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  • posted a message on Theros: Beyond Death (flavor spoilers)
    Yes, I believe Calix in fact houses Xenagos' spark. And I am a little bit disappointed that he isn't "Legendary Enchantment Planeswalker - Calix", but I get the line would be too long.

    And about Bident of Thassa - on her regular card it seems Thassa holds other kind of tool, but in her "celestial" art, she has her old bident (which kind of makes sense, according to how myths and legends works on Theros).

    An you've already got male angels on Amonkhet ;-)
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [TBD] Whirlwind denial
    As I understand, it says "ability" - so it can counter basically anything? Triggered abilities... Loyalty abilities...

    Or am I wrong?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Elspeth vs Ashiok Mode Teaser
    Obviously there is a huge majority of players playing Ashiok. With Elspeth, the queue lasts less than 5 seconds, with Ashiok, the queue is about two minutes at least each time.

    It is fun to play with some of Power 9 cards for the first time in my life, and I would say the Elspeth's deck is (a bit) better.
    Luckily there were only two games when Elspeth's deck had rocket start, mainly the games were balanced. Played 15 games up to now, won 7 of them.
    Posted in: MTG Arena
  • posted a message on Win Every Card Challenge – Standard
    For me it was funny in both times. But as I am FTP casual, I don't take these events too seriously.

    Last week, in "warm up" event, I ended 5:7. First I tried UR "second card" deck, with playsets of Irencrag Pyromancer, Faerie Vandal, and Bloodhaze Wolverine, supported by Loch Dragon, Improbable Alliance, The Royal Scions, and similar cards. After that I switched to funny BG Golgari food deck with two Rampage of the Clans and hoped for luck. This deck wasn't so successful, but in final 12th game I managed to cast it in the end of opponent's turn and created 12 centaurs from food.

    So for the "serious" event, I chose the UR deck and finished 2:2.

    My opponents were
    GU with Oko, Thief of Crowns (win)
    BG food similar to mine second testing deck (lost)
    RG midrange (win)
    Monoblack (lost)

    But I must say all four games were quite long, interesting, and balanced. There were chances in every game for each of us to win. So it easily could end 4:0 (or 0:4 of course).
    Posted in: MTG Arena
  • posted a message on ELD- Eldraine Flavor Inspirations
    Obviously, for Snow White: Glass Casket, Seven Dwarves, and probably even Garruk, Cursed Huntsman.

    And I don't know for sure if Oathsworn Knight is taken from Arthurian lore, but I definitely see it as from Monty Python's lore.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Are Planeswalker Decks being discontinued?
    Quite disagree with this. For intro product they were quite good, and M20 ones are even a little bit better.

    For me, as strictly casual player, in MTGA the M20 blue and black, and Ravnica's Domri's and Ral's are quite successful (in unranked - that is, for intro product).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C19] mass diminish (note this was suppose to be previewed yesterday)
    Finally, Gargamel in Magic !!!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    Chapter 4 summary:

    Ral gets mail from Niv-Mizzet, who organized his meeting with Dimir agent willing to cooperate (since Lazav may be on Bolas side). Ral finds the agent dead and meets with Lazav himself, who informs him that the attack on Niv-Mizzet wasn't on Dimir's official agenda, and assures him about his loyalty to Ravnica (Ral does not quite believe him, but agrees on cooperation).

    Meanwhile, Vraska tries to finish her throne from petrified victims. She is strangely off recently and does not know why. Xeddick (the albino telepath kraul) feels this and informs Vraska that her memory was altered. He tells her that the memory alteration was voluntary from Vraska's side, so he isn't sure if it is sensible to undo it. He recognizes the work of an expert and knows he won't be able to lock the memory again. Vraska still wants to restore her memories and Xeddick proceeds. Vraska regains her memories (together with small trauma) and immediately sends messenger to Ral Zarek for cooperation.

    Later that day, Ral is doing preparation for the Guild summit, when Hekara as an official Rakdos representative arrives (there are nice dialogs between them). Finally a zombie arrives with a message from Vraska.

    (I just want to add that when I read earlier that "Vraska's memories wasn't returned by Jace, but some random telepath", I was quite afraid, but the part about returning memories was written nicely and believably.)
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    Quote from Goryo »

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    ...
    Now I know how Bolas knew enough about sailing to teach Vraska. He has probably been a sailor on a ship before. Gee, I wonder how that voyage went.


    No, he apparently only read about it a lot Smile
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on M20-Flavor and Story
    Well, concerning elementals, there is Chandra, Flamecaller and Chandra's Spitfire already...
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    She is a Blue character that relies on Summons?

    I am simply not excited for more Human Walkers.


    Well, considering the head/body/leg ratio, maybe, just maybe, she could be a dwarf?
    Bigger picture on Magali's pages.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Boosters on Arena don't contain one guaranteed Planeswalker
    It definitely isn't a bug.

    On Arena packs there are only 2 uncommons, and there are 20 uncommon planeswalkers from 80 uncommon cards in War - and those 20 would be guaranteed at the expense of other uncommons (mostly).

    So that way, you will be opening much more Dovins than their vetos

    And as you've said, in the normal boosters there are guaranteed planeswalkers.

    EDIT: I do not use detailed math, but:
    Uncommon PWs: 20 of 80 uncommon total
    Rare/Mythic PWs: 16 of 68 rare/mythic total
    Chance that you haven't any PW in 8 card Arena pack: (80-20)/80 * (80-20)/80 * (68-16)/68 = ca 0,43
    So, chance, that you open one or more PWs is 57%

    In classical 15 card pack you have 100% guaranteed one PW, in Arena 8 card pack there is 57% chance.

    So, IMHO, more or less the same.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    Well, I thought it was an afterlife, but it could very well be just his memory. Just a vision that he saw in the moment of death. Like Jeska, who saw her brother.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Leak Gideon (story spoiler)
    Well, I really didn't expect this, but it's beautiful. Kytheon on Elysian Fields...

    Btw, is it Howard Lyon's work? It seems it is.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Tyrant's Scorn and Prison Realm ( leak from reddit, HUGE story spoilers)
    I would think Nicol will be stripped of spark (he hasn't got the Gem of Becoming here, which may or may not be the same thing) and will be locked in Meditation Realm. So returning him to the story would require resparking.

    But my pet theory is that only Ugin has a spark - Nicol wasn't a planeswalker originally, he just stole the spark from that "demonic leviathan", and kept it within the Gem of Becoming.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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