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    posted a message on Zendikar Rising- Lore and Story
    Quote from Mullerornis »
    On Nahiri and kor nationalism, her Arena quotes pretty much confirm she wants to restore the kor empire.


    In potential spoiler territory, if the Arena quotes can be trusted, it seems both Nissa and Nahiri will go too far in their attempts to defend their vision of Zendikar (Nissa embracing her B side, and possibly channeling the blight) and both will regret what they have done.

    If this is accurate, this could represent a surprising level of nuance we haven't seen in the story in many years, provided it is handled well. (We've had too many mustache-twirling villains for too long. As story where everyone is somewhat right, somewhat wrong, and blind certainty is the real enemy would be a nice palate cleanser.)

    And if it's handled poorly, it will further twist the knife in everyone already angry about Nissa+Chandra and undo what little character development Nissa has actually gotten while presenting a false moral equivalence with someone who effectively attempted to cause a genocide on Innistrad.

    But I will give WotC the benefit of the doubt. For now.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Throne of Eldraine speculations
    With what little we have to go on right now, based on the art and the formal invitations, I'm guessing an Arthurian / Chivalric Romance traditional High Fantasy set, and that it will be Kasmina's home plane. (She is a wizard who trains other wizards, so she could easily be the world's Merlin analogue.)
    Posted in: Speculation
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    posted a message on Brand new world after Core 2020 confirmed
    While I agree a Viking / Norse plane (probably Kaldheim, Valla, or a renamed-for-trademark-reasons version of one of those two) seems most likely, I just heard another theory today about the Fall set: a true Dungeons & Dragons crossover set.

    Last fall, WotC published the Guildmaster's Guild to Ravnica for D&D 5th Edition. D&D is huge right now, including streaming D&D games, and WotC is clearly looking to bring the Twitch crowd to Magic and especially Arena. So maybe it's time for MtG to return the favor and visit a D&D plane (such as Faerûn)? We've been promised a new plane, but that could just mean new to Magic.

    Any thoughts?
    Posted in: Speculation
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    posted a message on (GRN) Guilds of Ravnica General Discussion
    Greg Weisman writing the novel is legitimately exciting to me - he's very good at writing multifaceted characters with layers of nuance.

    And I cannot believe I did not expect Kaya being called in to deal with the Ghost Council - in retrospect, it's such an obvious match-up.

    Edit - I don't believe Izzit is pro-Bolas yet, although Bolas clearly intends for Ral to take it over. My half-baked theory is that Aurelia is under Bolas's control (explaining why Lazav sent Krenko to free Feather) and the Boros Legion will betray the anti-Bolas alliance to Bolas. And that we will see Feather finally get a card in the unnamed third set.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    I know this has been brought up by others, but I don't recall seeing it mentioned in this thread yet...

    In "The Hand That Moves" from Amonkhet (https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/hand-moves-2017-04-26), one of Nissa's visions is as follows:

    "A large golden disc, shaped and stylized like a sun, descending from the sky. The sun disc approached a large circular stone tablet covered with strange sigils, and the two discs merged, becoming a single golden disc. Cracks appeared in the golden disc, small at first, then widening, growing. The disc crumbled away into nothingness."

    That passage sounds suspiciously like the Immortal Sun being used to destroy the Guildpact. Which makes some sense - since the Immortal Sun contains Azor's spark, can it be used to undo Azor's other creations?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Magic Twitch stream 7 cards
    As printed, Really Epic Punch (which is an awesome mash-up of the art for Savage Punch and Epic Confrontation, for those that missed Khans and Dragons) has no duration on its pump effect. Is that an oversight, or is the punch really just that epic?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Extremely Slow Zombie and Three-Headed Goblin - Last Strike and Triple Strike!
    As I recall, they tried to do these cards - without the humorous flavor, of course - in Future Sight, but couldn't. I'm glad to finally see them.

    I think what keeps "Last Strike" from being a black-bordered keyword is that it is explicitly a drawback keyword, and (if memory serves), Wizards has backed away from doing those (other than Defender, which is basically grandfathered in) for a variety of reasons.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Wizards Instagram spoiler - Selfie Preservation
    Quote from Queeg »
    Ok, how many islands with trees on them are there? Smile

    More than you would think - for example, two of the Islands in Merfolk vs. Goblins have prominent trees on them.

    Having said that - I love the idea that it's a green ramp spell that is biased towards fetching Forests.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from 5colors »
    -Huatli confirms that the Sun Empire knights don't kill but do give their foes to the dinosaurs to eat... and Vona is dead.


    From my reading, this isn't actually confirmed - Huatli left a disabled Vona behind while she summoned dinosaurs to eat her, but then immediately left. Vona was not killed "on screen" so to speak, so we can't definitively count Vona out of the race yet.

    Quote from SteamMage »
    Maybe it's less the head injury and more being close to a massive source of magic that is bring back his memories.

    That was also my interpretation - especially if we assume the Immortal Sun somehow resonates with planeswalkers.

    By the way, Jace speculated that the Immortal Sun might be something that was brought to Ixalan - I'm willing to bet that's the writers telling us that this is an extraplanar artifact, and is definitely more fuel for the Ugin theory.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    All evidence suggests that Amonkhet suffered some major plane-wide disaster at some point in the past (the Curse of Wandering, the God's reactions when Bolas arrived - that they must not fail again, that sort of thing). I believe discovering the truth of whatever occurred will be at the heart of a Return to Amonkhet. Since a Return set will likely have an archaeology / sifting through ruins and robbing tombs component (so as to capture the "Eqypt as a dead civilization" tropes), discovering what doom befell the ancient civilizations of Amonkhet seems like an obvious plot hook.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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