Quote from Gutterstorm »I’m just going to say that most works of fiction that are considered great do not just kill large numbers of characters. They use death sparingly and impactfully. I don’t know how others feel about it but it didn’t take long before death became a joke in Game of Thrones. Killing well liked characters too often can be a great way to lose a ton of your fans. They killed Gideon and if their Facebook poll is to be considered it had a great impact on people because he rolled over arguably better characters in all of his rounds so far. Just because you don’t like the gatewatch doesn’t mean they need to die. And not to mention the only reason you know any of this is because of leaks. Had it not been for that you would go into reading the novel still thinking that almost anyone could die and it would be way more satisfying. You’re only complaining because you recurved an incomplete version before having the opportunity to consume it as it was meant to be.
And people wonder why WotC gets so upset about leaks.
Again, I'll throw the word ''consequences''.
The Gatewatch hasn't faced any real consequences for their action through the entire saga. What made Urza saga better is that characters made stupid decision and they've payed for them with their lives. There was a feeling of actual stakes at play. Why would I, after WAR, ever feel that there will be any real stakes in future mtg stories? Plane will be in danger, planeswalkers will roflstomp the threat, an illusion of consequence (X randoms had died) will be thrown at us and we're moving on to the next story with the same formula. There is no more tension left. Will Jace die facing Garruk? No, ofc he won't, character deaths are being avoided like the plague. Will the Raven Man fulfill whatever his plan was? No, ofc he won't, the Gatewatch will stop him with no real loses. How do I know that? Because that has been the bloody formula since BFZ!
A plane is facing a threat -> Gatewatch beats the threat -> illusion of consequence is thrown in our faces (what does killing the titans mean? how will kaladesh function now?) -> onto the next story. Neither Amonketh had any real consequences for our characters. Jace lost his memory and then regained it in the same block, Nissa went a way and came back 2 blocks later without anyone noticing that she was gone, the rest just went their own way.