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  • posted a message on *Impossible Creature Type Game*
    Eldrazi Parasite 3BB
    Creature - Eldrazi Insect
    Devoid
    Flying
    Non-Eldrazi creatures have "At the beginning of your end step, pay 1. If you don't, sacrifice this creature."
    3/3

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  • posted a message on Magic: The Gathering Comic (Ashcan, Boom! Studios)
    Actually from what I can tell the only strong inaccuracy is Niv-Mizzets new body (also I think Tomik became acting guildmaster of the Orzhov so that Kaya wouldn't be bound to them anymore? Then again that might have happened later). Also Teferi seems to not have joined the Gatewatch here or at least is taking a break with his family. Maybe they had to work with a draft version of War of the Spark? But the comic has already been called non-canonical, so it might just be a way to distinguish this continuity from the main story...
    Which I'm actually a bit saddened by, I really like the comic overall, and the big bad is an interesting character to use for this. Also explains quite nicely what happened to them. Certainly more interesting than Forsaken's plot. As long as it doesn't contradict the main continuity too much I will just put it as "having happened" sometimes before Zendikar Rising in my head canon.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Capenna flavor
    You know, I sometimes wonder how planeswalkers from very medieval or even primal planes react to jumping to the more technologically/magically advanced ones. I could see someone from Ikoria being overwhelmed by the (superficial) security and vastness of the city of Ravnica, someone from Amonkhet being lost in the prosperous and industrialized Kaladesh and someone from Tarkir having a hard time adapting to the much more subtle (in comparison) urban ways of New Capenna. That's actually something that the story really could get more out of: How being able to experience such extremely novel impressions like whole new worlds would change the planeswalker himself. They somewhat did that with Teyo, but even he seemed to become very blasé about everything pretty quickly (granted, he was thrust into a near apocalypse and had to adapt quickly but still). Other planeswalkers often don't even bat an eye about such things.
    Ob Nixilis, who seems to be from a pretty standard medieval plane from what I can gather and was imprisoned on Zendikar (another more primal world) for centuries seems to have no problem adapting to New Capenna, at least judging from the promotional art. I just wish they would do more with the concept. Perhaps they do that with him, I still have my hopes up.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Magic Showcase 2021
    Quote from Lectrys »
    Quote from zahlinator »
    I am excited for the fall and winter sets then, set on dominaria, but they kinda ruined kamigawa for me and capenna looks similarly futuristic. I don't want futuristic on my magic cards, I already hated kaladesh.

    Capenna looks futuristic? Honestly, I was getting Ancient Rome vibes from that New Capenna art.


    Hm, looks to me more like a less technological fantasy version of the 1920s to be honest, with the markings and the frames of the buildings similar to Art Deco, a style I really like. I don't really see the "futuristic" aspects though, I think Kaladesh is way more technologically advanced. It is potentially on the same level as Ravnica, just with a different focus. Neon Dynasty looks very advanced though, but we have to wait and see what exactly happened to Kamigawa in the last... 2000 years they said? The timeline on the wiki says it's more like 1300 years, but whatever. I'm excited for it. And I think it is actually the case that there are still rural areas on Kamigawa with way lower technological sophistication. Overall I like where they are going with the core sets and I'm also excited for a new Un-Set and to be honest, the LotR set.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dominaria United and Kamigawa Neon Dynasty - New Sets 2022?
    Quote from Mana Goat »
    Quote from Sliverologist »
    Quote from Flamebuster »
    Quote from Sliverologist »
    Dominaria!!?? God I hope Slivers are in it!!

    If the image shown earlier this year is true, that'll probably be a Shandalar thing if it's a world we visit in 2022.

    'buster


    Without bringing the welcoming back Slivers on my part bit back to Standard, I'd love to see the gymnastics WotC does to explain how they went from their beloved original representative look to humanoid, back to the beloved look again on Shandalar.

    About the only things I wish the Shandalarian Slivers had was an intimidate Sliver and a Sliver Hive printing (could even had been a Secret Lair, or some other Promo of some kind) depicting Shandalarian Slivers. That's it.

    I guess Shandalar: Island in the Mist sounds fun otherwise.


    If they do bring them back again I hope they return Slivers back to their original mechanic where sliver abilities were globally shared. It made the tribe feel uniquely special in the fact that your opponent could benefit or even throw a wrench into it with some choice sliver cards of their own, such giving all slivers defender or making all slivers deal one damage to their controller.


    That's a "will very likely never happen" according to Maro. I always felt that the global part of their effects was more a "gotcha!" for less experienced Sliver players than actually contributing to their identity (which is very firmly "they share their abilities with each other" and "5-colored tribe", not the global part). It rarely contributed much in any game I played and mirror games came down to "who gets the most slivers out" in the end anyway.

    The appearance on the other hand... they could have done a bit more of a shift from their original designs towards the more humanoid slivers in their first Shandalar appearance (so pretty much what they did with their second Shandalar appearance) and give it more of a background and it might have been fine. The way they did it felt nonsensically from the start. Still would feel bad if they don't acknowledge the humanoid ones in their next appearance on Shandalar purely because they ****ed up their introduction.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [AFR] lolth, Spider queen (planeswalker card), Bruenor, battehammer, and Drizzet, Do’Urden — D&D YouTube channel
    Quote from Lectrys »
    It kinda makes sense, but Drizzt is notably a dark elf that's GW. No black splash anywhere.

    I just looked it up, apparently he is an atypical dark elf who rejected the evil ways of his people and their home in the Underdark and became hero of the North. So makes sense that he is GW colored.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on What are the last Slivers left from the Sliver Queen?
    Quote from Sliverologist »
    The flavor text on Shadow Sliver tells us it was one of the last Slivers that could claim direct lineage from the Sliver Queen, my question is, which are the other ones we know about?


    The others on Dominaria are results of Jurassic Park-like experiments by the Riptide Project on Otaria, they used some Sliver fossils they found (implied to be transplanted on Dominaria through the overlay with Rath). They didn't know about the Sliver Queen and her necessity for a working Sliver hivemind though, so most of them were dangerous and feral after their recreation. This in combination with their high adaptability caused the slivers to overrun the Riptide labs and infest first Otaria, then the rest of Dominaria. Only recently did they start evolving a hivemind that works without a Sliver Queen. The slivers on Shandalar are a different story, no one knows where they are from, they could even have evolved there. The slivers in Modern Horizon may or may not be extant on other worlds than the ones we know of (Alara and New Phyrexia), but that's just speculation.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on STX- Strixhaven: School of Mages- Worldbuilding and Story Discussion
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    yea sadly it's looking like the theory is holding true rowan is probably getting a dark Pheonix plot

    hard to tell is kasmina a good guy? because based on her sadness on lukka being selfish it won't work for an ally for common good also she claims extus is only using him for himself



    I think Kasmina has good goals and cares for the greater good, but her methodology to achieve it (via spying, manipulation and brainwashing if the previous info about her was correct) is morally questionable. Blue-Green characters often want to better the world without really taking morals into the question of how to achieve that goal, I guess this is true for her as well.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on STX- Strixhaven: School of Mages- Worldbuilding and Story Discussion
    Have to admit, it's saddening to see that Lukka hasn't learned a damn thing from the disaster that was his invasion of Dranith. Isn't he making the exact same mistake of being manipulated through his own pain again? Even Kasmina (who I'm still ambivalent towards, she seems to have honorable goals, but her methods are questionable) correctly deduced this.
    Oh well, perhaps he changes his mind after this invasion fails. I don't want to see him never learn from his mistakes.
    This is especially frustrating because I think Lilliana's arc in this set might lead to a very interesting conclusion (I can't see her reviving Gideon in the end, but instead growing as a character by giving up this goal and learning from the mistake she made with her brother).
    Not sure where they are going with Rowan overall, is the threat that she might be too similar to her birthmother in character and will do horrible things to achieve her goals? Wouldn't really be a fan of that, but we'll see where this leads ultimately.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [STX] "Resolute Rejection" and "Leyline Invocation"— Markus Heitz previews


    Resolute Rejection GU
    Instant (U)
    Choose one—
    • Target creature you control fights target creature you don’t control.
    • Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays 3.
    "...I heard that."

    Leyline Invocation 5G
    Sorcery (C)
    Create a 0/0 green and blue Fractal creature token. Put X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the number of lands you control.
    "Do you still think my work is nothing but dry, boring equations?"
    —Cairu, Quandrix mage-student


    More Fractals, and more promos.

    Source: Markus Heitz


    A better translation for the flavor text of Resolute Rejection is "I've heard enough.". Makes a bit more sense with what is depicted here too. I like the card very much, a nice combination of effects. Leyline Invocation is probably Limited fodder, but not bad for what it is.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on STX- Strixhaven: School of Mages- Worldbuilding and Story Discussion
    Quote from 5colors »
    On his blog Maro has also been list what different majors and such would go to each school, does really give off a fun flavor feel.

    EDIT: all in one question;


    deeran-moo asked: Hi mark, I really enjoyed your list of witherbloom majors, any chance we could get the same for prismari/the other schools?

    Mark: Silverquill: literature, writing, speech, foreign languages, communications, marketing/advertising, journalism, law

    Prismari - painting, drawing, music, dance, theater, fashion design, interior design, sculpture

    Witherbloom - biology, chemistry, anatomy, geology, medicine, agriculture, botany, food science, zoology, meteorology

    Lorehold - history, political science, political science, psychology, sociology, philosophy, business, theology, archeology

    Quandrix - math, physics, engineering, accounting, economics, astronomy, aviation


    I also really like how Lorehold has been handled both design and flavor-wise to keep it different from Boros.


    He also said that some majors would be split between two or more schools (i.e. someone with that specific interest would have to do courses in both), for example I would say that my own research subjects (bioinformatics, genomics, evolutionary biology) would be a split major between Quandrix and Witherbloom. I'm also surprised that he stated that meteorology would be Witherbloom, when it is a very math-heavy subject and fits much better in Quandrix in my opinion.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [STX] Stonebound Mentor, Returned Pastcaller, and Radiant Scrollwielder— PCGamer previews
    Quote from Dontrike »
    About time they start using hybrid mana like that again, been a while.

    I can't remember that they did so before, can you remind me when that happened?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [STX] Stonebound Mentor, Returned Pastcaller, and Radiant Scrollwielder— PCGamer previews
    Haha, I was always wondering when they would start using hybrid mana the way they do in Returned Pastcaller here. This set makes me excited for Boros cards, not an easy feat!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The MTG Crossover Game
    Rayquaza, Lord of the Atmosphere 3UGW
    Legendary Creature - Elder Dragon
    Flying, Haste
    Creatures you control have flying.
    Flying creatures you control are indestructible.
    6/6

    His Dark Materials
    Diskworld
    Mass Effect
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on The MTG Crossover Game
    The One Ring 3
    Legendary Artifact - Equipment M
    Equipped creature can't be blocked except by horrors, nightmares and spirits and has hexproof.
    As long as the equipped creature is Sauron, Lord of Mordor, you can't lose the game and your opponents can't win this game.
    At the beginning of your upkeep, if the equipped creature isn't Sauron, Lord of Mordor, put a -1/-1 counter on the equipped creature.
    Equip - 2, sacrifice a creature.

    His Dark Materials
    Discworld
    Marvel Cinematic Universe
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