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  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from RedGauntlet »
    The Weatherlight crew need a descendant of the Umezawa clan to hellp them
    I actually love this idea. Here's hoping for... T. Umezawa III.

    Also, symbolism is strong in Magic art. If you only look at the visual clues that were depicted on Ixalan cards about the whole Ugin/Azor involvement and how Jay13x pieced almost the whole story together based on a few art clues... details like this matter. There is no such thing as coincidence in magic art.
    There is plenty of room for coincidence in Magic Art. Root Out prominently features what appears to be the Phyrexian symbol, Phi. I erroneously though there would be Ashiok involvement in Amonkhet. Learning to judge what might or might not be relevant is what makes the difference. My problem with Ixalan's Binding is that there weren't any other in-set clues, really. I was all on board when they revealed the Sphinx art, though.

    Related, for Dominaria, some cool flavor notes. Chandra is wearing Jaya's Goggles in her planeswalker deck art, and Teferi's (now whole) staff has fabric like Jaya's robes on it. We're likely going to see something happen to her in this set.

    Also, I really like the New Order of Serra/New Benalia mash up in the stained glass/floating city people.

    Quote from Jazzist »
    Anyone know when we start to get the stories?


    March 15th I think?
    Wednesday, March 14th
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Packaging for Dominaria and M19
    I'm genuinely curious how many people think we've got Jaya and Teferi cosplayers running around.

    This woman is not Huatli. She's not even human. She's an angel. YOU CAN SEE THE WINGS!

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Magic Storyline Helpdesk
    Quote from Ethenil »
    At the end of Time Streams, in Serra's palace, how exactly does Urza avoid death? How do the stones save him? Is it Glacian himself who restores him? It wasn't very clear - where the stones separated again, or are they whole inside his head?
    One of the biggest theories is that it's Glacian's spark in the powerstones, so only destroying the powerstones will kill him.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Convince an Old Timer
    Quote from Gelcur »
    Huh, well that is very useful. I must say since WotC changed their website I have been completely lost both for MtG and for D&D. With a bit of searching I finally found the page with the stories. So are there no more novels at all?
    Check out the Storyline Resources Thread, the links to everything you might need are there. I also did an article called Magic Story: Alara to Amonkhet that will give you a summary of everything concerning the current cast of characters.

    So these names mean very little to me aside from the fact that I know they exist as MtG cards and some are powerful enough to have drawn my attention to acquire. Does there seem to be a lot more planeswalkers than before? Also does Bolas feature prominently in any of these books? Following him around and his plotting?
    If you want Nicol Bolas, Agents of Artifice and Alara Unbroken are the novels to read. They also happen to be the first two novels, chronologically, in the new story. The only other novel I would recommend reading (instead of just reading a summary) is The Purifying Fire, but Bolas doesn't fact into that except obliquely. Bolas's Machinations were behind Zendikar's story and Scars of Mirrodin to a very minor extent, and he factors into Khans of Tarkir's story, but we don't really get a heavy Nicol Bolas presence again until Amonkhet.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Convince an Old Timer
    The new cast of characters is worth reading about, but not all the novels are. Try Agents of Artifice and see if you're interested. There are a few connections to old stories (Bolas, Karn, Mirrodin), but nothing major until the upcoming Dominaria.

    Note: Around Khans of Tarkir, the story switches to being exclusively serialized online short stories.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    Very convenient for Belzenlok to be here, especially since both Liliana and the Raven Man are tied to Dominaria in some way.
    Yeah, I think it's been pretty clear Dominaria would be Liliana focused, and given that she has a last demon outstanding, it made sense.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    What We Can Suspect Mysteries
    • Who rebuilt Weatherlight?
    • What are those megastructures in the background of the Jonas De Ro Art and Art Book Cover?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Dominaria General Discussion
    Since the Dominaria Returns chat has gotten huge, I figured it was time to create the official Dominaria discussion based on what we know.

    The story begins March 14th and is written by Martha Wells, an award winning author with several franchise novels to her name (including Star Wars and Stargate). She is working closely with the creative team on her drafts of the story to get the characterization and canon for Dominaria just right.

    What We Know
    • Karn Liberated, Jhoira of the Ghitu, and an old Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir appear in the key art with Skyship Weatherlight and a crashed Predator, Flagship in the background.
    • The final Rivals of Ixalan story featured Jace following Gideon's trail to Dominaria, and planeswalking onto Weatherlight.
    • There is an older woman on Weatherlight whose description matches the Jaya Ballard, Task Mage art.
    • Teferi has a family, and Zhalfir seems like it's back.
    • Weatherlight's crew includes an angel named Tiana and a vampire named Arvad.
    • Belzenlok, Liliana's Fourth Demon, is in charge of the Cabal. She's hunting him with Gideon's help.

    Links
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    The poll was not rigged. There are four endings written (next week's story), and they're discussing how best to roll-out the alternate endings. Please move on from the 'rigged' topic.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Mana Tags Aren't Working?
    Okay, I'm running this up the chain.
    Posted in: Forum Software Feedback and Bug Reports
  • posted a message on Nissa's Visions
    The first three are Ixalan, Dominaria, and Ravnica.

    Erased face is Jace
    Statues are from Vraska
    Cloud of Dusk is Dusk Legion
    The sun is the Sun Empire

    Dominaria is the Nexus so stretching back from plane to plane leads there

    Rav you already got
    Posted in: Storyline Speculation
  • posted a message on What's the deal with wanting character deaths?
    I think the idea that main characters have to die in order for their to be stakes in a story is a very recent one. I think it's fine but not necessary.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Magic Storyline Helpdesk
    Quote from Ethenil »
    Thanks for answering my streak of questions ^^

    Why did the Weakstone and Mightstone become lodged into Urza's head when he ascended?
    Dunno. Just kind of happened.

    Fan theory is that Urza never had his own spark, it was Glacian's in the stone.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Magic Storyline Helpdesk
    Quote from Ethenil »
    In what novels is Urza involved in after Bloodlines?
    He's got a brief appearance in Rath and Storm, and then doesn't really show up again until the Invasion cycle.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Magic Storyline Helpdesk
    Quote from Ethenil »
    How can it be that there was a Monastery of Gix before the portal from Dominaria to Phyrexia was reopened? Is it possible Gix managed to send dreams prior to this? Or perhaps it was some cult he set up way back before the fall of Halcyon?
    I think what's happening is that to avoid confusion, Gix was given the name Gix for The Thran. His actual name in Thran was probably something different.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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