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  • posted a message on RNA Guildkits
    Quote from RxPhantom »
    Can we give Skeletal Vampire a f**king break already? There is no demand for this card, and it's not evocative of the Orzhov Syndicate. Anyway, now that I've got that out of my system, these are some pretty solid lists.

    That Ruric Thar, though!! Very badass.


    To be fair, it is very clear that the Orzhov deck released has a very strong sac theme (basically an Aristocrat deck), and a creature that provides sac fodder, a free sac outlet, and a sac outlet that makes more sac fodder should be considered, no?

    user: I disagree. This art is quite different, yes, but all other arts except her original one depict her with her walking cane and other stuff. If she were gesturing in this art with her cane instead of her hand, I would fully accept the art.
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  • posted a message on RNA Guildkits
    Teysa certainly looks different than her other renditions. Don't care, though, as my biggest concern was whether or not original Teysa would be the face card, or even in the deck. And she is. So I'm happy.
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  • posted a message on Possible name of the upcoming set
    Quote from Hunter »
    Re: Bolas harvesting sparks

    The art book mentions that Bolas is counting on the Gatewatch to show up....


    Ah. If Bolas is indeed harvesting sparks, then what we're likely to get are Legendary creatures (i.e., non-walkers) of all the PWs. That WotC can do without screwing up balance, etc.

    So the idea is:

    1) Everyone arrives
    2) Bolas steals everyone's sparks (and holds them somewhere)
    3) Everyone attacks Bolas while he tries to make Oldspark.
    4) Everyone defeats Bolas before he gets Spark, and everyone gets their Spark back. Niv-Mizzet gains Bolas's spark.

    This makes a lot of sense. It also explains why Bolas didn't want to kill the Gatewatch on Amonkhet, and also perhaps why he needs the Eternal army: to handle de-powered PWs. The plan (from a WotC 'how will it all work' perspective) hinges on the fact that post-Mending PWs gain very little from their Sparks, except the power to planeswalk.
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  • posted a message on Possible name of the upcoming set
    Honestly, a timeshifted sheet of PWs for this set is just not in the cards, as planeswalkers. However, PWs themselves are not the only way to increase the as-fan of PW stuff in a set. In particular, they could create a timeshifted sheet of PWs and 'PW matters' cards. E.g., all of the Oaths would be on the sheet, as well as, say, PW deck cards from previous sets. (The ones that want a PW type, like 'Liliana'.) I really doubt that they would print that many PWs that it needs an entire sheet.

    I could easily see every Mythic in the set being a PW, though.
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  • posted a message on Possible name of the upcoming set
    Quote from SilverWolf_27 »
    Quote from scottjhebert »
    Regardless of who may or may not die, I think there is a higher issue here.

    Presumably, Bolas's plan boils down to:

    1) Create oldwalker spark.
    2) Get oldwalker spark.
    3) Profit.

    Replace 'oldwalker spark' with 'very much more powerful spark' if you don't think that an oldwalker spark can or will be made.

    Regardless, the best plan is to stop 1, because 1 stops 2. However, if that cannot be done, and the Gatewatch & Co. can only stop 2 (that is, the spark is created but Bolas doesn't get it)… what do you do with it? If anyone you give it to would become on par with an oldwalker in power, that's an awful amount of power.

    That would lead to a huge MacGuffin to fight over.

    Something else I've thought of is that we know one plane where PWs can die and at least 'stick around' if not keep their sparks: Theros, with Elspeth. Currently, my bet is that Liliana will indeed turn on Bolas at a key moment in the war, and Bolas sics the contract on her, which would presumably age her to her 'correct' age and (possibly) depower her somewhat. (We literally don't know everything involved in her contract.) Teferi intervenes and puts her in a slow-time bubble to prevent her death, and Gideon and Ajani (and possibly Teferi) bring her to Theros, where she descends into the Underworld. All of this may possibly be part of an effort to get back Elspeth or not.

    Don't forget about what we have learned with Children of the Nameless - about the Entities and stuff. Bolas' plan might well be to collapse Ravnica - along with any planeswalkers trapped there by the Immortal Sun - and claim the resulting Entity for himself.


    Um. I must have missed that. Where can I find this information?

    And yeah, the Bridge is for the Eternals to get to Ravnica… but no one has really given a good explanation for why the Eternals are needed on Ravnica. Are they simply added insurance to keep the Ravnicans off of him? (Along with the 5 guilds he's suborned.) Another possibility is that Bolas knows that at a certain point all of his pawns are going to turn on him. Particularly if he's planning on collapsing Ravnica with all of his pawns on it, they're not going to take kindly to that. Another question is whether Tezzeret will allow himself to become trapped on Ravnica. (While we know that the Bridge can move the Immortal Sun, we don't know whether it can 'push' as well as 'pull' the Bridge.
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  • posted a message on Possible name of the upcoming set
    Regardless of who may or may not die, I think there is a higher issue here.

    Presumably, Bolas's plan boils down to:

    1) Create oldwalker spark.
    2) Get oldwalker spark.
    3) Profit.

    Replace 'oldwalker spark' with 'very much more powerful spark' if you don't think that an oldwalker spark can or will be made.

    Regardless, the best plan is to stop 1, because 1 stops 2. However, if that cannot be done, and the Gatewatch & Co. can only stop 2 (that is, the spark is created but Bolas doesn't get it)… what do you do with it? If anyone you give it to would become on par with an oldwalker in power, that's an awful amount of power.

    That would lead to a huge MacGuffin to fight over.

    Something else I've thought of is that we know one plane where PWs can die and at least 'stick around' if not keep their sparks: Theros, with Elspeth. Currently, my bet is that Liliana will indeed turn on Bolas at a key moment in the war, and Bolas sics the contract on her, which would presumably age her to her 'correct' age and (possibly) depower her somewhat. (We literally don't know everything involved in her contract.) Teferi intervenes and puts her in a slow-time bubble to prevent her death, and Gideon and Ajani (and possibly Teferi) bring her to Theros, where she descends into the Underworld. All of this may possibly be part of an effort to get back Elspeth or not.
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  • posted a message on Possible name of the upcoming set
    Quote from AnImAr_ »
    Quote from scottjhebert »
    Well, if this is the name of the set, I think we know what's going to happen.

    Bolas has found a way to try to get his Oldwalker Spark back (likely, the 'Spark' the war is over), and everyone else is trying to stop him.


    Don't say that. Do not say that because they would literally have no chance. Oldwalkers created planes and he would just Thanos them.


    I think the point is that they need to stop him from succeeding... not stop Bolas after he's achieved his goal.
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  • posted a message on Possible name of the upcoming set
    Well, if this is the name of the set, I think we know what's going to happen.

    Bolas has found a way to try to get his Oldwalker Spark back (likely, the 'Spark' the war is over), and everyone else is trying to stop him.
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  • posted a message on Two German cards - "Sentinel's Mark", "Rally to Battle"
    The Flash Aura is not bad in Limited.

    Both cards are neat combat tricks.

    All of the enchantments reinforces my idea that we're headed into an Enchantment set after Ravnica is done, with the most likely culprit being Theros, as Gideon and Ajani both have story there.
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  • posted a message on Persistent Petitioners (Strictly Better MTG Spoiler) - mill common
    Yeah, the playtest name was almost certainly "Relentless 'Crats".

    And I don't think this is a Sunmare 'we don't care about the creature type', and more focusing on a creature type that predominantly only shows up on Ravnica. Notably, Teysa has always been an Advisor.

    As for the card itself, it has a nice payoff for hitting critical mass, which likely explains why the small mill has a mana cost.

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  • posted a message on Priest of Forgotten Gods
    Quote from Rizso »
    Almost looks like an Phyrexian Altar. Would be a bit hype if the phyrexian have been on Ravnica as well Grin


    While... interesting, to say the least, the Phyrexians aren't much given to subterfuge. If they were on Ravnica before the Guildpact (as the flavor text would imply), then that's a long time. Now, if the oil had been completely destroyed, that would be one thing (and something that many people, Karn and Elspeth included, would want to know). However, if any of the oil had remained, I think we would have seen some overt Phyrexians running around by now.
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  • posted a message on Priest of Forgotten Gods
    Pretty sure that the Gods are the Nephilim. Nothing I can find has MaRo saying that the Nephilim aren't on Ravnica, only that they're not showing up in these sets. This could easily be a future plot hook if events prove that a drastic change in Ravnica needs to occur.

    As for the card itself, I vaguely prefer the Innistrad sacrifice for all-in token decks (like my Ravos Commander deck), but this certainly is quite good.
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  • posted a message on "Vitrage of the Guildpact", Gates Ablaze
    Dutiful point here to say that Afterlife tokens are multicolored.

    Gates Ablaze looks like a good Gate payoff card.
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  • posted a message on Windstorm Drake (Diário Planinauta preview)
    Oh buddy... Wink It's that Spirit from (original?!? Really??) Innistrad block but hits all fliers and not (most) Spirits.

    Afterlife loves this card, obviously. Easily splashable.
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  • posted a message on ChannelFireball Preview - Kaya's Wrath
    Quote from H3RAC71TU5 »
    Perhaps Teysa's end game is to turn the Syndicate into a cooperative where formerly indebted spirits take the reins of the guild, with some kind of theme of empowerment to keep it black, just more equitably distributed. Still has the potential to go badly if the old plebians become the new patricians. But it would substantively contrast Teysa with the way the Ghost Council ran things.


    I _really_ can't see Teysa becoming a Distributist. And Distributism, as an economic theory, doesn't really match WB. I think it's much more likely that Teysa would curb the incredible shortsightedness of the Obzedat, but not make many other changes.
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