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25th Jun '16 1:27:52 PM rufusluciusivan
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** HiveMind: The slivers.
25th Jun '16 11:48:17 AM Luigifan
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* AlternativeCalendar: Dominaria has one--denoted as AR, for "Agrivian Reckoning," with year 1 being the birth of Urza and Mishra.

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* AlternativeCalendar: Dominaria has one--denoted one -- denoted as AR, for "Agrivian Reckoning," with year 1 being the birth of Urza and Mishra.



*** [[spoiler: Mirrodin hasn't collapsed, per se, but it has been compleated and transmogrified into New Phyrexia, dominated by - oddly enough - Elesh Norn's white-aligned faction. Nothing remains of Mirrodin but the moons and a handful of survivors.]]

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*** [[spoiler: Mirrodin hasn't collapsed, per se, but it has been compleated and transmogrified into New Phyrexia, dominated by - -- oddly enough - -- Elesh Norn's white-aligned faction. Nothing remains of Mirrodin but the moons and a handful of survivors.]]



* BackFromTheBrink: Humanity in Innistrad was on the verge of extinction after years of Avacyn's absence, with towns being destroyed by undead, werewolf packs, and worse, with humanity desperately struggling against the dark. Once Avacyn was released from the Helvault, she joins them in a war to take back what was lost. [[spoiler: However, with the introduction of ''Shadows over Innistrad'', the humans now have to contend with [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/gaze-blank-and-pitiless-2016-03-09 Avacyn]] ''herself'']].

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* BackFromTheBrink: Humanity in Innistrad was on the verge of extinction after years of Avacyn's absence, with towns being destroyed by undead, werewolf packs, and worse, with humanity desperately struggling against the dark. Once Avacyn was released from the Helvault, she joins them in a war to take back what was lost. [[spoiler: However, [[spoiler:However, with the introduction of ''Shadows over Innistrad'', the humans now have to contend with [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/gaze-blank-and-pitiless-2016-03-09 Avacyn]] ''herself'']].



** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=80256 Seshiro the Annointed]] from Kamigawa and his legendary family, among which are the shaman[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=80254 Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro]] and the warrior [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=78989 Sosuke, Son of Seshiro]].

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** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=80256 Seshiro the Annointed]] from Kamigawa and his legendary family, among which are the shaman[[http://gatherer.shaman [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=80254 Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro]] and the warrior [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=78989 Sosuke, Son of Seshiro]].



* BigGood: On Innistrad, humans looked to the archangel [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=239961 Avacyn, Angel of Hope]] for deliverance from the horrors of their plane...but she's not the Big Good. That would be her creator[[spoiler:...[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=368535 Sorin]] [[BigWhat Markov?!]]]]

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* BigGood: On Innistrad, humans looked to the archangel [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=239961 Avacyn, Angel of Hope]] for deliverance from the horrors of their plane... but she's not the Big Good. That would be her creator[[spoiler:...creator.[[spoiler:.. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=368535 Sorin]] [[BigWhat Markov?!]]]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The ending to the ''Godsend'' novel is a pretty cruel one. Xenagos is slain and order returned to Theros, but Elspeth is killed and winds up in the Underworld, Heliod gets away with everything, and Elspeth's sacrifice turns out to be senseless as it condemns a Returned Daxos to a shadow of life searching endlessly for her.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The ending to the ''Godsend'' novel is a pretty cruel one. Xenagos is slain and order returned to Theros, but Elspeth is killed and winds up in the Underworld, Heliod gets away with everything, and Elspeth's sacrifice turns out to be senseless as it condemns a Returned Daxos to a shadow of life searching endlessly for her.]]



** The introduction of the ''Shadows Over Innistrad'' block leaves us with [[spoiler: Avacyn and most of her army of angels becoming corrupted and launching an inquisition to "purify" the world through wrecking havoc and burning and killing the humans they were supposed to protect and serve]].

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** The introduction of the ''Shadows Over Innistrad'' block leaves us with [[spoiler: Avacyn [[spoiler:Avacyn and most of her army of angels becoming corrupted and launching an inquisition to "purify" the world through wrecking wreaking havoc and burning and killing the humans they were supposed to protect and serve]].






* CanisMajor: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=146095 Hollowborn Barghest]] is a very big dog. That's not dry grass it's standing in--those are ''trees''.

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* CanisMajor: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=146095 Hollowborn Barghest]] is a very big dog. That's not dry grass it's standing in--those in -- those are ''trees''.



** Subverted by the same block's [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=136151 Steamflogger Boss]], which it was openly admitted was created solely as a joke--there are no riggers besides this (and those changelings that count as every creature type...and Moriok Rigger, after errata), "assemble" has no in-game meaning, and there are no Contraptions [[note]]although Contraption is a recognized Artifact subtype in the comp. rules[[/note]], and there supposedly never will be. (Admittedly, this is a bit hard to take seriously when one takes into account TheUnreveal below and "Whenever a goblin with goblin goblins, etc.")

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** Subverted by the same block's [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=136151 Steamflogger Boss]], which it was openly admitted was created solely as a joke--there joke -- there are no riggers besides this (and those changelings that count as every creature type...type... and Moriok Rigger, after errata), "assemble" has no in-game meaning, and there are no Contraptions [[note]]although Contraption is a recognized Artifact subtype in the comp. rules[[/note]], and there supposedly never will be. (Admittedly, this is a bit hard to take seriously when one takes into account TheUnreveal below and "Whenever a goblin with goblin goblins, etc.")



* CorpseLand: The plane of Grixis is inhabited by dead things, undead things, demons, and the occasional desperate necromancer. Due to a lack of green or white mana it's incapable of producing new life.

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* CorpseLand: The plane of Grixis is inhabited by dead things, undead things, demons, and the occasional desperate necromancer. Due to a lack of green or white mana mana, it's incapable of producing new life.



** The [[spoiler: [[http://mtgsalvation.gamepedia.com/Church_of_Avacyn Church of Avacyn]]]] as of ''Shadows Over Innistrad''.

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** The [[spoiler: [[http://mtgsalvation.[[spoiler:[[http://mtgsalvation.gamepedia.com/Church_of_Avacyn Church of Avacyn]]]] as of ''Shadows Over Innistrad''.



* CurbstompBattle: In the trailer for ''VideoGame/DuelsOfThePlaneswalkers 2012'', Gideon Jura exposits that he picked a fight with Nicol Bolas...the ''planeswalker'' Nicol Bolas. He gets summarily crushed.

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* CurbstompBattle: In the trailer for ''VideoGame/DuelsOfThePlaneswalkers 2012'', Gideon Jura exposits that he picked a fight with Nicol Bolas... the ''planeswalker'' Nicol Bolas. He gets summarily crushed.



* DarkWorld: Lorwyn is based on the idyllic, fairy tails of the British Isles. Shadowmoor is its dark reflection and takes more after the Brothers Grimm...

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* DarkWorld: Lorwyn is based on the idyllic, idyllic fairy tails tales of the British Isles. Shadowmoor is its dark reflection and takes more after the Brothers Grimm...



*** Sorin Markov's grandfather Edgar turned him into a vampire (the second one to ever exist in Innistrad with Edgar being the first) with a BloodMagic fuelled demonic pact. The ritual was so traumatizing that it ignited Sorin's spark.

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*** Sorin Markov's grandfather Edgar turned him into a vampire (the second one to ever exist in Innistrad with Edgar being the first) with a BloodMagic fuelled BloodMagic-fueled demonic pact. The ritual was so traumatizing that it ignited Sorin's spark.



*** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=244667 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir]], while studying mind magic at the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=8883 Tolarian Academy]], fell into a bubble of slow time that was filled with fire and [[AndIMustScream got trapped there.]] The intense damage activated his spark half-way, so that he was able to survive until another student could get him out with water from a different slow-time bubble. She became his favorite companion (in the Series/DoctorWho sense) when they found out that, because of the two different slow-time bubbles, she aged at a dramatically slower rate than a normal human, causing her to fall under the rules of ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.

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*** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=244667 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir]], while studying mind magic at the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=8883 Tolarian Academy]], fell into a bubble of slow time that was filled with fire and [[AndIMustScream got trapped there.]] there]]. The intense damage activated his spark half-way, so that he was able to survive until another student could get him out with water from a different slow-time bubble. She became his favorite companion (in the Series/DoctorWho sense) when they found out that, because of the two different slow-time bubbles, she aged at a dramatically slower rate than a normal human, causing her to fall under the rules of ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
20th Jun '16 12:18:05 PM SCPIhpkmn
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* InfantImmortality: Averted ''hard'' during the Shadows over Innistrad/Eldritch Moon storyline. There are references to children dying to werewolf maulings, angel attacks, and being ''burned alive'' by the Church of Avacyn in an attempt to purify them, [[spoiler: though this is actually the work of the demon-worshiping Skirsdag cult in an attempt to sow disorder and distrust in the church.]]
19th Jun '16 11:57:55 PM gewunomox
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* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Includes werebears, wererats, and {{werewolves}}.

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* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Includes werebears, wererats, and {{werewolves}}.werewolves.
16th May '16 12:28:40 PM Doug86
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** Dominaria was also subject to this. While nowadays, the story just focuses on a new plane when a new theme for the setting is needed, as early as ''Fallen Empires'' and as recent as ''Odyssey'' while new continents would just be added to Dominaria to fit this purpose. This leads to Dominaria being so [[FantasyKitchenSink diverse]] - while most other planes are only themed around a single culture or gimmick, Dominaria has typical MedievalEuropeanFantasy fare in Terisiare, Aerona, and Corondor; Reniassance-era technology in Caliman; wartorn {{Vestigial Empire}}s in Sarpadia; ''[[ConanTheBarbarian Conan]]''-esque HeroicFantasy in Otaria; a Western Africa analogue in Jamuraa; and a {{Wutai}} in Madara, among others. And that isn't taking into consideration the areas from Rath that were fused with Dominaria in the Overlay.

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** Dominaria was also subject to this. While nowadays, the story just focuses on a new plane when a new theme for the setting is needed, as early as ''Fallen Empires'' and as recent as ''Odyssey'' while new continents would just be added to Dominaria to fit this purpose. This leads to Dominaria being so [[FantasyKitchenSink diverse]] - while most other planes are only themed around a single culture or gimmick, Dominaria has typical MedievalEuropeanFantasy fare in Terisiare, Aerona, and Corondor; Reniassance-era technology in Caliman; wartorn {{Vestigial Empire}}s in Sarpadia; ''[[ConanTheBarbarian ''[[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]]''-esque HeroicFantasy in Otaria; a Western Africa analogue in Jamuraa; and a {{Wutai}} in Madara, among others. And that isn't taking into consideration the areas from Rath that were fused with Dominaria in the Overlay.
14th May '16 10:49:15 PM ElectroKraken
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** The Eldrazi. They're not even native to the planes, any plane; they're dwell within the nothing-space between planes, called the Blind Eternities, and "project" themselves upon the physical realms to consume everything there.

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** The Eldrazi. They're not even native to the planes, any plane; they're they dwell within the nothing-space between planes, called the Blind Eternities, and "project" themselves upon the physical realms to consume everything there.
8th May '16 6:21:16 PM Theriocephalus
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* RatMen: The Nezumi from the Kamigawa block, a race of Black mana-aligned rat man ninjas. They usually live in swamps or on the outskirts of human cities, which they often raid, and some of their shamans can summon and control swarms of insects, tying into this trope's association with vermin.



** Kamigawa has a race of human sized sentient rats.



SchrodingersCanon: As mentioned above, pre-Revision canon is canon, until it isn't.

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* SchrodingersCanon: As mentioned above, pre-Revision canon is canon, until it isn't.
5th May '16 4:09:10 AM saberwyn
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* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Typical for Planeswalkers.

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* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Typical for Planeswalkers. Sometimes, igniting a planeswalker's spark is the result of an epiphany born of years of meditation and preparation. More often than not, its the result of physical, emotional, or psychic trauma.
**[[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Kiora]]? Eaten by a SeaMonster while trying to protect her sister. [[PlayingWithFire Chandra]]? The entire population of her hometown was [[DoomedHometown burned alive]] while she watched. [[GadgeteerGenius Venser]]? Ground zero for a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind between a plansewalker and a telepathic monster. [[ManipulativeBastard Urza]]? Continent-sinking, ice-age-inducing, reality-shattering [[FantasticNuke magical explosion]] to the ''face''.
4th May '16 6:49:56 PM ErikModi
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SchrodingersCanon: As mentioned above, pre-Revision canon is canon, until it isn't.
26th Apr '16 11:29:55 AM Theriocephalus
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* ShoutOut: The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=383179 Aggressive Mining]] was made by Markus Persson the creator of ''VideoGame/Minecraft'' so the card shows a very cubical and blocky mine.
** The story "Sacrifice" is about The Gitrog Monster, a giant, evil frog. Said frog [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} hypnotizes people with its pulsating black eyes that play a horrible droning noise.]]

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* ShoutOut: The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=383179 Aggressive Mining]] was made by Markus Persson Persson, the creator of ''VideoGame/Minecraft'' ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', so the card shows a very cubical and blocky mine.
** The story "Sacrifice" is about The the Gitrog Monster, a giant, evil frog. Said frog [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} hypnotizes people with its pulsating black eyes that play a horrible droning noise.]]
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