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  • posted a message on Dominaria Planeswalker Decklists
    I'm a bit upset that a legendary creature with a Cleric subtype is unusable in Commander, but since WU clerics are few and far between, I guess I shouldn't be too broken up about it.


    Niambi is actually useful, though, as a Commander. Her card basically allows you to run a Teferi, Timebender Commander deck... with the bonus that she gets the Commander tax and not Teferi. I'm not saying that he is at all competitive, mind... I'm just pointing out something that Niambi makes possible.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Full spoiler is up
    Well, that's embarrassing... especially when that card's flavor text is what prompted my concern.

    No Dwarves, though? If there was one, that would give (at least) one card from each of Sarpadia's races, no?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Full spoiler is up
    I'm actually a bit disappointed that there's not a single Thrull in the set. No Dwarves, either, but I guess we can't get everything...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Weight of Memory
    They can't all be winners. Wink It is also important to point out, I think, that in heavy GY strategies, this can be something as good as Draw 6 for 5. Which is certainly Sorcery speed.

    The story implications are much more important than the card itself, though.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from Raindance »
    Whether she knew or didn't know about a clause within the contract is still the worst thing for the end result. In both versions, she is using the gatewatch to achieve her goal and this is with knowledge that Nicol Bolas helped broker the contracts with those demons. I'm still siding with Nissa on this one as the more pragmatic choice would be to not kill the demon. As there is the risk of a potential problem placed by Nicol Bolas through the contracts and completing the contract sets the gatewatch and Liliana more importantly back. Its like Chandra's suggestion on repeat from Kaladesh, "Lets just walk into his trap if there is one, its not like Nicol Bolas thought this might happen or would have a contingency plan." (abridged version)


    Possibly, but this argues from a consequentialist ethical perspective that I simply do not share. More importantly, Nissa did not argue that killing the demon would help Nicol Bolas directly; she argued (as you quoted) that Liliana would become a threat as big as Bolas. Which, frankly, is not true. Even without the demons, I don't think Liliana is in Bolas's league. I grant Nissa full leeway in light of her very clear mental and physical exhaustion, but she was not really correct.

    If you argue pragmatically, the choice would be to kill the demon. Nowhere has it been shown (to my knowledge) that anyone but Liliana knows that Bolas was involved in the contract. Jace might have known, but there's certainly no indication that Nissa knew. So the argument boils down to, "Kill the demon because that makes an ally more powerful," and, "Don't kill the demon because it may lead to a worse situation." Both arguments have their merits, but the second argument is not a pragmatic argument. Also recall that Nissa was not merely disagreeing with Liliana over their priorities. She wanted Liliana kicked out of the Gatewatch because... she was trying to kill multiple birds (i.e., the Gatewatch mandate AND killing her demons) with one stone? It's a bit hypocritical of her considering that the Gatewatch came about by trying to help Nissa with a personal goal, no? (Saving Zendikar.)

    Am I letting Liliana off here? Certainly not. She messed up, and good, and it's going to have bad consequences both for herself personally and for others who relied on her (currently Gideon, mostly). I am just pointing out that Liliana has been, at least since the fight with Bolas, very open about her plans and attitudes, and Nissa was the one who left the Gatewatch willingly because she didn't trust her. By any view of the situation with Bolas at the end of the Dominaria story, Liliana isn't joining Bolas willingly. It may have been her fault, but it was not her choice.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    My immediate guess was 'Null Rod', but that is just a guess.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Again, if Liliana fell prey to hidden clauses in her contract, she's guilty of gross carelessness, but not betrayal. (Betrayal requires a conscious act.) You can argue that negligence on such a scale is betrayal in its own right, but we do not know the details as of yet. It's possible that she did, in fact, read all of the terms and conditions and Bolas simply hid it from her.

    I find the juxtaposition of Liliana and Vraska quite amazing after this.

    Liliana, the person who knowingly wants to help the Gatewatch (if only to help herself) magically prevented from doing so.
    Vraska, the person who unknowingly wants to help the Gatewatch magically enabled to do so.

    And poor Jace in the middle.

    Dibs on Vraska petrifying Liliana at the critical moment. Taking bets, current odds 5-to-1 against. Wink

    As far as Nissa goes, she was right, but not for the right reasons. (This assumes that Nissa did not know more about the contract than Liliana, which seems reasonable.) It would be very dangerous for the Gatewatch to accept Nissa's reasons at face value. I'll also note that Liliana was the voice of reason on Amonkhet, and unlike Nissa, for the right reasons.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on The Vorthos Cast: In Bolas's Clutches
    Bolas brokered the contract between Liliana and the Demons. This has been true for the entire time that the contract has been known.

    It is very likely that he hid clauses in the contract that, in the event that the loophole of killing the demons nullifies the lien on Liliana's soul was exploited, Bolas would take over the contract.

    The most interesting part of the art is that the sigils on Liliana haven't disappeared, which shows that the contract remains in force.

    The flavor text creates a nice mood whiplash from the flavor text of Liliana killing Belzenlok.

    Liliana: "You were an idiot for agreeing to a contract nullified by your death."
    Bolas: "You were saying..?"
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership spoilers 4-10 Kwende and more
    Replicator's trigger is also quasi-free if you can flip Storm the Vaults... which it helps you to do.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Untamed Kavu .:. MaRo Preview
    I think MaRo previewed this because he had an entire article about playing well/better and the exact example was 'don't be afraid of playing Kavu Titan as a bear'. Or something like that.

    Edit: And, obviously good card is good.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Skittering Surveyor & Bloodtallow Candle & Navigator's Compass & Orcish Vandal
    Quote from scottjhebert »
    It's a 1-mana Common artifact. You expect it to be as good as Dismember? Really?

    It has its uses. Triggers everything that cares about Historic cards (in particular, Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain draws a card off of it), for one thing. It's also fetchable by Trinket Mage, even though you probably don't have better things to fetch.

    I'm actually surprised people aren't talking about the Compass more. That looks quite good for color-fixing.



    Who said anything about as good as Dismember. But does it really have to sacrifice to activate? Or cost 6 mana?

    I did mention the compass which looks quite good. Heck it will get you mana out of your fetchlands while you are waiting to crack.


    For -5/-5? Yes. Yes, it does. </PnF>

    Maybe you can get away with making it cost a little less, but yes, for a 1-drop artifact, you're not getting repeatable large removal that dodges Indestructible. Best comparison I can find currently is Brittle Effigy, but that card's a rare (and sacrifices). Executioner's Capsule is colored (and sacrifices). Flamecast Wheel is pretty close (and quite a bit worse). Oh, and Uncommon. Gremlin Mine is quite restricted in its targets.

    Also incidentally, it's a callback to Profane Memento.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Tetsuko Umezawa, fugitive
    I want to pair her with Mannichi, the Fevered Dream. So many more blue cards with 1-power...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Skittering Surveyor & Bloodtallow Candle & Navigator's Compass & Orcish Vandal
    It's a 1-mana Common artifact. You expect it to be as good as Dismember? Really?

    It has its uses. Triggers everything that cares about Historic cards (in particular, Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain draws a card off of it), for one thing. It's also fetchable by Trinket Mage, even though you probably don't have better things to fetch.

    I'm actually surprised people aren't talking about the Compass more. That looks quite good for color-fixing.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Tetsuko Umezawa, fugitive
    Um, she's stepping through a portal... From/to?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on "Two-Headed Giant"
    His name is, literally, 'Double-Headed Giant'. So Two-Headed Giant is likely the name if it fits the crunch.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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