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senatorofinnistrad said: My birthday has come and gone, but I just started my Tumblr account. Can I get some birthday trivia on my favorite card, Oliva Voldaren?

The card was called Count Dracula in design as we named cards after the trope we were going for. It was the highest ranked card into our internal rate poll. The creative team liked the idea of swapping genders on the trope and voila, Olivia.

Happy Belated Birthday!

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ilikedirts said: will we ever revisit Rath? the tempest cycle was by far my favorite mtg set ever flavorwise

Rath got overlayed with Dominaria so Rath is no more.

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zwomally said: So Gild had a noncreature token, then King Macar, then Gobiln Kaboomist. Is this a new trend that's being started?

It’s definitely design space to explore.

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captainfalconsknee said: Do you have plans to make more podcasts on Color Pie philosophy? I really enjoy the ones that you have already made

I have plans to do more.

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broervaneenstin said: Are you confident that the two-block structure of future Magic will be able to maintain the same concentration of little stories and tidbits per Plane/Setting? Especially Zendikar, Innistrad and Theros had lots and lots of small stories and flavour gems (Omnath).

I’ll say the creative team is very excited by all the possibilities with the Two Block Paradigm. Ask Doug for more detail.

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theram0324 said: Is a Return to Lorwyn possible. The block was before my time but when I read all the cards they seem so cool. Dark Elf, Goblins, Treefolk, Faeries, the tribal aspect seems awesome.

Lorwyn wasn’t all that popular the first time around so while a return is possible, it’s less likely a return than other worlds.

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bsrussell said: As a long time player that hated Kamigawa—weak environment, bad color fixing, confusing names, boring legends, etc.—I have to ask: what do the Question Marks love about it?

I’m curious too. What do you love about it?

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aaronlovesmtg said: Does the 2 set block paradigm mean no more block constructed?

The format is not going away (stores will still be able sanction it), but it is no longer a format that will be played at Pro Tours and, I believe, PTQ’s.

This is due to its lack of popularity and not because of the Two Block Paradigm though.

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sgtalpowell said: What time should I be expecting updates from the PAX party to start popping up?

The PAX party starts at 7:00 PST. (And yes that’s technically probably PDT.)

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simicpower said: Are you against doing another set that is heavier in some colors more than others? Or a set that is just 2 or 3 colors?

We tried it in Torment and Judgment and it caused all sorts of problems in limited. For Innistrad, in design, I messed around with having black just be a tiny bit heavier and development nixed it because it still messed up limited too much. So, I don’t see us doing it again.

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extremeconsiderationthemovie said: Im not saying lets go back to Kamigawa because that's a battle ive lost but is the 2 block structure making it so that you can take a few more risk flavor and story wise in sets? if so dose that technically make a return to kamigawa slightly more possible?

It does technically make it slightly more possible. Does that make some of you happy? : )

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kirblar024 said: When you formed the exploratory team, did they know set 1 was a Wedge block, or did that emerge from their research?

Khans of Tarkir wasn’t a wedge set when the block was in exploratory design. That happened during design.

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dace67 said: Why was mana burn done away with? The flavor was good, allowed for some interesting mechanics (Braid of Fire being prime among them), and stopped combos if they didn't have enough of an outlet. Was it just deemed not worth the complexity it introduced?

It simply wasn’t worth the complexity cost.

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tdaharsh said: Do Khans spoilers start on the website Monday even though it is a holiday here in the US?

They do. I have a preview article on Monday.

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qalkx said: Are +1/+1 counters considered more primary in one or more colors according to the color pie?

Green is primary with +1/+1 counters as it’s the color of both growth and the biggest creatures.