So, I am pretty Green aligned. These three Gods are my favorites, purely from a Vorthosian perspective. I really really really dislike how the playmats from BNG and JOU look. There’s too much smudge going on, too much waste. The THS playmats look clean with the full art going on. I wanted the Kruphix playmat to look good, but I simply can not buy this.
Any thoughts on playmats?
So this is apparently a thing that’s happening? I’m actually really glad they’re doing this in hardcover. I have a thing for hardcover comic collections.
Hopefully this is a good sign they plan to continue the comic series.
Well, that does it. I was considering ordering the comics, unsure if I can even get them in my city or country. But this hardcover book, yeah, that seals it. Need to have. And because I dislike Amazon, here’s a link from The Book Depository to order the book from. (Also for myself, so I don’t forget.) Happiness!
Speculation about returning to Zendikar.
We’re surely a few years away from a return to Zendikar, but who do you think will be the planeswalkers in the set when we get back? Typically there are 5 planeswalkers in a block, 3 in the first set and 1 in each set that follows. If we return to Zendikar, it will be the first time we’ve returned to a plane that we had planeswalkers the first time. So quite a few planeswalkers have connections to Zendikar at this point.
The Locals - Nissa and Kiora are both native to Zendikar, which makes them highly likely to be in a return to Zendikar block. There’s always a chance they wouldn’t be, Kiora wasn’t in the first one after all. Nissa and Kiora are both known to be worried about the Eldrazi problem and looking for solutions though, which makes it likely they’ll be back to fight the good fight. Kiora is spending time on Theros looking for krakens and such to help her fight. Nissa is still trying to figure out a way to redeem herself, after basically causing the three Eldrazi Titans to be released after hundreds of years.
The Tourists - Chandra, Jace and Gideon end up on Zendikar for various reasons unrelated to the Eldrazi.
Chandra is searching for the origin of the Dragon Scroll, a magic scroll that has the secrets to Ugin’s Fire. While there she encounters Anowon, who tries to kill her, but is saved by Sarkhan. Later Sarkhan tries to kill her. Chandra and Jace manage to fight off Sarkhan, then Chandra leaves the plane looking for the planeswalker that sent her there in the first place, meaning she probably won’t be back.
Jace, also ends up on Zendikar because of the Dragon Scroll, after getting a little direction from Garruk. Jace follows Chandra, also runs into Anowon, and then finds Sarkhan and Chandra fighting. Jace helps Chandra in the fight. Chandra uses Ugin’s fire, which most likely is the thing that weakened the seal on the Eldrazi. Jace leaves Zendikar and has a whole adventure on Ravnica. Since he’s the Guildpack now, it’s unlikely he’ll be back.
Gideon shows up on Zendikar a little while later, looking for Chandra. By the point he gets there she is long gone, but he does end up seeing an Eldrazi Titan. He does the only sensible thing, and planeswalks away. The next time we see him, he’s on Ravnica recruiting the Boros Legion for help fighting the Eldrazi. This means he will probably be back in Return to Zendikar.
Men with a Mission - Sarkhan and Sorin were on Zendikar because they had stuff to do there. Sarkhan was sent there by Nicol Bolas to start the process of releasing the Eldrazi. As such, Sarkhan is unlikely to come back, because his job is done at this point.
Sorin showed up when Eldrazi spawn starting showing up. Sorin was one of the three planeswalkers that sealed all the Eldrazi up in the first place, so he comes back to try to reseal them up. In the last block he teamed up with Nissa and Anowon to try and reseal the Eldrazi. Unfortunately, because Sorin was not entirely forthcoming with information and Nissa and Anowon’s paranoia, led to Nissa doing the opposite of what Sorin told her to, resulting in her breaking the seals instead of resetting them. Sorin, berates Nissa as being a fool, and washes his hands of the whole plane. Most likely this means he’ll not be back to help fight the Eldrazi again.
So in conclusion, my picks so far for RtZ planeswalkers are, Nissa, Kiora, and Gideon.
Reblogging because excellent information. We’ll see how accurate these predictions are in a few years.
HEY I WROTE A THING. My story The Gorgon and the Guildpact is about Ravnica and petrification and illusions and MURDER. Check-check it, yeah.
Ooooh yeah. Nice little story that happens after The Secretist, so preferably read that first. Nice teaser about Garruk too, leaving us wanting more.
Oh man. It soooo depends on what you consider good and evil. I’m going to give this a try, but I have to be all complex and wordy about it, because of my debilitating allergy to oversimplification. Let’s do bullet points:
- Most likely to put oneself in danger to help others: Gideon. Runner up: Koth.
- Most conscientious (and therefore most likely to be wracked by guilt): Elspeth. Runner up: Karn.
- Most potential for joy and big-heartedness: Chandra. Runner up: Tamiyo, which feels strange to say, but I guess that’s how I think of her.
- Most calming influence in times of distress: Ajani. Runner up: Jace.
- Most confident, self-actualized, and capable of great things: Liliana. Runner up: Xenagos.
- Most focused on the greater good and plane-wide threats: Nissa. Runner up: Gideon.
Lots of good hero candidates in there. Which one is the Absolutely Most Shiny-Haloed depends on your values, or possibly on what’s going on in their lives around them. Grim circumstances can make heroes shine even when they weren’t picked for Most Likely to Help Old Ladies Cross the Street in their high school yearbook.
And now for eeeevil.
- Most hungry for vast power: Nicol Bolas. Runner up: Is it Tezzeret or Liliana? Or is Liliana actually first? They all want to be first, of course. I think Tezzeret is more of a “I’ll show everybody” guy rather than “I want to rule everything” guy, but I mean, the difference can be slim in practice. Vraska’s in the running here too, potentially. Oh, black-aligned characters! You love this category.
- Most power and resources combined with desire to harm others: Nicol Bolas, for sure (remember, we’re just talking about planeswalkers here — certainly there are powerful threats out there that are not planeswalkers). I think this makes Bolas a good candidate for “most evil,” just because his potential for wide-ranging harm is so vast. Runner up: It’s funny, but I am personally pretty scared of cursed Garruk right now — he is less stoppable than people think. But he’s a distant second — he’s formidable, but doesn’t have an organization like Bolas does. Tezzeret would love to be in contention in this category someday.
- Most interested in intentionally causing distress: Tibalt. Runner up: Ashiok.
- Most apathetic, or least caring about individual people: Sorin. Runner up: Tibalt. Domri might be in here too? Am I mischaracterizing Domri?
- Most unstable: Sarkhan. Runner up: Ral Zarek, maybe? You could put Garruk here too, currently.
There are many more gradations on the nuanced Morality Landscape. I think of it more as a complicated grid or multidimensional space than a simple sliding scale of “best” to “baddest.” All that said, Bolas probably wins for baddest no matter how you crunch the moral math.
What do you think? What are your picks? Should we consider other good/evil categories?
Podcasts about Magic for your listening pleasure.
Yes, I liked that article a lot. I always listen to something while lying in bed, trying to get to sleep. This ranges from Welcome to Night Vale to Drive to Work to science audiobooks to radio dramatizations of fantasy and scifi books.
Anyway, Bruce Richard noted at the end of his article that there should be a Magic podcast focused on Vorthosian stuff. So, anyone knows of any? I tried searching, but couldn’t really find anything. Perhaps individual episodes of podcasts usually devoted to different topics?
Catching up on video’s again!
Here are the Inside R&D: Born of the Gods video’s
Part 1: Gods and Kiora
Part 2: Inspired and Tribute
Part 3: Individual cards
A free mixtape EP about Magic the Gathering. Go here.
1. Friday Night Magic
2. Pro Tour
3. Born of the Gods
5. So Much Mana
Vocals by Adam WarRock, Tribe One, Mikal kHill
Production by Mikal kHill
So it goes like this. Last August, I went to PAX. I played some card games while there. So when Tribe One and I went on our first of three straight tours together, I said to him, “Hey Tribe. Will you teach me how to play Magic?” It seemed like a good idea. Touring is a lot of waiting around, a lot of sitting at a hotel, a lot of mindless boredom. This figured to be a good way to kill some time, and since we’re basically in a new city every day, a good way to incentivize our travel by getting boosters in each new city. I still remember what he said to me. He said, “You have no idea what you’re about to do to yourself.”
Cut to three months later, and I’m utterly obsessed with Magic. It’s bad. I’m talking deckbuilding and buying boosters almost daily, bad. But I love it. It’s the only tabletop game I’ve ever gotten this deep into. So thanks Wizards. For the horrible sickness I am now afflicted with. And the hours and hours of fun.
To satisfy our horrible urges to play, me, Mikal kHill and Tribe One play online with each other, almost nightly, via google hangout. And in a weird way, it’s brought us all closer together. So we obviously had to make a mixtape for you. Hope you enjoy it.
I’ll be doing a bunch of shows in March, around the south and the east coast. Check me out!
Feb. 27-28 – Denton, TX - University of North Texas’s GeeKon (info)
Mar 1 - Oklahoma City – New World Comics
Mar 2 - Lawrence, KS – TBA
Mar 7 – New Orleans, LA – BSI Comics
Mar 9 – Austin, TX – SXSWi After Party – Hole in the Wall
Mar 11 - Official Showcase – Flamingo Cantina
Mar 13 – Scratched Vinyl Showcase – The Dive Bar
Mar 14 – Nashville, TN – Rick’s Comic City
Mar 15 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Sho’ Nuff Comics
Mar 22 - Durham, NC – Atomic Empire Comics
Mar 28 – Rutgers University Geek Week (link)
Ok guys, so Adam Warrock is an awesome nerdcore rapper probably best known for his epic War for Infinity album, which basically retells the story of the Infinity Gauntlet and Thanos with Warrock cast as the heroic MC lead.
Needless to say, having him doing something for Magic is pretty awesome. Particular because, get this, one of the tracks, “Planeswalkers,” has an extended riff of Nicol Bolas just monologuing about being more badass than everyone else, dropping references to the Talon Gates and the War of the Elder Dragons and all kinds of similarly rad storyline shit.
Yeah and there’s some other tracks about like… playing the cardgame or whatever. BUT WHO CARES ABOUT THAT CRAP WE’VE GOT NICOL BOLAS (and also Jace and Domri but whatever) RAPPING.
Basically, check this out, and make sure you download the whole EP since “Planeswalkers” isn’t up on YouTube.
It’s awesome to see an actual musical response to the storyline. I don’t know that I’ve seen anyone else trying something similar, outside of our own RavenoftheBlack’s Jakkard-inspired folk song lyrics.
I listened, I liked, I reblogged.
I think you’ve basically understood Sorin, actually. His age (over 6000 years old) and planeswalker status give him a broad perspective, which means he sees the big picture on issues like human extinction on Innistrad and planar extinction, you might say, due to the Eldrazi. He can tell that those disasters would be bad for him and bad for everybody, and so he has intervened. But his age and power have also distanced him from the cares of individual mortal people. He’s a dimension-hopping millennia-old super-mage who drinks people’s blood out of their necks, so yeah, he’s pretty jerky. He’s moved past most traditional forms of morality, and doesn’t see the point of worrying about individual people anymore. Some individuals are hurt and even die because of Sorin’s actions, but to him that’s just below his radar of caring. Power and perspective give you the ability to make a great impact, but they can also cost you the ability to be sensitive to your lesser ones.
THEROS | The Leonin of Theros
So here* is my first Pauper Commander deck. It’s still untested, sadly, because I don’t know a lot of people that play this format. This sunday it’s getting played for the first time though!
When I found out about this format, I went through all the uncommons of…
Loving the suggestions and the compliments. Thanks Command Tower! :D
Ooooh, Arcana had something nice for us Vorthoses! A snippet from the Theros World Guide.
The Dekatia, the legendary academy at Meletis.
There are many centers of learning in Meletis, but the most elite academy for philosophers and mages is the Dekatia. After receiving basic education elsewhere, the wisest and most promising thinkers and mages spend ten arduous years training at the Dekatia, apprenticing to master priests, thaumaturges, and military heroes. Those who make it through their apprenticeship are considered some of the wisest and bravest heroes in the land.
Slow down buddy with that passive aggressive stance. I misread, I derped, fine.
Sorry, but as somebody who advocated oracle text reading frequently and who regularly answers ruling questions (or used to) I get insulted when somebody tries to (incorrectly) tell me I’m wrong.
That’s no reason to insult someone right back, being no better yourself. I never assumed you “were dumb” and I didn’t “need someone to break it down” as I figured it out shortly after I derped, because I can “read the cards”. So yeah, not amused.
You do know Marath’s ability can’t be activated for 0? You can not make 0/0 tokens. Read the Oracle text:…
When did I ever say that? Please learn to read the cards before you assume I’m dumb….
Slow down buddy with that passive aggressive stance. I misread, I derped, fine. Not making friends this way.