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  • posted a message on Brand new world after Core 2020 confirmed
    Quote from Flamebuster »
    I personally think a god's stats and abilities should be only as powerful as the devotion of their followers. Because, in "real life," a god is only as potent as the number of people who believe in them.

    So maybe a tie-in to devotion or # of creatures of a specific type and/or something else maybe? That'd be cool if we do go that route in the next (few) set(s).

    'buster


    Eh, it differs from plane to plane, and from god to god. In Theros the gods are empowered by their worshipers (thus being enchantment creatures and use devotion), but in Amonkhet they are expressions of the leylines of the plane (as shown by Nissa's vision, and no devotion). Illhag appears to be some sort of elemental creature and an expression of Ravnica itself.

    It's even more obvious in non-mtg fantasy games. In some realms the gods require worship to retain power, while in others, such as the Forgotten Realms, the gods will have power regardless of whether they are worshiped or not.
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  • posted a message on Commander 2019 Theme Speculation
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    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    For what ever decks are coming

    You can forget about Iona, Shield of Emeria and paradox engine as reprints for good now they banned in commander as of today

    But Painter's Servant joins the footsteps of protean hulk which is being unbanned


    I honestly wouldn't expect any of those to be reprinted anyhow.

    I am hoping they slip in more rare lands this time. I'm not asking for fetches, but maybe like some of the cheaper duals would work in here.


    I would not say no to some of the older uncommon land either, as long as we don't get more vivid lands. >.<
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  • posted a message on What's the next major story arc?
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    Quote from gupp7 »
    i think that possibly the remaining bolas aligned walkers will try to stir up trouble on new planes. possibly something involving the gods of these planes, perhaps suing them to free bolas/or the eldrazi.

    New phyrexia is still a ways a way. i'd like it's story to come later, for now the preators are still developing thier various arts, and i think we could see a few new planes, and returns to old ones like kamagawa or theros, but i think new phyrexia is in the tube.

    if they redid kamagawa, i want to have a story similar to "the last samurai" where we see technological changes and various new ideas cominh into clashes with the old systems.


    Now bolas can’t be freed


    Ugin took away his name so he can’t be summoned and he trapped him in the meditation plane

    And the biggest reason of them all liliana took his spark out with Bontu and oketra


    Both sparks and names can be restored.
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  • posted a message on Commander July 8th Banlist Update
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    painter's servant is unbanned dear lord why..

    cards like Grindstone are still legal in commander


    Because who cares, there are plenty of other two-card combos in EDH, Painterstone isn't degenerate


    Milling one opponents entire deck in one turn isn't degenerate?

    Anyway, can't say I am surprised on either of the bans. Honestly, Iona should have been banned as soon as Dominaria was released due to one particular equipment in that set allowing you to effectively shut down all colors but white over the course of a few turns.
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  • posted a message on Brand new world after Core 2020 confirmed
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    Mark will be making the fall set announcement at his SDCC panel. It’s incredibly irritating that they are not streaming it on Twitch, nor recording it. Like, come the f*** on WotC, get your crap together.


    Their reasoning for not streaming it is a load of bullcrap. If everyone else are allowed to stream from SDCC, then there is no logical reason WotC can't other than they don't want to. And if they don't want to, they should tell us to our faces instead of saying "sorry, were not allowed to stream from SDCC", particularly when it is very obviously a lie.
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  • posted a message on Commander 2019 Theme Speculation
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    Quote from Manite »
    There's a variety of approaches you could take, but at least one of the three commanders ought to be a Phyrexian, ideally with infect and proliferate interaction. Ah, I forgot to add The Mimeoplasm to that decklist!


    I've been desperately waiting for them to reprint/make new infect cards. Honestly people complain about infect, but it rarely ever pops up in my meta, and if it does, it's just that one green pump spell that one shots you if they have an army.

    I would like to see a dedicated few infect cards reprinted/remade just with Commander in mind.


    I think the reason that Infect isn't really a thing in commander is the distinct lack of infect cards in each individual color. As it stands now, infect really wants to be three or more colors, and there aren't really enough cards with infect to support that. Green and Black has the most infect cards, but only black has a legendary creature with it. One could potentially build an infect deck around Atraxa, but that would do the exact opposite of what Atraxa wants, which is to play with -1/-1 counters instead of growing. It doesn't help that except for very few cards, most cards with infect are very fragile, so you'd need a way to recur them as well. All in all, it's not really a solid strategy for multiplayer.
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  • posted a message on Commander 2019 Theme Speculation
    Quote from Creedmoor »
    i believe the decks will be the following:
    Naya
    Dimir
    Abzan
    Temur

    and no tribal theme as the main focus. If you look during the last 2 years, every colors each year, gets depicted at least twice. In 17 white red and black 3 times and in 18 blue 3. green is the only one that hasn't. i expect to see gerrand( and maybe even tacenda pre spark)in the first deck and gix and volrath in the second


    I would enjoy this diversity.


    So would I, I've always been fond of the Naya combination, and I rather like Temur as well. And both Dimir and Abzan can make for some hella fun decks. With that said, it entirely depends on the decks themes and how they are built.
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  • posted a message on Commander 2019 Theme Speculation
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    I feel like Morophon, the Boundless was the bone to all the tribal commander fans for the year, and that we'll see them explore more mechanical themes rather than tribal themes this year.

    -1/-1 counters could use some love in my opinion.


    I definately agree especially from the amonkhet block brought that into though

    Definately BRG have to be colors for that theme because that would be able to combine The Scorpion God and Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons

    And Morophon doesn’t mean they won’t do tribal again this year but they could still likely to get different themes this year




    Morophon was a bone for the tribes with few if any creatures, like Brushwagg or Dreadnaugt. We got other tribal legends both in MH1 and in Core20. One does not preclude the other.

    As for -1/-1 counters for a theme, I could see that, particularly considering the large number of cards they have created with them over the years, some from prior to the new frame that have yet to be reprinted and that are not on the reserved list, like Fevered Convulsions.
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  • posted a message on Commander 2019 Theme Speculation
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    I would be fine with Tribal as long as we could stray from the "big" tribes. Give me Pirates, Rogues, Treefolk, Knights, etc. Please no elves, merfolk, etc.


    Fans of "big" tribes deserve new legends, too, especially legends with new color combinations. Cards like Tuvasa the Sunlit, Edgar Markov, Varina, Lich Queen, Shattergang Brothers, and Kethis, the Hidden Hand open up new options for fans of Merfolk, Zombies, Vampires, Goblins, and Elves.

    While something like Pirate Tribal Commander sounds great on paper, you have to remember not every tribe has as many viable reprints as stuff like Merfolk and Elves. Right now the grand sum of reprintable Pirates is two sets, some color pie-breaking cards from Mercadian Masques, and a few one-offs. A Pirate Commander deck would be easily 50% Ixalan block reprints out of necessity. Same for Ninjas and Kamigawa. Give them a few more sets, and then they should have the variety necessary to constitute viable Commander decks. In the meantime, I can see more cards like Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow that fit into a larger deck theme.

    Some tribes have the necessary volume for reprints, and enough color variance that a legend that covers those colors would be greatly appreciated. Before C17, Cats had no GW legends even though there had been plenty of Cats printed in green and white by that point.

    Rogues have a lot more to work with than Pirates, and have plenty of presence in blue, black, and red. However, a Rogue Commander deck this year is more likely be UB than UBR as we got a UBR Wizards deck in C17, and I'm assuming they want to wait until C20 at least before they start repeating any color combinations.

    I'm not sure Treefolk as a tribe are exciting enough for a precon dedicated to them.

    Knights would be cool, though we already have a decent number of Knight legends now, including four for WB. Granted, three of them are Vampires, and one of them fits into a Vampire deck better. But Knights aren't exactly hurting for legends right now.


    You do know that three of the legends you listed aren't *tribal* legendaries, right? Only Edgar and Varina care about their tribes. Tuvasa is very much an enchantment commander, Shattergang is about sacrificing permanents, and technically, you can't call Kethis a tribal commander, as he cares about a supertype rather than a creature type. Which means that those three color combinations (BRG, GWU, and GBW) still need their tribal legends (Goblins, Merfolk, and Elves respectively).

    As for knights, although we do have several legendary knights, we don't have a legendary knight with tribal abilities that cares about the colors we actually need, specificly, the tricolor combo of Mardu (BWR). It's like the difference between Ishkanah, Grafwidow and Thantis, the Warweaver, while the former is a fine tribal legendary, it was only in two of the three colors people had asked for and needed to their spider tribal decks. While the latter has the colors, but lack the tribal component. WotC are brilliant in giving people what they ask for without actually giving them what they ask for. It wasn't until the last batch of tribal decks they actually managed to give people the tribal legends in the colors that people actually wanted, and even then they partially failed (People wanted Grixis vampires, we got Mardu, the only reason people haven't complained loudly was because of the large number of white vampires in Ixalan block).
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  • posted a message on Brand new world after Core 2020 confirmed
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    With the snow mechanic being added to Modern Horizons more as an afterthought than an actual mechanic, I would not expect them to put Snow lands and Snow permanents in Standard anytime soon.
    I mean, if they already had in mind a snow-themed plane after War of the Spark, why bother even adding snow to MH1?


    Because snow-based decks needed support in modern. Which was the entire point of Modern Horizons, a way to give tier 2 and tier 3 modern decks a boost to create a more varied metagame as well as to add a few old cards directly to modern without going through standard first.
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  • posted a message on Commander 2019 Theme Speculation
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    Quote from SpeedGrapher »
    I think they are going to do tribal commander. The core set has a lot of tribal cards. Then we will have more cards that we wish where in modern for about a year and then surprise when modern horizons 2 is printed all of those cards will be included. Or you could use all of the multi color legends in the core set as your color map for the commander decks. I still think it's odd that these two sets Horizons and Core 2020 could easily be booster drafted together and you could have a commander themed draft.


    I would be fine with Tribal as long as we could stray from the "big" tribes. Give me Pirates, Rogues, Treefolk, Knights, etc. Please no elves, merfolk, etc.


    If we get tribal we can expect two popular tribes and two that WotC thinks would be fun. Last time we got Dragons and Vampires (popular), as well as Wizards and Cats (wizards because of Dominaria's minor wizard tribal theme, and cats because it seemed like fun).

    For the popular tribes, I could see Slivers and maybe Angels, for the two others, just about anything goes.
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  • posted a message on Brand new world after Core 2020 confirmed
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    Quote from LeviatanCL »
    my bet:
    nordic/viking theme, with snow theme (lands as non full art), gods and a white villain


    If it is a nordic/viking theme, it won't have snow lands. Rosewater pretty much nixed that recently in his blog. He said snow lands are more likely to show up again in a supplemental set than a standard set.


    More likely in supplemental =/= as not going to appear in a standard legal set.

    He said the same about Madness, and then Shadows over Innistrad happened. Anything that isn't an 11 on the Storm Scale can technically appear. And that means pretty much everything but Bands with other and substance can technically appear in a future standard legal set, it's just more or less likely.
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  • posted a message on Commander 2019 Theme Speculation
    Quote from Manite »
    Are we talking in Kamigawa or historically?

    In the case of the former, they can always be a Samurai/Ninja duo from another plane. Or they can be exceptions to the rule, a RW ronin looking to regain his honor and a UB kunoichi outcast (and yes, there is the chance they could be a couple in the grand tradition of Opposites Attract).

    Historically, a lot of Samurai were Ninja, and regularly employed Ninja discreetly.

    At any rate, I like the duality between them.

    Historically, no, no they were not. I've studied the topic extensively. >.<
    It did happen that some Lords hired Ninja to spy on (or assassinate) rivals, but the ninja were never in their direct employ nor were any Samurai ninjas. Samurai were all of noble birth, and were trained in the way of the Japanese nobles from an early age. Traditionally, it was the oldest son (or in some cases sons) of the family that took on the mantle of Samurai and served the local lord, but it did happen on more than one occasion that a daughter took up the mantle instead. Usually because all eligible males in the family were dead.

    Ninja on the other hand, almost exclusively were from the lowest rung of society, the downtrodden, who started to rebel against oppression by their lords, mostly because Samurai had a tendency to rape farmers daughters and kill the male peasantry, without any fear of retaliation. There is a reason why nearly all early ninja weapons and tools can trace their origins back to farm implements. Eventually the ninja got organized and created clans to oppose abusive lords/samurai from the shadows, training and raising their children to become future generations ninja in secret. However, when the feudal system started to, well, get phased out in Japan, so was there little need for Ninja, and they quietly disappeared. Some traveled to the west (I.e. Europe and the US), where they founded various martial arts studios or just blended in, leaving their old lives behind.
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  • posted a message on Commander 2019 Theme Speculation
    Quote from Manite »
    I wouldn't mind a RW Samurai legend in an Equipment matters deck. Of course, I'd also like a UB Ninja and RW Samurai Partner duo.


    The flavor disconnect on that would annoy me to no end. The creation of the Ninja clans was a direct reaction by the populace to oppression from the Nobles/Samurai.

    I wouldn't mind either Samurai and/or Ninja's, but not in the same deck. And I would not mind either expanding into a third color.
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  • posted a message on Brand new world after Core 2020 confirmed
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    Quote from fettpett »
    Bag of Holding explicitly crosses the streams in black border. Yes in the PAST they have wanted to keep them separate, however with the growing popularity of D&D, the success of the Ravinca book, this is the perfect opportunity for a set based on D&D lore. Hell idc if it’s a brand new world or not, the feel of an adventure world not Zendikar with it’s heavy destruction, would be great.


    Mary Poppins was rocking a bag of holding 10 years before DnD first came out.


    And she wasn't even the first. There were references to things like that at least as far back as the Tales of Scheherazade/Arabian Nights (It's what Jandor's Saddlebags references).

    Quote from Manite »
    Nordic world sounds possible, but what would be the plants for it now? We don't exactly have a lot of Dwarf, Elf, or Giant tribal running around.

    I wonder if Ral, Vraska, and Kaya's hunts for Tezzeret, Dovin, and Liliana are going to play out in the near future. Will they be the focus of their own sets? Will they be background events? Or will they be resolved independent of any set's story?

    And how about Garruk? Will he resume hunting planeswalkers, since that's supposed to be his shtick? I could have seen him getting a Core Set with quarries he's hunted or is hunting, like Vronos, "Icy", Liliana, Sarkhan, and Arlinn (those last two are speculative, based on what Garruk might find to be worthy prey). But by the sounds of it he's coming back sooner than that.


    *Sigh*

    Garruk no longer hunts Planeswalkers as of his DLC to Duels '15. Jace inserted a hedron in him that got the curse under control, and Garruk said he would stop hunting planeswalkers. He'd still kill them if they got in his way (or were Lily), but he no longer actively hunts them.
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