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Theros: Elspeth's Tragedy
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    Quote from soramaro »
    I'm not a big defender of the story/writing or anything, but man, some people on here really like to find fault in everything Wizards puts out. Like others have already said, not every 25,000 year old being has to talk or act the same or in the way you want it to (and Bolas has shown similar behavior in the past). Also, I seriously think that people are expecting too much. Sure, it's understandable that you want the story to be as good as possible. But this isn't a novel that was carefully planned and written years in advance, nor will it ever be. It's more close to a fantasy comic in text form. It's a supplement that's supposed to be sufficiently thought through and entertaining, but not much more than that. BFZ-levels of writing were admittedly unbearable, but the story has become decent enough lately that you can read it on the side and feel like you didn't 100% waste your time. That's enough for me at least.
    I agree, no story ever can stand up to the critiscism level of this forum.


    Quote from Mercury01 »
    I have to believe that Ajani would be gentle with her.
    There's so many jokes I want to make right now but I'm afraid they'd only get me warnings Laugh
    I wrote one out, with some witty line about Lilliana being female and Ajani being a cat (you know where I went with that) but let's be honest here, given my warning and ban history, gonna have to pass this time lmao
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    The people who want or expect any Gatewatch member to die are literally stupid. I went back and read a lot of BFZ stories and they're pretty solid, aside from Kreines having difficulty with Nissa (she is indeed better with analytical rather than emotional writing, which showed in SOI/EMN). The GW has been a welcome consistency in the lore, them losing has been interesting, their early and untimely deaths are absurd expectations that should be ignored, and will be.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    No one complained about the theatrics. It was the nature of the dialogue that was embarrassing for someone with Bolas's intellect and of his age. Phoned in is the best way to describe it.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    The only part of the story where Bolas sounded like a believable super villain with 25K years of experience was this:

    "Later. Go and tell Ral Zarek to come to me. His progress is too slow." Tezzeret hated being used as an errand runner, which was part of why Bolas enjoyed doing it so much. An unbalanced Tezzeret was an effective Tezzeret. Every time he found satisfaction he quickly became useless. "Go. Now."
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Commander 2017 announcement -- Only 4 decks, based on popular tribes, not color wheel!
    The face of the cleric lady has a tattoo of what looks like either Athreos's scythe, a moon, or something else. Could just be a cool design with no implications
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    Quote from Daws »
    Niv, Bolas, seems like Ral is a bottom for all dragons. Perhaps against his will, we'll see.

    Despite how anticipated this story was, I cringed through the entire thing. Some of Bolas's lines were amusing for sure, but overall the taunting and excessive dialogue were just painful and uncharacteristic. Only his exchange with Lilliana felt natural, as I'd expect him to coerce her into leaving with promises of survival and more power. Otherwise, I found the development of this piece rather immature. I'd expect some wisdom from Bolas, some casual indifference, some display of experience - showing it, rather than telling it. Reminding everyone how long he's lived before even doing anything (as an example) cheapens him. Delivering the final blow and casually mentioning his millennia-long experience with the Gatewatch's form of magic at that last moment is more dramatic.

    I had envisioned Bolas being rather silent and wise, casually sweeping the Gatewatch like an old, tired and disappointed parent. Partially distracted while doing it, even. The bit with the tail crushing Gideon was… odd. We've seen better battles than this, even recently. Bolas being so physical about this approach despite his access to Blue and Black mana felt awkward. I guess he wanted to defeat each with their own strengths, but really he could have mind-crushed them all. Perhaps the author was trying to highlight how diminished Bolas is - but the entire piece felt too passive. And dull. Thassa vs. Kiora, Kiora vs. Kozilek, GW vs. Emrakul, etc all felt like more engaging battles.

    What's with the Raven Man saying she was never more a fool thinking she could win against Bolas? Lilliana was pretty outmatched against Emrakul just before.

    Amonkhet as a desiccated backwater wasteland - so it seems like the plane was going to end, anyway?


    Maybe it was the style of writing but I didn't enjoy this story nearly as much as the others. Lots of rambling and beating around the bush to get through. I don't think I've read a story with Bolas in it and going by this, I'm not really liking him as a villain so far. His schemes are apparently more interesting than him. He's incredibly powerful AND incredibly intelligent and cunning. It can make for a boring character without deft writing to support him. This story was a letdown.

    I did pick up on the Raven Man and Chain Veil's reactions to Bolas, though. Remember how panicked the Chain Veil and Raven Man were when Liliana was in Emrakul's presence? They were scared and pleading with her to leave. Much different from their reactions to Bolas. The Chain Veil was ready to take him on and Raven Man was pretty casual in his responses by comparison.

    Anywho, I'm curious to see where all this scheming leads to. Amonkhet had some great story moments and I'm very curious to see how this plane rebounds (if it even does) later on.
    The story did indeed beat around the bush a lot, never quite saying what it needed to say, and was just passive rather than engaging when it finally did attempt anything.

    I noticed the contrasts with Emrakul and Bolas as well. Notice too how the Chain Veil went mysteriously quiet when Lilliana was convinced to leave. Let's not forget that Bolas guided her to Kothophed, who requested the Chain Veil that she ended up using for herself. It must be a way Bolas is manipulating her.
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    I thought the wall of crystal mind was Alhammaret's because Jace hardly remembered it - but it is indeed Ugin. Why is the memory of their interactions vague to him, then? I must be forgetting something (ironically).

    Looking back, Ugin seems awful disingenuous about the Eldrazi - acting like Ulamog's moves can't be predicted until Jace actually notes he's drawn to concentrations of life, saying Ulamog cannot be killed until the Gatewatch goes out and actually does it. He's not any less manipulative himself. I find reasons to justify Nahiri's rage all the time looking back. I can see her taking out the dragons of Tarkir (with the reinstatement of the clans as an unforeseen consequence) just for revenge.
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    Amonkhet as a desiccated backwater wasteland - so it seems like the plane was going to end, anyway?


    The Curse of Wandering is a natural feature of the plane, and the Hekma and wastes existed before Bolas enacted his plan to subjugate the Gods.

    There are hints that Amonkhet was doomed from the start, but Bolas used the features of the plane to his advantage.
    But we never had official confirmation of this until now. And we still don't have much in the way of details about it either, or what the point was all along. Just more hints that perhaps the eternals will be transported through the planar bridge from Kaladesh. But it's all still vague.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Commander 2017 announcement -- Only 4 decks, based on popular tribes, not color wheel!
    Quote from theMarc »
    dead wrong.
    Zombies confirmed.

    I agree, btw. I'm still laughing at all the certainty with 5c Devoid Eldrazi, 5c Slivers etc. At that rate this product might as well have been a Homelands re-release without any of the rares.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    Niv, Bolas, seems like Ral is a bottom for all dragons. Perhaps against his will, we'll see.

    Despite how anticipated this story was, I cringed through the entire thing. Some of Bolas's lines were amusing for sure, but overall the taunting and excessive dialogue were just painful and uncharacteristic. Only his exchange with Lilliana felt natural, as I'd expect him to coerce her into leaving with promises of survival and more power. Otherwise, I found the development of this piece rather immature. I'd expect some wisdom from Bolas, some casual indifference, some display of experience - showing it, rather than telling it. Reminding everyone how long he's lived before even doing anything (as an example) cheapens him. Delivering the final blow and casually mentioning his millennia-long experience with the Gatewatch's form of magic at that last moment is more dramatic.

    I had envisioned Bolas being rather silent and wise, casually sweeping the Gatewatch like an old, tired and disappointed parent. Partially distracted while doing it, even. The bit with the tail crushing Gideon was… odd. We've seen better battles than this, even recently. Bolas being so physical about this approach despite his access to Blue and Black mana felt awkward. I guess he wanted to defeat each with their own strengths, but really he could have mind-crushed them all. Perhaps the author was trying to highlight how diminished Bolas is - but the entire piece felt too passive. And dull. Thassa vs. Kiora, Kiora vs. Kozilek, GW vs. Emrakul, etc all felt like more engaging battles.

    What's with the Raven Man saying she was never more a fool thinking she could win against Bolas? Lilliana was pretty outmatched against Emrakul just before.

    Amonkhet as a desiccated backwater wasteland - so it seems like the plane was going to end, anyway?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Commander 2017 announcement -- Only 4 decks, based on popular tribes, not color wheel!
    Ironically the Ur Dragon looks the most like a Theros card out of them hahahaha
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Commander 2017 announcement -- Only 4 decks, based on popular tribes, not color wheel!
    Last deck Shapeshifter Sphinx confirmed
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Azami Wizard Tribal
    Deck is finished. Now on to modifying Silas Renn.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
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    posted a message on Amonkhet General Discussion
    I'm not going to speculate anything. I really had thought the Eldrazi release would be some worthwhile time-spanning scheme that turned out as lame as ever possible, so I'll just wait.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Commander 2017 announcement -- Only 4 decks, based on popular tribes, not color wheel!
    Whatever these do, for the love of Thassa reprint Thran Dynamo in all 4 decks. And still it'll be $8 I promise you that.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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