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  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    True at the time, but at the time Tezz didn't have the Planar Bridge.

    And do you know how going to NewPhy with something that Valuable ends with?

    Elesh Norn : "Oh interesting toy you have there, GITAXAS hack that arm off him and perfect it." Which of course would lead to the plot fairy having to come down, swing her crappy wand and bestow Jin with the exact solution to make it possible for Flesh to go through the portal, just like she did for Tezzeret finding the thing in the first place. Which is a thing that seriously needs to stop happening in every single block.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    I agree that Tezz using the Planar Bridge for the Phyrexians after War of the Spark makes sense.

    Given that the Praetors hated Tezzeret going there would be utterly insane on his part

    Quote from The Lost Confession »
    The praetors were squabbling among themselves for supremacy. But they all began to despise the interloper, Tezzeret.

    Him going back with Elesh Norn in charge is a good way to get himself flayed.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Dimir Informant
    I have slowly grown to love Charm/Command style effects having 3 different effects in 1 is very nice. I use this in my Kess control build
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on State of Standard Thread: bans, format health, metagame, rotation, etc!
    I'm mostly doing a mix of Bo1 and Bo1-up-to-10 via the constructed events for extra gold and cards with the extra gems left over after buying packs.

    That is your problem Bo1 is a terrible "grinding" format, as it lets the decks that are super strong game 1 run rampant. Imagine the Meta that Dredge would invoke if Vintage were Bo1s
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on Modern Horizons Spec/Predictions/hopes
    I think we may see some sort of attempt at a "fixed" mental misstep to reign in Faithless Looting (which might also waggle a finger at Ancient Stirrings)
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Oh yea they are setting something up for tezzert

    I feel New Phyrexia will be invovled

    Plot twist, Nicol tries to call Tezzeret to take the sun away so he can get away, The Bridge Opens up to Amonkhet..then Garruk shows up and axes Tezzeret from behind. Gives the thumbs up and leaves.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    To be fair, he got offed in a set of side books in a way that makes the Eldrazi Titan fireball look sensible. That isn't to say that the Legends books were bad, but how Tetsuo killed Bolas will be more BS than how the Gatewatch does.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    What if they set up Bolas to be under the sway of the Guildpact..and then Jace Guildpact's him like he did to Azor.

    Then they imprison him somewhere..and we get Silence of the Bolas.

    ((God I hope they don't do that))
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    Not likely, but I'm getting that vibe. We already have a known traitor to Bolas (Vraska, once Jace winter soldiers her), a surprise traitor would be cool.

    I imagine most of the Bolas planeswalkers will betray him once they find out what he is actually up to.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    What the? how did Sorin get out

    The plot fairy once again flew down to flick her magic wand and make the plot happen.

    Why’s he missing hmm.

    Because he is chilling on Amonkhet opening the Bridge because Bolas isn't stupid enough to Risk his only way to get Off the plane in direct battle?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on The Storyline Needs To Be DARKER...
    One of the reasons people like Game of Thrones is not that it's "dark" but that no one is safe

    You do realize that most of the major characters at this point are completely safe right? There hasn't been an actually important death in the series since Book 3.
    Posted in: Storyline Speculation
  • posted a message on The Storyline Needs To Be DARKER...
    who just *happens* to be her mother

    Now now, I gotta defend this one. Pia going all revolution leader makes sense given that she saw her Husband/Daughter killed. That would happen in like every fiction story line ever. Even A song of Ice and Fire pulled the "Person we said was dead has really been alive the whole time and doing important things off screen." card with Griff and Griff Jr.
    Posted in: Storyline Speculation
  • posted a message on War of The Spark Trailer
    Quote from The Fluff »
    Because it is good writing to have the Planar Bridge that the badguys require for the plot too work to just suddenly fall into their lap at complete random and then have it happen again in the very next "major story arc"

    Well, that depends on what you mean with "at complete random". I'm restricting myself to the 'New Phyrexia gaining the Planar Bridge'-part since I have not finished reading the story on Kaladesh and cannot comment on how much "luck" there was in that.

    Let's look at the pieces right now though, when we are talking about the Planar Bridge and New Phyrexia. There is a single piece connecting the two: Tezzeret. He has connection to New Phyrexia - having been there on orders from Bolas; he is (in possession of) the Planar bridge. How bad is the writing if the story goes something like: Bolas is defeaqted, but his minion with the most efficient means to move things between planes escapes the easiest. But now free from the defeated dragon's influence Tezzeret starts/continues his own scheming and goes decides to use the Planar Bridge as a bargaining tool. Maybe he ouright sells the service of planar travel to New Phyrexia in exchange for a position of power in their hierarchy (or maybe he tries to, but gets proven a fool bargaining with the devil); or maybe he extorts planes by threatening to open portals to a Very Bad Place like a Saturday Morning Cartoon villain, but he tries that with New Phyrexia once to often and the New Phyrexians grow wise to this after a while.

    Is it convenient from the perspective of New Phyrexia to get such an opportunity? Yes. Is it random? No, because in either scenario they come into the plot by a previously established connection (again, not making excuses for past writing, just defending the preemptive dismissal of future writing) and by a decision of a character based on what they are: A scary world conquering power.

    Now, there could be very bad chance-driven writing accomplishing the end e. g. "The Planar Bridge gets magicked away from Tezzeret and tumbles through the Blind Eternities randomly landing on... New Phyrexia, OMG!!!" but that's not a given.

    Tezz could offer the Planar Bridge to Jin Gitaxias in exchange for more power. Tezz getting more power by getting phyrexianized in a similar fashion to Mishra?

    He is immune to Phyresis, that is how he could spy on them for Bolas in Scars.

    Old Phyrexia was an interplanar threat
    The Mirari was kinda like an interplanar threat
    The rifts were an interlanar threat
    The eldrazi were an interplanar threat
    Bolas is an interplanar threat
    But having New Phyrexia as an interplanar threat is forced?

    Old Phyrexia was a threat because they had Planar Bridges, it was something we were introduced to when we were first introduced to them.

    The Mirari was not remotely an inter-planar threat, it wasn't even a world ending threat. Karona was a Planetary Threat, However she wasn't actually created by The Mirari..she was created when Kamahl killed Phage/Akroma/Zangora all at once, in what was stupid moment, but Legions and Scourge are as bad as Agents of Artifice.

    The Rifts were kind of Stupid, The ones because of the Explosion of Tolaria and Teferi's Phasing made sense, The Overlay spots had the problem of the Overlay not being localized like that, as the entire plane of Rath got overlaid and was the same size of Dominaria at the time of Overlay so all of Dominaria should have had a rift above it.

    The Nicol Bolas one and the Karona one were dumb though, If Karona's creation made "The biggest" Rift..then where is the one from The first time it happened? And Planeswalker Slap fights happen all the time without tearing the fabric of space time, but Nicol Bolas vs Un-named Leviathan did?

    Bolas himself is an Evil Planeswalker, that makes him an Inherent Planar Threat. However his Plan with the Eternals does make zero sense, and he lucked out with Tezzeret tripping over Rashmi randomly.

    The Eldrazi are C'thulu Ripoff Spiders that live in the Blind Eternities, they are an Inherent Planar Threat.

    New Phyrexia requires them to re-use the same one in a hundred trillion shot that happened with the Planar Bridge for Bolas, except it is even more of a stretch because it not only requires someone to invent a better Planar Bridge than Rashmi, it someone inventing it on that specific Plane. Nicol Bolas hitting the Lottery was a huge stretch, but hey the Multi-verse is a big place so I could let it slide.

    Nicol Bolas AND the Phyrexians hitting that same Lottery, in Back to Back Storylines? No that is cheap.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Storyline Needs To Be DARKER...
    Really the only block BFZ or after, hell Origins and after (since that was basically Gatewatch too.), that didn't have some pretty dark ***** happening was Ixalan and even that had dark undertones.

    Ixalan was really dark, Consider for a second.

    A God Like Being going from plane to plane and imposing his personal will on peoples regardless of whether they like it or not just because he feels the need to do so.

    Is that Bolas or Azor? Then the plan for Ixalan to use it as a fighting ground for a Planar Scale Brothers War, on that the people of the Plane have no choice in but will feel the effects of for centuries. Remember when Urza and Misrha showed up on Argoth and wrecked the entire place? Imagine that except for a whole world.

    Then when Ugin failed to show up with Bolas, Azor set up 3 Xenophobic empires by playing Hot Potato with an artifact Containing the energies of a near god like being. Azor's actions set up what will likely be a very long war between 3 sets of not very good people, with the Brazen Coalition throwing people around.

    Ixalan is a colorful place, but it is not a happy place to live.
    Posted in: Storyline Speculation
  • posted a message on War of the Spark: Foil Planeswalker in Every Prerelease Pack
    Quote from RxPhantom »
    I'm left to wonder what the gameplay ramifications of a planeswalkers matter set will actually be.
    My guess: Attrition-focused gameplay for a long time in standard with decks going towards superfriends.

    I don't think it is going to do that much to standard, most planeswalkers are 4-6 casting cost, which means going full super friends jam is going to bork your mana curve, If it does anything we could see a "Toolbox" approach where we see 1 or 2 of several midrangey cards. Combined with the full Shock/Check mana bases if we are getting 36 planeswalkers it could lead to a standard where something like Mono Red splashes into another color go have a Rakdos Planeswalker that can finish the game out.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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