Valakut is going to take over the world!! :o heh ;p
one thing i never did understand was why Valakut wasn't made a legendary land
People need to update their Valakut lists. This is the list I'm running: tappedout.net/mtg-decks/post-nph-valakut...
I welcome feedback (I think my sideboad needs work), but the lists that the pros are running are behind on the times if you ask me.
People were saying that we didn't need to be afraid of Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle after the bans on Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Stoneforge Mystic - because the situation changed since people were saying it would dominate after Jace 2.0 was banned. But it seems like the new meta has allowed better Valakut decks to be designed.
I "told" them they needed to get this wallpaper-ized. Due to how quickly they gave it to us, I think they already knew :P.
Been meaning to get around to saying this, but they should really give us wallpapers in 1920x1080. It's the only resolution my friends and I run our monitors at.
It deserves to be said, this art is really good. Definitely an improvement over Elspeth vs Tezzeret, where I felt both pieces couldn't live up to the originals.
I know it's not a new announcement, but man that Duel Deck pairing seems oddly placed every time I see it. Ajani vs Nicol Bolas was the climax of the Alara block, two years ago!. It made sense then for them to be dueling. Now it seems about as relevant as Kamahl vs Akroma.
Awesome art for the two planeswalkers, although Nicol Bolas is slowly morphing from actual dragon to Kamigawa snake with each new picture.
The quality of the sketch art for Pride Guardian gave me an idea. What would be a good way to do alternate art cards with early concept art? Just brainstorming: if premium commons came with alternate art (and rough pieces are a good way of getting it without commissioning new work) they would be much less of a let-down. Preferably foil frames with non-foil art, but that's a surprisingly more complicated process than full-foil.
Li Meng's mono black control deck makes my Johnny feel good, because the flavour is consistent (its a mono-colour deck that is actually mono-coloured, for one) and cos it has some nice singletons, 2-ofs and 3-ofs in the deck, instead of just playsets. Got a cool sideboard too ^_^
Pity I will never have three Phyrexian Obliterators
The "complete" spoiler is still missing some cards, if I'm not mistaken. Red's missing a card somewhere(Other sites are saying Circle of Flame), and the Throne, Scepter, and Crown of Empires are missing from the artifacts page.
Also: I just realized I have all the cards for the mono-black control decklist. I wonder if I should slap it together and run it at FNM this week, or just draft my final godbye game to Scars block...?
Damn I just watch the video on the arcana archive for the seventh and I have to say that guy has some major skills.
The "complete" spoiler is also missing Terramorphic Expanse.
No TE in the core set? Bad Wizards! No biscuit for you! Bad!
Seriously, what the hell? TE should have remained in the core set until the end of time.
Manalith is unlimited-use mana accel with fixing attached, while TE is just fixing that sets you back a turn.
They're both fine.
This is the best arcana ever. Please give us more art related stuff like this in the future!
I predict Valve will win because Gabe will just eat all their digital cards over Steam as a Simic Sky Swallower in the blue/green ramp deck. And yes, I know this post will delay Episode 3 by a few more months but I just can't help it.
Team Valve will win because they have plenty of experience--they're used to having fun with science, and everyone knows that any sufficiently analyzed Magic is indistinguishable from science!
I'm actually more excited about that Garruk/Liliana image! =O
But yeah, I think Valvakut will do pretty good.
I have to presume Blizzard is absent because they have their own TCG?
I still don't know why Wizards use this Soldier token. It's not that it looks bad, but come on, we got what in my opinion is the best art for a soldier token ever made in Scars of Mirrodin and I would hate it if we never saw that again. The soldier doesn't carry the flavor of the set, not nearly enough to stop it from seeing print in a core set.
Here is the art in case you don't know / have never seen it:
I'm pretty sure, without a Thran Lens in play, Volrath's Stronghold is going to have a hard time making a true Pentavite token, since you have to choose a color.
Sweekstakes! Boo! Too bad there is no facebook "thumbs down" button. Only US residents are able to enter
I don't know why I even bother looking up eligibility rules for these things. Stupid ocean.
The registration form has the apt/suite# as a required form, and I'm sure many, many people have house addresses and don't have that. I just put a space in that field, but still kinda odd bit of programming there.
I still can't forgive them for how terrible they made what the Illusion deck was supposed to be.
This is one case where I like the sketch WAY more than I like the final art.
Does anyone get how the Daily Deck qualifies as combo? All I see is Kuldotha Forgemaster + 2 other artifacts = BSC; a fairly strong play, but is it enough to make this a "combo/control deck"? Are they counting Tezzeret as a one-card combo or something? If so, I'd regard this as dirty pool.
Many a control deck wins by getting a Simic Sky Swallower out by any means necessary - most commonly by waiting until turn 9 to hardcast it with Counterspell backup or the like. So that definition would fail.
Um... Can someone explain how the card of the day text for Sorin makes sense? Assuming the mending didn't happen too long ago, there should be plenty of oldwalkers roaming the multiverse as old as or older than Sorin. Before the mending, being of a race that had a long lifespan didn't really distinguish you from other planeswalkers... Or am I wrong?
@ Landiur: I admit to being curious myself how Sorin fits into the current planeswalker paradigm. It'd be one thing if he'd been a thousands-of-years-old vampire whose Spark awakened post-Mending, but that's clearly not the case. And it definitely hasn't been thousands of years since the Mending, since Venser was perfectly mortal and is in both Future Sight and Scars of Mirrodin. So Sorin is either another surviving oldwalker who was simply depowered (like Nicol Bolas, only he didn't go all schizo over it, which makes sense given that UBR is a color combo far more consistent with being bat#$&% insane than mono-black, though it can happen there too), or he was some sort of anomalous pre-Mending example of what would become the default form of planeswalker post-Mending. Or, most likely, someone didn't quite think the concept through when they wrote his backstory...I for one would be perfectly fine with that, as it's not like previous awesome characters such as Taysir and Tevesh Szat haven't had a few slightly stupid assumptions in their conceptualization, which are worth glossing over in view of their overall coolness.
Warstorm Surge - Back when I was writing, I took one look at the art description of this card and went completely overboard with excitement. I loved the idea of the Core Set doing some of the long-neglected followup on Future Sight and Planechase, and tried to work allusions to the known planes into my submissions wherever I could. Sadly, I don't believe any such examples get through...I like to imagine this was because there was a continuity manager somewhere in Wizards that went through the submissions scrubbing things that contradicted yet-to-be-revealed canon info for upcoming sets, but this is probably a distinctly overblown fantasy on my part.
The Magic Celebration sounds interesting.
Although, I'm surprised there's not a link to a page explaiing what Mini-Master is. I know I've read about it, but I don't have the greatest memory.
Ooh, this sounds like a ton of fun. I just wish my local store was doing it :/
The Magic Celebration sounds like a lot of fun- I especially want to find out what these bonus items for "Duels: 2012" are.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there are any events happening in Iraq this year.
Oh well, maybe next time.
That manaless dredge deck is a thing of wonder and terror. I love that the game can be twisted that far. I also love that it was a sensible metagame call given how little graveyard hate was expected, and it probably won't be the sensible thing to play a few weeks later
Is there any chance to have the Wallpaper of the Week be Aegis Angel sometime? I've really fallen in love with this card and the art is nothing short of mindblowing, a wallpaper sized version of it would be incredible
Guess who's back! (back back)
Back again! ('gain 'gain)
Malkov's back! (back back)
Tell a friend! (friend friend)
I don't care for the set name one bit (definitely came out of a focus group or something), but a new Sorin excites me greatly and the picture is pure epicness. (Two black pw's in one block? Very strange.)
Hmm, if they were going to have a new Sorin so soon, wouldn't it have made more sense to update Liliana in M12? Or are has she been swept under the rug like that horrible Elf-Walker? (Personally I think the new Garruk is better for elf decks than she is... which I find rather amusing.)
The card (hopefully) this art goes on could say "Tap: You lose the game" and I would still want playsets of it. Just awesome.
In the 2nd article about his shirts.....Maro refers to Innistrad block briefly within the context of how magic blocks allow players to personalize their experience by choosing which side(Scars), or which guild(Ravnica), or which shard(Alara) they will pilot to victory. If he's playing around that's fine, I get it, it probably means nothing.
I have a notion though, that this new block could be about who you choose to fight AGAINST. For example: I play a two or three color deck, who's theme is to outright hate on two other colors. Yes, its insular. Yes, its mean, but it can work, even in constructed where it pays to be able to respond effectively to any other color combination.
One of my key witnesses to the possibility of this being the new theme coming up is the Crusaders from the Mirrodin Besieged set, both of which have protection from two other colors. Not to mention the swords(which really need no mention at all) We also saw a mono-red common creature that hates its own color. It's been done before, but I suspect there's more to it this time than WoTC popping out metagame commons. Another hint is perhaps in the Phyrexian Mana cost cards not showing any particular allegiance to their base color(especially in standard *cough* Dismember *cough*)
I'm sure somebody can take this idea apart in a few words, but It'd be cool to see what others think about this!
Well, I didn't say it necessarily has to be so. And I definitely agree that monoblack 'walkers could use some reinforcement. So, we'll see. I don't know about Sorin, I guess he can stay monoblack but I definitely don't expect two monoblack 'walkers in one block. And what you say about Liliana are exactly my thoughts behind her going black/blue...
Maybe we get a new mono B Liliana and a new multicolored Sorin. At least to me this seems to make sense because we already have a mono B Sorin in M12.
In terms of flavor, Sorin had some cooperation with Nissa in Rise of the eldrazi, so maybe he could be BG. Green also would be a good choice because it has the fewest Planeswalker's:
Green: 4 (3 Mono G)
Black: 5 (2 Mono B)
White: 6 (4 Mono W)
Blue: 7 (4 Mono U)
Red: 8 (4 Mono R)
The list shows that black has the fewest monocolored PW so i definitely think at least one of the two will be Mono B.
Yes, it would be good to have a new (and hopefully playable) monoblack 'walker. Liliana going black/blue would make sense, Sorin had some cooperation with Nissa but to me it would make more sense if Nissa went green/black than Sorin going black/green. Anyway, it's so much about speculation at this moment...
Interesting and more interesting. BOTH Liliana and Sorin in the Innistrad Block. So this could lead to a power grab between the two Black planeswalkers. So when does betting begin for "roll" having Garruk or Nissa Revane? The two green planewalkers are chasing their respective Black counterparts.
Nitpick: The newer Grim Lavamancer art was commissioned for the Judge Gift Program, not for Fire and Lightning.
On the note of new art for reprinted cards, the one I've really been wondering about was Flametongue Kavu in Commander. I'm pretty certain that it's the only reprint in the decks that has completely new art. I thought that this for sure meant it would be in M12, but it isn't. Mysterious...
Nitpick: Today's Arcana cites Jim Nelson as the artist responsible for the F&L/2012 Grim Lavamancer, when it's actually Michael Sutfin.
Figured I'd let you know now so you only have make one trip to the interwebs for corrections instead of two.
Dang, I hadn't seen the art for the old Lavamancer. I really like it quite a bit more than the new one.
But the whole story behind the card was pretty cool
The Favors would be even more on the nose if they both incremented your life by minus-power and plus-toughness, resulting in "gain 2 life" and "lose 2 life" instead of "gain life equal to the toughness bonus" on one and "lose life equal to the toughness bonus" on the other. But I guess they wanted more seductive numbers than that.
Regarding the Innistrad block planeswalker speculation: I think It is entirely possible that one of the mono black planeswalkers will pull a Tezzeret and add a color. Most likely Liliana, as mentioned before, Sorin is centuries old so I think he is pretty secure in his philosophy on life and thus his color will probably stay the same (this is entirely based on evidence from the story however, Sorin could be better with another color gameplay-wise, I'm not really sure how to analyze how he'd function). But after seeing Scars block's story shift so dramatically, from the peaceful mirrodin eventually becoming fully infected (haha) by Phyrexia, I think Innistrad will do something of the opposite. I think Innistrad block will begin with a corrupt, dark world and by the end of the block be saved somehow. Planeswalker-wise, I think that the world of Innistrad (or city, I think I read that it's actually a city) being saved will create the opportunity for Ajani to return in shining glory. I don't think the Magic developers would outright remove only one formerly core set planeswalker while retooling or changing the sets of others. As far as being playable, Ajani (Goldmane) wasn't the best planeswalker, but he was somewhat playable, certainly more so than the old Chandra (in my opinion anyway) and Chandra got changed to be pretty good. I think the dark imagery and presence of the two black planeswalkers revealed in Innistrad block is setting the stage for Ajani's return as a contrast to the darkness. (These are just my own opinions and theories, I find myself thinking about the story of Magic: the Gathering almost as much as the game itself.)
That time walk art just made me change my desktop background for the first time in 4 years. I hands down think it's the finest piece of magic artwork ever. The FoW is amazing too. I feel that at least the force needs to be printed with this art as a FTV, and I'd love to see a gold bordered collectors edition set of the alternate art power 9.
Are there larger images available? The FoW is particularly awesome!
Instead of using that art as the new Time Walk art, they should've said, wait a minute, we need to make a cool blue mythic rare that deals with time to use this art on instead. It's kind of a shame that such interesting art basically won't be used on anything.
Force of Will - good call keeping it bright red. Judge promo please?
I wish they would give a regular sized Force/Time walk just for attending.
The art for time walk is one of the finest pieces of art I've ever seen in the game.
where do I get these and the other power9 alternate arts on a good resolution for a wallpaper?
I have to say, I love the idea of a dark, twisted plane, having light brought to it by some savior/hero. We just saw a place trashed and mad all evil in Scars block, as well as a LOT in popular fantasy in general, heroes and peoples becoming corrupted by sinister forces. Would be a change of pace to have a twisted place be brought a dash of light and order.
As for planeswalkers, I raise a doubtful eyebrow we'd see two mono black walkers in the same block, though I know we've seen walkers share colors in the past (three red walkers in shards of Alara alone) As for Lilliana being black blue? Not too sure i'd gamble on that, we JUST got a black blue walker in Mirrodin besieged, as artifact centered as he was. Perhaps Black/red, or even black white. Sorrin always struck me as someone who might fit very well into a Black white orzhov/mafia styled group. I know he's "centuries old" But planeswalkers cards aren't always set-in-stone representations of everything about that character.
Anyone else notice that Oliver Ruel's sideboard only lists 13 cards? Did he use 2 basic lands to fill it or something, or are we not being shown some cards?
It's been that way since the original coverage, propagated in all subsequent listings (Daily deck, decks of the week, and Top Decks). It's a typo entering the decklists, which happens when it's one guy's job to enter 300 lists (especially when there are multiple language versions involved). I don't think there's a good way to know thie missing cards unless someone else with the list shares them.
Honestly that Elf deck is terrible. Lots of cards not having to do with Elves or not helpful at all. Way too much of a mix. Like the sideboard with the one elf with infect???
Do not need 20 lands in an Elf deck. With the archdruid, Llanowar Elves and Joraga Wildspeaker you can shorten the forests down to 14. I have never had more than that in an elf deck and have no problems.
Also, it should stick strictly to Elves. What's with the random other creatures. Get a bunch of elves up, boost them up with Archdruid's, Overwhelming Stampede, Overrun and also throw in a uest for Renewal and Beastmaster Ascension and you have an unstoppable swarm of Elves with trample and plenty of power. Opponents won't know what to do.
(for arcana announcing dark ascension)
I bet the third set will be nicknamed "roll"
Not much longer to wait for this one. Its nearly 2012...in less than 3 hours.
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