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Feb 23, 2018SecretInfiltrator posted a message on Gavin Varhey confirms change of course for Masters sets.Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from CasualCalamity1 »I'd love to draft these, but they're just too expensive.
Regarding today's article: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/future-masters-2018-02-22
What does that mean for the legality of the cards?Instead of being focused on formats, Masters sets going forward are going to be focused on themes.
Cards being released in a Masters-set never affected their legality in any of format (since they were always reprints outside of Standard - and being printed in a Standard-legal set (after a certain cut-off set which is static for eternal formats and changes over time for rotating formats) is how legality in the tournament formats is determined).
That shouldn't change. A card is legal in the same formats after a Masters-printing as it was before (plus being legal in <foo> Masters-Limited draft ).
Feb 23, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Cainsson »I do like miniatures mostly for RPGs and dungeon-crawling/small skirmish games I've designed/modded off Castle Ravenloft.
But this is Wizkids and their minis tend to be very low quality, and Magic's own minis with the Heroscape clone were pretty bad.
Also, I don't really care for Dominaria and specially not Benalia. There's nothing there that isn't readily avaliable from D&D minis. If I were to care they'd have to give me Ixalan vampires or merfolk, eternalized minotaurs, Esper vedalken or strixes, Innistrad cathars or spirits, cephalids, merrow, something that has some actual design to it. Not just knights.
This is a perspective I share. The main reason I'm looking forward to MtG game supplements/tie-in products with miniatures is that some creatures unique to Magic are hard to find miniatures for. Even simple ones like Leonin were a pain since 90% of anthropomorhized cats are going to be based on Egyptian mythology/Bastet and hence are house cats. Trying to find a maned catfolk that doesn't disqualify itself from being a stand-in for Ajani etc. by other specifics took a while. And 'generic catfolk with mane' is actually something I expected to find easily.
Quote from ryuplaneswalker »Explorers of Ixalan is great fun, we've used it in Commander..and it is a blast, better than Planechase.
Yeah. I like Planechase but this seems like this is a grand evolution - that I look forward to using. A lot of positive reviews.
Feb 21, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from schindar »Merchandising! Merchandising! Magic: The Coloring Book! Magic: The Lunchbox! Magic: The Flamethrower!!!
Magic: The Core Set! Magic: The Expert Expansion! Magic: Commander! Magic: Pauper! Magic: Modern!
Feb 21, 2018The main difference between Arena of the Planeswalkers and the accompanying products of the TCG expansions is that the newer products do still actually use Magic cards. Explorers of Ixalan does come with decks and you can also use your own decks with the system. Similarly Archenemy: Nicol Bolas accompanied Kaladesh and was just a variant format. As a big fan of Theros challenge decks (Hero’s Path including Face the Hydra) I welcome this change. It's great for casual play since the formats are very different from the optimized tournament 1-v-1 setup.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
My main issue with these is that the new "3 plus 1" paradigm makes it far harder to predict how they will be released. One every other set was top-end frequency IMO and under the 2-set paradigm this was one product per setting. Something is going to suffer under the oversaturation of the market with different products - and while I expect that to be the <something> Masters series (due to the unattractive upmarked price tag and lack of sustainability if they continue other products that siphon cards from it as face cards of other products (e. g. conspicuously similarly named Masterpiece-series and Planeswalker's Spellbook (if From the Vault is anything to go by) etc.)) it seems like some good idea might go to waste.
Feb 21, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Jay13x »I'm genuinely curious how many people think we've got Jaya and Teferi cosplayers running around.
This woman is not Huatli. She's not even human. She's an angel. YOU CAN SEE THE WINGS!
Fun fact: Huatli is wearing armor resembling the feathers of dinosaurs.
Feb 20, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from JCaleb »why 4 PW in the set? the standard was 5 in the 2-set block with a 3-2 split, considering that we will go with all "big" set the standard should be 3 pw per set. I dont't think Liliana will be in (considering the quote about GW members toning down) and Karn (C) Jaya (R) and Teferi (U/UW) will be the set PW
Liliana has been in each set that included her going up against one of her four demons and Dominaria has the last remaining one. I as well think there is a high chance she is in here.
I also wouldn't be surprised either if they deviate from the standard in this set of all possible options. I already expect the number of overall planeswalkers to increase from ca. "ten a year" to "ten a year plus what we put in the core set". Planeswalker characters are in high demand.
From the lore characters that are confirmed for the set I expect Gideon the least to get printed as a planeswalker card (at all). He sounds like he will be a sidekick to Liliana.
Feb 19, 2018I thought the set symbol was a reference to the symbol of the Coalition. But it's not doing it for me. Everything else about the set looks promising. Seeing Karn means I expect to see New Phyrexia to be made a topic again within helf of a seven-year plan. I cannot imagine them bringing Karn back and ignoring that plot thread much longer than that - maybe even much sooner if they rush the current Bolas arc or decide to overlap the two - though the current story structure kinda leads me to expect that there will be no overlap and instead we will move on from Bolas to Phyrexia at the same pace we moved on from Eldrazi to Bolas.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Feb 17, 2018Posted in: Custom Card CreationQuote from user_938036 »Anafenza wouldn't make this progenitus mortal, because it can't die the event of being put into the graveyard will never occur for anafenza to replace.
You are incorrect. Replacement effects can replace actions/events that would be stopped from other effects.
You can ask an authority how Maralen of the Mornsong (denying card draw) and Abundance (replacing card draw) interact, but in general "can't" prevents an event fro occuring, but does not prevent the event from being replaced.
Which makes sense. If you can't kick someone (in a boxing tournament or while wearing concrete shoes) and replace all your kicks with punches, you are punching just fine. Replaced events never even attempt to occur, so the ability denying that event never even notices them.
Feb 17, 2018I have a list that sorts every mechanic into guilds and is up-to-date until something between Origins and Kaladesh... I can see banding as either Boros or Selesnya. Skulk could be Dimir. And especially hideaway is high on my list of terrible mechanics that fit Dimir.Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Epic felt like a good descriptor for Izzet experiments to me.
Feb 16, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from BlazingRagnarok »Every set actually does have a set symbol on Gatherer, even if the cards don't have them.
I hope they don't use those because those barely qualify as placeholders. Can you imagine how they would look as watermarks?
Feb 16, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Velrun »Are you new to the game?
Haven't been since the time they put Urza's name into the names of their expansions.
Do we know if the future M-sets will be canon?
Ohhh! D12! I'm not certain about DotP. I have ignored those games. Does it have a story outside of the intro? All I recall are pretty generic blurbs describing vague story events like "Chandra was angry." and "Koth was searching allies."
The intro of that game also implies that Gideon is native to Alara... kinda. I honestly never knew these had that much of an involved story. I recall talk about challenge modes. Would be interesting to learn more if there is. Was DotP still around when Garruk went crazy?
EDIT: Yes! There was DotP 2015 and Ramaz in 2014. I just didn't know they attempted to integrate a story into DotP before that. ^^
Feb 16, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Velrun »Yeeeeeeeeees!!!!
Have they decided if the M-series will be canon?
In M12 Gideon was Killer by Bolas. But since it’s not canon then he lives again in the next set
I would like a source to that. Bolas shouldn't be part of M12.
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Mar 8, 2014I see you have a problem separating Saprolings from their fungal origin:Posted in: Articles
Quote from Our own Wiki »"Saproling" seems to be a generic term for small plant/fungus creatures rather than a specific species.
Indeed what a Saproling is varies from plane to plane - sometimes even within a plane; on Ravnica in the old days Saprolings differed from guild to guild; Selesnya Saprolings are small creatures consisting of vines wrapped around crystals (as can be seen in the artwork) - the vines are based on plants which is why the Selesnyan Saprolings use seeds and pollen; Golgari Saprolings with the guilds focus on lightless subterranean rotfarms are classical fungal beings; Simic Saprolings are open to interpretation, though they are cyan/green-blue globules and seem to consist entirely of their trademark Cytoplast.
Guildless Saprolings could follow either style guide or none at all.
Remember: A Saproling doesn't need to be fungal. If anything its root tells us more about the fact that it likes death and decay. It can be (and sometimes is) a plant and apparently sometimes part gem.
Now you don't only seem to have a problem with Saprolings being not depicted fungal enough, but with Saprolings depicted too much like a Fungus. For example the "earthstars" are not there for there own sake. Those are the Saprolings that Vitaspore Thallid tosses around. Look at the mechanic and art and tell me that "every now and then it throws a new creature onto the field" isn't what the Thallid mechanic is actually reads like.
You can see similar depictions of Saprolings on Thallid cards again and again e. g. a big "white" Thallid in front of a few smaller "green" Saprolings on Pallid Mycoderm; maybe now you also understand the boring palette of colors: When an artist gets told to paint a "green" Fungus it will end up being green more often than not.
Feb 23, 2011Gigadraco - I love the backwards reference. It would be great if it was a Demon as well. Also I think "~ costs less to play for each Dragon or Demon permanent you control." would be preferable.Posted in: W A R 89 Blog
Nightmare Dragon - Nice one on the ETB ability! Though you might want to make its cost more color intensive.
Barn Guardian - That level of color hosing is inapropriate.
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