Season 1 was overrated, and didn’t age nearly as well as a lot of people like to think it did. Its animation really held it back, and the writing was somewhat more basic in nature. For one thing that I can’t help but nitpick, unicorns in general used magic significantly less on a casual basis (i.e. not the primary focus of a scene) in S1, and magic auras were kind of trash with that animation; magic colors were inconsistent, most notably with Celestia flopping between blue, light purple, sometimes in the same episode, which happens in The Return of Harmony (which was S1 animation, and probably held Discord back to at least some degree, at least in visuals).
A result of the animation in Season 1 is that you rarely, if ever, have two unicorns levitating objects separately, in distinct colors, within the same scene, and the lack of a small detail like that being present made it feel rather watered down, in hindsight.
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That’s also a way I like to think of her. Good at snap judgements (tactician)… questionable in long-term planning (strategist), especially at the start of her arc; her shortsighted nature was somewhat prominent as an issue up until S9.
You’re acting like it made her invincible, or that it wasn’t the entire point of the episode that wowing Twilight with magic skills wasn’t actually productive, or helpful for her on an emotional/interpersonal level until she cut it out and made amends.