I kind of like the original better near the beginning but the re-write is better later on, I felt more continuity with the main character pre-rewrite at least the chunk near the start.
the plot so far, a lot of it can be understood very basically if you apply the lens of chaos theory (works for pre-rewrite and post-rewrite)
it would be simple to assume reality is a complex system and the corruption is some outside variable that was somehow introduced, which would lead to rippling effects through out the entire complex system.
and considering the outside variables are completely unknown this brings to light the quantum uncertainty principle which is probably where any kind of powers would arise from, a simple shift in prospective here + there and congrats you're a dog dang hairy wizard.
(damn that's like a pun inside a pun XD)