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Dominaria Spoiler Digest - Who's Who and What's What from the Release Notes
  • posted a message on Is Serra really from Dominarian?
    Quote from cyberium_neo »
    Has Serra Angel and other angels ever been outside of Serra's Realm (be it created or brought)? If they are sighted on Dominaria, then perhaps we could assume that Serra has some ties to the plane?

    IIRC, before Urza collapsed Serra's Realm into the powerstone he evacuated many of the plane's citizens to Dominaria. As a result even if Serra had never been to Dominaria, there would be Serra Angels there.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from SimicNuggets »
    Quote from Formless_One »
    Unless Jhiora found a way to Empower a Huge Power stone then no, the Weatherlight shouldn't be able to Planeshift, during Apocalypse The Weatherlight took the Mana from the Null Moon and slammed it into Yawgmoth it burnt out basically everything that the Weatherlight could do.

    On the other hand, as someone pointed out last time we saw the Weatherlight it was rapidly sinking into the ocean and deemed by its captain to be unsalveagable. Now its back in the sky. It was known for one thing, and that was traveling between planes; well, two things if you count being a piece of the legacy weapon, as is its power matrix, and the LW supposedly lives on as Karn, who shows up in this set. And Karn created a whole plane of artifice, so who knows what he and Jhoira could do together on a project? Look, all I'm saying is that I wouldn't put it past Wizards to retcon their existing lore to allow it. They've done it before in the not-so-distant past.

    Quote from Jay13x »
    Quote from SimicNuggets »
    I was wondering about Lyra Dawnbringer as well. Since when would an angel have a descendant/family by name? And if it's just an homage, why Reya Dawnbringer of all legendary angels from Dominaria? She was less than a footnote. O_o Bummer because it's probably not relevant enough to have anything to do in the story.
    There is an implication in Planeswalker that Serra Angels are 'born'. Not sure if that's going to be walked back or anything, but it IS possible that Lyra is a descendant, or 'Dawnbringer' might be a title, like Urza Planeswalker was.

    The idea that Serra's angels are born goes all the way back to the novel Planeswalker, actually, which I'll requote from the Dominaria Spoilers Digest article:

    Quote from "Chapter 14 page 212" »

    On the twentieth day of forced smiles, Xantcha's conspiratorial campaign achieved its greatest victory when Sosinna confessed that she was in love, perfectly and eternally, with one of her nursery peers: an angel.
    "Is that permitted?" Xantcha interrupted before she had the wit to censor herself. The notion of love fascinated her, and spending most of her life in Urza's shadow or hiding her unformed flesh beneath a young man's clothes, she'd had very little opportunity to learn love's secrets. "You don't have wings."

    Xantcha's curiosity was ill-timed and rude. It jeapardized everything she'd gained through long days of patient questions, but it was sincere. [...]

    But Sosinna surprised Xantcha with a furious blush that stretched from the collar of her white gown into her pale gold hair.

    "Wings," Sosinna exclaimed, "have nothing to do with it!" A lie, if Xantcha had ever heard one. "We are all born the same, raised the same. Our parentage is not important to Lady Serra. We are all equal in her service. She encourages us to chrish each other openly and to follow our hearts, not our eyes, when we declare our one true love."

    More lies, though Sosinna's passion was real. "Kenidiern is a paragon," she confided in a whisper. "no one serves the Lady with more bravery and vigor. He has examined every aspect of his being and cast out all trace of imperfection. Ther is not one mote of him that isn't pure and devoted to duty. He stands above all the other angels, and no one would fault him if he were proud, but he isn't. Kenidiern has embraced humility. There isn't a woman alive who wouldn't exchange tokens with him, but he has given his to me."

    Sosinna removed her veil and, sweeping her hair aside, revealed a tiny golden earring in the lobe of her left ear.

    So three things are revealed here:

    1) there are apparently male Serran angels, even though the game makes a point of only depicting female angels outside of Amonkhet.

    2) Serran angels are indeed born and raised alongside human children. How they are "born" is left up to the imagination, but the text suggests they have parents, and some stuff I left out from earlier in the chapter implies Serra has an almost G ideology concerning the sanctity of life in direct contrast with Phyrexian beliefs or even some of Urza's actions (although Xantcha finds the Serrans to be just as dogmatic as Phyrexians, hence her suspicion in this passage).

    3) Serran angels can feel love and are allowed to marry humans. Could explain the flavor of Angelic Destiny! Among other things.

    Think it's safe (and sad) to say that none of this is taken into account, as they've repeatedly stated Angels cannot be planeswalkers because of various reasons about them being constructs of mana, and how a being only can hold a spark because of their "natural" biology being fated to have one, exception being Karn of course. If this is a turning point where they suddenly will acknowledge that novel, then joy.

    It'd be awesome if they did.

    I mean, in a way, they already did that with vampires. Vampires are normally considered undead, and thus can't have a planesalker spark, then we get an vampire planeswalker, which is "ok" because Innistradi vampires are cursed/transformed humans, rather than undead.

    If they really wanted to allow an angel planeswalker (which is something many players has asked for/about) then this would be the way to go, right?

    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from SteamMage »
    Anyone have a clue how long Jace was on Ixalan? I seem to recall he spent a few weeks( at least two) on Useless Island and a few days at ses before Vraska stumbled upon him. And few weeks from then to find the Sun. So my count is somewhere between one and a half to three months.

    It was a couple of months, I believe. He spent at least a month alone on Useless Island, and then we don't know how long on the Belligerent with Vraska et al (but likely at least several more weeks, given that sailing isn't exactly the most expeditious method of travel, and they made a stop at High-and-Dry, which the official map places a good distance away from Orazca).

    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ugin and Azor
    Quote from 5colors »

    1) Reading the subtext Azor seems to see Ugin more as a friend then Ugin does of Azor, suggesting Ugin was more using Azor.

    I'm really starting to get this feeling about Ugin. Between his interactions with Sorin&Nahiri, Azor, and the Gatewatch... it's looking more and more like Ugin is just as bad as Bolas when it comes to manipulating people into doing his bidding, then throwing them away once they're no longer useful.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria FAQ leak thread
    So, two questions:

    First, Firesong and Sunspeaker. The FAQ notes that it's the Buy-A-Box-Promo... How does that work, exactly? Is buying a box the only way to get it? Or is it a regular part of the set as well witht he BABP being special art/foil/whatever?

    Question #2: Am I right in that having Firesong and Sunspeaker on the battlefield turns Lightning Helix into a 15point life swing?

    It's both red and white so gets bot benefits, it gets lifelink from FaS' first ability as well as specifically gaining you life, triggering FaS' second ability twice? for 3+3+3 damage and 3+3 life?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dominaria FAQ leak thread
    Quote from Raptorchan »
    In other languages, Dauntless Bodyguard is implied female, so I guess this is 100% safe.

    Is that a mock-up? Or where did you find it? It's got "???" for it's collector number.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Randomly came across this on Tumblr... Thoughts?
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  • posted a message on Dominaria FAQ leak thread
    Quote from idSurge »
    Looks ok I guess. Did they do that on another set? Or am I making things up in my head again..

    Portal had a line separating rules text and flavor text. It was much more prominent though.

    E.g. Border Guard and Desert Drake

    I think a couple other sets released right around the same time did also? I'm not sure, that was before my time (playing magic).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from SimicNuggets »
    She doesn't exactly look like an unblockable rogue fugitive though.... Was thinking that was art for Naru Meha, which would be funny because it shares the first syllable with Narset's name, which will fuel the hardcore conspiracy theorists. Grin

    That is true, the "Narset" art definitely looks like a wizard.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from Caranthir »
    OH MY F****G GOD.

    Vorthos overload!!!

    - Jaya Ballard is simply.. Jaya Ballard.
    - Naru MEHA!!! (blue, but who cares!)
    - Tetsuko UMEZAWA!!! (I tbink this might be the "Narset" lady from the pics)
    - Darigaaz Reborn
    - Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain
    - Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar !!!!
    - Shanna, Sisay's Legacy
    - Urgoros, the Empty One - Lagendary SPECTER!
    - Grunn, the Lonely King - legendary APE!
    - Five avatars, incl. a "Halcyon Witness"
    - Verix & Karox Bladewing
    - Lyra Dawnbringer
    - Grand Warlord Radha
    - JODAH, ARCHMAGE F****G ETERNAL (he is a flying Fist of Suns, what is surprising, but at least he is JESKAI colored, as he should be)
    - Tiana, Ship's Caretaker, and Arvad the Cursed
    - Aryel, Knight of Windgrace
    - Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood
    - Kwende, Pride of Femeref
    - Rona, Disciple of Gix
    - Demonlord Belzenlok, not a 9/9 for 9, but 6/6 for 6
    - Blackblade Reforged (legendary sword)

    History of Benalia
    Mirari Conjencture
    Phyrexian Scriptures
    Song of Freyalise
    Time of Ice
    Triumph of Gerrard
    History of Benalia
    The Antiquities War
    Fall of the Thran
    Chainer's Torment
    The Eldest Reborn - this is interesting, who is the Eldest? It makes you sac a creature or walker, discard a card, and in chapter III, reanimate a creature or walker.... Maybe Bolas's return in TS...
    The First Eruption
    Flame of Keld

    No nekoru, as it seems.


    The best for me (except Jodah, Jhoira and Jaya: references to Legends II with descendants of Kolo Meha and Tetsuo,

    Quote from Kman »
    Spoilers from the leak

    Story Spotlight 1: Broken Bond
    Story Spotlight 2: Final Parting
    Story Spotlight 3: Settle the Score
    Story Spotlight 4: In Bolas's Clutches

    Teferi takes the Oath

    Broken Bond - no idea what this refers to. It's a Naturalize + drop a land, though
    Final Parting - between Jodah and Jaya? Jaya dying / giving her spark somehow to Teferi?
    Settle the Score = Liliana kills Belzenlok, OR something with Lim-Dul, if he kills somehow Jaya
    In Bolas's Clutches - well, that escalated quickly...

    I think Broken Bond is going to be referring to the events on Amonkhet. Of Liliana "breaking" her oath to the Gatewatch (mechanically, destroying her oath enchantment), and returning to her homeland (putting a land onto the battlefield).

    I am beyond delighted to see an Umezawa again. I wish he was a Wizard with a more relevant effect, and just named Tetsuko Umezawa, evoking his ancestors, but honestly, I can't wait to see his art and get my hands on the card.

    As it is a blue card, I'd not be surprised if this is the Asian-looking art of the "Narset" woman by Tolaria West.

    -ko is a typically feminine ending in Japanese, so yeah, it could indeed be the "Narset" art.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Quannage »
    So in this site's latest flavor article, one of the creators of the Ixalan storyline says this:

    Ixalan is structured as a farce. A farce is built on physical humor, clambering characters, exaggeration and horseplay. After the serious nature of Amonkhet, we wanted to deliver a completely different tone, hence the farcical structure. The plot doesn’t really matter in a farce – what matters is the characters and the relationships between them, and that was true in Ixalan; the point isn’t the race, it’s the themes. Power is rewarded with punishment in a farce, and our two most powerful characters in the narrative (Kumena and Azor) are rewarded for their hubris with comic defeats. Kumena in particular had a comically short reign because in a farce, he’s the comically incompetent character – the bodacious up-and-comer who thinks he is a great revolutionary, only to be cut short by literally being thrown out the window. There are plenty of other fun tropes to play with, too! Angrath is the furious and tone-deaf patriarch, Huatli is the naïve youth, Mavren Fein is the obnoxious puritan, and what happens to Jace and Vraska is a play on the trope of lovers with mistaken identities. Playing with genre in fantasy is fun, and opened up new spaces we wouldn’t have found without approaching it with farcical playfulness.

    So if anybody was wondering about the decisions they made with storytelling ....and Why Kumena, Azor and Vona got PWNED so comically... this should explain things a bit.

    your thoughts?

    I think that if those events were going to be treated comically, and were meant to be perceived comically, then the rest of the set did a poor job of setting the proper tone for them.

    Little of the Ixilan story came across as comical, so treating those key moments as such just felt disjointed and out of place.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from berlin412 »
    Quote from OathboundOne »
    Quote from NZB2323 »
    I thought stories begin March 14th?

    This is what I thought as well, and I was going to reply as much last night(this morning), but I couldn't find a source to confirm it... I just "remember" hearing/reading that somewhere.

    Yes, it's March 14th. Sources in the first post (see links).

    Gah, of course it's in this very thread.

    Curse you Google! *shakes fist*
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from NZB2323 »
    I thought stories begin March 14th?

    This is what I thought as well, and I was going to reply as much last night(this morning), but I couldn't find a source to confirm it... I just "remember" hearing/reading that somewhere.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Dom4419 »
    Or we can see a vampire civil war, Vona vs Elenda

    I fully expect a vampire civil war with Vona+Queen Miralda vs Elenda+Mavren Fein, complicated by the arrival of Sun Empire armies/etc.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Randomly came across this on Tumblr... Thoughts?
    Quote from berlin412 »
    Quote from MagusZanin666 »
    Quote from OathboundOne »

    EDIT: But yes, Serra is dead. We won't be seeing her card in Dominaria. However, this year's Commander set is apparently doing PW Commanders again, so there's a good possibility that we might get her there.

    Source on the bolded?

    I'm not against more Commander Walkers, and would love for some two or three color ones, but I haven't seen anything about this. With the recent rule change regarding them being Legends, there's now even more reason to do so too.

    Nothing confirmed so far. This is more a deduction based on the product page description:

    "Choose your commander and carve your path to victory in this unique multiplayer Magic format. Call on powerful planeswalkers and deploy their signature strategies to make sure you're the last player standing".


    Discussion here:

    Yes, this was the source I took my comment from. I apologize if it came across as a statement of fact, rather than theory.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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