I just read through that MTG Salvation article on him. That sentence about needing the complete destruction of Zendikar isn't cited (so ??? don't know what it's founded in or what the authors actually wrote), and Checking in on the Planeswalkers has promising take on him getting his spark back for a much lesser cost:
> The Lithomancer imprisoned Ob Nixilis beneath the earth and embedded a hedron into his skull, extinguishing his spark and suppressing his magic. [...] With the hedron removed [by Jace], Ob Nixilis has been unshackled. At last he can feel his power returning, and he eagerly awaits the opportunity to regain his spark . . . and take his revenge.
> The power is returning to me. I felt this world shudder when Bala Ged was destroyed. In that moment, I could smell the Multiverse again. My spark is within reach. I know what I must do. And that the only cost to regaining my spark will be the complete obliteration of the world I hate most among them all?
He may be being a bit overdramatic here.
So, theory: Ob Nixilis had to free the Eldrazi to regain his spark. He did so. He has his spark back or is getting it back. And now the Eldrazi are here, which he considers as good as Zendikar's complete obliteration.
The Chain Veil probably granted him extra power when it transformed him
You know, it's actually looking like that Chain Veil is getting quite important to the story
It's currently in possession of Liliana, who used it to cause Garruk's current transformation. Garruk, who is now weakened by the very hedron that used to bind Ob Nixilis. And Liliana's story involves this mysterious planeswalker "The Raven Man", who I expect to become relevant at some point
Since Liliana is the only Origins walker not involved in this block, I expect that she'll be important in the next one
Is the new duel deck zendikra vs eldrazi
consider standard until the battle of zendikra comes out? I have been playing it for a few days and I don't want to waste money buy more of those cards if I can not play in standard.
The thing is that the reason that older question exists is so that we can avoid "Is [list of cards] legal in [format]?" And in some ways, this is a subset of that. But I guess this is specifically focusing on the fact some new "sets" don't count for standard, which is somewhat orthogonal to the other question
Oh yeah, this is radically different to that question archetype.
I mean part of it is ("are these cards standard / going to be?") but.... we'd be doing a disservice to them to pretend that "here's how to check your cards are standard" fully answers the problem they're facing, as I mentioned.
I play Magic: The Gathering, one of my son's plays Pokemon, and the other plays Yu-Gi-Oh!
I got a deck building tool for my iPad to build Magic decks, but I am curious if there is an app for building decks for all three card games. Ideally one that knows the rules about different styles of decks...
From the question I linked earlier, it looks like we allow questions asking for recommendations for tools that help with playing a game. It's a fine line between that and asking for an implementation of an existing game. But we also specifically don't allow questions asking for recommendations for a game
I've never downloaded a chess "game" before. I've used Houdini and a whole bunch of chess engines. Technically you can play against the chess engine, but it's a real pain to do and the interface sucks. It's meant for extreme chess engine testing.
I play on chess.com, and I love it. That's all of the chess stuff I know about.