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  • posted a message on New Green villain
    I think it was just a jab at Vivien, calling her a villain.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Stranger things secret lair spoiler and upcoming secret lairs
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    The stranger thigns cards have been confirmed not to use "Friends forever" on their Magicized cards. So, they can't be functionally the same cards either.

    Which raises some questions about playing both in the same deck.


    As far as I can tell, the new stranger things cards not using "Friends Forever" is no different from a new Michonne card referring to Zombie tokens rather than walkers. The ability will be given a new coat of paint in the exact same way but it will be identical and you will end up being allowed to play Will with Not-mike even though will has Friends Forever and Not-mike will have "alliance" or some-such. Oracle will say that Friends forever = "Alliance" in the same way that it will say that Walker = zombie token or Mike = Not-mike.

    Is it messy? Hell yes.
    Is it also going to happen? Most likely.

    The issue is, if the ST and MtG versions are going to be functionally identical, friends forever will either be partner, which changes the cards to be able to paly together with all partner cards OR friends forever will be its own keyword thats otherwise identical to partner, but not interact with it, which is just confusing to be honest. Neither option strikes me as particularly desirable.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Stranger things secret lair spoiler and upcoming secret lairs
    The stranger thigns cards have been confirmed not to use "Friends forever" on their Magicized cards. So, they can't be functionally the same cards either.

    Which raises some questions about playing both in the same deck.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Magic: The Gathering Comic Book from Boom!
    Marit Lage is too interesting to be associated with the Eldrazi.

    I fundamentally disagree with the notion that any single narrative element can be too interesting not to intersect with the worldbuilding as a whole to create a coherent and rich setting.

    Ignoring uninteresting stuff out of existence is what led Wizards to stuff Ulgotha and Kamigawa away in the basement for decades. I wouldn't say it made Magic any richer by cutting off parts, rather than revisiting them and making them interesting.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Innistrad 3 story and lore- Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow
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    one of which happened offscreen (I'm not considering the trailers on-screen),


    Deck during the War of the Novel during his in his pov.

    Ah, fair. Still, not having a card in the set still made Dack's death feel kind of off-screeny.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Magic: The Gathering Comic Book from Boom!
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    But on the other hand, showing the return of Marit Lage only in a comic and not in the cards is enormously disappointing, in my opinion.


    Considering how a lot of time fans have asked about Marit Lage they have said something to the tune of "we have the eldrazi to use in this story space instead" I think they don't have any plans to use her in the main storyline and thats why she's even being used in the comic.

    In that case they should've just gone ahead and make Marit Lage an eldrazi scion similar to Brisela, but one that has grown strong enough to traverse the blind eternities itself. Then, instead of infringing on the eldrazi's territory, it would be another addition to the roster.

    Ah whatever.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Magic: The Gathering Comic Book from Boom!
    I have to second the notion that the story is kinda nice. (For a Magic story that is, let's be honest here.) It suffers from the typical problem that every character is a quippy quipster, but whatever. I've learned not to expect too much from dialog in comics.

    I really loved the twist with House Dimir. I did not see that one coming at all.

    My only complaint is that they chose Ravnica as a site of conflict. Like, I don't think they want to do another non-guild set on Ravnica, which would be needed if they wanted to show this conflict in the cards. But on the other hand, showing the return of Marit Lage only in a comic and not in the cards is enormously disappointing, in my opinion.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Innistrad 3 story and lore- Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow
    I know people think it'll lessen the impact of the SOI story but I found the deaths of Avacyn, Gisela, and Bruna as kind of insulting and pointless but I think that's more of a me thing.

    Insulting and pointless? I don't get why some people take the deaths of fictional characters so personally.

    Personally I believe that you can't have a (good) story with stakes but without consequences, a game wizards wants to play too often. The guildpact got dissolved and most of the guilds dismantled by civilian uprisings? Whoops it's all back! Zendikar got almost destroyed by the Eldrazi? Well, it's entirely undone on the next revisit. The only plane that didn't get a get-out-of-jail-for-free ticket was Mirrodin, but to be fair that's because the plane was concepted as a return to phyrexia, something that simply wasn't realized on the first visit.

    Nahiri summoned the most powerful of the eldrazi titan trio to Innistrad, because she wanted to lay the plane to waste and get at Sorin. Considering it all, the death of most of the archangels and the destruction of the plane's capital, the consequences to Innistrad are okay. Lasting, noticeable damage without completely disfiguring the plane beyond recognition. All things considered, I think it's in a good spot, narratively speaking. Shadows over Innistrad feels like it happened. Battle for Zendikar didn't.

    Really, the problem isn't Wizards being too destructive or not destructive enough. The problem is that they want to have their cake and eat it too. Have epic storylines with the stakiest of stakes, but none of the consequences. We got a total killcount of 3 during War of the Spark, one of which happened offscreen (I'm not considering the trailers on-screen), one of which was a villain (does that even count as a killcount then?) and one of which sacrificed himself and wasn't, yknow, killed. What a narrative disaster. Now people are quick to jump to "you're just bloodthirsty, you monster", but the point is that it wasn't me who forced Wizards to have an epic war of planeswalkers. But if they want to do that, and don't do it right, then I am going to call them out on that.

    TL;DR: The deaths of the archangels wasn't pointless and insulting. In fact, Innistrad was one of the better handled "staked" storylines in Magic's history, a balanced compromise between lasting damage and keeping the plane intact for future visits.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Mochi is baAck!
    I was looking for it and couldn't find it. I don't even remember it and trying to find art from the announcement is a pain because it's so scattered everywhere.
    Posted in: Storyline Speculation
  • posted a message on Innistrad 3 story and lore- Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow
    I personally hope we'll get new blue and red "arch" angels, but yeah, let dead characters stay dead.

    Liesa is a special case here, because she was already dead when we first learned about her, so it's not like any event is being undone with her resurrection.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on K- pop foxes and Yakuza Nezumi?
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    ....do you know what K-pop is?

    The K stands for Japanese.

    Also, I think Kami will still be a big part of the world, though vastly reduced in numbers. What I can totally see (and you heard it here first folks, this is my prediction, shower me in praise when it turns out to be true) are a couple cards playing into AI tropes, flavoured as Kami inhabiting synthetic bodies. *cough Ghost in the Shell cough*. It wouldn't be quite the "humans have created something dangerous" angle and more the "alien intelligence wants to be human" angle, which is fairly common in AI stories.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Innistrad 3 story and lore- Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow
    I'm a bit disappointed cards like Ludevic and Oglaf do not represent, well, a transformation. Kind of a terrible way to do transform cards if you ask me. Not to mention very confusing as well.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Innistrad 3 story and lore- Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow
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    So I've been thinking. We got a Green-White and a White-Black angel in Midnight Hunt. Anyone think the two remaining archangels will create/appoint new archangels for the other two colours and we're going to see a White-Blue and a Red-White archangel in Crimson Vow?


    All depends on how Liesa was retuned, thought I could also see that Bruna and Gisela being corrupted somehow keeps them from retuning.

    I didn't mean to imply I'm expecting Bruna and Gisela to return. Rather, I think we might get new archangels to fill their roles.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Innistrad 3 story and lore- Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow
    So I've been thinking. We got a Green-White and a White-Black angel in Midnight Hunt. Anyone think the two remaining archangels will create/appoint new archangels for the other two colours and we're going to see a White-Blue and a Red-White archangel in Crimson Vow?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Innistrad 3 story and lore- Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow
    Elves are supposedly the source for the werewolf curse. Then they went extinct soemwhere down the line.

    I don't know how canon that is. As far as I know it was only ever mentioned in behind the scenes "this was our original idea for the origin of this" with nothing in official sources contradicting or supporting it. So unless it was put in the SOI artbook or something, I think it's like "maybe?!" level of canon.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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