I think one of the depressing things about Khans not being a wedge block, similar to Theros not being Enchantmirrodin, is that the mere existence of a wedge set makes seeing a wedge block at any point in the near future an impossibility. Is there any hope for those with dashed expectations?
Let you in on a little bit of truth. The lesson of Shards of Alara block is there’s really not enough design space for an entire block of three-colored cards. You’ll notice that Shards of Alara block cheated by having Conflux have a strong five-color theme and Alara Reborn having the all-gold gimmick rely a lot more on two-color gold cards than three-colored.
The real reason you’re not going to see a wedge block in the future has nothing to do with the Khans of Tarkir block structure but on the fact that there just isn’t enough design space to really make a wedge block work.
There are all sorts of factors at play. Three-color design is tricky to start with. Having a wedge block pushes you heavily toward having factions of some kind which even more narrows the design space. And then, three-color designs lean heavily on having elements of monocolor design to help fill things out (with things like charms and extra effects to make sure the spell feels like all three colors). That space just gets chewed up quickly making it hard to make more three-color designs that feel unique.
There’s enough to make one really exciting large set and that’s what we’ve done. One of the things that drew us to wedge is the Khans of Tarkir block structure requires change so we wanted to do something that would be super exciting but would only fill the available space allowing us not to waste a theme that we could build a whole block around.
I use this blog to be bluntly honest with you all. Khans of Tarkir isn’t keeping you from getting a wedge block. Design space was keeping that from happening. Khans of Tarkir is allowing us to blow out the wedge theme in the most exciting way we can.
And finally, we saw someone really speak in a trailer. Not just a simple voice-over.
Still gives me goosebumps.
I think it’s Dave Fennoy! You have no idea how awesome That is!!
Did some research, and oh. Oh. OH. NIIICE.
Also, to answer youuur post months ago, the hedron swings when the staff moves, but if the hedron is strong enough (which I believe is), it won’t break off from the ring on the staff. It can add force to the large blade when swung (due to it trying to break off, getting behind the blade, pushing it in the process with its mass) and can make Sarkhan’s slashes stronger.
I just want to say thank you, Wizards of the Coast. Your dedication to diversity and representation is truly a paragon in the often problematic gaming community. All of the diversity of race with the humans of Theros was beautiful, and it is wonderful to see the trend continue with Tarkir. Most of, making THREE OUT OF FIVE of the Khans female is an unprecedented move, and it's one of the coolest things from Khans so far. WotC is a loadstar,it's awesome to see that WotC gets that rep. matters.
It’s something we work hard to do so I’m glad it’s appreciated.
Were the "sexy" Jace and Sarkhan you were photagraphed with at the party fans or hired by WotC. If they were hired - you know that's the kind of things that turn potential female players away from the game, right?
The only cosplayers hired by Wizards were the five members of the clans. Everyone else at the party was cosplaying because they wanted to.