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  • posted a message on Magic Storyline Helpdesk
    Quote from darrenhabib »
    I'm can anybody tell me if the location in the background of Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle and Aven Sentry is some known location? Is it Halcyon?
    https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Halcyon





    It's some floating city.
    Halcyon was destroyed 10,000 years ago. That's the floating bits of the new Church of Serra.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Don Krenko, Combo Goblins
    November 6 Update: Guilds of Ravnica update

    IN: Legion Warboss
    Legion Warboss is definitely the stand out goblin card of Guilds of Ravnica. A sort-of fixed Goblin Rabblemaster that only requires the token to attack, it provides token fuel for all the engines of the deck and is great with Krenko, but also helps fuel to cast Krenko and your bigger spells in the late game. Repeatable goblin token production can't be passed up, here. Remember: you can tap Krenko to count that little guy and sacrifice it all before it ever has to attack.

    Massive Raid
    Massive Raid is potentially a win con, but more than likely it'll just be more removal for this deck, which I found it needed.

    Hordeling Outburst
    I'm not sure why I was sleeping on this card, but three goblins for three mana is nothing to sneeze at. It can easily jump start any of the engines this deck sets up.

    OUT: Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
    If you've been following the last few updates, I've been angling this way for a while. Kiki-Jiki pushes for play styles that didn't really line up for what I was going for with this deck. All the combos are still listed under 'Cut Combos' in the primer if you want to go that route, but I never found a situation where I really wanted to cast Kiki-Jiki except when I had all the other combo pieces in play. It's a lot of risk to bet so much on one card.

    Hammer of Purphoros
    I have enough haste enablers in this deck at this point that I found myself never really using the Hammer. I may re-evaluate in the future if I find myself struggling for haste enablers again. Also I got tired of carrying around the golem tokens just in case, lol.

    Helm of the Host
    A nine mana investment for something that other players will rarely allow just isn't worth it. I really wanted to like this card more (who doesn't want more Krenko?), but it just didn't do what I wanted it to. As part of my efforts to bring this deck back to basics, I get more value out of Hordeling Outburst than I would with this card.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Don Krenko, Combo Goblins
    Quote from Grammis »
    Hey Jay13x I'd just like to say that I really enjoy the playstyle of this deck. I've seen a lot of Krenko decks that feel too aggro for me and some that have too much combo and lose that tribal goblin feel.
    Yeah, I'm angling back toward the original feel of the deck after going a little too corner case combo heavy.

    Quote from Grammis »
    I made my own first EDH deck just a while back (I started playing in Dominaria) before I discovered this primer. So I was wondering what your thoughts are on swapping Gamble for Sensation Gorger for budget reasons?
    There's nothing wrong with that!

    Quote from Grammis »
    I was also curious what your current thoughts are on Arms Dealer and Gempalm incinerator do you think they are suitable when if you're trying to up the goblin count to 30 or if they're staying on the shelf?
    Most of what you'll be killing with these cards will be power 4 or less. For instance, Gempalm can kill Linvala or other utility creatures (excepting creatures with protection from Gempalm's colors/types). Arms Dealer can always sacrifice himself for damage. They're useful to get around counterspells and various other tricks.

    Quote from Grammis »
    Edit: You've written that Sol Ring is a good budget replacement for Phyrexian Altar but Sol Ring is already in the decklist.
    Aaaaaah. This is what happens over the course of over a dozen revisions. I need to update the list anyway. I'll fix it now.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Books, comics, off-world stories, and JAY!
    It me! Thank you everyone.

    I should be clear that I'm an independent contractor, a lot like the Flavor Text team of writers. I’m not staff. Nothing I say should be taken as “Word of God” for canon purposes. Basically I make recommendations and annotations. If you saw my “Let’s Talk About” series on Tumblr, it’s kind of like that.

    I am, essentially, looking for things that I would complain about - I am not writing stories.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on A Vorthos Guide to Magic Story
    I've added my story summary for Chronicle of Bolas!
    Posted in: Vorthos Content
  • posted a message on New IDW Comic Series - Firestorm?
    It's fake. That's a panel from the original IDW comic.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Magic Storyline Helpdesk
    Quote from Mowagh »
    I have a question regarding Oona, Queen of the Fae.

    My friend who has the Lorwyn-Shadowmoor block novels sent me a page which she says is one of the final pages of the block's story. It alludes to Oona still being alive or possibly being able to return at some point? Does anyone have more information on that?
    Maralen was a copy of Oona that rebelled, and took over after Oona was defeated. It's possible she 'becomes' Oona again for real.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • 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
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