Three Sets for the Old Blocks under old style,
Seven sets the eternal formats, their cards stand-alone,
Nine sets duel decks with room to grow,
One set for the for the God-Pharoh to return home,
To break apart the gatewatch, and set-up their rise.
One set to highlight them all, One set to find them,
One set to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of tarkir where Elder Dragons die.
Are you saying that Tarkir will be important to the Gatewatch in the future?
Pretty card. Interesting ability that seems totally Commander to me.
Unless they've not spoiled a buttload of lifegain vampy cards, not Standard worthwhile. At 5 CMC play Crested Sunmare instead and win straight up with with lifegain when it sticks. Legendary makes it awkward too.
You can't even respond to Glorybringer by destroying it when it enters the battlefield :/ so it gets you for sure. Feels like Vamps are a tease this set. Maybe setting up for next set?
Eldrazi jumped quite a few tiers in strength between BFZ and OGW, so I guess anything is possible.
Also with each return to a world I think the planes will be fleshed out more. Ravnica has tons of stuff added on since the first block (oceans and merfolk, the spots where the guildpact are null, etc). Both Innistrad and Mirrodin had stuff "transformed" on it more then added but both did get a good refresher.
Innistrad still has those far-away continents we don't know about with those exotic lycanthropes, and I don't know too much about Mirrodin, but was there anything there still un-explored?
I honestly doubt it'll take another 5 years to see Ravnica again.
With so many plot threads tied to Ravnica (Ral being an agent of Bolas, Teysa vs Obzedat, Vraska's hostile take-over of the Golgari and Jace not being there for so long), I think it should be after Dominaria.
Maybe Illusion!Liliana was wrong. Maybe Bolas was the best thing that happened to him, because Bolas's mind-wipe seems to be paving the way for monumental character growth (which I hope they follow through with).
Also, if he somehow remembers his Vryn days, you have to account for the fact that he promised his parents that he'd return to them. That alone might be enough for him to go back there, but of course the larger plot would be centered around the mage-rings.
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.
Gideon actually using hieromancy would be great. This might be something weird to say, but it might even also pave the way for a Gideon card without the signature "turn-into-a-creature" ability, as he'll focus more on tactics and suppression magic than throwing himself into the thick of things. This would, in turn, broaden the design space for him.
Jace's Ixalan card does suggest that his Illusion magic will be more prominent, but we'll see. I still think that his lost memories of Vryn are the biggest obstacle to his potential, as he basically lost his experiences training under Alhammaret.
I hope the Gatewatch starts branching out in terms of the type of magic they use, or be more creative in their usage of said magic. As you said, Chandra's raw flames won't always cut it, which Bolas demonstrated; we know that she can create elementals and phoenixes, as well as use Ghostfire, yes we never saw any of that in her fight against Bolas. Nissa's leyline magic has untold potential, which can be a double-edged sword since it might make her too OP in the story.
A number of people think that Bolas is gunning for Dominaria, so it'd be interesting to see what goes on with that.