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    posted a message on Aether Revolt General Discussion (Spoilers Allowed Here)
    Quote from Ajduk »
    Quote from Jay13x »
    Quote from Ajduk »
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Three out of four known cards hint at really NOT positive development for the good guys. I was wondering what the heck is Ajduk talking about Smile

    I wonder what exactly is meant to be going on Dark Intimations....except of it all being a huge callback to Cruel Ultimatum, including the metal mimicking the silhouette of Bolas's horns and the person depicted being Tezzeret.

    And yeah, Tezz looks pretty diabolic at the Battle card. Definitely better than his PW deck version art.


    Pia's Revolution heavily hints on Pia saving the day.
    If Pia dies in the process I honestly wouldn't see it as something negative. At first I was hoping that Tezzeret kills her in a way that scars
    Chandra for life and adds a second dimension to her one dimensional character, but if Pia ends up sacrificing herself for the bigger picture
    that will make Chandra even worse...full of determination just like her mom was...even more cocky and me regretting even more that the Creative
    didn't have the balls to make Ugin just eat her when she talked back at him like an edgy teenager.

    Disallow's ''negative'' vibe is meaningless since Gatewatch members are immune to death via plot armor so I wouldn't count it as a negative development.
    We know that Chandra and the guy with the best title ever need to face off eventually and that it has to be dramatic because their confrontation is a big
    deal for her character development (I admit, I laughed a bit while writing those last two words).

    Battle at the Bridge hints at nothing really other than the already expected confrontation against Tezzeret.

    Hearth of Karn...sorry...Kiran is probably what will end up saving the day. It doesn't look like a doomsday machine to me.

    Dark Intimations is the card which heavily hints that something quite bad is about to happen. It indeed is the one truly negative hint.
    The key factor in it hinting at a negative ending is whether it happens before or after Pia's Revolution.

    I still like the story, though!

    I'm glad that we won't be seeing phyrexia being defeated here on Kaladesh. That was my biggest concern. I will take Bolas losing twice in
    back to back blocks over the pyrexia losing on a plane filled with artifacts only if we finally get some explanation and what has he
    been doing all this time and why?

    Now, onto something more important...who is the standing figure in the art of Dark Intimations. It doesn't look like Tezzeret to me.
    the story spotlights are numbered, so:
    Unknown Event 1
    Pia's Revolution
    Disallow
    Battle at the Bridge
    Dark Intimations

    It's looking like there will be some sparking event, then Pia leads the revolution, Chandra confronts Baral, the Gatewatch confront Tezzeret, and they fail, with Tezzeret's plan coming to fruition.

    Dark Intimation does seem like it's Tezzeret. It's his jacket, gray/white hair, and if you look close you can see the etherium arm.


    Maybe Dark Intimations doesn't even take place on Kaladesh? Maybe Tezzeret flees to Amonketh and sees Bolas there.


    Well, I thought about that as well, but it looks like a Kaladesh golden metal structures on both sides (my first thought was a crashed skyship).
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    posted a message on Wizards surprise on 25th December
    Quote from purklefluff »
    Nice clickbait. Change the title to be reflective of the actual mothership article please :P.

    And also just let people have a read instead of inferring too much from what looks like a fairly ordinary announcement. The whole big/shock thing isn't appropriate here and isn't implied by their article.


    Remember, this is Warangel88.... Rolleyes Just check his other posts.

    I agree that he (again) makes a fuss from an ordinary announcement. They even say "of course we will have a surprise for you on 25th", because they always had one in the past. It will be some card spoiler, I would expect the new Tezzeret or some of the AER legends. Maybe the Masterpieces.

    And to comment:

    Quote from Warangel88 »
    Remember that this is going to be huge and the whole community will be shocked by this


    Where does it say anything even similar?

    Quote from Warangel88 »
    1. Aether Revolt / Standard related
    2. Future products release in 2017
    3. Online products


    1) Well, obviously. See above.
    2) We just had the Fall 2016 announcement day reaching as far as half of 2017. The next one for the second half of the year is sometimes in March.
    3) Why not, but this is hardly exciting for the broad player base. Not mentioning that you haven't made the whole "it's gonna be huge and everybody will be shoooocked" thing up anyway....
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    posted a message on Aether Revolt General Discussion (Spoilers Allowed Here)
    Three out of four known cards hint at really NOT positive development for the good guys. I was wondering what the heck is Ajduk talking about Smile

    I wonder what exactly is meant to be going on Dark Intimations....except of it all being a huge callback to Cruel Ultimatum, including the metal mimicking the silhouette of Bolas's horns and the person depicted being Tezzeret.

    And yeah, Tezz looks pretty diabolic at the Battle card. Definitely better than his PW deck version art.
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    posted a message on Magic Story: Kaladesh & Aether Revolt (No Spoiler Discussion)


    Interesting. Calling a Yaheeni legendary card in Revolt. Also, many new arts. Seems that the Essence Extraction-capable aetherborn are indeed kind of unique. I like where this is heading.
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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from Flisch »
    Quote from Mullerornis »
    Quote from Perkunas687 »
    The Danes or whatever they were called of Black were infighting


    I always knew they were evil!

    Elesh Norn is indeed New Phyrexia's ruler as far as we can tell, since she murdered Sheoldred and Urabrask. However, Creative is being frustratingly vague about this. I though Atraxa might had clarified things a bit, but they decided to make her yet another corrupted angel from the war days.

    It was said she annexed their regions, not that she murdered them.


    And even that was not a direct info, but just something that Elspeth and Koth thought was going on from the limited info they had.

    Quote from Lost Confession »
    There was a brief time after Karn left that I thought the resistance had a chance. The praetors were squabbling among themselves for supremacy. But they all began to despise the interloper, Tezzeret. Although the resistance had limited access to information, we believed Elesh Norn had dominated Urabrask's and Sheoldreds' domains.



    Emphasis mine.
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    posted a message on US Election Day and results thread 2016
    Seriously... America, what have you done???


    We told the corrupt globalists to get the hell out of our country. We told the establishment we will not be overrun be immigrants who hate us and our ways like Sweden, Germany, France, etc.

    We took our country back.


    Cute. I almost hear the anthem playing in the background. Btw, have you been to these countries, or are you just repeating what you read somewhere?

    Yeah Trump is heavy on the rhetoric, but he loves this country. And he wants to make it great again.


    Wanting is one thing. Being capable (in all regards) to do is another. It is clear that more than half of his loud promises are practically simply unrealizable, unless he pulls off a magic wand from somewhere. The people who took those promises seriously are in for a HUGE disappointment. Because these things are not done simply by wishing it happen.

    That said, the western civilization unfortunately suffers from a cancer through and through. And maybe, maybe Trump is the medication, provided that he will not kill the whole world - as it happens with cancer treatment...
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    posted a message on Will Bolas be White/Black in Amonkhet?
    No chance for Bolas ever to be white, and no way to lose blue.
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    posted a message on US Election Day and results thread 2016

    Well, these will be interesting times...

    On the other hand, maybe it is indeed the better option. The Congress is firmly in Republican hands, and frankly, I cannot imagine how Hillary would fare in that situation. I also expect that those who voted for Hillary are able to accept Trump's election far easier than Trump's supporters (and Trump himself) would ever accept hers. The result could lead to a more stable environment.

    Trump exaggerated and promised lots of BS he cannot really do. The (frankly, less informed and less intelligent) people who actually BELIEVED he could (and will) do all these outrageous things are in for a huge disappointment, in my opinion.

    Now, he has really a potential to unite the US people again. Far more than Hillary's election would. If he unites the Republican party. And especíally, if he accepts to be a figurehead and lets the people who know their job do it.

    Being from the former westernmost part of USSR influence zone, I am a little afraid whether we could remain a part of the West if Putin would want to reestablish former empire. But there are people in even worse situation - Baltic states. But maybe I am mistaken... Maybe he will have more chance to find some reasonable common ground with Putin to make the world safer place to live, without the necessity to sacrifice half of Europe.

    The world is, at this moment, completely in disarray. For the future of us and our kids, I prefer stable USA, though with a very strange and far less than optimal presidential figure, over what was going on in recent years.
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    posted a message on Crackpot Headcanons

    Mine is this: So. We know that the Phyrexian home plane was an artificial plane created by an unknown ancient dragon planeswalker. Bolas certainly didn't seem like he was the granddaddy of the Phyrexians when he sent Tezzeret there as a spy. So, if Bolas isn't the dragon planeswalker who created Phyrexia, that leaves.....


    Sorry to be the party-pooper, but this is not entirely what we know. The precise formulation in the book is "ancient planeswalker who favored the form of a dragon", meaning (and even hinting) that dragon was not his original appearance.
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    posted a message on Commander Tokens
    The Elemental looks neat.

    YES they used the Seb McKinnon Theros art for the Solider Token! And reprinted the 2/2 Blue Bird one from Theros! Grin Who knew these decks could get even better. They made the right call on so many things! Grin


    Eh, there is just one 2/2 blue Bird available (the other one ever printed is Enchantment Creature), so I honestly do not know why they would NOT reprint the swan from Swan Song...
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    posted a message on Magic Story: Kaladesh & Aether Revolt (No Spoiler Discussion)
    No Commander story, just this: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/planeswalkers-guide-kaladesh-2016-11-02

    It is a word-by-word the text you can read in the Bundle brochure. Not a single letter more.

    A huge letdown, if you ask me.
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    posted a message on What's next for Commander?
    I think the logical choice is allied pairs next year, and five color the next.

    The 4-color decks are a nice change, because there is so much good you can cram into a single deck when you can work with 4 colors, as opposed to 2 or 1 in recent years. Doing 5C next year would be counterproductive in that regard.

    So next year a rather less crazy set, and the really crazy ones to follow.

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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from wadprime »
    Quote from Kruphix7 »
    So the more I think about it the more I'm ok with Ludevic being just RU without any black. Yes, he is a stitcher, but they are primarily blue anyway, Geralf, the posterboy of Innistrad stitchers was a mono U card. Also, while Ludevic is a zombie maker, he is also the creator of things like Lupine Prototype and Ludevic's Abomination, and one interested in non zombie creations like Narstad Scrapper. All in all I can buy him being a UR mad scientist who maybe dips into black on some of his insane experiments. I still feel his card is fairly underwhelming and off flavor, but I can buy the color justification.


    Exactly. I don't know why everyone was expecting him to have black.
    Granted, I wish he did something mechanically with zombies, but he's right at home in BlUE/REd


    Because of him being referred as the NECRO-alchemist? ;-)

    That said, I second Kruphix7. The more I think about it, the more sense it makes. After all, he is - and ever was - indeed the "mad scientist" archetype, a dr. Frankenstein of Innistrad. It is just the unfortunate clearly black-connotated "necro" part that made people expect something different than UR.
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    posted a message on CFB Preview - Magus of the Will
    Neat visual citation....the pose, and the Mask of Pain to underline Yawgmoth...

    So after Magus of the Wheel,another spell magus. Wonder what the other three will be,and whether we are getting one each year ;-)
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    posted a message on MagicCorporation preview: "Armory Automaton"
    Armory Automaton 3

    Artifact Creature - Construct
    Whenever Armory Automaton enters the battlefield or attacks, attach to it any number of target equipments. (Control of Equipment doesn't change)
    2/2



    Someone, please give Vulshok Battlemaster a hug. Poor girl will need it.
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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from Gutterstorm »
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Heh,Taigam fans just got trolled HARD. The UW legend is Ishai,the aven dragonspeaker.


    You sure? I'm pretty sure they didn't want him to be such a bad card.


    What I meant is that the UW legend is indeed from Tarkir, indeed an Ojutai member, but not Taigam. I agree that if it was Taigam, it would be lackluster.


    And I second the thought that after reading Chas Andres's article on Ludevic, it makes sense.
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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Heh,Taigam fans just got trolled HARD. The UW legend is Ishai,the aven dragonspeaker.
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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from Jay13x »
    Quote from Flisch »
    Personally, I don't think that slapping a name of a character on a random card is satisfying. But I might be in the minority here.
    How are they random? They have abilities that fit the characters. Would you rather a bunch of characters with zero lore or just blurbs that never get expanded on? These are characters who never would have otherwise gotten cards. Reyhan was never getting a card otherwise. These are minor characters whose only hope was exactly this product.


    Yeah. Arjun or Anya from last year were far worse and far more random. Mazirek was at least interesting thanks to its creature type. And Kalemne was just bad in almost every aspect - design, flavor and deck...

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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from Caranthir »

    What? Two unknown legends and "we are back to filler legends nobody cares about"? Way to exaggerate, eh?

    You probably failed to notice we are getting Ludevic. Vial Smasher and Reyhan are minor Tarkir characters, but featured in recent stories, so no problem there. Bruse Tarl is essentially Norin the Wary v2. Yeah, I would like to see RW Feather, BW Pivlic the imp or others, but Tymna and Tana are really just two, and there is still more to come.


    Sorry if my comment upset you, I don't want to argue here. It's just that I really got on the hype train when MaRo's Monday article claimed all the fifteen two-color legends would be known characters from Magic's past. My mind was literally swirling with possibilities, each more exciting than the last, so I'm really upset to see these filler legends now. I know it's just two of them (so far), but they still occupy the place that could've been taken by someone far more deserving.
    On top of that, even the "known" characters have mostly been a disappointment so far. Yes, we've heard of them before, but often just through a few lines of flavor text or a single short story. I can't believe they took Reyhan over Belbe (who was the main character of a novel, and one of very few such important figures who still don't have cards) or Vial Smasher over Ashnod (similar situation).


    I apologize. There are too many people tossing strong statements and complaints recently that I did not realize you are one of the decent ones at first.

    I would very much like to see Belbe, Ashnod, Feather, Pivlic, or, for example, Crixizix. Though C15 a bit disappointed me in making legends very close to known characters, but just so (Karlov being other Karlov than Uncle, Mizzix being a super-smart Izzet goblin other than Crixizix).

    I can see why they take those over the ones you suggested. The reason is that they divide attention between the old players and the new ones. I can imagine that they do not make Ashnod or Belbe simply because "not enough people know about them". But both of them at least had cards with their name in it.

    It is Time Spiral again. They did not make Jodah or Sidar Kondo cards back then - because Jodah's name never appeared on a card, only in books, and the same for Kondo (see the present article that spoils Kondo). But then they needed to fill a RG gap in the legendary cycle, so they made a friggin' Stonebrow, who was the same case, just more recent.

    So why Reyhan (who is, btw, sharing a name with a Samite alchemist from Ulgrotha), Vial Smasher, or Bruse Tarl? This is, on the other hand, aimed at the new players who enjoy flavor and stories, who can now say - hey, they made this funny guy from the flavortexts into card, or the guy/girl from that cool story I read! - essentially allowing them the same joy as we gain from the old ones they do not know about.

    Last but not least...they have to save something for the future, well? If we got all of these now, what to be looking forward to the next time?

    Spealking of what, the rare RW legend is not Bruse's named pet ox either, but Akiri, kor line-slinger from BFZ flavor texts.

    So we can assume that the enemy-pair partner legends being thematically related means that they would be from the same world and time.
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    posted a message on German YouTube Spoiler - Akiri, Seilschleuderin (RW Rare Legend)
    Was hoping for a legendary, named pillarfield ox to go with Bruse Tarl :-(

    So thematically linked means "being from the same world and/or affiliation". Okay for me.


    Attaching image.

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    posted a message on Commander 2016 reprints
    Holy ....! Terese's Hanna!
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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from Jenrik »
    Tymna seems familiar to me. I feel like we've heard of an Arachne variant from Theros before. I know Callaphe was the one who squared off with Thassa before Kiora essentially did again. But I can't remember. I feel like her story involved Nylea or Karametra but my memory is hazy on this.


    The Arachne reference in Theros was Renowned Weaver.

    Quote from Jay13x »
    Tana and Tymna don't seem to be from any existing lore. Anyone have anything? Tymna seems like Theros, Tana who knows.


    No, I don't think we've heard of any of them before.

    Well, there goes the excited mood I've been in since MaRo promised us the fifteen partner legends would represent previously known characters. It seems we're back to filler legends nobody cares about (just like last year). I was really hoping for Belbe and Feather and other frequently-asked-for characters, you know...


    What? Two unknown legends and "we are back to filler legends nobody cares about"? Way to exaggerate, eh?

    You probably failed to notice we are getting Ludevic. Vial Smasher and Reyhan are minor Tarkir characters, but featured in recent stories, so no problem there. Bruse Tarl is essentially Norin the Wary v2. Yeah, I would like to see RW Feather, BW Pivlic the imp or others, but Tymna and Tana are really just two, and there is still more to come.
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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from Yatsufusa »
    I wonder who's going to be other GU Legend (related to Kydele), since I highly doubt we'll be getting Kruphix.


    Also very curious of that.

    Quote from Yatsufusa »
    Shame the allied colors don't also come in pairs - Imagine getting Vuel (before he became Volrath) to go with Sidar Kondo. While unrelated directly to Silas Renn, we might have gotten Doctor Jest as a card as well...


    I think that it is pretty clear from the last Tezzeret appearance (namely him being prone to burst into angry fit, like his old persona in AoA) that they are going to ignore Test of Metal.

    Quote from Yatsufusa »
    Now that I realized that only the enemy colors come in pairs, there's pretty no chance for Michiko and Kyodai already (I know WB and BG are free, but I don't see the Sisters being in those color combinations).


    We got one of the BG legends just now. It is Reyhan, who became a khan to the "true" Abzan who did not follow Daghatar's truce with Dromoka. http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/khanfall-2015-02-18
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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from Gutterstorm »
    So Saskia. Kjeldor? Kaldheim? They said that the four color general's would be new characters from old planes so she's not from Valla (or whatever the norse planes name is)


    Someone called her a Balduvian (mostly thanks to the blue facepaint and the clothing).

    Saskia is, moreover, a pretty typical German name (meaning "Saxon)...not unlike Lothar (Lovisason). Lovisa herself is a Swedish name.

    A speculated Norse/German world would, however, probably use similar names.



    Quote from OathboundOne »
    Quote from Caranthir »


    And seriously....Wizards...if the mythic RW commander is not Feather this time....




    It won't be. The two enemy colored partners are linked somehow.

    Two enemy two-color legendary creatures with partner (characters from Magic's past that haven't yet been printed as cards that are creatively linked to one another), one printed at mythic rare and the other at rare


    Feather and Bruse have absolutely nothing tying them together.


    Missed that part. Thanks for clarifying.

    Quote from Jivanmukta »
    Quote from Flisch »
    Is Silas Renn the guy in that one comic who got the ehterium heart?


    Yes. The guy with the rich dad and the nearly completely etherium body.


    Who suffered A LOT in Test of Metal. Even more than the readers. And in the end, he "tasted like goat balls"....
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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from 5colors »
    (not white) Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder harnesses raw chaotic energy to obliterate his foes, channeling the Maelstrom at Alara's center. He cares little for long-term plans, preferring to unleash bursts of devastation upon anything in his path.

    ...

    So looks like Maelstrom wander is returing and getting fleshed out


    Eh, probably not. Maelstrom Wanderer is an elemental that basically lives within the Maelstrom, while Yidris sounds like a person who has learned to tap into the Maelstrom (kind of like Nissa and the leylines).


    All the face cards were leaked on a blurry image. Yidris is an ogre wizard who seem to grant all your spells cascade when he connects.
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    posted a message on Deck main images - Saskia deciphered
    Quote from Jenrik »
    Doesn't look like gay kings have any keyword abilities. No way anyone can decipher that… gah I hope they're spoiled tomorrow then since there are no clues.


    Legendary Creature-Human Soldier

    At the beginning of your end step, draw a card. Each player may put a ?land card? from his or her hand onto (battlefield).

    The rest is covered by Breya, but it seems to look like there is "each opponent" on the next line.
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    posted a message on Deck main images - Saskia deciphered
    Nice find.

    Yidris is an Ogre Wizard, gay kings are Human Soldier. Breya is just (Artifact) Human, and Saskia seems to be Warrior.

    Quote from Jenrik »
    Quote from LouCypher »

    And the non-black commander is indeed Guardians of Meletis which makes me happy.
    Literally just screamed and cried and got my wallet out.


    Eh, no need to be so descriptive...
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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from Bthepanda »
    Given the lore provided in Atraxa's preview article I'm curious to see how the relationships between the Praetors has developed. I'm sure one of the articles will focus on Atraxa but hope the story will develop the Praetors a bit more. Urabrask's development in particular interests me.



    I don't remember him from BFZ and I never read the original Zendikar storyline, but does Bruce Tarl actually wrangle oxen?


    He is a flavor text character most renowned for his flowery curses addressed to those beasts. Just look up different versions of Pillarfield Ox and Ondu Greathorn. I was referring to that Wink

    So the ranks just got boosted by Kydele (Godsend e-book and Kruphix's Insight story), and Vial Smasher, the Dragon Tarkir version of Yasimin Ankleshank, from here. Not bad.

    And seriously....Wizards...if the mythic RW commander is not Feather this time....


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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from Avatar »
    I never thought of Ludevic as UR, but I long stopped having any hopes in Magic storyline. Kondo appearing is a nice touch though.


    Yeah. You would expect a NECRO-alchemist to be at least partially black....
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    posted a message on Mothership spoilers 10/24
    Quote from Spaz350 »
    Kondo is an old-school figure from Dominaria, Circa Mirage. I'm guessing, based on creature type.


    Adoptive father of Gerrard Capashen, and father of Vuel, who later became Volrath.
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    posted a message on Mothership spoilers 10/24
    Here's the Commander color/rarity breakdown by deck, since it's not an obviously derived information from the articles.

    2x partner UR Commanders - One Rare (Kraum, Ludevic's Opus), one Mythic (unrevealed)


    Ludevic himself.

    Quote from MaRo »
    One of the characters that players have been clamoring to have as a card is Ludevic, one of the mad scientists from Innistrad. Ludevic is getting printed in Commander (2016 Edition) as a blue-red legendary creature. He's not my preview card today (we're saving him to preview later this week), so instead I'm going to introduce you all to Kraum, Ludevic's favorite creation. His opus, if you wil
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    posted a message on Mothership spoilers 10/24
    Updated the first post with the description of the decks' themes.

    I love how the "chaos" deck ignores the similar -ity naming Wink
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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    Quote from Jivanmukta »
    Kondo and Renn are fantastic tosses to the Vorthos. I'm already thrilled.



    We are also getting Ludevic himself as another UR legend. (source)
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    posted a message on Commander 2016 General Discussion
    So, until now he have:

    4-color angel from New Phyrexia

    Ludevic's masterpiece

    The renowned Pillarfield Ox-wrangler

    Tezzeret's old upper class nemesis, fortunately clockworking-free...

    and holy-smoking-you-know-what SIDAR KONDO ;-)



    So, what do you expect to see there? I admit that Kondo is an amazing nod to us veterans.

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    posted a message on Mothership spoilers 10/24
    And even more.....

    Vorthosi rejoice...SIDAR KONDO!

    Also, Ludevic's masterpiece.
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    posted a message on Mothership spoilers 10/24
    Source: Wizards





    Also, some info about the decks' focus:

    WHITE-BLUE-BLACK-RED (WUBR) "ARTIFICE" - Invent Superiority

    White embraces the progress exemplified in civilization. Blue finds technology fascinating. Black sees no moral distinction between the natural and the artificial. Red is happy to create and to destroy. But green? Green hates all of these things!

    This deck utilizes a variety of "artifacts matter" cards from all four of its colors, along with a selection of colored and colorless artifacts. This is for players who want to build an intricate machine and use it to gain advantage over time.

    BLUE-BLACK-RED-GREEN (UBRG) "CHAOS" - Entropic Uprising

    Blue is eager to discover the results of empirical experiments. Black is happy to confuse its enemies. Red embraces chaos on an elemental level as an essential part of its nature. Green is content to let the universe unfold as it will. White, as the color of order and structure, tries to contain chaos at every turn—but chaos will not be contained!

    This deck embraces variance, playing cards sight-unseen from the top of the deck, flipping coins, and otherwise injecting additional randomness into the game. This deck is for players who prefer to "just see what happens" than to carefully plan each move.

    BLACK-RED-GREEN-WHITE (BRGW) "AGGRESSION" - Open Hostility

    Black believes in strangling the young before they grow up to become a threat. Red loves to fight for the sheer exhilaration of it. Green understands that survival of the fittest makes the whole of nature strong, and white is willing to fight to defend its people and its beliefs. Blue, however, would prefer to slow down and study the situation in order to find the correct solution.

    The aggro deck is unconcerned with politics; it simply wants to kill everyone at the table as quickly as possible. This deck is ideal for players who hate to durdle and prefer a play style more akin to Limited than the usual Commander fare.

    RED-GREEN-WHITE-BLUE (RGWU) "ALTRUISM" - Stalwart Unity

    Red loves its friends. Green understands the power of symbiosis. White believes in community above all else. Blue values knowledge, and believes that it should be shared freely. Black sees selfishness as a virtue and believes that altruism only encourages weakness.

    The pilot of this deck wants everyone at the table to have a good time and is eager to see what everyone's deck can do. That's why it's going to help everyone out with mana, cards, and some tokens here and there. Of course, some people are suspicious of gifts, so this deck must contain a few things to make attacking its pilot difficult.


    GREEN-WHITE-BLUE-BLACK (GWUB) "GROWTH" - Breed Lethality


    Green appreciates that a mighty oak grows from a tiny seed. White is the great builder of civilizations. Blue wants to expand its understanding. Black wants to increase its power. Red, acting on impulse, cares not about the future and only wants what it can have now, now, now
    !

    This deck features a heavy counters (especially +1/+1 counters) theme. Any of its creatures has the potential to grow into a huge threat, given enough time. This deck is for every player who is thrilled at the idea of a 64/64 Hydra
    .

    We are also getting Ludevic the necro-alchemist as a legendary card later this week.
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    posted a message on Magic Story: Kaladesh & Aether Revolt (No Spoiler Discussion)
    Quote from Jay13x »
    As a side note, Tezzeret's brief involuntary rage reaction mentioned by Baan seems to indicate that we're officially throwing out Test of Metal.


    That alone would be worth a celebration. Though Doctor Jest was funny at times.

    Explanation how Tezzeret got his arm back would be nice, then. Hopefully we learn it someday.

    The story itself was nice. Dovin is certainly an interesting character, not evil, just believing in optimal solutions existing for any situation.
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    posted a message on Is Amonkhet the Home Plane of Nicol Bolas?
    Quote from Xeruh »
    I kind of doubt it is his home plane, but I don't think we have anything conclusively saying Dominaria is his home plane currently. It certainly seems more fuzzy than any other Planeswalkers. Maybe it'll get cleared up in this set, though it's kind of hard to imagine Amonkhet as his home plane, Egypt isn't exactly the place for dragons.


    He is originally from Dominaria, period. Based on all available info, mainly the old things that people barely remember and they are nowhere to be found online.

    Amonkhet is probably one of the planes where he set up himself as ruler. He himself said during Time Spiral block that he has "countless" worlds across the Multiverse where he is worshipped as god and/or the ruler (though that was related mainly to his previous (pre-Tetsuo Umezawa) life. IIRC, Teferi even tried to reason with him to help to save Dominaria, but Bolas refused, saying 1) he has many other worlds, though Dominaria has a nostalgic value for him and 2) he has a place where to hide himself (the Meditation Realm, probably).

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    posted a message on Magic Story: Kaladesh & Aether Revolt (No Spoiler Discussion)
    Quote from PapaThor »
    Quote from magac »
    Speaking of Vatti/Shadowblayde, I'm thinking that the girl-with-mech-arm art we see in the AER ad in KLD boosters might be just her. There's blade there (and in her name), and she looks important enough.

    i think the girl's Saheeli Rai that lost her spark, becoming just a legendary creature in Aether Revolt.


    Losing a spark is not a common occurence at all, FYI. Actually it is very rare, and yet unseen in neowalkers (save Radha, of course, who was exposed to a friggin time rift several times and used as mana lens. I would appreciate if people stopped throwing such theories around casually.

    Quote from Jenrik »
    When a glimpse of Kamigawa overshadows an entire new plane and story, you know WOTC is wrong for not returning.


    I dare to say that it overshadowed it just for you, and given what is known about you, no surprise here Smile Not that it was not great, but stop exaggerating.

    Quote from SteamMage »
    If I remember correctly, Bolas retreated somewhere after he used Leshrac to seal the Madaran Rift, somewhere he was confidant would survive the end of the multiverse. I wonder of this hidden location is where Bolas went, be it his meditation realm or Amonket.


    Almost certainly his Meditation Realm, that we saw in Planechase, as well as one of the webcomic.


    Quote from Jenrik »
    I enjoyed the story. Vraska… could she have planes walked to Eliquor (sp?) a plane hidden even from Urza?


    Equilor. And see above. I did not expect them to bring such an ancient plane forward. But you are right, it is the only plane we know of that could be "shielded" from common knowledge of walkers.

    Another possibility is a plane somehow shielded by Tezzeret's inventions. In Agents of Artifice, he had various things at his disposal (Blind Eternities tracking Infinity Globes, etc. Why not something that shields his secret base again? And Vraska might be interested working against Jace, for obvious reasons.
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    posted a message on Kaladesh Inventions
    I think he means cards that show the rainbows up to like 1/2 of their length or width and show no foiling at all on the other half (save for the borders which seem to have a different foiling).


    Yeah, that is what I meant.
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    posted a message on Kaladesh Inventions
    So...
    Making things short:
    Customer's Service said that all cards are printed with the "double rainbow" foiling effect and no 2 cards are alike because the frames of the cards and the repetitions of the double rainbow patterns are not superimposable.
    Yet, they either ignore or fail to answer about the cards that do not show any "double rainbow" effect at all, even if pictures were provided.
    Right?

    Well... At least we now know that all cards were supposed to have that double-rainbow effect.


    Pretty much that.

    But even if we admit the "non-superimposable" claim is true, why there is not a single picture of a card that is partially glossy and partially matte?
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    posted a message on Kaladesh Inventions
    Quote from jshrwd »
    Getting nasty in here, which seems weird.

    We are talking about foiling on random inserts.
    Not exactly life-and-death stuff.


    After a whole week dealing with tiresome people and/or idiots in real life, my patience was just exhausted. Definitely not for some kid being rude to me just on purpose.

    All I did was summarizing the info and posting replies from the Cust. Service, for all to see. The sole purpose of that is that I want to know exactly what is going on.
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    posted a message on Kaladesh Inventions
    Quote from BauerBoss »
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Quote from GPash »
    I'm not convinced by the Painter's Servant side-by-side. They're taken from two completely different angles. I noticed with my Lotus Petals that the reflection of light from different angles produced the "double rainbow" effect, but not consistently.


    I can assure you that no matter what I do with my card (that looks like the Servant on the Right) regarding light and angle, etc. I am not able to reproduce the "full-gloss" effect on the left. ;-)

    Quote from BauerBoss »
    It seems pretty clear that the customer service rep is telling you that it is not a defect, but rather that there are intentionally two different foiling processes, one of which is called "double rainbow." You're complaining about even more options people, not a defect. I guess it sucks that your $100 bill wasn't the shade of green you desired?


    Rofl Rofl Boy, I know very well what kind of attitude to expect from your posts, but this was pretty cheap even for your usual standard.

    Let me explain it slowly for you:

    1) We were told about Kaladesh Inventions, using *a* new foiling process, not "intentionally two different" foiling processes.
    2) There are apparently Inventions that are "matte" and ones that can produce the full gloss effect. The question is why. Are there "bands" on the printsheet that go from full gloss to full matte and back? But it is beyond doubt that visually, there are two different versions.
    3) I just want to know what. is. going. on. I give a rat's arse for my "$100 bill being not the shade of green I desired" (hah, still amazed by the sheer silliness of that statement). Call it a professional deformation, if you wish.

    Anyway, this is the response from the Cust. Service after sending back the photos of full gloss and matte one:


    Quote from Wizards CustServ »
    The "regular" one that you have is one such masterpiece that exhibits a larger portion of a glossy pattern printed across the sheet. Each masterpiece will vary on overall reflectivity and color, marking it with its own certain degree of uniqueness.

    We understand that design decisions like these may not always resonate with the entire player base and as such, we are very open to any criticisms and opinions that you have on the matter. Please let us know what you think. If there's anything else that we can help with, let us know and we'll be happy to oblige.


    And this is what a friend of mine shared with me:



    There is a gentleman in my community attempting to send a invention with the "matte-misprint" foiling back to wizards for replacement.

    They originally responded with:

    "Greetings,

    Thank you for contacting Wizards of the Coast Customer Service.

    To clarify about the Mox Opal, what you are seeing is a recurring “double rainbow” pattern foil, the pattern and position of which varies from card to card, because the width/repetition of the pattern is different than the width of the card. This appears as differences in reflectivity and color; it is intentional and is not a defect. The Magic team wants to assure you that this is how the cards were designed, and that they are printed correctly."

    At first my community thought WOTC misunderstood the original request and so he replied and included my attached photo.

    Wizards responded:

    "Unfortunately, your Mox Opal cannot be replaced as they all have the effect." -WOTC

    Has anyone else attempted to replace their "matte-misprint" inventions? What responses have you gotten?

    Assuming WOTC confirms that this really is normal, then does that mean we officially have two versions? Which one is more common? How would we appraise value in this scenario?



    So, after this, it really looks like there are "matte" and "gloss" bands on the printsheet. But it would really help to have Wizards address this openly, maybe even show the printsheet to demonstrate.

    And if every Invention is "unique"....well, I would not like to be the one determining which would be worth more, the matte or the glossy, or something in-between Smile

    So I'm being silly or correct? Your post claims one then verifies the other.


    One can be both correct and silly (I do not want to use a stronger word here, despite you deserve it) at the same time Wink
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    posted a message on Kaladesh Inventions
    Quote from GPash »
    I'm not convinced by the Painter's Servant side-by-side. They're taken from two completely different angles. I noticed with my Lotus Petals that the reflection of light from different angles produced the "double rainbow" effect, but not consistently.


    I can assure you that no matter what I do with my card (that looks like the Servant on the Right) regarding light and angle, etc. I am not able to reproduce the "full-gloss" effect on the left. ;-)

    Quote from BauerBoss »
    It seems pretty clear that the customer service rep is telling you that it is not a defect, but rather that there are intentionally two different foiling processes, one of which is called "double rainbow." You're complaining about even more options people, not a defect. I guess it sucks that your $100 bill wasn't the shade of green you desired?


    Rofl Rofl Boy, I know very well what kind of attitude to expect from your posts, but this was pretty cheap even for your usual standard.

    Let me explain it slowly for you:

    1) We were told about Kaladesh Inventions, using *a* new foiling process, not "intentionally two different" foiling processes.
    2) There are apparently Inventions that are "matte" and ones that can produce the full gloss effect. The question is why. Are there "bands" on the printsheet that go from full gloss to full matte and back? But it is beyond doubt that visually, there are two different versions.
    3) I just want to know what. is. going. on. I give a rat's arse for my "$100 bill being not the shade of green I desired" (hah, still amazed by the sheer silliness of that statement). Call it a professional deformation, if you wish.

    Anyway, this is the response from the Cust. Service after sending back the photos of full gloss and matte one:


    Quote from Wizards CustServ »
    The "regular" one that you have is one such masterpiece that exhibits a larger portion of a glossy pattern printed across the sheet. Each masterpiece will vary on overall reflectivity and color, marking it with its own certain degree of uniqueness.

    We understand that design decisions like these may not always resonate with the entire player base and as such, we are very open to any criticisms and opinions that you have on the matter. Please let us know what you think. If there's anything else that we can help with, let us know and we'll be happy to oblige.


    And this is what a friend of mine shared with me:



    There is a gentleman in my community attempting to send a invention with the "matte-misprint" foiling back to wizards for replacement.

    They originally responded with:

    "Greetings,

    Thank you for contacting Wizards of the Coast Customer Service.

    To clarify about the Mox Opal, what you are seeing is a recurring “double rainbow” pattern foil, the pattern and position of which varies from card to card, because the width/repetition of the pattern is different than the width of the card. This appears as differences in reflectivity and color; it is intentional and is not a defect. The Magic team wants to assure you that this is how the cards were designed, and that they are printed correctly."

    At first my community thought WOTC misunderstood the original request and so he replied and included my attached photo.

    Wizards responded:

    "Unfortunately, your Mox Opal cannot be replaced as they all have the effect." -WOTC

    Has anyone else attempted to replace their "matte-misprint" inventions? What responses have you gotten?

    Assuming WOTC confirms that this really is normal, then does that mean we officially have two versions? Which one is more common? How would we appraise value in this scenario?



    So, after this, it really looks like there are "matte" and "gloss" bands on the printsheet. But it would really help to have Wizards address this openly, maybe even show the printsheet to demonstrate.

    And if every Invention is "unique"....well, I would not like to be the one determining which would be worth more, the matte or the glossy, or something in-between Smile
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    posted a message on Kaladesh Inventions
    I smell BS. Note that he assures me that "there is no difference in diatribution in countries",but not a mention of two versions available.

    I mailed them a photo of my card and the full-foil screenshot. Double rainbow my ..
    you know what.

    Nevertheless...I have already learned about full-foil Inventions from PR kits in Europe.

    Seriously...if they are gonna reveal that there are Masterpieces and MEGAMasterpieces...
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    posted a message on Kaladesh Inventions
    Reply from the customer service. Take what you want from it.

    First of all, congratulations on your Invention! Secondly, I want to clarify that there is no difference between the Masterpieces distributed to different countries. I cannot go into details about the production and distribution details, but I can confirm that they do not differ depending on the region that you are in.

    What you are seeing is a recurring “double rainbow” pattern foil, the pattern and position of which varies from card to card, because the width/repetition of the pattern is different than the width of the card. This appears as differences in reflectivity and color; it is intentional and is not a defect. The Magic team wants to assure you that this is how the cards were designed, and that they are printed correctly.

    If you would like to provide feedback on this approach to the cards, we would welcome your words and ideas as we strive to make improvements to our products. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again. Good luck and have fun!



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    posted a message on Kaladesh Inventions
    Quote from Serafiend »
    Quote from Havrekjex »
    Hey, have you seen that there are two different types of foiling on the inventions? Some of them are fully foiled and has those prominent vertical shiny lines that resemble FTV foils, while there are some others that only have foil detailing on the frame, and the art on these are non-foil. I`ve been told that this is a different between US and European printings, but the shiny ones have been found in fa- uh, bundles here in Europe as well.

    EU Chromatic Lantern
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCeT5O_eVVA
    EU Sol Ring
    https://youtu.be/VtiCaDPLoUc?t=31
    US Lotus Petal
    https://youtu.be/HEnei0nWMl4?t=576
    US Scroll Rack
    https://youtu.be/bkKtkkDYw8w?t=87


    what the actual **** someone please tell me this isn't really a thing. I was so super disappointed that the inventions had only a foil border, but if this actually turns out to be a manufacturing error in the EU its a fail I can't even put into words. I was confused from the beginning, seing the gif trick made for the mox opal, it looked completely different than all the inventions I saw up to now (I live in europe obviously).


    Sorry to disappoint you, but there ARE definitely two versions of Inventions - the "foiled border" ones and "all-foil" ones.

    I have submitted a Blogatog question, as well as a Customer Service submission. From the WPN Facebook group, it seems that in Europe, there are only "foiled frame" ones, whereas in the US, both versions can be found.

    I really, REALLY hope that there are not "regular" Inventions and "super-hyper-mega-cool-FOIL!!!!" Inventions. That would make the whole thing really stupid. But at this moment, it seems so.

    I hope Wizards will issue an official statement soon.
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    posted a message on Kaladesh Inventions
    Quote from Havrekjex »
    Hey, have you seen that there are two different types of foiling on the inventions? Some of them are fully foiled and has those prominent vertical shiny lines that resemble FTV foils, while there are some others that only have foil detailing on the frame, and the art on these are non-foil. I`ve been told that this is a different between US and European printings, but the shiny ones have been found in fa- uh, bundles here in Europe as well.

    EU Chromatic Lantern
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCeT5O_eVVA
    EU Sol Ring
    https://youtu.be/VtiCaDPLoUc?t=31
    US Lotus Petal
    https://youtu.be/HEnei0nWMl4?t=576
    US Scroll Rack
    https://youtu.be/bkKtkkDYw8w?t=87


    Yeah, I saw a couple of European-printed Inventions and they are all frame-foil only. Yesterday I have pulled a Mana Vault that looks the same - foil border, nonfoil art and textbox.

    The Fat Packs/Bundles are printed and completed in US only, that is why. The boosterboxes for local European market are, on the other hand, almost exclusively Belgium-printed.

    I wonder whether this is a mega-fail of Wizards...



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    posted a message on Magic Story: Kaladesh & Aether Revolt (No Spoiler Discussion)
    Quote from cyberium_neo »
    Quote from Taeolas »


    He's not missing fingers. The gauntlets are gloves, to hide his hands (like the cloak does his head), since his race isn't native to Kaladesh.


    The cloak could hardly cover his face and the legs though XD

    Oh, the card I mentioned from my previous post is this one: Swordwise Centaur, talks about Elspeth's training on Theros.


    It was made clear back then that "the Champion" that the Theriad talks about is not necessarily Elspeth.

    Anyway, on topic:

    I was delighted to see the callbacks to Agents of Artifice. Also, it seems that the soratami society is far from the power hungry "pale aristo-bastards" as Toshi Umezawa put it some 1000 years ago. An adopted nezumi living among soratami family would be unthinkable back then.
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    posted a message on Magic Story: Kaladesh & Aether Revolt (No Spoiler Discussion)
    Quote from Weebos »
    Still reading, but this an excellent story. We get Ajani, Tamiyo, modern Kamigawa. They mention Narset, and they even call back to specific events in Agents of Artifice.


    I second that. An excellent story with callbacks to many important events.
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    posted a message on Kaladesh General Discussion (Spoilers Allowed)
    Any interesting new info from the Fat Pack Bundle brochure? I am not getting mine before Tuesday, so I am curious...
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    posted a message on Judge Exemplar Promos
    Quote from Zbynda »
    Quote from Caranthir »


    As for the Defense, what are those supposed to be? Elementals? Elves with really weird helmets? Heralds of things yet to come?

    I think they're elementals or "saplings" of that tree. they can't be elves, look at their chest - there are holes specificaly made for the same gem as is in the centre of the tree



    Yeah, haven't noticed that. Upon closer inspection, they have wooden heads, with glowing green eyes. Definitely humanoid elementals.
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    posted a message on Judge Exemplar Promos
    Finally an art that makes Zur the Enchanter justice. Great!

    As for the Defense, what are those supposed to be? Elementals? Elves with really weird helmets? Heralds of things yet to come?
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    posted a message on A translator's conundrum - tailor vs. seamstress
    Quote from Jay13x »
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Quote from Jay13x »
    The difference between a seamstress and a tailor is largely the type of clothes. A seamstress is a woman associated with making women's clothes (often with the impression of literally sewing together the clothes using a sewing machine). A seamstress could also be a dressmaker, but 'seamstress' tends to be specifically an expert at sewing. A tailor is someone who makes men's clothes, specifically suits, usually through a storefront for that purpose.


    Thanks, Jay. Out of curiosity - the girl in question studied fashion design and, basically, to be an expert in making clothes. I naturally translated the name of the field as "tailoring", and she insisted on putting a "seamstress" there, just like using the root "tailor" was an insult for her.

    How would you name the study field in one word? Is it even possible? Because "seamstressing" seemed at best archaic, at worst atrocious to use for me.
    I agree it's rather archaic.

    Clothier, Garment Maker, Designer are all possible synonyms.


    Thanks a lot once more!
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    posted a message on A translator's conundrum - tailor vs. seamstress
    Quote from Jay13x »
    The difference between a seamstress and a tailor is largely the type of clothes. A seamstress is a woman associated with making women's clothes (often with the impression of literally sewing together the clothes using a sewing machine). A seamstress could also be a dressmaker, but 'seamstress' tends to be specifically an expert at sewing. A tailor is someone who makes men's clothes, specifically suits, usually through a storefront for that purpose.


    Thanks, Jay. Out of curiosity - the girl in question studied fashion design and, basically, to be an expert in making clothes. I naturally translated the name of the field as "tailoring", and she insisted on putting a "seamstress" there, just like using the root "tailor" was an insult for her.

    How would you name the study field in one word? Is it even possible? Because "seamstressing" seemed at best archaic, at worst atrocious to use for me.
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    posted a message on A translator's conundrum - tailor vs. seamstress
    Hi guys,

    I have a question for native English speakers. For many years, I translate to and from English, almost everything - manuals, journal articles, fiction, etc...

    Recently, I was translating marketing material for cosplay-related event, and we come to an interesting problem:

    What is the difference between (female) tailor and a seamstress? Are these just male and female versions of the same? Is there a male equivalent to seamstress? And where a dressmaker comes into this?

    Tnanks a lot!

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    posted a message on Salvage Titans on Kaladesh and new artwork
    Quote from Creedmoor »
    If they are indeed salvage titans then we can hope for more colored artifacts in Aether Revolt... I'm still hoping for a Kaladeshi Filigree Angel (either as an invention or a regular card) Kekeke

    EDIT:
    Quote from Jay13x »

    Saheeli's medium brown skin tone is constant in all of her artwork so far. This woman is far too light. She also appears to be a light skinned black woman, not south asian like Saheeli.
    with all that dark red around, she doesn't really seem all that "black" (however light skinned she may be).
    I mean, facial traits seem pretty generic to me and don't really sceam for any apparent ethnic trait, while the skin is so light that she could very well be from mediterranean Europe...
    Or it might just be me.

    Well... Doesn't matter, she looks both gorgeous and badass. I hope that her card will be so too, otherwise it would be a waste of a good art. Kekeke


    Yeah I was also surprised by the lack of colored artifacts. I expected at least a common, uncommon and rare cycle to match the Gearhulk cycle. Maybe next Time around the AEther revolt will allow more colored artifacts to emerge into the world of Kaladesh?


    MaRo's article on Monday explains how the Gearhulks were created, as well as their uniqueness as the only colored artifacts in KLD.

    The Gearhulk cycle was added in development. They wanted a cycle of mythic rare artifact creatures and nothing design turned in quite fit the bill, so they designed their own cards. They all cost five or six mana with two colored mana required, they all have an evergreen creature keyword of their color and they all have a powerful "enters the battlefield" effect.

    There was a little discussion about them being colored artifacts as that's not something found anywhere else on Kaladesh, but development both wanted them to require colored mana (to keep too many from going into the same deck) and wanted them to be artifact creatures for flavor reasons, so the colored artifacts ended up being the best choice.
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    posted a message on Salvage Titans on Kaladesh and new artwork
    Quote from Azurhawk »
    Quote from Jay13x »
    My theory is that the new woman is our UR Artifact Legend. Which would be awesome, because she looks fantastic.

    That would be super cool indeed! <3 Hope it turns out that way.


    Heh, I almost forgot that there almost HAS to be the UR legend in Arlinn/Ulrich vein. That is the best guess so far.
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    posted a message on Planeswalker Deck Lists
    Quote from SamuGelb »

    -I know that last Ajani is W/G mana but he can change again because is naturaly Naya and can fit in both WG and WR and also a possible WGR deck.


    His color changes were driven by character changes - first he was angry and vengeful for his brother's murder. Then he make peace with himself and become the Goldmane. Mentor shows his persona as Elspeth's friend.

    By the way, the really LAST Ajani is monoW, and that shows him AFTER Elspeth's death, so raging because of her death is our of question here.

    On the other hand, if anything can rekindle his inner R persona, it is confrontation with Bolas...or his minions.
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    posted a message on Salvage Titans on Kaladesh and new artwork
    Quote from cantspeak »
    Looks like a generic etherium construct not necessarily a Salvage Titan.


    Yeah, sure. Only it has almost identical shoulder ornaments, almost identical head, almost identical hooked arms/hands.



    Seriously, you cannot be serious with the "generic etherium construct"...

    Heck, even the posing is almost identical to the original pic.
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    posted a message on Kaladesh Masterpieces - The tinfoil hat conspiracy
    Quote from Avatar »
    I attended just one PR at my LGS, which is fairly small (we were a bit under 30 players for the morning I was there), and never saw so much goodies flying all around. Compare to expeditions, where onely one copy was pulled for the entire weekend among all PR flights, in this single PR, there were 5-6 players getting back home with Vials, Opal etc. This seems huge compared to the supposed super-rare mythic distribution.

    So I'm conspiring that it may be a sort of click-and-bait scheme, where the distribution of inventions was pumped up so that troves of players go back home starry-eyed with tears of joy running down their cheeks, promising to come back for the release event and buy boxes. This was especially effective with newer/younger players who suddenly felt "compensated" for missing out the good old times where all cards were cheap and such and feel like it's the best thing that ever happened to them.

    So yes, it's only conjecture and might be a statistical event, but I'm interested to hear your opinions/stories on this Smile


    35 players, no Invention at all. Not even in prize packs.

    For comparison, there were about 3-4 expeditions pulled during both BFZ and OGW prereleases, both in about 40 players.

    So your event just got lucky (and probably stole ours Smile )
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    posted a message on Blessed vs Cursed extremely unballanced, or are we doing something wrong?
    As someone who has all the DDs and wrote reviews for all of them except Elves vs. Goblins:

    They are not "extremely unbalanced". If anything, Venser vs. Koth were.

    Blessed vs. Cursed are fairly balanced, with Cursed being slightly more favored to win simply by better synergy.
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    posted a message on Salvage Titans on Kaladesh and new artwork
    Why does everyone think it is Saheeli?

    The only thing they have in common is that they are Indian women... This might as well be a new character, or even geared-up Pia Nalaar.

    The Salvage Titans, however, are pretty clear. Nice touch.
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    posted a message on How Did Your Kaladesh Prerelease Go?
    Quote from jshrwd »
    My playgroup wasn't able to get to a PR, so we grabbed our 2 kits and did our own thing last night.
    I went 3-1, counting our faux championship, with a RW aggro thingy. Eddytrail Hawk is really good, which is probably not a surprise.

    But that's not why I'm here. I'm here to share the statistical improbabilities of what we opened last night.

    4 people opening 2 PR kits (12 packs + 2x promo each):
    • 3 of us opened a Chandra, and one was foil (non-promo)
    • 3 of us opened a Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
    • 2 of us opened a Rashmi, Eternities Crafter (1 promo)
    • 1 of us got 2 planeswalkers: Chandra & Nissa (foil, promo)
    • 1 of us got a Masterpiece (Simulacrum)
    All in all, we opened 48 packs with 8 promos and managed 12 mythics, 2 foil PWs, multiple duplicates, and a Masterpiece.
    The foil Chandra came in a pack with a Skysovereign for the super fun double-mythic pack.

    Statistically speaking, last night was bonkers for our little group.


    Heh, I know that the crappy pulls in our 35-player prerelease HAD to balance somewhere Grin
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
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    posted a message on How Did Your Kaladesh Prerelease Go?
    Got a pretty crappy pool this time...

    Dubious Challenge, Padeem, Inventors' Fair, Fateful Showdown, Confiscation Coup, Aetherstorm Roc were my rares. For promo, I had Botanical Sanctum.

    From vehicles, I had Aradara Express, Renegade Freighter, Sky Skiff and Ballista Charger, one apiece. In the end I played all of them, though the Express was a last minute addition. My main color was white, with the Roc, and other things like Vampire Whitehawk, Gearshift Ace etc. For the second color, I picked blue because the Coup and a couple of good cards (three counters, and Malfunction) The other colors did not have any bomb,and red was not deep enough. The decks was a little bit top-heavy, with the business starting around 3 and especially 4 mana.

    And that happened to be the decisive factor. I ended up 2-3, usually losing to T2 Copter or T3 Freighter in the decider. Once, my good friend beat me by just sticking 2 Syndicate Traffickers and killing all my stuff (frankly, Make Obsolete is BRUTAL against fabricate :(, and a pretty game-breaker anyway mid-combat). The games I won were usually thanks to the vehicles, or something stolen by Coup.

    Nobody out of 35 people pulled a Masterpiece (that was kinda strange, because there were 4+ expeditions in 40 player prerelease of BFZ). One guy pulled a promo Chandra. Yes, it s as beautiful as expensive.

    Overall, totally different experience than anything in recent history. I am looking forward to drafting, as that will, hopefully, grant me more control over what I got. This time, the curse of bad pool was in action.



    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
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    posted a message on Kaladesh General Discussion (Spoilers Allowed)
    Cards of importance:

    Spotlight 3/5 Deadlock Trap
    Spotlight 4/5 Fateful Showdown (Tezz vs. Pia in arena)
    Spotlight 5/5 Confiscation Coup (Tezzeret confiscating everything)

    And also Dramatic Reversal, with another Chandra quote on a blue card. Smile
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Kaladesh General Discussion (Spoilers Allowed)
    Quote from Jay13x »
    The flavor text is pretty clear, they've reflavored the brightheart in Rings of Brighthearth. It's not a place on Kaladesh, but a kind of ornamentation. That's all. Let's move on.


    Bless you for this post.

    It is at the same moment a name with particular meaning on Lorwyn, as well as generic enough for possible re-flavoring. That, of course, is what happened here.

    Now, Mishra's Factory? Urza's Incubator? THAT would be a problem... people should take themselves less serious.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Energy counter cards omitted from the first printrun
    Quote from dietl »
    How big is a print run? Is there a way to know if a box is from the first print run?


    IIRC, when original Zendikar hit the shelves and there was a temporary shortage here, the second printrun & replenishment arrived sometimes around end of October/half of November...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Energy counter cards omitted from the first printrun
    http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/energy-counter-token-2016-09-15

    In short - the first run of Kaladesh will not have energy counters in boosters, because of printing error.

    Subsequent printruns will have them.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Assembly workers = Obvious Mishra's Factory Reprint?
    Quote from Mortician »
    It easily fits into the number crunch, and would be a great old card for this world.

    Who else is hoping for Mishra's factory?


    Nope. Flavor reasons.

    A card specifically related to old, long dead, nonplaneswalking character from another world.

    It is more of a callback to MF, placed on a world where it quite makes sense.


    Quote from Kryptnyt »
    Quote from Aqualisk »
    Mishra is dead and therefore not on Kaladesh in order to build a factory. So no, I don't think we have any hope of seeing a Mishra's Factory reprint in Kaladesh unless it's a Masterpiece in Aether Revolt.


    Urza came across Mishra in Phyrexia during Apocalypse, shown on the card Urza's Guilt. If it wasn't a hallucination, Mishra could potentially have been kept alive somehow. Imagine if he had a Planeswalker spark just like his brother!
    I think he's Liliana's Raven Man.


    Now that is just stupid, sorry.
    Posted in: Speculation
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    posted a message on Fairgrounds Warden Magic Europe Twitter
    Banisher Priest with stats of Fiend Hunter and Oblivion Ring's cost.

    Sure, why not.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Four commons from majorspoiler.com
    Quote from Jenrik »
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Heh. Nobody expect the Spanish Inquisition....and really NOBODY expect an angry leonin with a twin-headed axe.


    Quote from Jenrik »
    I can't imagine at this stage what would have brought Ajani here from Theros. Except that perhaps Ashiok is indeed an Aetherborn, and Ajani needs more information on their nature.


    Well, what about tracking Nicol Bolas and realizing that his agent is active on Kaladesh? Is it really so difficult to imagine?
    Going after a major enemy like Bolas after his friend was murdered by the gods she trusted though Frown IDK


    And what he should do, especially when he realized that at this moment, he is probably unable to do anything for her? Sulk, mourn and proverbially lick his wounds?

    Or trying to continue in what she stood for, and trying to protect the weak and innocent - starting by opposing Bolas? That might very well also be the prime reason for him eventually joining the Gatewatch, btw.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Magic Story: Kaladesh & Aether Revolt (No Spoiler Discussion)
    Quote from Squirrelclamp »
    Dovin clearly loathes disorder, but he doesn't seem at all like a moustache-twirling antagonist in the vein of Tezzeret or Baral. I feel like he'd be equally likely to crack down on corrupt individuals within the Consulate if he were aware of their existence. To me, he's the most interesting "bad guy" from the last few blocks (with maybe the exception of Liliana and the Harmless Offering kitty).


    Dovin is a typical good man in service of a corrupted organization. His primary concern is indeed the safety of the people. In this, he is pretty much like Odric in Shadows over Innistrad.

    It is kind of funny how Kaladesh vedalken are more emotional than any of those we met so far, but Dovin, with his Spock-like behavior, seem to be an exception - far more similar to Ravnican or Esperite vedalken.

    And yeah, Baral is really a cartoon villain here...

    Last but not last...is it just me, or does Tezzeret look like an evil Jesus on the last pic? Smile
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Cathartic Reunion
    Kind of surprised this is not a Story Spotlight...

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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