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A clarification on what I mean by Rat's Dimir colours: I believe she is a five-colour character and in this section of the story her Dimir was showing through.

May 22, 2019 12:44 p.m.

In which we watch our good friend Rat show her Dimir colours as she watches events unfold and learns information through a lot of eavesdropping.

This story depicts the beginning of Act 2. The Elderspell has begun and the Gatewatch finally form a plan. The rest of the act is the execution of the various facets of that plan.

May 22, 2019 12:41 p.m.

Said on Return to Alara ......


The context was that the paragraph was about Niv-Mizzet and Kess who use their powers for good.

May 16, 2019 11:38 p.m.

Said on Return to Alara ......


"Others use their knowledge for good ... Kess's home is one of the few pockets of life remaining on the devastated shard-world of Grixis. She harvests vis, a magical substance that hold small bits of precious life energy, in hopes that she can one day use it to restore what was lost." - Arcane Wizardry insert.

May 16, 2019 5:16 p.m.

Said on MS: The Path ......


These stories are the novel from Rat's perspective. Each numbered section is a chapter she appeared in (usually from either Teyo or Kaya's perspective in the book). In the novel there are other chapters in between these chapters which show other events happening (such as Domri being the first to get harvested which was witnessed by others but not by Rat).

The novel is told in third person instead of first person as Rat's Tales are being told. She is a motor mouth so her narration is falling in step with her character.

There are actually many "red shirt" planeswalkers who appear on Ravnica and get harvested as the day goes on. Some get to fight a bit first and some are as unlucky as the viashino. Bolas hadn't cast the Elder Spell until Domri got harvested so the planeswalkers weren't in quite the same level of danger up until that moment.

Today's story brought us up to the end of Act 1.

May 16, 2019 midnight

There was evidence in Mina and Denn's Story showing that Zendikar was able to start slowly regrowing on Murasa continent.

May 15, 2019 3:12 p.m.

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As I mentioned above, there are 20 prequel stories being released. The link has appeared a couple of times on MTGDaily but here it is in case anyone has missed it. It asks you to subscribe to a mailing list and promises to give you the stories when they release (I think I read somewhere that would be in June).

May 15, 2019 12:44 p.m.

Said on MS: The Path ......


A couple of awesome things to note:

  • a viashino planeswalker! (no matter how short-lived) We did see his bit in the novel.

  • Kasmina! She wasn't even so much as mentioned (certainly not by name anyway) in the novel. This was exciting to see her in action for the first time.

May 15, 2019 12:38 p.m. Edited.

Said on MS: The Path ......


In which we see the next few chapters of the novel once again from Rat's perspective. Today's story brings us up to the end of Act 1.

My excitement is growing now that it definitely looks like we're getting the entire book from Rat's perspective. She is easily one of my favourite characters.

May 15, 2019 12:35 p.m.

Children of the Nameless is set on Innistrad about a year after the events of Eldritch Moon. It mentions the madness time, but does imply that Emrakul's effects have decreased if not ceased altogether since that time.

May 15, 2019 10:41 a.m.

Yeah, Dack's setup had him making the same decision to stay that the Gatewatch vow to make. If he hadn't died I could've seen him considering taking the oath. Evoking these kinds of thoughts demonstrates how well his character was developed.

May 14, 2019 1:06 p.m.

One of my favourite parts was when the Gatewatch were all renewing their oaths. We finally got to see Teferi's oath ... and then Nissa renewed hers! I actually got a bit emotional during this piece; I just love the Oaths and their form and all the experiences they speak of. Nissa is also my favourite so I'm happy she has rejoined the Gatewatch.

I also liked Vraska's assignment to go after Dovin. She'll have to get creative since he can't see her anymore. Kaya's assignment to go after Liliana will put her in very direct conflict with the Gatewatch she just joined.

May 9, 2019 6:58 p.m.

In true Magic Story fashion, here let us discuss the many details about the War of the Spark book by Greg Weisman. What are your favourite or least favourite parts? What do you think of the major outcomes of the story?

This is not a discussion of whether or not the book is worth reading. It is a discussion of its contents and assumes those participating have read the book.

May 9, 2019 6:36 p.m.

This comment will be spoiler-free wrt the WAR book, but may offer one or two insights which allude to it without really revealing anything.

This was great to see things from Rat's perspective. We actually see in the book all of the events onward from the moment she meets Teyo, but we see them from Teyo's and other planeswalkers' perspectives. The cliff hanger ending isn't really a cliff hanger for anyone who has read the book.

I had been trying to think of Rat's colour identity. Her Gateless state combined with her Gruul heritage and attraction to Selesnya and Rakdos had started to make me think everything but blue. However, in this story we got a few more details confirmed about her abilities which were only strongly implied in the book. Her natural bit of psychic ability definitely gives her some blue. Once I consider all of the above together and also a couple of spoiler-ish things she accomplishes in the book I think I would be quite satisfied to see her as 5-coloured.

She is definitely the type of character for which fans will be asking for a card. I actually think it would be neat if she were 5-coloured in the style of Transguild Courier . After all, it's hard to imagine casting Rat for the same cost as Niv-Mizzet Reborn .

May 9, 2019 1:56 p.m.

Said on Is the WAR ......


My wife and I loved the book. We spent several days sitting on a Cuban beach together while I read it aloud to us both.

Thank you kanokarob for your rebuttal of the Professor's criticisms. I would like to add that it appears he may be someone unable to observe Rat. He also critized Vraska's assignment at the end while I actually found it funny and fitting since it probably requires her to get creative. That is probably also part of the point.

For everyone talking about wanting extra details about various characters and their circumstances and events leading into the book, those are coming. I've heard that there will be a series of short stories coming which will provide some of these details. I think the first one was posted today in usual Magic Story article fashion.

May 9, 2019 12:01 a.m.






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