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  • posted a message on Zendikar Rising- Lore and Story
    Quote from Flisch »
    Not a lot happened, but it was a nice introduction to two characters we are going to see for a large part of the Zendikar Rising arc, so it's good. I liked it.

    The short flashbacks to the battle at seagate highlight for me the fact that Magic story telling at its core works best as vignettes, rather than continous storylines following the same five planeswalkers. The descriptions of Zareth's and Akiri's experiences at seagate had more atmosphere and feeling than any of Gideon's "I whip my hair back and forth" and Nissa's "Zendikar is crying!" segments, like by a magnitude. The multiverse is a setting of countless worlds, and as a result of countless stories. They need to be told from the perspective of its countless peoples, not someone who's just passing through.

    For the same reason my absolute favourite story (installment) from Amonkhet was the one with the multiple vignettes showing how the Amonkheti survive (or not survive) the onslaught of the eternals. That is where magic storytelling shines the most. The other chapters focusing on the gatewatch were largely not memorable.

    Too bad these two characters are all gonna die...

    Don't be too sure about this. We haven't seen Akiri die on-screen. And she is a master line-slinger.


    Moreover, not everything from the trailers really happened in the story, right?

    For example, garruk never went on his hungry rampage on Eldraine, and the Gingerbread Man still lives. Possibly.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [ZNR] Journey into Oblivion — Casual Magic preview
    Heh.


    Well done with the cartoon wall-hole art, in the style of AWOL....
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ZNR] MTGcast Spoilers DFCs
    I am still deciding whether taking an existing spell and tacking a land on its other side is a stroke of genius or just designer laziness Smile But I like it a lot.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [CMR] Commander Legends Name & Number Crunch
    Quote from m_pathogen »
    Currently the allied colored Bond lands would still fit into the number crunch with Spire Garden at 357 and Sea of Clouds at 355


    I think someone officially de-confirmed those, though?
    Or am I thinking of something else?


    Quote from Gavin Verhey »
    You will find five crowd lands in this set: these five new members of the cycle. I especially love the fun nod of them all still being set on Kylem, the world of Battlebond, too.
    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/sneak-peek-commander-legends-2020-08-22



    Well, a conspiracy theorist could say that he hasn't explicitly said ONLY five, but Occam's Razor is pretty clear.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Commander Legends Prerelease set on Oct 30th
    From the WPN page:

    https://wpn.wizards.com/en/article/double-your-commander-legends-prerelease-promos

    Commander Legends At-Home and In-Store Prerelease starts October 30. Schedule now!


    This is, as far as I am concerned, the first precise date given. The release of the set was so far stated as "November 2020".
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Kaervek, the Spiteful— The Magic Arcanum preview
    Card is a little bit disapponting at first sight, but I am happy I predicted correctly his type to be Warlock Smile
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] 4 upcoming Legendaries in Core 2021 (art only)
    Quote from Xcric »
    love the arts on all of these, so glad we're finally getting a better barrin. he was such an important figure in dominarian history with such a tragic story in the end. he just never really got enough love as a character on the cards, and his original was kinda trash.


    Agreed.

    Kaervek is nice. A rework of the Time Spiral version, that itself was inspired by Kaervek's Purge. Before that, people tend to consider Kaervek being the character in background of Disempower.

    This version has the aesthetics of TS version, but less cheesy and substantially more badass.

    Barrin - yay! His original card was nothing to write home about. They also were inspired by the original appearance from Urza block. They really never explained his appearance in Invastion block, where his hair and beard/chops were black instead of grey.(Mourning): Because the Tolarian water kept you from aging, but it did not rejuvenate you.

    Subira is a nice surprise, and Niambi could be a true healer (by a card) now.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Cards Banned for Racist Imagery and/or Text
    F***ing stupid token gesture, cheap and hypocritical.

    Invoke Prejudice - OK, this card is repeatedly mentioned, and should have been gone long ago. They were doing nothing for 25 years.

    But Cleanse? Crusade? What the actual heck?

    What will follow? All "hate cards" towards black are banned? All cards saying "nonwhite" are going to be banned?

    This is nothing more but a no-cost empty gesture, trying to ride on the current waves of public opinion.

    I'd like more to see them address the recent reports of discrimination regarding the jobs, intentionally not employing black or Asian artists / content creators, etc. Not these cheap shots.

    Shame.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Core 2021 debut stream previews on Twitch
    Chandra Nalaar and (non-cursed) Garruk Wildspeaker back Smile

    Also, Basri Ket is from Amonkhet, a paladin of Oketra.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Core 2021 debut stream previews on Twitch
    Showcase versions will be vertical cycles: planeswalker, its rare, uncommon, common and land.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Maro's Core 2021 Teaser
    I would like the walker to be Tacenda from Innistrad. From the Children of the Nameless book.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Legends art book delayed from July 7th to October 27th
    I never understood why they would release this in July, when it would make perfect sense as accompanying product to Commander Legends. So now it maybe will be an accompanying product to Commander Legends.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Theros Novel
    Quote from Caranthir »
    There was a statement from Jeremy Jarvis.

    I think that the rumor that it was written by Weisman is BS. As Eldraine was written by Kate Elliott and Ikoria by Django Wexler, there is no reason to believe this was given to Weisman.

    When we can expect the novel - only Wizards know.

    In the meantime, feel free to read our seven-part take on the story that me and my friend wrote (based on the Wizards's half-hearted "story" they published) during January and February.

    https://www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/community-forums/creativity/personal-writing/816197-theros-beyond-death-fan-fiction-based-on-wizards

    There's even a blue character you might like...

    I actually did read it, and I really enjoyed it. I suspect some aspects of this book may very well be the canon approach we see in a book eventually. I really would like more follow up on Thassa overall. What she did the moments after Kiora planeswalked away, how she had Purphoros forge her new spear, its name, and why he chose to make her that instead of a new Bident. Also how she acquired devotion in the interim, for example. As well as how the other gods respond to Heliod and how they feel about him being defeated and imprisoned. Godsend was all about the gods meddling. Adding more dimension to Calix too.


    Thanks! We put a lot of time and effort into it. Despite we often differ in opinions, I really appreciate these words.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Theros Novel
    There was a statement from Jeremy Jarvis.

    I think that the rumor that it was written by Weisman is BS. As Eldraine was written by Kate Elliott and Ikoria by Django Wexler, there is no reason to believe this was given to Weisman.

    When we can expect the novel - only Wizards know.

    In the meantime, feel free to read our seven-part take on the story that me and my friend wrote (based on the Wizards's half-hearted "story" they published) during January and February.

    https://www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/community-forums/creativity/personal-writing/816197-theros-beyond-death-fan-fiction-based-on-wizards

    There's even a blue character you might like...

    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [IKO] Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths- Ebook and Story
    Quote from 5colors »
    Two minor lore stuff from the story on cards I figured I found cool;

    -Narset came to Ikoria to help her recover from War of the Spark since the mana on Ikoira is similar to ancient Tarkir

    -The Wanderer came to Ikoria for a second then planes walked away. I hope this turns into a running gag.


    Yeah. But otherwise, the story told in the "story" section is quite BS, especially the last two or three cards.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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