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  • posted a message on [C20] Commander deck names
    Quote from Creedmoor »

    Maybe they're foiling out the legend in the deck now that's usually not all of the required colors to be the general. Like uhh, Xancha, K'irrik, etc.


    maybe it's something partner-related? maybe not?


    This is my first thought, either partner (with) or they are foiling the "minor commander" they have been putting in decks. I personal hope for partner (with) to hopefully help with four color pairs.
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  • posted a message on Ikoria Booster Art
    So far it looks like "Ikoria: We're out of Ideas, so here's a Placeholder Set!"

    Which is understandable every once in a while but it comes hard on the heels of "Theros: We Didn't like our First Ideas, but we Shipped Anyway", which came right after "Ravnica: The Story Diverged from Play Design, but You Knew How It Would End Anyway", the third expansion in the "Ravnica: Why are We Here Again, Oh Yeah, Bolas has been Kicking Around For A Decade And We Kinda Forgot What To Do With Him" blocks.

    A company generally uses excellent product to distract during a transition to a higher concentration on its RoI. It looks like they're missing half of that formula...


    Do you have any proof for this or just speaking out your ass?
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  • posted a message on [C20] Commander deck names
    Quote from Mishotem »
    I still think they're monocolor. They're meant to replace Planeswalker decks for the set, and they're mechanically tied to Ikoria. I don't think they're going to make these too complex.


    Where have they said this? As Im aware the planeswalker decks are moving to being core sets and this is the "yearly commander decks" we normally get in late summer/ fall just tied with a set this time.
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  • posted a message on Introducing Jumpstart
    I'm guessing 499 reprints of bulk draft chaff with one chase rare/mythic. (Oh and 37 commander cards to milk those players)

    There are hundreds of cards that need reprinted across several formats and this won't even make a scratch. They should call it Bulkstart. A new player can start loading up on unplayable bulk outside the first game they mash these together.

    Real, meaningful reprints Wizards!!!


    Could I see this bulk list?
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  • posted a message on [C20] Commander deck names
    Red has been the most represented color with ever since they stopped doing things in cycles in 2017. All other have 7 besides green that has 6. I think red will be underrepresented no matter what. They still have to fill the gaps of 2color and 3 color decks plus a 5 color deck. There won't be another jeskai or mardu or bant(which i mistakenly wrote) till we get abzan temur azorious golgari gruul azorious dimir simic orzhov and the 5 color one


    Where has it said they are trying to fill in color combos?
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  • posted a message on Art of Magic: Legends
    From how its described it looks like its gonna be closer to "History of the Gatewatch" which was very much an art book than an art book and lore guide.

    But it does look like what lore we are getting it getting written by Jay13x so yay!
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Mana Strikers skin
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/190863261123/i-am-suspicious-about-you-being-not-allowed-to

    isomorphed asked: I am suspicious about you being not allowed to seriously comment about "Heart of the Aether" Gideon. I am right?

    A: It’s not that I can’t talk about it, there’s just a lot going on with Magic at large and I didn’t want to misspeak. I talked to our liaison with the game and here’s what’s going on.

    Manastrike takes place in Bolas’s Meditation Realm and is largely a simulation. That’s why you can see Jace battling Jace, for example. This conceit allows the game to do some “what if” character skins like Heart of the Aether Gideon skin. You’ll see more “what if” character skins in the future.


    I thought this was a cute way to have the game being canon but not canon at the same time.
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  • posted a message on The Art of Magic the Gathering: War of the Spark
    After the backlash of The WAR I’m actually stunned they proceeded with this one instead of continuing to Eldraine. I’m not sure if Eldraine has enough material since it’s our first visit to a new plane, but definitely Theros on a second visit especially considering the first was three sets. Really looking forward to Theros


    We got art books for Kaladesh, Amonkhet and Ixalan.

    After the backlash of The WAR I’m actually stunned they proceeded with this one instead of continuing to Eldraine. I’m not sure if Eldraine has enough material since it’s our first visit to a new plane, but definitely Theros on a second visit especially considering the first was three sets. Really looking forward to Theros


    To be honest I think there is a line between the novels and set itself. I actually really liked the war of the spark set and the story told in the cards but have no interest in the prose if that makes sense. War of the Spark and Throne of Eldraine have been my favorite sets since Tarkir. I really enjoyed the Wildered Quest though.


    I agree a lot and personally liked the plot of War of the Spark even if the writing fell on the shorter end for the novel. As the art books tend to have plot/lore stuff they sometimes can't fit in the novel I'm hoping now to lean stuff like what happened with Sorin and Nahiri coming to a truce or what ever Ashiok was doing.
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  • posted a message on The Art of Magic the Gathering: War of the Spark
    https://twitter.com/VIZMedia/status/1228379535869083654

    Well looks like the art books are coming back? (if they ever where discounted)... a year and several months later. Ignoring the ever more strange release of this sets story and lore, I wonder what all this will have. Ravnica itself already got an art book so I guess maybe more on Bolas plans worked and maybe some side stuff on the walkers we didn't get to see in the story.

    If they continue this we might end up seeing the Theros story maybe in the Theros art book, thought hopefully they also include Eldraine too.
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  • posted a message on 2/14 Secret Lairs: Theros Stargazing
    Ooo this is temping for the art and flavor but I don't really have the $150 to spend.

    Hopefully we see the fully art for these at least I love Jasons work on the alternate god arts.
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  • posted a message on Theros Beyond Death the rest of the cards and story
    The issues is after years of only hinting at and keep the romance at subtext level, they have Chandra break up with Nissa in part for being only into men and Nissa just being hot/a phase. For a company that talks about how its want to have a representation of more minorities in their game this was a horrible case of queer baiting, something that has been a huge issue for queer rep and that make anything they have done feel disingenuous.


    Quote from Mishotem »
    As for Chandra-Nissa, link some stories that concretely establish them as an actual couple instead of really good friends who depend on each other. I've been reading the stories on the main site for years now and all I ever got from it was that the two of them had a pretty deep friendship, but that's all it ever was.


    "I've never spent so long in cities before," Nissa said. "Between Kaladesh and here, I've had more than my share of people."

    "You seem to be getting along fine," Chandra replied.

    Nissa shook her head. "I have gotten better at hiding my discomfort. Being around others so often is draining."

    "But not with us, right?"

    The question caught Nissa's attention. She watched Chandra intently unbuckle and rebuckle the same strap of her vambrace.

    Nissa frowned. Thought over her words. "Yes and no."

    Fiddling hands paused, while a meandering mind searched for the words to lend shape to unfamiliar feelings.

    "Friendship with all of the Gatewatch is still quite new. I'm still trying to understand what it means to have friends in the first place," Nissa said.

    Chandra made a small noise and looked out on the plaza, her posture heavy and leaden, her fingers suddenly quite still.

    Nissa continued. "On Zendikar, I was without the company of people for most of my life. The plane was the closest thing to a friend I had. Learning to trust has been . . . slow—and there is still much for me to learn. Understanding and sustaining friendships is daunting when one has never really done it before."

    Chandra shifted awkwardly. "So . . . friendship?"

    Nissa blinked. Chandra worked very hard not to stare.

    "Yes," Nissa smiled.

    Nissa closed her eyes, and took another deep breath, her headache receding. It felt good to confess insecurities. She smiled and looked Chandra in the eye.

    "I am thankful for your companionship. You have taught me much about what it means to be a friend, Chandra. It means much to me."

    "Right. Yeah." A soft smile returned to Chandra's face.


    Again going back to this being queer baited this was the most it ever got to Nissa and Chandra before saying they have feelings...or rather the original draft before it was edited;

    https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/64z9oz/this_chandra_quote_from_todays_magic_story/

    Which show more os Chandra asking if Nissa would want more then friendship currently.

    After the backlash all this came out, we got several word of gods;

    Michael Yichao, former writer and creative member on how Chandra and Nissa where queer and how hurtful to him as a bi man they turned out;
    https://twitter.com/michaelyichao/status/1194621563695288325

    A queer consulted who was brought in at the being on the Bolas arc about Nissa and Chandra becoming a couple;
    https://twitter.com/ReclusiveWizard/status/1194676796395884544

    and finally Maro saying right out Chandra is into other genders;
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/189378532673/so-is-chandra-pansexual-im-horrible-with

    So the intent was always Chandra and Nissa would start having a romantic relationship.
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  • posted a message on Full art Basics from Unsanctioned
    Quote from leslak »
    Quote from 5colors »
    Quote from DanzBorin »
    Ahh... Wizards pushing sales of product with lands is getting bad. It used to be once every few years, now it's multiple times a year. Enough already.


    You mean when they put them in unsets?


    I think he mean "on any product" cause full art lands were a big factor on the huge sales from Unglued, Unhinged, Zendikar(original) and Worldwake, Battle for Zendikar and Oath, etc (from a casual stand point(people that buy 10 boosters each set, more or less)) Now, since Battle for zendikar we had them in Amonkhet and hour, Unstable, the judge ones and other promos, Snow fullart, Nyx fullart. Maybe he is in a fatigue for fullart lands.

    Fullart lands are always welcome but ye they are really pushing theirs sales with fullart lands now (Theros collector's boosters and normal boosters, this, etc )

    Also, just for people to be aware: Every pack with the 5 30 cards decks comes with 5 fullart foil (1 for each basic land) and 5 non foil fullart (1 for each type) the lands inside the decks looks to be normal lands.


    For a normal set sure but who thought they wouldn't do full art lands for this? Unsets are where the idea first came from.
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  • posted a message on Full art Basics from Unsanctioned
    Quote from DanzBorin »
    Ahh... Wizards pushing sales of product with lands is getting bad. It used to be once every few years, now it's multiple times a year. Enough already.


    You mean when they put them in unsets?
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  • posted a message on [UND] All 16 new cards and the decklists.
    Surgeon General Commander notes mutate something we haven't heard of before and nothing else in the set notes this soooooo Ikoria hint?
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  • posted a message on Theros Beyond Death the rest of the cards and story
    Quote from login »
    Quote from Flamebuster »
    In short: War of the Spark ****ed it up for everyone and they were spooked by it. Nice to see them admitting this and are going back to the latest tried-and-true approach.

    This ought to be interesting moving forward.

    'buster
    It genuinely irks me that Greg Weisman and his incompetent trash compromised the Theros story release for us all. As if Vorthos didn’t suffer enough enduring what he did to the Bolas arc and all the characters and relationships creative worked so hard to establish. Let alone the insult to injury. I doubt this vetting process for Theros fiction was even warranted. This was a Greg weisman issue. Unless he was the author, they could have just released the Theros ebook. That said, I understand why they needed to take this approach. But if Kate Elliot and the Wildered Quest demonstrated anything, it’s that Greg was the problem, not consumer sensitivity, not the lore itself, but a horrible “author” who smashed the “novels” he “wrote” together the night before on dragon software with Junior high locker room banter in the background evidently.


    Greg wasn't the problem alone, someone had to approve his work and since he is an outsider they probably gave him the plot and some details to write about, did they requested him to get up to date in magic lore? who gave the green light on the whole teyo-rat sub plot, Greg in fact stated on twitter that the Chandra-Nissa resolution was requested by higher ups.

    Greg writing was terrible but I doubt he is the one responsible for the content.


    ^^^ This. Greg writing was only one part of the issues. While the authors are given creative wiggle room unless told otherwise we don't know what the author added, but anything we see in card form we know is what creative put in. All we know is Greg de-aged Teyo and made him a pov character and added in Rat. The plot lines and character arc are also out of his hands as he mentioned during interviews for war of the spark he was told that certain character where gonna be restricted in how he could used them since they where in up coming stories (he calls out Tibalt in the Chandra comic for example).

    My questions is too is why hired Greg, an outsider unfamiliar with the lore and work to wrapped up a 5/10 year plot line instead of Sanderson or Khaw who are fan and familiar with it? Where was the editors to fix up the writing? Why doesn't Doug Beyer, a senior member of the creative team, get to read the final draft of the novels? Why release the Gathering Storm so late when a lot what its plot was kinda need to fill in stuff from War?

    This speaks to issues far beyond one authors writing and a whole lot of how the process of the ebooks is going.
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