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Oddball13579
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posted June 06, 2019 08:26 PM
Edited by Oddball13579 at 22:27, 06 Jun 2019.

Ooooooh yeah!! I forgot about colourless cards. I never really played with them so I would not know about them.
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Gnomes2169
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posted June 09, 2019 07:25 AM
Edited by Gnomes2169 at 20:34, 09 Jun 2019.

On the subject of Liliana being all sexy... well, there are background reasons for her being the most sexualized female character in MTG. The primary one being that she was a pre-Mending planeswalker, which means that she used to be a literal walking god, but the Mending stripped away her planeswalker spark, removed her immunity to aging, and without her magic she slowly withered until she was a powerless, hideous hag. This fact stung her vanity and her pride to the point that she became a reclusive hermit on Innistrad, and the moment Nicol Bolas came around to offer her a contract to sign to sell her soul to 4 demon lords in exchange for the restoration of her spark and youth eternal, she didn't even hesitate. She wanted her her power, she wanted her beauty, and she wanted to walk among the living and the dead as a picture of dark, unbridled majesty.

Until recently in the fluff (as in, until she joined the Gatewatch and began to actually form real connections with other living beings, specifically Jace and Gideon) she equated power with happiness, and her beauty was just one aspect of her power. Which, like her magic and dominion over death, she wanted to show off at every given opportunity. After having watched her body wither and fade into a hideous shell, the revitalized youth is something she reveled in.

It was also a purposeful way for her to influence the minds of other characters, particularly Jace. In most of their interactions, she's constantly flirting with him and yanking the poor boy around on a chain, literally seducing him to help her get what she wanted. While this eventually turned into genuine attraction to the telepathic nerd, an attraction that she refused to actually admit to anyone, especially herself, it doesn't change the fact that she very purposefully used her beauty as a way to get people to do what she wanted (which showed she viewed it as both a tool to employ while being a reward for her service to the contract.)

If this makes her seem a bit shallow then... well, she was. As she's been written more and more, we've discovered more about her past, and she's had some of the deepest, most genuine character growth of any character in MTG. Her obsession with control and power comes from having it ripped away from her at every point*, she lost her beauty and revels in its return, she uses others as everyone in any position of authority used her, and only when she's offered actual friendship and understanding does she finally begin to find redemption.

Also, she is absolutely the strongest member of the Gatewatch, full stop. Jace was only her equal on Ravnica, and that was only because of the authority and power being the living Guildpact on that plane gave him... a power that he has lost because Nivvy-Miz got sick and tired of the blue boy never being on Ravnica and so the dragon parun usurped that power for himself. As a necromancer, the more souls she has the more power she has at her fingertips, and the Chain Veil is filled with the souls of a literal plane, and only she can control the chain veil's power. It's why Bolas made her the general and controller of his entire plane's worth of metal-plated zombies, zombies that she was commanding and controlling against every single planeswalker who was trapped on Ravnica during War of the Spark.

Aka, she, by herself, battled an army of planeswalkers with an army she was solely in control of, and she battled the forces of the plane itself, and while she lost... she kinda went out of her way to try and lose, as an act of silent defiance against Bolas. While Bolas enacted the elder spell, she is the one that actually hunted down and killed the planeswalkers so that he could harvest their sparks. She also survived an instant-kill spell that activated the moment she betrayed Bolas (as shown in the WotS trailer) for long enough for another planeswalker to get batted down from the heavens to land beside her, stand up, realize what was going on (and Gideon is not a smart lad, so that took some time) and give her his invulnerability shield so that he could martyr himself in her stead. That's... at least 5 minutes of withstanding something that would have Thanos-snapped a normal person into dust.

Also, it should be mentioned that she held off Emrakul and her army by herself as the eldrazi titan actively tried to kill her, while the entire gatewatch and Tamayo (who is a telepath that's at least as strong as Jace) got insta-gibbed into unconscious, gibbering insanity for 30 minutes by Emrakul just showing up next to them. Which. Is. Damn. Impressive. Have you seen ding-dong-rakul swing in a normal game of Modern? It's a good reason to just scoop it up and go onto game 2, but Liliana decided, "Naw, I can handle this" and just kept playing until Emrakul got tired of dealing with her and just said, "Peace, I'm going to be part of the moon now." (Okay, so that was Emrakul's plan the entire time because 'the plane wasn't ready for her,' but still. Liliana survived until that happened, and is the only reason the gatewatch survived that encounter as well.)

Soooo... yeah. There's a lot of fluff behind this character. And her art shows her change, as she gradually becomes less sultry, promiscuous, and arrogant, and her expression, stance and clothing become more and more reserved. Culminating in the disgust at what she is being forced to do and literally enshrouding her entire body with the magic of the chain veil in her WotS card Liliana, Dreadhorde General.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo... yeah. I'm a giant nerd. I'm sorry.

*Examples: The Raven Man haunted her and caused her to murder her brother instead of saving him (which she taunts her about constantly), her original spark was ripped away by the actions of planeswalkers she didn't even know existed on a plane that she'd left behind, the demon lords put restrictions on her and feasted on her power, Bolas claimed her soul and life as his the moment she thought she had finally managed to claim her freedom, etc.

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blob2
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posted June 09, 2019 10:37 AM

Cool summary Gnomes, I'm also a bit of MtG lore nerd. I wanted to write more about her (like the fact she's obsessed with keeping her youth) but I was too lazy

It's also worth mentioning that one of her obsessions with Necromancy is a feeling of guilt for what happened to her brother Josu: she wanted to cure a curse he was afflicted with by their father enemies (they were a powerful house back on Dominaria) and used dark arts which ultimately made things even worse (later on, back on Dominaria when she finally confronts him, now a powerful Lich due to Belzenloks magic, he even states that their family fell into ruin because of her)... so yeah, sucks to be her

Also there was this Garruk episode, bout time they brought this character back (his revenge against her might be some other story arc).

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gnomes2169
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posted June 09, 2019 05:37 PM

I don’t think, if Garruk and Lilliana confront each other again, that we’ll see any plans for “revenge” from the green/black planeswalker. When last we saw him, Garruk was confronted first by Jace and later by a throw-away planeswalker named ‘Frosty.’ In both cases, he had been freed of the Chain Veil’s influence, and he went out of his way to prove that he was happy with the way he had been changed. With Jace, it was by considering how he would kill the telepath while allowing cloak boy to read his mind, hoping to force the blue planeswalker to run away before Jace could realize just how weak Garruk was at that moment. With Frosty, the planeswalker said he was there to bring Garruk back to Avacyn in order to have the archangel purify his mind. Garruk responded by murdering him.

Basically, Garuk has gone pretty much full psychopath, and he enjoys that fact because he was always at least a little bit psychotic. After all, even before the curse he was traveling to other planes for the express purpose of hunting and murdering the strongest things on it. And he already hated all people and social contact, so he had the anti-social qualities necessary to become a psychopath. The chain-veil’s curse simply gave him the final reason/ excuse necessary to take that full plunge into darkness.

If anything, given how Garruk told Jace to thank Liliana on his behalf for the transformation, I’d think that Garruk will be on Lili’s side when the two confront each other again. Heck, if she’s set as the villain of a set, he’d likely be her fell guardian.
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Oddball13579
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posted June 09, 2019 08:25 PM

That was amazing to read. I really like how you made points to her character development via her attire.

She has always been my favourite Planeswalker and while I haven't played magic in a very very long time, I'm glad to see her getting the attention that she deserves.

Also about Jace being the Living Guildpact it's hilarious how as a Blue Mage, literally able to read minds, could not see how powerful he was on Ravnica. He could have ruled the entire plane, but instead he chose to wander around, weakening Ravnica as the guilds grew tired of Jace's constant absence.

It's like Bolas says in the intro to Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 "Jace Beleren's greatest strength is his greatest flaw. A supremely powerful mind incapable of perceiving how he could rule all. A keystone in an unfathomable plane."
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gnomes2169
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posted June 09, 2019 08:39 PM

Jace also lacks the ambition and responsibility to actually rule anything. The entire time he was the living guildpact, he was doing his best to avoid all of his responsibilities, and basically left everything to his secretary, Lavinia, while he went off to explore and experience the multiverse. He actively disliked]/i] having the power and authority he did, because he doesn’t like actually controlling people with his telepathy. Hd just wants to be left alone, to choose his own fate, and to protect his friends.

He coped by drinking more coffee than a human can feasibly survive in a single day, and losing the guildpact was probably the best thing to ever happen to him.
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Oddball13579
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posted June 09, 2019 08:49 PM

True. Although losing the Guildpact meant that is was broken when
Dimir was exposed to the public I believe.  
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gnomes2169
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posted June 09, 2019 09:30 PM
Edited by gnomes2169 at 21:35, 09 Jun 2019.

In War of the Spark, the guild hall of the guildpact was destroyed by Nicol Bolas’s opening move, and it served as ground-zero for his interplanar portal, and thus was where the invasion and his citadel both came from. The loss of the hall immediately depowered Jace, as it was the source of the guild pact’s magic, and that power only returned once a representative of each guild came to Niv-Mizzet’s soul-vessel and pledged new loyalty.

Which was Niv’s plan all along, and which caused him to be reborn (because Dovin Bahn managed to get Niv killed before WotS even started). Niv-Mizzet Reborn is now the literal living guild pact, empowered by each guild of the plane and the most powerful mortal on all of Ravnica. Like Jace, he’s mostly benevolent. Unlike Jace, he is a dragon, and not a planeswalker, so he’s not going to shirk his responsibilities whenever he can, and will actually get sh*t done in order to maintain people’s faith in his office and power.

In other words, unlike Jace he’s going to be good at the job. Because he actually wants the job. And he’s a politically-minded dragon who can handle the BS the other guilds throw at him without coping through an unhealthy caffeine addiction.
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Oddball13579
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posted June 10, 2019 02:17 AM

I always liked Niv. Although I read that House Dimir is no longer recognized as an official guild, much like what happened to the Gruul Clans when the Selesnya Conclave took over their jobs.
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posted June 12, 2019 12:03 PM
Edited by blob2 at 12:10, 12 Jun 2019.

I also like Niv (his a dragon, duh), and it's interesting how he turned from a plotting evil genius (at least that were the vibes he gave off in previous blocks) into a being that actually cares about Ravnica and became it's literal avatar.

Jace is like a powerful nerd who has the power to change reality but chooses to focus on himself (and crack riddles or mindgames).

It's interesting what direction they will take now: episodic tales, old story threads or a completely new meta-arc? We need to wait until "Archery" set is revealed...

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Oddball13579
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posted June 12, 2019 05:41 PM

I agree. I always thought Niv was plotting the downfall of Ravnica or something. So now to see him actually caring about it, is quite a shock.
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kayna
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posted June 20, 2019 03:03 AM

Try Spellweaver, it's 10 times better than MtG and it doesn't cost thousands of dollars.

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posted June 20, 2019 12:47 PM
Edited by blob2 at 12:48, 20 Jun 2019.

kayna said:
Try Spellweaver, it's 10 times better than MtG and it doesn't cost thousands of dollars.


Hmm looks like a cross between MtG and Lord of the Rings TCG.

Thanks for the tip, but I choose MtG for its familiarity. The game is very expensive to play, although MtG Arena gives you enough cards to enjoy the game to some extent, even if it's hard to build popular meta decks.

This and Heartshtone is enough to satisfy my TCG need for now.

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