Magic will surely survive this. Maybe some of you won't, but, to be clear, Magic will probably survive that too. (Believe it or not, so will you.)
Anyone complaining these don't belong in Magic is hanging on way too tightly. Anyone complaining these drive Magic to an unaffordable place probably hasn't been playing Magic very long, tbh.
While I respect other folks' viewpoints and personal taste, I am unconvinced these are some horrible thing that simply should not exist.
Well reasoned post. I agree.
I don't mind the UB products myself, it just bothered me that direct MTG content like Kamigawa requires such great feats, but other IPs can just glide into MTG on a silver wave with this product. It feels disingenuous to me as well since I enjoyed, for example, MTG's take on the Greek pantheon despite it not being the actual pantheon. UB could be quite good for the game, I won't dismiss that possibility. Probably a higher chance of that than bad.
I'd just like to see WOTC try to address some of the player requests. Affordable fetchlands shouldn't be harder to come by over time than LOTR cards. That said, I will say WOTC has been performing quite well with meeting requests and expectations, so this isn't a complaint by any means.
At this rate, one can imagine Commander games in five years will probably sound something like this...
Player A: "I equip my legendary Hobo with Rutger's Shotgun, and swing at your Trailer Park Boy" Player B: "I respond by attaching Cerebro to Spock, and activate Mind Meld targeting Hollywood Hulk Hogan equipped with Vibranium Shield to remove your hobo from combat" Player C: "Wait a Second!...Didn't I still have priority to Quantum Leap Mister Peanut and The Monopoly Man when you planeshifted to Trump Tower?! Player D: "Sorry to interrupt as well, but how many Golden Girl tokens hit the graveyard when you blocked Urkel and Rambo last turn? Player E: "Honestly, even if you all had The Delta Variant to target me and T-800s equipped with Lightsabers to protect you, I'm still crewing The Delorean with The Cigarette Smoking Man now to go back twenty turns and restart the game." <all sigh>