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Dominaria Spoiler Digest - Who's Who and What's What from the Release Notes
  • posted a message on the mask of pain
    I think it's a Yawgmoth thing. and since New Phyrexia has sorta evolved past him, they don't use that insignia.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion

    really impressed with the writing. there's an obvious difference in the quality of writing between the inhouse guys (Jenna notwithstanding because she rocks) and having a real pro and vet writing these stories.

    I didn't expect the Gatewatch to reconvene that quickly, and I was VERY surprised at their reactions to their defeat. I actually expected Nissa to react the way Chandra did and vice versa. and Gideon trying to be the voice of reason was also a surprise. But I can dig it.

    this must be the scene for the Broken Bond card.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on So based on the leaks, do we have an idea of the plot of Dominaria yet?
    Quote from Azurhawk »
    I hope it won't be that linear but based on the name of the storyline spotlights, it will be mostly a Liliana story:
    1. The non-jace gatewatch gathers on dominaria, but there are tensions because of Lilianas "betrayal". There is a Broken Bond.
    2. They may or may not travel together for a while, but when Liliana again tries to manipulate the group to help her kill Demonlord Belzenlok there will be a fallout, forcing her to go her own way in a Final Parting. This one may have something to do with her brother instead, we don't know yet what the card does.
    3. Liliana manages to kill her final nemesis on her own to Settle the Score.
    4. Her win doesn't have the results she hoped. It might even backfire on her in some way. Not wanting to return to the gatewatch to admit her mistake, she goes to the only other party she knows for help. She ends In Bolas's Clutches.

    Sideplot: the remaining gatewatch recruits Teferi and acquires a boat.
    Epilogue: Jace is alive and back.

    Sounds feasible. the only caveat is that Martha said Gideon would be Accompanying Liliana on her journey to rid herself of the final demon. That seems to fly in the face of the Gatewatch ostracizing her.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    yeah to piggyback on that, the archive traps articles at this site have been great at providing comprehensive summaries of each of MTG's most important stories. in lieu of hunting down the books, these are great sources.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    also, don't forget: only half the set was spoiled.

    If you're wondering why XXX bit of nostalgia hasn't been referenced, just stay tuned. you might be in for a pleasant surprise.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria FAQ leak thread
    Quote from Kman »
    Might as well start the visual spoilers now. What a huge chunk spoiled. I almost felt bad reading it all.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    So in this site's latest flavor article, one of the creators of the Ixalan storyline says this:

    Ixalan is structured as a farce. A farce is built on physical humor, clambering characters, exaggeration and horseplay. After the serious nature of Amonkhet, we wanted to deliver a completely different tone, hence the farcical structure. The plot doesn’t really matter in a farce – what matters is the characters and the relationships between them, and that was true in Ixalan; the point isn’t the race, it’s the themes. Power is rewarded with punishment in a farce, and our two most powerful characters in the narrative (Kumena and Azor) are rewarded for their hubris with comic defeats. Kumena in particular had a comically short reign because in a farce, he’s the comically incompetent character – the bodacious up-and-comer who thinks he is a great revolutionary, only to be cut short by literally being thrown out the window. There are plenty of other fun tropes to play with, too! Angrath is the furious and tone-deaf patriarch, Huatli is the naïve youth, Mavren Fein is the obnoxious puritan, and what happens to Jace and Vraska is a play on the trope of lovers with mistaken identities. Playing with genre in fantasy is fun, and opened up new spaces we wouldn’t have found without approaching it with farcical playfulness.

    So if anybody was wondering about the decisions they made with storytelling ....and Why Kumena, Azor and Vona got PWNED so comically... this should explain things a bit.

    your thoughts?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Convince an Old Timer
    Also, if you can get your hands on them, I strongly recommend revisiting Kamigawa and the first 3 Ravnica books. they may not fit into your traditional idea of Magic: The Gathering lore, but they are excellent self-contained stories which actually exemplify some of the best writing amongst the Magic novels. And Kamigawa actually does have an easter egg that ties that world intrinsically to Dominaria - specifically, to Nicol Bolas.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    New story to cover up the fact that this whole thing was rigged from the jump.

    read the alternate endings to Rivals of Ixalan here.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on The planeswalker infographic post-RIX update
    dope. is this something you're going to keep updated as we get new sets? and is it too early to add Jaya?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Onering »

    Are we still pretending that the winner wasn't planned? When the story reasons for this ending were so clear that people called the details of it?

    The "voting" and geocaching was a marketing ploy. It was always going to the sun Empire and the next set was always going to be them invading the Legion. This was set up in stories released before the "results" were in. Not that I'm complaining about the outcome, it will be interesting to see the reverse Invasion, but this was the plan all along.

    yeah that kinda reeks of Scars of Mirrodin: they give you the illusion of actually having a say in the outcome, when it was determined when they first concepted the set.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Cool way of setting up Dominaria, with delivering Jaya and Weatherlight 2.0 right off the bat. and now we have to wait two months for the Dominaria stories to start up? bummer.

    Huatl and Saheeli becoming fast friends is cool. and of course it totally sidetracks Huatl from returning to her homeplane. Like others hinted at, i would love to see both her and Saheeli as part of Tamiyo's story circle. they'd be perfect fits.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Storytelling Critique Thread
    So what are the initial opinions on MTG's new storytelling paradigm, and hiring outside writers to tell their stories?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    for those wondering where the big battle for the city is, don't forget there's one more story to be told before we shift focus to Dominaria. it'll probably happen next week.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    This story (and probably the next one too) is basically just tying up loose ends.

    the story is indeed weaker than the ones before it, but in reality, the strength of all of those previous stories was the developing relationship between Jace and Vraska. take that element away, and the stories were at about the same level as this one.

    I do like Angarth cursing everybody out and planeswalking away as soon as he could. he is a very entertaining character

    the dusk legion setup seems intriguing, and something that I can see fully explored if they were to ever return to Ixalan. a Vampire civil war would be fascinating.

    and I do like how Huatl's character arc was resolved. the fact that she is planeswalking away with unfinished business at home seems a bit odd...but also kind of familiar (*couch* Jace *cough*).

    but as it stands, principal players are being taken off the board so they can finally answer the question of who will control the city. And Jace is still unaccounted for. we don't know if he already left for Dominaria, or if he is still on Ixalan for some unforetold reason.

    this story isn't spectacular to em, but it's servicable.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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