There was a "will Raven Tail return" thread awhile back and I figured that it seemed unlikely- at least as a major threat- considering how soundly they were defeated by Laxus. Ivan, who was hyped up as being an enemy in Gildarts' league, was pwned by Laxus immediately. However, one thing that's often forgotten is that Ivan had cast an incredibly powerful illusion over the entire arena, fooling even the most powerful mages. Either Ivan has the most BROKEN ability of all time, but just utilized it the wrong way for that battle, or maybe the majority of his power had gone into it. Honestly, the only way the spell would make sense is if it took a lot of magic and concentration. Therefore, Ivan wouldn't be able to defend himself against Laxus. He figured his underlings would be enough. But this raises the question of if there are any real weaknesses to illusion spells. "Naruto" at least has ways around it, but the only one I can think of is having a fake eye. Why don't more people learn spells if they're that powerful? But meh, think there is any merit to this? Or do you think the author didn't consider it and just wanted to make Ivan's role in the story nothing more than as a stepping stone for Laxus?