It's part of my "tell us how you really feel" humor, but ultimately, fans is in quotations for a reason. I'd prefer we return to Ravnica because people actually enjoy it, over the superficial reasons I think people want to return (shocklands, gold cards, perceived power level). A third return here when some planes haven't had any yet is upsetting, especially when all it has delivered thus far is more of the same shallow gimmick. That said, the noir aspect of Lavinia and Dimir has been somewhat interesting, if they're actually going to play up the plot of Jace's absence and Bolas on the horizon more, which we've has only been surface level so far... I was counting on the showdown to really carry this block, but so far, I'm really confused how we got this far before Lavinia showed up with any indication that there's more at work there. I can admire the subtle approach, but IDK.Quote from Watchwolf »I agree that these two sets are a bit of a letdown, mostly giving us stuff we've already had before and some of it so compacted together (Hybrids and Splits) that it feels like there's less substance in this "block" than previous Ravnica sets.Quote from Tiro of Meletis »I find it to be a shallow setting. The fact a substantial part of its popularity hinges on Shockland reprints is pretty mediocre. That said, the cards themselves have been impressive, while the trailer showcased my point. Other than "here are the guilds again" what did you get out of it? Without Bolas on the horizon, there really isn't anything impressive here. Jace's absence could be a thing, but the trailer doesn't explore that either. The new Livinia card is the first promise of a relevant plot point, which was spoiled after my post.
Ravnica as a setting does lack the visceral depth of a plane like Innistrad or Theros, but that works in its favor. It's a figurative box of assorted chocolates with just the right flavors for mostly everyone to get what they want. It's also all surface-level, allowing the player to project their own impression of the world onto what they see without being explicitly taught the history or obscurities of the place.
I understand why you're not a fan just as I'm sure you'll understand why I don't care all that much for Theros. Everyone has different tastes than everyone else, and that's fine.
But saying that both Ravnica and its "fans" suck is pretty toxic.
That said, this block so far has been better than Return to Ravnica. I'd say it's closer to the original. But that's my opinion of the cards, not the trailer.