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    posted a message on War of the Spark: Forsaken summary posted on reddit
    Quote from Ree Wicker »

    I think the more silly thing is writers seem to have it down pat the ability to build up a romance, but then when the characters are finally in a relationship, the writers tend to flounder about and are unsure where to take it from there.

    Oh, absolutely. Easy to write a dramatic buildup because it has clear narrative arc to work with and significant emotional payoff. Stable relationships not so much.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on War of the Spark: Forsaken summary posted on reddit
    Quote from Dom4419 »
    Has it ever been confirmed that she is bisexual? I've been reading the stories since KTK and never got this confirmation. I understand why people might interpret it so as there were some passages that did make you wonder but nothing definitive. Her only obvious interest to me was Gideon. Is there any parts I missed or is it all speculation?

    The Forsaken novel includes these two notable passages in it.
    On Ravnica, in the wake of Gideon’s death and Bolas’, they had admitted to each other that they loved. But both of them knew deep down they were only speaking platonically.

    That first bit referring to the previous novel.
    Chandra had never been into girls. Her crushes — and she’d had her fair share — were mostly the brawny (and decidedly male) types like Gids. But there had always been something about Nissa Revane specifically, something the two of them shared in that great chemical mix — arcing between them like one of Ral Zarek’s lightning bolts — that had thrilled her. From the moment they first met.
    Now everything’s different.
    It was over. Before it had ever had a chance to begin. Maybe, maybe they had missed their moment.

    So even if you haven't read the previous story content in which it is made pretty clear that there is definitely something going on with Chandra and Nissa, the story here reiterates that, before telling us it wasn't actually real though whoops.
    WotC's apology says that "Chandra will love and be involved with many characters as her story unfolds—regardless of gender", which makes it sound like Chandra is going to be written as bi or pan going forward. I really hope that's what they mean, because it would be massively *****ty and massively stupid of them to say that while apologizing for queerbaiting otherwise, because then you're just layering queerbaiting on top of queerbaiting.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on War of the Spark: Forsaken summary posted on reddit
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/189241573888/even-though-i-do-not-quite-a-few-people-view-the

    So I'm glad Mark actually mentioned the words 'diverse' and 'inclusive'— unlike the official apology, which didn't use any such language— which does go some way toward acknowledging that this was a serious failing on meeting up to their goals with diversity and inclusivity.
    I like that, despite being a game which has a significant, fairly vocal 'anti-SJW' crowd (as most games do), WotC has been bold enough to be very explicitly in favour of diversity and inclusion and has delivered on that front definitely with female characters, but this whole debacle does have the air of not wanting to push the envelope any further for fear of backlash, and I really hope that's not true.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on War of the Spark: Forsaken summary posted on reddit
    It’s not enough. De-canonize both novels immediately before this hemorrhages our faith In WOTC out any longer.

    I agree, it's not enough. They had yet to even allude to other complaints with the story (like about Jace and Vraska) and for this one they put it as 'not meeting expectations' when it is was more of a case of straight-up queerbaiting and bury-your-gays erasure, which is a lot more than not meeting expectations. I hope there will be more to come on this and this was just an initial statement to make sure they get something out there. But, even still, they could have done better.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on 11/18/19 Big Bannings
    Quote from Pip_Maxwell »
    Farewell elks, you will be missed.

    Frankly, I think the architecture of Castle Garenbrig is looking a lot better now that one of those elks turned back into The Great Henge. It just wasn't the same without it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on 11/18/19 Big Bannings
    Quote from the n00b king »
    I feel like this is confirmation that the higher ups at WotC had no faith in this set's ability to sell based off of a combination of its themes, setting and lack of a Jacetice League member, so they relied on the tried and true method of adding a couple pushed cards to the set to ensure it sold well. Play Design had been doing such a great job, this is really the only reason I can think of for why this set has experienced so many problems.

    I mean everyone immediately knew Oko was going to be oppressively good. There is no way Play Design missed that, or let it slip through the cracks.


    The more I read about play design and the more I think a lot of people's hate is super misguided. Play design DOES NOT design cards with the purpose of sales. That is NOT their role. I don't believe for a second that that's their main goal when designing cards.

    Indeed. I'm ready to believe that a for-profit company did something bad for customers just for the sake of profit, but as they say, why assume malice for what is adequately explained by stupidity, or rather, in this case, simple human fallibility? It's a pretty bold claim to suggest WotC is so deliberately screwing with players, after all. That would be a rather risky move on their part. Just the fact that players are so annoyed with this situation to feel like this must be some deliberate slight against them tells you that it might not be ideal for WotC. Especially if someone leaked anything that substantiated that— can you imagine the fallout after that?

    Quote from the n00b king »

    Reading the last article about play design really helps puts things in perspective, in my opinion. What's been happening is that they have actually powered down standard quite a bit but have pushed a few cards really far in one direction. So that's why some of these seem so egregious. To be completely honest, it's better to push the envelop than to hold back. Sometimes things come together super well and other times, they don't. They have no way to predict what the meta will look like (consider that there's only like 20 of them vs the collective hive mind when it comes to play testing). Mistakes will slip through.

    Exactly. I don't know why anyone would be surprised that this happens. It happens with like, every game. Most game communities seem to think the devs are incompetent at balancing, or have nefarious ulterior motives. You can criticize shortcomings without jumping to a conspiracy theory or claiming to be smarter than the entire dev team, guys. Trust me, it's possible. In fact, it would make your criticisms a lot more impactful.

    Quote from the n00b king »

    The problem, and i hope they scale this back, is 3 mana planeswalkers. These tend to be too strong when you have 1 drop acceleration available in standard. Hell even without acceleration, we all know how strong 3 mana walkers are (too efficient). If you bumped both Teferi and Oko up to 4 mana, they are nowhere near as oppressive (as your opponent will have had time to build a board).

    Yes. They should have slightly more options for interactivity with planeswalkers too.

    Quote from the n00b king »

    Additionally, WotC has mentioned that they would be more aggressive to correct metagames with bannings. I'm totally on board with this. In fact, the truth is that in the past, they should have been more proactive to address bad metagames.

    Agree. Bannings are annoying in losing cards, but if it opens up more cards to playability and reduces the need to buy into a select set of ridiculously expensive cards then it's easily worth it on that front.

    Quote from the n00b king »

    I understand that some players may feel frustrated with this, but without the ability to "nerf" cards, this is the only way.

    Ah, the advantages of a digital game...

    Quote from the n00b king »

    Green has been pushed quite a bit since the last Innistrad. I think every color will get it's time to shine. Eventually, that might even be white!

    I remember a time when white-blue decks were the monster of the metagame. White will have its time. Hell, after these bannings, white-blue looks to be in a pretty good position again.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on The Pioneer Format
    Quote from Grimberry »
    What it comes down to is that Wizards uses Standard to thoroughly crush an expensive card. The problem is, a card can’t return to Standard unless it fits the rules of New World Order, which is the current design philosophy for sets on rotation. So about half of Modern is excluded from Standard reprints. They can’t use precons for meaningful reprints either, because the guaranteed presence kills reprint equity for Wizards, who depends on the gambling aspect of packs to pad the bottom line.


    The next problem is, New World Order didn’t start until Return to Ravnica. So only RTR onward has the card design to see a steady supply of reprints as is permutable in Standard.

    Incorrect.
    Zendikar was the first set to be fully designed under the new world order philosophy.


    And power creep is less likely, due to the inherently weaker card design in New World Order.

    You clearly don't know what NWO is.
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/59210579698/nwo-wouldnt-care-if-ancestral-recall-were-printed#notes
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/43299188962/in-response-to-soulflames-talking-about-non-spike
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/22851174337/what-i-meant-in-my-last-question-was-that-recent


    Pioneer isn’t an eternal format. It’s a New World Order All-Stars format.

    Of course it's not an eternal format; it only includes the last ten years of cards. Eternal formats need to include all the sets.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on 'Mystery Booster' product
    Quote from Dom4419 »
    Are the non test cards reprints? They come with their original borders and set symbol but they have the little planeswalker symbol at the bottom.

    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/188896384663/i-saw-that-in-the-mystery-booster-you-had-chatter
    The Mystery Boosyer has what we call straight pick-ups, meaning that we literally took the file as is and printed it (adding the Planeswalker symbol to show it’s this printing). That is a different thing than printing a new card, with updated rules text, which is how we normally make cards.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on [THB] Theros: Beyond Death Leaks
    How the stores even had the physical product to make a mistake with in the first place is beyond me

    Sets begin printing and distribution long before official release.
    https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/172629765523/how-long-before-release-does-printing-start
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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