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  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from Urabrask »
    Not quite sure if it is just the facial hair on opt, but in his planeswalker image he looks indeed younger.


    is it me, or does bearded Teferi look like LeBron James?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from Perkunas687 »


    Also, how do we know killing all the demons won't wipe out their deals with Liliana? What kind of system would that be if you could just kill them and keep what they gave you? That would also be a twist if by killing her last demon, she destroys their gifts and speed-ages.


    ...which would have her desperately searching for a new solution, and could put her....

    ...wait for it....

    ...right In Bolas's Clutches!
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Regarding Gideon's embracing pragmatism:
    White can be just as pragmatic as black when circumstance demands. Don't forget that White is also the color of military thinking and battle strategy. in war, lines must often be crossed, sacrifices made and hard choices thought out in the name of victory. and sometimes you have to endure losing a few battles in the name of winning the war. This is a side of white Gideon has not been used to using, but it is a vital part of his development as a warrior and as a leader.
    before he was letting his ideology dictate his decisions. But now with a long-term war objective in mind, he is learning to be a lot more strategic. Gideon is playing the long game here and I like that element of growth in his character.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • 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
    Yowza.

    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.
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  • 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.


    ...Almost.
    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.
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  • 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
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