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  • 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
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on Journey- Variant of unreleased 'Quest' mechanic from ZND, ELD & ZNR
    I love the idea, but I am unsure about the balancing of the requirements and the effects. Explore the Undersea for example is probably the one that feels the most balanced in this regard to me, all of these are reasonable requirements for this effect. But Splitting of Gangkou and Rise of the Jiangshi feel much more restrictive for smaller gains: At the point at which red has all these requirements together for Splitting, it is pretty late in the game, what does a smaller sweeper even help at that point? Getting lands into the graveyard is also not something trivial for red at all. Rise on the other hand is even worse, if you fall below five lifepoints and your opponent has just killed two creatures of yours, I feel like four 2/1 lifelink tokens won't help much.
    Judgement and Bashe's Appeasement feel fine on the requirement side, but Judgement could have severe timing issues that the opponent could use against you (say, you having established the better board since you cast Judgement, and him flying into you with two small flying tokens to exile it all, since it seems to be mandatory to cast it) and I somewhat doubt whether the payoff of the Appeasement is really worth the effort.
    Overall very neat idea, but I feel like the requirements need some work and the payoffs need to be somewhat more impactful.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on KHM- Kaldheim story and flavor
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Quote from Andethir »
    I know I am nitpicking, but in Planeswalker's Guide was that Cosima was originally a Cosmos Monster. She don't look like one, unless the Elixir has transformed her...


    Yeah, thought the same thing when seeing the card.


    I think they made a mistake and the Goddess of the Worldtree is the former Cosmos Monster (the second part of the Planeswalker's Guide says that she is the one who gave the current gods their divinity).
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [KHM] Mothership 1/13— Wings of the Cosmos and Funeral Longboat
    Quote from Drangsal83 »
    Uh... I’m not sure what your problem with the flavor of the card is.

    Sometimes indestructible squirrels with prosthetic limbs simply toss Viking funeral ships at giants that crush the bones of humans, destroying the ship and killing the giant.

    I mean, the flavor is pretty self-explanatory.



    I don‘t get the vigilance aspect of a corpse.


    I think you have to look at it this way: It's not the corpse who is crewing the boat, and the one who does probably has to vigilantly guard it. At least that's how I see it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [KHM] - Commanders Official


    How dare we expect snow in such a set? Preposterous! We are dumb and entitled!

    Can't wait for wotc to do Muraganda without dinosaurs. They'll have horde of fanboys defending their wrong choices regardless.


    I don't see the mechanical snow connection on that Planechase card. Nor in any other Kaldheim-teasing card. Muraganda explicitely was said to have dinosaurs, while you are basing snow as a mechanic being mandatory for Kaldheim on the fact that some parts we have seen in the past of the plane have been snow-covered (why no snow in Tarkir then? Or any other plane with snow on it). This isn't 'subverting expectations' because in the end there was nothing beforehand that pointed to snow being a mechanic of Kaldheim. It's more preposterous than saying that because I personally wanted the two color gods in Theros to be included in Beyond Death Wizards deliberately 'subverted my expectations' by not putting them in there. At least we knew from the last Theros set that they exist!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Two new planeswalkers Niko Aris and Tyvar Kell (bio only)
    Quote from Creedmoor »
    There are people complaining that this set is inherently racist from the start because of it being a Scandinavian themed world, and the Scandinavians have ties with Nazis. That's false information. I think wizards is being mindful of that, in their fictional world.


    I don't think anyone said that actually. Criticism of something you like may feel personal and be internalized as something else but I don't think anyone is making that claim other than you. Saying that WotC needs to be careful with how they handle this set because it may appeal to racists is not anywhere close to saying Scandanavia world = inherently racist and therefore bad.


    Exactly. The confusion stems from misinterpreting the intent of the people warning that nazis have often misused nordic and scandinavian imagery. It's not about saying that scandinavic world equals nazi imagery and is therefore bad. It's just that Wizards has to be careful (and it seems they were) not to use this nazi-warped depictions of it and has to also be careful about giving people who still want to misuse scandinavian imagery more fodder for their propaganda. The inclusion of Teysa and Niko in this set especially was a nice touch therefore in my opinion and perhaps not without that in mind as well. I love me some rugged and beefy vikings (as well as elfs apparently), norse mythology and multiple realms. Kaldheim seems to deliver on that front, and I don't feel like the planeswalkers are any more intrusive than they were in the last couple of sets. But the vitriol against them is much much higher for some reason and that does come across as suspicious (especially when this vitriol is directed almost exclusively at Niko and Teysa, not against Tibalt and my new favorite elf planeswalker).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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