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Yo everone, I've been wondering what Magic characters other people like, So feel free to list your favourite characters.( A character must have  flavor text on at least 3 cards.)

5: Garruk Wildspeaker
4: Sheoldred, Whispering One
3: Sarkhan Vol
2: Sorin Markov
1: Nicol Bolas
Jace Beleren and Sorin Markov. These are my favorite characters, hands down.

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76783093 wrote:
56957928 wrote:
58331438 wrote:
56945988 wrote:
Rancor dies to in-response removal.
Yeah... Until next game, where it'll be right back. Seriously, there's no way to deal with Rancor in any format. It should be banned, except Gleemax is a lobbyist for the Rancor party, so that'll never happen.
You can't ban rancor, it just returns to your deck.
58331438 wrote:
57461258 wrote:
You might want to actually talk to the Flavor & Storyline Board people... since, you know, our whole reason for playing Magic is the flavor. I'm willing to bet you'll get a lot more interest there than in General.
Indeed, both posters down there would be thrilled.
57817638 wrote:
I think I wasn't direct enough in my last post. I'll try to fix it now. Ahem... NO ONE CARES there you have it.
57471038 wrote:
When talks about banning Jace first started, I was thinking that I would see him banned come June 20th. But as I think more about it, I don't really think that Jace is the problem anymore. Sure his power level leaves very little to the imagination (opening Jace is like opening a refrigerator box with a naked girl on the inside), and sure his price does have a strong impact on what players choose to play (playing Jace is like being intimate with a woman and she doesn't charge you in the morning), but it is not the source of all the problems in Standard.
76973988 wrote:
How do people think saving room to print more abilities on cards is dumbing down the game?

Do you really think, say, Akroma would ever be printed if she said, "Akroma can block by creatures with this ability and cannot be blocked by creatures without this ability.  If a creature without this ability would deal combat damage by Akroma would be destroyed, prevent all combat damage that creature would deal to Akroma this combat.  Attacking does not cause Akroma to tap.  If Akroma is blocked and deals lethal damage, it deals the remainder of its damage to the defending player.  Akroma may attack and use abilities that require tapping in the casting cost the turn it enters the battlefield.  Akroma cannot be damaged, enchanted, equipped, blocked or targeted by black or red sources" rather than her "dumbed down" wording she has?  No freaking way.  Keywording and shorthand allows them to make complicated cards easy to play with, allowing them to be printed in the first place.
57817638 wrote:
The creation of praetors was worth it just because now amoeboid changeling is a praetor.
57140668 wrote:
1. cast frankie peanuts2. ask opponent "will you concede the game this turn"? if they say yes, you win; if they say no, play a staying power
3. subsequently ask "will you attack this turn"? and "will you cast a spell this turn"? (using a Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir for the second question if necessary) to ensure they can't disrupt the combo
4. donate them a platinum angel
5. play a mox lotus and braingeyser them for every card in their library. play an opalescence and donate them a glorious anthem and a blacker lotus, then play enchanted evening. play and activate a mindslaver and then donate them a fastbond and the mox lotus (returning one of the donates to your hand with eternal witness or whatever)
6. during their turn, play every permanent in their hand (playing lands with fastbond) then (as yourself) cast mirrorweave on the blacker lotus, so every permanent becomes a copy of it. proceed to tear up every card they control, and hopefully do it before they notice that they aren't bound by staying power's ability anymore and can concede
82423538 wrote:
57471038 wrote:
82423538 wrote:
One part of the statement being true=/=the whole statement true.
Whatever. I'm still here about ten minutes away. Whenever you want to get destroyed in Magic, I'm available.
I would like to get destroyed in Magic, actually. Do you know anybody good enough?
57617478 wrote:
Please format your statements in a way that doesn't look like a baboon hit its face on your keyboard.
57140668 wrote:
why did Garruk Relentless lose a loyalty counter
Show
to get to the other side
89522235 wrote:
You're such an obvious troll that you have hexproof and : Regenerate.
56957928 wrote:
56776038 wrote:
Dark Ritual being overpowered is determined more by what is done with it than the card itself.
True, but the fact that it enables so many ridiculous things is pretty telling. It's like, sure I can use a shotgun as a bludgeoning instrument, but that doesn't make it not a shotgun.
79035425 wrote:
Shortly before Serra died, she transferred her spark into an angel whose full name was Asha Avacyn Bolas. Her dragon father groomed her for her positions in Alara and Innistrad, and she's also been getting help from her uncle Ugin in the form of Urza, who was resurrected as Marit Lage to be the avatar as which she projects herself into material realms. Grieslbrand is a split personality who sometimes wanders the planes disguised as a human woman named Liliana Vess.
97610188 wrote:
Yeah that (Content Removed) really annoys me. Moderated by MY_self right about naahowwww!
93446159 wrote:
Dilleux_Lepaire just won the thread.
57461258 wrote:
And, as usual, Dilleux wins the entire thread. Nice work, sir, nice work.
99113151 wrote:
They need to make 9 layers of zones where cards go when they "die". Much like Hell.
56778328 wrote:
Wow, holy doggy poop, kids, obvious statement is obvious.
56776038 wrote:
122053101 wrote:
i don't think your geting it WotC is trying to kill the comption to make it so that there shity app is the only one left.
I haven't tried the app. How is its use of English grammar? Cheers!
57471038 wrote:
Everyone's life would be easier if players would, instead of coming to the 'net for help with a deck, just netdeck and be done with it. And I'm not talking about some Top 8 lists, for the Casualists, too, can benefit from netdecking. I've netdecked plenty of decks from the Casual Play forums from users such as Mown, Raedien, Floopfoot, and a few others. I snatched straight the heck out of my web browser. Yes, people, your original idea fell victim to a savage netdecker. You have been assimiliated. Suppose I wanted a Zombie deck. Why on earth would I spend time searching Gatherer for a decent list of Zombie cards when Raedien already did it for me? Taking time to be creative or waiting on people on the forums to tell you why your deck sucks or 'go to Casual forums' is a disasterous waste of time (to me).
56957928 wrote:
82423538 wrote:
If WotC started putting $100 bills in packs, the players would complain that they folded them wrong.
No, they just spam them with ban requests. That being said, Magic was ruined back in Alpha when they added all that rules and cards [Debutantes avert your eyes]. My friends and I still like playing it the "pure" way (Basically we go into the woods and hit eachother with wiffle bats while shouting made up obscenities. You know, the way Garfield wanted it to be played).
56957928 wrote:
Don't worry about it. I've come up with a list of changes to fix EDH. -First off, there's no commander. -The minimum deck size is 60 cards, and each deck can have up to four of each card, save basic lands and relentless rats. Also decks have no color identity. -Starting life total is 20. And voila, now things are balanced.
89522235 wrote:
Here's a clever play you can try yourself: -Convince friend to run relentless rats.dec in legacy tournament -Get a deck with lots of mill, yixlid jailer, and humility -Drop humility and jailer, wait for him to dump his hand, mill him out -All his rats now have no abilities. Call a judge because he's playing an illegal deck with more than 4 of a single card. -Get him/her banned from competitive magic play
142055101 wrote:
But how to mark them without making the individual sleeve different! You could buy a skunk and slam it's butt on you deck (pardon the french) Then after the game just sniff at your opponent's pile of cards and you will know if any of your cards are there!!!
141434757 wrote:
In Soviet Russia, Sorin opens You
71235715 wrote:
L, is for the leather gloves you weaaaar. O, is for the organs that guy could spaaaare. V, is very very, extraordinay. E, is for every vagrant i butchered in a wine cellar befooooore.
57052258 wrote:
The outer layer of the Magic: the Gathering box, the carton, or crust, is fairly thin and light, and contains largely aluminosilcates. Within that lies the middle layer, consisting of the familiar booster pack. Although solid, the booster packs' high temperatures allow them to acutally move around within the booster box. This flow, sometimes called convection, is cited by frustrated box mappers as one of WOTC's most genious uses of thermodynamics since the Ravnica block. No one knows what lies at the core of the booster box, but scientists theorize that it must be especially dense in order to make up for the large amount of fluff distributed amongst the booster packs.
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88993869 wrote:
Torpor Orb is absolutely godawful against Vexing Devil.
whoever is playing vexing devil is probably losing anyways
56957928 wrote:
I imagine [Ajani 3's] second ability involves him hurling the creature at your opponent Brion Stoutarm style, then the guy is just like "Okay, that may have worked, but don't- GOD DAMN IT!" as he does it again because cats don't give a **** :33.
56957928 wrote:
"Do or do not, there is no try." - Albus Dumbledore, The Lord of the Rings.
89522235 wrote:
68978039 wrote:
Its like that one time Elves broke out in a field of Jund. Elves became a resurgent hit, then died off again once Jund adapted to the rest of the field of G/W that it required mass removal that inherently pooped on Elves too. Submit to the menace. Delver can, and will blot out the sun.
Then we shall play in the shade.
89522235 wrote:
I'm sorry, this forum isn't for getting bad advice on mediocre decks, that's standard deck help. This forum is for starting ****storms.
97820278 wrote:
139359831 wrote:
Your advice would only lead me to make generic, boring, and unworthy content. It's of no use to me.
I just got this image of you as an architect, having finished a building suspended by only a small pole in its southwest corner, saying it's original. Then the building collapses.
56957928 wrote:
I for one love the flavor of legendary lands. "I remember my days as a youth at Tolarian Academy." "Wow, small multiverse, I actually went there too." "WAIT, DON'T- Well ****, there's $200,000 in student loans well spent."
56957928 wrote:
And flavor goes out the window when you cast a second copy of a planeswalker right after the first one dies, so... "Hey Nissa, I need a favor." "You just asked me for a 'favor' like thirty seconds ago, and it turned out to be having Sarkhan Transmogrify my only follower into a dragon like 5 times -which dickery aside also violates some laws of causality - and then you let me get beaten over the head by that hedron crab." "...I'll give you " "...Well all right then."
57150868 wrote:
GM, I don't think Dill is better than you. I KNOW it. Even if he wakes up every morning, clubs a baby seal, steals all the TV remotes from within a block's radius of his house and then robs hungry orphans of their food he'd be better than you, for the simple reason that he learns from his mistakes.
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57033358 wrote:
Tamiyo vs. Gideon
What would they have to fight about? Like, all I can think of now is Gideon going "Hey, long-ears! I'm gathering a group of 'Walkers together to fight some tentacle monsters.....you want in?" and Tamiyo going "Ew! Hentai no bakka Gideon-desu desu!" and flying away.
76783093 wrote:
I open 4 packs just to be on the safe side. Not only do I get more cards than everyone else, but I also get to spend the rest of the night off. Win Win.
191752181 wrote:
MaRo has a thing for people opening boosters with bad cards. But since he can only get so many bad cards printed in each set, he has found a devious way of getting more bad cards into circulation: He makes entire print sheets with just bad rares, then puts them onto the assembly line. He proceeds to wring his hands and twirl his evil mustache that he grew for twirling purposes as a lightning bolt strikes in the background. Afterwards, he goes to make sure that the good cards are only opened by everyone's friends, and that we all only get to open bad cards. He does this by memorising each booster, than switching them around accordingly. Whenever someone complains about a card, he immediately jumps out from behind a chair to yell "WELL, IT'S NOT FOR YOU!" before merging back into the shadows in order to devise new ways in which he can screw over players, then claim that he has valid reasons for doing so.
97820278 wrote:
192729031 wrote:
You open a booster pack, and staring back at you from the rare slot is a Lotleth Troll? At least I can stick him in my EDH deck and still have four for my standard constructed.
Because lol troll
56874518 wrote:
It helped that I more or less skipped most of GM_Champion's longer diatribes. I only have so many brain cells I'm willing to sacrifice each day.
192931349 wrote:
Mark Rosewater is sitting in a seemingly innocuous cable TV van, outside of Bankaimastery's house. Sitting nearby are two hardened criminal hackers, fresh out of prison, and filled with resentment at their lack of physical fitness. "Have you managed to hack his brainwaves yet? The set deadline's coming up fast." "We're almost through. It should be coming up on the screen any second." The hacker presses a button, and Kevin's thoughts flash onto the screen. Mark and the hackers stare in amazement at the sheer beauty, the elegance, and the raw truth of what they see. It's like the ending to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Brilliant light shines across the screen, the truth of existence is made clear to them, and they despair at their own foolishness, their own ignorance, their own inadequacy. And then they steal his ideas. As they return back to R&D, Mark sneers at a haggard old man chained to a cast-iron sphere. The man looks up from his laborious task of breaking rocks in the dungeon of Wizards of the Coast headquarters, and asks a question: "Kevin, my greatest student. He - he's all right, isn't he? You didn't hurt him?" Mark deals him a weighty blow with his boot. "Know your place, Richard. Get back to work."
57023768 wrote:
Now show me on the Garruk doll where Zac Hill ruined your enjoyment of Magic...
63711769 wrote:
I'm only opposed to it because it bears so little relation to how people actually play the game. The example of Miracles is actually a much better one then the Clone example I was trying to use. From the game's perspective, the card can move instantly from face down in the library to revealed in the hand and that's fine for the rules. But in real life, we can't actually do that, so the card spends a good bit of time in locations that are neither where that player's library is nor where that player's hand is. And that's fine for real life. What I don't want is the disconnect to be explicitly codified. Along the lines of
183664.697 A game of Magic as laid out by these rules exists only as a pure Platonic ideal, utterly unrealizable by fallible mortals limited by the confines of physicality and the ravages of evil and sin. 183664.698 The cake is a lie, too.
I know it's true, but I don't want the rules to actually straight-up tell me that.
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77120821 wrote:
Pfft this cant be serious can it? If it is please delete your account OP. Its not even close to ban worthy, considering what JTMS and stoneforge had to accomplish to get banned i see the WotC selling magic to aquire Pokemon before that ever happens.
I'm trying to imagine sorin markov as a gym leader in one of those pokemon games which you have to beat him to get his badge... somehow I imagine that he would stab you in the chest with his sword before giving you the badge, even if you beat his pokemon....
196239043 wrote:
Personally, I'd be fine with tea time but then I'm not gonna waste the mana summoning Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. He always takes all the sugar, drinks the whole pot of Earl Grey and doesn't even say thank you. SO. RUDE.

 

JustTerrorIt wrote:

 

JuliusPringle wrote:

All I want to do is sit down and play magic, but when I walked in yesterday, (since I didn't talk to anyone) nobody talked to me and I silently bought what I wanted and walked out.


If you don't talk to anyone, that increases the odds that no one will talk to you.

 

JuliusPringle wrote:

So how do I just... introduce myself? "Hi, my name is Adam, wanna play magic with me?" Do I go to the counter and talk to the cashier?


Yeah. Talk to the cashier. Tell him/her that you want a Black Lotus, and if they don't have one tell them that the store isn't on par with what you expected.

 

Reach into your back left pocket. Pull out a deck list that you copied directly from some ChannelFireball top 8 Standard discussion, and ask for all the cards, as is, on that list. Then, ask for some random, probably terrible cards from whatever set is Standard legal. Say it's tech for the upcoming changes in the metagame.

 

Pull out a deck, and tell some random dude you wanna test (you have to use the term "test" for this to work) for Standard. Make sure that deck contains Kitchen Finks and Alluring Siren. Maybe throw in Nyxathid for good measure.

 

Finally, before you leave, spill (make it look like an accident) one hundred singleton, random cards onto the floor. Pick them up, put them in a pile, and say "EEE-DEE-AYCH".

 

I know this sounds dumb at first, but it will work. With the method outlined above, you will draw the attention of players that play older formats by asking for cards that no one on Earth can reasonably afford. You will get the attention of the wanna-be pro, Stomp-n00bz players by pulling out a well known decklist and declare that you have "tech" to make it better. You will get the attention of all the kind, helpful players by seemingly not knowing the most common format by having non-Standard legal cards in a deck that you claim is Standard legal. Finally, you catch all the rest of the Magic players by saying "EEE-DEE-AYCH" (EDH (or Commander)).

And there you have it. You will be talking to more people than you would have wanted to talk to in no time.

 

Smoke_Stack wrote:

EDH is the best format anyway


See, it's starting already.

 

Break the Card
What is Break the Card?
Break the Card is a regular thread in the Cards and Combo Forum. Quite simply, the participants are given a Johnnystatic card (e.g. Xenograft) and are asked to build a deck around it. The winner and honorable mentions are sigged below. Get brewing!
Week 1 : Xenograft
This week's Break the Card was based around Xenograft. Thread : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/27681049/Break_the_card_:_Xenograft?pg=1 Winner : Axterix with his Vampdrazi deck. Finalist : Vektor480 with his Ally/Golem/Plant deck. Honorable mentions : Zammm for the Turntimber Ranger combo and TinGorilla for suggesting Sarkhan the Mad.
Week 2 : Mindlock Orb
Here's the link to the Mindlock Orb contest : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/27697565/Break_the_Card_:_Mindlock_Orb?sdb=1&pg=last#497536269 Winner : Axterix with his Maralen of the Mornsong deck. Honorable mentions : Void_Elemental.
Week 3 : Bludgeon Brawl
Here's the link to Break the Card : Bludgeon Brawl : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/27715169/Break_the_Card_:_Bludgeon_Brawl?sdb=1&pg=last#498208797 Winner : Vektor and his Grab the World deck. Finalist : Crandor with his Awesome Aliteration deck. Honorable mentions : RP Jesus with his Wat deck and Zix200 with his Signet Renewal deck.
Week 4 : Followed Footsteps
This week was Followed Footsteps : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/27748677/Break_the_Card_:_Followed_Footsteps?pg=1 Winner : Tevish_Szat with his Exponential Growth deck. Honorable mentions : Zix with his Carbon Copies deck and Escef with his Fungus of Speed and Time deck.
Week 5 : Delaying Shield
This week's card was Delaying Shield : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/27790101/Break_the_Card_:_Delaying_Shield Winner : Tevish_Szat. Finalist : Vampire_Bat. Honorable Mention : Zix200.
Week 6 : Painter's Servant
This week's card was Painter's Servant : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/27940861/Break_the_Card_:_Painters_Servant?pg=1 Winner : Tevish_Szat with his Paint it Black deck. Finalist : Wprundv with his Tiger, Tiger Painted Bright deck.
Week 7 : Venser, the Sojourner
This week's card was Venser, the Sojourner : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/27977489/Break_the_Card_:_Venser,_the_Sojourner Winner : Izzett with her "Venser, Trickster Trader" deck. Finalist : Wprundv with his "Tactical Sojourner Action" deck.
Week 8 : Personal Sanctuary
This week's card was Personal Sanctuary : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/28005461/Break_the_card_:_Personal_Sanctuary Winner : MrQuizzles. Honorable mention : Vampire_Bat and UbberSheep
Week 9 : Sundial of the Infinite
This week's card was Sundial of the Infinite : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/28038277/Break_the_card_:_Sundial_of_the_Infinite Finalist : Izzett with her "Afterlife Trespassers" deck. Winner : Xeromus with his "Fortune 500" deck.
Week 10 : Jace's Archivist
This week's card was Jace's Archivist : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/28063377/Break_the_Card_:_Jaces_Archivist. Finalists : Jentaru with his "Consecration of the Draw" deck and HereticSmitty with his "ADHD: The deck" deck. Winner : JaxsonBateman with his "The Archives Are Endless!" deck.
Week 11 : Search the City
This week's card was Search the City : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29518555/Break_the_Card_:_Search_the_City Finalist : Mown with "A Thousand Footsteps". Winner : Desolation_masticore with "Burn the City".
Week 12 : Fiend Hunter
This week's card was Fiend Hunter : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29530975/Break_the_Card_:_Fiend_Hunter Winner : Yuyu63 with "Carnival Hunting". Honorable mention : Dknowle's "Champion the Fiend".
Week 13 : Clock of Omens
This week's card was Clock of Omens : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29541549/Break_the_Card_:_Clock_of_Omens?pg=1 Winner : Dknowle's "The Myrs Go Marching".
Week 14 : Light of Sanction
This week's card was Light of Sanction : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29607219/Break_the_Card_:_Light_of_Sanction?pg=1 Winner : Zauzich's "Divine Plague".
Week 15 : Assemble the Legion
This week's card was Assemble the Legion : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29662307/Break_the_Card_:_Assemble_the_Legion Winner : JBTM's "Some Assembly Required".
Week 16 : High Tide
This week's cards were High Tide and/or Bubbling Muck : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29760427/Break_the_Card_:_High_Tide Winner : Mown's "Puppet Strings".
Week 17 : Illusionist's Bracers
This week's card was Illusionist's Bracers : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29776943/Break_the_Card_:_Illusionistss_Bracers Winner : Enigma256's "Tezzeret's Bracers"
Week 18 : Savor the Moment
This week's card was Savor the Moment : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29787235/Break_the_Card_:_Savor_the_Moment Winner : POSValkir's "A Savory Filibuster!"
Week 19 : Grinning Ignus
This week's card was Grinning Ignus : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29795547/Break_the_Card_:_Grinning_Ignus Winner : dknowle's "Luren' and Laughin'".
Week 20 : Transcendence
This week's card was Transcendence : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29806481/Break_the_Card_:_Transcendence Winners : Mown's "Transcending Timing Restrictions" and Dknowle's "Blinded by Greed", tied for the win.
Week 21 : Mortus Strider
This week's card was Mortus Strider : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29818471/Break_the_Card_:_Mortus_Strider Winner : SimonGlume's "Mortus Head".
Week 22 : High Priest of Penance
This week's card was High Priest of Penance : http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29917231/Break_the_Card_High_Priest_of_Penance Winners : JBTM's "Two Clerics and a Goblin walk into a (Bom)bar(dment)..." and POSValkir1's "Choke Their Rivers with Our Dead!".
Week 23 : False Cure
This week's card was False Cure :http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29964239/Break_the_Card_:_False_Cure Winner : Dknowle's "When Hippos Fly".

Week 24 : Akroan Horse

This week's card was Akroan Horse : http://community.wizards.com/forum/cards-and-combos/threads/4024821.

Winner : Dknowle's "Indian Giver".

Week 25 : Leylines

This week saw multiple cards being in the contest : all of the Leylines! http://community.wizards.com/forum/cards-and-combos/threads/4067621

Winner : POSValkir1's "Laying the Battle Lines".

My favorite character would be Sorin Markov. We haven't seen much of him yet, to be fair, but the idea of an oldwalker who was Mended and DIDN'T become a... well, a Bolas... is cool. We only need one Bolas.

After that, in no particular order: Gideon, Elspeth, Venser, Tamiyo, Koth.

Of course, I've only read the Planeswalker novels, not the block novels (not since Eventide).
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Xantcha.

Xantcha, Xantcha, Xantcha, Xantcha.

She's hands down my favorite example of the kind of speculative, genre- rule- and gender-bending potential of Magic's storyline, and on top of that she's a well-written, intriguing individual.

I actually also am quite fond of Bolas largely because of Ari's take on him in Agents of Artifice. I don't think anyone's quite managed to match that depiction, but it's still a strong enough portrayal that I would count him as one of my favorites.

Commodore Guff always appealed to me, because I'm such a lit nerd, and Meta makes me happy.

Also, Parcher. Timmerian Fiends. Aaah, Bird Maiden?
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Didn't bother to look up how many cards have flavor text, but:
5: Chandra Nalaar
4: 
3:   Toshiro Umezawa
2: Ajani Vengeant
1:
Also, I just picked whichever card of that particular character I liked best.
Thank you Blitzschnell for the awesome banner!
Xantcha.

Xantcha, Xantcha, Xantcha, Xantcha.

How could I have forgotten Xantcha? She's awesome!
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Character that comes to mind first is Jhoira of the Ghitu. Most of the Tolarian crew comes second, but by then I'm already thinking of the books to remember whom I particularly liked. Honorary mentions of those go to Barrin, Windgrace, Belbe, Jaya, Jodah, and Xantcha. That's just bias of having not read more recent books, though.
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Didn't bother to look up how many cards have flavor text, but:
5: Chandra Nalaar
4: 
3:  Toshiro Umezawa
2: Ajani Vengeant
1:
Also, I just picked whichever card of that particular character I liked best.


Well, I did some research and it turns out that  Toshiro Umezawa only has flavor text on 2 cards and Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind dose not have any.
Also to my mind Sorin, Lord of Innistrad and Sorin Markov count as the same.
(I dunno if I got the topic rule right... :/ )


5. Gideon / Garruk
- or any future male neowalker that's "bringing the heat", this spot is reserved for them. Tongue Out

4. Tamiyo
- love the design, love the race, love that she ain't the "I'm a planeswalker~! I need to battle~!" type of Neowalker.

3. Titania / Gaea
- I just loved the idea of a female maro-sorcerer and a world soul. Too bad Titania died and there were never visual representaions of Gaea. :P

2. Avacyn
- she may not have any complex storyline or deep characterization, but I love angels (and she's legendary to boot) and I also like her design  :P

1. Serra
- I just love her design-wise and backstory-wise, also has nostalgic factor for me.
Teferi
Xantcha
Barrin
Jaya Ballard
Sissay

In that order.

Other notables include:
Ertai (pre-Phyrexian corruption)
Garth, One-Eye
Tevesh Szat
Jhoria

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1- Elesh Norn
2- Xantcha
3- Sorin Markov
4- Jarad
5- Tovolar
6- Colfenor
7- Gaddock Teeg
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I have a pretty simple list of favorites:
It basically boils down to "Anybody that has ever told Urza off."

Bo Levar, Jhoira, Teferi, Jodah, Xantcha. Truthfully I love these characters for different reasons, but it's stunning to note that at one point all of them told Urza to shut the holy hell up and stop thinking with his ego and if he didn't stop acting like a prat they'd do something bad to him.

Bo Levar I love because of the absolutely heartbreaking tale of "Expeditions to the End of the World." There hasn't been another planeswalker that's had as tragic a tale.

Jhoira I just love everything about her. This might also be because she was literally the first character I ever read about in Magic History. The first book I picked up was Time Spiral, told chiefly from her viewpoint.

Incidentally, this just proves that Venser has and did always sucked. If someone completely unfamiliar with the material hated him on his introduction, lords only know what fans of the series thought of him.

Jodah because... well come on, Jodah! Same applies to Xantcha. Hrm... makes me curious what they would have thought of each other, but Jodah tracked Urza down right after Xantcha left in her bubble.

@Shamsiel: Uh... the Nobilis of War isn't even a character.
@Shamsiel: Uh... the Nobilis of War isn't even a character.



I seem to remember there being a rather lenghty Savor the Flavor article that went in depth to the Seer's Parables.
Barrin also told Urza off, also cementing him as one of the best characters. In particular, because his last lecture to Urza was him immolating himself and all of Tolaria. I still find that entire sequence--from the moment he finds out that Hannah is dead to casting Obliterate--one of the most emotionally powerful moments in all of Magic's storyline. (I mean, you know all this, obviously, Barinellos, but that story tends to get me waxing rhapsodic...)



Also, what's with the flavor text requirement? That seems like a really random restriction, when there are some major characters that never got much card love.
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1) Xantcha
2) Kayla bin-Kroog
3) Jhoira
4) Volrath
5) Tev Loneglade/Tevesh Szat
6) Yawgmoth (The Thran)
7) Selenia (Mostly from flavor text in Tempest)
8) Freyalise (Mostly her Dark Horse Comics - Ice Age version)
9) Urza
10) Tie between Ashnod and Tawnos

Honorable Mentions:
A) I love Melira... or I think I would if she were an honestly developed character.  Really, I love her for what she could be (hence why my Thrun-based short story is really at least half Melira's story -- I want to do so much with her, or at least see it done!)
B) Gisa, Geralf, and Ludevic also exist in a sort of sketchy nether-realm.  While they're a little more fixed than Melira, who's personality is mostly the subject of my head-canon, they still haven't been seen in the same sort of long form that all the characters I listed, except perhaps Selenia, really got.  I think I find Ludevic the most interesting of the three, though it is close.
C) Norin the Wary is a fun flavor text notable with a fun card, but as far as I know, he hasn't really shown up anywhere.

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No love for Gerrard Capashen, guys?  So sad....

Gerrard's probably second on my list.  First is Elspeth Tirel!!! 
I like Gerrard okay, he's just not near the top of my list. 

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@mikemearls I think Perkins would throat punch me if I ever tried that. And I'd give him a glowing quarterly review for it.

@Shamsiel: Uh... the Nobilis of War isn't even a character.



I seem to remember there being a rather lenghty Savor the Flavor article that went in depth to the Seer's Parables.



That isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for it being a character anymore than if there was a fable about a baloth.
The Nobilis isn't a legendary, it isn't a character.
It's a good story, but not enough proof or characterization.
Gerrard was cool, but I feel like a lot of the side characters--the 'walkers and their equals, in particular--really stole the show by the end of the Weatherlight/Artifacts cycle.

Hm, and yeah, Gisa and Geralf are kind of wonderful. I forgot about them. Helland really did a wonderful job of characterizing them in a limited space. That's impressive work. I'm glad they've still got her writing longer flavor materials like that semi-regularly because she's certainly got a knack for it.
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Gerrard was interesting in the beginning, but grew a bit weary later on in the books, in my opinion. Or rather, Invasion block should've been his block, while I think it was his worst.

@ Keeper, yeah I agree with that particular ending. The moment and the mood in which Urza tells him about Hanna, and when he takes her from Koilos, you could visually hear him breaking from top to bottom. There was a kind of orchestrating in there that reminded me of how he actually met Rayne, and how Urza was basically orchestrating his entire life. Powerful stuff.

I think I like Elspeth also, but gotta read something more than the (vorthos) comics about her first.
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My favourite planeswalker is Elspeth. She has a really good storyline if you can find it.

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She's in Alara Unbroken, where I think she was the best-written character. She has this fixation on finding the perfect plane where she can be just an ordinary soldier, to the point where when she is handed the frikkin Sword of Asha, which is the only thing able to kill Malfegor, she...hands it to Rafiq. and then leaves Bant because she can't handle seeing it become 'imperfect'.

Although we don't understand her fixation on this, the comics later show us that she is actually very old, and was tortured by the original Phyrexians when she was a little girl, though she escaped just before they were able to get around to compleating her. And so it seems that while she was not actually physically changed by them, she was affected by Phyrexian ideas, even though her notion of perfection isvery different to theirs.

And Quest For Karn should have had this awesome moment where she finally stops running form her past and fights back against the new Phyrexians, helping to save Venser and Koth and Karn. Did that happen? I can't remember it, but I feel like it was in there somewhere...


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Yo we are kind of drifting from my original idea for this thread, But i'm fine with that just so you know.

I don't really have a favorite character, but if I had to pick, it would be Jace. Because of Agents of Artifice. There was also this merfolk wizard in Zendikar that got really cool quotes. 


Yo we are kind of drifting from my original idea for this thread, But i'm fine with that just so you know.


We tend to do that. Never ever think a thread is yours. 

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My favourite planeswalker is Elspeth. She has a really good storyline if you can find it.

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She's in Alara Unbroken, where I think she was the best-written character. She has this fixation on finding the perfect plane where she can be just an ordinary soldier, to the point where when she is handed the frikkin Sword of Asha, which is the only thing able to kill Malfegor, she...hands it to Rafiq. and then leaves Bant because she can't handle seeing it become 'imperfect'.

Although we don't understand her fixation on this, the comics later show us that she is actually very old, and was tortured by the original Phyrexians when she was a little girl, though she escaped just before they were able to get around to compleating her. And so it seems that while she was not actually physically changed by them, she was affected by Phyrexian ideas, even though her notion of perfection isvery different to theirs.

And Quest For Karn should have had this awesome moment where she finally stops running form her past and fights back against the new Phyrexians, helping to save Venser and Koth and Karn. Did that happen? I can't remember it, but I feel like it was in there somewhere...



I like this reading. It's a lot more positive than other takes I've seen on the character, and more in line with my analysis. I think people miss the fact that she isn't just a whiner that runs away from problems, she is a totally messed up, psychologically broken person. A lot of that is implicit rather than explicit, but if you think about where she was and what she went through, her actions are a lot more understandable. She's probably got the darkest origin story of any of our 'Walkers besides Tezzeret, Sarkhan, and Tibalt, and they're all either evil, insane, or both. I feel like more than anything else that effectively shows why she's admirable--she's holding it together despite the fact that she has every reason to have shattered and turned full on psycho.

I always read the way she ran away during Scars as post-traumatic stress disorder, personally. I missed the whole Phyrexian obsession with perfection that she picked up, though. That's a really fascinating point. I'll have to ponder that a bit...

Anyway, so yeah, Elspeth is definitely on my list of favorites from this generation of characters.



Incidentally, does anyone else rage constantly at the most recent flavor text for Obliterate? Just... knowing what that card represents, and seeing that flavor text... AAAAAUUUGH RAAAGE


@Zetto:

Heh. Stick around, you'll find that we're actually doing pretty well here. We are, after all, still talking about why we love certain characters. Normally by now we're talking about something totally unrelated to the original topic :P

We'll try to keep it on track, though.

Welcome to Flavor and Storylines, anyway! Go introduce yourself in the intro thread.
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Wowsers.

I like Elspeth a whole lot more know.
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I cool with it man, I don't mind at all.

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The coreset flavor text on Obliterate is an abomination.

And Elspeth is NOT that old Gamma. We've had the clearest timeline for her out of anyone. She's damn near the youngest neowalker.
I think Gamma is thinking of the fact that she's an Oldwalker and conjecturing from there... which... unfortunately gets you some pretty contradictory results.

I knew you would hate that flavor text as much as I do. Like, it's actually kind of infuriating to me.
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I think Gamma is thinking of the fact that she's an Oldwalker and conjecturing from there... which... unfortunately gets you some pretty contradictory results.

I knew you would hate that flavor text as much as I do. Like, it's actually kind of infuriating to me.



Man straight up, regardless of Brady's thoughts on the matter, she just can't be an oldwalker. Jenna and Doug didn't develop her with those details.
If she is, Chandra, Jace, and Tezzeret (at least) were too, and we know that isn't the case.
I know it's really convenient to just handwave and retcon where needed, but this one falls apart. Kinda wish we could just bury this particular snafu and people would stop trying to make it work.

To say the flavor text is insulting isn't even scratching the surface. It takes one of the most emotionally powerful scenes in the entire lore and turns it into a doofy joke on par with Enormous Baloth.
It's not so much the doofy humor that offends me, but that they chose not to get new art to go along with it.

If it had different art, I would find it considerably less abrasive to the senses.
If it had different art, I would find it considerably less abrasive to the senses.



Of course, it's the art that portrays the moment. Change it, you change the moment.
Its bloody awful, but imo still less offensive than the moment where King thought it funny to have Yawgmoth resurrect Rayne, Hanna, and Barrin's spirit (?) at the end of Apocalypse, and then have them do absolutely nothing.
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Terti... are you sure that actually happened?
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Terti... are you sure that actually happened?



It was the mass ressurection thing Yawgmoth did when he appeared on Dominaria.
Terti... are you sure that actually happened?



It was the mass ressurection thing Yawgmoth did when he appeared on Dominaria.


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You have to remember an important thing Terti, there has NEVER been a bigger Yawgmoth fanboi (the bad kind) than J. Robert King. The only reason he wrote Yawgmoth losing is because he had to.
I didn't know that, but it would kind of explain why the second half of that book is such an utter mess. I really liked reading Invasion and Planeshift, even if they weren't stellar and just a lot of battle sown together, because there was this inevitability in the Phyrexian attack, something that couldn't be overcome the normal way. It sort of raised the bar for Urza's four thousand years of preparation and had the potential to make a great book.
Instead we see a pointless resurrection, Benalian women dismantling phyrexians (even though it was mentioned ten times that not a soul was left alive there), Karnus ex machina, half the protagonists surviving against all odds only to die unneedlessly against the death cloud, and a sneak preview in the afterlife of Squee.

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But he didn't resurrect their spirits. Just their shambling corpses. And yes, that was an abomination. The fact that you think it was means that King got exactly the response he desired. Now, as far as whether or not that scene--or, hell, much of anything at the end of Apocalypse--made sense? That I can't really argue. But from a visceral reaction standpoint, King knew what he was doing there and did it deliberately. It's... not really much like the flavor text thing.



Incidentally, before we get too off track again... I'm actually curious to hear why people like different characters. I loved hearing Gamma's take on Elspeth, and I wouldn't mind hearing some more of that kind of analysis.
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