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  • posted a message on Wizards cuts ties with artist Terese Nielsen
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    Modern day cancel culture is incredibly ironic when viewed through the lens of history. In many way it resembles the McCarthy-era communist witch hunts, trying to blacklist anyone outside of the accepted norms. Consider this quote by Edward Murrow (the reporter most often credited with standing up to Senator McCarthy):
    If none of us ever read a book that was "dangerous," had a friend who was "different," or joined an organization that advocated "change," we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants.
    Replace "Joe McCarthy" with "modern cancel culture," and you end up with a statement about the absolute conformity required by hypocrites who demand exclusion in the name of inclusion.

    The funny thing is I have no dog in this fight - I believe WOTC has just as much right to end the relationship as I believe Nielsen has the right to believe or support whatever views she wants, whether I agree with her or not.

    But then I see the highly judgmental people in this thread jump to call her a "throwback," a "Troglodyte," and "an awful person" with a "twisted little heart." Ad hominem attacks, really? And you dare claim moral superiority? Irony at its finest.

    It's this same crowd who demanded the removal of an artist not because of her art but because of her personal life. Are your lives perfect? Is there nothing that anyone else would take issue with? How would you like to be publicly harassed and name called? Or your employer petitioned to fire you? How about having your employer, rather than quietly letting you go, making an announcement to the world in order to appease the angry mobs with torches and pitchforks?

    Have a little human decency and compassion. And before you say she doesn't deserve it, remember you're the ones claiming moral superiority; maybe you should act like it.

    The political environment of today has become so polarized that everyone seems to vilify anyone on the other side of an issue. Maybe we should take a step back and remember we're all human.
    It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was Us, then what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.
    --- Terry Pratchett


    Sorry I won't treat an antisemitic with any compassion when they don't respect my personhood. Liking antisemitic conspiracies and propergnadia is what let Hitler and the Nazis rise up to power in the first place. It wasn't all book burning prison camps, but agreeing, spreading and not fighting back that ideas that lead into actions that made nazis.
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  • posted a message on [JMP] Under the sea theme
    ~The seaweed is always greener
    in somebody elses lake,
    you dream about going up there
    but that is a big mistake~.
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  • posted a message on [JMP]Minotaur theme— Minotaur Guy previews
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    Missed opportunity for Grizzlegom, which makes me sad. He was the Hurloon General during the Phyrexian Invasion so this card wouldn't really even have to change except for name and art. Dang.


    We can still hope for Commander Legends. I loved those books as a kid, so I'm still hoping for him, Thaddeus, and Agnate all getting cards.


    For sure, though I'm not sure how likely it is that we'll get another Minotaur legend so soon after this one. Worth hoping for, at least. Commander Legends is the ideal spot for the characters who never got cards and the ones who were done dirty by their first iteration, so Invasion-era heroes may finally get in there. I was shocked we got Windgrace, so anything's possible.

    (Thaddeus and Agnate are two of my favorite characters and I still think the metathran were such an interesting race that it's a shame they were largely ignored even in the Invasion Block and then never heard from again)


    They might still do another minotaur legend, just likely wouldn't be tribal based but another design spot.
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  • posted a message on Wizards cuts ties with artist Terese Nielsen
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    I mean you have stupid and then there is Alex "frogs are gay and Obama did Sandyhook" Jones level of complete no brain functioning stupid.


    Mike "Pizzagate" Cernovich shouldn't be discounted in that. He's weighing in on Nielsen's situation with WotC claiming it's cancel culture and such, which is a tad hypocritical given what Cernovich himself attempted with James Gunn and Sam Seder. Has Nielsen herself responded?

    Quote from Melkor »
    I have mixed feelings. I think it's probably wise for them to not hire her for any NEW art with how things currently stand, but the thought of losing her art on reprints makes me sad, because let's face it, no matter what she has done or said, I would hope anyone can recognize that no conversation about the best artists and card art in the game would be complete without including her/ That art for Study is one of the most recognizable, iconic pieces in the gae


    I think there's certainly a conversation to be had around the complexities of separating art from the artist, particularly around how to deal with previous works.


    Someone people here can't even understand we've been using they/them/their as a singular gender neutral term for years, lets not overwhelm them with death of the author.

    For real though yeah I say just not commission new art and use new art for the cards if possible. I never was a fan of hers so I'm not too bummed.
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  • posted a message on Wizards cuts ties with artist Terese Nielsen
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    I mean you have stupid and then there is Alex "frogs are gay and Obama did Sandyhook" Jones level of complete no brain functioning stupid.


    Mike "Pizzagate" Cernovich shouldn't be discounted in that. He's weighing in on Nielsen's situation with WotC claiming it's cancel culture and such, which is a tad hypocritical given what Cernovich himself attempted with James Gunn and Sam Seder. Has Nielsen herself responded?


    I wasn't aware of who Mike Cernovich was.

    On that note is surpassing the number of people who seeming don't understand what a freelance artist is.
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  • posted a message on Wizards cuts ties with artist Terese Nielsen
    I mean you have stupid and then there is Alex "frogs are gay and Obama did Sandyhook" Jones level of complete no brain functioning stupid.
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  • posted a message on [M21] Sublime Epiphany
    Here is the 31 choice spell and talk about swiss army knife.
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  • posted a message on Theros: Beyond Death (flavor spoilers)
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    In conclusion, I wish they'd add more variety (even if it's just hinted at for future revisits) to each culture and race rather than just making a stereotype seen on four-six cards and call it a day.

    A typical Maro-type response to this (I feel) would be that they have only so many cards to depict any tribe/faction/region etc. so they have to rely on stereotypes to a certain degree to drive the point home, or else player's wouldn't be able to "get it". Essentially, these type of decisions are the result of branding and marketing concerns.

    I too am of the opinion that they tend to go a bit too far with this in the recent past. I think the customers could very much handle "less pigeonholed" worldbuilding, where everything pertaining to a group or a combination of colors has to fit into a very tight frame.


    In this case I think it was also the fact minotaurs where not meant to be a Theros race. I was looking up what each plane used for the fantasy races and they typically use human + one for each color and on Theros it seems to be;
    Humans -WUBRG
    Leonin- W
    Merfolk- U
    Returned - B
    Satyrs- R and G (taking the space goblins and elves normal have)
    Centaurs-G (and some W, helping filling in green)

    So I think minotaurs where originally where like the harpies or giants or gorgons thought of just monsters that (to use your words) would appear four-six cards. Then design decided to do minotaur tribal (and iirc that was heavily requested from people for while) and they spun off to becoming a fantasy race later due to that. So creative fleshed they out and funny enough Beyond Death decided to not have a minotaur tribal theme.
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  • posted a message on Theros: Beyond Death (flavor spoilers)
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    The move anti-discrimination period started probably a while ago, ever since Doug Beyer dismissed homophobia in Ravnica by claiming no one in the multiverse is affected by bigotry.


    He said there was no homophobia, not there wasn't bigotry.

    EDIT:
    Found it;
    https://twitter.com/omnidoug/status/1128878230323097600
    "As a principal designer for Magic worldbuilding, let me be clear. Same-sex couples are an accepted thing on all Magic worlds. There are a lot of challenges heroes face in the multiverse, but homophobia isn’t one of them. Thanks"

    So nothing about specieism.

    I think anti-bigotry sentiments are nice and all, but they shouldn't flat out retcon everything and pretend it didn't happen. If you must, introduce changes to individual planes saying that race relations have improved or something.


    Was there anything that suggested Ravnica had homophobic?

    ]Assuming TBD had a story, I suppose the discoveries of the complexity of minotaur culture would have caused a shift in perception.


    Again I think its more just away to allow a party of players to not have to explain why they have a party full of mixed fantasy races, I don't think all of is canon*. The Ravnica DnD book listed away a party of mixed guild members could work together that seem really out place from anything else we been told. They list satyrs as fay creatures for another example.

    And from James Wyatt the Minotaur culture was made cause they wanted to have more variety of minotaur designs since last block had them as a tribe and you can only have "murdouse monster" so many times. And from him, humans don't know about them, the minotaur city keeps its self hidden with that maze land we saw.

    *as canon as art book stuff ends up being.
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  • posted a message on [M21] Scavenging Ooze reprint— Noxious preview
    That promo art is horrifying (in a good way).
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  • posted a message on Theros: Beyond Death (flavor spoilers)
    Quote from Mullerornis »
    In general I think this guide smooths the relationship between humans and other races way too much. In the original setting they were in flat out genocidal terms with everyone aside from Lagonna centaurs and satyrs.

    Probably it is for the new stance on racism of Wizards (which is resolving it in their games instead of doing something worthwile in the outside world).


    You mean the stance they made a few days ago AFTER this book was released?
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  • posted a message on [M21] Colossal Dreadmaw (IT’S BACK!) - MTG arena
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    Is there a joke I'm missing?


    A 6/6 for 6 with trample at common is very good for draft and limited I'm told.
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  • posted a message on [M21] Animal sanctuary rare land - Alayna Danner
    Quote from mikeyG »
    So some of the included creatures are ..... odd, but the card itself is serviceable for the three (or four, depending) tribes that would likely support it.

    At first I thought this was meant to represent a haven for freed domesticated animals, but then snakes don't really feel fitting. I love the concept, it's just raising all sorts of questions. Like, are they all supposed to be freed pets? Because why would Ox be included and why not other pet types like, say, Spiders or Fish? This seriously does not matter at all, I'm just fascinated by why they selected these types in particular.


    Also are Ox a tribe? Cats, Dogs, Snakes and Birds decks are a thing and Goats I believe has been a jokey deck so it does at least have some backwards play.
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  • posted a message on [M21] Animal sanctuary rare land - Alayna Danner
    Very cute art though the animal selection seems random, maybe a hint to future sets?
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  • posted a message on [M21] Feline Sovereign— AliasV preview
    Love it, both as a lord and having naturalize built in for utility.
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