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Magic Market Index for April 20th, 2018
 
Pauper Review: Dominaria
 
The Limited Archetypes of Dominaria
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    posted a message on April Commander B&R Announcement - NO CHANGES
    Quote from RxPhantom »
    I want to build a Mardu vampire deck, but I won't use Edgar Markov out of principal.


    I mean, you could still use him in the 99, if you're so inclined.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on The Vorthos Cast: In Bolas's Clutches
    Quote from Zemarr »
    Well you consider Bolas whole plot is regaining Omnipotence so obviously he isn't now.

    My problem with the Gatewatch is inconsistent power level (they go from killing Eldrazi Titans to having trouble with Baral). I know you can expect some of that but that level of difference is absurd.

    The other end is they don't pay a high enough price for their screwups. Bolas should have put at least one of the Gatewatch in the ground. Since Nissa is warming the bench for the forseeable future it should have been her.

    The other problem is of course they don't dig deep enough into their colors, they are all far to surface level representations of the their color. Gideon is Captain America, Jace is a introvert nerd, Chandra is impulsive, etc.


    I agree with you completely. The main difference between the weatherlight saga and the new story is that life/death was a big factor for the characters. A lot of them made self sacrifices, or became corrupted, or died trying to do what they thought was right. The new Planeswalker characters, especially the ones we follow as protagonists, may feel like they are in life or death situations, but never have any real consequences to their injuries. Venser was the only one to die on Phyrexia in sacrifice to restore Karn, but he was an older character. It feels like WOTC is extremely precious about any new characters they have as planeswalker protagonists, where even if they are corrupted (Garruk, Apex Predator) or are killed (Elspeth Tirel), they are not considered permanently dead or out of the running. And since planeswalkers are the stories we follow (the settings they go to don't matter that much as if one quirky plane fails, big whoop, travel to the next), it just becomes hard to get invested in characters whose lives aren't at stake (as WOTC isn't interested in nailing the coffin for any "good guy").

    And I'm not saying the old school story wasn't full of problems -- magic text has always read like it was written by people who went to an online school to get their creative writing degree. It's always been amateur fantasy literature tacked onto a wonderfully complex strategy game.

    I'm just saying that when the main characters were human (or didn't have a spark), their mortality was at stake. Their actions seemed like real triumphs. They lost people along the way to achieve their goals. The people around them died, and they had to immediately deal with it, and then try to overcome their threat at the time. It's time WOTC brings the same amount of mortality to the Gatewatch, and let big actions have consequences.

    Bolas winning in Amonkhet felt like a James Bond villain slapping someone and being like "hope you learned your lesson, okay, get outta here champ."

    But Bolas recruiting Liliana might be interesting for the future. Maybe they are taking the story into a more dramatic direction.

    ... Card is okay.


    Bolas could kill Vraska to really hurt Jace, and it would upset a lot of people who've come to like the character since her depiction in Ixalan block.

    Amonkhet should have had bigger consequences for their folly, I agree, but I don't think death should always be the go-to answer for that. This is especially because there are worse consequences than death. Bolas could have mindslavered every single Gatewatch member present, and the consequences of such would have arguably been far worse than his just killing them off on the spot.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on The Vorthos Cast: In Bolas's Clutches
    Well you consider Bolas whole plot is regaining Omnipotence so obviously he isn't now.

    My problem with the Gatewatch is inconsistent power level (they go from killing Eldrazi Titans to having trouble with Baral). I know you can expect some of that but that level of difference is absurd.

    The other end is they don't pay a high enough price for their screwups. Bolas should have put at least one of the Gatewatch in the ground. Since Nissa is warming the bench for the forseeable future it should have been her.

    The other problem is of course they don't dig deep enough into their colors, they are all far to surface level representations of the their color. Gideon is Captain America, Jace is a introvert nerd, Chandra is impulsive, etc.


    You do realize Jace is no longer as introverted, right?

    Also what's wrong with being an introverted nerd anyway?

    I agree that they tried too hard to tie their personalities to the basic qualities of their colors, but if post-Ixalan Jace and Gideon Blackblade are any indication, they might be loosening up on that.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on New and returning mechanics for return to Alara
    I think Converge might also be a decent mechanic to use here. Assuming the mana-base to accommodate the multicolored theme is half-way decent, Converge would be a better fit for Alara than it was Zendikar.

    Speaking of multicolored, there's a surprising lack of multicolored card examples in this thread.


    Quote from saneatali »
    I don't see any reason that the Sigils shouldn't simply have Exalted, the existing keyword can be used either with or without the keyworded form of Award (i maintain that the Treasure token precedent is more apt, and keywording Award is unnecessary unless you have plans for other cards to reference the specific action).

    Additionally, formally bringing Exalted into the set through the Sigils allows it to be used in other ways. A Noble Hierarch reprint would be very desirable in a return to Alara, and it could be included as a special case of Exalted even though the majority of the mechanic would be appearing through the Sigils.

    As for Morbid not playing nicely with the other mechanics, I see that as more of a feature than a bug. Grixis is the most likely shard to cause the other four to unite against it, the death and undeath laden realm is thematically at odds with not only the opposing shards, but also the adjacent shards. Gross meat abominations and zombies really mar the orderly, sculpted Esper lands, and rising undead and conniving demons disrupt the predatory hierarchy of Jund.


    I guess his aim was to make the Bant mechanic truer to how Sigils work, but Exalted is a decent mechanic, and people would expect it to return. The perspective on Grixis being odd in terms of mechanical synergy is valid IMO.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
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    posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from Quannage »
    Quote from Perkunas687 »
    Was it discussed somewhere by Wizards why, on the 25th anniversary and on the most prominent plane in Magic history, they decided to only do a one set block? A lot of our issues with representation of other Dominaria things and the rushed story could have been solved by having more than one set. Seems strange to me. I mean, we're still having four sets a year, right? They couldn't dedicate at least two for such a big anniversary? Shrug.


    MaRo said that the 2-set paradigm was kind of a fail, so that's part of why they switched to one big set at a time.
    HOWEVER, he also said that Creative was no longer beholden to the "New block, new plane" standard. so they do have the freedom to have back-to-back big sets on the same plane, if the storyline dictates. So there is a possibility, however slim, that the next set will still be on Dominaria.


    This right here. We don't know what plane the next non-Core Standard set will be on. While it's likely that it won't be Dominaria, it's too soon to get upset about Dominaria being only one set.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on New and returning mechanics for return to Alara
    My main concern with an Alara return is that the shards probably should have some color bleed to indicate that the plane has reunified. You see that to some extent with Alara Reborn and some of the Alaran characters that came out in the Commander sets.

    I do like the mechanics though, especially Utilize and Award. Also, considering they developed independently of each other for a long time, the shards maintaining their mechanical and flavourful identities almost like nations wouldn't be a stretch.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
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    posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from Perkunas687 »
    Also, I am very angry that this is a one set block. >:(


    I'm generally not a fan of being on the same plane too long, but I wouldn't mind Dominaria getting a second set.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Full spoiler is up
    Teferi could have been such a great card if only he had a better ultimate Sigh...


    You typically don't judge a planeswalker card by its ultimate unless it's an ultimate you can reach quickly like Nahiri, the Harbinger or Nissa, Vital Force.

    Teferi's first two abilities can be useful in a control deck, which is probably where he'd be slotted into anyway.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Full spoiler is up
    Quote from theMarc »
    Oh, wow, Weatherlight really is the only vehicle in the set.

    I'm getting the impression that Vehicles will be used very sparingly compared to Equipment, which I don't have an issue with.

    Quote from Ashiok »
    Quote from Pouncing Kavu »
    Hold on there. Would anyone have said Codex Shredder would be a proven, competitive card when the set was released? What about Shrieking Affliction, Pack Rat, or Ethereal Armor? It's easy to tell how good a card is in retrospect. I think this is kind of a silly exercise.

    I think the most we can do right now is ask ourselves, how do we feel about this set, right now, compared to how we felt about other sets upon seeing the full spoiler? For me at least, this set is definitely above average. It's actually hard for me to understand how this set wouldn't wow someone.

    (When was Nivmagus Elemental ever good, though?)
    For most of these cards, no, I wouldn't. But I would have said for other cards that would end up not seeing play. It is questionable if these two things cancel themselves out, but what you asked me was what is a reference point for a set with good eternal impact, and that's what I gave to you. Of course I did it in hindisight, that's the safest way to do it.

    I think his point is that it's not fair to just dismiss cards when they're first spoiled, as there might be very different results when they're out in the wild.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Full spoiler is up
    Quote from Serafiend »
    Believe me, I wanted to LOVE this set.

    But once nostalgia-blindness subdues, ppl will realize how mediocre Dominaria is in terms of power level.


    I'm curious. What do you want? Every card (or 90% of the cards, to use the overused percentage) in the set to be Modern-playable?

    I haven't read many of your posts, but the ones I have do not give me the impression of someone who wants to like a set, much less love it.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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