Wizards Issues "Apology" Re: Forsaken Novel – "Magic: The Gathering"

After one heck of a long week since the novel's release, Wizards of the Coast has finally issued a statement apologizing for the seeming erasure of character Chandra Nalaar's bisexuality in Greg Weisman's book "War of the Spark: Forsaken". This apology arises amid a plethora of tweets and complaints by the LGBTQ+ players of Magic: The Gathering, who were absolutely outraged that a contracted writer would write out such an important part of a pivotal character's persona in as dismissive of a way as he did.

"Pramikon, Sky Rampart" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"
Source: Wizards of the Coast

However briefly, the Wizards Creative Team and Del Rey Publishing, the entity who published the panned book, had this to say on the matter:

Over the past week, we have seen and heard strong reactions from fans about how we handled the resolution of the Nissa-Chandra romantic relationship in the recent Forsaken novel, and we apologize. We didn't live up to the expectations we created for Chandra and what she means to our fans.

Chandra will love and be involved with many characters as her story unfolds—regardless of gender. She will explore her relationships with fire and passion as she adventures across the multiverse. She is the character you've come to know and see yourself, your friends, and your family in over the past decade.

A value we hold dear is that our characters belong as much to our fans as they do to those of us who help create and shepherd them. Moving forward, we will take more care to ensure they stay true to their ideals, their identity, and the history we have carefully curated—none more so than one as beloved as Chandra Nalaar.

While this appears a sincere apology, it is, some might suggest, more than a little choppy. The Magic community on Twitter had a lot of things to say about this statement:

But what do you think about this? Do you agree with the Twitter Magic: The Gathering community? Do you think that Wizards of the Coast has done quite enough to quell the flames created by this book? Let us know!

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Joshua NelsonAbout Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.
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