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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:41 pm 
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Here are the story spotlight cards....sans order.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:52 pm 
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Yup, still not a fan of the fall of the Obzedat. I hated the Orzhov as much as anybody, but I didn't want to see them just get ganked by one of my least favorite Planeswalkers. And Domri's back too. Rav 3 part 3 is going to be all about Samut, Huatli, Sarkhan, Nissa, and Flavor Text Jace, isn't it?

Dovin did nothing wrong (and has since been unnecessarily shoehorned into Team Bolas, though I suppose he'd have a well-founded grudge against the Gatewatch)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:17 pm 
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I don't know. I was very much for Teysa hiring Kaya to kill off the Ghost Council and take charge of the guild after the last story where she tried to usurp them and got grounded due to a lame technicality that she couldn't have foreseen after all the work she put into tricking Jace.

What I don't like is that Kaya is considered to be on Team Bolas, because she has shown to be a pretty specialized contract worker who does one thing really well (kill ghosts) and does that thing for pay. I don't see what Bolas has on her that would keep her around after Teysa pays her off. And none of Team Gatewatch really deal in ghosts and spirits for her to kill either. Like, if Liliana was still around I'd get it, but she's on Team Bolas as well.

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I don't have a ton of support for or against these ideas, but I tend to think of most of the "team Bolas" planeswalkers as less actively working for Bolas and more being manipulated into destabilizing the guilds and making them weaker against an invasion.

Ral's role is mysterious, but he may be directly taking commands from Bolas in return for more power.
Vraska's rule has caused some dissent with the Devkarin, who form a very powerful group in the Golgari.
Domri is driving the Gruul to be even more disruptive than usual.
Dovin seems to be helping Bolas directly, using the Azorius as an intelligence network.
Kaya seems like the most benevolent planeswalker here, but killing the ghost council and freeing all the debtor spirits does weaken the Orzhov quite a bit.

I'm very curious to see who ends up on what sides once Bolas actually appears with his own army. Based on the novel cover, though, Kaya doesn't stay on team Bolas for long.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:35 pm 
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Kaya taking over the Orzhov seems very OOC considering she's more of a free agent than a ruler type, but then again she has a deal with Teysa so maybe standing around and looking pretty is literally all she does.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:33 pm 
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So...we still don't know who that new character on that one piece of art is

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:42 pm 
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The flavor text on Tome of the Guildpact has me thinking that Dovin will end up betraying Bolas in some capacity.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:51 am 
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Other than Kaya's Wrath probably happening before Ethereal Absolution, I suppose these could theoretically happen in any order, but I'll guess that Kaya kills the Obzedat, then frees the spirits, which enables Gruul to go wild, and in turns ends with Dovin making a phone call to Bolas.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:18 am 
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I actually don't get why ANY of Bolas's team except Domri (and his minions like Lili and Tezzeret who don't have cards here) would be on Bolas's side for any reason besides "Wizards isn't that great at long term planning or characterization so they just shoved a bunch of side characters on his team to have a Planeswalker war."


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:42 am 
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Vraska at least is ignorant of Bolas' true intentions and feels undebted to him. The others are probably in a similar state, as Ral is unaware of Bolas' machinations, though Kaya feels very forced.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:48 am 
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My theory:

Kaya conspires with Teysa ->
Teysa assassinates Obzedat ->
Kaya frees the ghosts ->
Gruul are enraged by Orzhov atrocious business practices ->
Domri channels Gruul's rage on Orzhov to the rage on Ravnica's civilization on the whole ->
Gruul riot extra hard and organized ->
Amid the crisis, Dovin takes initiative, poses as a resolute leader, and becomes the Guildmaster ->
Dovin goes all "It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. I love Guildpact. I love the Ravnica. Once this crisis has abated, I will lay down the Emergency Powers you have given me!"

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I think it's important to consider that the first set's story cards also factor into this timeline.
We know Teysa set up a guild meeting between everyone and Isperia died following that.

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I've been waiting for them to release info in the guild kits for this go around. My thoughts about the alternate art:
1 Shame about Isperia. She was really wasted overall.
2 I really miss Teysa's boob window and piercings in this art. Strictly a downgrade, not just in detail, but in composition.
3 Better Rakdos
4 Ruric Thar doesn't deserve the spotlight.
5 I can't stop laughing at how tonedeaf that Zegana art is!

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Amid the crisis, Dovin takes initiative, poses as a resolute leader, and becomes the Guildmaster ->
Dovin goes all "It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. I love Guildpact. I love the Ravnica. Once this crisis has abated, I will lay down the Emergency Powers you have given me!"

I was wanting Lavinia taking over the Guildpact, but at this point if they're really gung ho with putting Neowalkers on important plane functions, anyone but Jace on being it would be more than welcome...

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Domri sounds much older than I envisoned.

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Domri sounds much older than I envisoned.

And more British. I forget, was he a Ravnican native?

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He's native Gruul


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It does seem odd since his voice in the trailer is decidedly less cockney.

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It does seem odd since his voice in the trailer is decidedly less cockney.

The same thing happened to Teferi. In this trailer he has some kind of African accent, but in Arena, his accent sounds more American.

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