if you know the difference between the new colorless symbol and the old, then i'm really curious how you could not see what the point is of the new symbol. i literally already told you. the new symbol dictates the cost can be paid in ONLY colorless mana, whereas the old symbol indicates a cost can be paid with colorless mana, or mana of any color. there HAD to be a new symbol. it was required in order to differentiate the difference in mana costs.
September 26, 2018 9:37 p.m.
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With the printing of Generous Stray, there are now two house cats (the other being Sanctuary Cat) that can defeat trained soldiers in combat. If the artwork of those cards showed lions or tigers, there would be no problem, but does WotC seriously expect the players to believe that ordinary house cats could defeat armed soldiers in combat? What does everyone else say about that?
October 22, 2018 6:55 p.m.
I also removed first strike from the tokens, since neither soldier nor zombie tokens usually have first strike (or any abilities, at all).
October 20, 2018 9:42 a.m.
Boza, I meant for them to be zombie soldier tokens, but I made a mistake when I was typing, so I have now fixed it.
October 20, 2018 9:41 a.m.
Elspeth was last seen when Heliod killed her, but death is not necessarily the end of a sentient being's existence on Theros, so I believe that it is perfectly feasible that Elspeth may appear again as a returned, a special type of zombie unique to Theros, and this is my conception of what she may be:
Elspeth, the Returned Show
Legendary Creature - zombie knight
First strike, lifelink.
: create a 1/1 black and white zombie soldier creature token.
,: destroy all other nontoken creatures. They cannot be regenerated.
Second, I gave her 4 power and tougnness because every planeswalker card of her has 4 starting loyalty. I gave her first strike and lifelink, and contemplated giving her deathtouch, but decided that that would make her too powerful.
Third, since every version of her thus far generates tokens, I made this version generate tokens, as well; I considered requiring her to be tapped to use that ability, but then decided that it would not be too powerful if she did not need to be tapped.
Fourth, because two versions of her destroy creatures, I gave this version the ability to destroy creatures, as well, but slightly different from previous two abilities.
What does everyone else say about this card? Did I do a good job with it?
October 18, 2018 9:47 p.m.
I disliked how this is now the second consecutive story to be told from a first-person perspective, so I hope that not every story is told from that perspective, from now on, but, apart from that, I really enjoyed this story; it had great character development and just the right amount of twists that were not too predictable nor strained the reader's credibility.
The scenes in the sewers, with the fatberg, were very gross, but they certainly helped to add to the atmosphere of the story, so they did not detract from my enjoyment of it.
This is now the second story that involves the Dimir demonstrating their skill at infiltrating the lives of others, so I wonder if that shall be a recurring theme in the stories of this block?
Being that this was a one-shot story, I doubt that Leighbet or her discovery shall be mentioned, again, but it would be nice to know what, exactly, caused the rift that was so important to the plot of this installment.
I definitely am enjoying the story of this block, so far, so I really hope that the writers can maintain this level of quality when the battle between the Gatewatch and Bolas begins.
October 17, 2018 9:39 p.m.
BackwardsChart, here is my idea:
Jace, the Mind Crusher
Planeswalker - Jace
+1: scry X, where X is 1 plus the highest converted mana cost among permanents that you control. You lose X life.
-2: return target permanent to its owner's hand, then that player discards a card.
-8: target player puts the top half of their library into their graveyard, and loses 2 life for each card that is put into their graveyard in this way.
I modeled his first ability after Ugin's Insight, which I felt would be interesting, if he had been corrupted by Bolas. I added a life loss clause to it to prevent his controller from abusing that ability and use it more strategically. His second ability is modeled after Recoil, which I feel was an appropriate ability for him, and his final ability is similar to Traumatize, to continue with the theme of Jace erasing peoples' memories, with an added ability to show Bolas's corruption.
My new challenge is to create one or more "commands" named in honor of any of the four-colored commanders introduced in Commander 2016, costing one mana of each color and having one ability for each color; if you choose to make multiple cards, no ability should be repeated between any two cards.
October 17, 2018 8:57 p.m.
Rhadamanthus, thank you very much; that is a rather complicated explanation, but I am glad to know how it works, in the rare chance that I ever am able to execute that combination.
October 17, 2018 6:48 a.m.
If a player has an ongoing My Laughter Echoes in their command zone, and they set into motion Plots That Span Centuries, choosing to abandon my laughter echoes, how many schemes will they set into motion on their next turn? Six, I presume?
October 16, 2018 8:54 p.m.
In this article, here, the set designers reveal that are fully aware that black cards are dealing damage instead of causing life loss, and ask the reader for their opinion, so how do I make my opinion known to them? I shall presume that WotC shall have a survey for this set, as they do for every set, but that is only one way to communicate with them.
October 14, 2018 5:41 p.m.
DragonKing90, the cards do not need to directly interact with each other to be in the same deck; if I ever build such a deck, its theme will be to discourage my opponents from attacking me by giving them card advantage while I build up my forces, encourage them to attack each other until only one remains, and I then defeat that last opponent.
October 13, 2018 9:06 a.m.
This was a great way to start the third Ravnica block, and I am very happy that there shall be a series of one-shot stories before the main story commences.
I do like how this story was a one-shot, but I am disappointed that it was never revealed exactly what was so special about Merret's child that Lazav himself was interested in him.
On that subject, I see that not only does Lazav physically resemble emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, be behaves like him, as well, being a master manipulator.
Phaetion, I believe that that was deliberately ambiguous, befitting the nature of the Dimir guild.
October 10, 2018 6:30 p.m.
I am very glad that everyone here does not believe that avatar of growth shall be banned, because, as I said, it would be great in a Kynaios and Tiro deck.
October 10, 2018 5:58 p.m.
I just learned that Privileged Position shall be reprinted in the Selesnya guild kit that shall be released in November, and I am very pleased about that, because that card was long overdue for a reprint. Any deck that contains the colors green and white should have that card, and I am very glad that I waited until it was reprinted to purchase a copy for the Atraxa deck that I currently am building.
October 9, 2018 10:14 p.m.
The upcoming game night set shall contain five new creatures, one for each color, and I am concerned that avatar of growth, the green creature, may eventually be banned in EDH, a fear that I have based upon the banning of both Primeval Titan and Sylvan Primordial. Each of those creatures is part of a cycle of five creatures, but only the green members of each cycle are banned, due to the fact that they allow their controller to search their library for land cards, which avatar of growth also does.
I personally hope that it is not banned, because it would be amazing in a deck with Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis as the general, a deck that I hope to build, some day.
Also, as a side note, I feel that militant angel is the least impressive creature of that cycle, which is very unfortunate, since white is my favorite color in this game and angels are my favorite creatures in this game.
What does everyone else say about this? Will avatar of growth be banned in EDH?
October 9, 2018 10:12 p.m.
cdkime, in the original expanded universe, Luke's new Jedi order was deliberately very different from the original Jedi order by not being nearly as strict or restricting, so there is no reason to believe that he would want his new Jedi order to be too similar to the original order in the new films, either.
Also, if a roguish scoundrel such as Han can find romance, a clean-cut, straight-laced hero such as Luke should be able to do so, as well.
October 9, 2018 9:56 p.m.
When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, many fans (including myself) were very displeased when the executives decided to discard the entire expanded universe and start anew, a displeasure that I feel was completely justified, because the EU had been around for twenty, nearly thirty, years, and the fans had become fond of the stories that it contained, cherishing them almost as much as the movies themselves.
Thankfully, however, Lucasfilm has gradually been re-canonizing various elements from the expanded universe, such as the TIE defender, grand admiral Thrawn, Han and Leia having a son who turns to the dark side, and so forth, but one element that many people have been hoping to see recanonized is Mara Jade, one of the most popular characters in the EU. Mara Jade is very popular, not merely because she was Luke’s romantic interest (although that was indeed a major reason), but also because she was a very well-written and well-developed character who was featured in many stories and showed great depth and complexity.
Therefore, I find it to be very odd that she has not been recanonized, since she is very popular, and any media featuring her would be almost guaranteed to sell well. Even worse, there is no indication that Luke ever had any romantic interest in the new trilogy, which I think is terrible and ridiculous, because he definitely deserves it, with all the tragedy that he has experienced in his life.
What does everyone else say about this? Why has Lucasfilm not recanonized Mara Jade, and will they ever?
October 8, 2018 8:28 p.m.
My three favorite Boros cards in the Return to Ravnica block were Aurelia, the Warleader, Aurelia's Fury, and Firemane Avenger, but this set did not have anything that I felt was nearly as exciting as any of those cards, so I do hope that Orzhov has impressive cards in the next set.
October 8, 2018 8:23 p.m.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Rob Zombie's solo debut album, Hellbilly Deluxe. At the time that that album was released, I was just beginning to appreciate heavy metal music, so that I enjoyed that album very much, and it is not difficult to see why it remains popular, with such amazing songs as Superbeast, Dragula, Living Dead Girl, Meet the Creeper, Demonoid Phenomenon, Spookshow Baby, and more. Many heavy metal artists take inspiration from, or are otherwise associated with, horror movies, but, for Rob Zombie, such movies are an essential part of his identity, both musically and personally, and that fondness certainly helps to make his music more unique.
I waited until this month to make this post, because October is the month that contains Halloween, a holiday that is associated with horror movies and dark imagery, which are obviously key elements in Zombie's music.
I had the fortune to see Rob Zombie live, in August of this year, and it was an excellent concert, so I do hope that he is active for many more years, yet, providing excellent music for the audiences.
What does everyone else say about this? What are your thoughts about this year being the twentieth anniversary of Rob Zombie's debut solo album?
October 7, 2018 4:17 p.m.
The Boros guild is my second favorite guild after the Orzhov, so it is with great sorrow that I must say that I feel that they (the Boros) are underwhelming in this set, which is even more unfortunate considering how great they were in the Return to Ravnica block.
Also, does anyone here think that Assassin's Trophy is overpowered? Compared to Putrefy, which I feel is the closest card to it, it does allow an opponent to search their library for a land, but I do not feel that that is not a sufficient drawback to balance the fact that it has a lower mana cost and can destroy any permanent. What does everyone else say about that?
October 7, 2018 1:01 a.m.
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