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This thread is for discussion of magicthegathering.com's Magic Arcana, Card of the Day, and Daily Decks features for the month of July, 2012.
It feels weird to me seeing a mono-green list with no Prey Upons.
Meh, only blue one is worth it. Stormtide leviathan is cool! :D

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No Acidic Slime seems like an error to me. Prey upon would be ok, so does Phyrexian Metamorphs. Good deck overral, could be pushed a bit.
Trample-Deathtouch is quite the nuts, Acidic Slime has to be in this list.
Make Conley Woods write Building on a Budget.

JVL is not building on what most players consider a budget. His decks are just tier 2 decks with less copies of expensive cards. Half of that is the fault of the way the game is designed, but I think most budget players just want cool decks to play, not just trying to win against better decks more often. Conley is a boss at rogue decks, he could totally write that article good. 
Meh, only blue one is worth it. Stormtide leviathan is cool! :D





Yeah storm tide all the way!
Make Conley Woods write Building on a Budget.

JVL is not building on what most players consider a budget. His decks are just tier 2 decks with less copies of expensive cards. Half of that is the fault of the way the game is designed, but I think most budget players just want cool decks to play, not just trying to win against better decks more often. Conley is a boss at rogue decks, he could totally write that article good. 


This is a really good idea. BoaB would be quite interesting from Conley's pov.

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surely one can't say complex conditional passive language is bad grammar ?
Vedalken Entrancer is an example of what may be one of the main reasons modern art descriptions are less likely to mention what a card does. Our blue skinned wizarding friend no longer seems to have the power to cause things to 'untap' at all.
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And for those who haven't seen Vedalken Entrancer's art close-up before, take a second, closer look at his squiggly chest wrap. Notice anything unusual?

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Because frankly, being here depresses me these days.

Notice anything unusual?

It's obviously intentional, or Dan wouldn't have re-flipped it.

But why?  I don't see the point of hiding that in there.

I think that both artworks can be somewhat considered unfitting. Having some flashy light to describe any magical ability is kind of generic. Heck, I didn't know the card Vedalken Dismisser so at first glance I thought I was looking at a reprint. Maybe what it needed is some context or some way to make it unique. Perhaps showing the victim or giving the character a special motion or gesture (Make the dissmisser look like he's really dissmissing or the entrancer like he's really entrancing).

And for those who haven't seen Vedalken Entrancer's art close-up before, take a second, closer look at his squiggly chest wrap. Notice anything unusual?


"Moon"? Is that supposed to hint to Moonfolk in some way maybe?
Serra Angel's playtest artwork was X-Men's Angel? o_O
I think that both artworks can be somewhat considered unfitting. Having some flashy light to describe any magical ability is kind of generic. Heck, I didn't know the card Vedalken Dismisser so at first glance I thought I was looking at a reprint. Maybe what it needed is some context or some way to make it unique. Perhaps showing the victim or giving the character a special motion or gesture (Make the dissmisser look like he's really dissmissing or the entrancer like he's really entrancing).


You mean something like Vectis Dominator  

~ Tim 


I am Blue/White Reached DCI Rating 1800 on 28/10/11. :D
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190106923 wrote:
Not bad. But what happens flavor wise when one kamahl kills the other one?
Zis iz a sign uf deep psychological troma, buried in zer subconscious mind. By keelink himzelf, Kamahl iz physically expressink hiz feelinks uf self-disgust ova hiz desire for hiz muzzer. [/GermanPsychologistVoice]
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57799958 wrote:
That makes no sense to me. If they spelled the ability out on the card in full then it would not be allowed in a mono-black Commander deck, but because they used a keyword to save space it is allowed? ~ Tim
Yup, just like you can have Birds of paradise in a mono green deck but not Noble Hierarch. YAY COLOR IDENTITY
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56888618 wrote:
Is algebra really that difficult?
Survey says yes.
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57799958 wrote:
You want to make a milky drink. You squeeze a cow.
I love this description. Like the cows are sponges filled with milk. I can see it all Nick Parks claymation-style with the cow's eyes bugging out momentarily as a giant farmer squeezes it like a squeaky dog toy, and milk shoots out of it.
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56735468 wrote:
And no judge will ever give you a game loss for playing snow covered lands.
I now have a new goal in life. ;)
Make Conley Woods write Building on a Budget.

JVL is not building on what most players consider a budget. His decks are just tier 2 decks with less copies of expensive cards. Half of that is the fault of the way the game is designed, but I think most budget players just want cool decks to play, not just trying to win against better decks more often. Conley is a boss at rogue decks, he could totally write that article good. 



I won't make allusions to the author's Conley Woods fanboyism. Oh, wait, I already did? Shoot.

Brian David Marshall is the best and only GOOD player of this game that was widely acknowledged as the writer of BoaB. While this may seem dismissive of past writers, we know that Jacob van Lunen's skills do NOT lie in "budget." This has NOTHING to do with how this game is designed, as BDM proved, and the skill with which BDM managed the task of making Budget decks work in interesting ways implicates the fault not on "design" in the game, but approach of the authors. JVL did not approach the BoaB column with the same perspective as BDM, and should not be faulted for it. I am happy that JVL is getting a column that better suites his skills, so that the readers of the column will not HARP on him constantly for not living up to the bar BDM set. Yes, this is BDM fanboyism.

That said, Conley Woods may also be unable to make budget decks. Just because he can make rogue decks, doesn't mean that those decks will also be "budget." That is, if anything, what JVL's approach aimed for as well, to find niche approaches to common deck types, to fight deck types, specific solutions, and rounded strategies. If you wanted Conley to do BoaB, then I fear you will just get more of JVL, and only the man's fans will keep the forums up. Redefining what "BoaB" means to preserve a column for an author capable of doing what another author also did but which was largely considered NOT true to "BoaB"? Yeah, that won't fly, McFly.
"Possibilities abound, too numerous to count." "Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969) "Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion Backs)
So, M13 gives us two new Plains, two new Swamps, and zero new Mountains.  Whassup witdat?
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There are still some twigs and grass shoots that make Goliath look normal-sized, and I guess that's why it's always been hard for me to be fooled. I wish I could say the smaller ones helped, but... I swear they're just mini zombies!
Re Primal Clay Arcana:

Just chiming in to say that the original Kaja Foglio art is still the best here.  Primal Clay is best played a bit silly.  No need to have badass dragon clay figures; just goofy expressions on half-formed clay people works.
Re Primal Clay Arcana:

Just chiming in to say that the original Kaja Foglio art is still the best here.  Primal Clay is best played a bit silly.  No need to have badass dragon clay figures; just goofy expressions on half-formed clay people works.

Also, it seems to not have been mentioned, but that art actually has a much deeper meaning. If you look with attention in the lower part between the woman and the man, there is a snake. Being it that the card is named "primal clay", it seems very obvious this a reference to Adam and Eve. What makes the glowing, golden hands holding it all actually God's hands.

Nice, huh?
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I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
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56747598 wrote:
57295478 wrote:
Although I do assume you deliberately refer to them (DCI) as The Grand Imperial Convocation of Evil just for the purposes of making them sound like an ancient and terrible conspiracy.
Now, now. 1994 doesn't quite qualify as "ancient".
56734518 wrote:
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!" And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
57864098 wrote:
Rhox War Monk just flips pancakes, and if games have told us anything, it's that food = life.
56747598 wrote:
76973988 wrote:
This thread has gotten creepy. XP
Really? Really? The last couple days have been roughly every perverse fetish imaginable, but it only got "creepy" when speculation on Mother of Runes's mob affiliation came up?
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57864098 wrote:
57531048 wrote:
Nice mana base. Not really.
Yeah, really. If my deck was going to cost $1000+, I'd at least make it good.
99812049 wrote:
I like to think up what I consider clever names for my decks, only later to be laughed at by my wife. It kills me a little on the inside, but thats what marriage is about.
56816728 wrote:
56854588 wrote:
Of course, the best use [of tolaria west] is transmuting for the real Tolaria. ;)
Absolutely. I used to loose to my buddy's Banding deck for ages, it was then that I found out about Tolaria, and I was finally able win my first game.
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WOAH wait wait wait
56957928 wrote:
You know, being shallow and jusdgmental aside, "I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
"I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates
56957928 wrote:
OH MY GOD
109874309 wrote:
The only way I'd cast this card is into a bonfire.
82032421 wrote:
The short answer is that there's no rule barring annoying people from posting, but there a rule barring us from harassing them about it.
56747598 wrote:
Browbeat is a card that is an appropriate deck choice when there's no better idea available. "No better idea available" was pretty much the running theme of Odyssey era.
56874518 wrote:
Or perhaps it was a more straightforward comment indicating a wish for you to be bitten (Perhaps repeatedly) by a small yet highly venomous arachnid.
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58280208 wrote:
You're an idiot, and I'm in no mood for silliness.
57817638 wrote:
57145078 wrote:
You just... Vektor it.
That's the answer to everything.
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58347268 wrote:
I think the problem is that you don't exist.
This would sound great out of context!
56965458 wrote:
Modern is like playing a new tournament every time : you build a deck, you win with it, don't bother keeping it. Just build another, its key pieces will get banned.
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57309598 wrote:
I specifically remember posting a thread when I was just a witty bitty noob.
You make it sound like that's still not the case.
58325628 wrote:
Rap is what happens when the c from crap is taken away.
Doug Beyer:
But sometimes it's also challenging. Because sometimes OH MY GOD, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS THING?
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Flashforward five thousand years (Click for atmosphere) :
57927608 wrote:
to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
58347268 wrote:
when in rome **** AND PILLAGE
143229641 wrote:
I always find it helpful when im angry to dress up in an owl costume and rub pennies all over my body in front of a full body mirror next to the window.
Dymecoar:
Playing Magic without Blue is like sleeping without any sheets or blankets. You can do it...but why?
Omega137:
Me: "I love the moment when a control deck stabilizes. It feels so... right." Omega137: "I like the life drop part until you get there, it's the MtG variant of bungee jumping"
Zigeif777:
Just do it like Yu-Gi-Oh or monkeys: throw all the crap you got at them and hope it works or else the by-standers (or opponents) just get dirty and pissed.
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58258708 wrote:
It's true that Alpha and Beta didn't contain any cards like Tarmogoyf, Darksteel Colossus, or Platinum Angel. It just contained weak, insignificant cards like Black Lotus, Mox Sapphire, and Time Walk.
Normally it's difficult to pick up on your jokes/sarcasm. But this one's pretty much out there. Good progress. You have moved up to Humanoid. You'll be Human in no time.
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I didn't know Samurai were known to be able to cut down whole armies...
They can when they're using lightsabers!
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97980259 wrote:
My wife brought home a baby black squirrel they found on a horse track and cared for it for a few days. We named it Grixis, but it died.
Unearth it!
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[/spoiler] And I'm on Magic Arcana. How about you? Oh, by the way, I'm also on From the Lab now. Twice, actually. And now with my own submited decklist!
Also, it seems to not have been mentioned, but that art actually has a much deeper meaning. If you look with attention in the lower part between the woman and the man, there is a snake. Being it that the card is named "primal clay", it seems very obvious this a reference to Adam and Eve. What makes the glowing, golden hands holding it all actually God's hands.

Yeah, I was going to say. "The clay is actually very small"? The hands are just big. They're glowy golden hands sculpting humanity out of primal clay, seems fairly obvious they belong to God. I don't see the snake though, there's just the lower half of Adam's leg and a couple of swirly lines coming off Eve where she's still forming.
Also, it seems to not have been mentioned, but that art actually has a much deeper meaning. If you look with attention in the lower part between the woman and the man, there is a snake. Being it that the card is named "primal clay", it seems very obvious this a reference to Adam and Eve. What makes the glowing, golden hands holding it all actually God's hands.

Yeah, I was going to say. "The clay is actually very small"? The hands are just big. They're glowy golden hands sculpting humanity out of primal clay, seems fairly obvious they belong to God. I don't see the snake though, there's just the lower half of Adam's leg and a couple of swirly lines coming off Eve where she's still forming.

I do not see a snake either. The artist might have meant the hands to be God sculpting Adam and Eve, but I would not say it is obvious. This is a game about magic, and wizards create living beings all the time.
Also, it seems to not have been mentioned, but that art actually has a much deeper meaning. If you look with attention in the lower part between the woman and the man, there is a snake. Being it that the card is named "primal clay", it seems very obvious this a reference to Adam and Eve. What makes the glowing, golden hands holding it all actually God's hands.

Yeah, I was going to say. "The clay is actually very small"? The hands are just big. They're glowy golden hands sculpting humanity out of primal clay, seems fairly obvious they belong to God. I don't see the snake though, there's just the lower half of Adam's leg and a couple of swirly lines coming off Eve where she's still forming.


It doesn't really take a snake to make the imagery an Abrahamaic "adam-eve" thing. This is basic stuff, though: many religions have a "first man, first woman" crafted from [dust, mud, clay, aether, blood of some giant cow or dragon]. The legends far pre-date records of myths of a garden of Eden or whatever.

"Possibilities abound, too numerous to count." "Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969) "Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion Backs)
I'm so glad BArtist has become the all-star he deserves to be.
I really like the new guild logo designs.

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192884403 wrote:
surely one can't say complex conditional passive language is bad grammar ?
I really like the new guild logo designs.


Not sure if want.

But anyway, 5 guilds on each of the two first extension, that's cool!

And yeah! Azorius and Izzet in the first one! Whoohoo! Go White/Blue/Red!

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Oh, yay, new guild logos! Love the Izzet, Azorius, Gruul, and Dimir ones.
Love the return of the guilds.  I also like that they are having 5 in each set and all of them for the last one.  The signet colorations are neat along with the new format for the ones that are changed.  I especially wonder what they are going to do for Dimir, Boros, and Golgari in terms of mechanics.  I doubt Transmute will return and Dredge is even less likely.
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Hee. I love the correspondence between the guilds in each set and the set logos.


For those who can't see it: i.imgur.com/Yvce5.png.
Finally, the return draws nigh! I love it already, though I'm not sure with five guilds in each set. This is definitely going to be another flavor than original Ravnica. They most likely did it, so they could show some kind of development by the end of the block. This now is definitely going to be about the destruction of the guilds. Gatecrash most likely denotes to the ten city gates of Ravnica, and "Sinker", well, speaks good enough on its own, for now.
Jeez, I so hope you guys don't screw up my favorite setting.
Are we just incinerating the old story then? I seem to distinctly remember the guilds dissolving in, well, Dissension due to the machinations of multiple guilds. Plus there were a lot of important characters (Razia, Boros Archangel, Sisters of Stone Death, Szadek, Lord of Secrets, Momir Vig, Simic Visionary, Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran, Rakdos the Defiler and then some) dead by the end of it all. So how did the guilds suddenly get better? I was reasonably certain the guild collapse was confirmed as recently as Agents of Artifice, the first Planeswalker novel. Did I miss something or have they finally decided that story doesn't matter at all beyond the very basics?


Eh. Whatever. Izzet's back, and my CounterFire deck shall rise once more. (Although obviously with less power) 
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Wait and see.
I can't wait for the Comic-Con vid to be posted on youtube. (I'm honestly shocked it hasn't been put up yet).

Edit:  Aha! it is up, I just couldn't find it before. *grumble mumble*
For others who may be unable to find it and are interested it's HERE

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From Mark Rosewater's Tumblr: the0uroboros asked: How in the same set can we have a hexproof, unsacrificable(not a word) creature AND a land that makes it uncounterable. How does this lead to interactive play? I believe I’m able to play my creature and you have to deal with it is much more interactive than you counter my creature.

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MaRo: One of the classic R&D stories happened during a Scars of Mirrodin draft. Erik Lauer was sitting to my right (meaning that he passed to me in the first and third packs). At the end of the draft, Erik was upset because I was in his colors (black-green). He said, "Didn't you see the signals? I went into black-green in pack one." I replied, "Didn't you see my signals? I started drafting infect six drafts ago."

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MaRo: I redesigned him while the effect was on the stack.

Interesting that set 2 will be drafted by itself. How will set 3 fit in? My prediction: set 3 will be drafted with both the 1st or the 2nd set separately, e.g. 113 and 223 drafting.
Hee. I love the correspondence between the guilds in each set and the set logos.


For those who can't see it: i.imgur.com/Yvce5.png.




Well, looks like 'sinker' is going to be a pentagram then Tongue Out
Interesting that set 2 will be drafted by itself. How will set 3 fit in? My prediction: set 3 will be drafted with both the 1st or the 2nd set separately, e.g. 113 and 223 drafting.


Check the vid link I posted.

RTR is a large set and will be drafted by itself.
GTC is a large set and will be drafted by itself.
Sinker is a small set and will be drafted as Sinker, GTC, RTR.

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From Mark Rosewater's Tumblr: the0uroboros asked: How in the same set can we have a hexproof, unsacrificable(not a word) creature AND a land that makes it uncounterable. How does this lead to interactive play? I believe I’m able to play my creature and you have to deal with it is much more interactive than you counter my creature.

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Post #777

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MaRo: One of the classic R&D stories happened during a Scars of Mirrodin draft. Erik Lauer was sitting to my right (meaning that he passed to me in the first and third packs). At the end of the draft, Erik was upset because I was in his colors (black-green). He said, "Didn't you see the signals? I went into black-green in pack one." I replied, "Didn't you see my signals? I started drafting infect six drafts ago."

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MaRo: I redesigned him while the effect was on the stack.

Also, it seems to not have been mentioned, but that art actually has a much deeper meaning. If you look with attention in the lower part between the woman and the man, there is a snake. Being it that the card is named "primal clay", it seems very obvious this a reference to Adam and Eve. What makes the glowing, golden hands holding it all actually God's hands.

Yeah, I was going to say. "The clay is actually very small"? The hands are just big. They're glowy golden hands sculpting humanity out of primal clay, seems fairly obvious they belong to God. I don't see the snake though, there's just the lower half of Adam's leg and a couple of swirly lines coming off Eve where she's still forming.


It doesn't really take a snake to make the imagery an Abrahamaic "adam-eve" thing. This is basic stuff, though: many religions have a "first man, first woman" crafted from [dust, mud, clay, aether, blood of some giant cow or dragon]. The legends far pre-date records of myths of a garden of Eden or whatever.


For those not seeing the snake:

I see there a semi-coiled snake with its head faced towards the female figure in the clay, which also has a strong relation with the whole Adam and Eve thing.
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I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
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56747598 wrote:
57295478 wrote:
Although I do assume you deliberately refer to them (DCI) as The Grand Imperial Convocation of Evil just for the purposes of making them sound like an ancient and terrible conspiracy.
Now, now. 1994 doesn't quite qualify as "ancient".
56734518 wrote:
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!" And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
57864098 wrote:
Rhox War Monk just flips pancakes, and if games have told us anything, it's that food = life.
56747598 wrote:
76973988 wrote:
This thread has gotten creepy. XP
Really? Really? The last couple days have been roughly every perverse fetish imaginable, but it only got "creepy" when speculation on Mother of Runes's mob affiliation came up?
76672808 wrote:
57864098 wrote:
57531048 wrote:
Nice mana base. Not really.
Yeah, really. If my deck was going to cost $1000+, I'd at least make it good.
99812049 wrote:
I like to think up what I consider clever names for my decks, only later to be laughed at by my wife. It kills me a little on the inside, but thats what marriage is about.
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56854588 wrote:
Of course, the best use [of tolaria west] is transmuting for the real Tolaria. ;)
Absolutely. I used to loose to my buddy's Banding deck for ages, it was then that I found out about Tolaria, and I was finally able win my first game.
70246459 wrote:
WOAH wait wait wait
56957928 wrote:
You know, being shallow and jusdgmental aside, "I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
"I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates
56957928 wrote:
OH MY GOD
109874309 wrote:
The only way I'd cast this card is into a bonfire.
82032421 wrote:
The short answer is that there's no rule barring annoying people from posting, but there a rule barring us from harassing them about it.
56747598 wrote:
Browbeat is a card that is an appropriate deck choice when there's no better idea available. "No better idea available" was pretty much the running theme of Odyssey era.
56874518 wrote:
Or perhaps it was a more straightforward comment indicating a wish for you to be bitten (Perhaps repeatedly) by a small yet highly venomous arachnid.
70246459 wrote:
58280208 wrote:
You're an idiot, and I'm in no mood for silliness.
57817638 wrote:
57145078 wrote:
You just... Vektor it.
That's the answer to everything.
70246459 wrote:
58347268 wrote:
I think the problem is that you don't exist.
This would sound great out of context!
56965458 wrote:
Modern is like playing a new tournament every time : you build a deck, you win with it, don't bother keeping it. Just build another, its key pieces will get banned.
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57309598 wrote:
I specifically remember posting a thread when I was just a witty bitty noob.
You make it sound like that's still not the case.
58325628 wrote:
Rap is what happens when the c from crap is taken away.
Doug Beyer:
But sometimes it's also challenging. Because sometimes OH MY GOD, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS THING?
141434757 wrote:
Flashforward five thousand years (Click for atmosphere) :
57927608 wrote:
to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
58347268 wrote:
when in rome **** AND PILLAGE
143229641 wrote:
I always find it helpful when im angry to dress up in an owl costume and rub pennies all over my body in front of a full body mirror next to the window.
Dymecoar:
Playing Magic without Blue is like sleeping without any sheets or blankets. You can do it...but why?
Omega137:
Me: "I love the moment when a control deck stabilizes. It feels so... right." Omega137: "I like the life drop part until you get there, it's the MtG variant of bungee jumping"
Zigeif777:
Just do it like Yu-Gi-Oh or monkeys: throw all the crap you got at them and hope it works or else the by-standers (or opponents) just get dirty and pissed.
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58258708 wrote:
It's true that Alpha and Beta didn't contain any cards like Tarmogoyf, Darksteel Colossus, or Platinum Angel. It just contained weak, insignificant cards like Black Lotus, Mox Sapphire, and Time Walk.
Normally it's difficult to pick up on your jokes/sarcasm. But this one's pretty much out there. Good progress. You have moved up to Humanoid. You'll be Human in no time.
91893448 wrote:
94618431 wrote:
I didn't know Samurai were known to be able to cut down whole armies...
They can when they're using lightsabers!
57129358 wrote:
97980259 wrote:
My wife brought home a baby black squirrel they found on a horse track and cared for it for a few days. We named it Grixis, but it died.
Unearth it!
70246459 wrote:
[/spoiler] And I'm on Magic Arcana. How about you? Oh, by the way, I'm also on From the Lab now. Twice, actually. And now with my own submited decklist!
That looks like the calf and the heel of the man.
That looks like the calf and the heel of the man.

That would make even more sense, then, with Adam and Eve.


Anyway...guilds! Whee! :D I, too, am curious as to how the storyline will be played out, but perhaps there will be more loose affiliations to certain color pairs than the same set of organization that existed before? /shrug
Oh, yay, new guild logos! Love the Izzet, Azorius, Gruul, and Dimir ones.



Some of the guild symbols were redesigned, others the same:
Gruul is almost completely different, with the "cross" below the flame added rather than what was essentially a burning tree with an eye in it (supposedly often made of poo);
Rakdos became a horizontally-divided skull-and-flames;
Golgari lost the "Recycle" motif and instead just gets the insect in the middle (but now looks like Dimir a little more);
Azorious is partially redesigned, losing the maze= in the middle for concentric rings of "runes";
Boros got less of a radiant splay around the fist;
Izzet redesigned their dragon (this happens frequently);
The Orzhov, Dimir, Simic and Selesnya symbols are the same. These often differ only in the hue changes made to indicate the "two colors" that make the guild identity up.


"Possibilities abound, too numerous to count." "Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969) "Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion Backs)
Are we just incinerating the old story then? I seem to distinctly remember the guilds dissolving in, well, Dissension due to the machinations of multiple guilds. Plus there were a lot of important characters (Razia, Boros Archangel, Sisters of Stone Death, Szadek, Lord of Secrets, Momir Vig, Simic Visionary, Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran, Rakdos the Defiler and then some) dead by the end of it all. So how did the guilds suddenly get better? I was reasonably certain the guild collapse was confirmed as recently as Agents of Artifice, the first Planeswalker novel. Did I miss something or have they finally decided that story doesn't matter at all beyond the very basics?


Eh. Whatever. Izzet's back, and my CounterFire deck shall rise once more. (Although obviously with less power) 


Ok, if you actually read the novels, the survival of the guilds was explained at the end of Dissension. Presumably, the world tryed to get by without the guilds for a time, during which the events of Agents of Artifice took place. After two years, in the epilogue of the Dissension novel, a new Guildpact was formed that relied more on legal power rather than magical energy to enforce itself. With powerful arcane force no longer being the power behind the Guildpact, it would be harder to break using it's own laws. The Dimir were removed as an "official" guild and were not a part of the new Guildpact, but of course, they stuck around in reality to be the malevolant force they've always been.
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Be on later, pumping iron now
Pimping Irene? Poor Irene! Why can't you just leave that poor girl alone? She didn't ask for ANY of this!
Yeah she did. Did you see what she wore? Purple *graped*
Are we just incinerating the old story then? I seem to distinctly remember the guilds dissolving in, well, Dissension due to the machinations of multiple guilds. Plus there were a lot of important characters (Razia, Boros Archangel, Sisters of Stone Death, Szadek, Lord of Secrets, Momir Vig, Simic Visionary, Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran, Rakdos the Defiler and then some) dead by the end of it all. So how did the guilds suddenly get better? I was reasonably certain the guild collapse was confirmed as recently as Agents of Artifice, the first Planeswalker novel. Did I miss something or have they finally decided that story doesn't matter at all beyond the very basics?


Eh. Whatever. Izzet's back, and my CounterFire deck shall rise once more. (Although obviously with less power) 


Ok, if you actually read the novels, the survival of the guilds was explained at the end of Dissension. Presumably, the world tryed to get by without the guilds for a time, during which the events of Agents of Artifice took place. After two years, in the epilogue of the Dissension novel, a new Guildpact was formed that relied more on legal power rather than magical energy to enforce itself. With powerful arcane force no longer being the power behind the Guildpact, it would be harder to break using it's own laws. The Dimir were removed as an "official" guild and were not a part of the new Guildpact, but of course, they stuck around in reality to be the malevolant force they've always been.



This craps (if you'll forgive the term) on what the Guildpact was there for, in the first place. To magically stop inter-guild conflict -- or rather, the warring of superpowers like an immortal dragon, a league of destructive righteous Templar angels, a chaotic dragon, and the vile machinations of a Illith--Vampire. Quite essentially, it was there to force Szadek and Rakdos into subservience, force the imperiousness of Razia to accept a yoke of forbearance, and prevent line of Arbiters (or, I guess, Isperia) from locking the whole world into a robotic trance of conformity. The Orzhov were there to enforce the rights of the individuals as a group, while the Gruul were to protect the planet from the depredations of the population, and the Simic the inverse (and the Selesnya to find balance between the two).

Without these bindings, these "guilds" would slip into chaos, demons and angels and sphinxes doing ... just whatever. The guildpact was, in almost every way, a prison to lock down superpowers.

Now: Razia is dead leaving the Boros without teeth, Szadek is a ghost and functionless but the House Dimir is still largely a mystery, Savra and the Gorgon triplets are gone and replaced by Savra's brother; Augustin doesn't need to be the Arbiter, they can just appoint a new puppet and likely have; I have no clue why the Conclave dissolved, it was alive and well at the end of Dissension, just that there was disconformity along its perimeter; the Gruul were not respected by nor were respecting the others; Niv-Mizzet supposedly planeswalked and disappeared like a coward, leaving many to suspect he was, in fact, a planeswalker (nope! fooled you!); the Obzedat had machinations in which they enabled certain things to occur aiding in the Simic and Nivvy, but never stepped out of its role as arbiter between the low and the high (as this cuts into its bottom line), which I suppose is no longer a valuable thing as Agyrem is no longer full;

And you are telling me that there are now merfolk on the plane. Not just any merfolk, but one of them became leader of the Simic Combine. I can guess where this is going:

1. Planeswalkers felt that blue-aligned and water-affliliated Vedalken were not good enough, so peppered the place with talking fish; or
2. the Simic decided that they needed another blue-aligned, water-affiliated race and abandoned work on perfecting Vedalken for life in the big city and invented merfolk, and felt fish-fins and gills worked much better on dry land than Vedalken; or
3. there's just one, either coming from another plane or being engineered, and is trying to create more of its race (last of a house, long bereft of existence, much like Momir Vig himself) by ascending through the ranks of the Combine's arcane and convoluted academic system, years and years of study and beaurocratic red-tape--cutting to finally make it to Professor, then Professor Emeritus, then lastly the leader of the Combine (whew! that only takes DECADES!).
"Possibilities abound, too numerous to count." "Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969) "Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion Backs)