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  • posted a message on Don Krenko, Combo Goblins
    Quote from wery67564 »
    I think I read through everything fairly thoroughly, but I didn't see any mention on the exclusion or inclusion of Massive Raid. Thoughts?
    Massive Raid was on a very, very early version of this list (before the primer). As I'm not looking at the 'back to basics', I'm going to figure out where I could slot it in again.

    Quote from snowfox54119 »
    Would this list have any use for the new Volley Veteran?

    Seems like it could offer some fun utility too with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker as a potential wincon.
    It could! Volley Veteran didn't make the initial cut, but it's on the list to figure out a space for.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Don Krenko, Combo Goblins
    BACK TO BASICS UPDATE

    So, I've been thinking about this for a while, and I'm finally pulling the trigger. The more I diluted the essence of this deck, the less fun it was becoming to play. I've been adding things for the sake of combos, not because they necessarily work with the goblin theme or not.

    So today's edits take Dominaria, Battlebond, and Core 2019's wealth of great cards and replaces some combo pieces that were taking up space, were essentially win-more, or were not that helpful and went against the core philosophy of the deck.

    IN:Cheering Fanatic, Dark-Dweller Oracle, Goblin Instigator, Goblin Trashmaster, Helm of the Host
    OUT: Combat Celebrant, Izzet Chemister, Zealous Conscripts, Splinter Twin, The Immortal Sun

    Additions:
    Cheering Fanatic is a fantastic curve card. Attacking with a Cheering Fanatic on Turn 3 means I can also cast Krenko.
    Dark-Dweller Oracle is insane for this deck. I have no shortage of creatures to sacrifice and 'Impulse Drawing' helps filter through the deck. Because I keep my CMC relatively low, I should be able to cast almost anything I exile this way.
    Goblin Instigator is just another Mogg War Marshal/Dragon Fodder. That's not a bad thing, as it lowers my curve again and provide two bodies.
    Goblin Trashmaster is a repeatable Smelt. That's good.
    Helm of the Host is just a great commander card, but being able to make non-legendary copies of Krenko, Kiki-Jiki, or Purphoros has obvious advantages.

    Subtractions:
    Zealous Conscripts and Splinter Twin are infinite combo pieces, but much harder to set-up than the ones that already exist for Krenko. The only reason I haven't cut Kiki-Jiki is that he's still very useful in this deck outside of infinite combos. These two are not, and sit dead in my hand unless I have one of the other pieces. That's obviously bad for a deck that emphasizes the early game.

    Combat Celebrant is strong, it's true, and I would recommend including him in just about any aggro deck with red. In this case, though, I'm looking to cut out the non-goblin creatures for my 'back to basics' efforts.

    Izzet Chemister doesn't really add the value I'd wanted from it in this deck. I might give it another go if I bring my number of instants and sorceries up.

    The Immortal Sun was in her for late-game card draw, but Goblin Dark-Dweller is just so much better in this deck, and on curve, that I decided to replace it.

    Note: I'm working on updating the Primer so you may not see these changes reflected for a few hours. 'Back to Basics' doesn't stop here, I'm going to be looking at moving back to a more goblin-centric deck overall, and hopefully getting the number of goblin creatures back up to 30ish.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Commander 2018 themes and art
    Quote from Moppi »
    Man, this announcement was not the morning gut punch I wanted. Weird

    I'm holding on to Aysen Abbey, a Serra related card that would point to her supporting Bant colours

    Did you know the same set contains Castle Sengir and Baron Sengir? Those lands produce three colors not following the logic you suppose.
    If this was Homelands, I would agree. The point is that Serra as a Bant-Aligned walker isn't outside the realm of possibility.

    Also note Graven Cairns and Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood have pushed Sengir-themed stuff into black and red in recent years.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Core 2019 General Discussion
    I am not sure "Ugin died to become the spirit dragon" is going to be a thing, I imagine that his ascension from his colors* to colorless has to do with becoming "The Spirit Dragon"
    Ugin isn't a ghost, so no, he doesn't have to die to become the spirit dragon. Spirits don't have to be souls of the dead (see: Kamigawa).

    This author is really, really good. This is quality stuff. I hope she writes more for WOTC.
    I've been enjoying it a lot, Dominaria had too much to cover in too little time. My only hope is that this plot doesn't drag on (heh) for the next five episodes. The frame story doesn't feel like it can believably support more storytimes.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Core 2019 General Discussion
    Reminder: This is the Core 2019 thread, not the Dominaria thread. Go over there if you want to talk about Dominaria.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on A Good Lore Reading Order
    Rath and Storm comes next, then Masquerade, then Invasion.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Clarification of the new non-Bolas Elder Dragon cards?
    I wrote a whole thing on the Elders of Dominaria earlier this year. Chromium's in particular is very flavorful.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Planeswalker death - Ajani
    Asked and Answered
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Core 2019 General Discussion
    Quote from Shadowkill »
    Wasn't he reborn on Madara near the Talon gates? I wonder if that place will play a role for him again in the future (assuming he hopefully isn't killed by the younglings).
    Yep, he was killed and reborn on Madara near the Talon Gates.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Core 2019 General Discussion
    Quote from Flisch »
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    I wonder how much better off the people on Amonkhet, Zendikar, Innistrad, Tarkir, Ixalan and Dominaria (among other planes influenced directly and indirectly by Bolas and Ugin) would have been if the hunters got to the twins.


    Well the Eldrazi Titans would be ending planes unless some other Oldwalkers stepped up to stop them.
    If so, then they're attracted to mana because the plane is leaking mana, like blood in the water.

    This has actually been my pet theory for a whole while now, so I'm glad to see someone else coming to the same conclusion. It'd make sense too, they lured the Eldrazi to Zendikar by leaking mana through a beacon into the blind eternities, emulating a dying plane. Nahiri presumably did the same with Innistrad.
    Yeah! This was my thought too, I even had a whole article on it that has now disappeared with a small article site. I'll see if I can wayback machine it.

    Edit: Here it is.

    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    So both Tezzeret, Cruel Machinist and Tezzeret's Strider show Tezzeret somewhere on Esper.

    Is he going back to Alara at some point, or is this just non-canon stuff?
    I think that's just the planeswalker deck version, which looks like his Agent of Bolas era outfit, the art we've seen for the pack version has him looking more recent.

    Quote from Kman »
    Im pretty curious now about how Bolas "arose" to planeswalker status. His flip card gives us nothing to go by unless just gaining mana allows you to spark. Did he defeat the Leviathan Planeswalker and steal his spark and Gem?? Does the gem itself grant planeswalker status and he found it somewhere??
    The other flip walkers seems to flavorize their condition to flip based on their story of sparking but Bolas is just a mana cost. Seems odd.

    If I'm not mistaken he literally deovured the leviathan.
    Yeah, the bones are what formed the Talon Gates, which can be seen behind him in Nicol Bolas, the Arisen. It's the same scene as The Eldest Reborn.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Your Magic Author Wishlist
    In terms of 'Likely to Happen' and 'Already knows a bunch about Magic Lore', I vote Ferret Steinmetz. Writes Magic articles and has few published novels out. His main character is basically an Azorius lawmage already.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Is there any hope for the Simic...
    Yeah, the Simic are still doing crazy immoral experiments, they've just shifted focus to the Krasis.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Core 2019 General Discussion
    Quote from keiv77 »
    The story states that the that the death of Merrevia sal "smells like honey. Its sweetness is its power, although these hunters don't know that yet."
    I wonder if this power can change the hunters (whatever race they may have been) into the viashino. They have some power over dragons and seem to be a hunter type race.
    The viashino, as far as we understand it, have some sort of draconic ancestry, so they wouldn't predate the elder dragons.

    My feeling is that the bipedal humanoids were elves. But also remember humans exist within the next 7-8,000 years because the Numena had to overthrow the Primevals.

    Quote from keiv77 »
    Alos, I think it is strange that there are two elder dragons that did not hatch. This will come back in the story later. The impact of Bolas contemplating "'Which death is worse?' he asks. 'Never to waken, or to waken and live your few moments in a frenzy of fear and fighting?'" could have been accomplished with just one.
    I think the Elder Dragons that didn't hatch might be the origin of The First Eruption creation myth on Shiv. I think it's Chromium that ducks his head into the crater their impact creates and the implication is the mountain has become a volcano.

    Quote from keiv77 »
    Could it be possible that the fight between Darigaaz and Tarox Bladewing (stated by their bios) will be a consequence of the events of this story? I have a feeling that the primeval dragons could be the heirs to the first elder dragons.
    The implication is that the Primevals are a later clutch of dragons spawned by the Ur-Dragon.

    I'm not sure what the Darigaaz/Tarox fight you're referring to is. I don't see that implication in their bios. It might happen, because Tarox seeks supremacy and will eventually eat his siblings, but that version of Tarox hasn't happened yet (and may not come to pass).
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Core 19 = Fate Reforged
    Locking this thread so we aren't having parallel conversations about the Core 2019 Story. Please use the Core 2019 General Discussion Thread.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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