The Grid must be filled.Yes, ginormous creatures are weird on Innistrad. But not doing any ginormous creatures warps the metagame and favors certain colors. So we do our best to put them in the setting flavor-wise even though they're not necessarily a natural fit.
Yes, ginormous creatures are weird on Innistrad. But not doing any ginormous creatures warps the metagame and favors certain colors. So we do our best to put them in the setting flavor-wise even though they're not necessarily a natural fit.
Most of the Overrun type cards leave it up to the player's imagination to define what caused the stampede in the first place.This guy is so big (and yes big things can be scary as hell--see Godzilla circa 1998) that he causes animals to run in terror creating an overwhelming stampede all by itself much like how the citizens of Manhattan reacted to a certain big fella stomping around the city. Not only that, but the larger ecosystem he happens to be in (the more creatures that happen to be in his vicinity), the more he eats, the larger he becomes and the more terror he strikes in any area he happens to be in. Capturing the very essence of survival of the fittest and the circle of life in a neat package.I like the card.
1. I like the card too.2. I agree with you on every point, other than Godzilla being terrifying.3. The problem for me is the art doesn't work as part of the whole. The art doesn't show the stampede. It doesn't show a creature savagely feasting. It shows a slightly obscured majestic Naya God. I actually feel very serne looking at that art. That's the issue. The art doesn't match what the card is obviously trying to convey mechanically.
I saw Godzilla when I was a kid, and although my love of dinosaurs pretty much stymied any real terror I had of him, the concept of running from something so big that the mere act of running accomplishes nothing, is in fact very terrifying.Yes, I agree that the art really doesn't capture any sort of depiction of a stampede, but the art is still pretty cool in my opinion. I like the fact that you don't necessarily have to go back to Naya (from a new set standpoint) to find a card that from an artistic (and mechanical as well) perspective could be a near perfect fit in a Naya themed deck if you chose to include it (compared to other cards that sort of make me cringe when I shove them in a themed deck such as Student of Warfare in my Selesnya themed deck--the Zendikons make it a very jarring inclusion). Although the trees in the art do seem to be uncharacteristic of the trees found in the Naya Jungle.
Oh the art is beautiful. It just isn't right for the card. Each part is good on it's own, but feels lacking together.
Hollowhenge ScavengerHollowhenge BeastSplinterfrightBoneyard WurmThe various dragonsEssence of the WildGravetiller WurmKindercatchVorapedeMoldgraf MonstrosityThe fatties have always been there, they've just never been the focus.
Oh the art is beautiful. It just isn't right for the card. Each part is good on it's own, but feels lacking together.I think the major issue dealt with capturing the size of this thing correctly. If you tried to show a stampede with him at the center, the most you would have caught would maybe have been his leg. Which doesn't really provide a very satisfactory image for a creature. Just my .
See, Craterhoof Behemoth doesn't like zombies and vampires and werewolves. They make him sad. So he hides away. He likes angels. Because the angels are back, he is happy, and decided to come out and play.Show
I don't think anyone's arguing that giant monsters aren't horror.The problem is that they're not classical gothic horror.Though I don't remember these same complaints about The Blob
Creatures begin to surface that have not been seen on Innistrad before, some that had gone into hiding during the dark times, and some entirely new, forged for divine duty by Avacyn herself.
Creatures begin to surface that have not been seen on Innistrad before, some that had gone into hiding during the dark times, and some entirely new, forged for divine duty by Avacyn herself.So either this giant thing hid in a cave for thousands of years with nobody finding it because it was afraid of all the werewolves and vampires out there, or Avacyn created the village destroying monster while she was bored. What seems more likely to you?It seems worth noting that wizards seems to have abandoned the horror theme in AVR, so this doesn't reallly need to fit in with that anymore.
True... Afterall we're getting a Soratami Planeswalker.
It seems worth noting that wizards seems to have abandoned the horror theme in AVR, so this doesn't reallly need to fit in with that anymore.
57461258 wrote:I know, as a good liberal scholar, that I'm supposed to respect every other belief and culture and what have you that comes along but... at the end of the day, when all is said and done, some things are just plain wrong.
92481331 wrote:Venser "Ah, Hello Myr. This is the King. Long Time no see. We thought today would be a good day for rolling. The Myr Battlesphere. The Myr. Where the first rolls and the second follows. Roll, roll, roll. For that purpose we went to the bother, the bother of fixing up Mirrodin. The King of the Multiverse going to the bother just for rolling a Myr Battlephere, just for that, we went to the bother."
92126575 wrote:Heard a joke once: Mare goes to doctor. Says she's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says she feels all alone in a threatening world where even ponies you thought were your friends can't be trusted. Doctor says "Treatment is simple. Go to one of Pinkie Pie's great parties tonight. Party hard. That should pick you up." Mare bursts into tears. Says "But, doctor...I am Pinkie Pie." Good joke. Everypony laughs. Roll on snare drum. Curtains. Fade to black.
69511863 wrote:Sure, "the average person" might go see Transformers 3 if s/he wants a good story, but that doesn't stop people from making decent movies. Hell, they even managed to make Batman into a respectable movie. "The average" person might like American Idol or Jersey Shore, but people still made The Wire.
57722938 wrote:I think the people who would sit down and listen to a minstrel reciting Homer, or thought that novels were art, or read poetry were always a minority. It's a common viewpoint that art was better in the past because everyone's forgotten the bad stuff, while we haven't had time to forget the awful stuff that is current.
56738148 wrote:For almost all Magic fans, the "story" of Ravnica, for example, is that it's a city world with ten guilds -- yes, for most, that's a "story." All but a tiny fraction of the fan base are entirely unaware of an elaborate plot perpetrated by Augustin IV to trick Agrus Kos and Szadek into breaking the Guildpact, thereby enabling the Azorius to take control. Likewise, the vast majority of Magic players don't know who Harbin is, or Nivea, or Al-Hayat, or Feather, or Jared Carthalion, or Rebbec, or Zagorka ... the list goes on and on.
57916198 wrote:I'm pulling this out of nowhere and it has nothing like fact attached to it, but it cannot be disproven without breaking the fourth wall, and this is going to be my headcanon because it makes perfect sense.
I posit [Tamiyo, the Moon Sage] writes the Planeswalker's Guides to planes.
It's worth noting that Moldgraf Monstrosity is mechanically even bigger than this fellow, and it was still flavored as some horrible bug creature living in the woods that can't possibly stand more than ten feet high.
Same with something like The Thing--it's in its own breed of horror because it involves consumption and corruption and a perversion of nature. This is, in contrast, just nature.But again, I find big monster horror pretty dull, so I'm definitely not the target audience here.