So...I'm done, at least for now.
I've thought it through and I'm taking a break from the game and from the lore for a while.
We'll see how long it lasts as my investment in the game is pretty ingrained by now, but I can't help thinking that I possibly care about and prioritize Magic's setting and storyline at a deeper level than the staff (or at least the upper management) at WotC.
And that's not healthy.
There are loads of other franchises, series, and fandoms that do just as good, if not better jobs at developing engaging and consistent narratives.
Simply put: This game is not for me.
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Feb 27, 2021OrzhovPlaneswalker posted a message on Read this announcement at your own risk (it involves mtg)Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Feb 23, 2021OrzhovPlaneswalker posted a message on STRIXHAVEN - Card Speculation, Themes, Cycles, Reprints, and MoreIt's cool to see Kor again. That makes Arcavios, Dominaria, Rath (now gone), and Zendikar as all the planes with Kor.Posted in: Speculation
Feb 19, 2021OrzhovPlaneswalker posted a message on STX- Strixhaven: School of Mages- Worldbuilding and Story DiscussionI'm pretty happy with my WB Silverquill faction, and I'd even go so far as to argue that 2021-early 2022 is shaping up to be the best WByear in quite some time.Posted in: Magic Storyline
Kaldheim: WB Kaya
Strixhaven: WB Silverquill
Innistrad: WB Sorin (one of the two sets)
Kinda wish that my work-life situation was a little less hectic these days for me to enjoy it.
Edit: Not that he'd be a perfect fit, but I could definitely see Davriel being a lazy, last-minute/temporary faculty hire much like Slughorn was in the HP novels. Not that it would be wise for WotC to associate itself with HP these days.
Davriel has a sharp wit, an even sharper tongue, as well as a great deal of experience in writing demonic contracts. He's a perfect candidate to manage Silverquill for a bit, even if he leans UB rather than WB.
I too am excited to see the Kenriths and Kasmina again.
Feb 15, 2021I think there's a lot more 'fly by the seat of your pants' story-line related policies that are made and implemented behind the scenes that we largely aren't privy to. I suppose though that goes without saying.Posted in: Magic Storyline
We also have to consider how much of the planning for a main set's basic story is decided in broadstrokes well before the story team figures out the details involved.
Story spotlights have always been general, but they also always seemed to at least reflect the basic idea of what's happening in a story through basic plot points.
In Kaldheim though we seem to be missing entire chapters such as the protagonists' adventures in Skemfar, or Kaya's confrontation with Vorinclex at Esika's inner sanctum. This is peculiar.
Another strange occurrences within the story include the lack of a Theros: Beyond Death body of fiction.
In short. The story seems to be relatively unstable currently, and I'm curious as to what it may signify.
Feb 15, 2021Okay. These are fair points.Posted in: Magic Storyline
What about the Storyline's overall meta, how it's been organized and communicated across platforms, how has company policies towards the storyline developed or changed over the years?
We saw a lot of experimentation by the company in telling and explaining the game's story and setting across a plethora of platforms and mediums. Physical Books, Artbooks, E-books, Email-newsletters, Video trailers, podcasts, free serialized webfiction & articles, MTG arena voice-acting, and of course the cards and mechanics themselves.
If I were a betting man, I'd wager that they've probably been trying to measure the success of these platforms and mediums using some kind of metric system that examines the issue based on varying criteria, such as audience receptivity, player awareness, cost & profitability, depth, consistency, etc.
This becomes difficult as they would need to take into account the fact that the kinds of stories also being told also influences how successful a narrative is on any of these fronts.
I think there also have been disruptions since war of the spark, both good and bad, that have also impacted how the story is and has been told.
The controversies surrounding the War of the Spark books, the Global Pandemic, increased awareness for the need of greater diversity in the game post-Black Lives Matter, disruptions require more immediate responses by the company that may impact the story's planning, and analysis of a story's overall success.
Feb 14, 2021So what's the 'State of the Story' so far post-War of the Spark (set and novels)?Posted in: Magic Storyline
Budding planeswalker = newly sparked, new planeswalker = new to us
We have New Phyrexia returning as a main antagonist. Kaya is now on the hunt for Vorinclex.
Tibalt may or may not be poisoned with glistening oil. Ashiok might be paying New Phyrexia a visit.
Kaldheim/Kaldheimrs may or may not be likewise poisoned. (I'm very unsure of this point)
A few planeswalkers such as Tibalt, Oko, and possibly a third unknown planeswalker are causing trouble across the multiverse.
Elspeth has returned from the underworld and we now have a budding Planeswar Calix following the Inspector Javert trope in hunting her down.
Garruk is cleansed from his curse and may be mentoring the budding Kenrith twins.
Budding planeswalkers such as Lukka, the Kenriths, Niko, Calix, and Tyvar are all learning the extent of their abilities and what it means to be a planeswalker.
Lukka may be stepping into his own Start of Darkness campaign that may lead him to villainy.
Narset has begun to connect with the same fonts of mana she identified with in the original-Tarkir timeline.
Zendikar is healed from the Eldrazi's destruction but Nissa and Jace's relationship may have become damaged in the process.
Nahiri could be now counted among the Gatewatch's growing list of antagonists.
Did I miss anything?
Feb 14, 2021Well this is exciting!Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Of all the known, non-native planeswalkers to expect on Innistrad, I admittedly didn't expect Teferi and Wrenn.
I can't immediately think of a time-related plot element associated with Innistrad right now, so here's my guess:
- Teferi's mastery of time-magic will simply aid him in working to solve an Innistrad problem in a similar way that Kaya's ghostly magic was useful but central to Kaldheim's plot
- And/or Teferi is there looking for solutions or managing problems well beyond Innistrad. Exiling ancient evil as opposed to destroying said evil is a common theme on the plane and maybe Teferi is researching phase and exile magic in an attempt to bring back Zhalfir and he gets caught up in local affairs?
Wrenn could be on Innistrad in an attempt to heal the plane post-Emrakul perhaps? We know that there are dryads on Innistrad.
I am glad that Arlinn is getting more emphasis in the story and maybe she or Wrenn will be recruited into the watch?
Feb 8, 2021Possible. One of Old Phyrexia's greatest weaknesses was its over-reliance upon its master Yawgmoth and the means and ends associated with B mana. Yet there are costs to being leaderless as well and you may be correct in the inference.Posted in: Magic Storyline
New Phyrexia is more diverse in its mana base and colour philosophy, but it is currently lacking a multi-coloured leader that can unite all of its individual parts (including Red). Maybe this is a feature, and not a bug but there's pros and cons to either strategy.
Maybe Strixhaven will provide further clues as to what (and who) we're dealing with here?
Feb 8, 2021I'm sorry but I know very little about Lorwyn/Shadowmoore as that occurred during my hiatus.Posted in: Magic Storyline
A quick jaunt through the wiki doesn't reveal anything either and you probably consulted that source anyways.
Maybe try the MtG Vorthos reddit-page and see if anyone there has any info?
Feb 6, 2021Posted in: Magic StorylineQuote from Ryperior74 »Oh you know what tezzert is innocent he’s not involved
a hissing, sparking red glow that began as a single star and spread, slowly, into a circle. The circle widened
It opens as a red portal but look at the planar bridge opened
it’s blue when opened how can it be the planar bridge when the one vorinclex enter to go back was red
it (might) mean(s) either jin-Gitaxas cracked it he may have repaired menarch planar bridge or someone else is father/mother of machines who made it happen
I really wish we could use the colour and shape of the portal to discern who arranged all of this, but I mean, WotC can't even seem to get their Story Spotlights to accurately reflect the story canon as written by the Story Team, so I'm suspicious of the idea that they'd pay any closer attention to finer details such as a portal's pattern and colour.
I hope I'm wrong.
Feb 6, 2021Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from FlossedBeaver »Quote from SpeedGrapher »Listen, we've had this conversation already about other products Wizards has released. Everyone on this website is an extreme liberal. Two generations are brainwashed extreme liberals. If you argue against extreme liberalism you will be shouted down. You will be hunted to the point of losing your job or worse. There are all kinds of news stories like that and it's disgusting.
You have to understand the rational arguments are over. Just enjoy the societal collapse. Arguing against the ideology behind this product is a massive waste of time.
In the context of a product available for purchase that you disagree with there is only one solution of not buying the product.
Solution: Don't buy the product.
Yup. There is also insufficient understanding in the post as to what the word Liberalism actually means.
Feb 5, 2021Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Decadent_Creed »
This used to be a community that was well moderated and didn't allow stuff like this, much less allow the same people to say the same bigoted stuff over and over with little to no consequences, but that just isn't the case anymore. If anyone can recommend a community withh plenty of discussion that will actually put their foot down when it comes to bigots peddling hate speech left and right, please let me know because I'd like to join.
Is MtGNexus any better? I know several of the Reddit communities are a bit of a mixed bag and I'm not sure how I feel about the thread format but there there's gotta be other communities right?
Feb 5, 2021I enjoyed the Final Battle story and if I have much criticism, it's not directed at this particular story, but rather WotC's failure to accurately depict the story through the cards. Kaya, Tyvar and Niko were fun to read here, though I'm still confused as to the persuasive logic Tyvar used to persuade his brother to aide rather than war against the current roster of gods.Posted in: Magic Storyline
From one strategic point of view, the battle was a perfect opportunity to deal a terrible blow to the Skoti.
I would have loved to see Narfi's face when the Cosmos Serpent invaded his realm, and would love to see a D&D campaign that had as its goal the search for and rescue of Valki.
The story team is getting better at telling stories on paper, now they just need to do better at showing that via cardboard.
Feb 5, 2021Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from mikeyG »Wait, WotC is doing a great thing for Black girls, and your first thought was "what about me?" Yikes.
At this point it's kinda bread and butter to the MO of some of these regular naysayers.
All we can do is speak out, block, and/or report.
There's a persistent pattern here of particular users always going out of their way to problematize greater inclusivity for marginalized folks and folx.
Are there any good online MtG communities that don't put up with this kinda stuff that one can join?
The Vorthos community on this here website is still pretty small, and I'd be willing to join other sites and help build a Vorthos/Timmie community there if its user base is a little more progressive than MtGsalv.
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