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May 24, 2018Ravnica is awesome. We are getting two normal Ravnica sets (as expected, you can only pack so many guilds into one set) and we are getting a third set that is going to be all about Nicol Bolas and his big battle.Posted in: Magic General
May 23, 2018JaceBluesMaster posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 5/23 - Bramble Sovereign and Last One StandingWhat if you are in the middle of no where with no cell connectionPosted in: The Rumor Mill
May 23, 2018JaceBluesMaster posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 5/23 - Bramble Sovereign and Last One StandingWhat is the best way to randomly pick a survivor for Last Stand? Especially when they are a lot of creatures on the board. Like what if there are more than 6 and you do not have a large enough die?Posted in: The Rumor Mill
May 23, 2018JaceBluesMaster posted a message on Battlebond Mothership Spoilers 5/21 - Doubling Season(!) and othersPosted in: The Rumor Mill
Sounds like an Unset card, lol
May 23, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Card Slinger J »I remember hearing awhile back that MaRo initially didn't want to go back to Dominaria, maybe because the opportunity in regards to what was going on in MTG's lore wasn't present at the time and that they needed to build up towards it before they felt the time was right. But If they were going to tie in Dominaria with Ravnica solely as a means of keeping up with MTG lore and not just for pleasing audiences, then why go through the trouble of releasing 3 new Ravnica sets when they could've released Dominaria before Return to Ravnica in 2012?
I do not know where you are getting the idea that Dominaria is linked to Ravnica. It is not. It just happens to be the set that came out before a Ravnica set. It is no different than Amonkhet's story influencing the events of Ixalan.
Going to Dominaria before Return to Ravnica makes no story sense. There was nothing happening on Dominaria that the core characters would have cared about or had an interest in (besides Lilyana but she was not going to go back until after she had killed a few more Demons).
May 22, 2018Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from Negator_402 »1. This is yet another flip-flop on the blocks versus single large sets change. Yes, each is a large set, but they are basically 3 sets conjoined by setting, theme (two-color combos) and plot (Bolas, again). In essence, this is a three-large-set block released over a full year.
You need to go back and re-read the announcement of the end of block. They specifically said they now have the freedom to spend the correct amount of time on a plane as the story dictates. If that is one set, good. If that is three sets, then that is also fine.
Quote from Negator_402 »2. This suggests that they do not have any new ideas. They stated that they want to layer new and old settings like bacon, 1 new, 1 old. This is a breaking of that promise. Ixalan was for children. Dominaria was fun but watered down power-wise. Surely they have a Viking world or Western world or post-apocalyptic world they can use in the next 12 months?
They never said it was going to be old-new-old-new-etc. They said they want to visit old and new planes. They just wanted to keep them roughly equal. 2 Zendikar sets, 2 Innistrad sets, Dominaria and 3 Ravnica sets is 8 sets. 2 Kaladesh sets, 2 Amonkhet sets and 2 Ixalan sets. Thats 6. There is rough parity there. I am sure after Ravnica we are going to hit up some brand new planes to kick off a new over arching story.
Also, FYI, we have done post-Apoc world before, it was called Time Spiral.
3. Each set will be drafted separately, as they are large sets. This leads to the stupidity of unevenly-colored limited play. This is why I did not enjoy Ixalan draft: the color combos are not balanced. Now, each of the first two large sets will have only have the guilds. Dragon's Maze was the most fun Ravnica to play in limited, and that will not happen this time around.
I think your opinion of Dragon's Maze being the best limited format in the RTR era is very much in the minority.
4. The beauty of Ravnica is that it never needed a top-down plot of theme; the color pie, and the two-color guilds were the plot, and their identity and interrelationship was what made it fun. It was world-view tribal, rather than race type tribal. Now, it will be overshadowed by the serialized cartoon style of Gatewatch v Bolas, and only two years after Amonkhet (less really), which already did this.
We are getting 2 Guild focused sets specifically to avoid the Battle for Zendikar problem where we did not get to go back to that plane and instead were confronted by an over arching war.
However, there is a larger problem. The Battlebond set disclosure released with this makes me wonder what direction WOTC is moving with the game. They are trying to market to a casual audience, but if that is there focus (rather than being like Dota, and building around a popular professional scene with millionaire players), why invest so many resources into pro points, e-celebrity, and perks for Magic's "elite"? There is a lack of focus. They are releasing too much supplemental product, and the main product is suffering, Dominaria aside.
Battlebond is a product meant to let people have some fun drafts. It is no worse or better than an Un-set. There is a hole in the early summer, made mor glaring by the return of Core Sets, that needs to be routinely filled. I imagine a fun draft set is going to become a staple of early summer (just as late summer will be dominated by Commander).
What is hurting Magic is the way they have mucked with Standard over the last 4 years. We went from 3 set blocks and a core set, to 2 set blocks, to 3 independent sets and a core set. This is going to cause havoc within design and development, especially when WotC alters course before the new dynamic really found its legs. They also imposed sever restrictions on the power level of standard at the same time that they eliminated the back bone of the Standard environment - Core Sets. Then the bannings... WotC had a wake up call over the last two years. They have radically changed their design and development process, which can clearly be seen with the best set we have seen in the last few years (Domianria) and the Challenger Decks (a product meant to bridge people from casual to competitive play).
Until Arena is released and proves itself, Magic cannot compete with e-sports. No one likes watching MTGO (it is old and clunky) and watching paper matches is fun but ultimately less enjoyable than watching Arena.
[quote]What makes this more disturbing is that Ravnica is a precious resource that should be tended to with care. It's a setting that is always going to be enjoyable, unless its milked to exhaustion. This, combined with the casual-and-pro-at-once shotgun approach, makes me feel almost like WOTC is strip-mining its own IP for short-term gain.[/quote[
Going to Ravnica 3 times in a row is not really different than what they would have done 4 years ago. You trusted them with RTR, trust them now.
May 22, 2018A lot of people did not like the dour death-gloom-despair of Hours of Devastation, many others loathed the whimsy of the Ixalan cards, many other hated the optimistic steam punk of Kaladesh. There are even people that really hate the art in Dominaria. A set's art should refelct the tone of the setting. I wouldn't want all the bright colors of Ixalan in Innistrad. By the same token, I wouldn't want the eeriness of Innistrad to be present in Battlebond.Posted in: Magic General
Yes some of the art is cartoony but that really is not a bad thing, especially in a supplementary product no one is forcing anyone else to buy or play with.
May 21, 2018Posted in: The Rumor Mill
No sarcasm. It is genuinely an alright card, especially with the Assist mechanic.
May 21, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from soramaro »Quote from Havrekjex »The set is the best since, what, Khans? Original Innistrad? I wish all sets could be this good. But there is no guarantee that a second Dominaria set would be as good as the current. Story location doesn't correlate with set awesomeness, as they painfully proved when they managed to screw up Zendikar. I'll take a good Ravnica set (or even three) over a mediocre Dominaria set.
I think with how positively Dominaria has been received (as far as I can tell), it's only a matter of time before we return there for at least two sets in a row.
The trick is finding a good mechanical concept for a few sets. You only get to pull off history as a theme so many times before it begins to feel trite.
May 21, 2018I would have used Tiefling...Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Regardless, I think Virtus could see a lot of play in black commander decks. Give him some kind of evasion and watch your opponents start politicking with you
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