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  • posted a message on Ayara, First of Locthwain
    Is she intended to be akin to the Queen of Air and Darkness, i.e Morgause of T.H. White's Once and Future King iteration of Arthurian lore?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] the command zone preview - Gadwick the Wizened (Merlin mtg)
    Does this guy have a mantle of melted candles on his shoulders? I thought that was his hair at first...

    Also, is that a novellamental he's reading from?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD][CUBE] Gadwick, the Wizened
    Does this Merlin have a mantle of melted candles on his shoulders??
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [ELD] the mana leakmpreview - Opt reprint
    "Hm...Do I need SoFI here or should I hope to remember how to cast that counterspell..." - says the art on this one.

    I guess this means we won't be getting a new Sorcery-Adventure twist on Ponder or Preordain...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership 9/11 - cards from rapunzel and more
    Quote from Ritokure »
    Right, so apparently the dwarves aren't the only thing in this art in sevens. Time to start looking? Here's some music for inspiration.

    Seven bags
    Seven boxes on the right
    Seven flames (six on walls plus rightmost dwarf's torch)
    Seven red gems in the left
    Seven tools (3 on the ground, 2 with center dwarf, plus two more with the other dwarves)
    Seven circles in center dwarf's armor
    That's what I've got

    seven loopholes on the center dwarf's belt
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership 9/11 - cards from rapunzel and more
    Is this the first itme we've ever seen a "haste matters card" in regard to Gingerbrute? Usually haste is a vanilla term after the turn a creature comes into play. I guess the flavor here is that haste=nimble, and one has to be pretty nimble to catch a gingerbrute!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] Harmonious Archon
    I love this card - so magical! Looks like I finally have another edition to my magical fantasy land EDH enchantress deck.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ayara, First of Locthwain
    I was hoping for a dame just a lil' more like Elizabeth Bathory. But I guess these unfulfilled desires are what keep me coming back to the game each spoiler season...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Gaby Spartz spoiler - Outlaw's Merriment
    What - y'all don't just carry around three-sided coins where ya'll're from?

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] Charming prince
    This will be the new blink utility creature, for those Modern blink decks that have been on the rise. Wizards has really been pushing the blink support recently.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] Roving Keep- LSV preview
    Can someone explain LSV's tweet reference to this card, why he was given it to spoil, and Hexplate Golem - Did Wizards troll LSV in the past by giving him hexplate golem to spoil?

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership 9/10 - wildborn preserver
    I'm getting hella "David the Gnome" vibes from all these fox mounts - love it!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] Weaselback Redcap
    We already have Goblin Banneret, though this one is at common, though accordingly weaker. Of course, Banneret isn't riding a giant Weasel, nor is it a knight, making this new card better overall :-D
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] Mystical Dispute
    Wizard's artistic choices are grounded on history and the subversion of dominant power. There is a movement in the United States called the "Black Lives Matter" movement. This came out of the disproportionate amount of police shootings involving unarmed black men. In the United States black populations have come to believe that their lives don't matter due to issues of equity in the country. The movement chose the name Black Lives Matters to specifically highlight the notion that Black Lives have long been ignored when factoring in the wellbeing of a society as a whole. Due to the name of the movement, [white] people are sometimes offended, arguing, "Well, don't all lives matter??" - And of course, the answer is yes, all lives do matter. Yet, despite the universal understanding that all lives matter, there is still a distinct inequality amongst races in the United States, indicating that the notion of all lives mattering isn't really understood by most [white] people. When we say "Black Lives Matter", we really mean "Black Lives Matter (Just As Much As Everyone Else's, But People Seem To Be Ignoring That)." We say this because historically that has not been true - Black Lives Matter is an attempt to subvert historic norms and view black lives through a new lens.

    I use this example to connect to WotC's decision to not depict women being dominated by men. Men throughout history have been the dominant sex - putting themselves in positions of power. In much media, there is a tradition of depicting women as the victims. Very often in media men abuse women, and women are allowed to gain agency only through victimhood - i.e. Because you made me a victim, I will now act against my gender norms and seek revenge. This is an issue, as you can imagine - it is an issue when any person, regardless of race or gender, can only receive agency (i.e. power) through the prerequisite of victimhood. When a woman is depicted as dominating a man - and there is no reference to her ever being a victim - then this is what we call cultural subversion. We are going against the norm and depicting an empiric truth that has not otherwise been accepted by society as a whole. It is okay to show women dominating because of the history of sexism. Any negative "ism" - such as Racism and Sexism - is grounded on the establishment of one particular race or gender having an inherent upper hand against the other. It does not go "both ways" - there is no reverse sexism or racism. These isms are based on one specific group dominating another.

    When WotC shows a woman dominating a man, they are breaking new ground - they are ignoring cliche traditions that have only hurt women through the ages. When they show men dominating women, they are only upholding outdated beliefs that women are to be dominated eternally by men, and that they can only gain power through victimhood. This misgiving cannot be corrected if we are to continue to show men dominating women. The only way to move past this harmful history is to rewrite the future in terms of equity - women need to be shown in power to correct the wrongs of the past. Men don't need to be seen dominating women because that has already been the norm for centuries, and it has harmed women.

    tl;dr: Women dominating men = progressive. Men dominating women = regressive.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] Questing beast
    Dies to so much removal in modern - I know this is a hack complaint, but for such a tank, you'd think it should have a chance to connect. A revolted Push, Path, and Magmatic Sinkhole all take care of this... Wish it has some sort of mana leak ability stapled to it as defense.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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