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Omniscience_is_life - Profane Transfusion has been an interesting card to try to slot in. When it came out, I was excited because it seems to be exactly what this deck is trying to do. But the more I looked at it, the more I realized that it is just too expensive. Consider the closest thing to it with Reverse the Sands. Reverse the Sands, at , is one mana less, and hits all players. That is such better value then what Profane Transfusion offers. This deck doesn't really care about having one big creature, so it's not like there is extra value in having that, (unless the fringe moments where you have out something like Temple of Aclazotz).

I thought about switching out a number of cards for Profane Transfusion, and each time it just felt like it was too expensive to justify the switch. In the case of Soul Conduit, having the ability to instant speed switch life totals on a stick seems of more value in the long game than the one-time Sorcery speed effect of Profane Transfusion - even if it ends up costing more in the long run.

January 25, 2021 6:53 p.m.

I think the last we saw Tezzeret, he had left misleading trail for Planeswalkers to follow across the multiverse and then covertly went back to Ravnica where it was revealed that he is working with Lazav on something mysterious but decidedly ominous/nefarious.

January 21, 2021 3:07 p.m.

Today Wizards released an article called 'The Legends of Kaldheim' giving small bits of lore on each legend in the set. One of these included Vorinclex. This is what was said about him:

"Why Vorinclex arrived in Kaldheim is currently unknown, but the purposes are certainly nefarious. The method he used to travel between planes is also a mystery. Vorinclex's organic parts were destroyed in the journey, leaving only metal and bone. An inquisitive stag sniffing around his remains was enough raw material to begin crafting a new body, and Vorinclex slowly made his way up the forest food chain until he had created a form he found satisfactory."

This is significant in that it follows the same formula that Rashmi, Eternities Crafter's (now Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge's) interplanar portal works - not allowing organic material to pass through. This means one of two things:

1.) This is how all interplanar portals now work post mending.

2.) Tezzeret is now helping the Phyrexians.

I am inclined to go with 1 because when Vorinclex escapes from Kaya, he jumped into metal. Assuming this is the method by which he came to Kaldhiem, it is very different that Tezzeret's planar bridge.

Thoughts?

January 21, 2021 11:36 a.m.

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As an amendment to my last comment, there are times where the writing is great. This Tibalt POV is one of them - I thought it was fantastic. It is mostly their published stories that I am upset with.

January 20, 2021 4:30 p.m.

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DemonDragonJ - I agree, plot armor definitely takes the edge off of stories :/. Even if characters survive, having something happen that reminds us of their morality would be refreshing. Have we ever had a character lose an arm? Be injured to the point that it forever impedes the use of their magic? Things like that. And yes, I know War of the Spark happened, but outside of the exceedingly few losses that happened there, there isn't much that comes to my mind.

I have a background in marketing, and Wizards is interesting to look at through that lens. While I can't find much concrete demographic info, it wouldn't surprise me if the majority of their player base consists of adults over 20. That is certainly true for the percent of their player base in terms of purchasing power. Yet, almost all of their writing is cheap and seemingly geared towards pre-teen/teen audiences. In my opinion, this is one of their greatest weaknesses, and I hope that their Netflix series (if we ever get it) is tonally appropriate for a more adult audience.

January 20, 2021 3:36 p.m. Edited.

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I hadn't thought about the 'Horrible Beast' being Vorinclex - but that is an interesting thought. Vorinclex struck me during the first week's story as more primal and beast-like than cunning and sentient. Even the flavor text on the card Rotted Hystrix says "Vorinclex had no grand plan. The oil did its own work, evolving creatures into worthy predators." That being said, there are quite a few cards that reference flavor text from him, so he isn't just primal beast. If he is working as an agent of Elesh Norn, I'm sure he could be the horrible beast referenced.

Also, do you guys feel like there are a lot of similarities between Oko and Tibalt? Not design-wise, but flavorfully? I definitely think so, and think it is interesting because they occupy such different parts of the color pie.

January 20, 2021 12:22 p.m.

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Cinosaurus7 Thank you so much!! I'm honestly flattered you like it - this is also my favorite deck to play and it is awesome to know that other like it too.

I'd love to hear what protection you've added - this decklist is surprisingly flexible, and I am always looking for fun/powerful ways to tweak it.

January 20, 2021 11:35 a.m.

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In which the great deeds, exploits, and utter chaos of a certain well-dressed and cunning Planeswalker are shared for his admirers.

https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/episode-3-saga-tibalt-2021-01-20

January 20, 2021 11:32 a.m.

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