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Re: We might have a slight MTG problem at work
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2016, 09:11:23 PM »
I loved the vibe of Innistrad. Me and some friends years ago passed a good deal of time generating sealed decks/boosters and playing a lot of Limited through Magic Workstation to see the cards.

Flavor and storywise, it was pretty good as well. I like how planeswalkers can create angels just like that, although I have an angel bias for how well MTG does them. Sorin/Avacyn is pretty cool and the closest we will ever get from another Ixidor/Akroma, which I thought was a really good story, although it's yet another bias as I started playing MTG in Odyssey  ::)

So, flavor and storywise, I want to know more about Sorin and Avacyn as we didn't know about them as much as Ixidor/Akroma.

Damn, this felt nostalgic.

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Re: We might have a slight MTG problem at work
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2016, 09:14:24 PM »
Flavor and storywise, it was pretty good as well. I like how planeswalkers can create angels just like that, although I have an angel bias for how well MTG does them.

Totally agree! MTG has always made their angels both awesome looking and total badasses. They absolutely fall more in the avenging angel, angel of war archetype than the nice happy angels. Some of the angels, when you read about their abilities or backstories, are almost as scary as the demons, which I've always found cool.

Plus, Serra Angel (the original!) is still one of my favorite cards, given its balance of casting cost, power/toughness, and the fact that it doesn't tap.

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Re: We might have a slight MTG problem at work
« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2016, 04:05:32 AM »
Speaking of Serra, I really loved the design of Serra Avenger in Time Spiral. The world is ending and it even an angel is not safe, her clothes are mostly torn and are wrappings, a dirty scarf, her sword is all dusty and broken. It looked like an angel in the setting of Fallout.



And I just went to see if there's a new Avacyn card considering they are returning to Innistrad and... wow. Look at the art, cost/power and abilities:



Dat art.



And the promo art:



There's Sorin, Avacyn, Jace and I forgot the name of the green-robed planeswalker.

Wondering who she kills - or who dies - to trigger that change. Or maybe Sorin is mind-controlling her (well, he created her in the first place, wouldn't be wise to create someone so powerful that could turn against you later, see the spell in his hand is the same as the one above her head as she kneels).
I might check how the story is moving, it's actually years since I last checked (last time was Shards of Alara). But I'm not returning to the game!
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Re: We might have a slight MTG problem at work
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2016, 03:32:49 PM »
More badass angels.










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Re: We might have a slight MTG problem at work
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2016, 02:32:46 AM »
They actually made a third Avacyn (second, technically) in Avacyn, Guardian Angel. The original is the first one below. I wonder if they are pushing Avacyn as a modern iconic figure of the game. Since when was the last time we had one? Akroma was almost 15 years ago and Gerrard Capashen almost 20!
They are making the planeswalkers be everywhere, but for me it doesn't have the same impact as having a few characters that have a massive story with beginning-middle-end like Akroma and Gerrard had.

Well, maybe Sorin, but Sorin is another story. A vampire planeswalker who creates a goth angel. Maybe a vampire angel too, as the flavor text says "tasted blood". Or maybe Sorin bit her. I'm curious now.

Also notice her weapon if fully marble white in the first card, then in the second the shaft is black with the point still white and then in the third it's totally black.





Oh, and I searched for the price of Archangel Avacyn and it's over R$200 over here. Unbelievable. And it's not the only card with this level of price. I remember back in the day I wanted this one just purely for the art:



I should have bought it when it was like R$10. Now its over R$200 as well. And it's not even used on Standard or Extended.

Can we say how ridiculous the prices for some cards are? I remember when I was heavily playing it, during the Ravnica set, the guilds' Shock Lands were about R$50-60 around here as well.
Considering most decks used at least 10 of those, there would be R$500-600 just for 10 lands. Out of the 24 lands most decks ran.

I remember a friend opened a Tarmogoyf when it was the best creature in Standard and sold it for R$100. He bought like 10 or 12 boosters with that.



Do you know how much it is costing now? R$600. Yep, R$600 for one copy. Foil versions are being sold for R$1000,00! And people are buying. Wow.

One of the reasons I stopped playing, as even today I would never spend this amount of money for cards that will "expire" in one-two years. Also, you actually have to spend much more for more decks as just one doesn't cut unless you are just playing FNM, and even then.

The other reason being, since my casual friends stopped, I stopped too, as I couldn't and neither wanted to have Pro Tour deck lists to play freaking FNMs.

I then started playing in Magic Online, when they still did Leagues. It was awesome, as you had a Limited deck, but it wasn't so limited, as you could add one booster per week to reinforce it and then you could only play other people in the same League, without limits, which was great.
I also played some Drafts, another format I love, but overall they are expensive for how short they last. Leagues lasted at last a month and you could enter more than one.

But's it's alright. I know one day I will write a book that will be a blockbuster and then I will buy a copy of each MTG card and put them on display in one of my mansion's rooms  ::)
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