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  • posted a message on ELD- Eldraine story and plane
    Quote from Xeruh »
    Green's lack of flyers is one of their weaknesses mechanically. Each color has them.

    I'm really curious to see what kind of twists they have for fairies. I really love them so more colors will be pleasant.


    I know it is, it’s just an odd weakness is all
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on ELD- Eldraine story and plane
    Quote from italofoca »
    Damn, one set feels really small. The clue I get from that is that Throne's story does not involve the world going through major changes as that is the only plot element that absolutely requires multiple sets.

    I stand behind my speculation, however: Rowan goes on a journey to find the High King, Will stays behind to secure the throne, Will is betrayed or led to betrayal, the throne falls into the villain hands, Rowan returns to restore the status quo but the High King dies or is already dead. The set itself will portray Rowan's journey and return, the usurper in power and the restoration.

    Quote from 5colors »
    Some stuff from Maro;
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/186437013328/you-revealed-that-the-marketing-art-character-is-a
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/186447679553/were-will-rowan-originally-created-for
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/186439351623/its-great-that-we-get-to-see-the-kenriths-home
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/186462314823/hey-is-will-a-planeswalker-in-the-set-lots-of
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/186446811403/is-the-third-planeswalker-from-throne-of-eldraine
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/186401952743/will-eldrain-have-3-sets-like-the-recent-guilds
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/186840977788/birthday-trivia-ive-missed-the-last-few-years-of

    logical-strix asked: You revealed that the marketing art character is a planeswalker we've seen before whose home plane is Eldraine. Is that Kasmina in the red hood? Did she change her hair color?

    A: It’s Rowan. She and Will are from Eldraine.


    achillesandtortoise asked: were Will & Rowan originally created for Battlebond or Eldraine?

    A: They were first created for Throne of Eldraine. Then Battlebond was looking for planeswalkers with partner and we were like, “we have twin planeswalkers”.


    thoalmighty asked: It’s great that we get to see the Kenrith’s home plane, but it admittedly feels odd seeing Rowan but not Will. Are you able to tell us whether Will is in the set or where he is if he is not?

    A: Will’s in the set.


    mirronx asked: Hey, is Will a Planeswalker in the set? Lots of people seem to think he is going to be a Creature instead, conformation would be nice.

    A: Will is still a planeswalker. He hasn’t gotten demoted or anything. : )


    gabecampos89 asked: Is the third planeswalker from Throne of Eldraine (which looks amazing btw), someone we know or a new character?

    A:There is a planeswalker in Throne of Eldraine that is a brand new character:


    trevorstrnad asked: will eldrain have 3 sets (like the recent guilds of ravnica "block")? would be kinda sad if a new plane will only be featured in one set

    A: Eldraine is just featured in one set. Baseball (the codename of the next set) will be on a different plane.


    So the planeswalkers will be Rowan, Will and someone new.

    Another fun fact for Eldraine;
    hoardeofcats asked: Birthday trivia! I've missed the last few years of these but finally remembered this time. I love faeries, and am excited for Throne of Eldraine; can you say yet what's one distinct thing about Eldraine faeries that differs from those of Lorwyn-Shadowmoor/Dominaria/Ravnica/etc.?

    The color mix is a little different than previous Faerie-centric sets.

    Happy Birthday!


    My thinking (from my own thoughts when making a fan set with the same flavor):
    W- Fairy Godmother types who bless the good and punish the bad. Might replace angles as well as be "big" fairies that are human sized.
    U- mix of trickster sprits and wise fairy tropes (maybe a tinker bell that gives everything flying). As the Faerie type is based in blue I think this where we will still see most of them.
    B/R- I think we'd maybe see a few as emotion driven and/or dark fairy godmother. Maybe a few G ones for nature fairies BUT mtg faeries are very tied to having flying would be hard to fit a lot mono-green flyers. Similar to spirits on Innistrad, I could see them in all five colors but centers in WU for this world (and play with the flying theme in M20). Whats everyone else thoughts?


    Agree, I too expect UW faeries and probably some R ones. I don't expect fairy tribal, I think they will be a tribe attached to certain mechanical theme such as enchantments or blinking.

    I think we may see black and green fairies but those will be more of an exception. Green flying fairies can be done by giving then defender, which is also justified in flavor (generally nature faeries are portrayed as avoiding crowded places and only found by children in deep forests and such).


    Green fairies won’t have flying, but might have reach. MaRo has talked about green’s inability to get small flyer’s (or flyers in general, which tbh I don’t really understand but w/e) that however doesn’t mean we won’t get green fairies, just that they won’t have flying.

    Storywise, I see them as woodland spirits, tricksters and Leprechauns. Possibly creatures that lure unsuspecting people to their desths.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on New Judge Promo's Announced
    Quote from Dragoon91 »
    Quote from fettpett »
    This is not much different than any other certification programs for other careers. Take for example Massage Therapy (mostly because I am familiar with it). There are two companies that provide certifications and insurance that several states require to practice. You have to pay for the membership it doesn’t get you a job, but helps to advance your career. If you think of this program in that same manor, this is a very good thing for the judging industry.


    I understand your point of view but I think the analogy breaks down when you consider that massage therapists are actually paid for their work and recognized. This is where the problem lies for the judges, I think (not a judge myself, just got a few friends that were L1).

    The pay doesn't seem to follow any kind of rules. So now, on top of not having a realistic monetary compensation for their work, they will have to pay an annual fee. (At my LGS, for a prerelease, there is usually only one judge for 40-50 players, and they got paid 25 euros, a drink and a meal)

    Now if the new company can somehow enforce some rules on that regard, and ensures that an LGS has to pay their judge with a predetermined wage, that would be indeed a net progression.

    Again, I'm just expressing my opinion on what I've heard of the situation from some friends, so I might be wrong Smile



    Responding to you, but also the others.

    It doesn’t really break down because the don’t help you find work any more than this program for judges will. But having the certificate will allow you to be more employable. And if they are adding other games, it’ll help by having those available as well. The thing is, they (the judges) will have to start creating the demand for pay. Some will probably still try and do it as a hobby, which is fine as well. Mostly it’ll be about marketing.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Brawl 2019 - Chulane, Teller of Tales
    Quote from kingfede85 »
    I dunno, maybe it's just me.

    As brawl decks don't appear to have the same "low-complexity-new-player-product" restrictions that Planeswalker decks have, I imagine that the cards being pushed forward and being granted extended standard time might feel a little odd.

    I can imagine a standard environment where there is 1 legal card with Jump-Start, for example, or a single legal card with amass. If any standard cards with keywords become "iconic" enough, it could theoretically be reprinted in multiple rounds of brawl decks and randomly keep a mechanic in standard (in very limited supply) far after it "should have" died.

    While I don't know if wizards would try that, it just feels very odd for me.


    I don't think they'll change their design philosophy for the Brawl decks: they are only useful if they can be an interesting starting point for the format in general, and people don't have to stumble on strange templatings when they can simply avoid keywords that don't match the Standard mechanics. Maybe with some ability words they can be a little more generous, since they don't have any rules attached to them, but I wouldn't expect single cards with Jump Start in Standard at all. They'll use the special slots to enable the Commander's theme (for Chulane, value ETB and bounce I suppose) or give the players general utilities that can't be printed in Draft Boosters like Arcane Signet.

    Since Gavin stated that there are two cards that appear in each deck, I suppose the second one will be either an utility land (Command Tower-like?) or a generic Geode Golem-esque Artifact Creature. The card shared in two decks can be something that benefits controlling the Commander even without the ability word "Lieutenant" written on it.


    I'm not worried that the philosophy for the new cards would change. I'm just stating that each deck will likely contain cards from among all standard-legal sets. At this moment, Chemister's Insight is a standard-legal (and thus brawl-legal) card and actively avoiding all keywords other than those from the newest set is a notable hoop to jump through in deck creation. If a red deck with a token element included Krenko but excluded any amass cards, for example, that would be ignoring a sizeable option.

    If wizards does use any mechanics that aren't from the newest set when choosing the standard-legal reprints, however, that one card will outlive every other card with the same mechanic in standard. Further, including such a reprint in one batch of brawl decks will make it standard legal when the next batch of brawl decks come out, which would allow wizards to "daisy-chain" the standard shelf-life of a single popular card. For some reason, the idea of wizards keeping one card with jump-start, amass, or afterlife alive in standard sees weirder to me than something like soul of the harvest barging into standard through deckbuilder's tookits a while back.

    With that said, it's quite possible that wizards will avoid using older standard-legal keywords for exactly this reason. I haven't seen the decks to make any solid predictions regarding their construction philosophy.


    I would imagine that these are pretty similar to the Challenger decks where the reprints are only legal until they rotate because they will reprint the with the set symbols
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C19] Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero and a new scarecrow.
    Quote from Boyachi »
    Boros got another great commander. I just hope this is not in the populate deck as I feel like it will be under appreciated there.


    He’s in the flashback deck
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on New Judge Promo's Announced
    This is not much different than any other certification programs for other careers. Take for example Massage Therapy (mostly because I am familiar with it). There are two companies that provide certifications and insurance that several states require to practice. You have to pay for the membership it doesn’t get you a job, but helps to advance your career. If you think of this program in that same manor, this is a very good thing for the judging industry.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Comander 2019 preview schedule
    Quote from Xcric »
    when there's so many different websites, channels, and feeds getting previews that you need to publish an article to track them all, its time to rethink how you ******* preview things.

    sweet ******* jesus. no one is going to go to all that ***** to see some damn spoilers. they're going to just go somewhere that shows them all at once.

    their spoiler strategy sucks so much dick and is beyond obnoxious now.


    Then don’t follow all those sites. WotC is trying to give as much of the content creators a chance to have fun and show some cool things off. Either come here, or go to another spoiler site.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on New Judge Promo's Announced
    Quote from foam_dome »
    I was wondering when Monastery Mentor was finally gonna get a reprint.
    A fifth printing of Chalice seems a bit excessive, but hey, they're still expensive.
    Reflecting Pool was pretty unexpected.

    Rofl Um, yeah dude, that's a lot to spend on one piece of cardboard. We don't all have $10,000 suits and four Underground Seas. Rofl

    I think long and hard about buying any card over $1. Most of the time I don't do it.


    I mean, I have four Underground Seas, and yet I don't have $10,000 suits and I work for close to minimum wage. $15 on a Magic card doesn't sound too bad to me; it's almost as if "expensive" is a subjective definition based on personal preferences and income?


    A judge promo reprint of Chalice isn’t gonna do anything to drop its price
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on MtG ‘Might’ Double in Team Size
    This is good, for both MTG and D&D as both teams (especially D&D) needs to expand their teams, even if for MTG it’s creative and other teams from R&D.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine speculations
    Sagas won’t be returning with this set. Mark said that they will return in the future
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Major changes to Magic announced at SDCC? (New booster variants and premium styles)
    My guess is that it’ll be a new non-rotating format and how that will effect Modern, Legacy and Vintage. Standard obviously won’t be effected.


    Mark is doing this solo too, so it should be interesting no matter what it is
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Next set is called "Throne of Eldraine"
    By the looks of it, I would bet heavily on Kasmina being the face of the set.


    This was my first impression as well
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Brand new world after Core 2020 confirmed
    Mark will be making the fall set announcement at his SDCC panel. It’s incredibly irritating that they are not streaming it on Twitch, nor recording it. Like, come the f*** on WotC, get your crap together.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Brand new world after Core 2020 confirmed
    Quote from Mishotem »
    Quote from krishnath »
    Quote from Mishotem »
    Quote from LeviatanCL »
    my bet:
    nordic/viking theme, with snow theme (lands as non full art), gods and a white villain


    If it is a nordic/viking theme, it won't have snow lands. Rosewater pretty much nixed that recently in his blog. He said snow lands are more likely to show up again in a supplemental set than a standard set.


    More likely in supplemental =/= as not going to appear in a standard legal set.

    He said the same about Madness, and then Shadows over Innistrad happened. Anything that isn't an 11 on the Storm Scale can technically appear. And that means pretty much everything but Bands with other and substance can technically appear in a future standard legal set, it's just more or less likely.


    I don't know how cagey he gets with potential spoilers, but I'm just guessing that if snow lands were going to appear in the very next Standard set, he might not have said it quite like he did. We'll see.



    He often is quite cagey with his answers as he works 7 years ahead of where we’re currently at (about 2 years in full set design mode). While he knows somewhat about things in that 2 year period, the answers to the Storm Scale is at them moment he answers. Even then sometimes mechanics get changed by the other two teams after he hands the set off
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Brand new world after Core 2020 confirmed
    Quote from krishnath »
    Quote from fettpett »
    Bag of Holding explicitly crosses the streams in black border. Yes in the PAST they have wanted to keep them separate, however with the growing popularity of D&D, the success of the Ravinca book, this is the perfect opportunity for a set based on D&D lore. Hell idc if it’s a brand new world or not, the feel of an adventure world not Zendikar with it’s heavy destruction, would be great.

    If you think the concept of a Bag of Holding is exclusive to D&D, then you'd be wrong. The concept originally comes from older fantasy literature.
    Mary Poppins was rocking a bag of holding 10 years before DnD first came out.


    One, I don’t believe it’s exclusive to D&D

    Two both of your points are irrelevant for the very simple reason, WotC doesn’t (typically) go by historical context but pop culture ones. Not only that but MaRo already confirmed that it’s a straight up D&D reference when it was spoiled

    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/185833116103/bag-of-holding-in-my-magic-the-gathering-i

    Posted in: Speculation
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