Ah yes, I think this timeline was one of the best ones. The good guys hadn't actually lost yet and Dash looked like a total BAMF. I guess Sombra really was the weakest Big Bad, since every other villain seemed to have defeated Celestia and Luna just fine in the other timelines. Maybe the only reason the war was even still going on in this timeline was because the crystal ponies are incredibly tough. It's just my headcanon, but I think crystal ponies are physically much more powerful than regular earth ponies and also more durable against all kinds of attacks, including magic. I don't see how else Equestria's forces hadn't overpowered them by sheer numbers alone.
Anyway, I love this picture, and welcome back! I'll be looking forward to all the art you'll share with us this year and I have faith that FIM will end with a bang. Season eight was mostly great, so I'm quite optimistic.