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Treasure Cruisin' Shalai Brawl
Ravnica: The Broken Guildpact
  • posted a message on Ravnica 3 - Guild Leaders, Guildmages & Other Cycles Speculation
    I can see Dimir, Boros, Simic and maybe Golgari getting new guildmasters. Golgari could get Vraska or Mazirek. Boros could get Feather.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 5/23 - Bramble Sovereign and Last One Standing
    Bramble Sovereign is pretty much an instant include for every Trostani and Rhys deck out there.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ravnica "Block", and Why I Do Not Like It
    If "nobody cares", why is it a pproblem if it's included? I mean, I get that how Wizards presents this stuff is pretty hamfisted sometimes (thinking about the Hallar blurb here), but so are many other things in Magic. Where exactly do you see an "ideology" or "politics" here? I simply can't see thousands of players leaving the game over this. Nor do I understand the notion that MtG would somehow magically become a better game if they stopped doing it. It's not like they have their game designers come up with oncepts for gay characters 24/7 now instead of having them design"good cards", although apparently that's what some people believe. People who complain about the recent Standard environment, the quality of masters sets etc. are conflating two seperate points when it comes to this.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Ravnica "Block", and Why I Do Not Like It
    I can kind of understand that cards like Benalish Marshal seem weird at first glance. After all, it is true that Benalia was depicted as a mainly white society before, so black people suddenly appearing there (without any explanation at that) can be a bit jarring. But then again ... it's not that big of a deal. If you really care about the creative consistence of Dominaria and want an in-universe explanation (because you can't tolerate the representation argument for some reason), you'd have to come up with some sort of headcanon, but honestly that's a pretty easy task. Dominaria has just come out of a plane-wide apocalypse, so it's not hard to imagine that people focused less on skin-color-based discrimination and instead concentrated on rebuilding a strong new kingdom/countries/whatever. This is a fantasy world after all; while there has to be some consistence, it doesn't have to portray the real middle ages (or what you believe them to have been) exactly 1:1.

    However, most people complaining at length about stuff like this that I've seen don't seem like they actually care about creative consistence or what have you. To me it always looks like they just see black people (or women, or "uggos") where there were previously none in "their" game, immediately get a biting reflex and start throwing around buzzwords like "agenda" and "SJW". I really can't imagine enough people get upsetting and quitting over minuscule things like this in such large numbers that the overall sales go down. It's not like the entire main character cast is being purged of white characters or something, we're talking about side characters or less here. The average customer doesn't care about the percentage of female characters with big boobs or what skin color their knight has when it comes to their card game. "Anti-agenda people" are grossly overestimating the importance of the things they care about.

    ...that may have gotten a little off topic, so let me just add that I don't really get the "WotC is becoming lazy/uncreative" argument either. The same people who make that argument praise Dominaria as being the most well-designed set in recent history - so obviously there's a lot of creativity left (and please don't say "Richard Garfield" now, or do you realy think he almost singlehandedly designed the whole thing? There were a lot of people involved). Depending on your point of view, it may be a bit unfortunate that they decided to do Ravnica 3 under the new set design principles (and maybe so soon), but if you think about it, the structure is only logical. Two sets to have a look at all 10 guilds, and then the "fight with Bolas" set which has to immediately follow because going back to Ravnica another time for only a single set without having enough room for the guilds would be super weird.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Virtus's Maneuver (?)
    Flavor text says something like "Violence has never been more refined".
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Regna and Krav, Angel/Demon Duo
    The abilities themselves are pretty run-of-the-mill, but the interaction between the two cards makes them interesting.

    What's happening in Krav's picture? It looks like Regna is trying to hold him back somehow. Maybe they are an ancient Angel and Demon of equal power locked in an eternal struggle and decided that they may as well become a famous fighting duo.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Three warriors from Lords of limited
    Is it just me or does this set have more pale violet glowy stuff than regular sets?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Commander Game
    Ivish, Elder Mystic 2WUR
    Legendary Creature - Bird Monk
    Flying, prowess
    At the beginning of your end step, if there are three or more instant or sorcery cards in your graveyard, choose three cards from your graveyard and shuffle them face-down. Then an opponent chooses one of those cards. Runify the chosen card. (Put it onto the battlefield face down as a 2/2 creature. You may turn it face up any time for its mana cost if it's an instant or sorcery. If you do, cast it without paying its mana cost.)

    Next: A commander that can find you answers, but only if you're in a pinch
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on The Commander's Tools Game
    Biomantic Research 5(G/U)
    Enchantment (R)
    At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay X and tap X untapped nontoken creatures you control. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on each of those creatures and draw a card for each creature tapped this way.

    Next: Gorm the Great partnered with Virtus the Veiled
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on The "I Like You" game
    Fireheart Adept WR
    Creature - Human Monk (R)
    Aura spells targeting ~ cost 1 less to cast.
    1, sacrifice an Aura attached to ~: Choose one -
    * ~ deals 2 damage to target player or planeswalker.
    * ~ gains indestructible until end of turn.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on Battlebond Mothership Spoilers 5/22 - Reprints for eternal, others
    Quote from vandertroll »
    ''BBBUT DRAFT!" :laugh2::laugh2: Looking forward for justification ny WotC staff after the set is released.

    It's going to be something along the lines of "the original card is very old, also it's some sort of card advantage in white and that's really rare nowadays"

    Well, at least they reprinted it at all I guess...

    Game Plan has the first nonland art in the set that I actually like. The new Tidespout Tyrant looks pretty cool too.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Soulblade Renewer & Soulblade Corrupter
    So far a lot of cards have been enemy-colored. Maro said there's a reason for the land cycle being allied colors once again, and I'm really starting to wonder what it is.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Archfiend of Despair
    The generic name really makes you think "Huh? There wasn't a card with this name already?"
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 2018 Spring Announcement Day Megathread
    Quote from Havrekjex »
    The set is the best since, what, Khans? Original Innistrad? I wish all sets could be this good. But there is no guarantee that a second Dominaria set would be as good as the current. Story location doesn't correlate with set awesomeness, as they painfully proved when they managed to screw up Zendikar. I'll take a good Ravnica set (or even three) over a mediocre Dominaria set.

    I think with how positively Dominaria has been received (as far as I can tell), it's only a matter of time before we return there for at least two sets in a row.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on *The Common to Rare Game*
    Sheltering Vineweft 1GG
    Creature - Plant Wall (R)
    T: Add GG to your mana pool.
    Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, untap Sheltering Vineweft.

    Next: Polluted Dead
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
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