He refers to his scion's ability.
He refers to Tolarian Academy (kind of).
He refers to Temporal Aperture.
Only minor complaint:like on Urza's Ruinous Blast,he is depicted in the most well-known planeswalker attire from Invasion block,instead of his mortal form. But I suppose it was made with the same reason like the URB - so that people recognize him.
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Apr 25, 2019Caranthir posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General DiscussionOkay, I have finished the book this morning on my way to work.Posted in: Magic Storyline
Final thoughts: I am giving this 7,5/10.
First of all, it was a titanic effort to describe such a conflict believably. With the chosen method of different POVs and not an omniscient narrator, some things were just hinted and not explored deeper, like Sorin-Nahiri fight. But that is okay, because otherwise it would be a damned mess. Choosing a rookie walker like Teyo to be basically the main spectator was a good move. Yes, someone would complain that it means we got several pages of Teyo and the company underground, and just like two paragraphs of some emotional reunion..but that is how it is meant to be.
Second, I liked the writing. Simply liked. It is no worse than Martha Wells' Dominaria. What I find disruptive was the seemingly random capitalization of some words. Okay, I grudgingly accepted seeing Planeswalker again with capital (P), like in the ancient comics. But Hazoret's Spear?
Third - for everyone complaining about predictability - I actually liked how all the stratagems supposed to lead to Bolas's downfall played (at least to some extent) to his hand.
- the thing with the Beacon: devised to call planeswalkers to fight Bolas, in fact planted to the Firemind by Bolas and devised to call walkers for Bolas to harvest, really in fact known by Mizzet and Ugin to make things happen (with expected high casualties for having just a shot to stop Bolas). Leaves Zarek with guilt about being partially responsible for all walkers that died - possible character growth?
- to certain extension, this is also valid for Jace
- the whole Blackblade thing.
- the fact that the newly resurrected Mizzet managed only to take out Kefnet and then fainted. Of course, not exactly Apocalypse levels of hope lost, but it was there.
- And I must admit that I liked the twist with Vraska. Because everybody expected the climax to be different, Jace restoring her memory in crucial moment, her petrifying Bolas or something, everybody rejoices and dances, Ewoks bang on stormtrooper helmets... instead, a kraul telepath restores her mind in the prequels and she kills Isperia and plunges the whole world deeper into crisis just because she failed to control herself about the old injustices, and, like Ral, is partially responsible for what comes next.
- I liked the solution of elimination of the Living Guildpact power by disrupting the leyline nexus. Makes sense.
- And I liked the many hinted future stories to be explored - what happened between Karn and Sarkhan to just coldly acknowledge each other, what is the story of The Wanderer and Sarkhan, it would also be interesting to go back to Davriel after all this, because he went on full badass mode in one moment - but I loved the fact, that despite his card does not reflect that, the book makes use of his spellstealing exactly as in the Children.
- Dack's chapters were immensely satisfying here. Good way of saying farewell.
- I have already spoken about the walker cameos. I am disappointed that the Story Circle walkers in particular did not get a greater role (with the exception of Ajani, of course). Tamiyo, Narset, newly Kiora. Ashiok and Kasmina are not mentioned once at all. Tibalt is in one sentence about leading devils into battle, but not before and not after. I hoped to learn more about The Wanderer, besides three really cool action scenes. At least Yanggu & Yanling were funny.
- overall - the book is different than those in the past. But also of the piles of mess from Wintermute, and the enthusiastic, but amateurish attempts of Doug Beyer (Alara Unbroken, The Secretist). And after all those years, I am not disappointed.
Apr 24, 2019Caranthir posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General DiscussionPosted in: Magic StorylineQuote from 5colors »
Nahiri-I also noticed Nahiri was at the war counsel when they had gathered all the walkers and guild members to figure out what to do
Ral-I love it and idk if intentional but I like the symbolism of him not wanting to be outed as a planeswalker as well as the couple being on the DL since they are high ranking members of different guilds. Its also cute of each of them has a ribbon of the others clothing around their wrists.
Cameo and missing walkers- we are getting web fiction from Rat POV (Love her she is now on the list of characters I wanna see on a card) so I hope at least we get to see the walkers who didn't get a lot of screen time. I do wonder why Kasmina was made if yangling was gonna be in the story. Maro mentioned they have plans for Yangling in the view of Garruk so maybe she's gonna get a storyline soon?
Walker team up- Honesty this was one of my favorite parts of the book, seeing all the walkers fighting together and seeing their differt magics on opponents they didn't need to hold back on. Davriel was pretty badass in his fight, loved that part where he stole the elder spell out of an eternal to stop it. I also just loved the Wanderer asking Gideon to punch her. Glad to see she seem to be popular, I love to know and see more of the Wanderer.
Dack- Yea he got a great last arc. The dramatic irony of his statements through the book got to me too. His death was also a bit of a shock, I know it was coming, but like Dack, I like how we thought it was him being saved like he had just before hand or to realize he was trapped and being harvested.
- now that you mention it, I checked the book, and Kasmina is not mentioned once. Yeah, it seems that Yanling was replaced by her in the cards.
- there's actually quite high number of planeswalker deaths, not just named ones...
Jace didn’t even know the names of the fallen. Hadn’t even realized there were this many Planeswalkers to fall.
Who was that vedalken? Who was that tall elven woman? Who was that four-armed ogre or that very short green-haired man or
that ancient crone or that frightened teenager or…?
a large viashino with lime-green skin materialized right in front of her, surrounded by the distinct gold aura of a Planeswalker.
He had just enough time to hiss, “What izzzz thissss?” before a female Eternal grabbed him from behind - pity to see a viashino walker and not even learned his name...
Rhonas reached out faster than Angrath’s chain, grabbing a human Planeswalker with a shaved head and metal-casting powers...
We’ve kept the Dreadhorde at bay, but it’s a losing battle. Khazi was harvested when an Eternal punched its hand right through the wall and grabbed her by the wrist.” - actually a named one, yet unknown to us.
An unnammed vedalken walker is also seen harvested. The number of walkers arriving is said to be over two hundred...
The cruel thing is that the walkers are super-vulnerable to the Eternals, more than mortals- a firm grip is enough...and the God-Eternals does not have the dignity to explode upon harvesting.
- the saddest thing is that all the harvested sparks in the end dissipate after Bolas is attacked by Bontu and Oketra and the Elderspell fizzles into nothing.
- Mazirek was Bolas's agent, busted by Vraska and killed by his fellow kraul.
Apr 24, 2019The rest will be covered in "prequel stories" from Django Wexler, to be released in June.Posted in: Magic Storyline
That will cover the setup for War, like
the death of Niv-Mizzet, and everything that led to the moment Ral and Kaya start the novel in.
Apr 24, 2019Caranthir posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General DiscussionPosted in: Magic StorylineQuote from 5colors »Quote from OathboundOne »So, what exactly WAS the deal with Angrath? Was he actually on Bolas' side, or was he just commandeering eternals and running amok all on his own, like some here speculated? (Or did the implications of his card have literally no basis in story?)
Angrath was anti-Bolas and we don't see if Angrath takes control. Maro mentioned that most of the planeswalkers cards where made with their abilities first and then later matched wth a character, they wanted the black/red planeswalker to have amass for game play reasons and Angrath was the only red/black they had.
Angrath was pretty awesome, especially before he went hunting Eternals with Huatli. His speech like "well, I am trapped for the second time by this stupid thing, and I just want to go home to my daughters and kick this dragon's minions ass. Just show me what to hit."
-Sorin and Nahiri are mentioned like twice, once fighting together, once fighting against Eternals (their quarrel forgotten for time being). Because the book is written from several POVs and not an omniscient narrator, this makes sense.
- a certain thing revealed about Ral Zarek is...surprising.
- I quite liked the writing, it fits the chosen way of telling the story (the limited POV of characters)
- plenty of walkers are just cameoing without even speaking (Narset, Tamiyo), Tibalt is mentioned once, Ashiok not at all. But there is Mu Yanling, who does not have a card in the set.
- Mowu can "transform" from the cute puppy into a big, three-tailed dog.
- team-up of Karn, Samut, Dack, Nixilis and Sarkhan to destroy the Planar Bridge on Amonkhet is great.
- Dack actually has a great arc and lots of action before dying, and his POVs including his passing are well-written. His death is unfornutate, and indirectly caused by the intentional reactivation of the Sun by the allies, so that Bolas cannot escape. It comes in a critical moment for Dack, because he would be able to planeswalk from the Eternal's grip.
- Davriel actually fights a bit.
- we do not learn much about The Wanderer.
- what is a little annoying is having to wait for the prequel stories, because the book starts immediately after their conclusion.
Apr 18, 2019Caranthir posted a message on Card Kingdom Spoilers: Mana Geode, Guild Globe, Gateway Plaza, PrismiteManafixing in four flavors.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Apr 18, 2019Caranthir posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 4/18 - Tokens and Planeswalker DecklistsLoving the Angel, Oketra zombie warrior with Bolas and Oketra in backgroud, Teyo's lightwall, and Spirit.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Apr 18, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from The Fluff »Glad to see Oketra and Bontu have a little revenge on Bolas.
About Prison Realm with regards to lore. The usual reaction when I tell it to friends who are not members of this forum.. they think Bolas would someday escape.
Fixed that for you.
I absolutely love the fact that it is just Oketra, poor Oketra, who extracts his spark. Karmic justice.
Apr 18, 2019From his twitter.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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Apr 18, 2019Caranthir posted a message on [LEAK][BOOK SPOILER DISCUSSION] Ok....yeah... cool cards and all....WHO DIES ALREADY?I must laugh sadly how we all expected Jaya to die heroically here. It would make so much sense.Posted in: Speculation
I think Wizards let her live only to troll us
Apr 18, 2019Caranthir posted a message on CoL_Merchant Spoiler: Mini-story of 4 cards (Trusted Pegasus, Oketra, Divine Arrow, Unlikely Aid)Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from krishnath »Quote from Drangsal83 »So Rakdos acts as a ‚
DeusDemon Ex Machina‘. How does this make sense?
Rakdos likes the status quo of Ravnica, he is one of the original Paruns. Bolas disrupts the status quo, therefore it is in Rakdos's best interest to help the heroes. Perfectly in character for someone who is selfish (black) and values freedom (red).
Excellently said. That was my reasoning for the Rakdos not joining Bolas all the time, it is nice to see the parun himself basically embody the philosophy in a crucial (kinda) moment.
Apr 18, 2019Caranthir posted a message on CoL_Merchant Spoiler: Mini-story of 4 cards (Trusted Pegasus, Oketra, Divine Arrow, Unlikely Aid)From his twitter.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Yes, Oketra was aiming at Gideon.
Yes, it is friggin' RAKDOS who gave him a ride.
Followed by Desperate Lunge/Gideon Blackblade and Tyrant's Scorn.
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Mar 15, 2018Caranthir posted a message on Dominaria Spoiler Digest - Who's Who and What's What from the Release NotesPosted in: ArticlesQuote from Formless_One »No, the Baron Sengir and Grandmother Sengir come from Ulgothra. However, Grandmother Sengir is actually a planeswalker named Ravi who knew the Baron when he was young and as I understand it before he was a vampire. Then she went insane after pulling an Urza and blowing up most of Ulgothra. But the plane has a planar portal that most likely connects to Dominaria, and who knows? Maybe the Baron and his "Grandmother" did some traveling around the Multiverse at some point.
The Baron is NOT from Ulgrotha. He is from an unknown plane, he was brought to Ulgrotha by an unknown walker and stranded there. He might be originally from Dominaria, as we seen Sengir vampires there...but there is not enough info either to confirm or dismiss it.
Granny is a former planeswalker and one-time friend of the Baron who had a hand in him becoming vampire. See here: https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Ravi
More in this 12 years old article from Matt Cavotta: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/royal-bloodline-emphasis-blood-2006-02-15
Mar 12, 2018Caranthir posted a message on Dominaria Spoiler Digest - Who's Who and What's What from the Release NotesYou are welcome. Some more:Posted in: Articles
odah's paragraph is quite wild.
"(Jodah) was also present during the Phyrexian Invasion and helped restore Urza's sanity during that time" - this is wholly incorrect, where you got it?
- one of the primary contributous to Worldspell - not quite, he had to provide his mirror and was forced to utilize (and in the process, consume) the safe havens to distribute the excess energy of the spell to prevent another Sylex Blast.
It is debatable, whether Evra, Halcyon Witness is what we think. After all, we have seen Halcyon Glaze. But using this very particular name on Dominaria and NOT tying it to THE Halcyon would be immensely stupid.
Kolo Meha was above all a Bogardan fire mage, but with ties to Madara, of course.
Gix was not Glacian's kíller. He attacked and wounded him, but Yawgmoth "killed" him by his treattment.
Mar 12, 2018Caranthir posted a message on Dominaria Spoiler Digest - Who's Who and What's What from the Release NotesSome minor corrections:Posted in: Articles
- Primevals' rebirth was one of the climaxes of Planeshift,not Invasion
- Karn's Temporal Sundering is probably the time machine explosion also depicted on Sunder, not the Tolarian rift closure.
- Sagas get counters on the beginning of the precombat main phase
- Mirari was just one of Karn's probes, and a faulty one (it shouldn't be leaking power)
Jan 13, 2008Great pics, James Losing Miles had to hurt, indeed. I like your choice of team....playing with Miles and Phobeya together is one of my preferred combinations. Just add Harass and you got my fav "supervillain" team. But Sil is powerful with any high-damage super character.Posted in: Hydrokinesis's Blog
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