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15th Jul '17 1:22:32 PM Andre
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* HopeSpot: Twice in the events of Hour Of Devastation.
** The first time when Rhonas hits the Scorpion God and brings him to his knees, in apparent defeat. Rhonas then makes the mistake of turning his back on his opponent, who proceeds to get back up and stick his stinger into the back of Rhonas' head. The poison does the rest.
** The second time Oketra and Kefnet are double-teaming the Scorpion God. Kefnet gets stung once or twice in the wings, but Oketra manages to hit the Scorpion God squarely in the head with an arrow and blows it to bits. They're just starting to congratulate one another on their victory over Rhonas' killer... when the Scorpion God simply reconstitutes himself and nails Kefnet straight in the face. Oketra gets stung straight in the gut shortly thereafter.
15th Jul '17 7:54:21 AM ProfessorDetective
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** A more storyline related one: In ''Oath of the Gatewatch'''s storyline, the finishing blow in the Eldrazi came when Nissa (a green mage) casted a spell that helped her channel a massive amount of mana from her own lifeforce and from Zendikar itself into Chandra (a red mage), which then casted a powerful fire spell. Any old-time fan will recognize this as the oldest combo in the history of Magic - [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=144 Channel]] + [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=197 Fireball]].

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** A more storyline related one: In ''Oath of the Gatewatch'''s storyline, the finishing blow in the Eldrazi came when Nissa (a green mage) casted a spell that helped her channel a massive amount of mana from her own lifeforce and from Zendikar itself into Chandra (a red mage), which then casted a powerful fire spell. Any old-time fan will recognize this as the oldest combo in the history of Magic - [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=144 Channel]] + [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=197 Fireball]].
14th Jul '17 8:40:28 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** In the story for the Amomkhet block he tried to take Bolas on with a team of other Planeswalkers (the Gatewatch). It went about as well, with a cycle of cards called "x's Defeat" commemorating the event.
13th Jul '17 7:22:24 AM Carliro
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** Another evil White kami is Kataki, who, according to [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/Article.aspx?x=magic/sok/kataki this side story]], is pretty much insane.

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** Another evil White kami is Kataki, who, according to [[http://www.[[http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fweb.archive.org%2Fweb%2F20080312033901%2Fhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/Article.aspx?x=magic/sok/kataki com%2Fdefault.asp%3Fx%3Dmagic%2Fsok%2Fkataki&t=Zjk5ZDZiMGExMDJjNGI3NGI1YjMwZmEzMTNlMjJjZjE2MGVjMWZmMSwxY2x5ZVNwYQ%3D%3D&b=t%3A2DfkhuDhXo6i59HWg2QN9A&p=http%3A%2F%2Fimakethecard.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F158383861873%2Fkamigawa-short-stories&m=1 this side story]], is pretty much insane.
7th Jul '17 10:06:05 AM Gadjiltron
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* DownerEnding: More than a few of the sets end on a less-than-happy note, such as Theros which ends with [[spoiler:Elspeth Tirel being killed by the god Heliod after deciding no champion should know more than her god, in front of her friend Ajani Goldmane, and being sent to the underworld.]] The "Scars of Mirrodin" block ends with Mirrodin conquered by Phyrexia and renamed despite the Mirrodin inhabitants valiantly resisting. Zendikar's also still in the middle of being destroyed by the Eldrazi as of the end of the "Rise of the Eldrazi" block.

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* DownerEnding: More than a few of the sets end on a less-than-happy note, such as note.
** The
Theros which block ends with [[spoiler:Elspeth Tirel being killed by the god Heliod after deciding no champion should know more than her god, in front of her friend Ajani Goldmane, and being sent to the underworld.]] ]]
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The "Scars of Mirrodin" block ends with Mirrodin conquered by Phyrexia and renamed despite the Mirrodin inhabitants valiantly resisting. Zendikar's also still resisting.
** The first Zendikar block ends with Zendikar
in the middle of being destroyed by the Eldrazi Eldrazi. The subsequent block resolves this, turning it into a BittersweetEnd as a lot of the end of damage to Zendikar cannot be undone quickly.
** The Amonkhet block ends with [[spoiler:Nicol Bolas revealing himself as
the "Rise God-Pharaoh, all eight gods of Amonkhet either enslaved or dead, and the Eldrazi" block. Gatewatch defeated.]]
4th Jul '17 1:42:06 AM Rocketboy1313
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* AlternateUniverse: ''Planar Chaos'', which shows a hundred alternate Dominarias, such as one where bad guy [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=29947 Braids, Cabal Minion]] becomes helpful [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=124316 Braids, Conjurer Adept]]. Some of these cards were genuine "What If?" questions, others were "[[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=122338 This card]] is functionally identical to a [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=11458 classic of a different color]], and given the colors' general traits should/could have been printed in this color from the start." (And in the case of the aforelinked Pyromancer, would eventually be printed in the new color.)

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* AlternateUniverse: ''Planar Chaos'', which shows a hundred alternate Dominarias, such as one where bad guy [[http://ww2.[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=29947 com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=29947 Braids, Cabal Minion]] becomes helpful [[http://ww2.[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=124316 com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=124316 Braids, Conjurer Adept]]. Some of these cards were genuine "What If?" questions, others were "[[http://ww2."This card, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=122338 This card]] com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=122338 Prodigal Pyromancer]] is functionally identical to this classic of a [[http://ww2.different color, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=11458 classic com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=108906 Prodigal Sorcerer]], so serves as a retcon of a different color]], and given what the colors' general traits should/could card should have been printed in this color as from the begining had the design philosophy of the game been consistent from the start." (And in (Eventually some, like the case of the aforelinked Pyromancer, would eventually be printed reprinted in the new color.color. The timeline straightening itself out as it were.)
22nd Jun '17 10:15:48 AM supergod
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* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs:
** Apparently there were [[http://magiccards.info/cs/en/101.html Allosaurs around to be ridden]] during their Ice Age.

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* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs:
EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: There are few, including several completely made-up species.
** Apparently there were There are [[http://magiccards.info/cs/en/101.html Allosaurs around to be ridden]] during their Ice Age.two]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=2581 cards]] featuring Allosaurs, which are sometimes used as mounts.



** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=130634 Imperiosaur]] in the Future Sight set hints at a whole prehistoric set.
** Mirrodin's native lion people train Pteradactyls as mounts. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=45960 It's much cooler than it sounds]].

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** Mirrodin's native lion people train [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=130634 Imperiosaur]] in aspx?multiverseid=45960 Pterodactyls as mounts]].
** Several fictional dinosaurs exist, including
the Future Sight set hints at a whole prehistoric set.
** Mirrodin's native lion people train Pteradactyls as mounts.
[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=45960 It's much cooler than it sounds]].aspx?multiverseid=130634 Imperiosaur]] and the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5562 Shivan Raptor]]. More fantastic creatures based on dinosaurs include the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=45861 Putrid Raptor]],[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=397434 Magmasaur]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=279859 Pygmy Pyrosaur]].
20th Jun '17 7:01:09 PM 3DDowner
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** The werewolves of Innistrad are red or green. They are so different that their cards have two faces, and they can flip over to transform. See the [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/stf/163 Planeswalker's Guide to Innistrad]] for details and concept art. Also, [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/152a.html Kruin Outlaw]], [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/159a.html Reckless Waif]], [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/176a.html Daybreak Ranger]], one of [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/185a.html Grizzled Outcasts]] and one of [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/208a.html Ulvenwald Mystics]] are female.

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** The werewolves of Innistrad are red or green. They are so different that their cards have two faces, and they can flip over to transform. See the [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/stf/163 Planeswalker's Guide to Innistrad]] for details and concept art. Also, [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/152a.html Kruin Outlaw]], [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/159a.html Reckless Waif]], [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/176a.html Daybreak Ranger]], one of [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/185a.html Grizzled Outcasts]] and Outcasts]], one of [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/208a.html Ulvenwald Mystics]] Mystics]], one of the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=409910 Gatstaf Arsonists]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=409912 Geier Reach Bandit]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=409970 Hinterland Logger]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=409923 Kessig Forgemaster]], and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=409976 Lambholt Pacifist]] are female.
20th Jun '17 6:24:43 PM 3DDowner
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** Nearly all of Magic's angels are visibly female. The overwhelming majority of Magic's demons are so freakish looking that the idea of having a gender seems a moot point. Though the gender of either is largely a moot point, as, being magically created avatars of their respective colors, neither reproduce in the traditional manner.

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** Nearly all of Magic's angels are visibly female. The overwhelming majority of Magic's demons are so freakish looking that the idea of having a gender seems a moot point. Though the gender of either is largely a moot point, as, being magically created avatars of their respective colors, neither reproduce in the traditional manner. This gets averted in Amonkhet, however, which contains wholly masculine angels to help reinforce that it's "different".



** There grand total of three male angels in Magic: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=3502 Melesse Spirit]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Gabriel%20Angelfire Gabriel Angelfire]] had to be retconned to be an Angel rules-wise and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Malach%20of%20the%20Dawn Malach of the Dawn]] only exists in alternate reality.

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** There Before Amonkhet, there was a grand total of three male angels in Magic: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=3502 Melesse Spirit]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Gabriel%20Angelfire Gabriel Angelfire]] had to be retconned to be an Angel rules-wise and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Malach%20of%20the%20Dawn Malach of the Dawn]] only exists in alternate reality.
19th Jun '17 9:46:30 AM DrPopo
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* CerebusRollercoaster: The tone of each block or even individual expansions in it may vary a lot.
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