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  • posted a message on [CLB] Saddle of the Cavalier —GLHF preview
    I expect we'll see the return of Horsemanship in the LotR set... there's not a lot of flying going around.

    I imagine a set with Flying, Horsemanship, and Shadow... all the creatures are unblockable! Wink
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  • posted a message on [CLB] Horn of Valhalla — LOTUS CHANNEL preview
    The Horn of Valhalla item in D&D spawns (presumably Human) Berserkers when you blow into it. So it's quite correct here for it to not make angels.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] Colossal Skyturtle — r/magicTCG preview
    Quote from HighHolder »
    Such a great limited card. Makes the other colour pairs seem like trash. Stupid useless modified and 'have to have both art and enchants in play' are just asking for you to draft bad cards. Green blue, nope draft solid creatures that can also become spells in a pinch. GU is like a running meme at this point.

    Not too sure about the WB 'have both an enchantment and artifact' theme so far. There are a lot of artifact and enchantment creatures in the set.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] you are already dead
    I'll point out that the English translation isn't perfect, but it is what the meme has made it, I guess.

    (I should also point out that getting an exact English translation is damn near impossible, and it's probably as good as it can be.)
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  • posted a message on [NEO] you are already dead
    Historically, these effects have never been good. I'm currently evaluating it for Ninjas. On the one hand, Ninjas never want to get blocked, which implies that you'll not trigger this through the easiest method, combat damage. There are precious few other sources of damage known so far, with Twinshot Sniper being the only one that springs to mind.

    OTOH, Ninjas attacking into blockers (when you outnumber them in particular) can be bluffing this card, or maybe a nasty Ninja. So maybe this will be good.
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  • posted a message on (Neo) Phyrexian Tamiyo
    Quote from buffntuff »

    I think she is high value, but also I think she's probably the character most likely to avoid even coming near phyrexians.

    I think the entire point of PW compleation going forward is that PWs can no longer keep away from Phyrexia. If Phyrexians want Nissa, they're going to go after her. She can't really avoid them, particularly in her case, because she won't abandon Zendikar.

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  • posted a message on (Neo) Phyrexian Tamiyo
    Quote from buffntuff »
    I think a bunch of the gatewatch folks are at a point in their character arcs that they could totally be next. I'd bet a dollar Chandra goes first, then Jace.

    I think that it's not a question (at this point) of who is likely, but who the Phyrexians would want most. And of those, the top of the list--if they know about her, and Tezzeret at least does--is Nissa. Her ability to connect to the souls of planes would be absolutely frightening if she were compleated. OTOH, she may be the key to undoing the effects of the oil on any plane not already corrupted. So she's very likely high-value on both sides.

    I would agree that Chandra is the most likely to rush in too fast and get compleated in a scenario where there's an attack on either side.

    If Phyrexians are susceptible to Jace's illusions--and we have no evidence otherwise--I imagine he'd have one of the easiest times evading capture. Main concern on Jace is that Tezzeret likely holds a grudge.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] Geothermal Kami — Magic Arcanum preview
    Given the enchantment creatures in the set, this can also help to reset them if they get a debilitating aura on them (Tamiyo's compleation, e.g.).
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  • posted a message on (Neo) Phyrexian Tamiyo
    Quote from Rainbow Sun »
    I'm not terribly pissed it was Tamiyo, I just hope they don't resolve it in a boring way.
    AKA: OH Gideon comes back for 5 minutes to save her! Praise Jesus!
    Or: Turns out Lilliana's powers now work on phyrexians! For reasons!
    Or: And then Kaya offed her offscreen because we had no idea where our writing was going!

    I'm mostly irritated by the Compleation mechanic not applying to all of her colored mana costs. Yes, it would potentially put her at -1 loyalty. I'm sure there's some shenanigans in game already to handle that. Paying 2 life for 2 less counters and her being 1 mana cheaper really isn't much of a discount.

    I do agree there would have been better characters to do this to though, or at least a little build up with a "Previously Unknown Walker" who is compleated.

    The only problem with your suggestion of a previously unknown waller being Compleated would be that noone would care beyond the "oh, that happened."

    I don't know if this falls under 'oh that happened' for you, but to have any PW be compleated creates existential dread, 'oh no, our PWs can be screwed'. This is still a gut punch and very much 'ups the ante' in terms of threat. Of course, seeing a popular and beloved PW fall doubles down on this, so I'm not saying it's not as effective. I'm just pointing out that the keyword is frightening in its own right.

    Tezzeret... well, not even sure about Tezzeret at this point. He largely appears to be his own person but closely tied with the Phyrexians but only for his own gains. To Compleat him would be irrelevant because we already see him as a big bad. On his own versus Jace, as Bolas's Minion through the events of War of the Spark and now as a Phyrexian co-conspirator. It wouldn't make sense to Compleat him.

    I really don't understand Tezzeret's logic. Unless he wants to be compleated, why would he help the Phyrexians with this process? He's at best playing a very dangerous game. He might be arrogant enough to believe that he can avoid compleation (assuming of course he wants to avoid it). If so, he shows a depressing lack of scope. People who believe that they can outsmart/outlast the Phyrexians tend to... be mistaken.
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  • posted a message on (Neo) Phyrexian Tamiyo
    Quote from foam_dome »
    Aw this makes me sad. Tamiyo was the character from Kamigawa that I cared about the most, and she has a bunch of children who rely on her.

    I wonder how Ajani's going to react when he finds out about her fate.

    The one that's going to get hit hard is Elspeth. This is her worst nightmare playing out all over again.

    Also, for those who think Elspeth getting compleated would be good, it might have some benefits, but the major drawback that she's already had this entire arc with Heliod. I think it's going to be more effective to see her reaction to others getting compleated.

    I'm not happy with Tamiyo's compleation (the card of it, though, is very powerful), but I can honestly say that I'm now much more invested in the story, at least to the extent of, 'Will Tamiyo be saved?' So, I guess mission accomplished, WotC.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] Light It Up with Kamigawa Neon Dynasty — Debut stream previews
    Well, I was right that Tamiyo would get a PW card... but at this point I'm not sure that I want to be right...

    I think at this point Karn should be less worried about compleation and more worried that Tamiyo is known to carry a nuke in at least one of her scrolls. Of course, that could backfire on the Phyrexians, as I believe it was intimated to be the Sylex blast that ended the Brothers' War. If someone else can figure out how to use it, or if compleation can be undone....

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  • posted a message on [NEO] Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant(Unconfirmed)
    So basically the MaRo rumor about copying applies to Jin-Gitaxias? This does make sense, and it does (sort of) have the 'help me / hurt you' aspect that the Praetors have historically had.

    Also, the second clause makes a lot of sense as protection if Gitaxias is a 5/3.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant(Unconfirmed)
    Without a clearer picture, I don't think any translation work can begin. It is very difficult to read properly given all of the detail.

    Best I can do at the moment is say that the creature type line ends the same way, so 'Praetor'. So that's a bit of verisimilitude.
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  • posted a message on Aaanother leak — the face commanders and side commanders
    Quote from DL_Ojutai »
    Quote from soramaro »
    Can't wait to see the Japanese localisations of some of these names. What the heck is "Shorikai" supposed to mean or refer to? It sounds like one of those pseudo-Japanese names I made up for my Naruto OCs in high school.

    I also thought moonfolk were supposed to have names that didn't sound quite like regular Japanese names (making them feel otherworldly), but apparently that has changed and they're just another tribe with stock character names now.

    As to Shorikai, not sure. Google says "Processing Meeting" but that's seems meaningless. Curious if it means anything to a native speaker. As to Moonfolk names, are Erayo and Tamiyo weird and Kotori stock? I don't know enough about Japanese names to tell one way or the other.

    Erayo and Tamiyo both use a more modern (80s-90s vs. earlier) Japanese naming convention where the more traditional name endings of -o for males and -ko for females are both replaced with -yo. I will also say, though, that the names don't sound quite normal, comparatively. Kotori does sound more normal to me, though I honestly couldn't tell you why without more thought.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] Named cards in Episode 3 of Kamigawa story
    Quote from Lectrys »
    I was actually seeing Tezzeret as more likely to be Grixis than mono-blue given his recurring inability to keep his emotions in check and his general lack of self-chastising about his emotions.

    I agree that Tezzeret being red might be more likely given his motivations. OTOH, the set's themes seem to play up tension between tradition and progress (very fitting), and Tezzeret is clearly on the side of progress, while red is likely a more traditional color in the set.

    It's also possible, given who his associates are now, that he's full Esper.

    We currently have two sets in Standard with four planeswalkers on it, with the fourth one hiding behind a legendary creature. Assuming we have those three with Kaito in the set, and one of them is the back face of a double-faced card, who or what would that front face be?

    Right now, what we know is that some (maybe all) of the DFC in Kamigawa are Sagas on the front end with legendary cards on the back. If that's true, all of them are possibilities, given the information we have.

    Tamiyo being on the back side of a Saga makes a LOT of sense, given that her magic is about storytelling.
    The Wanderer being on the back side of a Saga makes sense, because the entire story is about how she's finally returned.
    Finally, Tezzeret's connection to Nashi and what happened in the past makes it make sense that he could be the end of a Saga card.
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