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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.)
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
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    Quote from Xeruh »
    I really don't get the confusion on leylines. It's just basically saying that the Gods are tied to the plane. Using water as an analogy, rivers are leylines, lakes are the Gods. Or possibly they're a dense intersection of leylines.


    You wouldn't at least find it weird if someone describe a lake as "a tightly woven collection of rivers" rather than "a mass of water"?

    Think of it more like "the lake and the river are both made of H2O molecules."


    But that's not what was said and not what people take issue with.

    A leyline pretty much always (ie every time I've ever seen it referred to except in this exact story) refers to a large thing that possesses tremendous power. This implies that there are also little leylines that can be woven into relatively small objects. It is very much outside of the norm in a strange way and not for any apparent reason. Its like being given a wicker basket a being told it is woven out of tree trunks, that would be a weird redefinition of tree trunk and you'd probably ask if the person who said it knew what a tree trunk was and maybe they meant something else.


    One possibility here is that the use of the term "leyline", which has a specific meaning, in this story, is because we are seeing things from Nissa's perspective. As a green mage heavily tied to the land, it makes sense that she would think of currents of mana (which is what we are all really talking about, I think) in terms of something she is most familiar with. To put it another way, Nissa's power is to manipulate currents of mana, and in this story, she figured out how to create a brand new and different type of one. Someone like Jace would probably conceptualize what Nissa did as as some form of essence alteration or magical reprogramming, but to green-oriented Nissa, she perceived what she did in terms of leylines.

    Or maybe I'm giving the Creative Team too much credit.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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