I know everybody has said it before me, but that's because everybody has to say it: Laxus is badass.
Okay, a few things:
1. Erza won't see through the illusion. Think about it, Jellal interacted with her through his illusion (Sieg rain) for 10 years and she still thought he was Jellal's brother. Whether this means illusions affect her when her real eye is open, or whether it's like Aizen's (from Bleach) Kyoka Suigetsu (has you under the spell if you see it when it is first cast), I don't know. I'm going for the latter, but then again, when would Erza ever have winked at Sieg rain?
2. I assume by the way Iwan was talking, and by his actions that (a), he's planning to ditch the competition after this match, or (b) he's planning to abduct Laxus. Just having him lose and letting him go wouldn't be a good idea, since Laxus would just tell FT about the whole thing, and frankly, Iwan seems smarter than that.
I sense some misfortune for Laxus in the near future.
damn friday hurry up and get here!!! i cannot wait until this weeks chapter is released!!!
its not going to be an easy fight for laxus
hopefully laxus causes some serious damage but pretends to get knocked out and gets taken to their hideout/tournament building so that way FTA can get some clues as to why they wanted Lucy. Because Arcadios still needs to put his plan into action and that requires more days to come. so i think he'll make and agreement with Iwan and get him in his plan. Thereby capturing Lucy then he might the info he needs.
surely mavis has to be seeing through this....
i couldnt imagine her , being a spirit and all, being affected by this
While what Midnight used is clearly an illusion, and probably Ivan is using an even greater illusion, or maybe something even more, we're not sure yet about the nature of his magic. Just wanted to show the difference between what Jellal used and an illusion.
When i thinked about how Laxus is strong i imagined that this battle would be like 1 shot of all 4 "RT elites" and then a hardfight vs Ivan. And even Ivan wouldn't stay a chance, cause you guys remember how Laxus delivered blows on Hades and Ivan doesn't have his heart taking damage.. or does he?
They have the magic suppressing dude. That's an unpromising opponent to be fighting.