Well, that's what I mean. Chivalry is a code of honor, there's nothing honorable about these cards. It's more "I Call Down Vengeance Upon Thee! Let The Whole World Shudder And Break!" than a knightly contest. What's chivalrous about destroying the world?
But it's symmetric world-breaking! That's fair, right? See, I'm putting my lands in the graveyard too! I don't know what your problem is, peasant, it's not my fault you don't have an army handy.
Seems appropriate for a more cynical view of chivalry, actually.
it doesn't matter if it's from storyline, because the same people who decide on the cards decide on the story. so "phyrexian in a cave, black aligned dragon in a cave" is the same decision as "black land is a cave." the same people make it from the same motivations.
Black-producing lands tend to be concepted as caverns or subterranean because things are dark down there.
It sounds trivial, but I think it's actually accurate. In the same way that Ravnica's Plains were views of the city from the tallest towers, shining with sunlight and sky, the Swamps were the sewers and caves under the city. In some cases there were dark goings-on there, but for the most part I do think it's literally "because it's dark".
(And given the flavour history of the Caves of Koilos , I've never understood why the card has anything to do with white mana.)
i'm not saying it doesn't make sense, it's just interesting to me that it's like the unsaid "other swamp." i've never seen an article mention it or anything. other colors have recurring themes but they make sense (red lands often involve fire or heat somehow, with or without a mountain, and that's not much of a stretch).
caves of koilos, at least based on the picture, is a cave in a desert. it's never been explicitly stated either but deserts do share characteristics with plains (abundant access to the sun, generally flat terrain) so it makes sense for those reasons.
Also, what was with that big wheel in the arcana link window thing? I wanted to see that big wheel. ...Who made it? What does it say? What's with the arrows? I actually got a little excited when I saw it.
"The truth resists simplicity." Some memorable quotesShow
I know, as a good liberal scholar, that I'm supposed to respect every other belief and culture and what have you that comes along but... at the end of the day, when all is said and done, some things are just plain wrong.
Venser "Ah, Hello Myr. This is the King. Long Time no see. We thought today would be a good day for rolling. The Myr Battlesphere. The Myr. Where the first rolls and the second follows. Roll, roll, roll. For that purpose we went to the bother, the bother of fixing up Mirrodin. The King of the Multiverse going to the bother just for rolling a Myr Battlephere, just for that, we went to the bother."
Heard a joke once: Mare goes to doctor. Says she's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says she feels all alone in a threatening world where even ponies you thought were your friends can't be trusted. Doctor says "Treatment is simple. Go to one of Pinkie Pie's great parties tonight. Party hard. That should pick you up." Mare bursts into tears. Says "But, doctor...I am Pinkie Pie." Good joke. Everypony laughs. Roll on snare drum. Curtains. Fade to black.
Sure, "the average person" might go see Transformers 3 if s/he wants a good story, but that doesn't stop people from making decent movies. Hell, they even managed to make Batman into a respectable movie. "The average" person might like American Idol or Jersey Shore, but people still made The Wire.
I think the people who would sit down and listen to a minstrel reciting Homer, or thought that novels were art, or read poetry were always a minority. It's a common viewpoint that art was better in the past because everyone's forgotten the bad stuff, while we haven't had time to forget the awful stuff that is current.
For almost all Magic fans, the "story" of Ravnica, for example, is that it's a city world with ten guilds -- yes, for most, that's a "story." All but a tiny fraction of the fan base are entirely unaware of an elaborate plot perpetrated by Augustin IV to trick Agrus Kos and Szadek into breaking the Guildpact, thereby enabling the Azorius to take control. Likewise, the vast majority of Magic players don't know who Harbin is, or Nivea, or Al-Hayat, or Feather, or Jared Carthalion, or Rebbec, or Zagorka ... the list goes on and on.
I'm pulling this out of nowhere and it has nothing like fact attached to it, but it cannot be disproven without breaking the fourth wall, and this is going to be my headcanon because it makes perfect sense.
I posit [Tamiyo, the Moon Sage] writes the Planeswalker's Guides to planes.
Sure, it hasn't been EXPLICITLY stated, but desert=plains is no secret.
the problem is that the most famous desert isn't a plains, nor does it produce white mana. but i agree it's pretty established. white also gets mana from cities, settlements, and other "man" made structures, and red does too, usually if those structures have some connection to war: battlefield forge and sacred foundry get their red from the fire, obviously, but the only connection to white is the man-made/civilization element (and both colors are tied to war). both the cave and city connection to black and white, respectively, make flavoring barry's land as a cave or city awkward. what type of land has never actually been established as a particular color or colors?
oh man! That guys soul sister's deck is soooo tech! +1 Plains! -1 O-Ring! Sweet! Totally fixed the deck! (in case you couldn't tell, and there are people out there who can't, I am being sarcastic. That is possibly the stupidest change to a tuned deck that I have ever seen. Probably did it so he can claim to be "innovative")
I would have killed, literally ended someones life, to NOT have Arrogant Bloodlord riding a giant ant...
but where DID the other fork come from? Spoiler:Show
Lord_Zed: I was at my friends house when this happened. He's married and his wife was an excellent baker. She had baked a homemade apple pie the night before.
I was hungry, and my friend convinced me to try those low carb monster drinks. Before this day, I had never triend energy drinks before.
Boy was I in for a treat.
When I tried that first monster, I really enjoyed the flavor, but the taste that it left in my mouth wasn't so good. What was my solution? Drink another!
before I could finish drinking that 2nd monster, I felt it already kicking in(these drinks were not very far apart, we're talking minutes here) my friend decided that it was a good idea to whip out that fresh pie his wife made the night before. I didn't know what to do, since I felt incredibly invigorated, and at the same time, freaked out by the rush I was feeling, but I was also hungry, and my friend have me an entire plate with a fork and said "help yourself." He extended his saucer to me, and I cut him a piece of the pie and handed it to him, then I looked at the pie, noticed that the pie was in an aluminum holder, and dumped the entire pie onto my plate and started eating it with 2 forks. I don't know where I found that other fork, it probably came from my friend. Anyhow, his wife wasn't happy, and I was already in magical christmas land. 2 days later, I was in my friends bed and I slept for 14 hours.
His wife outlawed my from having any of her baked goods for a while(which sucked because I could just show up at there house, steal some sweets, and leave) and said I couldn't have any energy drinks at her house, unless under close watch.
My friend, on the other hand, had to take me out to a steak dinner, because apparently I won a bet where I climbed a tree and didn't die.
For linking a card to Gatherer without writting the name of said card for readers, use the autocard brackets together with and equal sign and right the name of the real card. Then put the message you want inside the tags, like you would do with autocarding. Like this:
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".
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.