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  • posted a message on Ravnica Art Book -Spoilers

    Meanwhile Isperia setup a secret meeting with Vraska and failed to use her telepathic abilities or research a gorgon protection spell despite knowing what a Gorgon is and that Vraska probably wants to kill her. That is far more pathetic and embarrassing.

    But again this ties into the issue. Neowalkers are suppose to be weaker then Oldwalkers despite all evidence to the contrary where Neowalkers smash Legendaries with far more ease then even the strongest of Oldwalkers managed in the past.

    I say the problem with Boros is more Aurelia is suddenly Feather. Aurelia imprisoned Feather for being too soft on crime and weak but now she is supporting all the policies that Feather would have. So it just feels weird.

    As for Simic I am not really surprised here because after they tried to kill the whole planet you figure they had quite the leadership purge so them being a headless chicken for awhile makes sense.

    I guess they're really gung ho with the "telling a compelling story" shindig and letting details scatter and assemble themselves :p

    And add insult to the injury with Feather... I think she was even left out in the lore about Boros in the GM Guide (as I read around here). They really hate her a lot for some reason. :p

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  • posted a message on Ravnica Art Book -Spoilers
    LOLOLOL, Borg and Teysa got Feather-'d. :p Teysa got the least worst treatment and still got a card.

    Quote from Flisch »
    Quote from 5colors »
    Well in RtR and restated in the art book, Borbor was getting old and losing his edge. Ruric Thar challenged him and Borbor was able to bash one of his head, but not kill him. IIRC a lot of people here where guesses he'd be killed soon.

    For the ghost council why would they have any kind of extra protection? They are ghost so immune to most thing that can harm them and they keep their bodies in a room not even the guildpact and mess with. They didn't come guild master by being power mages or smart, they where just rich enough to pay for the membership. And yes Kaya magic is the paper their rock, same way we saw both Liliana and Jace struggling against Tezzeret since his machines can't be killed or have minds to read/control, as well as the fact physical attacks don't effect her and might be magic attacks (such as fire balls) can't either.

    I mean, I get that. You can explain everything in a vacuum. My main gripe isn't so much that it shouldn't be possible, but more the sheer mass of it. Planeswalkers are consistently toying around with planebound entities as if the mending never happened. It's more of a narrative direction thing than an individual plot point one.

    The thing with Battle for Zendikar was sort of believable, but this time this reeks more of marketing decisions and feels real forced on some ends. Specially with Dovin and Kaya.

    But let's see, maybe Ravnica 3 is just a one off... if they return to Theros and Neowalkers flock again there and end up becoming standard bearers of the factions (or GODS hurr hurr hurr) and/or Neo Alara where they become leaders or standard bearers of the shards then yeah, then we're talking straight out force feeding right in here... Dancing Banana
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  • posted a message on (GRN) Guilds of Ravnica General Discussion
    Quote from OathboundOne »


    From the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica:
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    At the same time, a growing faction within the Simic believes that an a ll-out war among the guilds is inevitable, given the growing unrest in the city. These members, the Adaptationists, believe that the guilds exist in a fragile ecosystem in which the slightest imbalance can have cascading effects. With an absent Living Guildpact failing to maintain the balance, only catastrophe can result. The Simic must change in order to survive, and slow, small steps in pursuit of an ideal vision aren't enough. The future of the guild is in imminent danger,
    and the Simic need to focus on survival. Adaptationists tend to interpret the Holdfast as being about defensa and security, and the Upwelling as a call for sudden, disruptive
    growth.

    Good God, if Ravnica 3 ends up with Jace still as the Living Guildpact, imma gonna Phage-slap him and/or somebody.
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  • posted a message on Tokens of GRN
    Quote from Smuttny »
    Perhaps the angel tokens come from the new Trostani?

    It's interesting that this angel looks as if it's from the same group as Guardian of the Gateless instead of Boros.. and it totally doesn't look like an Orzhov angel.

    My theory on Aurelia and the Boros still stands. Hwehwehwe...
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  • posted a message on New Aurelia
    2 weeks within the Spoilers and we have yet to see an angel other than Aurelia in Boros-related cards (well, it might still be too early...) but I'm having a feeling that she has expunged the other angels so she can rule with awe the Boros more. hmmn...

    ps. Chris Rahn art? Hooo, lawdy... I'm hearing dollar bills, coz this is most probably traditional art.
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  • posted a message on (GRN) Guilds of Ravnica General Discussion
    Quote from FlambeedFish »
    Jace gonna come back and be like "No problem Vraska for offing the sphinx guild leader. Sphinxes, I hate those guys XD." zzz

    But does he (Jace) have any fits with Isperia herself? I'm not that well versed with the Ravnican lores yet.

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    I'm a bit saddened with Isperia's off-ing tho. She seems to be a much better leader than Augustin was. Here's hoping Aurelia dies (hopefully by Bolas squishing her snotty behind) as compensation. Grin
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  • posted a message on 9/10 Mothership Spoilers - Niv-Mizzet & Split Cards
    Quote from leslak »
    A Parun cycle sonds powerfull(also, feather?). BG split is pushed. And that may be the best niv mizzet

    Dont put your hopes up yet... Unless my theory that Aurelia has gone somewhat cuckoo ends up becoming true, the chance of a Feather card is still abysmally low.
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  • posted a message on (GRN) Guilds of Ravnica General Discussion
    I have seen someone else pointed this out, but another human female planeswalker?! I know humans are the most numerous race in the multiverse, but it doesn't seem to me that elves and goblins are so far behind... come on! Elves are on almost every plane (but Kamigawa and Innistrad) and we still have only one elven planeswalker... *shrugs*

    And yet again, the Neo Blind Eternities seems to not be able to churn out a Human Female Planeswalker beyond Size-8. Rolleyes

    Her power looks aesthetically neato tho, I give her that. But yeah, I can't help but feel that she's cannon fodder too. Uhh
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  • posted a message on [GRN] Emmara, Soul of the Accord
    Emmara has gotten off her bulk mode. Hulk-mara is no longer~ Laughing

    Quote from Jiyor »
    Quote from Cainsson »
    She looks rather frumpy. Not at all the glamorous elf of Dragon's Maze.


    Because similar to Radha before her SJW’s/feminists are afraid of fictional characters that look better than they do. So while not as bad as Radha, the SJW/Feminist in WotC couldn’t have Emmara look like the sultry elf she did before. Else the would feel bad about how they can’t compete with the looks of a nonexistent character.

    I hope this is just trolling because there have been an abundance of pretty art in characters in Magic even of legendary ones. Uhh
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  • posted a message on Buy-A-Box Promo: Impervious Greatwurm
    This looks like a bling-d up titan-icized Gulpin. What is the Trostani up to. XD
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  • posted a message on Serra Angel
    Quote from Volrath »
    Heey guys, you know we were teasing Serra since last year? Remember we did not deliver Serra in this years commander product? Sorry about that. Here's an Serra Angel.

    Great art though. Wish Scot did more in regular sets.

    Don't even remind me.
    Every angel and/or Serra related thing that have appeared after Commander 2018 STINGS LIKE A MOTHER TRUCKER.



    I'm still hoping though. And have started a mini-initiative (#TheWeeklySerra) to Law of Attraction a Serra Commander card in existence... PLEASE UNIVERSE.
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    To be back in topic.... technically I like the art, but feel a lack of divinity... dunno, just me I guess.

    (ps. I've always wondered why WOTC won't put Serra Avenger --an equally amazingly drawn Fischer angel art-- into heavier rotation. :/ )

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Commander 2018 themes and art
    Quote from krishnath »

    I suggest you look up the Homelands storyline, quite a lot of backstory exploration for Ravi in that, as well as the deaths of Feroz and Serra, and the first death of Taysir.

    I'm pretty much versed about it. No self-respecting Serra stan would be caught dead without knowing the Homelands storylines and/or comics.

    Which brings me to:

    Quote from krishnath »

    We'll get back stories for most planeswalkers sooner or later, even the dead ones. I mean, how many had imagined that M19 would contain the backstory for both Bolas and Ugin? Or the rest of the elder dragons for that matter? (Now we have two elder dragons we want cards for instead of just Piru.)

    Again, imo unless a planeswalker will have a connection to the current storyline and/or the Gatewatch the chances of their backstories being explored would pretty much just lie on Commander... hence my iffyness when totally New Planeswalkers get a big slice in the Commander pie than possible old ones in that product line and these New Planeswalkers end up not being used in the most soonest of time.

    Unless they're gonna make the Core Sets something like Commander in terms of flavour exploration, I think it's safe to say that the Core Sets would only touch further backstories of characters that are embroiled in the current happenings of the lore (so pretty much, every post-Mending walkers)... which Nicol Bolas is (and coincidentally, the Elder Dragons' back stories was in need of organizing/pruning/improving)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Commander 2018 themes and art
    Quote from krishnath »


    That we don't know where two newly introduced planeswalkers are originally from is a really weak complaint in my opinion. There are plenty of known old and new walkers we don't know where their origins lie yet. Just of the top of my head:

    Old walkers:

    Serra
    Feroz
    Ravi

    Neowalkers:

    Garruk
    Kaya
    Ashiok
    Elspeth

    Heck, we didn't know where Chandra, Lily, Jace, and Gideon were from for the longest time.

    And to be entirely honest, I like Aminatou, she raises so many questions. How and Why did a child become a planeswalker. And I am not talking child as the teenaged Domri, but an actual child. And her clothing has a very "Creol" vibe to them, I'd love to see what her homeplane is about.

    True, but compared to Neowalkers, those Oldwalkers (not post-Mending Oldwalkers) you mentioned minus Ravi are all dead, they do not have that big of a luxury for their backstories explored (unless seemingly, if a Gatewatch member is gonna be benefit from it).

    p.s. I actually like Aminatou... that's why this ambiguity of her actually being used in a setting irritates me a bit.
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  • posted a message on Commander 2018 themes and art
    [quote from="Sylve »" url="/forums/magic-fundamentals/the-rumor-mill/795993-commander-2018-themes-and-art?comment=353"]
    But yeah compared to the last time they did this. I think these Commanders have mostly crapped the bed.

    From the flavor choice but also from the prospective they don't help fix the issues of the archetypes.

    What stings more is that Gavin said that they supposedly listened to feedback for this product. Did those feedback data have Estrid and Aminatou in it? Rolleyes Who has been one of the most requested walkers other than Urza again? Rolleyes Rolleyes Rolleyes


    Also I wonder if they would figure to any sets at all or are straight out limbo walkers. I mean, Daretti at least we know is connected closely to Fiora...
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  • posted a message on Commander 2018 themes and art
    Quote from KarnTerrier »

    The Enchantment commander is decent, I'm sure she has potential, but she's not really my style. Plus I'm a little disappointed that we didn't get a Serra card, even though the colors and theme of the deck would've fit perfectly.

    Tell me about it Weird ...
    When I saw the leaks I was in a train going somewhere. I felt like jumping out. I set up myself like a dum dum.

    Now I partly know the feeling of those guys who get friendzoned. Laughing

    As much as I want to rampage around and throw so much anger, like that would even change anything. I feel like it's also Catch 22 if I don't support WOTC here, because if it doesn't sell that means close to the death of the product line.

    Like, will C19 even feature Planeswalkers again? I dunno... I'm at a low and total lost at this moment...
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