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I think, to some extent, some folks want the story to go back to when practically every introduced plane had its own self-contained story (if it had a story, that is).
So does Ixalan. The race for the big price is a story in itself. I mean, one could argue Lorwyn was even more of a backdrop, because it's entire story was an echo of the mending.
Really, stories have been connected ever since, and stories always had variable amounts of stakes. That is nothing new. Except now the connections are more obvious because we don't have to wait five years for a plotpoint from before to be picked up again.
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As I believe I am the one who originally brought up this theory, I feel an obligation to make sure it isn't taken too far. I originally brought it up because we didn't know Huatli's reasons for refusing to kill, whether it was a moral position or a way of demonstrating superior prowess. It may be the case that she believes killing is wrong and is a hypocrite. Or it may not be. AFAIK, we still don't have the information to tell us.
I think it was confirmed recently. Either on someone's twitter or in last week's article. Basically the knights (a high rank amongst the military) don't kill themselves. Kind of like a special martial art, they kill through dinosaur, without getting their hand dirty. (literal dirty, not guilt dirty). It's a cultural thing, not a moral thing.
No, I'm actually against doing self-contained stories without any further connections. The thing I liked about the faster pace WAS that we didn't have to wait so long for the next plot point. There is a difference however between Kaladesh and Amonkhet being part of the larger Bolas-related story and Ixalan now. Both of these connections were clear AND part of the plane-contained story: The Planar Bridge was part of the reason Tezzeret took control of the inventions at the fair, leading to the revolution. I don't think I need to explain Amonkhet. Both worlds were the pure focus of their respective storylines, even when they were integrated into a larger one. But Azor suddenly being the focus of Ixalan (and yes, he would definitely become the focus, since they would have to explain his whole non-foreshadowed connection to the plane, his character AND his goals which would take quite some time)? Without any background or logical connection (meaning story connection, I know of the aesthetical connections)? That just rubs me the wrong way. Ugin I would get, we know that he had goals beyond Tarkir (and that he worked with other planeswalkers). He also fits the aesthetic of Ixalan itself, being a kind of "feathered snake". I don't know, I might be wrong, but as I said, Azor doesn't feel right for me. I could be wrong of course.