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  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    I think we should just wait at this point. We'll see if Team Azor, Team Ugin or Team None of the Above will win out.
    What about Team "Team Azor and Ugin"? The Last Guardian does imply more than one.

    Tetzimoc might answer what the figure on Bishop's Soldier's Pommel is.


    If the Immortal Sun is behind the 'Azor' sphinx, it's got to be HUGE.


    It's also spewing the exact same kind of green vapor that Ugin does.


    Also, along the center line you can see what appears to be Ugin horns at the top, and an 'upside-down V' that could be a symbol for Azor (a triangle and an A all at once).
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from 5colors »
    I'm just glad I am (maybe) right and Alacazotz is more important then the flavor on a one-off card.
    Oh heck yeah. Aclazotz, the bat-god of night, the eternal enemy of the threefold sun. That seems important. Especially when the vampires refer to one of their beliefs as 'The Sinking Sun' and Elenda was 'blessed by the night itself'.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Lol, you can just save the picture, you don't have to screenshot my twitter :p

    I'm like, 90% sure it's Elenda, as you all have surmised. Given the Temple of Aclazotz in the background, I wonder if it will have some flip card properties. Maybe one side Elenda, the other Alacazotz?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Don Krenko, Combo Goblins
    Quote from Jay13x »
    Wily Goblin seems handy. The rare red ramp, helps get to T3 Krenko and otherwise gives some extra mana for later. I'm not sure what I'd swap for it, though. It might just become a budget recommendation.
    Here's what I decided from Ixalan:

    In: Vanquisher's Banner Out: Obelisk of Urd
    This was a hard decision to make, but the Banner over the Obelisk really helps the deck's long game by ensuring card advantage and keeping my hand more full later in the game.

    The deck's biggest weakness is the late game after a board sweep. Vanquisher's Banner is still an anthem effect, but it's that second ability that got it included here. Obelisk of Urd alone won't win me any games unless I get really, really lucky, and Vanquisher's Banner will still help me the same way, getting card draw off cast goblins in the late game is what's key.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Could the Immortal Sun be the Mirari?
    The Mirari was only created > ~360 years ago, and the Immortal Sun has been around for at least 800. So it seems unlikely. It's not a bad idea, and older lore timeframes aren't always the most clear.
    Posted in: Storyline Speculation
  • posted a message on Need Essay help NOW.
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    Posted in: Real-Life Advice
  • posted a message on Explorers of Ixalan - Full Decklists
    Quote from KnickM »
    Cool!

    Do we know what the alt-art cards are, other than Blatant Thievery, Jungle Barrier, and Mass Mutiny?
    Jungle Shrine is also in there, as is Merfolk Sovereign.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    Quote from Jay13x »
    This was taken from the marketing dump that the new FTV Transform Cards were in.

    I didn't notice the beard on the draconic figure before. I guess Azor and Ugin don't have to be mutually exclusive.


    Yeah, the dragon beard makes it even harder to not think Ugin isn't involved.

    It looks like more and more Oldwalkers are being introduced into the story proper, if the theories hold.
    Ugin worked with a group of oldwalkers before. Stands to reason he might have worked with others.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Today's planeswalker's guide was definitely interesting. The winged beast gave the Sun Emperor the Immortal Sun, it seems? And then he (or someone else) gave it to the merfolk when he proved untrustworthy. No great cataclysm involved, I guess.

    Also, this was taken from the marketing dump that the new FTV Transform Cards were in.
    I didn't notice the beard on the draconic figure before. I guess Azor and Ugin don't have to be mutually exclusive.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Joao Wockeez »
    On another news, what do you guys think will be the role of the new Elder Dino thing ?
    Likely a guardian of Orazca of some sort? Or something sealed with Orazca that was now released.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Azurhawk »
    I know we're all exited about that winged beast stuff, but I need some clarification on the XLN ending:

    Why did Kumena just KO Tishana and left?
    And why was he suddenly (despite having no lead up to that point) supposedly racing to Orazca on his own?
    He couldn't have extracted that knowledge from the old lady, as she herself didn't actually know the location.
    Did I miss something or does this not add up?
    Or was he just running in the general direction hoping to find the city by accident? If so that's a stupid plan.
    (especially since he also knows about the compass)
    There's an implication that the Shapers can feel the pulse of Orazca, and they do know the general location. Specifics probably aren't hard to figure out with that in mind, or Kumena might know more than we're told.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from user_938036 »
    They were very clear that a walkers age began 'catching up' with them after the mending, which was why Liliana was desperately searching for life prolonging effects and Bolas was concerned at all. Nahiri was stated to be an anomaly due to the helvualt. So either Sphinxes are ageless, the immortal sun has kept them alive the last 60-80 years, it can't be Azor due to timeline(this last one is most likely because Azor should have lived and died on Ravnica (unable to leave) after he founded the guildpact(you know that whole planar seal), or the worst option ignore the inherent problems their story has presented and charge full steam ahead like no one noticed the inconsistencies.
    I don't know why this keeps persisting, but they were absolutely not clear about age 'catching up' with oldwalkers. Liliana Vess was desperately searching for life prolonging effects because decades passed her by. It's right there in the text of Liliana's Origin. Bolas feels old because he was already thousands of years old when his spark ignited, and feeling mortal at all is disconcerting when you've spent 15,000 years as an ageless god. The Helvault kept Nahiri in suspended animation. Basically, everything about aging is to get around those 60 years since the Mending, so that not every former oldwalker is a geriatric in today's story.

    I don't think it's unreasonable to think a Sphinx has a longer lifespan than your average human in Magic.

    Also, the Guildpact didn't stop everyone all at once, just like the Shard didn't:
    “This was long before the Guildpact,” Feather said. “After a while, we noticed the visitors had stopped coming as frequently, and the visits stopped completely. Only a few remembered that there had been such visitors at all. The first Azor knew and passed it down to his successors, did he not, your honor?”
    The implication here is that it became harder and harder to enter or leave until finally planeswalkers stopped coming.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Damn if Ghalta, Primal Hunger doesn't account for some things. Look at what I've attached, Dragonskull Summit might be a fossilized elder dinosaur. If you squint, it might also account for the vampire pommel and mural.

    Quote from robot »
    I know that the species from mirrodin were not native, but I hadnt heard this of ravnica before. Can you elaborate/source this?
    It came out during Feather's trial in Dissension.


    Quote from Dissension, Chapter 8 »
    “We—the angels—have long known, as have you, my lord, that Ravnica is sealed off from certain … eventualities,” Feather said, “other places and worlds and states of being. Long ago, when even the angels were young, there were those who came to this world from these other places—these worlds like this one but not like this one—with their own angels and demons, their own people and gods. Most of the newcomers did not even
    realize they had not always been here. A few of the visitors, powerful beings indeed, left again, for those other worlds. Sometimes they would return, with tales of these places.”

    “We know this, do we?” Nodov said.

    “Objection. Badgering the—”

    “Continue, Legionary,” the Grand Arbiter said. “I suppose this is inevitable.”

    “What is inevitable?” the loxodon asked.

    “This was long before the Guildpact,” Feather said. “After a while, we noticed the
    visitors had stopped coming as frequently, and the visits stopped completely. Only
    a few remembered that there had been such visitors at all. The first Azor knew and passed it down to his successors, did he not, your honor?”

    “The accused will not pose further inquiries,” Augustin IV said. “But for the sake
    of speeding things along … yes, he did.”
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Azor is seemingly VERY likely right now, but note that this does not rule out Ugin, there's a lot of other evidence that points to him, and the Last Guardian implies more than one.

    There was a clue to this in the first Huatli story, the emperor mentions a flying panther.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    I am not sure we are going to see a full set of "what happened to the gatewatch after Bolas beat them." blocks simply because that would drag that particular plot thread on for at least another year.
    We're already seeing it with Jace, and it's the most likely plot for Liliana. Three more would bring us into early 2019.

    The issue is that Kaladesh was likely going to be this plotline for Chandra, but when it was switched around with Amonkhet that has obviously fizzled out. So I honestly don't know what plot they'd follow-up on her with.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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