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  • posted a message on [NEO] art from the story building panel
    Quote from ChrisBP7 »
    I have to say though that this set is truly in danger of having to cram way too much stuff in, I would have preferred a two set structure (and Innistrad 3 could have been done in one set in my opinion). I am very much excited for it.

    Yeah, the art and flavour look fantastic so far...and I'm getting similar vibes to Throne of Eldraine with this set.

    In short, because of these such flavour-strong promotional vibes, I fear Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty will similarly not be a powerful set (I'd estimate Crimson Vow levels of not-powerful), at least when it comes to Modern and up. We only perceive Throne of Eldraine as powerful - and arguably, so does Wizards - because Oko, Thief of Crowns and Once Upon a Time are ban-worthy levels of jacked. Drop them from consideration and Emry, Lurker of the Loch feels like the most powerful remaining card for a mile, with everything behind her being interchangeable role players at best (and often even being interchangeable in practice in tournament results - Drown in the Loch is enjoying one hell of a heyday right now, but that card has perennially disappointed me a la Prismatic Ending and Portable Hole due to repeatedly failing when you want hard removal the most). ...OK, Brazen Borrower and Bonecrusher Giant have solid niches in Cascade decks, but Brazen Borrower's body often hasn't felt like it's worth a card, and Bonecrusher Giant has proven itself to be interchangeable (with stuff like Seasoned Pyromancer and Dead // Gone) even in Cascade decks.

    I fear such emphasis on flavour in the promotional phase is hiding a lack of power and tournament impact in the release phase.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] art from the story building panel
    Quote from Mana Goat »
    I wonder why they changed the Kitsunes' faces? I know the originals where weird, but I always felt it fit the theme.

    Yeah, the new kitsune seem to have a lack of facial diversity in comparison, as if all of them subscribed to the same facial powder and face paint. I hope for a story with strong flavour about why the kitsunes' faces changed that way in-universe (rather like the one that Wizards has to give for how the orochi lost their legs and the one they should give for how kappas have been brought back (or at least "brought back") from Shell of the Last Kappa-implied extinction - the kappa one they can explain with cloning, the orochi...).
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  • posted a message on More kamigawa leaked cards (one picture contains the answer to how the DFC's flip and new mechanic)
    Quote from Grixh »
    Quote from Morphling »
    Interesting there are 7 snakes in that picture. There are also 7 "golden canaries" around Bahamut in D&D lore (and MTG lore too...)

    Probably just a coincidence.. Sneaky ..but it's interesting all the same.


    O-Kagachi has 8 heads, 7 of which are snake-like. You can also see them in O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami. Possibly related to the eight million kami of Shinto, but I'm not sure about that one.

    Yamata-no-Orochi is known for having 8 heads. Maybe the influence is there.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] art from the story building panel
    Keep the art coming; there's also art for 4 Kamigawan cities and a sweet samurai-vs.-ninja fight (among others).

    Is Mowu from Kamigawa
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Kamigawa leak — Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei
    The good news is that some Modern decks play modified creatures in their sleep (mainly Hardened Scales ones, although you can make a reasonable argument for Yawgmoth, Thran Physician ones), and Stoneforge Mystic and Urza's Saga (for Shadowspear) can help shore up some more decks.

    The bad news is that the payoff for modified costing 5 mana is quite tough to get, to the point of quite possibly not being worth it, even in Lurrus of the Dream-Den-as-Companion decks. Well, at least Goro-Goro plays nice with Lurrus.
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  • posted a message on More kamigawa leaked cards (one picture contains the answer to how the DFC's flip and new mechanic)
    "The Kami War" has been virtually confirmed to be a real card name in Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty according to https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/kami-war-2022-01-11, complete with long art that would fit in a Saga, but yet again, the art doesn't match the leak.
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  • posted a message on Three 2 cmc cards leaked for kamigawa neon dynasty (light paws, a vehicle, and a kami/spirit)
    Quote from Dontrike »
    I don't understand how the Soulripper is a vehicle. No matter how I look at it I just can't see a "vehicle."

    It's an exoskeleton/(stretch of a) mech, I suppose that's close enough.

    Reminds me of that hollow, drivable person in the manga Gleipnir, though.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Three 2 cmc cards leaked for kamigawa neon dynasty (light paws, a vehicle, and a kami/spirit)
    I was thinking Soulshift would come back (it still looks powerful and kinda fun concept-wise), but who needs Soulshift when you've got spirits like Kami of Transcience?
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  • posted a message on [NEO] Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
    Quote from Kryptnyt »
    Quote from Lectrys »
    Quote from Kryptnyt »
    Four mana for this effect is a lot, even if you can bring it back with loam. Card isn't doing anything that much more impactful than Blasted Landscape already does in my opinion. I think it's a pretty fair card

    You mean Blast Zone, right?


    Blasted Landscape, an untapped cycler. Blast zone is nothing like this card. Takenuma cycles for four mana, but gives you a raise dead instead of a card draw. That's why I think it's not "too good" like said before in the thread. It's similar to a cycling land that costs a lot to cycle and comes in untapped.

    I thought you were comparing the new Takenuma to a land which similarly dumps itself into the graveyard to do something for 4 or more mana (I often have to invest at least 5 mana into Blast Zone in order to blow something up with it). Given Blast Zone's high power level, I thought you implied that the new Takenuma could do something pretty powerful and it still wouldn't be too impactful.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
    Quote from Kryptnyt »
    Four mana for this effect is a lot, even if you can bring it back with loam. Card isn't doing anything that much more impactful than Blasted Landscape already does in my opinion. I think it's a pretty fair card

    You mean Blast Zone, right?

    The Channel lands seem somewhat likely to be real (I bet Boseiju, Who Endures will deny counterspells when Channeled), but I don't think they're too powerful. If anything, I think the Zendikar Rising part-land modal DFCs are more powerful in general and play deceptively similarly (you can actually 4-of them but people won't tend to in goodstuffs decks in Modern and up, for example). If anything, this Takenuma is borderline too expensive when Channeled (I sure as heck cannot rely on sticking Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, probably the most common legendary creature in Modern and Legacy right now). Recurring the Channel lands with Wrenn and Six should be fun and hopefully powerful, though.
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  • posted a message on Secret Lair: The Astrology Lands
    Quote from JinxedIdol »

    Capricorn - Swamp
    Aquarious - Island
    Pisces - Island
    Aries - Mountain
    Taurus - Mountain
    Gemini - Could be anything
    Cancer - Island
    Leo - Plains
    Virgo - Forest
    Libra - Plains
    Scorpio - Swamp
    Saggitarious - Forest

    I find it weird that Goat is in a swamp when it is easily Mountain. (Dead goat for the forced flavor)

    But they could have made Gemimi Swamp to balance it and at least there are
    No dead signs.


    1 year rollout for all the signs is such feel bad for me.

    In either case, this is a definite pass for me.

    Wizards strongly implies they are going for the astrological horoscope signs when they describe Capricorn as this in https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/secret-lair-whats-your-sign:

    That's a full 25-card complement of these stunning lands that will demonstrate the core traits of Capricorn players: ambition, discipline, and determination.

    Sounds like Black and Swamps to me.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire and Eiganjo Uprising
    Quote from ThyLordQ »
    I'll be honest; I totally forgot about those. Five years is a long time to not think about a pretty meh land cycle.

    Are there any cycles currently missing allied lands?

    This cycle might be too powerful, but Horizon Canopy is still missing its four allied friends, while the enemy cycle has already been completed (e.g. Sunbaked Canyon).

    There are also very partial Future Sight cycles like Grove of the Burnwillows.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on More kamigawa leaked cards (one picture contains the answer to how the DFC's flip and new mechanic)
    Quote from 5colors »
    I wonder if the sagas are meant to reflect Tamiyo and her magic. It up in the air if its gonna be Tamiyo or Tezzeret getting the 3rd walker slot but a Tamiyo who interacts with sagas would be very flavorful.

    Quote from Grixh »
    I assume it started as a logistical issue of "Legendary Enchantment Creature - Dragon Spirit" being too long for the type line. Since they can't be commanders anyway, not much is lost functionally and it can be justified as them being conjured by whatever magical storytelling is going on instead of being the actual individuals.


    They had said as much when talking about why the Theros gods don't have any other creature types (such as merfolk for thassa or minotaur for mogis), Legendary Enchantment Creature - God is as much as they can fit on the type line.

    They did manage to fit in Legendary Enchantment Creature - Demigod at points.
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  • posted a message on [NEO] Satoru Umezawa - @wizards_magic preview
    Quote from TetzaHexloq »
    Lol you guys...

    It's a Quicksilver Amulet with a huge caveat and has no synergy with Yuriko.

    It's nice there's a new option but this guy is pretty weak imo.

    You forget the part where Satoru is a Quicksilver Amulet that can automatically refuel itself with more creatures to cheat out.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [NEO] Satoru Umezawa - @wizards_magic preview
    Although we could have seen it coming a mile away for being one of the few Kamigawa block mechanics to make it onto multiple later cards, we finally got confirmation here: ninjutsu is back!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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