Let me guess...BoaB is getting canned?
It is a shame that there is no mention about what's happening with BoaB. The community has been replying on JvL's articles for some time now. It's not even mentioned in the article. I'd like to ask WotC to take a good look at the BoaB articles. Please respond to what your community is asking of you. Either rename and give a new function to BoaB or get a writer that can write BoaB articles.
what your community is asking of you.
What card image is used for this article on the main page?
Everytime I look at my bookshelf and glance at “The Quest for Karn” I remember how bad that story was and this makes me feel sad/upset when I look back into my mind how good it used to be in the past with extraordinary books like “The Brother’s War”, “Planeswalkers”, the Ice Trilogy and so on.
Regarding the past few years, I am not able to understand what have happened to the Creative Team to mess up with Dominaria’s story that much in so many weird ways. OK! I might have a clue concerning true-walkers, new players and the massive marketing regarding the neo-walkers.
It was written that “…changes are inevitable” but do not fool yourselves presuming that most of it were good to eager old readers - the ones who still really care (and perhaps always will) despite everything that was badly written in the past recent years. It seems to me that Creative Team simply don’t care to keep continuity intact (most because of the new players I guess).
There was a time when each book was a true part of a block and its expansions. If that reality was gone (but not lost) maybe it’s the time to change again and bring it back. You’ve said: ”...the stories from Magic will continue to flow”. Not just flow but flow with coherence we hope!
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“… we're exploring how best to serve the story audience ...”
If you truly meant that, you may try to find the people bellow in order to “Save the Flavor” - and perhaps much more.
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Out of all the games out there I think Magic has such a rich backdrop to draw stories from that it could/should be on top for flavor, side stories and published novels about what happens oustide the cards, but sadly it seems that there just isn't a lot of emphasis put on that aspect.
I am sorry. I have complained about his articles a few times, but I've been forgiving because he has proven that he can do great things. Honestly, I design decks first and check banned lists later; it's entirely possible if you're playing with cardboard for noone to notice. Ponder isn't on a level of broken like JtMS, it's just a very good utility card.The "community" on these boards seems very often to be poisonous to, well, everyone. It is possible to make mistakes; you try writing a ~10 page article a week about something as esoteric as Magic without clerical errors. The harpies who want JVL gone don't seem to understand one very important thing: ALMOST all the "good" CONSTRUCTED cards are at rare or higher. When even Tunnel Ignus is a rare, when the power level is that of an uncommon, it gets ugly.I understand that this is intentional on the part of R&D, but it's still *bleeping* annoying.
Building on a BudgetFor those of you frustrated with Building on a Budget, your feelings are not being ignored. The column has a lot of responsibilities, it has to be about deck building, it has to keep decks easy to get, and it has to be competitive. That's a tall order for someone to do once a month and we're asking Jake to do it weekly. There will be good and there will be bad weeks. Jake had two off weeks in a row. He and I have talked about it and we're working to refocus and improve the content that's being put out in the column. Ben Bleiweiss, while writing for the same column, was also writing for a different column. At that time it was a more casually aimed column and today the column is given a more competitive leaning.
Furthermore, it is my belief that the limit on budget serves a two-fold role. The first, obviously, is to make the end results affordable. The second, however, is to force the builder to examine choices. As an example, let's say BoaB settles on a fixed budget, say $50. Now let's say JVL first decides to run Dismember, one of the best removal spells in Standard, in his deck. Later, he finds that he is over his budget, and decides to look at other possible removal spells, ones that cost less. Not only does this then yield a list of pros and cons for various removal spells in Standard, it also forces the author to explain the reason a certain choice was made over another. It's one thing to say "I chose to run this card because it's good"; it's quite another thing to say "Of these choices, this one is best for our deck because...".
JUST FIRE JVL ALREADY EVERYONE WANTS IT!