MS: Wool Over the Eyes

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Posted on Feb. 14, 2018, 10:58 a.m. by RicketyEng

In which Huatli goes on holiday, Angrath goes home, Vraska deceives a dragon, and Jace heads for Dominaria. Meanwhile, a new leader claims Orazca.

pizzagod13 says... #2

Im guessing the old lady Jace sees is one of the older dominaria walkers? I wouldnt know since I didnt play back then

February 14, 2018 11:37 a.m.

RicketyEng says... #3

There were so many awesome little moments in today's story. Jace's planeswalk and his comments and questions after arriving is probably my favourite part. "Gideon! I'm not dead!" Who else thinks they're on the Weatherlight? Do we all figure that was Jaya Ballard, Task Mage too? I also really enjoyed Jace's internal dialogue during his moment of doubt. Haha, Ugin needs to "step up."

I'm a bit disappointed that the Sun Empire ended with control of Orazca; I voted for the River Heralds. I was also hoping for there to be more to the story of claiming the city than just the emperor's victory march.

February 14, 2018 11:43 a.m.

AgentGreen says... #4

RicketyEng $5 says that the older girl is Jaya Ballard.

February 14, 2018 11:52 a.m.

RicketyEng says... #5

That's what I think too.

In other news, Huatli and Saheeli making friends sounds so awesome. I can't help but imagine Saheeli making a new gearhulk combined with a regisaur and then we get an amazing canon version of Grimlock, Dinobot Leader  Flip.

February 14, 2018 12:59 p.m.

dbpunk says... #6

Its definitely Jaya Ballard. And its probably going to be an interesting interaction between Chandra and Jaya. I expect maximum fangirling from Chandra lol.

Also the changes in Ixalan/Torrezon sounds interesting.

February 14, 2018 1:46 p.m.

chosenone124 says... #7

February 14, 2018 3:27 p.m.

chosenone124 says... #8

How does Jaya know Jace is a bookworm if she doesn't know who Jace is? He has a tan and a ripped physique.

February 14, 2018 3:31 p.m.

chosenone124: i guess all the questions about the boat were a nice hint for granny j ;D

Having huatli and saheeli team up sounds awesome. Legendary artifact creature dinosaur construct that produces energy when enraged, here we come :) (holy shit,standard would be annihilated to the moon and back...)

February 14, 2018 3:39 p.m.

DemonDragonJ says... #10

I very much liked Huatli meeting Saheeli; they will definitely be the best of friends.

It was very nice to see Angrath finally return home, after having been away for so long, but I noticed that the name of his plane was not revealed, which means one of two things; either it will never be mentioned again, because it is not important, or the writers are maintaining suspense because it will be important in a later block.

I am glad that Vraska is now the leader of the Golgari guild, but I hope that Boals did not detect Jace's alteration of her memory, and I wonder if she shall remain the guild leader after Jace restores her memory?

Jace certainly has much catching up to do, and I do hope that there are at least several week's worth of stories detailing how Gideon arrived on Dominaria and formed new allies.

The Sun Empire taking control of Orazca was not a major surprise, so I wonder when the story shall revisit them on Ixalan?

Overall, this was definitely an excellent way to conclude the Ixalan block, and I hope that the stories for the next set are as good as were these.

February 14, 2018 6:26 p.m.

Phaetion says... #11

I'll break this down:

Huatli: I loved this bit. You can feel Huatli's awe and excitement as she explored Kaladesh, and even more so when she encounters Saheeli.

Angrath: Short, sweet, to the point, and the most touching part of the story.

Vraska: I didn't think much of this part, except some set up for Ravnica 3.

Jace: Holy (&&6%$! Jaya Ballard! Dominaria's shaping up to be one epic bomb of a set. Hype!

Orazca: That emperor is a giant jerk and I'd love for Huatli to put him in his place. Oh well, we'll have to wait for Ixalan 2 (Which will probably be called Torrezon at any rate).

February 14, 2018 8:48 p.m.

RazortoothMtg says... #12

I am completely dissapointed by the last bit where Apatzec takes over Orazca. I either wanted pirates to win (bc pirates are great) or the river heralds, because I really hate Apatzec. I would have much preferred if one of those had taken orazca instead.

As for the rest of the story, pretty much agree with Phaetion. The Angrath part was really touching, the Huatli part was great, etc. I really like new Jace here as well. Maybe with Jace's new outlook, we can see a little better character development in the rest of the gatewatch as well.

February 14, 2018 9:06 p.m.

Suns_Champion says... #13

Tbh I wanted the Vampires to gain control of the city. Would have been unexpected and interesting to have the "bad guys" win the thing in the end.

Got goosebumps during the Angrath scene :'D

Like the Huatli + Saheeli friendship. Seems like that'd be how it'd go down.

HYYYYYYYYPE for Dominaria!!!

February 14, 2018 10:35 p.m.

sonnet666 says... #14

It's been confirmed that it's Jaya with this art:

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Here's an article talking about the Dominaria story with the new head writer. Apparently, in addition to Jaya and Gideon, we're also going to see Liliana, Chandra, Jhoira, Teferi, and Karn, as well as a new Cabal headed by Lili's last demon, Belzenlok.

If the skyship Jace just landed on isn't the Weatherlight (I don't think it is; it was destroyed at the end of the Phyrexian Apocolypse.) then Jhoira is probably the one responsible for building this new one. Also, since we're seeing Jhoira, we might also get to see Jodah, since they were last seen together at the end of the Time Spiral block.

February 15, 2018 5:11 a.m.

IlGuale says... #15

I'm happy to see that i'm not the only one disappointed by the empire's victory. I mean, who the hell voted for that asshole of Apatzec?

February 15, 2018 5:16 a.m.

RazortoothMtg says... #16

IlGuale I know right? Definitely the worst of the 4 possible outcomes here.

February 15, 2018 8:35 a.m.

Phaetion says... #17

I'm wondering if people voted Sun Empire because Dinosaurs. shrug

I voted for River Heralds even though I wanted the pirates in. The previous story convinced me enough to change my vote.

February 15, 2018 8:41 a.m.

AgentGreen says... #18

sonnet666 That's 4 of the 5 Gatewatch

Where's Nissa? @[email protected]

February 15, 2018 9:42 a.m.

IlGuale says... #19

I don't know if this will happen soon or far in the future, but i think that Nissa will go back to Amonkhet to better understand what happened to the plane's soul and to try and restore it.

February 15, 2018 10:04 a.m.

Phaetion says... #20

What about Ajani? He's part of the 'Watch and he hasn't show up here.

February 15, 2018 10:33 a.m.

sonnet666 says... #21

Phaetion, It's possible Ajani wil show up, but the author didn't mention him, and said the other characters that are in this set are "surprise appearances." Since Ajani wouldn't really be a surprise, that might mean we won't see him this set, and we'll find out what happened to him later.

AgentGreen, Nissa is probably off on another plane trying to be "the hand that moves" or whatever.

But you should note that the Dominaria story is gonna start with Gideon and Liliana just after Hour of Devastation. Jace just dropped in at the end now, and now we're going back in time a little, so we probably won't see him at all until the end of the set.

Also, I was wrong, it is the restored Weatherlight that Jace just landed on. The author confirmed in this article. Apparently Jhoira, Teferi, and Karn rebuilt it. There's still no word on whether it's sentient again, though.

Also, an Angel and a Vampire have apparently joined the crew, and they're friends somehow. Weird.

February 15, 2018 11:57 a.m.

sonnet666 says... #22

Also, there's a pretty good theory that Mother Luti was secretly Jaya all along.

February 15, 2018 11:58 a.m.

Phaetion says... #23

sonnet666: What source do you have that says Dominaria will tell the story of Beefslab and Liliana? Remember that Chandra shows up here as well.

And I have a theory of my own: Liliana will die here. Belzenok is her last demon, and we all remember Demonic Pact, right?

February 15, 2018 12:23 p.m.

sonnet666 says... #24

Phaetion, The first link I posted. New head author says so in her interview:

"Wells: Dominarias story starts right after the events of Hour of Devastation. Gideon and Liliana have arrived on Dominaria following the Gatewatchs defeat at the hands of Nicol Bolas. Together, they begin a mission to kill Belzenlok, the final demon holding Lilianas contract. They get to see a lot of Dominaria in the process, which gives fans a look at how the plane has changed, and make some allies who may be familiar to longtime players."

And while I think that would be interesting, it's not going to happen. The Raven Man / Chain Veil / Onakke storyline has way too many teasers and loose ends for Liliana to die before we get to know what those things are, and there's no way that all gets revealed in one set. I'm afraid Lili is going to have iron-clad plot armor for a good long while.

If you want to read up on all the speculation there, this article is pretty good.

Also, the creative team has to get express permission from upstairs before they kill off a planeswalker, and Liliana is the most popular female PW (maybe tied with Chandra).

February 15, 2018 3:22 p.m.

IlGuale says... #25

Thanks, sonnet666, that's a really good article.

February 15, 2018 5:32 p.m.

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