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Magic Market Index for April 20th, 2018
 
Pauper Review: Dominaria
 
The Limited Archetypes of Dominaria
  • posted a message on The Vorthos Cast: In Bolas's Clutches
    Quote from krishnath »
    And, unsurprisingly, Nissa called it, and Gideon and Chandra looks like fools.


    Nissa wasn't aware that Bolas had hidden fine print, and neither was Liliana presumably.

    She's only right as far as calling that killing off Lili's demons is a bad idea.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Vorthos Cast: In Bolas's Clutches
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    2. This is a story spotlight card, which have all been new thus far.

    Not since Amonkhet's Renewed Faith - at the least.

    The way the introduce legendariness on this is kinda weird, but it's functional and helps convey that the thing taken is special.

    The line definitely has mechanical relevance. I assume the issue is that they really wanted this card to reference legendary-ness, but at the same time did not want to make this a card that hoses the set's theme - and considering that the solution they came up with is quite great.


    I forgot Renewed Faith, so I'll say that most are, but there's at least precedence.

    I agree that the approach they took here is neat, as it supports the legendary/historic theme while balancing the gameplay with flavour.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on "Weatherlight can no longer planeshift..."
    Yeah Bolas is behind every door and they wasted the Eldrazi. So Phyrexians are all that is left and they have to get off plane to be a threat. I guess they can unleash Marit Lage or go full on Civil War or make a Society of Villains.


    You do know Emrakul is still a potential threat, right?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on The Vorthos Cast: In Bolas's Clutches
    Quote from TheGroglord »
    I don't really get the flavor of it becoming legendary, is it just because now instead of being anyone's Lantern of Insight it is now Bolas' Lantern of Insight? I guess Legendary is a theme of the set but it's still weird.

    I would have though confiscate would have been a nice reprint and some nostalgia since the old art had a young teferi and I'm sure they could have had him being the doing doing the confiscating now.

    Also confiscate's flavour text is 100000x better IMO:

    "I don't understand why he works so hard on a device to duplicate a sound so easily made with hand and armpit."
    —Barrin, progress report


    1. The flavour is that the thing Bolas steals is legendary, but to make it more playable, it can be anything.

    2. This is a story spotlight card, which have all been new thus far.

    3. This card's flavour text is clear about what's happening. The flavour text you quoted sounds like a bad joke to me at face value.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Liliana: But..but, I don't understand!

    Bolas: Did you really think I brokered those deals for free? That I, Nicol Bolas, had no ulterior motive whatsoever?

    Liliana: Well yeah?

    Bolas: *Facepalm*
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on "Weatherlight can no longer planeshift..."
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    I am sorry I fail to see why Jace would be more useful on the Weatherlight then especially Karn or Teferi. You know two people who actually worked under Urza. Jace is no Artificer.


    I think he could be one if he wanted to, considering he made several simple tools and a raft himself when he was stranded on Useless Island.


    That is generic Blue Mage stuff. Making some simple tools and raft doesn't make one the roughly equivalent of a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
    I expect any sufficiently smart person with free time to be able to cobble that stuff together.
    Jace contributing anything to the Weatherlight is full on Mary Sue or Gary Stu if you ask me.
    Also you didn't answer how he be better at it then Karn or Teferi?


    You're assuming I was trying to answer anything. I was just pointing out that I think Jace has the potential to be a decent artificer.



    Decent Artificer doesn't constitute being able to contribute anything of note to the Weatherlight. One of the greatest pierces of Artifice in the past several thousand years of MtG Lore.


    First, I didn't make such a claim. I was just talking about Jace himself.

    Second, I don't want Jace to just immediately become an expert on the ship. I don't know what role he might play on the crew, if any. His number #1 priority at the moment is Ravnica, so he might not even be there for very long.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on "Weatherlight can no longer planeshift..."
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    I am sorry I fail to see why Jace would be more useful on the Weatherlight then especially Karn or Teferi. You know two people who actually worked under Urza. Jace is no Artificer.


    I think he could be one if he wanted to, considering he made several simple tools and a raft himself when he was stranded on Useless Island.


    That is generic Blue Mage stuff. Making some simple tools and raft doesn't make one the roughly equivalent of a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
    I expect any sufficiently smart person with free time to be able to cobble that stuff together.
    Jace contributing anything to the Weatherlight is full on Mary Sue or Gary Stu if you ask me.
    Also you didn't answer how he be better at it then Karn or Teferi?


    You're assuming I was trying to answer anything. I was just pointing out that I think Jace has the potential to be a decent artificer. He obviously has to undergo the training for it, but with the mechanical skills he demonstrated with the thaumatic compass and Vraska's telescope, in addition to the stuff he cobbled together on Useless Island, he has the knack for it.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on "Weatherlight can no longer planeshift..."
    I am sorry I fail to see why Jace would be more useful on the Weatherlight then especially Karn or Teferi. You know two people who actually worked under Urza. Jace is no Artificer.


    I think he could be one if he wanted to, considering he made several simple tools and a raft himself when he was stranded on Useless Island.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from Kman »
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    You mean Eldritch Moon. Also I don't think that's intentional.


    That's a heck of a coincidence then.


    The article specifically tells us that the purple veil smoke represents Bezlenok.Horns and wings and such...........not to get on you but it happens quite often that people speculate or misinterpret a card because they dont bother to actually read the articles associated with the spoiler

    Check out the purple magic erupting from Liliana. While it superficially mimics her tattoos, it's specifically forming horns and wings around her. Here she's enacting Belzenlok's will. The implied Belzenlok here speaks to his shadowy work altering Dominaria's history in order to accumulate even more power. This seems like an omen that won't bode will for Liliana's future in this set


    I don't read the articles associated with the spoiler because they are usually boring, and going to WOTC's really really crap website for anything aside from the two things I have specific bookmarks for is not worth it, and it is doubly not worth it because Liliana is a terrible character and I only pointed it out because it might have been foreshadowing for the character who lives on a plane to invoke a magical pattern looking like the set symbol that was the last major storyline on that plane, and god help us they aren't going to do the smart thing and kill Lili off so she is going to be there when they actually deal with that storyline.


    I still don't get why you think Liliana is such a terrible character.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from Kman »
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    You mean Eldritch Moon. Also I don't think that's intentional.


    That's a heck of a coincidence then.


    The article specifically tells us that the purple veil smoke represents Bezlenok.Horns and wings and such...........not to get on you but it happens quite often that people speculate or misinterpret a card because they dont bother to actually read the articles associated with the spoiler

    Check out the purple magic erupting from Liliana. While it superficially mimics her tattoos, it's specifically forming horns and wings around her. Here she's enacting Belzenlok's will. The implied Belzenlok here speaks to his shadowy work altering Dominaria's history in order to accumulate even more power. This seems like an omen that won't bode will for Liliana's future in this set


    So, in other words, Liliana won't just get off scot-free for attempting to kill Belzenlok.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Blackblade Reforged
    Quote from Minoke »
    Wait... the flavor text... I thought the elder dragon it was used on was Bolas... and now 'it may yet taste another's'? Wouldn't that be Bolas again?


    The Elder Dragon it was used on was named Piru, and it was wielded at that time by a guy named Dakkon.

    It was never used on Bolas, but it looks like that's about to change.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Tetsuko Umezawa, fugitive
    Quote from Fumar »


    Yes, of course, let's all take a minute to remember how understated Asian hairstyles were back in the da--




    Well OK then. That's a thing, or was a thing.

    Anyway, I don't really care that much about her hair. While it's a shame that she can't be used in Doran EDH, Edric EDH will eat her right up.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on "Weatherlight can no longer planeshift..."
    Quote from void_nothing »
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    Quote from void_nothing »
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    Quote from NZB2323 »
    Plot twist: the Weatherlight is in Bolas’s clutches and then he puts the planar bridge in it.


    Can the Planar Bridge portal fit the Weatherlight? It's big enough to fit the Immortal Sun and a standard Gearhulk, but the Weatherlight is much more massive than both.

    I find it unlikely that the problem would rest on "they didn't make the gate emitter wide enough" - if the Weatherlight can't go through there's going to be a different explanation.


    Like a "The ship's hull is organic, so it will get vaporized" kind of explanation?

    Maybe. Probably, I'd even venture. Or "failsafe enchantments/panic button"?


    Regardless of the reason/justification, it does feel almost like a wasted opportunity. I do kinda hope they find some way to sneak planeshifting for people who aren't walkers back in as a story element, but I understand that they want travel between planes of existence to be something special.

    On the other hand, maybe they're saving that for when they decide to bring New Phyrexia back in as an antagonistic force?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on "Weatherlight can no longer planeshift..."
    Quote from void_nothing »
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    Quote from NZB2323 »
    Plot twist: the Weatherlight is in Bolas’s clutches and then he puts the planar bridge in it.


    Can the Planar Bridge portal fit the Weatherlight? It's big enough to fit the Immortal Sun and a standard Gearhulk, but the Weatherlight is much more massive than both.

    I find it unlikely that the problem would rest on "they didn't make the gate emitter wide enough" - if the Weatherlight can't go through there's going to be a different explanation.


    Like a "The ship's hull is organic, so it will get vaporized" kind of explanation?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on "Weatherlight can no longer planeshift..."
    Quote from NZB2323 »
    Plot twist: the Weatherlight is in Bolas’s clutches and then he puts the planar bridge in it.


    Can the Planar Bridge portal fit the Weatherlight? It's big enough to fit the Immortal Sun and a standard Gearhulk, but the Weatherlight is much more massive than both.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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