I'm digging the Gitrog monster art, but if the picture Gavin posted on Twitter is the "normal version", then I really don't like the excessive color grading...
The front of Bolas looks goofy to me. It's like a panel from a sports manga.
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Jan 23, 2021soramaro posted a message on 2021 promos: The Gitrog Monster and Nicol Bolas, The RavagerPosted in: The Rumor Mill
Jan 20, 2021Only commenting on the WU deck since elves are whatever to me...Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Spectral Deluge is nowhetre close the level of Cyclonic Rift (and that is a good thing), but still seems pretty powerful in mono-blue or two-colored decks with blue and a reasonable amount of basics. In most cases, you'll be able to bounce most of your opponent's board for just three mana.
Cosmic Intervention is nice. There's so much mass removal that exiles nowadays that you can't count on it being a blowout against your opponent's boardwipes 100% of the time, but the cheap foretell cost makes it pretty neat in combination with your own wraths, making them one-sided. Just like all foretell cards, I like that you can have it just safely sit in exile until an opportune moment arises.
The angel is probably my favorite from these though, I'm glad it has a Sun Titan-style trigger.
The Arcane Signet reprint is also nice, I just wish they'd give it new art already ... the one we have right now looks so unelegant and clunky. With it being a staple and all, they should ask one of the "hand people" like Sidharth Chaturvedi or Volkan Baga to do a new version.
Jan 19, 2021I really wish this had another color, but well. Very interesting and potentially powerful nonetheless! In EDH, I guess he's best in a deck with Sakashima of a Thousand Faces like Mystic_X already mentioned.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I like both arts, but between the tentacles, the pale bone-grey coloring, and even the shape of the mask, the regular one looks decidedly Edlrazi-ish. I think it's not on purpose, but some plane-bound beings being influenced by "the eldritch truth" without even being aware of it is a cool headcanon I guess.
Jan 18, 2021soramaro posted a message on [KHM] Birgi, God of Boasts and Harnfell, Horn of Plenty— Metalorgie previewArgh, there it is again, on the showcase art! The "one side of the head shaved" haircut! When will they reveal the barber planeswalker?Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Mechanics-wise, both sides are pretty cool. I like the horn for commander.
Jan 17, 2021soramaro posted a message on [KHM] Graven Lore & Svella, Ice Shaper - Arin Hanson previewPosted in: The Rumor Mill
The party mechanic - ruining creature types since 2020.Quote from Hunting Drake »This guy seems much more like a Shaman or Druid than a Warrior...
Well, opening packs is what Wizards wants their players to do, so...Well I see we're giving preview cards to anyone now. I enjoy Arin and the Game Grumps, but it seems odd to give him these amazing preview cards when for the most part he only opens packs. I feel there are other Magic personalities that deserve it more than he does.
Jan 16, 2021Posted in: Magic Storyline
I'm not sure if her having knives instead of axes is "conclusive evidence", so to say. The Vorthos Cast (who has a bunch of people involved with official Wizards creative on it) previewed Dogged Pursuit as the "Story Spotlight card for the first story episode."Wouldn't it be kind of strange to have two story spotlights for the same episode, and the very first one at that? Also, while there have been discrepancies between cards and actual story moments before, it's also weird that a story spotlight card includes a direct quote that doesn't appear in the part of the story it's supposed to represent.Quote from Caranthir »It is indeed .the moment described in the first story published. As pointed out, she has knives, not the axes.
Really disgusted how the thread in RM turned into yet another fest of bashing Kaya and the writers.
Edit: Forgot that she lost one of her daggers in the fight with the trolls. In that case, I'll just repeat my criticism that the Story Spotlight cards don't have any real purpose anymore ... they're way too vague to actually tell what's going on.
Jan 15, 2021Posted in: Magic Storyline
This is how I felt about this week's story as well (although I found the Niko story from last week harder to follow). The writing was very evocative in parts, and let you feel the place kind of intuitively.Quote from Mullerornis »A little harder to follow, but I really like how Starnheim is described.
In the fight scene, it was a bit difficult to picture what was where at any given time, between portals opening everywhere and Niko on top of the serpent and the Valkyries circling around it... also, the cosmos serpent seems way smaller than I imagined it to be. Its whole body apparently fits into a fraction of single realm.
Why I like the story beats and the way the story is written in general, I really wish the overall story was longer to allow for more naturally-paced developments. While I can buy Niko being empathetic enough to want to help the people of Kaldheim, them heading into a fight with a world-destroying cosmos monster in chapter 2 still feels rushed.
Jan 15, 2021soramaro posted a message on [KHM] Doomskar Titan and Littjara Glade-Warden— Christian Hauck previewsPosted in: The Rumor Mill
Agreed! The only thing I find weird is that they're supposed to be primarily blue, yet most of the previews for them have been green.Quote from CatParty »I really love all the mystical vibes in the changeling art in this set.
Jan 14, 2021soramaro posted a message on [KHM] Goldmaw Champion and Scorn Effigy— Limited Resources previewsFirst Changelings, then Maskwood Nexus, and now an actual Scarecrow? Kaldheim is a Reaper King player's dream.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Jan 14, 2021soramaro posted a message on [KHM] "The Bears of Littjara" and "Mystical Reflection"— Dagoba previewsMy French is not the best, but I think the final chapter of the saga says "choose a creature or planeswalker. Each creature with power 4 or more you control deals damage equal to its power to that permanent."Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Also, is the transformation to a 4/4 permanent? Can't tell.
Jan 12, 2021soramaro posted a message on [KHM] Jorn, God of Winter and Kaldring, the Rimestaff— Brian Kibler previewWhat a strange lounging pose. He looks like he slipped on the ice and fell.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Both effects are powerful, but the staff is arguably the better half of the card. In this day and age, you don't just attack with a 3/3 and have it live...
Jan 10, 2021It was bound to happen, but at this point it already looks like there will be no reason to run non-snow basics in your decks for the foreseeable future. I was hoping they'd address this somehow, but it doesn't look like it...Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Jan 10, 2021soramaro posted a message on [KHM] Hagi Mob and Kaya's Onslaught— Shiro Games previewsAs much as I don't like Phyrexian being in this set, I really hope Kaya doesn't actually kill Vorinclex. Everything else would be ridiculous...Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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