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    All of these are concepts he did for Legacy of the Void. He already had the hybrids and all unit designs from the previous expansions to draw on.
    Wait a minute, what? So what you're saying is Blizzard considered improving the Hybrid design leading up to LotV, had their artists crank out fantastic concepts, then went "Naww, let's roll with what we've got!"

    What. The hell.
    Aaand sold.


    Be it through hallowed grounds or lands of sorrow
    The Forger's wake is bereft and fallow

    Is the residuum worth the cost of destruction and maiming;
    Or is the shaping a culling and exercise in taming?

    The road's goal is the Origin of Being
    But be wary through what thickets it winds.

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    Found some interesting concept art in the old WoL artbook.
    Didn't think the Cobra, Hercules Tank and several other things had actual art, but apparently they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visions of Khas View Post
    Wait a minute, what? So what you're saying is Blizzard considered improving the Hybrid design leading up to LotV, had their artists crank out fantastic concepts, then went "Naww, let's roll with what we've got!"

    What. The hell.
    I mean, they did design a bunch of new Hybrid units for LotV. The dominators, those flying ones, etc. And they made a cutscene model of the hybrid reaver, so could have been looking at potential new details there. idk

  4. #74

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    The only new hybrid concept for LotV was the airborne Nemesis. Amon's form is a modified Reaver, and Dominators are simply Destroyers with widgets.

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    I still think my idea that the xel'naga actually looked like adorable stuffed animals is the best idea, precisely because it actively defies the audience's expectations of them as off-brand protoss. It gives them a distinct visual aesthetic from the zerg and protoss, since cute and furry is the opposite of those. It explains why the protoss and zerg beat them at combat too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mislagnissa View Post
    I still think my idea that the xel'naga actually looked like adorable stuffed animals is the best idea, precisely because it actively defies the audience's expectations of them as off-brand protoss. It gives them a distinct visual aesthetic from the zerg and protoss, since cute and furry is the opposite of those. It explains why the protoss and zerg beat them at combat too.
    Stop... :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mislagnissa View Post
    I still think my idea that the xel'naga actually looked like adorable stuffed animals is the best idea, precisely because it actively defies the audience's expectations of them as off-brand protoss. It gives them a distinct visual aesthetic from the zerg and protoss, since cute and furry is the opposite of those. It explains why the protoss and zerg beat them at combat too.
    Subversion for subversion’s sake, narrative be damned. Okay, Rian Johnson.
    Aaand sold.


    Be it through hallowed grounds or lands of sorrow
    The Forger's wake is bereft and fallow

    Is the residuum worth the cost of destruction and maiming;
    Or is the shaping a culling and exercise in taming?

    The road's goal is the Origin of Being
    But be wary through what thickets it winds.

  8. #78

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gradius View Post
    Stop... :P
    Quote Originally Posted by Visions of Khas View Post
    Subversion for subversion’s sake, narrative be damned. Okay, Rian Johnson.
    Watch Puella Magi Madoka Magica if you do not believe me.

  9. #79

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    I have. Kyubey did nothing wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visions of Khas View Post
    I have. Kyubey did nothing wrong.
    (Try not to spoil anything. The series thrives on surprises.) Did you see the third movie? I got flashbacks to that episode of Grim Adventures titled “My Fair Mandy.”

    It totally fits the xel’naga narrative before Metzen lost his marbles.

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