Quote from Scarap »Quote from Manite »You ever notice how, whenever a character of one gender is dominating a character of a different gender in the art, it's always a female dominating a male? Why don't we ever see the reverse? It's hard to call it equal representation when the representation isn't actually equal.
wouldn't want to cause another ***** storm ala Triumph of Ferocity is my best guess.
Quote from Manite »You ever notice how, whenever a character of one gender is dominating a character of a different gender in the art, it's always a female dominating a male? Why don't we ever see the reverse? It's hard to call it equal representation when the representation isn't actually equal.
Quote from schnerbst »I was super surprised by the off-hand announcement of all of next year's standard sets, but I'm not complaining. It's nice to see that this thread evolved into a constructive discussion after the doomsayers all belched out their bile on page 1....
Return to Theros:
The set symbol alone promises a focus on the underworld, and I could see the entire set focussing much more on Nyx as well, rather than the hero-vs-monster theme that was around last time. Elspeth in the underworld plotting revenge against the tyrannical Heliod and recruiting unlikely allies (Erebos etc), then herself ascending to godhood to replace Heliod? Yeah, I'm ready for this. Devotion is a given, since it is the mechanical link between the plane's inhabitants and the Gods/Nyx, which are the most prominent feature on Theros. I could see then dropping the enchantment-focus however.
Quote from SecretInfiltrator »Quote from Manite »Besides, it wouldn't be the first time Zendikar introduced a tweak on Kicker.
Which is part of the problem.
Bouncing a single land certainly is a tweak on sweep that is much more reasonable.
Your templating is incorrect, btw, because the phrase "this spell was cast for its roil cost" implies an alternative cost, while the reminder text speaks of an additional cost.
Maybe that's the solution though. You could make roil an alternative cost (e. g. Geyser Flame becomes 1R with roil cost 2RR). This has multiple benefits:
You no longer walk straight into kicker territory.You can make commons that are french vanilla with just roil without a change to the effect just for a pure cost reduction.You can make cards that have a differently colored roil cost and casting cost.Even while staying in-color, you could vary color intensity e. g. a devotion friendly casting cost, but a roil cost with only a single colored mana symbol.You can consider hugely decreased roil costs with fun drawbacks.As with awaken before an alternative cost is actually preferable in just telling the cost they are actually going to actually pay straight - no moment to calculate that Roil Wave with roil cost needs six mana, if you straight up print the six mana cost.
The option you really lose is going the Volver/Battlemage route and putting multiple roil costs on a single card, but those are actually quite wordy and have some design issues, so I don't know you'd even want that.
Quote from Manite »Besides, it wouldn't be the first time Zendikar introduced a tweak on Kicker.