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  • posted a message on Packaging for Dominaria and M19
    Yeah, no Huatli. As I said at the beginning of the thread:


    Quote from SaprazZANY »
    Quote from VegaTDM »
    Is that huatli on the booster packs?
    That was my first reaction too, but on closer inspection it definitely isn't. Huatli's armor and weapons are always depicted as full of organic-feather shapes, where this character's armor has a far more traditional design, and the white/blue colour scheme is very different from Huatli's amber, red, and white scheme. Huatli also never uses shields as far as I'm aware, just those weird, half-circle things of questionable martial value. As for the Huatli in the planeswalker decks, it seems clear that they're just using placeholders to avoid putting spoiler cards in their packaging displays.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Packaging for Dominaria and M19
    Quote from VegaTDM »
    Is that huatli on the booster packs?
    That was my first reaction too, but on closer inspection it definitely isn't. Huatli's armor and weapons are always depicted as full of organic-feather shapes, where this character's armor has a far more traditional design, and the white/blue colour scheme is very different from Huatli's amber, red, and white scheme. Huatli also never uses shields as far as I'm aware, just those weird, half-circle things of questionable martial value. As for the Huatli in the planeswalker decks, it seems clear that they're just using placeholders to avoid putting spoiler cards in their packaging displays.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Future Themes of Commander Products
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    What do y'all think?


    I'd be surprised if we didn't get Serra. I think her and Urza where the biggest ones people where hoping for the first time around.

    Oh yeah, I totally should have put her on the list XD I'd love to see that, too. Her name is on one of Magic's most iconic cards. About time she got a card of her own (and Vanguard doesn't count XD)
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Future Themes of Commander Products
    The question is, what planeswalkers might you base four themes around? Last time they used the opportunity to give walker cards to old characters who never had the chance. Maybe it will be similar this time - so who are the candidates?
    - Jaya Ballard (yes she will likely be in dominaria, but as a de-sparked mage)
    - Urza (seems unlikely to me but y'never know)
    - Leshrac (possibly relevant if the Raven Man = Lim-Dûl theory is proven correct)
    - Azor (new players would be familiar with him and it'd be cool to see him in walker form)

    What do y'all think?
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Convince an Old Timer
    I wouldn't necessarily want to read *everything*. You certainly don't need to know every single plot point from all the various books, comics, online short stories etc. - and not all of them are good anyway. In your position, I'd want to read some of the well received ones to see whether it's worth catching up. Agents of Artifice for instance was a fun read, and would make a nice jumping-off point for post-mending storytelling. It makes some of the best use of the tighter focus and narrower scope of the neo-walkers that I've read (which isn't everything, to be fair). The good news for you is that pre-mending characters are - obviously - becoming more and more relevant. So if you read Agents of Artifice (or some other well-received bit of modern MtG storytelling) and find that you don't want to know more, then maybe just wait until the Dominaria shorts start appearing online, and pick up lore as you go, looking stuff up if it seems interesting.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
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    Something I only just noticed: the elf with the daggers has a set of leather straps around their left eye, kind of like an eyepatch without the patch. Paying homage to Freyalise?


    It's almost certain they're of Llanowar, because Llanowar Elves have always* been depicted with an eyepatch/goggle over their left eye. If I recall my lore correctly, it was Freyalise who began wearing an eyepatch to honour their devotion to her.

    *apart from the abysmal 7th Edition version.


    I don't know how many times I've looked at that Alpha Llanowar Elves art and not realized that that thing was an eyepatch (I just thought it was some weird abstract stylization, like mtg's older art tends to have), or looked at the modern art and not noticed the straps. Thank you for gifting me with insight on this day.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Murder
    Quote from LuckyJoe1988 »
    Not sure if they spoiled that on purpose or not... Uhh

    I mean they had to have been given the card image in the first place, and I'm pretty sure Josh Lee Kwai is a professional video editor. There's no way they did this by accident.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Something I only just noticed: the elf with the daggers has a set of leather straps around their left eye, kind of like an eyepatch without the patch. Paying homage to Freyalise?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Murder
    Spoiled on the Command Zone podcast, common card from M13 will be Murder
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    I'm actually super pleased by the way they explained the arts that never happened. It's kind of meta that both we and Bolas were confused by them.

    Jace popping up on the Weatherlight was a really cool moment. I love that Old Lady Jaya is just immediately unimpressed. I imagine her being kind of like Old Toph from Avatar. Ancient, badass, cranky, hard to impress, but slightly creaky about the joints. And Chad - I mean Gideon gets to make Jace a workout routine. He's going to be so thoroughly pleased :3
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Masters 25
    Slightly off-topic: I would like to take a moment to thank user Tyrannosaursstomp for the well reasoned, essay-length post. Especially for someone with a grand total of 4 posts on this forum (as of my reading their post), it's really encouraging to see how much thought they put into this discussion. I think this kind of intelligent discourse promotes a healthy community, and I will be more likely to stick around here the more posts of this kind I see. +1
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Banned and restricted announcement Feb 12 JtMS unbanned
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    I don't get the complaints about Jace being in Masters 25 and that somehow meaning they are using this unban to sell packs. They reprinted him FTV 20 and did not unban him. They reprinted him in EMA and did not unban him. I would argue that since they said in the article they talk about Jace every so often, they have been increasing supply of Jace for this reason. Are people suggesting that they can never unban a card in Modern because it is being printed in a set to generate more supply?
    Reprinting JTMS to meet supply caused by a well-founded unban that would happen anyway to make a format better? Good. Unbanning JTMS with the main intention being to make a reprint set sell, not make a format better? Not good. Which one is this?


    I dunno, we don't have access to that information, so whichever one fits your bias, I guess.

    We will learn the real answer in about 6 months, if Jace proves fine in the format or if Wizards have to go through the humiliation of rebanning him

    And if Jace does get rebanned within the next year they will never live down the fact that they messed up Modern just to try a push a few more packs of Masters 25


    Jace is fine. Look at the top decks of both the PT and the GP. Most of those decks do not care about Jace.

    The point I'm trying to make here is a response to people saying that the main reason WotC is unbanning Jace is to sell M25 boosters, irrespective of the impact this will have on the game. The point is this: we have no way of knowing that, but some people are jumping to conclusions based on whether their bias is to generally trust or generally distrust WotC. The arguments about whether this is a good idea for the game or not are a different argument (and the right argument to be having, since we can speculate on that based using real information)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Banned and restricted announcement Feb 12 JtMS unbanned
    Quote from Havrekjex »
    Quote from WizardMN »
    I don't get the complaints about Jace being in Masters 25 and that somehow meaning they are using this unban to sell packs. They reprinted him FTV 20 and did not unban him. They reprinted him in EMA and did not unban him. I would argue that since they said in the article they talk about Jace every so often, they have been increasing supply of Jace for this reason. Are people suggesting that they can never unban a card in Modern because it is being printed in a set to generate more supply?
    Reprinting JTMS to meet supply caused by a well-founded unban that would happen anyway to make a format better? Good. Unbanning JTMS with the main intention being to make a reprint set sell, not make a format better? Not good. Which one is this?


    I dunno, we don't have access to that information, so whichever one fits your bias, I guess.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Masters 25
    I can't help but feel that a lot of this argument is a little premature, with all of 3 cards being revealed so far, and spoiler season not set to begin for another 17 days.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Something just occurred to me: Huatli just did exactly what Jace told Azor off for doing, what Ral nagged Jace for doing, and what Oldwalkers in general are maligned for. She acquired a position of power on her plane, and instead of using her authority to try and change the Sun Empire for the better when the emperor started doing scummy *****, she literally 'walked away from her problems. It's this tempting freedom that leads to disregard for any given plane. It's an interesting facet of walkers, and I like Huatli much less for it.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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