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  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance trailer
    Quote from Watchwolf »
    I find it to be a shallow setting. The fact a substantial part of its popularity hinges on Shockland reprints is pretty mediocre. That said, the cards themselves have been impressive, while the trailer showcased my point. Other than "here are the guilds again" what did you get out of it? Without Bolas on the horizon, there really isn't anything impressive here. Jace's absence could be a thing, but the trailer doesn't explore that either. The new Livinia card is the first promise of a relevant plot point, which was spoiled after my post.
    I agree that these two sets are a bit of a letdown, mostly giving us stuff we've already had before and some of it so compacted together (Hybrids and Splits) that it feels like there's less substance in this "block" than previous Ravnica sets.

    Ravnica as a setting does lack the visceral depth of a plane like Innistrad or Theros, but that works in its favor. It's a figurative box of assorted chocolates with just the right flavors for mostly everyone to get what they want. It's also all surface-level, allowing the player to project their own impression of the world onto what they see without being explicitly taught the history or obscurities of the place.

    I understand why you're not a fan just as I'm sure you'll understand why I don't care all that much for Theros. Everyone has different tastes than everyone else, and that's fine.

    But saying that both Ravnica and its "fans" suck is pretty toxic.
    It's part of my "tell us how you really feel" humor, but ultimately, fans is in quotations for a reason. I'd prefer we return to Ravnica because people actually enjoy it, over the superficial reasons I think people want to return (shocklands, gold cards, perceived power level). A third return here when some planes haven't had any yet is upsetting, especially when all it has delivered thus far is more of the same shallow gimmick. That said, the noir aspect of Lavinia and Dimir has been somewhat interesting, if they're actually going to play up the plot of Jace's absence and Bolas on the horizon more, which we've has only been surface level so far... I was counting on the showdown to really carry this block, but so far, I'm really confused how we got this far before Lavinia showed up with any indication that there's more at work there. I can admire the subtle approach, but IDK.

    That said, this block so far has been better than Return to Ravnica. I'd say it's closer to the original. But that's my opinion of the cards, not the trailer.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Lavinia + Other Legendary two drops
    Do you think they're going for a theme with the non-Bolas guild leaders all being 2 mana? I love it. I love low CMC legends with small but impactful effects.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance trailer
    Quote from Gutterstorm »
    This trailer sucked because Ravnica freaking sucks. And so do its "fans."

    Man, the original Innistrad and Theros trailers blew me away. Avacyn Restored, Journey to Nyx, etc. Those were the golden age of MTG trailers. Not this disjointed marketing crap. And to think we're in the era of story involvement. BFZ actually had a good trailer too. I don't know what this nonsense is.


    Wow. I hope you get at least some sort of warning for this post. I know I’ve gotten them for less. What sort of life do you lead that would compel you to go online and insult a whole group of people just because they enjoy something? Many of us, I’d bet yourself included, have been dealing with that kind of ********ry all our lives and I know I don’t want to come here and find one of our own doing it.
    I go around insulting IP, not individual people on a personal level. How's life on that soapbox, sis?

    I find it to be a shallow setting. The fact a substantial part of its popularity hinges on Shockland reprints is pretty mediocre. That said, the cards themselves have been impressive, while the trailer showcased my point. Other than "here are the guilds again" what did you get out of it? Without Bolas on the horizon, there really isn't anything impressive here. Jace's absence could be a thing, but the trailer doesn't explore that either. The new Livinia card is the first promise of a relevant plot point, which was spoiled after my post.

    Warning has been in red, which you clearly saw.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Promos and Packaging
    Quote from ChaosNomad »
    The non-Promo art for Lavinia is even better in my opinion.

    The wooden curtains added a neat vibe to the promo art, but I do agree and prefer this art more, actually. A lot cleaner looking, with a similar feel.

    My favorite legends are ones with low mana cost. I love when they're one or two drops.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ephara, God of the Polis - Flash Hatebears
    Quote from Pokken »
    Tithe Collector and Lavinia are both cards I'd consider for this.


    You mean Alms collector? Or is there another spoiler I missed?

    Oooh, tithe taker. That looks interesting:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DupMfyOXQAASxc1.jpg:large

    Maaan that Afterlife mechanic is almost guaranteed to yield at least one autoinclude. The ability is kinda medium, but the afterlife bonus is nice.
    The ability is a nice hatebear stun, and it's value all around.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Promos and Packaging
    Quote from kwanyeegor »
    Quote from 5colors »
    Doesn't look like there's going to be Jace in this set Frown


    Thats pretty much a given, Maro even said the walkers in these sets are two colored and working for Bolas and the gatewatch won't appear at all.
    I must have missed that. Makes sense. I suppose Jace will appear in Milk. Damn, I didn't want to wait this long for Jace to appear.
    "this long" which means since ixalan?
    As in, seeing Jace again is the only thing keeping a third return to Ravnica, the plane I loathe most (alongside Tarkir) palpable enough to endure, this long. But he's going to be three sets in before I finally get the one good thing Ravnica could deliver for me.

    Growth Spiral though. Not bad. Lavinia too. Not bad.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ephara, God of the Polis - Flash Hatebears
    Tithe Collector and Lavinia are both cards I'd consider for this.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Thrasios's Expedition - Quest for Arixmethes
    - 1x Deep-Sea Terror
    - 1x Clinging Anemones

    + Lurking Predators
    + Growth Spiral

    I am thinking of dropping some other less powerful cards, such as the Fonts, or some of the lesser creatures, but I do want to preserve the art theme of the deck for now. I am seriously considering dropping many of the ETB tapped lands for Islands instead, and dropping Realms Uncharted in general for Cultivate. I may strictly focus on the big creatures and Island matters theme.

    Cards I would love to find room for are Ramunap Excavator and Azusa, Lost but Seeking.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Promos and Packaging
    Quote from 5colors »
    Doesn't look like there's going to be Jace in this set Frown


    Thats pretty much a given, Maro even said the walkers in these sets are two colored and working for Bolas and the gatewatch won't appear at all.
    I must have missed that. Makes sense. I suppose Jace will appear in Milk. Damn, I didn't want to wait this long for Jace to appear.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Promos and Packaging
    Doesn't look like there's going to be Jace in this set Frown
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance trailer
    This trailer sucked because Ravnica freaking sucks. And so do its "fans."

    Man, the original Innistrad and Theros trailers blew me away. Avacyn Restored, Journey to Nyx, etc. Those were the golden age of MTG trailers. Not this disjointed marketing crap. And to think we're in the era of story involvement. BFZ actually had a good trailer too. I don't know what this nonsense is.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on RNA Promo cards
    Explore at Instant Speed for Simic

    Ohh Arixmethes, you have a new toooooyyyyy Grin
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Promos and Packaging
    Hold on.

    That Instant speed Explore variant also has Seb McKinnon artwork?

    Simic-style Basic Lands?

    FFffffffffff yaaaaaas

    Lavinia art and design are impressive!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on New Magic Novella by Brandon Sanderson introducing a new planeswalker
    Makes you wonder if the Raven Man is an Entity.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on New Magic Novella by Brandon Sanderson introducing a new planeswalker
    What if all sparks are an entity, or were at least related?

    Well written, engaging. Innistrad, while not my favorite, always makes for a compelling setting. Nice to see more remote parts of it. Story was very textured and not linear plot points. I enjoyed it. It does play a bit in Orpheus territory, but I can see how it applies to Innistrad too. Shame she wasn't a choir girl for Avacyn or something, singing hymns. Would have been more on theme. That said, the Entity business adds a certain mystery. Eldrazi, collapsed planes, sparks, etc. It's becoming difficult to follow how they compare since it's ambiguous.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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