RSTL Mag Tournament and League overview Intro this is my last week as RSTL mod...meaning this is my last mag...i took time out of my day to write this entirely myself...so read it and don't take it for granted...also, in the mag i generally try to keep journalistic objectivity, but not this week...the articles feature my opinions, and if you don't like it, don't read it. Soapbox a lot of things happening to the RSTL in the near future...we have a strong possibility in a new style of running this entire league, one that L-Dogg has spearheaded...so be on the watch out for that in the near future...Noib Da Mutt is now champ, and you can read plenty about that in the article about him...the championship of the tournament is also now here...voting will go from whenever verses are posted till Tuesday, so if you vote before Sunday, you can choose whether you want the vote to count for this week or next week...now i'm sure that you all want to know why this is my last week as RSTL mod...i just don't have time anymore, which is why this mag is so delayed...my resignation is not a result of the constant criticism, but i would really appreciate it if you guys (meaning primarily L-Dogg and Tek) would try not to bash someone who is putting in all the hard work they possibly can from now on...i've got to say one thing about the RSTL, you guys are developing into great writers, even if you started out weak...read on. A Chance To Shine By taking Vadik's title, Noib has allowed himself to shine... ...Meanwhile, Retulen Reactus surprised Formal for #1 Contender I told you I was going to be honest, no holds barred, in this mag, and i will keep true to my promise. I don't believe Noib beat Edward Lake last week. However, that is not me taking away from Noib. Noib has had a strong RSTL career, stronger than most seem to realize. He's made it to the title match twice before, once being shut out by me, once being shut out by Mac Flow. Despite those two beatings, Noib has shown resilience. The thing that stands out about Noib is his creativity. He's willing to take risks and break molds in writing the verses that he wants to write. All writers do have weaknesses, of course. Noib's are that he hasn't quite grasped the idea of true storytelling, and relies on his concepts and strong use of emotion to bail him out. He isn't as polished nor as affluent and intellectual as Vadik, but he does provide a certain spark. It will be interesting to watch this title hold, because he might be able to hold onto it for a couple weeks. Retulen Reactus, aka One's Abyss, is looking to make sure that doesn't happen. Ret has been an oddball in the RSTL. He shows flashes of brilliance, but in the end, has yet to provide evidence that he can write a great VERSE, not just a great group of lines. His talent is obvious, but I've found myself questioning whether his skills are quite refined. However, the RSTL has been leaning toward a more emotional stance on writing recently, and Ret can provide that. He has a creative mind, and I feel as though, once he finds his true writing style, he could develop into something special. Neither of these two writers are capable, right now, of truly taking over and dominating the RSTL the way we've seen Omen, Richard Corey, Warren Worthington III, and others do so in the past. But both have shown that a little persistance and putting forth full effort can lead to good things. Whomever wins this title match will have put full effort forth. I'm predicting Noib, but as they say, it's not over till ASK closes the threads. Truth Be Told Infinite Truth has been the subject of criticism; the question is: why? I'm sick of the bullshit. I'm sick of the word poetical being thrown around, used in poor grammar, and taking with it some sort of negative connotation. We are not here to criticize someone for having a style that breaks boundries. We are here to congratulate them. Infinite Truth writes great verses, and whether or not you like his style, I don't understand how any reader cannot recognize that. I've read a lot of RSTL writers in the past. I've seen people who attempt to cross boundries with their styles, only to fail (see Status Quo's non rhyming verse this past week). Infinite Truth is not one of those people. His writing is brilliant. Each verse is an exercise of the mind, a new statement on mankind. His abstract storytelling methods are not denegrading to the RSTL, they are uplifting, a breath of fresh air. He offers a tapestry of well woven characters, enchanting imagery, and a story that can really grip a reader that gives it a chance. There was a time when Truth went with a more traditional RSTL style. When he wrote a verse flooded with foreshadowing all leading to a twist. And he was very successful with that style. However, as he's grown as a person, he's grown as a writer. I've noticed it in talking to him, he's matured. His word choice alone shows that maturity. I'm sure some of you will disagree with me, but I just don't understand. If people told Rakim that his rhyme style wasn't good because he was pushing for forward progress, where would hip hop be? I'll leave it at that.