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  • posted a message on Japanese Alternate art planeswalkers
    Wow those are amazing! Love the Tibalt. He looks as dapper as he did in his original card. The Saheeli and Vraska are also favorites.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [LEAK][BOOK SPOILER DISCUSSION] Ok....yeah... cool cards and all....WHO DIES ALREADY?
    What is the natural lifespan of an elder dragon anyway? All of the dead elders died unnatural deaths (killed). I suppose Palladia-Mors is still slumbering on Dominaria somewhere? If they are immortal then Bolas really does have an eternity to contemplate his fate.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    Quote from Xeruh »
    Why do the Ultimate Evil’s need to kill off half the cast and radically alter the planes? And I’d argue Bolas has done exactly the latter in regards to Amonkhet, and killed meaningful characters.


    Agree. I think Amonkhet and Innistrad were good examples of the villain getting a strong win. If you're following the lore the deaths on those planes (the gods and major angels on Innistrad) were impactful. Gideon's death will likely have even bigger ripples than Avacyn's or the Amonkhet gods' which were all emotional deaths.

    Also both those planes experienced major catacylsmic events with minimal major character deaths. So the body count at the end of WOTS is around the same. If anything Emrakul's influence on Innistrad should have resulted in far more death but it didn't.

    In fact we don't know what non-planeswalker characters may have died in this story do we? The spoilers mostly focused on the planeswalkers. What if some legendary creatures died? The spoilers that have leaked haven't covered the whole story. Trostani for instance is unaccounted for and they and Mat'Selesnya must have been affected by the animation of Vitu-Ghazi and its destruction.

    I'm excited to read the whole novel. Since all we have right now are the major pieces but there has to be more.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [LEAK][BOOK SPOILER DISCUSSION] Ok....yeah... cool cards and all....WHO DIES ALREADY?
    Quote from Goryo »
    Quote from Couver »



    That's the most disappointing part of this to me also. Creative didn't really use Ugin for all that much. This also greatly reduces the chances we will get a legendary creature version of a pre-sparked Ugin, since he's effectively being removed from the plot forever.


    Yeah this would be disappointing but I'm hoping they still give him a card. It seems like a waste after all the build up in the M19 story.


    Not at all! This is the payoff to all that buildup. Their destinies are entwined, and now Ugin has manipulated events and sacrificed himself to finally vanquish Bolas once and for all. How's that not "all that much"? That's huge, and indeed it's everything.

    MVP title in this finale absolutely goes to Ugin. In the end, Liliana, Gideon, and the rest of the heroes turned out to be chess pieces in his game. Bolas, like the audience, mistook those game pieces for the actual players -- but Bolas true opponent on Ravnica turned out to be Ugin all along. Bolas could not have won because he didn't understand what game he was actually playing, and on what game board, until it was too late. That's Sun Tzu 101: Know yourself, and know your enemy. Bolas did not know his true enemy. He was gloating over Gideon even as Ugin moved to checkmate him.

    I too would like to see more of Ugin, but this is really everything the story requires of him. This is his role, his destiny, his long journey fulfilled. I find it immensely satisfying. What could he possibly do, what ending could he have, that's greater or more significant than this?


    I agree storywise it has a nice symmetry. That they both 'end' together as they were born together and finally join their actual dead siblings in obscurity. It reminds me of this great Tolkein quote. The elder dragons are finally done. But selfishly Ugin is one of my favorite MTG characters so I would like a playable commander card for him. And I always wondered if he was always colourless or if he had a colour identity that he lost upon death and resurrection.

    So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on VorthosCast preview: Despark, Prison Realm
    Quote from Flisch »
    Wait, where's Rhonas and Kefnet? Don't tell me they killed them off before they could do anything cool, again.


    I wondered that as well. You would think Liliana would send all 4 at him. I guess they are destroyed by this point in the story. I also wonder what the Boar god is doing during all this? There have been no story indications as to what side it even fought on.




    That's the most disappointing part of this to me also. Creative didn't really use Ugin for all that much. This also greatly reduces the chances we will get a legendary creature version of a pre-sparked Ugin, since he's effectively being removed from the plot forever.


    Yeah this would be disappointing but I'm hoping they still give him a card. It seems like a waste after all the build up in the M19 story. Maybe in a supplemental set or in a Commander precon.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [LEAK][BOOK SPOILER DISCUSSION] Ok....yeah... cool cards and all....WHO DIES ALREADY?
    From what we know his plan was working perfectly. He lost some ground after a surprise arrival but gained it back with the god eternals arrival. He just made some minor miscalculations which can happen to any evil genius. The biggest I think was granting the eternals the ability to harvest sparks so easily and extending it to the eternalized gods. He kept a tight leash on the gods for the most part but it seems like when he let his guard down it gave the resistance an opening. I don't think any old eternal would have posed a threat to him but two eternalized gods who had been given some aspect of their original minds back are obviously a major challenge.

    I also think they caught him at the point of his ascension when he was vulnerable. It's in character to me that he would think he had won at that point and not be worrying about the insects he could squash after he attains godhood.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Signature Spell Book Gideon
    The flavor text on Worship <3 I love that he met an actual benevolent god before the end.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on VorthosCast preview: Despark, Prison Realm
    Quote from MarkXero »
    Quote from Couver »
    I'm guessing the art on God-Eternal Oketra is her firing her arrow at Bolas since it seems like she's shooting in the direction the sparks are flying.

    That was her shooting Gideon's pegasus out of the sky.


    Yeah I just saw that art/flavor text Frown

    NVM on closer inspection that IS Oketra along w/ Bontu. I thought it was just a random eternal.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on CoL_Merchant Spoiler: Mini-story of 4 cards (Trusted Pegasus, Oketra, Divine Arrow, Unlikely Aid)
    The feels for the pegasus Frown And shot down by my favorite god.

    The art on God-Eternal Oketra is sickning! It's going to look amazing as a foil.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on VorthosCast preview: Despark, Prison Realm
    Adore the flavor text on Despark! The Amonkhet gods were owed payback on Bolas. At least they got it at the very end.

    Edit: It actually looks like Bontu deals the killing blow (bite). Fitting given how he double crossed her (thought she kind of had that coming). I'm guessing the art on God-Eternal Oketra is her firing her arrow at Bolas since it seems like she's shooting in the direction the sparks are flying.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Leak Gideon (story spoiler)
    Quote from EasyLover »
    As my favourite Planeswalker-character eva, i don't care bout this card. Gideon stands for all the best things in white: Couragous, selfless, protective, loving etc.
    & by the way (gotta admit) very handsome & a physical powahouse !
    I don't wanna believe the clues . . . not The Man himself . . . Gideon d:`(


    It is sad. But at least he goes out heroic and on his own terms. Unlike some other great white characters that got corrupted before the end (Oketra, Avacyn, Bruna, Gisela). Those 4 hit hard. Especially Oketra.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Finale of Eternity
    I do love the trope of villains carrying their weakness so brazenly out in the open. I guess Bolas took notes from Sauron.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Leak Gideon (story spoiler)
    I wouldn't take this to mean he lives. Those look like his irregulars and they are dead. He could be in his 'heaven'.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Reddit Leak: Gideon's (SPOILER ALERT)
    I think he somehow manages to switch Liliana's contract with his invulnerability. The question would be if that is a permanent upgrade to Lili.



    I'm curious about that as well. Could be get an orzhov Liliana then?

    This is sad though. I liked Gideon. Not a huge Liliana fan so I would have preferred her story end here but that seemed highly unlikely.

    WOTC could never really win since all of the Gatewatch have fans. Characterwise at least it makes sense for Gideon to do this.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Oath of Kaya (Del Rey Books spoiler)
    Don't we need to wait for another return to Ravnica to see if Kaya actually hurt the Orzhov? It could turn out that Teysa is a much better leader than the Obzedat.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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