Quote from soramaro »The core turns things into ash when used by Nahiri, so that implies that Zendikar and its inhabitants would suffer from her rebuilding ... but for my taste, this all relies on too much conjecture.
Quote from soramaro »Instead of the Obuun side story (which is set during the time when the Kor empire was a thing, but doesn't really explore how the world was different back then), they could've done a side story with a young, pre-spark Nahiri as the protagonist, showing us everyday life in the Kor empire and pre-Roil Zendikar in general.
Quote from soramaro »To a lesser degree, Nissa's attachment to the elementals also feels like something that was exaggerated for the sake of the story. I'm less hung up on this because Nissa has been a tree-hugger for a long time now, but it still would've been nice to get a bit deeper into her past. (Maybe there is some lore/story stuff I'm not aware of here?)
Quote from soramaro »Also, the story spotlight cards have become pretty pointless. They're more like "here's something that happens in the story, in the vaguest possible sense" cards now.
Quote from Creedmoor »Quote from Flisch »I'll never understand why people judge the quality of a block by its power level and not the fun you have with playing it.might be the most important quote of Mtg Sal history.
Quote from Flisch »I'll never understand why people judge the quality of a block by its power level and not the fun you have with playing it.
Quote from soramaro »Does it have to be one or the other? To me, it makes the character more realistic. People with *****ty general behaviour that are likeable under certain circumstances are a thing in the real world...
Quote from soramaro »I wouldn't really count the "sacrifices people" thing as a bad character trait though (in this specific case). Not everyone is a selfless hero, and the author clearly described what kind of life-of-death situation they were in. I think in a situation like this, most people would've done what Zareth did instead of heroically, but pointlessly trying to save everyone.
Quote from user_938036 »Not quite. All of the original dungeon diving for Zendikar was based around this mysterious "thing" known as the Eldrazi. It was unclear if they were a civilization, a group of Gods, or something. Just that they left powerful Artifacts and Zendikar wasn't happy about it. So there was this underlying feel of interconnectivity based around "What are/were the Eldrazi" and they can't get that back
Quote from soramaro »One question that's still left is "what is the Roil?", because until now, the assumption was that it was the plane's immune response to the Eldrazi. It should be gone, so why is it still there? This arguably qualifies as an element of mystery, at least for the readers and the planeswalkers in the story. From the perspective of the average Zendikari adventurer it doesn't really work though because for them, the Roil has always been there. Also it's not something you go on an adventure for, but just a hazard/obstacle that you run into along the way.
Quote from sonofasonofasailor_ »I don't get why Nissa is acting awkwardly with Jace at the end. Can someone fill me in?
Quote from soramaro »At this point the Skyclaves don't feel like they're connected to anything. They're randomly generated video game dungeons where the characters can go to find the new story's MacGuffins. I'd be nice if there was more to them, but my expectations are low. Similarly, the bismuth patterns on some of the weapons seem to be nothing more than a superficial aestethic.
Quote from OrzhovPlaneswalker »Too bad these two characters are all gonna die...
Quote from OrzhovPlaneswalker »I don't know if I could live in Zendikar. While I do like planes with a lot of natural landscapes like it has, civilization on Zendikar always seems just a few steps away from annihilation. Much like Ikoria.
I mean, who does the books or sows the grain?
Farming on Zendikar sounds like precarious occupation.
Quote from 5colors »Edit: first story up tomorrow, we will see stories on friday as well that will be more focused on not the main story!
Quote from Mullerornis »The fact that the kor also used to be a tyrannical empire according to that article endears this set a lot to me. Funny, with the original block having a Black aligned "hero" and this one having plenty of evil!White.
Quote from OrzhovPlaneswalker »Edit: I just gotta say it, there's been a little too much course correction in the lore I think in terms of representing a vibrant, recovered Zendikar. I know the MtG franchise has 'magic' to handwave the story to be what they want it to be but in my opinion there is not enough shade for the plot lamp they are lighting here.