They are just using it as a descriptive word. Ichor can really be used to describe and unknown liquid that is gross and slimy, it had a very specific definition long ag, but often times it is just used to describe a generally unknown gross, viscous liquid. Just my opinion.
I think yall are over complicating this.
This. We went through the outrage and silly speculation due to Ugin being called "the Ineffable", now this. Phyrexia is and was important, but not everything that uses a real-world word that happened to be used in its context, has to be connected with it.
And lots of people are predictably, and somewhat justifiably, very annoyed by this because there's no good reason to name it Fountain of Ichor if they didn't want to invoke speculation - the word doesn't even have anything to do with oil outside of MTG's use of it as an alias for Glistening Oil. If you draw your definition from English in general, it's a badly chosen nonsense name. If you draw your definition from the context of MTG, it's yet another obnoxious red-herring meant to stir speculation, which I would have thought they would learn to do better or not do at all by now.
How could they call it to avoid the issue? Fountain of Oil would be even worse...
- So, nothing biological can pass through the Planar Bridge . . . except for planeswalkers. What? This was another point they hammered ever since the Planar Bridge was made. Yet, in this story, Ob Nixilis, Dack, Karn, and Samut just walk/fly through the portal into Amonkhet. The explanation is that their sparks somehow protect them.
Didn't the Planar Bridge destroy organic matter due to sending it through the Blind Eternities, from which effects the spark specifically protects? Not that it makes the whole book any better, but still.
Not a strawman given I’ve seen people say things like “Bolas and all the other walkers would die and basically reset the roster” as one way they expected the story to go. Do you want me to go dig for posts to prove my point? It’ll have to be after work but I’m more than able to show that people are saying these kind of things.
It is, since you're basically commenting as if that was the number one stance presented by people - which it isn't. Sure, you can find some posts with such sentiments, but you could also find ones where someone expected Fblthp to be the hero of the story or become a planeswalker. Doesn't mean those should become the focus of the discussion.
None of the premises to me read "everyone dies and Bolas wins" or "half the known Planeswalkers die in a borderline pyrrhic victory". If that's how you're reading it then that's fine, but it's far from the only interpretation, as it is with literature. We had the bleak story with Amonkhet. That was one where it was rather obvious things weren't going to go well. We had it with the last round of Innistrad as well. Those were ones where it was rather obvious the story was going to be dark, and they delivered fine on that.
Nice strawman you're building there. Unless you truly believe there is no room between "almost no planeswalkers die" and "half/most die", in which case discussing this is kinda hard.
So, is this Lily wins, the block? I mean, she got two things that were hanging over her dealt with (the contract and now the Veil). Guess we'll see if there isn't a card that shows her destroying the Raven Man