Quote from Minoke »People have tweeted Tabak about these cases.
Lavalanche: Lavalanche deals X damage to target player or planeswalker and each creature that player or that planeswalker’s controller controls.
Searing Blaze: Searing Blaze deals 1 damage to target player or planeswalker and 1 damage to target creature that player or that planeswalker’s controller controls.
Blightning: Blightning deals 3 damage to target player or planeswalker. That player or that planeswalker’s controller discards two cards.
So you can make a hexproof opponent discard with Blightning and stuff like Lavalanche and Flame Wave can hit a walker and commit their collateral damage.
Quote from Antiantiserum »Seems to be the frame for everything legendary. Other new images from today show it, too, look at Urza's Ruinous Blast
And yes, this is supposed to be the last duel deck. As stated here.
As we roll out more details and sneak-peaks of Dominaria, you'll see that the set focuses heavily on the many legendary characters of the world—heroes past and present—and gameplay was designed to highlight them in cool new ways. Heck, the tagline is "Gather Legends"! With how relevant they were to playing the format, we wanted a clear visual indicator to make it clear at a glance which cards were legendary and which weren't. We landed on a crown-like embellishment around the title bar of the card; it extends into the card's black border in a really striking and regal way. We were so happy with it that we've decided to use it outside of the block on all legendary cards (other than planeswalkers—they look different enough already) going forward.
Quote from Antiantiserum »And one legendary sorcery, look here.
Quote from Serberus_08 »Quote from Antiantiserum »Seems to be the frame for everything legendary. Other new images from today show it, too, look at Urza's Ruinous Blast
And yes, this is supposed to be the last duel deck. As stated here.Well we've only seen it on creatures as of this article. As I've said the spellbook stuff has an inverted blue look, but the walker frame has some similarity to the one show on the legends in these decks.
Quote from thatmarkguy »Am sad the rules text still doesn't tell me if or how cards like Flamewave, Lavalanche, Bonfire of the Damned, Searing Blaze... they give an exception on when damage is calculated from a player condition, but not on when other spell effects are derived by relationship to the 'target'. Will these not be able to hit planeswalkers? Be able to hit planeswalkers but not do damage to any creatures? Or be able to hit planeswalkers and pass their other effects on to creatures controlled by that planeswalker's controller?
Same concern about Blightning. I really hoped this rules article would actually address the rules ocncerns we've been wondering about for a while. And MaRo has ignored my above questions submitted to Blogatog.
Quote from idSurge »Is your question
"Will cards like Blightning be able to damage Walkers?"
If so I will just tweet them.
Things that deal damage but don't call for a target will not receive errata, with one exception in Vial Smasher the Fierce.
My hat is off to you, which is no mean feat. I had to run to the store, actually get a hat, then take it off, etc.
In its desire to always be correct and consistent, Magic's rules templating has always opted for the Chicago Manual of Style's method of referring to a person of unknown gender: "he or she." Or "him or her" or "his or her."
There are a lot of reasons not to like those phrases. For me, the problems are that they take up a lot of words and that no one actually talks that way. People use the singular "they" all the time conversationally, and as language changes, the rules of proper usage have relaxed enough that we're comfortable switching to it now. Hooray!
What's not hooray-worthy, unfortunately, is that there aren't any cards in Duel Decks: Elves vs. Inventors that use the new template. But as an example, check out the current and future text for Duress.
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
Dominaria Oracle update:
Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
And if this change, in addition to saving words, makes our card text more inclusive for people that don't identify as either a "he" or a "she," that's super awesome as well.