10/22/2008 StF: "Encounter at the Necropolis"

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This thread is for discussion of this week's Savor the Flavor, which goes live Wednesday on magicthegathering.com.
This had better not be a Yanni album...
Was that an excerpt from something I can buy, or was it written just for this column? The last Magic related literature I read was during Ice Age, and it was slightly... lacking, but this was excellent.
ummmmm.....wow
Amazing short story, possibly the best I've ever read on this site. The character of Eliza is fascinating : she appears very sympathetic compared to the rest of Grixis' lords, yet she is obviously very black. I love how she combines black and red magic to animate a dragon skeleton with fire in place of flesh. That would be a really cool creature card to design... Imagine the type line : Creature - Elemental Skeleton Dragon !

That single story makes me like Grixis a lot more. Mission accomplished, Doug !

How does Green's flavor of plants, animals, instinct, growth, predator-prey, etc., fit in with Angels? My inner Vorthos is scratching his head at how any Angel could possibly connect with "Mother Nature" enough to warrant having "G" in their casting cost.

It almost seems like the "G" was shoehorned in because "there's Green mana in Bant so the big creatures designed to represent it must include 'G' in their casting cost." I know this can't be the case though, as the people involved in creating Shards of Alara are far too talented for that. Can you shed some light on this for me?

Of course that can be the case, Kevin. While Doug provided a good explanation of the flavor of green in Bant's angels, it was only a justification. The reason why the angels are green is because they mechanically had to be, as you stated, and then Creative had to found a way to have it make sense. That said, they did that quite well. They at least did it better than with a number of other tri-color creatures in the set that have one or two mana symbols shoehorned. I don't mind too much, it's just that it would be hypocrit to hide that fact.
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Eliza - "is powerful wizard!"

Sedris - "is moar powerful wizard!"

Eliza - ::casts teh spell::

Sedris - "oh noes i fail kthnxbye"

Eliza - "is powerful wizard!"

I adore Magic literature.
Very interesting story. Eliza could be a planeswalker on a expansion :D
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57817638 wrote:
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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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.
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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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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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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"
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"I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
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Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates
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OH MY GOD
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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.
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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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You're an idiot, and I'm in no mood for silliness.
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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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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.
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Rap is what happens when the c from crap is taken away.
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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) :
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to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
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when in rome **** AND PILLAGE
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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?
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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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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!
Bravo!

I really like these short stories better than the novels. The brief snippets of story match the brief flashes of events that are revealed on the cards. I always thought that when Weatherlight came out, Magic became less interesting. Since Kamigawa, the flavor has definitely moved in a direction that I prefer. A little less focus on the linear narrative and more on the setting and the people.

I remember being moved by the martyred rusalka story but now I can't remember anything specific about it. I'm off to look it up and rediscover it.
Agreed, an excellent little story. Just enough to set the mood without getting bogged down in a full length novel.
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Eliza - "is powerful wizard!"

Sedris - "is moar powerful wizard!"

Eliza - ::casts teh spell::

Sedris - "oh noes i fail kthnxbye"

Eliza - "is powerful wizard!"

I adore Magic literature.

I don't know, it think it is more like, Eliza was willing to destory herself with Sedris, not instantly in the case of Sedris, but to deal enough damage to his forces to give the other barons a chance to take him down.

Sedris was, like whatever, keep your necropolis, I will gets you later.

Obviously, there must be some magic of obigation in the plan, but only on a case by case basis, otherwise Sedris could probably backstab her in say, a day or two.

Or you know, predator politics or something that convinces Sedris that trying to kill Eliza would probably destory him in the long run.
I don't know, it think it is more like, Eliza was willing to destory herself with Sedris, not instantly in the case of Sedris, but to deal enough damage to his forces to give the other barons a chance to take him down.

Sedris was, like whatever, keep your necropolis, I will gets you later.

Obviously, there must be some magic of obigation in the plan, but only on a case by case basis, otherwise Sedris could probably backstab her in say, a day or two.

Or you know, predator politics or something that convinces Sedris that trying to kill Eliza would probably destory him in the long run.

She will be more powerful now that she has access to all that mana in the necropolis, so now it will be harder for him to take it back.
It almost seems like the "G" was shoehorned in because "there's Green mana in Bant so the big creatures designed to represent it must include 'G' in their casting cost."

Replace g with u, green with blue, and Bant with Grixis, and now you got my feelings.
She will be more powerful now that she has access to all that mana in the necropolis, so now it will be harder for him to take it back.

Not if Sedris sticks to his word and attack her after she deals with (1) taking the necropolis and (2) defending it from the archdemon of Unx.

I'm guessing Sedris was feeling more Blue that day b/c, for Blue, war is about biding one's time and waiting for the right opportunity to exploit an enemy's weakness. If he was feeling more Red, I'm sure he would've just shrugged off the threat of mutual annihilation and bet that she'd underestimated his strength.

Silly Red mages. Just b/c you might have more power at the moment doesn't mean that it'll remain that way indefinitely. You have to make good decisions to remain that way!
is not stupid, he'll wait for her and Unx to fight, and then finish off the winner.
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