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  • posted a message on [M21] Rambunctious Mutt (MTG Facebook)
    MtG has plenty of "silly". I might not be a large fan of art and flavour that screws up my suspension of disbelief but I would be a fool to claim that the presence of such cards is a recent shift.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Next Magic Set Prediction?
    So, are there any mechanical nods and hints in Core21 that might indicate where we are heading next?

    One factor that makes any speculation of this kind particularly difficult is that many of the set's themes, mechanics, etc might exist not necessarily because the set itself (or those standard-legal sets that follow them) requires them, but rather for the purpose of contributing to Jumpstart.

    Last horrah themes and mechanical nods also have to be accounted for.

    I do think it's interesting that many of Lorwyn's tribes are present but then, again many of these are western fantasy staples.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on New to Cube Building: Want to get an opinion on the archtypes chosen for my first cube
    Quote from Visserdrix »
    My advice is that you can use your gold section to help steer players towards these archetypes. You need to find gold cards that are powerful enough that if a player picks it up they are rewarded for doing so and it steers towards to draft goals you have determined.

    Once you have found your gold cards that will be the "poster boys" of those archetypes you can then include a few mono coloured cards to support that archetype. Just be careful you don't pick cards that are too narrow as you want to make sure the cards you are putting in have value on their own in order to stop them from being completely useless in other decks.

    You may also want to consider colours that can act as a support to that archetype. for example you are planning on +1/+1 counters in selesnya. but there are some good counters cards in blue and black like drana, liberator of malakir, and nadir kraken. Both these cards provide good value on their own but can support a larger archetype.


    Quote from Humpty_Dumpty »
    I agree with Visserdrix’s suggestion to use your gold cards to signpost themes in your cube, as Wizards now tend to do in their own sets.



    With regards to your list, I think you are setting your power level too low. Bear in mind that standard draft sets contain cards that have to cater to other formats, and still contain a lot of cards that are draft “filler”. Simply by removing these there is a good chance that your cube will produce decks above the power of a standard draft.

    Treefolk will be a challenge. It is likely to be a very linear archetype and difficult to get enough black representation. You could expand a little into “creatures matter” and “forests matter”. I’d also break the singleton rule for key cards like Bosk Banneret or any playable black Treefolk.

    I’d be inclined to give a bit more to RG than just aggro. Maybe werewolves if you want another tribal theme, +1/+1 counters, or even lands matter.

    Taking this route will create a unique cube that is tailored to what you most enjoy about magic. The downside is that it will be harder to find advice because other cube builders will be appraising cards on different criteria.


    This is all excellent advice. Much appreciated! I'm glad there have been a few more uncommon treefolk printed in this core set!

    I'm gonna experiment and see if I can't find a way to increase the power level. One idea I took from the Core set is that because Treefolk generally have higher toughness and are of a greater mana cost, I can use Green and black themes that reward players using high toughness creatures, or creatures that are just large in general.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Mothership 6/8 - barsi and 3 other cards
    While I was originally put off by his armour not being 'Egyptian' enough, it's not by any means a dealbreaker. I think he'll be a great fit for a visitor to Tarkir.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Lore of Each card
    Teferi didn't just 'help' the Gatewatch. Teferi participated in WAR as a member of the Gatewatch.

    Jaya Ballard "helped" the Gatewatch, but Teferi was a member of the team.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C20] Flavor and Lore
    Basri Ket is an Amenkhetu paladin.

    Edit: looks like we might finally learn Garruk's home plane, or at least see it.

    Each Planeswalker will get a basic land depicting thier homeplane.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [M21] Vito, Thorn of the Dusk rose (flavor text tomorrow)
    Quote from Gutterstorm »
    Quote from Xcric »


    then those players will need to start running more removal, which is a thing that most casual tables refuse to do. the more cards get printed for edh, the less casual players can live in bubbles, that's just the nature of the game.

    anyway, i kind of have a problem with this guy flavor-wise. this is a core set sure, but its also supposed to be a teferi-centric core set. so to me, including a dude from ixalan (at least we can assume ixalan because of the dusk rose Elenda, the Dusk Rose.) when teferi has never been there, and this guy isn't associated with teferi or anywhere he's been in any way... that feels like a hugely missed opportunity and more than a little messy in terms of flavor


    There's nothing that mandates that things have to do exactly with the face walker of the set. Look at 2020. Not everything had to do with Chandra. Or at the very least the flavor is ambiguous enough that we couldn't say that she hand't encountered it or been to that plane. Similarly there's no reason to think that just because the old books didn't say he had been to Ixalan(because it didn't exist at the time) doesn't mean he hasn't.

    There was a theme leaning towards Chandra in 2020 and there will be one for Teferi in 2021, but nothing says that every card has to be linked to him.


    I would be pleasantly suprised were Core2021 to have any additional lore or narrative focus beyond what we saw in Core2020. It's kind of hard to expect them to apply the criticism of Core2020 to Core2021. Remember Maro's 2019 State of design article. These processes are slow.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Zendikar in 2020
    Sorin and Nahiri rivalry reaches its climax, requiring intervention by Nissa due to the threat that the conflict represents for Zendikar's Recovery.
    Nissa perhaps even promises to find a solution for Emrakul's presence on Innistrad.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on M21 leaks
    Quote from Gizlivadi »
    Fair point. I just feel like they're really pushing it lately tbh.


    You aren't wrong, but perhaps examine the implications behind this statement.

    I think Maro's 2019 article on diversity last summer was made to reflect an attempted shift within the company, whose impact will be felt more as time goes on. I believe though that the change is for the best, both for the game and the playerbase. Edit: if done right.

    Earlier decisions by the company's marketing and creative made the Lorwyn5 + Edit:Gideon as the game's focal point. They and many of the players had invested a lot into these characters, so that by the time of Magic: Origins, it was easier to update, retcon and reimagine the identity of these characters without the process becoming to jarring for their audiences.

    I do not believe that Chandra was originally conceived as multi-ethnic when created during the planning of Time Spiral and Lorwyn.

    I also don't believe Gideon was ever planned to be from Theros until the very early stages the Gatewatch's design which occurred late in Born of the Gods' development.

    Contrarily, had the company decided that inclusivity was of utmost priority, WotC could have just made the original Gatewatch be comprised of new and old characters. I mean, much of Nissa's character and origin didn't even survive the transition, so the above statement certainly wouldn't have been an impossible endeavor. The Gatewatch team we got however was a premise that the company had greater financial confidence in. Edit: This is not meant to be a normative statement. I am not arguing "should"s here.

    What later occurred after the Eldrazi-related sets was an expansion of the planeswalker-character roster, and whether the phenomena is best argued as an expression of tokenism or an increased commitment to inclusivity is debatable. A re-occurring theme during the Bolas arc was to visit a new plane, introduce a new human female planeswalker that often represented a marginalized ethnicity, and move on. Eventually fans began to express annoyance that most of these characters didn't do anything, or that their importance to the plot was more ancillary than primary. I could be wrong in this but I believe this was a common critique at the time. Yes Teferi joined the Gatewatch, followed by Kaya, but whether these are signposts to something else or exceptions to the rule remain to be seen.

    So to answer your question: Yes, "they're really pushing it lately", but what that 'it' is remains nebulous.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Mangara, the Diplomat— Ma No Ah preview
    Quote from mikeyG »
    This is great in the 99 for EDH, I have several decks I want this for. Generally speaking, he'll passively draw you at least 3 cards in the first couple turns he's out while making combat and politics more likely to work to your advantage. I like that if the attack trigger isn't really relevant, the spell clause likely will be and vice versa. Either way, he can net you some good card draw without much investment, allowing you to draw into answers and use them right away. A lot of white's card draw is mana intensive which slows you down, where Mangara is much more forgiving, though the trade off is that you don't get to control the draw.


    This is a great addition to my new Jirina Kudro Mardu Humans deck, which I might pull apart to make instead a Samut Voice of Dissent Naya-Human tribal deck. I am however confused. I thought everything was pushed back until tomorrow?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Core 2021 preview schedule...and Jumpstart schedule
    Quote from Zhalfir »
    Some promotional imagery


    Awesome pics. I real hope we get more of a storyline for this set. Maybe Zhalfir gets restored?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Core 2021 preview schedule...and Jumpstart schedule
    Hmmm...Tolarion Community College doesn't have a spot, or am I missing something?

    Edit: I missed it. June 15th
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Maro's Core 2021 Teaser
    It's Dog. I'm excitedly sounding crazy I know but it's dog. We are getting another creature update!

    https://twitter.com/wizards_magic/status/1267502593389006848

    look at Jumpstart which will share a few cards!

    https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Jumpstart


    I totally missed the -Squirrel- reference.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [C20] Flavor and Lore
    Some art! from twitter!

    https://twitter.com/wizards_magic/status/1267502593389006848

    Also look at the Jumpstart haldf-deck themes and display.

    https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Jumpstart
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Maro's Core 2021 Teaser
    It's Dog. I'm excitedly sounding crazy I know but it's dog. We are getting another creature update!

    https://twitter.com/wizards_magic/status/1267502593389006848

    look at Jumpstart which will share a few cards!

    https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Jumpstart
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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