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.
Quote from Tolarian PC Principal »Quote from idSurge »Yeah his ult is 'you win the game' unless they are stomping you and have a mass of tokens or something.
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.
Quote from Janky_Jay »Would they really do Devotion again? I thought it was an unpopular mechanic.
Quote from Tiro of Meletis »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.Quote from krishnath »Quote from Tiro of Meletis »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.
Quote from Tolarian PC Principal »Teferi could have been such a great card if only he had a better ultimate
Quote from Ashiok »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.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?)
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.
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...
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.
Quote from theMarc »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 Moppi »serves you right you vain, angel murdering W-- ~ All those work, all for nothing. She thought she out manouevered Bolas...
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.
Quote from the n00b king »Amazingly there are so many cards in this set that would be rares in any other set.
Quote from Jay13x »I hope so to. My thinking is that in the wake of his internal epiphany while fighting Bolas, Gideon will start using his hieromancy again. Jace seems primed to make a switch to a much greater use of illusion magic. Chandra I hope discovers new uses of her power - learning to cast something like The Purifying Fire would be an awesome use of her abilities.