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  • posted a message on Zendikar in 2020
    Honestly, I do not understand Zendikar's appeal at this point.

    I like the idea of "Adventure world" and am fine with the tribes being used in the setting but... I'm not really sure what else there is to say. Lots of the flavor of "adventure world" came from the actual setting itself... which has been largely wrecked.

    Yeah, this is something I've been wondering about as well. It's not like original Zendikar was like a world littered with ruins of multiple bygone civilizations. The big mystery were the Eldrazi and only the Eldrazi, and virtually everything about the worldbuilding was connected to them (most importantly the hedrons). Now that the mystery has been lifted and the Eldrazi are no more, what's really left to unearth here? It'll be interesting to see how they handled this issue.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Return to Amonkhet ideas
    Quote from Flisch »
    I'm on the fence about this. On the one hand, I'd love for the locust and the scarab god to be redeemed. On the other hand I'm genre savvy enough to doubt that. Unlike the other 5 gods, the three corrupted gods were changed pyhsically, which usually means they have become irredeemably corrupted, see Brisela and, well, basically most fantasy stories.
    I think this could be dealt with by having them go into some sort of "cocoon state", temporarily vanishing from the surface and then reappearing later. In the story, maybe explorers could happen upon and reawaken them when exploring some tombs.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [IKO] Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths- Ebook and Story
    Quote from 5colors »
    Second your kinda hit on the reason for this being brought up. People are saying Vivien being against hunters is unreasonable since they are getting food when its not really gone over. All references to hunting seem to be for the sport hunters. WhileBushmeat Poacher might be a food hunter but also likely doing it for profit on the black market and likely not providing the city with needed sources since the lore (and not just from Vivien) doesn't suggest that.

    Its likely humans can and will eat monster meat but thats never brought up on how Vivien feels on that.
    Well, in this case I'm going to change my complaint to "normal hunting" not being brought up at all. They went out of their way to establish poaching as a thing that exists and is looked down upon even by the people that hate monsters, but as a result ended up leaving a very valid question like "where does the food come from" up in the air. And I think that's kind of a big oversight because in a world that's all about humans, monsters and their relationships/conflicts between them, "justified hunting" is another interesting angle those can be explored from. It even fits in the trope space Ikoria is tapping into, since it's not only Godzilla/monster movies but also the Monster Hunter game franchise.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [IKO] Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths- Ebook and Story
    Quote from 5colors »
    Often when writing a fictional world you have to balance between using words that your audience understand and whats true to the world. As Mullerornis said poachers is used as a shorthand for "illegal hunter" to give us the audience a quicker way to figure out this card.

    I had a similar talk in a writing workshop where people didn't like using the term atheist for a nonbeliever in a fantasy world with real gods and thought apantheon or antipantheon would be a better term, while the against argument was that it might be a another term for someone needs to learn long with the other fantasy terms going on and a more familiar word might be better used here.
    Using easy-to-understand words is one thing, but using them thoughtlessly can damage your worldbuilding because things begin to lose their meaning the second the reades tries to look beneath the surface. OK, let's say that "poacher" is just a term for "bad hunter". What separates them from the good hunters? As far as we know, there isn't such a thing (or have I missed something?). Monster hunting is seen as something that is, without exception, done for sport, to collect trophies or the narcisisstic need to be "part of a myth" (Dark Bargain). However, other cards indicate that monster parts can in fact be turned into useful tools (Flycatcher Giraffid) and or can be consumed as food (Bushmeat Poacher).

    If you take a minute and think about the conditions humanity lives under on Ikoria, it seems almost crazy that hunting monsters for food isn't seen as a normal thing. In an absurdly hostile environment that requires humans to build their cities under volcanic shelf (and manage lava flows to create walls of lava for defense) and build flying balloon cities, where do you have room for any sort of agriculture? And if you don't have any crops, where do you get your food from? Monster meat seems like the obvious choice here. The rampaging feline serial killer may be scary, but keeping yourself fed is definitely higher on the prioritiy list.

    It's still a nitpick, but you can definitely add flavour by paying attention to how people of your world talk about things. There could be an interesting "hunting for sustenance VS hunting gone too far" conflict here.

    As for your example, I think simply falling back on the term "non-believer" would be the easiest way around things. It's the most old-timey feeling and fantasy-friendly of the expressions while still being very easy to understand.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Identity of Wedges: Ikoria
    Quote from Mullerornis »
    For Skysail, White and Green are represented by their sense of community and peacefulness, while the Black is likely manifesting through their desire for independence, again pretty opposite to the Abzan.
    I don't want to keep on going on and on about this, but "desire for independence" reads like a red thing to me. It's not like black can't have it, but it would have to be associated with a somewhat predatory material/political/societal gain. Maybe it's just me, but I can see a "independence to ensure peace and the security of the community" mindset as Naya, Jeskai, or Mardu - definitely not Abzan though, especially when black is supposed to be the center color.

    Looking through the spoiler again and finding things like Facet Reader, I got the feeling that the human settlements on Ikoria are simply less defined by their colors than the Tarkir clans. At first I thought "settlement X is mainly [wedge] because it's in that region" was a weak argument, but it might just be this way. Drannith definitely is the settlement that best matches its colors in terms of philosophy, with Lavabrink coming in second and Skysail third.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [IKO] Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths- Ebook and Story
    The one thing that doesn't make sense to me about the whole "perception of monster hunters" thing in Ikoria is that the concept of poaching exists at all. Poaching is illegal hunting, and is often associated with the dwindling of endangered animal populations. Neither of these two apply to Ikoria. There doesn't seem to be a consensus on wildlife protection among the human population, so there shouldn't be any societal rules that that ban monster hunting. Also, this is a world where monsters rule and the humans are in the clear minority - it's not like the hunting being done is pushing the monsters towards the edge of extinction.

    I can understand Vivien seeing monster hunters as poachers (the PW guide is from her PoV after all), but the cards that reference poaching in the card name or flavor text feel more like transplantations of the real-world "poaching = bad" stance than something that makes sense to Ikorians.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [IKO] - CobaltStreak Preview - Skycat Sovereign
    It's a bit lame that a Pride of the Clouds sidegrade has such bland art. It doesn't even compare to its cousin.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Identity of Wedges: Ikoria
    Quote from cyberium_neo »
    The Skysail is floating for safety's sake, not necessarily because of freedom (a side benefit perhaps). Valuing safety via congregation is a W/G trait, soaring above the danger (B) below them. Though, there's no deny that Skysail could go else where when they choose to, as we saw in Xyris, the Writhing Storm, but the "Jeskai" region of Ikoria is Raugrin, that place is filled with flying dinosaurs so Skysail's advantage is naught over there. Indatha is terrible but most threats appear to be nonflying. Most.
    Hm, I'm not convinced.

    First off, if "safety via congregation = GW", then Drannith should be G as well.

    Second, interpreting B as "the danger below" seems very flimsy, especially since monsters of all colors are dangerous and black is supposed to be the central color of the wedge in this case.

    I'm pretty sure a group that is mainly B and has GW as its secondary colors would laugh at the idea of Skysail. Abzan is one of the most pragmatic color pairs, it favors conservatism and "playing it safe". You need a lot of idealism to propose something like a flying balloon city, let alone actually build and run it. BGW would see something like that as a waste of time and resources at best and suicide at worst.

    Also, all cards that picture Skysail (or better, Skysail itself and its inhabitants) that we've seen so far have clearly lean towards Jeskai: Valiant Rescuer, Decoy Gambit, Fluctuator (in the Jeskai commander precon) and Twinning Staff (it's colorless, but if you had to apply colors to it, its effect would be RU). Additionally, blue and white are the main two colors for flying.

    Quite a few cards picture balloons being destroyed so I'm not sure if there's really a region that's safer than the others, but yeah, maybe they moved over Indatha because it has the least number of airborne threats.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Identity of Wedges: Ikoria
    Quote from 5colors »
    For the city they talk about being able to separate out into small groupers then come back together as a bigger whole which kinda feels white or white/green so that might be that aspect of it.
    Skysail is mentioned in the Indatha section, but even going by the little information we have about it, it very much feels like a "Rwu" type of place. The main value is freedom (R) which is achieved by careful planning and engineering (U) and a strong social structure (W) which are both necessary to successfully maintain a floating city that has to defend itself against giant sky monsters.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on New Judge foil: Sliver Legion
    Nice art! I think I prefer the original version though.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on M20-Flavor and Story
    Nah, Teyo was never supposed to be the new face of the game. Making shields (even if they're cool geometrical glowy shields) and blocking things isn't the most exciting kind of power. From a marketing perspective, a woman with flames for hair is much more eye-catching.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Full spoiler is up
    Basic lands are all reprints. It's a core set, so it's not exactly surprising, but still … lame.

    At least they chose some good ones like the Jim Nelson forest, the John Avon island and the De Ro swamp I guess.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Thunderkin Awakener
    Wasn't the full spoiler supposed to be up on Monday (only one week of spoilers)? Did I miss something?

    Anyway, nice card for Elemental tribal. The synergy with Vesperlark is sweet.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Colossus Hammer
    This card is TERRIBLE.

    If you're paying nine mana for something, it should WIN YOU THE GAME. But not only do you have do connect with this, the equipment also takes away evasion so you'll get chumped by everything under the sun.

    Wizards has been going downhill for a while, but this is a new low. Dumbed down, lazy design for the masses. Whoever designed this should get fired and they should hire me instead. I'd put Modern playable equipment on par with Jitte and the Swords in the set, not this worthless piece of junk.

    Yes, I am joking.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Commander Game
    Ahran, Vagrant Mystic 2WU
    Legendary Creature - Human Wizard
    Whenever a noncreature, nonland card would be put into your graveyard, put it on the bottom of its owner's library instead.
    Whenever you would draw a card, you may pay 1G instead. If you do, put the bottom card of your library into your hand.

    Next: A commander with phasing
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
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