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  • posted a message on [NEO] Kyodai, Soul of Kamigawa — AR game preview
    I'm shocked that this high-profile (from a flavor standpoint) creature has such a low profile power level for commander standards (even more shocking considering that "legends matter" was one of the signature features of original Kamigawa), isnt even good as a general. Which is shocking, because today pretty much the 99% of legends are made with commander in mind, and this looks a total design of a pre-commander era.

    The 5-colour activated ability screams "this was made with Commander in mind". Like other less-than-5-coloured generals with 5-coloured activated abilities, you can have Kyodai as your commander and play as many colours as you want as long as one of them is white.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Unfinity Delayed till second half of 2022
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    Great news, now they can delay this trash indefinitely and print a real set. Seriously, paying money for cards that aren't legal is pure madness.

    But some of them are legal this time, so that argument falls more flat than usual, and clearly people like it or they wouldn't be printing it. I'd rather have this than 100 more Secret Lairs or the next $15/pack limited set, or Double Feature.
    they made some of the cards legal exactly because people were losing interest in unsets. this increases perceived value of set as people could sell cards potentially valuable for other formats. it's artificial increase of product value and it's a bad sign that they did this. i enjoyed ocasional unset draft but my lgss never sold even remotely close amount of unset product compared to normal sets.

    Strange, from what I remember Unglued sold moderately well, Unhinged was a sale disaster because of overprinting as well as some bad designs and Unstable had to be reprinted multiple times because of the high demand. Were do you get 'people start to lose interest in unsets' out of that?

    Wait, how well did Unsanctioned sell? (Given how few cards it has, I have a hard time imagining it sold better than Unstable.)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Datamine from Kamigawa AR experience (so yet another leak) — Farewell
    Quote from Flamebuster »
    Welp if that art doesn't depict The Wanderer then I don't know who the eph that is.

    Does anyone actually have the Seb art, or was that just a guess about who's in the art because the art wasn't found in the datamine?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on NEO- Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
    Oh, so the Leon Tukker art wasn't for a Kodama after all?

    I personally find Kamigawa's discovery of electricity being put in "the Modern Age" being too unnervingly similar to the real world's timeline regarding electricity and power lines. I would have appreciated Kamigawa going high-tech centuries earlier than us (e.g. 500 Kamigawa years ago). I guess that 500-years-ago figure is still a possibility, but the authors and narrators have sure implied that possibility poorly.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [NEO] Kyodai, Soul of Kamigawa — AR game preview
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    I see the retcon the lore… AAgain on kamigawa

    https://mtg.fandom.com/wiki/Kyodai
    She looked like Michiko's serpentine twin.


    I don’t see that at all in either art

    I'm still holding out hope that Kyodai is a shapeshifter who can assume human form based on dragons in Japanese (and Chinese) mythology being able to do so.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [NEO] Saga art of the day 8 — Teachings of the Kirin
    If it weren't for today's story, I suspect we'd never know this probable Saga card was trying to tell the story of how the orochi lost their limbs (to the kirin).

    How would the card for this pull off telling that story with rules text alone? A kirin creature card on the back? A snake creature token generated by the front? The card giving snakes -X/-0 but giving them trample or menace next turn?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on NEO- Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
    I'm wondering whether Kyodai's announcement of the kami electing the new emperor every single time actually led to the kami honestly re-electing a new emperor every time the old, mortal emperor dies or whether that was just a cover-up and an excuse for re-electing forms of the same immortal emperor over and over...or just electing one immortal emperor and watching as the mortals never get another emperor after the one who ended the Shattered States era and founded the Imperials ever again.

    (I'm doubtful how much Michiko, as a Sister of Flesh and Spirit, would like changing her looks and name between emperor votes for her, though.)
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on NEO- Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
    Notably, the Era of Enlightenment story is the first Saga one to mention the Imperials.

    Kaito's sister is mentioned as a member of the Imperials in the first Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty story, lightly implying that Kaito used to be one (or possibly still is, which would explain why Satoru Umezawa still won't fully trust him).

    It's left ambiguous whether the term "Imperials" applies only to the actual emperors or also their entire administration and collection of government workers. (I thought the latter when reading that first Kaito story, but this Saga story implies the former.) If the latter is true, then the term "Imperials" existing in the first place at least lightly implies that the administration is not completely gutted between emperors. Also, if the latter is true, it would be interesting if every single emperor was an Imperial first...


    I recall someone else on this forum comparing the mortal and Kami worlds merging together to the (Phyrexia-instigated) Rathi overlay. Might Jin-Gitaxias be to blame for the mortal and Kami worlds merging together--or at least any acceleration in that process? If that "Jin-Gitaxias, Reality Hacker" rumour of a leak is true...
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Leak Risona, Asari commander (warning most Bigfoot image leak to date but just barely readable)
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    Impossible to say how good this is without the power and toughness, but we can put divinity counters next to bushido on the list of mechanics that are not returning.


    *snaps finger and points at you*


    good point divinity counters are probably dead now thanks to indestructible counters

    so now I’m wondering if it’s a spirit or samurai card because this is probably the new role for divinity counter

    What the heck is an Asari? I'm betting this card isn't even from a Kamigawa set.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on NEO- Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Ok…

    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/shattered-states-era-2022-01-18

    They completely changed everything about michiko and kyodai…

    Konda's are banned to be emperor's so the absent emperor is not a konda


    with that out of the way now where we’re we with that theory azusa is the wanderer.


    I'm siding with this user on the topic:
    Quote from ChrisBP7 »

    Small nitpick, they are not banned, it's just that their bloodline doesn't inherit the throne anymore. Instead it seems to be a kami-based elected monarchy now, where everyone with the proper character traits might become emperor (including a Konda).

    I wonder about Michiko and Kyodai. The one thing that bothers me still is their implicit appearance in Future Sight (I think it was there). There was no direct indication that their Sisters form was permanent or that Michiko wasn't still mortal (though obviously empowered). Maybe an overlook? If they only read the Kamigawa stories they could easily get to the story as told without retconning much, but that darn appearance in front of Bolas...


    I've noted in the Rumor Mill that the kami-elected monarchy seems similar enough to American political families (e.g. Bush, Kennedy) and Undertale's constant re-election of the monarch, so a Konda could still be emperor and Michiko as a Sister of Flesh and Spirit (assuming the narrators of these latest stories are unreliable) or Azusa-as-planeswalker still could be the latest appointed emperor because the Kami got sick of the other choices. (I'm personally still convinced that Azusa is most likely not a planeswalker and either actually did see the realm of the Kami or saw a planeswalker cut open a tear to another plane, and I'm even less convinced Azusa wants to be emperor and/or is willing to put on the trappings that come with protecting the plane of Kamigawa as emperor.)
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [NEO] Saga art of the day 6 — The Shattered States Era (very important story)
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    That art is gorgeous. Forget everything else.

    Actually forget that too.

    Wouldn't it be a gas if it was Jin-Gitaxias as the emperor? I mean it would be a huge tie-in to the supposed Phyrexian plot that's apparently unfolding albeit very slowly.

    'buster

    The (currently missing) emperor is 100% confirmed female unless she turns out to be a reality ripple and memory illusion created by Jin-Gitaxias.

    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    very important part here is this

    Upon seeing such confrontation in her own chambers, Kyodai had enough. She stripped the Konda family of their hereditary duty as rulers. From then on, they would be ordinary citizens, and the emperor would never again be chosen by blood. Now, the kami would elect rulers for their noble qualities and commitment to the nation.


    so the emperor that’s absent is not a konda and it’s not michiko either she’s 100% confirmed dead now unless they really really want to hide she’s the wanderer.

    The absent emperor could still be a Konda and actually might have a non-zero chance of being Michiko (as a Sister of Flesh and Spirit). Just because the Kondas are ordinary citizens doesn't mean that they can't be elected back in by the kami. Think USA political families (e.g. Kennedy, Bush) or Undertale's elections of monarchs (Asgore is the current king due at least partly to his sheer determination level, the populace would elect his wife Toriel as next in line due to her determination, the populace is implied to have rather have voted for their son Asriel due to being more determined than Toriel at the time of his death, the populace is willing to vote for the unrelated Papyrus/Undyne/Mettaton/Alphys if enough determined candidates ahead of them die).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on NEO- Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
    Quote from 5colors »

    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/dragon-kami-reborn-2022-01-17

    This painted silkscreen depicts the birthing of the new generation of dragon-kami. In the art, Jugan takes on the most prominent role, highlighting her role in nurturing the dragons and bringing about their rebirth.



    Man, when I read "The Dragon-Kami Reborn", I thought those two sentences meant that Jugan was the tree and cracked egg in the picture, not one of the dragons. The reincarnated dragons should not be referred to by the same names as the previous dragons/versions - it's like calling Atsushi "Ryusei".
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [NEO] Saga art of the day 5 — The Dragon-Kami Reborn
    Quote from Grixh »
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    We've seen one 5 color saga already and two seems unlikely. Primevals' Glorious Rebirth was notably 2 color in spite of depicting the return of a cycle of 5 dragons.


    we know it’s atleast green since jugan was the one to planned the whole rebirth of the dragons including himself and ryusei (it said she in this story page but they clearly screwed up and forgot they called jugan a he in the old kamigawa stories)


    Also possible that reincarnated Jugan is female. Who knows how magic dragon spirit eggs work - it changed out her claws for hooves, so why not?

    As for the color, could it be this is the front side of Remnant of the Rising Star? Then unless the front and back are mismatched it would be mono-green.

    I'm personally dead certain that this is the front side of Remnant of the Rising Star.

    While it's pretty possible that the green member of the Neo Kamigawa Dragon Spirit cycle is female, that still doesn't erase the fact that the OG Kamigawa stories consistently refer to Jugan as male. From what I know about religions with reincarnation, none of them require you to always reincarnate as the same gender.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on NEO- Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
    On another note, the "The Dragon-Kami Reborn" story also mentions something tantalizing called the "Shattered States Era", which definitely (if we can trust the narrator) takes place after the OG Kamigawa block and its Kami War.

    What happened during that era besides the Night of Withering and the oni attacks the story also mentions? Did a dynasty change take place? Did Kamigawa split into multiple countries with multiple sovereigns? ...How does/did Kamigawa determine its emperors, anyway?

    Kamigawa needing to re-appoint a new emperor every once in a while seems plausible (at least to me and my passing familiarity with Chinese dynasties and their Mandate of Heaven)...has the Line of Konda ever been broken? Other than Michiko posthumously (or "posthumously"), was there ever a Line of Konda to begin with? Is there a chance that Kamigawa appointed a Sister of Flesh and Spirit as emperor centuries after Michiko was declared dead?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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