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  • posted a message on Arena Unique Cards
    Quote from krishnath »
    He never claimed they would see print in Standard, just that they may see print if there is a demand for them. Heck, I'd be happy if half of them got put into the next masters set and the other half into a future commander set. Or a future summer multiplayer product.


    He said that they were designed to be weak, which was the point to which I was replying by pointing out how strong the Rakshasa is.

    They will definitely use these cards again at some point in the future, though, since Wizards isn't one to pay money for quality art that is only used once in a relatively low-profile manner.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Arena Unique Cards
    Quote from krishnath »
    Maro has stated that if there is a demand for them, they may see paper printing at some time, but also notes that they were designed to be to "weak" for standard.

    http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/176035662798/while-i-understand-why-they-were-made-could-we

    http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/176032754873/it-seems-like-there-are-exclusive-cards-in-arena

    I can't speak for anyone else, but I'd love to play around with that Rakshasa in Commander, and the Crab is adorable and I want it for my Thassa deck.


    There is absolutely no way that the Rakshasa would see zero play in Standard if it were printed in paper. It's a freakin' Lava Axe stapled on a 5/5 body. Opponents don't even get the option to sac a creature to avoid it like with Demanding Dragon. The card would be blinked and reanimated endlessly in Standard.

    EDIT:
    Oh, and it's a cat, so the ETB damage it deals would actually gain you life with the Caracal out.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Core 2019 General Discussion
    I don't know how Ugin would know about this story unless he lifted it directly from Bolas' mind. Then again, I don't know how/why Bolas would think to interfere in the goings-on of Tarkir when he believes Ugin to be dead for 18 years. I'm curious to see who is responsible for Tae Jin's visions.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Liliana's Contract + Arcane Adaptation combo
    Quote from genini2 »
    SaffronOlive ran a video series on it the other day here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DA8l8qAD5Q&t=2772s

    I'm not sure it can really be viable for top tier stuff, but for tier 2 jank it seems reasonable. Liliana's Contract is an okay card in general since it's a draw 4 for 5 at the worst so you really only have 4 dead slots in the deck for the combo in arcane adaptation which is great. Since otherwise all you have to do is play creatures you can really customize the deck for the meta.


    You could run a bunch of 1-of value creatures in a UB or WUB deck that maybe also ran Scarab God. I mean, that's the nice thing about Liliana's Contract is that it draws 4 for 5 mana. Blue players have been begging for a Tidings reprint in Standard for a decade.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Liliana's Contract + Arcane Adaptation combo
    Just saw this on today's Mothership article, and I can't believe I didn't think of it before. Liliana's Contract + Arcane Adaptation + 4 differently named creatures = instant win.

    Can this be competitive?
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Arena Unique Cards
    Quote from RedGauntlet »
    I play Arena and wasn't aware of these cards lol


    Did you skip the tutorial after the update? They are in the decks that you play against during the tutorial

    Quote from genini2 »
    Quote from orlouge82 »
    Yes, it is a mess, but the only card that is constructed playable is the 3BB 5/5 that deals 5 damage to an opponent as an ETB (actually would be kind of pushed in a blink deck). Since the cards haven't been published/printed in any other format, it shouldn't be a huge deal in the end.


    Right, but they are eventually going to print cards that are constructed playable. It's like the buy a box. First was the Firesong and Sunspeaker which wasn't a big deal because it's a mediocre commander card at best. Then they printed Nexus of Fate which has definite constructed potential. Maybe it will be good or maybe it won't but it's definitely playable.


    The Buy-a-Box promo is actually an even bigger mess. I've been testing Nexus of Fate in a Bant ramp/control build, and if the game goes on long enough, you will inevitably start chaining extra turns, perhaps indefinitely. I'm sure that there will be others who come up with their own ways to do this, but the point is that it's potentially one of the most powerful cards in Standard, and there is a very, very limited supply of it, which will cause prices to skyrocket once the card shows up in a winning decklist.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Arena Unique Cards
    Yes, it is a mess, but the only card that is constructed playable is the 3BB 5/5 that deals 5 damage to an opponent as an ETB (actually would be kind of pushed in a blink deck). Since the cards haven't been published/printed in any other format, it shouldn't be a huge deal in the end.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Core 2019 General Discussion
    Quote from Chalsis »
    I'll be honest, while Bolas certainly seems devious, I'm hard pressed to find anything particularly heinous in this story. His thoughts regarding humans are completely understandable--they've started an entire culture built on killing dragons, and display the corpses of Bolas's own siblings in their architecture.


    Ugin and Chromium proposed a very rational solution to the problem of the dragon-killers - a surgical strike that only removed those humans with the knowledge/skill of the dragon-killing tradition, while sparing the rest.

    Bolas, on the other hand, wanted to cause pain and misery to those who he believe threatened his existence. He could have just ended things quickly, but he wanted to cause as much suffering as possible.

    And let's not delude ourselves into thinking that Bolas was considering the welfare of his siblings and cousins when he took the actions that he did. He did so because he saw the humans as a threat to himself. And he relished the misery he caused because he is a petty little **** who uses his power to control and oppress others to compensate for his own deep insecurities.

    Everything he did was due to his fear of death. Ugin, on the other hand, accepted his relative insignificance early on in the story arc:

    Sometimes the denseness of this living web comforted me. Sometimes the sheer weight of living things crowded about me like an incessant thunder that never ceases. At those times, life's jangling and roaring troubled my spirit. Sometimes its clamor humbled me, for among these teeming multitudes, I was but a single creature whose existence could be rubbed out and forgotten in an instant. A sapling oak may be crushed by the steps of passing aurochs, and no one would be the wiser. A hatchling chick may fall from the nest and be lost in the grass as if it had never existed. Not that a dragon is so insignificant as an oak or a sparrow, or so I thought, not understanding then that even the smallest, briefest life has its place. That even a dragon's name may be swallowed by the passage of time and vanish into the abyss of oblivion. [emphasis added]


    Quote from Chalsis »
    Ugin's sympathy toward these violent bipeds is a lot more difficult to understand than Bolas's malevolence.


    Not really. Ugin understands that all life has its purpose and place. When the dragons were discussing how to deal with the dragonkillers, Ugin only wanted to get rid of those within the village who would continue the dragon-killing practices. He wanted to spare those who had no part in the practices and thus were unable to continue the tradition once the leaders were gone; those who were only trying to exist and life their lives without actively destroying other life.

    Ugin respects all life, while Bolas only respects his own. How is Bolas more understandable than Ugin?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Core 2019 General Discussion
    Quote from 5colors »
    New story;
    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/chronicle-bolas-whispers-treachery-2018-07-11

    -Looks like some of the ways of the Jeski where saved since they had wanders through the plane. While not a huge fan of the frame story I'm liking the bridging of what happened between Fate Reforged and Dragons of Tarkir since the jump between the two time periods was a bit rushed, as well as the info that all the clans survive in small ways wasn't that well explained for all the clan.


    I'm hoping that they're using this as a setup for the plot of the eventual return to Tarkir: Revolt against the Dragons and some return to the old ways. Wizards repeatedly said that the world of Khans of Tarkir was more popular than the world of Dragons of Tarkir.

    Quote from 5colors »

    -So Bolas tricks the many heirs of the dragon village to kill each other and he swooped in and took control. More set up for future Bolas character and could this be the origins of Madara?


    My first thought when I figured out what Bolas was doing was that this was the start of the Empire of Madara.

    In general, the story has been pretty good. Apparently we're not going to get details of the Elder Dragon War, though?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Brightling and -1/+1 activations
    Thanks, everyone. That's what I thought, but I wanted to be sure!
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Brightling and -1/+1 activations
    I looked for a thread for this (and Morphling and Thornling, for that matter), and I couldn't find the answer.

    What I'm wondering is whether the last ability of Brightling can be activated as a -1/+1 when its power is at or less than zero (and thus, potentially raise its toughness beyond 6 without any additional outside buffs). My gut tells me "yes" based on other related rules interactions, but I wanted to get some input from others to make sure.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Brawl 1v1 Changes
    Quote from leslak »
    I like It and could not play It is the last 2 months. But have to say that the format could be Better If it had the “combat damage done by the commander” win condition it would be even greater.
    Any way, Braw is better than standard.


    What is the "combat damage done by the commander win condition"?


    From the official Magic: The Gathering Comprehensive Rules:

    903.10. The Commander variant includes the following specification for winning and losing the game. All other rules for ending the game also apply. (See rule 104.)
    903.10a A player that’s been dealt 21 or more combat damage by the same commander over the course of the game loses the game. (This is a state-based action. See rule 704.)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Brawl 1v1 Changes
    If Brawl is anything like the Singleton format in Arena, then it should be a lot of fun. I haven't played it in paper yet, but a 60 card singleton format is a hell of a lot more enjoyable than Standard currently.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on SDCC Magic Exclusives Revealed
    Quote from Watchwolf »
    It's interesting that they chose Nissa, Vital Force and not Nissa, Steward of Elements, considering the latter is newer.


    I'm guessing because Vital Force is mono-colored.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Promo Tron Lands & True-Name Nemesis & Traxos
    Quote from MRdown2urth »
    Random lore-type question: Were all dragon engines stand-alone, unique critters? Or were Ramos and Traxos special? It is a distinct like Silumgar/Silumgar's brood? (Similar then to the Eldrazi, too, I guess.)


    Nearly all (if not all) the Dragon Engines referenced in MTG lore were created by Mishra. It's not entirely clear whether they all have unique names, but considering Ramos's level of intellect, it does seem likely that most/all other Dragon Engines have names. Ramos is as pleasant as he is because was captured and reprogrammed by Urza during the Brothers' War, who then escaped via planar portal to Mercadia (via Phyrexia, if I'm not mistken) to escape the Sylex Blast. The rest of the Dragon Engines are quite violent like Traxos, but the vast majority of them have been destroyed.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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