- Oct 25, 2017
| OT | Core 2020 - Tighter Than A Corset
Yeah, I like this one as well.
I try to be hip in other ways! Definitely didn’t get the rap references last time haha.
Yeah, you got it!
She's been the face character since Kaladesh, they changed the twitch mtg logo to her face ages ago for instance
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Same, I really hope Chandra is the only one. That seems unlikely, but I also never would have guessed they'd include three versions of a single character in a set, so who knows.
I'd argue this is good storytelling. We just had a massive event as you said. That story now needs to rest a little bit. Chandra was not at all front and center in the Bolas storyline we just finished, so she's as good a character as any to follow in this core set. I suspect other future sets will focus on different characters, such as Garruk and maybe some of the new ones to flesh them out. We'll get back to Liliana as a focus eventually, but that should be years from now (though I don't mean to imply she should just be absent for years, but skipping a few sets should be more than fine).
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I don't play Modern but I love that this is an article in 2019 and enjoyed reading it. Hits me right in the nostalgia sweet spot.
Also confirmation that there will be five Planeswalker Decks again, each with unique new planeswalker cards.
That makes sense. Like I said, I don't really follow the story much and I've only been playing for a couple years, and regularly for less than that. I wasn't thinking of each set as an independent story, it seems like since Kaladesh or Ixalan or so the story has been pretty focused and each set has been the next chapter in a continuing story. But looking back at older sets I can see how the Marvel analogy makes sense.I'd argue this is good storytelling. We just had a massive event as you said. That story now needs to rest a little bit. Chandra was not at all front and center in the Bolas storyline we just finished, so she's as good a character as any to follow in this core set. I suspect other future sets will focus on different characters, such as Garruk and maybe some of the new ones to flesh them out. We'll get back to Liliana as a focus eventually, but that should be years from now (though I don't mean to imply she should just be absent for years, but skipping a few sets should be more than fine).
Marvel is doing the same thing. We don't need to know how everyone is dealing with the aftermath of Endgame. I guess we'll find out about Spiderman, but only because Sony forced it. Marvel isn't releasing a movie for almost a year other than that and when they do, they're going to release two prequels first. Then the story will begin to move forward again almost two years later. That's good pacing.
I expect them to stomp all over the potential, but I sure hope they don't. It could be really amazing. I've only returned to Magic in the past few years, but as a kid I bought at least one fat pack per expansion just to get access to the books. Storytelling through cards is such a cool concept and Wizards does it remarkably well. They just need to tell a good story.Chandra is a fine focus for them to do in M20 and I hope they do get away from Gatewatch member-centric stuff and tie in other characters and worlds more often going forward.
But they've setup several story threads for us to follow post-WAR that I hope prove worth following.
1. Kaya chasing Liliana2. Ral chasing Tezzeret3. Vraska chasing DovinI'd be surprised if one of those three doesn't take center stage in the block post M20. That's not even counting the setup with Davriel they did in the Sanderson story or any other threads they left dangling over the years.
This is an exciting time for Magic story, uncertainty has an allure.
Jace, Chandra and Liliana have always been the most popular characters (in that order), so they've all been the face of many sets. My point is that there's a clear push to make Chandra a bigger deal than Jace. It's likely that they believe Chandra has wider appeal to the general public than Jace, who would have greater appeal to the typical gamer.
I didn’t forget but the Core Set focus characters back then never meant much of anything back then. Remember M13 was Nicol Bolas and they literally ignored the story? Wasn’t much different with M14 and Chandra.