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  • posted a message on Seven Secret Lairs in 2019
    Kaleidoscope Killers is an absolute beast of a bargain deal
    Eldraine Wonderland is a neutral purchase (until the secondary market gets too much)
    OMG Kitties is bad for the MSRP (but fine in secondary market)
    Bitterblossom Dreams is a bargain
    Restless in Peace is a minor loss
    Serum Visions is a minor loss (but its only a one time purchase)
    <Explosion Sounds> [see OMG Kitties]
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on War of the Spark: Forsaken summary posted on reddit
    @5colors: If its true about black magic, then I will concede that point. Currently rereading the story for her and playing through Nissa's Origins campaign again, as I could be remembering the fate of the Joraga differently. If I am also wrong on this, I will also concede that point.

    @Whalaqee: Wouldn't be surprised if she became a hermit. And yes that was part of my point emphasizing the bad hand she has been dealt. As Chandra was her main reason to go plane hopping and helping other planes even before the relationship went romantic, like when an extroverted friend talks their introverted friend into coming along.


    [I concede]
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on War of the Spark: Forsaken summary posted on reddit
    Also something to chew on, the other things on why the breakup seems really rough:
    1) Nissa already lost most of her own people, The Joraga, who were her actual kith and kin. Also the Joraga lived before getting retconed to dying horribly to the Eldrazi. As this now does make Nissa one of the few survivors of that culture which wasn't a thing before retconning.
    2) The Tajuru elves of Zendikar, where she met with their leader and learned to love music with Hiba (Tajuru musician) got retconned out when they retconned her lore for Origins.
    3) The Lorwyn elves who she previously visisted on her planeswalking adventures, even got really well along with as she even dabbled in their black-side of magic. Now that got retconned so she had a falling out with them and would find their use of black magic abhorrent.
    4) Her literal first love, Chandra, got retconned. As Chandra would rather be with men than her.

    Her culture and people? Dead.
    Her friend from the Tajuru? Nonexistent.
    Her friendship with the Lorwyn elves? Dissolved.
    Her first love? Rejected.

    All of it from retcons.
    3/4s of those aspects that were retconned? They were also from Wintermute's Novel "In the Teeth of Akoum". Sure its not a great novel, but the alternative that we get to live with is far more awful.

    As they want ways to grow Nissa's character? How about focusing on how much loss, isolation, betrayal, and rejection she has actually experienced. All of it when away from her truest friend: Ashaya. Which is an elemental who is a fragment of the world soul of Zendikar. Oh and everytime she left Zendikar, a world that she is trying to help regrow and by extension spend time with Ashaya, it wound up in pain. Sometimes immediate, sometimes very delayed like with Chandra. Using the novel Forsaken, she doesn't want to leave Zendikar again or be involved in helping any other planes.

    That even the first person who she fell in love with and professed her love to, they lost interest in her within a single week.

    This is such a magnitude level of messed-up that I don't think anyone was even thinking about when it came to writing and retconning Nissa's story.
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  • posted a message on War of the Spark: Forsaken summary posted on reddit
    Quote from ArixOrdragc »
    I personally hate romance being shoved into stories that aren't about romance. It sometimes seems like writers think that throwing in romantic relationships is the only way they can make us care about their characters or the overall story, but I can honestly not recall a single thing I've ever read/watched/played/whatever where I've legitimately cared about whatever romance has been shoved in. I've never once thought "Man I really hope those characters get together" or "Wow their romantic relationship is really on the rocks, I wonder if it'll survive this new development".

    I wouldn't go so far as to say it's an inherently bad thing, I just wish it'd stopped being used as a cheap "Care about these characters now" button.
    Which I get, there is a few others like a person having a dog so it forces the audience to care more.

    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.
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  • posted a message on War of the Spark: Forsaken summary posted on reddit
    Quote from Caranthir »
    I'm frankly disgusted by the reaction of some of the community. I have seen people attacking Weisman under his tweets saying he is a "crap writer" and a "terrible person overall". People claiming "freedom of speech" and "right to voice their disagreement" as an apology to behave like stupid jerks bashing the author in a rude and arrogant way. People writing below every single status and tweet repeating tirades about Chandra and Nissa.

    People goes crazy about shipping. I really couldn't care any less, but there are many out there that watch shows just to see which character could be put in a relationship together (a lot of times without caring if they are straight, homo or queer). They'll put romance in the story even when there isn't. Putting a romance in a story is always a bad thing, because there will be someone who'll be rubbed the wrong way. Magic did a smart thing in the past not putting romance in its story (or keeping it a minimum, like Gerrard and Hannah).
    Even intentional ones have pitfalls based on the views of a writer.

    A little infamous one was Spiderman's One More Day. The writer believed that Peter Park being married to Mary Jane meant the story couldn't grow and would also result in accessibility of the character, so the best plan to him was to break them up. That way Peter Parker was more relatable as a high schooler entering college, effectively resetting his character. It didn't matter that the fans were unhappy about this development of a character they grew attached to, the person who had the control wanted Peter Parker to be in other relationships. Marvel Comics would years later admit that One More Day was basically a travesty as it ruined characters that had been built up over several years.

    And its not just the shippers look for ships in a story when there isn't clearly one, which can be called a "crack-ship" in which the pair is so awfully matched. There is also the audience intended one which can also get horribly mangled in the process.

    So no, putting a romance in a story isn't the bad thing by itself. Magic was also doing just fine with the Vraska x Jace story with writers who cared about the characters being in a happy relationship. Then it started falling apart with War of the Spark.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on War of the Spark: Forsaken summary posted on reddit
    Hell hath no fury like a shipper scorned. Sure there are good elements in the book I will give you that, but one needs to be careful with character romances.


    Nobody talks about Zahid being in the book for example, a minor genie character with a card. Yet people will talk about the breakup of that one romance in particular. That its the unfortunate negative reputation that the book has earned. Especially if its true from the writer that there was no internal plans to actually make the pair a couple to begin with and that what he did was essentially ripping off the band aid. So nobody really wins.

    Are the shippers wrong for thinking like this? Some yes, others no. For the majority, the romance originally blooming was just something pleasant, something to keep their interest as they wanted to see more cozy moments of the pair together.

    For the vocal minority, its a mix of some form of the prior group who are understandably unhappy with the development. However the rest are ones who wanted it as a tool for their agendas. The rude ones can be minority or majority.

    And its not a small crowd either who just enjoys romance stories, as there is an entire genre of fiction that tends to sell well for the previously stated reasons. Conflicts can happen in a romance story, the couple not seeing eye to eye or external forces at work, but the best ones are of love enduring despite the setbacks. Is it unrealistic? To an extent yes, but its also what people crave. As what is often being sold is that romantic escapism.

    Even the deconstruction of the "happily ever after" ending has felt like its overstayed its welcome as its less interesting to the average person and also feels quiet overplayed.

    So when the novel's reputation is "couple immediately have a falling out and eventually breakup after getting together at the end of previous book" that is what happens when a writer plays with that kind of fire. And its not just for the LGBT romances. Such a reputation can form from the breakup of a straight couple as well or a straight pair of characters that were hinted at forming a romantic relationship, but it never happening instead.

    Hopefully that helps you understand some of the underlying elements at play when it comes to that topic at hand.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [C19] - Magic Mics Spoilers - Bloodthirsty Blade and Geth, Lord of the Vault
    Quote from Buffsam89 »
    Quote from Jiyor »
    Wait why no regular equip also? Thats dumb. I should be able to attach it to my own creatures as well.


    It’s cool and flavorful, but I totally agree. Wasn’t there a batch of Auras that made sure creatures couldn’t attack you?
    The blade having something like the Vow of Duty effect would be redundant unless you are the only opponent that the goaded creature could attack.

    However what you could do is use it with Xantcha, Sleeper Agent or a creature equipped with an Assault Suit for example if you wanted a commander attached with it.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on C19 - Commanders
    Sevinne also makes for a great wall as a 2/ since he can't be dealt damage, which means he is also good for throwing down a giant damage sweep spell.

    I know I am running Kadena only for the colors, with Ixidor as the true commander.
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  • posted a message on Comander 2019 preview schedule
    Quote from Xcric »
    when there's so many different websites, channels, and feeds getting previews that you need to publish an article to track them all, its time to rethink how you ******* preview things.

    sweet ******* jesus. no one is going to go to all that ***** to see some damn spoilers. they're going to just go somewhere that shows them all at once.

    their spoiler strategy sucks so much dick and is beyond obnoxious now.
    I dunno about following everyone, but I just follow a few of the major people on twitter and occasionally check the MTG Reddit.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Next set is called "Throne of Eldraine"
    Also considering that the mythological creature, the Serpopard, is also in Arthurian myth. Which is also something that is quiet obscure and was included in Amonkhet.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on MtG ‘Might’ Double in Team Size
    On one hand it will result in people catching more bad interactions among card synergies. On the other hand, this could result in too many cooks. Only time will tell how the team doubling in size will actually affect the game.
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  • posted a message on Throne of Eldraine eBook
    Likely would be better. It would be very hard to top the train wreck of the War of the Spark novel. This looks like a more traditional fantasy novel than "endgame: the novel".
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  • posted a message on [RUMOR] The Commander 19 decks will be based on keywords
    Hopefully a new multi-colored version of Ixidor. I really wouldn't mind if its just the same as Ixidor, Reality Sculptor version but its got extra colors.
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  • posted a message on Next set is called "Throne of Eldraine"
    If I recall, the most demanded for plane that also won the voting was Lorwyn if they were to ever go back and return to one of these highly desired planes. With Kamigawa and Theros trailing not far behind. Plus the way this teaser is designed, its like a formal invitation to a castle than it is to a plane. Though this might might just be wishful thinking as its instead revealed to be Not-Lorwyn with similar themes and tribes.
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  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) and War of the Spark (WAR) General Discussion
    If you don't want to kill many characters don't make this (WotS Teaser) video then: https://youtu.be/Zn_0ZjpjntE

    Its a very simple and elegant video. 36 stained glass windows as we pan around representing the 36 planeswalkers aside from Tezzeret as we learn he is "off plane" in the form of a buy-a-box promo. The first stained glass window to break is Gideon's. Then we see many candles, all but one gets extinguished, which leads one to believe the last candle is Nicol Bolas, which is then reinforced as the smoke form the horns and the candle his gem of becoming. Then, finally, everything becomes darkness as its presumed the villain has won.

    Sure it got people talking, but the backlash is you set up a false expectation on how the audience thought the war would have gone, that anyone could have died, but when the body count is low, then the teaser video in retrospect essentially sets up a bait-and-switch story.

    There is also quiet a few story beats missing from the cards that the book has that has left people consistently and outright confused. I have the book, if you want an answer, private message me.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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