Quote from AUTUMNTWILIGHT »Ravnica theme maybe?
If its planes what Planes? Dominaria, Ravnica and Innistrad for sure. What is the last pick? Zendikar?
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Quote from Tree In The Wind »Quote from AUTUMNTWILIGHT »If its planes what Planes? Dominaria, Ravnica and Innistrad for sure. What is the last pick? Zendikar?
Shandalar? (It would give them a chance to give it a *real* identity)
Quote from AUTUMNTWILIGHT »If its planes what Planes? Dominaria, Ravnica and Innistrad for sure. What is the last pick? Zendikar?
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You're on a website dedicated to talking about MtG. You're only a few keystrokes away from finding out what cards are on the Reserved List. You're also only a few keystrokes away from finding out why some cards on the Reserved List got foil printings in FtV, as Judge promos, or whatnot, as well as why that won't happen again. Stop doing this.
Quote from Manite »I've suggested a Plane theme myself before, and I've determined that the biggest obstacle for a plane theme this year is the fact three of the most popular planes - Mirrodin, Zendikar, and Theros - center around or heavily feature themes that were just done last year: Artifacts, Land, and Enchantments. Now Ravnica and Innistrad are also highly popular, the two most popular in fact, and their most probable themes - Multicolor and Graveyard - are available for this year. Ravnica can be either WUBRG (most likely using a "one and all" Jace since he's the Guildpact) or WU (with Azor as the probable face card, since he helped found the Guildpact). Innistrad would obviously be WB with Sorin as the commander, and the Fourth Sister as a very likely second.
The question then is what third plane gets featured? And the reason I only say third and not also fourth is because they now have a rule that one of the four decks each year has to be off-theme because apparently some players didn't like C17 being all tribal decks (boo!). Thus C18's Esper deck was themed after Topdeck rather than card types. Tarkir to me seems the next most likely due to the popularity of Dragons and Wedges. Sarkhan could easily helm a GUR Tarkir deck themed around Dragons with smatterings of Morph and various Tarkir mechanics in the mix, leaning Temur and Atarka but also allowing the other Clans and Broods some representation.
As for villains, if they did a Bolas deck, I think there would be an expectation for the other decks to have villainous CPWs as well. We did just get Nicol Bolas, the Ravager in Core 19, so there is technically a recent Bolas option for Commander. If there was a Phyrexian deck, I'd want it to be WUBRG with Karn, Father of Machines as the commander. They could still include a Yawgmoth legend in the deck, and maybe find a clever way of turning him into a WUBRG commander using "one and all" technology similar to Tazri and Najeela, since even back in the Invasion days Phyrexia wasn't strictly monoblack.
If you want a villain theme, the decks should be themed around villains who don't have good or any representation yet. Volrath really wanted to be UB, so Commander could be a good chance for him to get a second shot, though there is the little problem that his primary minions are red Moggs. Leshrac and Tevesh Szat never got cards either, and they're planeswalkers to boot. A BR Ob Nixilis would be tempting, but he did get a CPW before. The Fourth Sister could be another good candidate, for either an Innistrad-themed deck or as part of the villain theme.
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Quote from hyalapterouslemur »Ravnica has another problem, though. You're doing "two-color". Alara would have "three-color", as would Tarkir. Thing is, which two (or three) do you pick? That's a total of 10 unique two-color combinations and 10 unique three-color combinations, each has a mechanical identity (albeit not necessarily on you might see in the normal game: White "power 5 or greater"? White spellslinger? Black artifacts?) The other side of Tarkir and Innistrad is tribal, which was only two years ago, and brings up the question of "Which faction?"
Mirrodin has the same "two face" problem: Artifacts (did that last year) and counters (infect's weak in multiplayer TBH unless you're doing something like infect as Voltron or Triumph of the Hordes in a token deck, or even Ichor Rats or Decimator Web and just proliferate nine times, but attracts undue hate).
Even unpopular planes have this issue: Lorwyn is tribal, while Shadowmoor is pretty antagonistic to Commander rules (unless the RC decides "Okay, yeah, hybrids are now 'either' and twobrids and Phyrexian mana are now essentially colorless for color identity purposes.") Ixalan is obviously a tribal set, so the "Which faction?" issue is present just like in Lorwyn or Innistrad. Kamigawa is, oddly enough, a plane I could see a lot of potential for, but it leaves a sour taste in Design's mouth.
Quote from Manite »I think Experience counters do everything Level Up commanders want to do and more.
Quote from void_nothing »Quote from Manite »I think Experience counters do everything Level Up commanders want to do and more.Or a mashup - commanders that hit new levels based on your experience counter total?
Quote from AUTUMNTWILIGHT »It would make sense to do Tribal again. It was pretty popular in 2017 and I noted it would let them finish the Ally Color Pairs that started with GW Cats.
Quote from SecretInfiltrator »Quote from AUTUMNTWILIGHT »It would make sense to do Tribal again. It was pretty popular in 2017 and I noted it would let them finish the Ally Color Pairs that started with GW Cats.
Isn't it just as likely to finish the arcs that started with UBR Wizards or the wedges started with RWB Vampires? Really, one point with these new themes is that they don't have to be entirely bound by making full cycles of pairs and triples every year. At the very least we also know that a pure tribal product was not universally liked - which is why a flavor theme that could be realized in different ways mechanically seems like a better plan.
Maybe they'll tie the decks into the current storyline as they did with Archenemy: Nicol Bolas and make four planeswalker based decks, but not built around color combinations per se, but providing us with two decks for each side of the conflict in the Sparky War. It could be even minor characters or planeswalkers that didn't get a recent reprint and are just introduced as some of the dozen of planeswalkers Ajani brought in. They could double-dip on the plane theme some of the audience want to see a glimpse of old planes if e. g. one of the allies brought in was Tamiyo and we get to get some Kamigawa-themed new cards and reprints, but since she is a planeswalker the decks needn't be entirely restricted like that and also wouldn't be required to be representative of all of Kamigawa, but only the part of the plane connected to the planeswalker.
The strongest strike against this is that such a theme would more naturally focus on the main characters again, so e. g. Bolas + Domri vs. Jace + Ajani (Note that this combination of 'walkers would repeat two of the tribal year's color combinations making this less likely). But as a transition between story arcs it could be set up differently.
... thinking about it some more it seems unlikely with last year's decks also featuring planeswalker commanders.