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  • posted a message on Zendikar Rising- Lore and Story
    Quote from 5colors »


    Jace and Nissa where making their way up correct? Hopefully they can catch Akiri, falling from a huge high like that would be a awful death with the waiting for death.

    There's also still Kaza and Orah flying below on Kaza's staff. They could probably catch her as well.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [ZNR] Akiri, Fearless Voyager— GLHF preview
    Quote from m_pathogen »
    Why is the activated ability a “may”?

    I don’t understand any reason.

    It seems that it's to prevent a situation where, for example, you have two equipped creatures and you activate the ability, then your opponent removes one of the creatures, and now you're left being FORCED to unequip your remaining creature. The may lets you simply choose not to do so if it becomes disadvantageous to you.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ZNR] Zendikar Rising Preview stream
    Quote from mikeyG »
    Quote from Crypt Rat »
    How intentional is it that Tazri is looking left?


    What's the significance if it were?

    It makes her a natural leader for the Ladies Looking Left commander deck. (Yes, it's a thing.)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ZNR] Nahiri, heir of the Ancients - Becca Scott twitter
    I'm almost shaking but I cannot take credit for discovering this possible hint at what's coming:

    **Possible Spoilers?**

    The Ancients

    The Tolgath

    Someone brought it up on Reddit but the Ancients were a group of old planeswalkers, older than perhaps most of the Oldwalkers we know, though this is perhaps speculation on my part. They warred against the upstart Tolgath, then a 'new' generation of planeswalkers whose desire to learn somehow led to the conflict between the two groups. The Ancients and the Tolgath presumably could have had outposts on Zendikar, and thier war may have been interplanar in nature.

    But even if these are the Ancients being referred to in the card, what does Nahiri stand to inherit from them? Their technology? Lore? Or their antagonism towards the younger generation of planeswalkers meddling in their affairs? Nissa and Jace witnessed what Nahiri did to Innistrad. They also know that for whatever reason, Ugin Nahiri and Sorin decided to trap the Eldrazi Titans on Zendikar. I doubt Nissa and Jace would have warm feelings towards Nahiri and I'm equally doubtful that Nahiri could believe this younger generation could ever understand the sacrifices she undertook to protect her world.

    I could be wrong but names have meaning and this would not be the first time in the recent past that WotC has referenced some pretty obscure lore as the basis of a story arc.

    I don't think Jace and/or Nissa actually know that Nahiri had anything to do with the events on Innistrad, though..? Is it ever stated in the story?

    Unless I'm forgetting something, the only planeswalker who ever encountered Nahiri on Innistrad was Sorin. Liliana knows it was Nahiri, because she was present during Sorin's recruiting of the Voldarens in Innistrad's Last Hope though I don't believe she ever knew just WHO Nahiri was, nor do I think she ever shared that information with anyone in the Gatewatch. At least, none that I can recall in the stories, and it's highly unlikely she would have bothered to do so after the fact. She's not exactly the most forthcoming with details.

    I also don't recall anyone mentioning it in War of the Spark, just that she and Sorin were fighting, then mysteriously not fighting any more.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Subira, Tulzidi Caravaneer— Magic C'est Chic preview
    Huh. I honestly had not expected her to be monored.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] 4 upcoming Legendaries in Core 2021 (art only)
    Quote from 5colors »
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Quote from OathboundOne »
    Are the arts for Niambi and Subira switched? Cause the woman in the "Subira" art is definitely wearing Niambi's clothes and earings and hairstyle. And Subira was the caravan leader.


    I wasn’t sure which one was what

    I just guess due to body age


    Easy mistake with a character who has met people across a ton of ages.

    Indeed. Niambi is likely as she appears now, where Subira appears in her art to most likely be how she looked then.

    Do we even know if Subira is still alive? I can't recall if she was mentioned in the current time frame of the stories (I know she wasn't IN the part of the stories that took place in present day, but I can't recall if there was a reason given or not).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] 4 upcoming Legendaries in Core 2021 (art only)
    Are the arts for Niambi and Subira switched? Cause the woman in the "Subira" art is definitely wearing Niambi's clothes and earings and hairstyle. And Subira was the caravan leader.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Volcanic Salvo— Mein-MMO preview
    Huh, if the translation is correct, this does not target.

    "Up to two creature and/or planeswalkers of your choice."

    So it gets around Shroud/Hexproof/Kira/Kasmina type effects. I mean that doesn't make it GOOD, given protection and indestructible, but it's an interesting quirk.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Lore of Each card
    Odd. You would think by his title and flavor text that Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose was allied with Elenda. Not against her.

    Apparently his title would more accurately be Vito, Thorn in the Dusk Rose's Side.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Theros: Beyond Death (flavor spoilers)
    Quote from 5colors »
    I missed some of the stuff you posted for Phenax! This really makes me wanna know more about him now and how he ascended to godhood (if he really was mortal to start). Tymaret back story is nice, I like the "retcon" since it works for what he saw of him into the first set and explains why he was picked to be a demigod.

    The Karmeta blood goddess aspect is also super cool and i could see a version of her like that and still fully in her colors.

    A friend was talking to be about some stuff (he more into DnD) but there also seems to be someone flavorful stuff they added in just cause its a DnD book since he was telling of way you can destroy the gods weapons.
    The Gods' weapons are Artifacts in DnD (which isn't the same as an artifact in MTG, they're just items of extreme power/rarity, not necessarily mechanical devices), which generally/sometimes/always? have very specific methods of destruction unique to the item in question.

    Khrusor, for instance, can only be destroyed by taking it to the underworld and using it to kill a champion of Heliod (plus I think a few other steps I can't recall atm).
    EDIT: After double checking, Khrusor can only be destroyed by taking it to Erebos' palace in the underworld and using it to sacrifice a champion of Heliod in Erebos' name. This either destroys Khrusor, or twists it to Erebos' service.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [M21] Mothership 06/05— Baneslayer Angel and promo cards
    Quote from mikol »
    rest in peace to hound maro got his way
    Interestingly, this wasn't even MaRo's doing.

    per Blogatog
    Here’s the story. I fought to change it for almost twenty five years with no success. Adam Prosak, the lead set designer for Core 2021, unaware of my decades long quest, decides it would be cool to change it, gets no resistance, and changes it.

    I like to think of it as me trying to get the ketchup bottle open forever and then Adam walks up and pops it open, and I say “Well, I loosened it for you”. : )
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Mangara, the Diplomat— Ma No Ah preview
    The wording on the first ability seems... really clunky and unnecessary to me?

    Why the change from the much more succinct "Whenever two or more creatures attack you and/or planeswalkers you control, draw a card."

    Your creatures can't attack you, your allies creatures in a 2headed giant game can't attack you, so by definition ANY creature attacking you is one that an opponent controls.

    If an opponent attacks multiple people with multiple creatures, but only 1 or less are attacking you (and/or planeswalkers you control), then by definition you (and/or planeswalkers you control) are not being attacked by 2 or more creatures.

    The wording is just so inelegant and redundant to me..?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Signature Spellbook:Chandra and it's contents
    Looks good in general, but I can't help but feel like the art of Rite of Flame and Pyromancer's Ascension should have been switched. Pyromancer's Ascension just doesn't have any sense of action, any OOMPH to it, where Rite of Flame's seems to have just a little TOO MUCH oomph for what the card does.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Maro's Core 2021 Teaser
    A really simple possibility for the card with 31 options could also just be a modal spell with "choose one or more" and five choices.

    Choose one or more:
    Option A
    Option B
    Option C
    Option D
    Option E

    You could choose:
    1) A only
    2) B only
    3) C only
    4) D only
    5) E only
    6) A and B
    7) A and C
    8) A and D
    9) A and E
    10) B and C
    11) B and D
    12) B and E
    13) C and D
    14) C and E
    15) D and E
    16) A, B and C
    17) A, B and D
    18) A, B and E
    19) A, C and D
    20) A, C and E
    21) A, D and E
    22) B, C and D
    23) B, C and E
    24) B, D and E
    25) C, D and E
    26) A, B, C and D
    27) A, B, C and E
    28) A, B, D and E
    29) A, C, D and E
    30) B, C, D and E
    31) A, B, C, D and E
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Return to Amonkhet ideas
    I seem to remember reading during War of the Spark that Hazoret and her followers had returned to reoccupy the ruins of Naktamun? I could be wrong? But I swear I remember that being mentioned.

    EDIT: Yeah, from the MTG wiki:
    Hazoret gave them her spear, reassuring Samut about the condition of Amonkhet's population: the goddess and the mortals brought the last two corrupted gods away from Naktamun; they have repopulated the city and created a new Hekma.


    Now, they could always retcon that bit, and I'm not sure what good a new Hekma is against the Locust god, considering he was able to (in fact twisted for the purpose of) destroy(ing) the last one. So, I suppose they could use the plotline that Hazoret's followers are TRYING to repopulate Naktamun, and detailing all the struggles they face. That could serve as the primary focus of the story, with other themes like rediscovering the past and such to flesh it out.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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