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  • posted a message on Commander 2018 planeswalker face cards speculation
    I'm not convinced yet that we'll just get another batch of planeswalker commanders.
    They always tried to push the envelope a little bit further than they had before I think and this would be just "been there, done that".
    So I hope there is more to this than "just" more planeswalker commanders.

    Considering the sudden cat tribal in Amonkhet and the vampires in Ixalan, I think we should be very attentive for whatever themes Dominaria gives us.

    Based on the Elves vs Inventors ambiguity surrounding Ezuri and the marketing subtitle of Dominara "Gather Legends" I think it might have something to do with the legendary supertype.
    Which coincidently would now also be relevant for planeswalkers.

    Personally I'd love to see an enchantment based commander. Bonus points for not just enabling voltron.
    I could use a new helm for my Nahiri boardwipe/humility deck.. :p
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Memorable decks you wish you created yourself
    The deck itself is fairly simple and maybe not the strongest ever but I'd never have thought that Grenzo, Dungeon Warden would work so well with Relentless Rats.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Packaging for Dominaria and M19
    Might be partially placeholder artwork? Because i doubt they'll print the Planeswalker Deck Planeswalker Artwork on the regular boosters...
    They always used different artwork in the last sets.

    I like the aven. Karn looks strange though.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Narset in Dominaria?
    Doesn't look like planeswalker art to me.
    And her previous depiction all had blue accents in her clothing.
    The collar looks somewhat similar to Narset Transcendent though.

    Her facial features are different in all of her despictions, so it's hard to tell.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    So all Bolas has to do to find Ugin is open his intern Google Maps? I doubt it's that easy.

    Jace also wasn't able to track Vraska after their first confrontation.
    And the whole Ixalan/Bolas' Realm thing seemed to have happend later as she was already in everyday life mode when it occurred.
    Ral must've just lied imo.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria Returns
    Well it has been literal months since their sudden parting. It doesn't make much sense for the whole team to flock together if their objective is to gather allies. Most of which are probably planeswalkers so just waiting on dominaria is hardly effective.
    Nobody but Jace knows of Bolas next target, so it's not as if they're in much of a rush for now anyway.

    Besides we don't know who else is on that airship. Apparently many more ("a room full of people"!) than just Gideon and Jaya.
    He just focused on Gideon because he's easy to track.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria Returns
    I wonder what Liliana will do after the inevitable kill of her 4th nemesis.
    Will she try to rid herself of the chain veil next?

    It doesn't seem that Jace is much interested in her companionship any longer and he was like her only proponent tbh.
    Chandra is more on the Nissa train now it seemed.
    So she really needs to form somewhat of a bond with Gideon in this set if she wants to stay with the gatewatch train (or airship now) imo.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Honestly? It felt more like Angrath was put on a bus than a happy end to me.
    They carefully avoided any kind of tension. Girls are fine, not even unpleasant suitors or anything. Forge is fine, pretty much everything is just as he left it.
    Like they have no plans with him for the time being.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Banned and restricted announcement Feb 12 JtMS unbanned
    Hmmm... I wonder what other cards I should buy now before they raise. (for playing them, not as investment)
    Like will Cryptic Command go up or down? A deck can't run too many 4drops after all... even if they do different things.
    Will BBE make Kolaghan's Command more expensive or have no impact at all? How is Ancestral Vision affected by both?

    I don't actually care for either card tbh but for quite a few that may or may not be connected to them.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    I wonder what they see as the defining flavor for the plane.
    Because if it's the caribbean/south american scenery with dinosaurs and pirates, a visit to Torrezon will most likely never happen.
    And will they really make 2 vampire factions fight over this already faction-loaded island?

    Although I don't think we'll return to Ixalan anytime soon anyway.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    To be fair the Nissa stuff could still have happened off screen.
    It has been months since their defeat and maybe she was looking for Jace or something.
    Depends if Bolas already wrapped up his toys and sent them elsewhere.

    Shake the Foundations should be impossible now though.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    I find it hard to believe that whatever the story about the elder dinosaurs was, it took Huatli 2 years to internalize it.
    Was it like 500 pages per elder or what? I'm starting to think that she's just not very good at her job...

    I liked the beginning of a schism for the vampire society. Vona will probably stay behind and wage her own little war with Apatzec Intli III.
    Also Angrath being like "**** all of you I'm out!".

    What happened to the approaching sun empire army though? We'll probably find out next week. Hopefully Kumena makes another appearance, too.
    Although it felt a little bit like "Guys Orazca is still totally important! Guys I swear! Guys?!" and failed to hype me for the last story.
    It just seems like everyone important already left.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Phyrexian Obliterator
    That might be a bit clunky in draft manawise.
    Not a bad reprint though.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Dunharrow ยป
    Anybody else feel like Bolas' end game is a bit underwhelming?

    Also, how do the Eldrazi fit into that end game?

    I had assumed that the end game was getting his former power back. In the Amonkhet block he goes on about putting his plan in motion, to devour worlds to get his power back. Why is Ravnica important to that goal?

    It's funny, every time Vraska or Jace mused about how large and uncomprehensible Bolas' plan is, my dissapointment increased.
    There has to be something more to Ravnica.

    Also they kinda handwaved away all influence Azor had on Ravnica with a single sentence:
    Law magic was built into the fabric of Ravnica, even before Azor arrived.

    Btw RIP Jarad. You did nothing wrong but the plot demands your demise. Probably offscreen, too.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    But doesn't that mean that there was always the potential for vampirism on Torrezon?
    It just happens that Elenda was the first to "achieve" it while searching for the sun.

    Blaming that on Azor is as fair as blaming the Gatewatch for the Hour of Devastation because Liliana triggered Razaketh.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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