards seems to think Jace donning a slightly different coat is a huge hurdle towards correctly identifying him, why would they make the same character look different in the same set? Seriously, all of Amonkhet bar a few people competes in the Trials or trains for them, but no, the one person we see in that art HAS to be Djeru?



    Do you have problems with understanding written text?

    I said "the most logical choice is Djeru", listed the reasons, and followed that up with describing the visual difference that basically disproves it. Not that it HAS to be Djeru.. More reading what is written, less projecting own thoughts next time. Thanks.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    Quote from MinaHarcourt »
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Just found a large image of Gideon's Intervention on Daarken's site.

    http://daarken.com/shop/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/400874-Gideons-Intervention.jpg

    It is apparent that the person who is tackling the victorious initiate aside is Samut. The left shoulder shield, the forearm bracers, even her large earring is visible and leaves no doubt.

    Art of Samut: http://media.wizards.com/2017/images/daily/c4rd4r7_oAZ23SiCe5.jpg

    Now the question is - who is the tackled one. The logical choice is Djeru (Djeru's Resolve, Cruel Reality), and flavortext of Baleful Ammit (his and Samut's relationship). The only thing that does not fit is that the tackled person lacks Djeru's distinct hairdo.


    Why does it need to be Djeru? If Samut saves someone she knows from her own crop it doesn't mean it has to be Djeru.


    Are you serious? Grin

    I dunno... maybe because
    - Djeru is the only Amonkheti mortal who has a card named after him and not having a legendary card in Amonkhet (the only other is Hapatra, who has own card)?
    - There is clear interaction/relationship hinted between Samut and Djeru?
    - Djeru is depicted at least on one more card (and Story Spotlight no less)?
    - Djeru is, based on all of the above, supposed to be an important story character? Maybe even the expected Amonkhet-native walker who will ascend in HoD the latest?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    Just found a large image of Gideon's Intervention on Daarken's site.

    http://daarken.com/shop/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/400874-Gideons-Intervention.jpg

    It is apparent that the person who is tackling the victorious initiate aside is Samut. The left shoulder shield, the forearm bracers, even her large earring is visible and leaves no doubt.

    Art of Samut: http://media.wizards.com/2017/images/daily/c4rd4r7_oAZ23SiCe5.jpg

    Now the question is - who is the tackled one. The logical choice is Djeru (Djeru's Resolve, Cruel Reality), and flavortext of Baleful Ammit (his and Samut's relationship). The only thing that does not fit is that the tackled person lacks Djeru's distinct hairdo.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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