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3rd Jan '18 4:52:31 PM NineTailedCat
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** When they created planeswalkers, they planned ahead that these storyline characters would get several cards and decided that two planeswalkers of the same type (usually their first name) cannot be in play together. However, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=201213 Nicol]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=179441 Bolas]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=136209 Venser]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212240 of Urborg]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212632 Karn]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214350 the silver golem]]all exist both as a legendary creature and a planeswalker, and can be in play under both their identities.

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** When they created planeswalkers, the original planeswalker rules, they planned ahead that these storyline characters would get several cards and decided that two planeswalkers of the same type (usually their first name) cannot be in play together. However, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=201213 Nicol]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=179441 Bolas]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=136209 Venser]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212240 of Urborg]] and Urborg]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212632 Karn]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214350 the silver golem]]all golem]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=426907 Samut]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=430833 of Amonkhet]] all exist both as a legendary creature and a planeswalker, and can be in play under both their identities.identities. A later change to the rules made planeswalkers legendary instead, letting you have multiple versions of the same planeswalker in play at once.
21st Dec '17 12:22:33 AM AtmosBlitzer
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* OnlyFatalToAdults: As part of his plan to seize control of Amonkhet before the Mending finished, Nicol Bolas descended upon Naktamun and, in a flash of white light, instantly vaporized all of the adults. This was so that he could indoctrinate the remaining children with the gods he mind-wiped into doing his bidding.
1st Dec '17 8:44:14 AM theLibrarian
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** There's also the end of the Amonkhet block. [[spoiler:Many people from Naktamun survived Bolas's invasion and have been led to safety by Hazoret and other warriors, but Naktamun is completely destroyed, Bolas got the army of undead warriors he wanted (along with two god-level monsters), Hazoret is crippled, and the survivors have to now survive in an extremely hostile desert environment crawling with undead and other monstrosities.

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** There's also the end of the Amonkhet block. [[spoiler:Many people from Naktamun survived Bolas's invasion and have been led to safety by Hazoret and other warriors, but Naktamun is completely destroyed, Bolas got the army of undead warriors he wanted (along with two god-level monsters), Hazoret is crippled, and the survivors have to now survive in an extremely hostile desert environment crawling with undead and other monstrosities.]]
1st Dec '17 8:43:32 AM theLibrarian
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** There's also the end of the Amonkhet block. [[spoiler:Many people from Naktamun survived Bolas's invasion and have been led to safety by Hazoret and other warriors, but Naktamun is completely destroyed, Bolas got the army of undead warriors he wanted (along with two god-level monsters), Hazoret is crippled, and the survivors have to now survive in an extremely hostile desert environment crawling with undead and other monstrosities.
22nd Nov '17 8:07:43 AM LordXavius
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* PhlebotinumInducedSteampunk: The plane of Kaladesh focuses on an industrial revolution caused by the harvesting of aether (essentially the essence of the cosmos itself, made workable thanks to the multiverse-shaking event known as the Mending) and is by WordOfGod the franchise's take on the steampunk genre, with rogue inventors, government oppression, and airships, albeit eschewing the traditional Victorian setting, clunkiness, and grime for a FantasyCounterpartCulture of India, technology that values art as much as it does function, and a distinct touch of SolarPunk (thanks to aether not causing pollution).
19th Nov '17 12:51:07 PM ProfessorDetective
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** [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/nph/161.jpg Sword of War and Peace]] and [[http://magiccards.info/ds/en/148.html Sword of Fire and Ice]] are YinYangBomb variations that are technically only half-flaming, but still pretty cool.

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** [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/nph/161.jpg [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214368 Sword of War and Peace]] and [[http://magiccards.info/ds/en/148.html [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=370471 Sword of Fire and Ice]] are YinYangBomb variations that are technically only half-flaming, but still pretty cool.
19th Nov '17 12:47:52 PM ProfessorDetective
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* AbnormalAmmo: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=159328 Akki Coalflinger]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=146447 Fodder Launch]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4618 Mogg Cannon]]... the examples are endless (and mostly goblin-based). [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/ps/59.jpg Deadapult]] is a zombie-based version that's no less hilarious.
* AbortedArc: The prerevision comics were leading up to the Planeswalker War, but the comic line was cancelled before it could be published. Some of the characters involved, like Freyalise, Taysir and Tevesh Szat have turned up later in modern storylines, but details on what actually went down are extraordinarily vague.

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* AbnormalAmmo: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=159328 Akki Coalflinger]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=146447 Fodder Launch]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4618 Mogg Cannon]]... the examples are endless (and mostly goblin-based). [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/ps/59.jpg [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=26837 Deadapult]] is a zombie-based version that's no less hilarious.
* AbortedArc: The prerevision pre-revision comics were leading up to the Planeswalker War, but the comic line was cancelled canceled before it could be published. Some of the characters involved, like Freyalise, Taysir Taysir, and Tevesh Szat have turned up later in modern storylines, but details on what actually went down are extraordinarily vague.



** Mirrodin has four (later five) moons -- which shine, and thus are also interchangeably called suns. There's no indication that it has any ''normal'' suns, either...

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** Mirrodin has four (later five) moons -- which shine, shine and thus are also interchangeably called suns. There's no indication that it has any ''normal'' suns, either...



* AlternateUniverse: ''Planar Chaos'', which shows a hundred alternate Dominarias, such as one where bad guy [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=29947 Braids, Cabal Minion]] becomes helpful [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=124316 Braids, Conjurer Adept]]. Some of these cards were genuine "What If?" questions, others were "This card, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=122338 Prodigal Pyromancer]] is functionally identical to this classic of a different color, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=108906 Prodigal Sorcerer]], so serves as a retcon of what the card should have been printed as from the begining had the design philosophy of the game been consistent from the start." (Eventually some, like the Pyromancer, would be reprinted in the new color. The timeline straightening itself out as it were.)

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* AlternateUniverse: ''Planar Chaos'', which shows a hundred alternate Dominarias, such as one where bad guy [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=29947 Braids, Cabal Minion]] becomes helpful [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=124316 Braids, Conjurer Adept]]. Some of these cards were genuine "What If?" questions, others were "This card, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=122338 Prodigal Pyromancer]] is functionally identical to this classic of a different color, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=108906 Prodigal Sorcerer]], so serves as a retcon of what the card should have been printed as from the begining beginning had the design philosophy of the game been consistent from the start." (Eventually some, like the Pyromancer, would be reprinted in the new color. The timeline straightening itself out as it were.)



* AlwaysNight: The plane of Shadowmoor is always night, while its foil Lorwyn is always noon. Granted, they're actually the same world, just on different sides of a reeeeeealllly long day-night cycle, but the change also warps the inhabitants' personalities and the environment, so they're counted as separate areas.

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* AlwaysNight: The plane of Shadowmoor is always night, while its foil Lorwyn is always noon. Granted, they're actually the same world, just on different sides of a reeeeeealllly reeeeeeallllllly long day-night cycle, but the change also warps the inhabitants' personalities and the environment, so they're counted as separate areas.



* AnachronismStew: Various minor examples. Any given expansion encompasses some length of time, so sometimes you have cards in the same set representing notably distant points in the time line.
* AncientGrome: ''Almost'' averted in ''Theros'', where the set's designers consciously decided to focus on Greek rather than Roman influences. A single Roman influence slipped through however, i.e. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=378507 Raised by Wolves]].

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* AnachronismStew: Various minor examples. Any given expansion encompasses some length of time, so sometimes you have cards in the same set representing notably distant points in the time line.
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* AncientGrome: ''Almost'' averted in ''Theros'', where the set's designers consciously decided to focus on Greek rather than Roman influences. A single Roman influence slipped through through, however, i.e. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=378507 Raised by Wolves]].
13th Nov '17 8:56:06 AM foxmccloud4387
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*** Gideon Jura, known as Kytheon Iora on his home plane of Theros, was chosen by the god Heliod to be his champion. His first task was to kill a titan of Erebos, a task which Kytheon and his Irregulars accomplished flawlessly. However, when Erebos himself appeared to witness his titan's destruction, Kytheon attacked Erebos in a fit of arrogance, and had all his Irregulars killed in retaliation. Wracked with guilt and devastation over his hubris, Kytheon's spark ignited.
12th Oct '17 8:39:03 PM BardicKnowledge
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* PoorCommunicationKills: Millennia old Planeswalkers like Sorin have a hard time explaining things to their peers. In Sorin's case in particular, it caused Nissa (who distrusted him to start with because he was a vampire) to break the seal on the Eldrazi, and Nahiri to fight him until he sealed her in the Helvault for a thousand years, which came back to bite him when she got free and found the Eldrazi free on Zendikar.
8th Oct '17 11:36:19 PM PaulA
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* SdrawkcabName: [[Creator/LarryNiven Nevinyrral's]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=332 Disk]].

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* SdrawkcabName: [[Creator/LarryNiven Nevinyrral's]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=332 Disk]].Nevinyrral's Disk]] is a shout-out to the Warlock's Disc from ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' by Creator/LarryNiven.
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