Oh Magic: The Gathering

@the-hittite​ submitted:

Magic: The Gathering’s Commander decks are going to be released soon, and as usual with Magic, the women commanders are something of a mixed bag. Presented here without comment. If you want to learn more about these characters and the stories behind them check here.

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Bonus male empowerment:

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Sadly, while taken as a whole Magic is a major mixed bag, it’s pretty clear from a casual examination of their site shows  which side of the fence the marketing crew is on:

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Sigh.

– wincenworks

Oh Magic: The Gathering

@the-hittite​ submitted:

Magic: The Gathering’s Commander decks are going to be released soon, and as usual with Magic, the women commanders are something of a mixed bag. Presented here without comment. If you want to learn more about these characters and the stories behind them check here.

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Bonus male empowerment:

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Sadly, while taken as a whole Magic is a major mixed bag, it’s pretty clear from a casual examination of their site shows  which side of the fence the marketing crew is on:

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Sigh.

– wincenworks

dimestoretajic:

mtg-talk:

New legendary creature, plus some other cool stuff. I’m really liking Recruiter of the Guard.

@bikiniarmorbattledamage has to LOVE Wizards… they run the gamut from, well, Adriana to Burning Wish! Endless material from both ends of the spectrum! 😀

Love is… not the descriptor I would assign to Wizards of the Coast, particularly to Magic: The Gathering.  Particularly since their art guide have, for over a decade now, essentially been content with the idea that as long as it’s not blatant softcore pornography and the women are closer to “kicking ass” than being a damsel then it will be fine.

Ultimately the positive examples from Magic tend to fit into one of two categories.  One is that it tends to feed into societal tropes that encourage people to harshly judge women based on their attire, the other is it basically confirms that many artists like portraying women in practical armor and many consumers like paying for images of women in practical armor.

(This, by the way, is something they should be aware of given the history of their franchises.)

All that really holds things back is the plethora of nonsense myths various people are deeply invested in perpetuating.

– wincenworks

dimestoretajic:

mtg-talk:

New legendary creature, plus some other cool stuff. I’m really liking Recruiter of the Guard.

@bikiniarmorbattledamage has to LOVE Wizards… they run the gamut from, well, Adriana to Burning Wish! Endless material from both ends of the spectrum! 😀

Love is… not the descriptor I would assign to Wizards of the Coast, particularly to Magic: The Gathering.  Particularly since their art guide have, for over a decade now, essentially been content with the idea that as long as it’s not blatant softcore pornography and the women are closer to “kicking ass” than being a damsel then it will be fine.

Ultimately the positive examples from Magic tend to fit into one of two categories.  One is that it tends to feed into societal tropes that encourage people to harshly judge women based on their attire, the other is it basically confirms that many artists like portraying women in practical armor and many consumers like paying for images of women in practical armor.

(This, by the way, is something they should be aware of given the history of their franchises.)

All that really holds things back is the plethora of nonsense myths various people are deeply invested in perpetuating.

– wincenworks

On Sunday I featured a Bingo on Magic: The Gathering with some commentary that was a little confusing, so I’d like to take the time to clarify now.  As the bingo covered, this was a design from ten years ago:

It was compared to some more recent designs, which were quite practical, but some people were confused by my comment that Wizards of the Coast keeps going toward but never quite committing to real progress and failed to elaborate further.

See the images at the top of the post?  They’re all promo images from a recent campaign Shadows over Innistrad – the premise being that the “angels” (who are exclusively sexy ladies) have turned on the populace.

It was promoted in variety of places, including Twitch, and had a trailer which reaches it’s climax with the phrase “on bloodied wings…” and this image:

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If you look, you can see some blood on her wings… but that sure isn’t the focus of the picture.

Potentially so far… and yet we have to go back to sexy ladies with wings in ridiculous sexualized armor as our concept.

– wincenworks

the-hittite:

In recent years, Magic: the Gathering has made a serious effort to improve its depiction of women. The past couple of years has seen such high-profile armor-plated badasses as General Tazri and Alesha, Who Smiles at Death.

General Tazri by Chris Rahn

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death by 

Anastasia Ovchinnikova

But it’s a lot more fun to talk about times when they really, REALLY didn’t get it right. So let’s take it back about 10 years and look at Razia.

Razia, Boros Archangel by Donato Giancola

Quick backstory: the plane of Ravnica is ruled by 10 guilds. The Boros guild is effectively a militarized police force. At the head of the guild are the firemane angels and in command of them is Razia. I guess that she thought the standard issue boobplate wasn’t empowering enough and that a platemail thong would better inspire the morale of her troops.

Wizards of the Coast maintains their baffling process of making steps forward then making jumps back when it looks like they’re really progressing.

– wincenworks

More on Magic: The Gathering on BABD

the-hittite:

In recent years, Magic: the Gathering has made a serious effort to improve its depiction of women. The past couple of years has seen such high-profile armor-plated badasses as General Tazri and Alesha, Who Smiles at Death.

General Tazri by Chris Rahn

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death by 

Anastasia Ovchinnikova

But it’s a lot more fun to talk about times when they really, REALLY didn’t get it right. So let’s take it back about 10 years and look at Razia.

Razia, Boros Archangel by Donato Giancola

Quick backstory: the plane of Ravnica is ruled by 10 guilds. The Boros guild is effectively a militarized police force. At the head of the guild are the firemane angels and in command of them is Razia. I guess that she thought the standard issue boobplate wasn’t empowering enough and that a platemail thong would better inspire the morale of her troops.

Wizards of the Coast maintains their baffling process of making steps forward then making jumps back when it looks like they’re really progressing.

– wincenworks

More on Magic: The Gathering on BABD