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Treasure Cruisin' Modern UR Control
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 6-19 Omniscience
    A few ways Chromium can kill an opponent:
    1) 3 hits over 3 normal turns.
    2) Hatred to insta-gib one player.
    3) Double strike to shave off one turn such as Battle Mastery or Fireshrieker
    4) Extra turn shenanigans.
    5) Quietus Spike to whittle an opponent's health down.

    Among a plethora of other methods. Chromium is one of the most straight forward control finishers printed and yet it seems like some can't wrap their brains around it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Bone Dragon Channel Fireball
    I can't see myself playing more than 2 of this card in a deck, even 2 is pushing it. Its got a "last-ditch effort" feel to it.
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  • posted a message on TheMarySue - New Planeswalker Vivien Reid + Vivien's Invocation
    Bet nobody today was expecting a lesson in history and naming conventions of that time period for a planeswalker in a core set.


    Believe it or not I knew about 95% of the information you shared. Wink But its good for others that haven't been exposed to that information before.

    That said, I still find her a dull planeswalker and would rather see Garruk fill that slot. Again, to each their own.
    I'm glad you know as well. Sharing knowledge is a wonderful thing. Smile
    Mechanically I agree she could use much more interesting abilities. Like I was just spitballing but something more like:
    +1: Create a 0/0 green Spirit creature token with two +1/+1 counters and "If it would be dealt damage, prevent it. Remove a +1/+1 counter from it."
    -1: Put a +1/+1 counter on target spirit creature you control. Vivien, Spirit Ranger deals damage equal to that creatures power to target creature you don’t control.
    -8: [emblem ultimate that works with spirits]

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on TheMarySue - New Planeswalker Vivien Reid + Vivien's Invocation
    Quote from Colt47 »
    She's not terribly exciting as a walker. There are planeswalkers that define decks, and then there are walkers like this one that just sort of support decks if nothing better is around. She will see some play, but man this feels vanilla. I guess the idea is that if someone is playing green with ramp she's really a turn 3 or 4 play?
    Yep. With just a Llanowar Elves or Grow from the Ashes she comes out Turn 4; both result in turn 3.
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  • posted a message on TheMarySue - New Planeswalker Vivien Reid + Vivien's Invocation
    Did they just pick up the phonebook and point to a random name for her?

    What's next?

    Mike Smith, Preparer of Taxes
    Jane Doe, Baker to the Masses
    1)Vivian, derived from the latin name Vivianus meaning "Alive" and was used often in Denmark, Europe, France, Norway. Specifically the name of a bishop who provided protection from the visigoths.
    2) Reid is a name used in europe, by older scots. It means "Red" and refers to someone who lived in a clearing or woodland clearing.
    3) Her plane's name, Skalla, is a word used in Icelandic and Norse and Swedish.
    4) The group she is part of, the Smaragdi, is a middle english word from the 12th century meaning "Emerald".
    5) Her artwork: https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/06/Vivien-Reid-Anna-Steinbauer_v1_current.jpg

    So lets combine this shall we with her artwork.
    1) Vivien is in a destroyed/damaged woodland clearing.
    2) Vivien has reddish skin.
    3) Vivien is alive.
    4) The animals, as spirits, are alive.
    5) Her clothes, mana, and spirit animals are green like an emerald.
    6) She has three emeralds in her clothes.
    7) She butted heads (skalla) with Nicol Bolas


    Understood, but this is Fantasy, you aren't handcuffed to Earthly naming conventions. There are probably dozens of Vivien Reid just in North America alone. Probably not a lot of Chandra Nalaars out there. (That haven't legally changed their names).
    They were chosen with purpose. They were chosen on earthly naming conventions. It maybe fantasy, but the person who created her made intentional flavor choices.
    And imho I find that suspect. To each their own.
    I can even explain her reddish skin. As aside from her surname of Reid "Red", Vivian's race would be the equivalent of the Thule people, the prototype of Inuits. The Thule and Inuit people themselves can have a bronze-ish and(/or) reddish skin tone. The Visigoths knew of these people and used the word Skraeling for them, this word can mean "weakling". But it at also has variations which mean other things. Skraelingi meaning "barbarian or savage". Skraekja meaning "brawl, shout, or yell". While uncertain, the word Skra "dried" may have also been used in reference to the dried animal pelts that the Thule people wore. These terms were also used in later centuries for the Native Indian tribes in the Americas when exploring what is described as Vinland "Wineland" or "Vineland" by Leif Erikson and the other settlement called Straumfjordr "Flowing Inlet" by Erik the Red. The Inuit people themselves are recognized as a Native Indian Tribe. While Leif and Erik had problems with the Native Indians, Thorfinn Karlsefni had peaceful trade negoations with them until an incident involving a bull. Thorfinn and his other colonizers managed to stay there for three years which is the longest for his people before the bull incident.

    So to summarize/clarify:
    1) The heritage of Vivian Reid's people is most likely based on the Thule/Inuit people.
    2) The Inuit people are considered arctic Native Indians.
    3) She is a ranger and guardian of nature, which outsiders may perceive her and the Smaragdi as a "savage" or "barbarian" group.
    4) She likely brawls with others in her own ranger way.
    5) She likely wore dried animal pelts before this outfit.
    6) Her people, the Smaragdi, likely fought with Skalla's equivalent of Visigoths when protecting Nature which correlates back to Visigoths trying to Colonize Vinland and getting driven out by the Native Indians.
    7) The Smaragdi and Visigoths in this world likely had a tenuous peace treaty before all hell broke loose with Nicol Bolas.

    Bet nobody today was expecting a lesson in history and naming conventions of that time period for a planeswalker in a core set.
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  • posted a message on TheMarySue - New Planeswalker Vivien Reid + Vivien's Invocation
    Did they just pick up the phonebook and point to a random name for her?

    What's next?

    Mike Smith, Preparer of Taxes
    Jane Doe, Baker to the Masses
    1)Vivian, derived from the latin name Vivianus meaning "Alive" and was used often in Denmark, Europe, France, Norway. Specifically the name of a bishop who provided protection from the visigoths.
    2) Reid is a name used in europe, by older scots. It means "Red" and refers to someone who lived in a clearing or woodland clearing.
    3) Her plane's name, Skalla, is a word used in Icelandic and Norse and Swedish.
    4) The group she is part of, the Smaragdi, is a middle english word from the 12th century meaning "Emerald".
    5) Her artwork: https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/06/Vivien-Reid-Anna-Steinbauer_v1_current.jpg

    So lets combine this shall we with her artwork.
    1) Vivien is in a destroyed/damaged woodland clearing.
    2) Vivien has reddish skin.
    3) Vivien is alive.
    4) The animals, as spirits, are alive.
    5) Her clothes, mana, and spirit animals are green like an emerald.
    6) She has an emerald in her headband.


    Understood, but this is Fantasy, you aren't handcuffed to Earthly naming conventions. There are probably dozens of Vivien Reid just in North America alone. Probably not a lot of Chandra Nalaars out there. (That haven't legally changed their names).
    They were chosen with purpose. They were chosen on earthly naming conventions. It maybe fantasy, but the person who created her made intentional flavor choices.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on TheMarySue - New Planeswalker Vivien Reid + Vivien's Invocation
    Did they just pick up the phonebook and point to a random name for her?

    What's next?

    Mike Smith, Preparer of Taxes
    Jane Doe, Baker to the Masses
    1)Vivian, derived from the latin name Vivianus meaning "Alive" and was used often in Denmark, Europe, France, Norway. Specifically the name of a bishop who provided protection from the visigoths.
    2) Reid is a name used in europe, by older scots. It means "Red" and refers to someone who lived in a clearing or woodland clearing.
    3) Her plane's name, Skalla, is a word used in Icelandic and Norse and Swedish.
    4) The group she is part of, the Smaragdi, is a middle english word from the 12th century meaning "Emerald".
    5) Her artwork: https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/06/Vivien-Reid-Anna-Steinbauer_v1_current.jpg

    So lets combine this shall we with her artwork.
    1) Vivien is in a destroyed/damaged woodland clearing.
    2) Vivien has reddish skin.
    3) Vivien is alive.
    4) The animals, as spirits, are alive.
    5) Her clothes, mana, and spirit animals are green like an emerald.
    6) She has three emeralds in her clothes.
    7) She butted heads (skalla'd) with Nicol Bolas
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on TheMarySue - New Planeswalker Vivien Reid + Vivien's Invocation
    Quote from Rakath »
    Anyway. This is a core set, complexity level is low on core sets. This is a monocolor walker in a core set, the goal is to not break the new players. Power level wise she's higher than Walker deck walkers, and as far as interesting, let's look at every other first meeting mono color walker their first time.
    1) Being in a core set =/= boring character.
    2) Not complexity, its mechanics not matching flavor.
    3) Mono color planesalker in a core set =/= "new player friendly".
    4) Just going to point this: Elspeth, Knight-Errant is the first iteration, not Elspeth Tirel.

    While they're sometimes more complex (especially on ult), they aren't actually that flexible in their actions as, say, later printings of the same walker character. Most walkers our first run-in with them are fairly boring. I'm sure a few of those are exceptions (like OG Sorin being fairly interesting in a dumb way). Probably the most interesting of all of those is Tybalt. He isn't good, but he's interesting.
    False. What an individual finds "Interesting" will vary from their peers.
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  • posted a message on TheMarySue - New Planeswalker Vivien Reid + Vivien's Invocation
    Mechanical-fail walker. I expected something that mechanically would resemble spirit animals. This could have taken any of the following forms.
    1) Damage prevention clause from Phantom creatures (IE Phantom Tiger) as an emblem.
    2) Creating spirit animal tokens.
    3) Returning a creature in your graveyard to the battlefield and giving it the spirit subtype.
    4) The emblem, as it is, also giving your creatures the spirit subtype.

    Unrelated, but they might as well have called Skalla "Nordic Battle World" as that is what Skalla essentially means: "headbutt" or "butt". Unless its a plane more about sound as per the Swedish version of Skalla meaning "ring out" or "blast" or "resound" which would be very different and interesting. Even a mix of the two would be a cool concept of norseman battling using sound.
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  • posted a message on Global series card image gallery and deck list up
    Plus there is that sickening feeling when you realize that it won't be just this for the global series, the next one is guaranteed to be this same quality. As that is just how they operate with their products, months in advance.

    I don't understand the design philosophy they employed as only place in the world can play with these cards anyway so they should be stronger than those released on a global scale in their planeswalker decks. As what sort of offering is this to a neighbor? "We want to promote our card game in your country, so as a token of goodwill take this special box filled with draft fodder."

    So when there is a global series that is exclusive to the USA (Western Myths) or in Norway (Norse Myths), the cards may look nice but they could just be more draft fodder.
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  • posted a message on Global series card image gallery and deck list up
    @Silver_Spellthief: They probably thought a shock would be breaking the power budget. Laughing
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  • posted a message on Spellslinger's opening titles has spoilers
    Quote from Creedmoor »
    I'm guessing that horse is a Hexproof 5/5 that can't be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.
    And it also costs GGG.
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  • posted a message on [GS1]] Global Series: Jiang Yanggu vs. Mu Yanling - Video Trailer
    Quote from Jiyor »
    So let me let see if i understand this right. Mu has a tragic story that should have ignited her spark, but doesn’t indicate that she did just that she passed out. No indication of drasticly different surroundings. Jiang doesn’t imply planeswalking at all.
    So what was the point of intoducing charaters whos are planeswalkers, but not planeswalk? At least with Elspeth ist was stated she had put no longer wanted to.
    It doesn't state for Jiang on what the trigger was either. There is the possibility they already became planeswalkers and we are following their adventures.

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  • posted a message on Apex of Power - Red Mythic
    Would be great in Commander...if Worldfire was unbanned.
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  • posted a message on Battlebond Seems Like It Will Be A Good Masters Set
    I think its so far shaping up to be a good set from a financial and fun perspective.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
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