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Magic Market Index for April 20th, 2018
 
Pauper Review: Dominaria
 
The Limited Archetypes of Dominaria
  • 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
  • posted a message on Full spoiler is up
    Quote from idSurge »
    Yeah his ult is 'you win the game' unless they are stomping you and have a mass of tokens or something.

    Hes good.


    Actually, no, his ultimate doesn't win you the game at all. You win the game by getting your opponent's life total down to 0 or making him draw all his cards. Teferi does none of those things, and that's why he's not a good control planeswalker. A control planeswalker needs to win you the game in order to be good. Just look up every control planeswalker that was ever succesful and every control planeswalker that was not and this will become very clear.
    Teferi will be a failure just like Dovin Baan and Narset, unfortunately, because I have been longing for a good blue/white planeswalker for a long time.


    Jace, Architect of Thought didn't win you the game, and he was necessary in Control in Return to Ravnica Standard.

    Narset was a failure because she had no removal options, and it was easy to whiff with her. Dovin failed because he only stopped one thing that was already on the board from fatally hitting him, and only drew you a card with some life gain with his minus.

    Teferi's +1 draws and untaps two lands to provide some avenue for counter backup, and his -3 removes a threat presumably long enough to keep it from killing him or you.

    I can't say with 100% certainty if he'll succeed in Standard, but at least I'm willing to give him a chance to prove himself.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on I think the next "block" might be Theros
    Quote from Janky_Jay »
    Would they really do Devotion again? I thought it was an unpopular mechanic.


    That's news to me, considering how I've always seen people singing that mechanic's praises. Truth be told, Devotion was one of the more (if not the most) successful mechanics that debuted in Theros block, and I'd find it odd if it didn't return in Theros return set. Monstrosity was also neat, and I wouldn't mind it returning.

    Heroic was OK, and I could see it returning too, but I'm not a fan of it personally. Constellation was interesting, and they could have done a lot more with it to make enchantments-matter a viable thing, but it had the misfortune of only appearing in the third set.

    Tribute and Bestow, on the other hand, were mechanics that just downright sucked. Tribute was bad, and Bestow could have been OK if the bestow costs weren't so high.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Full spoiler is up
    I do wish Jaya looked more impressive than she does, but who knows what she ends up doing.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on I think the next "block" might be Theros
    Quote from krishnath »
    In the most recent story, Ajani departed to gather more allies. Whether this involves Elspeth, or he put her on the back burner to handle Bolas first, I cannot say. Not sure how she would be able to assist. Rescuing her seems a lot more complicated than just gathering other allies. Besides, I feel like they'd use Gideon as the road back to Theros before Elspeth or Ajani. I wonder if Heliod has a Blackblade headed his way. Not that he deserves it (IMO).

    Oh, Heliod definitely deserves it. He's the true villain of Theros block. And the fun part, I am fairly certain that Erebos and Kruphix would assist, as they seem to be the two most decent gods of Theros. Ok, Karametra and Ephara are pretty chill as well. Heliod wants what's in the best interest of Theros. Also, why did Elspeth promise to exchange her life for Daxos?

    But as much as I like Theros, I think it is to early to tell if the next non-core set is a return or not.
    Heliod isn't a villain at all. Before Elspeth enters Nyx, Thassa has her Bident stolen by a Planeswalker. Xenagos is one too, causing all sorts of turmoil. And who does Heliod learn that Elspeth is a Planeswalker from, and what a Planeswalker actually is, from? Phenax. I can only imagine what kind of skew that information had.


    Well there's also that thing about Heliod declaring himself "The greatest of these" when that probably isn't true, and fighting with Purphoros, neither of which was caused by planeswalker activity.

    Also, you mention Kiora, but even Thassa didn't want Elspeth and Ajani on a pike. IIRC, Nylea even warned Elspeth and Ajani to get out of dodge before Heliod showed up. Heliod is a ****, and everyone who didn't worship him knew it.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from NZB2323 »
    Quote from OathboundOne »
    Quote from Yatsufusa »
    I really hope the Raven Man is a separate entity (whether Lim-Dul or not) and not just Doctor Jest 2.0. As I said before, I feel Liliana's story (and character) rather cliche and while it was initially fun to speculate, Bolas himself and his plans (being behind almost everything) is also starting to feel cliche and if the Raven Man is both of those combined I think the Raven Man will become the most boring thing I've actually read in hindsight. I'd rather the Raven Man be an impediment to Bolas's control over Liliana, but not to the Gatewatch's benefit either. Also, the Chain Veil is probably irrelevant "demon #5" at this point, Bolas has demonstrated it is effectively worthless against him and it has been proven both the Veil and the Raven Man were terrified (and most likely outmatched) of Emrakul. So basically Liliana is being "controlled" by a power-level of Veil < Raven Man < Bolas, but in three different directions at once... unless Emrakul did hijack into Liliana as well.

    It's a bit sad to say, but I think Jodah got the oldwalker treatment due to his immortality (yes I know he wasn't one and in fact hated them, but it just makes it even more ironic), except he's less arrogant and more of complacent instead (at least he went "Oh no" and was listening to solutions rather then "It's not my fault it's theirs" like some Sphinx did...), but it still seems all out-of-place.

    The whole artifact debacle is also rather confusing, because we don't have the timeline for Blackblade's arrival and there's a lot of dementia magic involved. Was Thom sent in after Blackblade arrived and he had the knowledge of Blackblade, or did he successfully sneak Blackblade out (to New Argive) and got abandoned, or did he sneak something else out (or failed to sneak something out) and had Blackblade overwritten as a disguise, or was he sent in before Blackblade, was mentally transmitted of Belzenlok acquiring the Blade and since he didn't sneak the artifact out, Blackblade was the only memory they could see? I feel like blaming Jodah for just saying "it's missing" without specifying what it is, because the wand could also just be anything...

    The story is well structured, but I can feel the missing-information-rifts when it comes to trying to associate old characters with new plotlines (Karn's refusal to speak to Jhoira, Jodah's relative carelessness, the artifact confusion), but even with that I really like Gideon & Liliana feel like they're two kids when placed beside these ageless characters. In a way it almost feels like they're saying "even complacent confused older characters are somewhat more mature than the young Gatewatch". Only Raff felt even younger, but hey the new Weatherlight crew are the actual kids of the story to start with...

    (emphasis mine)

    Occam's Razor would suggest that simply taking the stories in chronological order (with the timelines of Jhoira's recruitment mission and Tiana/Arvad's story overlapping) puts the delivery of the Blackblade to Belzenlok 2-3months ago, which is a good amount of time for Thom to know about it before infiltrating Tolaria West (particularly given that Belzenlok definitely doesn't seem the type to hide that he has it in his possession).

    The artifact Thom was stealing reasonably was the thus-far-unnamed wand. Because again, if Thom has succeeded in his mission of stealing Blackblade from Tolaria West why would he come back?


    He would go back to get another artifact, and act as a spy. That’s what spies do. Do you really think that Sorcerer’s Wand is the ancient, famous artifact Bolas wants to aggrandize himself? No, it’s Blackblade.


    Considering that artifact is presumably the one he took out of the box (which probably isn't big enough to hold a sword), yes I do really think that.

    Also I think you mean Belzenlok, not Bolas.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Gideon: We will never use a soul-drinker ever. Never ever.

    Flavour text of said soul-drinker: Hold my beer.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on The Vorthos Cast: In Bolas's Clutches
    Quote from theMarc »
    Quote from Moppi »
    serves you right you vain, angel murdering W-- ~ All those work, all for nothing. Laughing She thought she out manouevered Bolas...
    I doubt she even thought about outmaneuvering Bolas. This seems more like a "didn't read the fine print" situation. Which, to be fair, is at least as foolish.
    Quote from orlouge82 »
    You guys realize this means that Bolas is super dead now because of plot no jutsu, right?
    Good. His death never should have been retconned to begin with.
    And he's been a really boring villain ever since his resurrection. Possibly before even then; I haven't read any of his pre-Time Spiral appearances, so I don't know how good he was in Legends. But WotC clearly doesn't know how to do anything interesting with him these days, so I think it's time they got rid of him.


    It's not like they're starving for antagonists either. Ob Nixilis, Emrakul, Nahiri (possibly), Dovin Baan (again, possibly) and New Phyrexia are all waiting in the wings.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Thran Temporal Gateway, The Mending of Dominaria
    Quote from AnImAr_ »
    Quicksilver Amulet what? 5C Legends is gonna be serious in EDH.


    It's a good thing Omniscience isn't historic.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Thran Temporal Gateway, The Mending of Dominaria
    >Thran Temporal Gateway

    Captain Sisay has a brand new toy to stock on the shelf with Paradox Engine.

    I also like the implications for artifact decks in EDH in general.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on "Fungus Ground"
    Quote from the n00b king »
    Amazingly there are so many cards in this set that would be rares in any other set.


    I'm not sure who to commend for this: The new Play Design (?) team or Richard Garfield or someone else.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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