Quote from Baphomet_Risen »I think you guys that have a tone of disagreement, are still sort of agreeing in your explanation. I hear a lot of "Well, kind of like Nissa but more like Gurruk because she leans a little more on creatures than most previous versions of Nissa." If Gurruk is THE green male planeswalker and Nissa is THE female green planeswalker, then Vivien very clearly fits the statement "Let's make Nissa a little more masculine, give her a bow, and a new name. Voila! New planeswalker."
But even beyond mechanics, Vivien just isn't very interesting from a flavor perspective. Artistically, I look at her and see "generic female ranger." There is a lot more design space to be harvested. Ajani, Gidien, and Elspeth are all mono-white and feel like different interesting characters. Same with Jace, Tezzeret, Tamiyo, and Teferi. So on and so forth. Other than Jaya feeling like old-Chandra, most planewalkers seem like interesting individuals. Vivien just strikes me as uninspired.
I didn't realize until after I reread my post, but Vivien made me want Nissa back. Maybe that was wizards real goal.
To the poster above mentioning that Wizards never said they would kill the gatewatch, I was being more metaphorical. They said something to the effect of stepping away from them.
Nissa and Vivien are extremely different mechanically. Nissa has never been creature-focused in the way Garruk or Vivien has been. Nissa's first card was strictly Elf-focused, and every card she's gotten after that has been land and elemental focused. Vivien cares about creatures overall, and none of Vivien's cards have shown any care for lands.
Also Jaya pre-dated Chandra. It's actually more accurate to say that Chandra feels like young-Jaya.