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  • posted a message on The Art of Magic the Gathering: War of the Spark
    https://twitter.com/aquelajames/status/1316257797994999808?s=21

    Sad day, this is the last art of its kinda due the change of how they visit planes and James Wyatt focusing on DnD more.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [CMR] Commander Legends Flavor
    Quote from 5colors »
    Mind putting those in spoiler tags? I'd like to this safe for people who don't wanna see leaks.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on The Art of Magic the Gathering: War of the Spark
    -Amazing art, this book really pulls across all of magic and really shows off a lot of the cool promo and alternate art.

    -Kinda cool they have the war of the spark walkers get little bios throughout the book as they met or interacted with Bolas or his schemes.

    -This art book is basically a mini-history and world guide to all the lore and worlds post weatherlight story.

    -Most of the stuff set up in Chronicles of Bolas is said to be “some stories say”, which echos comments of the author of the story being told by unreliable narrator and says the stuff set up

    -The art book mentions Bolas seems to have a soft spot for Dominaria as none of his modern plans (outside of Liliana) harmed the plane and hinting maybe it was gonna be Bolas seat of power once he got his old powers.

    -For those of saying they uncanonized the demon-leviathan it's brought up a few times and has the quotes future sight about the Talon Gate.

    -After killing the demon-leviathan Bolas would pop in and out of Madara since he liked the ley lines there.

    -After he killed Ugin, he decided to build his empire on Madara and killed the “god-emperor” an unnamed female warrior and took over.

    -Minor but they said the rift Karn made was the rift that leads to the events on Kamigawa.

    -Small quote :”The Umezama clan does not play a major part in Dominaria today, but Toshiro’s descendants flourish and thrive”.

    -The Consortium was set up to be Bolas eyes and ears across the planes due his lose of power weakening his ability to spy across the multiverse.

    -Bolas sent Tezzeret to Mirrodin to study the process of Phyrexia and to keep them from uniting under a single ruler. Seems like with the eldrazi, Bolas was thinking of using them to get a group of walkers to team up and mobilize, but found the eldrazi to be better for that goal.

    -Umm they mentioned Ramaz so he is cannon then.

    -So the gatewatch forming wasnt all to Bolas plan, he wanted a larger gathering of planeswalkers and slower fight then the gatewatch gave but he adjusted as needed. I’m guessing he was gonan try and launch the War of the Spark as more of a sneak attack after a larger group of walkers gathered and defended a common threat.

    -Bolas wasn’t involved in SoI but was interested in it and wasn’t too happy the gatewatch came out it seemed winning.

    -One thing to note is Bolas weakened the Hekma so that people wouldn’t depend on it and more on him. Which means post-Bolas Amonkhet might be able to protect themselves better.

    -Garruk gets a shout out.

    -They re-worked Ral being an “agent” of Bolas (from the design standpoint that all the guild leader walkers were on Bolas side) as him crafting the beacon.

    -The elder spell needs the sparks of the walker harvest to be done in a short time so Bolas had to lure hundreds of walkers at once.

    -As noted it seems like Kasmina might be a new villain as she collects and manipulates planeswalkers into her cabal.

    -Hmm hints Davriel met some of the walkers hunting after him on Ravnica.

    -Ashiok got a bit more defined as they now “A mysterious planeswalker apparently beyond species, biology, and gender”. Appearly Ashiok willing went to Ravnica due to senes the fear that a world ending war would bring.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Commander Legends EBAY leaks
    Quote from Max Rebo »
    There has never been a less than rare in Extended border before, right?
    The Cultivate etc in M21 were borderless.
    This Boros Charm seems to only be extended border.
    So NOW there are less than Rares in your extended border slot in the pack. Is that right?
    I see a common with a extended border as well.


    I double checked the sneak peek article, the command tower and command sphere promos also get the rare stamp but still are commons. The promos under rare are for cards that are staples of the format for people to bling out and don't replace the slot of getting on at rare/mythic and are only in collector boosters. The boardless ones only are in the collector boosters while the legendary promos can be in normal draft booster and collector.
    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/sneak-peek-commander-legends-2020-08-22
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Commander Legends EBAY leaks
    Quote from Max Rebo »
    Boros Charm at Rare? ufff


    Its looks to be uncommon, the one in the pic is the boarless promo and they all get the rare stamp.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Who’s coming for a card that doesn’t have one yet
    The leaks barely started and we already have "too many" mary sue legends


    Which is what?
    Posted in: Baseless Speculation
  • posted a message on [CMR] Commander Legends Flavor
    Mind putting those in spoiler tags? I'd like to this safe for people who don't wanna see leaks.

    On the leaks;

    Tevesh Szat fits well and one more member of the nine titans which people of the old lore have been wanting so thats awesome.

    Jeska def got hit with the design stick first and I almost wonder if it would have been better to make a new character. That said I think she has better flavor than most bottom up made commanders since as a walker she had Karn as a mentor leader she traveled with and as far as I'm aware she was a warrior so the damage boosting can be see as her warrior training.

    I'd guess Ich-Tehik is from New Phyrexia.

    Hard to tell with the rest (out side Liesa) since the pics don't show the art well and I haven't seen flavor text.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Question about Neowalkers
    Quote from OathboundOne »

    Unless they change it (which is always a possibility I suppose), the planar bridge can't transport organic material across planes... unless that material is a zombie covered in lazotep... for some reason.

    So Tezzeret can't bring people* to other planes, only things.

    *Other than other planeswalkers, who have their own sparks to shield them against the Blind Eterities.



    Quote from Kryptnyt »
    Quote from OathboundOne »

    Unless they change it (which is always a possibility I suppose), the planar bridge can't transport organic material across planes... unless that material is a zombie covered in lazotep... for some reason.


    Was the Lazotep an important reason for why he could port the zombies, or can he just port anything that's not alive? Or like, things that don't have souls? Ghosts and vampires probably not, but zombies are basically just artifacts made from organic material, right?


    The key is organic material can't survive unless it has a spark. Two example the lore gave was Rashmi testing by sending a flower pot thru and the vase survived the travel but not the flower and Huatli trying to bring food with her from Ixalan and it not making in her pack. The eternals where coated in Lazotep to keep them protected. Not sure if its Lazotep itself (as its magical and used to make cartouches which where used for a lot of magical things) or if any kind metal could protect someone if coated/covered in it.

    Creative said the loose rule set is walkers have a small field of protection form the spark that keeps things close to the walker (so clothing and such) safe and some walkers are able to carry things better than other in similar way some are able to walk better.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Commander Legends EBAY leaks
    Quote from soramaro »
    Three Visits AND Oubliette in the same year? This truly has been a good year for reprints.
    Three Visits is in this?!!!
    Yes, with Eldraine art (?) apparently.


    Well thats very flavorful and really plays into the fairy tales rule of three. I love when they can find really fun flavorfully way to reprint cards.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Commander Legends EBAY leaks
    Fingers crosses Tymna the weaver reprint brings the price down. I'm guessing she not out right reprinted (hope I'm wrong) but like prossh one of the etched? promos, but outside of her being good, she has only had one print.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Banned and restricted announcement October 12th
    Fingers crossed Omnath drops in price.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Question about Neowalkers
    Quote from OathboundOne »
    It just felt like it came out of nowhere with no foreshadowing of any kind. Little more than her going "Oh, yeah, I can totally do that."


    I'm more laid back when it comes to lore choices but I agree with this. Kaya's "ghost power" never seems to be really "ghost powers" (like Danny Phantom or even like an occultist ) but her being able to go incorporeal and seemly only being able to interact with ghosts since she was able to be on the same "plane". There is also no real limit or cost to this ability either, it seems like she can do this whenever and with whomever. Wrenn and Yanggu (and the Kenrith twins to a degree) all break this rule a lot better as it works within the baseline rules of walking, feels like a natural part of their skills and has limits to who they can take with them.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Commander Legend Spoiler Season starts on the 12th of October
    Quote from Dontrike »
    Is that going to somehow change the number of releases this year or next year?

    Nope, there's going to still be....

    -Four main sets, all with a Secret Lair and possibly another product connected to it (ex. Eldraine had Brawl, Ikoria had Commander, M21 had Jumpstart, Zendikar had Commander, and Commander Legends has Commander)
    -Masterpieces returning for one set
    -Two or three other supplemental sets, one being a Masters set with $10+ boosters, one most likely with a multiplayer component (Battlebond 2/Conspiracy 3) these may end up with Secret Lairs of their own
    -Between 4-10 Commander decks
    -A "board game" product that no one will buy, unless it's Planechase/Archenemy
    -Likely something connecting to Arena
    -Another set of Event decks
    -Commander Collection: <color>
    -2-5 Secret Lairs per month outside the crossover Secret Lairs, possibly with a bundle option and possibly a reprint of the Walking Dead SL. My guess is at least 25 SL throughout 2021.
    -A super bundle of some sort like from Eldraine
    -What is likely to be another type of booster for Innistrad 3, thanks to the two different set thing (look back at the last few years and see they've been adding a booster each year)
    -Gift Bundle for Innistrad 3 or a holiday pack of some sort
    Edit: Another Spellbook (I want to guess Nissa)

    -Wild Guess - They try and push Brawl again with another four decks
    -Wild Guess - They get rid of Theme Boosters
    -Wild Guess - They change The List at least once
    -Wild Guess - Commander Legends Commander decks will be $60-$100 for no reason.
    -Wild Guess - Another new format for Arena


    And how much of this is "New" tho? A good number of this stuff is stuff they made since I remember playing back around Alara or evolved/replaced other produces (such the duel decks and starter decks)

    Also;

    -Four main sets, all with a Secret Lair and possibly another product connected to it (ex. Eldraine had Brawl, Ikoria had Commander, M21 had Jumpstart, Zendikar had Commander, and Commander Legends has Commander)


    Zendikar didn't have commander like Eldraine had brawl, the commander decks are the new intro decks that have replaced planeswalker decks for non-core sets. Which goes back to my question of how much of this is "new" stuff since the commander decks have replaced

    -Between 4-10 Commander decks


    Whats with this number? If your adding the start commander decks then you need to point that out since your counting them twice on this list.

    -Four main sets, all with a Secret Lair and possibly another product connected to it (ex. Eldraine had Brawl, Ikoria had Commander, M21 had Jumpstart, Zendikar had Commander, and Commander Legends has Commander)


    -What is likely to be another type of booster for Innistrad 3, thanks to the two different set thing (look back at the last few years and see they've been adding a booster each year)


    They clarified the two Innistrad set thing. The second set is the set they normally put out in Jan/Feb (so Theros Beyond Death this year) and moving it up to catch the holiday spending.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Zendikar Rising- Lore and Story
    Quote from soramaro »

    To a lesser degree, Nissa's attachment to the elementals also feels like something that was exaggerated for the sake of the story. I'm less hung up on this because Nissa has been a tree-hugger for a long time now, but it still would've been nice to get a bit deeper into her past. (Maybe there is some lore/story stuff I'm not aware of here?)


    Since Orings Nissa backstory was after she sparked, she was kicked out her elf tribe and lived with the elementals and/or Zendikar. With her faith of the gatewatch broken and the whole chandra and Gideon thing, the elementals are literally her only friends and family.


    Also, the story spotlight cards have become pretty pointless. They're more like "here's something that happens in the story, in the vaguest possible sense" cards now. I thought Lithoform Blight meant that Nahiri would come out victorious in this conflict, but apparently it's just a representation of Nahiri's use of the core/key. Nahiri's Lithoforming and Nissa's Zendikon are just stock representations of the "attacks" the characters use in the story. Nahiri's Binding doesn't actually end up binding Jace. I mean ... if they're not acting as clues, why have them at all at?


    TBH I'm not sure if the outside authors are given the spotlight cards to know they are major plot points. From most of the author interviews they have talk about they never see the cards until we do*, so I won't be surprised if the author didn't know to make certain points more significant.

    There is also the fact that all web fiction except for Dominaria and Gathering Storm where done in house by the creative members who asked the card be design, if not designed by one of them and likely a lot easier to weave into into the story.

    *though I think it be pretty good to give an author like Elliot a card to spoil

    Quote from Flisch »
    My main gripe with the story as a whole was that the themes didn't really line up with what we were shown, and not even in a subversive way. Like, we were told at several times that both Nahiri and Nissa are the guardians of Zendikar. They were always, to some degree, considered equals in this. We know that Nahiri was a literal guardian of Zendikar for a huge part of it's Eldrazi era, so she actually has a pretty good claim. But then Nissa just usurps her without imo even earning it. She just talks to elementals. What makes her special. Why is Nissa the voice of Zendikar and not "yet another green aligned shaman". I know the answer is marketing, but it's annoying in-universe. There's thousands if not millions of green shamans on Zendikar, but for some reason Nissa is The Chosen One. It goes a bit further. As Nahiri says on her story card, she commands the "bones" of Zendikar, which is a pretty neat foil thematically to Nissa. Not only are both concerned about the future of Zendikar, but both command a domain of Zendikar itself. Thematically they were equals. It would have been okay if this equality would have been acknowledged while moving the "true guardian" status to the other. Something like, "Nahiri was the guardian but now Zendikar needs a new guardian bla bla bla". Instead Nahiri is presented as an impostor, which is a slap in the face not only to her character but to the story in general.


    I mean Nissa whole things has always been* speaking to the planes soul itself. Literally speaking to the world itself seems pretty like good reason to be guardian even Nahiri notes Zendikar had picked Nissa. Nahiri wants to master and control Zendikar, Nissa is literally its friend. And (as Nahiri needs to learn) her zendikar is gone.

    That said, I agree that Nissa doesn't do much to show she should have been "right" and really feel like it was one-sided "she was right all along". I think it might have been better if Nissa would have given in and agreed to study the core off plane with Jace to see how it work (finding out it has a piece of zenidkar and then Jace trying to control her since he wants the core as a weapon against Bolas) but Nahiri refused as she already have distrust of others deciding the fate of Zendikar without her input again.

    *since origins


    (Disclaimer: I do not blame the author in this. Wizards has a pretty bad track record with giving authors enough time and resources to produce good content, so until we get evidence that this was indeed the author's fault, I'll default (see what I did there) to Wizards.)


    I just wanted to say I think this something we all need to keep in the mind with the authors. From interviews and such I get that the author is given some creative wiggle room but mostly they just expected to turn the given draft into a prose. So far though it seem most of the characters who appear but don't get a card are created by the authors.

    Quote from soramaro »
    The core turns things into ash when used by Nahiri, so that implies that Zendikar and its inhabitants would suffer from her rebuilding ... but for my taste, this all relies on too much conjecture.

    The problem is that we never really got any sort of explanation or hint as to how the lithoform core worked. I assumed, petrifying everything was just how it worked. But then Nissa uses it and does, like, the opposite? Did releasing the piece of Zendikar's soul inside cause all the damage to heal in an instant? That raises even more questions. Mainly, how much more can we devalue the threat of the Eldrazi if their damage to an entire plane can be undone in the blink of an eye, after they've already been destroyed by a large fireball.


    I mean Nissa using the core is like an electric based character using a electric powered machine, they aren't using the thing in the traditional sense but the power source itself.

    To note the art book and Ethan and Kelly during a podcast said on Dominaria the rifts where sucking out mana and once they where sealed the mana was returned to Dominaria and this sparked its supernatural recovery. Feels similar


    Quote from soramaro »
    To a lesser degree, Nissa's attachment to the elementals also feels like something that was exaggerated for the sake of the story. I'm less hung up on this because Nissa has been a tree-hugger for a long time now, but it still would've been nice to get a bit deeper into her past. (Maybe there is some lore/story stuff I'm not aware of here?)

    It was also very confusing. Like were the individual elementals actually entities that could die? Were they separate beings, like Kami that existed outside of their physical form? Or were they just manifestations of Zendikar's will, as elementals are usually understood? I mean, Ashaya was presented as the soul of Zendikar, but then what are the other elementals? Nahiri's reaction to elementals dying was justified, based on everything we used to know about elementals, but then Nissa goes "Noooo, you kiwwed it, it was my fwiend!" and we're left to wonder when that became a thing and whether or not Nissa is a reliable character.


    I think all the elementals are parts of Zendikar, similar to the eldrazi and their spawn. While I don't think killing elementals really harms the world soul I think it still "hurts" and Nissa can see/feel that.


    Also, is it really that difficult to keep scale consistent in these stories? Ashaya is shown on its card to be enormous, but it can step on Jace and even has to bring down its arms to pin down Jace's? Like how big is it? The size of a lighthouse or the size of a person? Pick one.


    I'd guess that Ashaya (and other elements) can change size when they manifest and/or able to add/subtract parts of their body depending on whats around. They kinda just rise up from nature as far as I'm aware.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Secret Lair x The Walking Dead
    Quote from Cranky »
    Quote from Mystic_X »

    Want my advice?


    No, not really.

    I'm a Vorthos player. I play the game but I consume mostly because I enjoy exploring the themes, characters and setting. The lack of these being just "skins" and the fact that they are not silver-border, and therefore optional, bothers me greatly. These factors, as well as the FOMO, limited distribution, and response to the problem by WotC is all just too much. I've been slowly buying less MtG in recent years and the release of this product will only make my consumption even less limited.

    Fellow EDH players beware: if you play with these cards I will consider it my personal mission to knock you out *of the game, even if I have to go down in flames along with you. There shall be no Quarto.


    "This product doesn't appeal to me, therefore I will bully anyone who enjoys it."

    Thanks for succinctly summing up your side's entire argument.


    It's a game after all. What's the matter? Afraid the new deck you plan to build with these cards is gonna become absolutely worthless?

    You should be.


    Being a bully player will ruin and kill the game faster and more effectively than any crossover set or banning.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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