Storyline speculation...okay wild shots in the dark...

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Alright, I have to admit I got into magic originally for the story, it was a good investment when I was younger, got a game and a novel. Now...I just read synopses and webcomics and follow the general ideas. But, where's it going? Love that Phyrexia is back, and The Eldrazi are amazing but...sigh, I'm beginning feel like I'm gonna have a kid in high school before I see any kind of actual fruition to either story arc...of course I realize that there are many restraints on the progression of the story but I'm curious where everyone sees the story going? And also what everyone's favorite storylines have been.
I imagine the Eldrazi will be killed off/neutralized in the next set they appear in (somewhere so far in the future new players will be asking what they are) by some nonsense thing Gideon brings back from Ravnica. Possibly the Nephilim if they're available (not sure about that, please no spoilers).

New Phyrexia could go in a lot of directions, but they probably have another set to go through before the end. I'd guess There'll be a couple of forerunners for Father of Machines in set 2 (ending with the crowning of the most powerful and least Mirran friendly option) and set 3 will somehow end when Karn usurps that guy (probably controlling all the oil-made Phyrexians everywhere to tie it up in a bow). Based on how long they were around last time, your kids will probably have kids in high school before there's any meaningful conclusion reached in New Phyrexia.

Alara is more a setting than a story unless they decide to put a new Monster of the Week there, so that'll probably be exactly what happens

Favorite storyline is easy: First rising of Phyrexia and Urza's war with them. It's possibly a smidge unhealthy how much I love those guys.

UPS Man: Your inter-dimensional shipment of Nephilim have arrived sir.
Gideon: Just drop them in the garage.
Well it was seven years between Mirrodin and Scars block, so it could be awhile before we see a return to Zendikar or Mirrodin... we might not ever return to those settings if the block didn't do that well (Much like Homelands and Kamigawa are blacklisted).

As for how they'll turn out, in both cases the evil forces will be defeated, the survivors of Mirrodin will somehow defeat the Phyrexians, and the coalition of planeswalkers being assembled by Gideon willl somehow destroy the Eldrazi.

Now, there is only one realistic way you could destroy the Phyrexians on Mirrodin (and even then you wouldn't kill the Phyrexians on the surface or in the furnace layer) and there is no logical way to kill the Eldarzi. Yet creative will find a way to do it.  So expect a non-sensical solution.

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Unlike Scars block and Zendikar, this year's storyline is self contained. This could be a sign that Creative is moving away from multi-block storylines. Then again, the oringal Mirrodin trilogy was followed by many non-multiblock storylines.
… and then, the squirrels came.
Okay you sirs get style points, I have to say I agree entirely with your idea on the eldrazi, although, given that apparently transcendence of colored mana seems for some reason to go along with mastery of the different colors (no I will say in advance I don't remember where I got that) I think we'll find a connection between the eldrazi and the nephilim. As far as phyrexia, my gut tells me Urabrask is somehow gonna come out on top, or at least come close and be killed off by Elesh Norn. The fact that his faction got the color shifted priest of Gix when he is the anti-Gix makes me think he's going to be an extremely important character since he's shaping out to be the only ally (strong word I know) the resistance has. 
I think we'll find a connection between the eldrazi and the nephilim.



We won't. The Eldarzi are abominations born of the blind eternities. They don't have "mastery over all colors".

The nephilim are the "old gods" of Ravnica, they aren't seen as intellegent.

What's more, the Eldarzi don't have copreal forms naturally, only because they were bound to Zendikar.

As far as phyrexia, my gut tells me Urabrask is somehow gonna come out on top, or at least come close and be killed off by Elesh Norn. The fact that his faction got the color shifted priest of Gix when he is the anti-Gix makes me think he's going to be an extremely important character since he's shaping out to be the only ally (strong word I know) the resistance has. 



There are two ways Creative can go with Urabrask, either he'll betray the Phyrexians and join the reistance, or the other Phyrexians will discover his betrayl and destroy him and the red faction. Or it could be a combination of the two.

From a storytelling standpoint, i think all Phyrexians will be destroyed, but maybe the MIrrans and Phyrexians will agree that the red faction gets the furnace layer and the MIrrans get the surface. We'll see.
… and then, the squirrels came.
As far as I can recall the blurb from wizards for the eldrazi said they had transcended the colors of mana though. (wizards liked throwing that word around) as the old gods of ravnica there's still no indication of where they came from. Not disputing your point, you're right in everything you've said, I'm merely saying I think if there's any use of the nephilim with the eldrazi there'll be some kind of connection, something like they're a sub-species or natural enemies of the eldrazi. I had meant that they may have originated in the blind eternities themselves, perhaps the reason they have bodies is that they're trapped in them, or something I'm not even considering. Just because they're gods doesn't mean they originated in or on Ravnica, Yawgmoth was a Quasi-deific force by the time phyrexia invaded dominaria. 

As far as urabrask I agree I think he will die, it makes logical sense the red phyrexians seem to be the only ones siding with the resistance so I can see him going out in a blaze of glory easily.
The Nephilim don't look quite like the lovecraftian horrors, though. Transcending can also mean around a bazillion things, depending on its context; the Eldrazi are just too incomprehensible to be subject to the regular metaphysics of mana. Just because there's technically no argument capable of defeating the hypothesis, doesn't mean there's any likelihood of it being true.
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True, though I did say it is speculation. Speculation requires no backing lol =P at the end of the day we could end up a decade down the road with no resolution to the eldrazi, by which point barely anyone could remember ravnica leaving the nephilim a moot point. I just know I would like to see some titanic battle against the titans, preferably in comic form. I was sad after fall of Cthulhu ended lol.
True, though I did say it is speculation. Speculation requires no backing lol =P


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True, though I did say it is speculation. Speculation requires no backing lol =P


You're lucky Barinellos hasn't consumed you with his fiery wrath.


He got removed from the game after M10
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True, though I did say it is speculation. Speculation requires no backing lol =P


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THIS IS LEGACY.

Speculation requires evidence. It should never be made without a firm basis in the actual facts or you're just talking out the back of your head.
What you are thinking of is Wild Mass Guessing, and that is a quick ticket to me tearing you apart.
There is no justification for making ascertations based entirely upon personal theory that doesn't have a sound base in actual canon.
Unless, of course, the eldrazi reached the Creation, and the Exalted go "what the heck?" and proceed to throw mountains and punch them to the other side of the multiverse. Then they spoke to the gods and got addicted to the World of Warcraft Games of Divinity.

Guess what I've just been reading. Tongue Out
In the end, all speculation has to be founded on something. Otherwise what is there to discuss?

If you speculate that the Nephilim are somehow connected to the Eldarzi, that's fine. But there's no discussion there because it boils down to "I guess if creative wanted to do that they could." Which is a non-arguement to begin with.

Baseless speculation dies, that's all it can do. When you are speculating without a basis there is nothing to discuss.
… and then, the squirrels came.
Sorry guys had a bonfire but the phrase baseless speculation is redundant.
From the Oxford English Dictionary
speculate
 
Syllabification:OnOff
Pronunciation: /ˈspekyəˌlāt/
verb
[no object]
1form a theory or conjecture about a subject without firm evidence:
my colleagues speculate about my private life
[with clause]:
observers speculated that the authorities wished to improve their image
2invest in stocks, property, or other ventures in the hope of gain but with the risk of loss:
he didn’t look as though he had the money to speculate in stocks
Do note that it says: "without firm evidence". 

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Mirroden 3:

Tezzeret will become father of machines and bring an army of phyrexians to a random plane (probably one that bolas is on) that may or may not already exist. The new plane will seem like it is easily being overrun by phyrexians. seeing no other options the "heroes" will decide to blow up mirrodin by placing the mirrari (which has now been turned in to a bomb somehow) in the core with Urabrask's help.



most of that is my oppinion, but it would be cool to have a block set on 2 different planes... well i don't actually think the mirrari will be the bomb that's used (or that it will ever be mentioned again).

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