How does MTG Standard work in universe? Are the planes drifting through the Blind Eternities the way the galaxies are expanding? Planeswalkers may be able to travel to a variety of planes, but when the old set rotates out, they can no longer access that plane until it drifts back (as with Mirrodin and Ravnica)?
Ha! The story and flavor of the game do not attempt to explain or represent Standard set rotation. Planeswalking is unaffected by changes in real-world deckbuilding formats.
Hi! I noticed you have a Lord of Vermilion Jace Beleren Promo (currently only one of the two photos of it I can find on the Internet). Is there any chance you could help me get a mint condition one? Finding LoV cards outside of Japan seems to be almost impossible. - Thanks!
Unfortunately, it’s hard to find LoV Jace Beleren promo even inside of Japan nowadays D; This promo was 3000 limits and published in Aug 2010.
"With a planeswalker, there wasn’t room for the ten maze runners at mythic rare." But what was the problem with that? Would many players have felt it unfair for one of the guilds to get a Planeswalker champion and the rest not?
Legendary creatures, especially with Commander, have taken on additional importance. “Sorry Izzet Commander players, you just get one less legendary creature.” Is not what we wanted to say.
Gideon Jura is traveling from world to world, looking for planeswalkers who might be able to help him fight against the insatiable cosmic entities known as the Eldrazi. He tried fighting them singlehandedly at first, but he quickly realized that while he could do some major damage to the lesser Eldrazi of the brood lineages and clear out lots of the Eldrazi spawn, the massive legendary Eldrazi titans were going to be far too much for him to handle alone.
Is Sarkhan's mind irrecoverably damaged or is there a possibility that he may one day be functional again? I'd like to see something go his way and perhaps no longer be so transfixed with Bolas...
Sarkhan’s mind is pretty damaged, damaged enough that I don’t think it’s just going to fix itself while he’s still in the same relationship with his master Bolas. If anybody knows a therapist… or a couples counselor…
It might be that his mind has used craziness as a kind of defense mechanism. It could be keeping him from fully understanding the truth of the onerous situation he’s in — as if some part of his mind would rather be a raving loon than to accept the fact that he’s offered fealty to such a conniving, un-dragon-like dragon. On the other hand, maybe his mind has opened up to learning a very different kind of truth.
Anyone selling Planeswalkers for Equality playmats or prints is bogus. There has only ever been one legitimate: the original, done by hand with markers. And it looks significantly different than the image everyone has seen. But I see them for sale all over the place, and I’m especially bothered by it when they claim to have either gotten them from me, or that they have permission from me to print them. Because Wizards does not like one bit that I ever did that mat, and every jerk who makes bootlegs and calls them legit makes it look like I’m giving the finger to my favorite client.
Same goes for anything that image appears on. I’ve never printed, or given permission to print. On anything, or to anyone.
Please. I know many of you like the mat. I’m glad for that bit. But it’s not supporting me, the art community, or Magic if you buy (or make) bootlegs. Quite the opposite.
Okay. A bit more dour than my usual post. We now return you to your regularly scheduled internet procrastination.
-Steve “Shame of the Wizard’s Family” Argyle
Can planeswalkers use their planeswalking abilities to travel within a plane? Like, say Chandra is playing D&D with the others on Ravnica and instead of waiting 30 minutes for delivery (patience not exactly being a red hallmark) she just 'walks on through to inside the gigantic oven at the local pizzeria--being Chandra has its perks--grabs whatever she can carry, and 'walks back just in time to roll for initiative after Jace got into an argument with a magic wall. Is that legit?
For almost all planeswalkers, planeswalking is a power that lets you leave the plane, enter the Blind Eternities (the chaotic, paradoxical un-space that lies between the planes), and enter another plane. For a planeswalk to go well, it takes a bit of time, it takes concentration and effort, it takes mana, and in most cases, it takes familiarity with the destination.
For story reasons, we also like there to be a tiny bit of risk in planeswalking. The Blind Eternities are not a hospitable “place.” The planes, in a way, want to remain separate. People (who originate from within planes) are not supposed to be able to travel from one dimension to the next, and the Blind Eternities can be harsh on anyone attempting to do so. An active spark allows planeswalkers to navigate the Blind Eternities successfully — in that it makes it physically/magically possible — but it doesn’t guarantee that nothing bad will ever happen on the way. To me, the effort involved plus the tiny amount of risk means that most planeswalkers don’t use the power for frivolous ends.
(The “failure rate” might be very low, but even a very-low-but-nonzero chance of danger would keep most people from doing a thing unless it was really necessary. Imagine if your oven blew up 1% of the times you turned it on. Do you really need to bake those cookies? What’s your oven-explosion tolerance level?) (Goblins and Izzet guild members: nevermind, I know your answer.)
It seems very possible for a planeswalker to use planeswalking to pop out of the plane and pop back in soon after, in a different location. But in effect, that’s two one-way tickets, with the Blind Eternities in between, just to get from the D&D table to the pizzeria. You’d have to have enough mana, and personal energy, and time to make both trips, and you’d have to be intimately familiar with your destination to make sure you didn’t end up someplace weird.
Caveats apply. A planeswalker like Venser got his start by doing actual within-a-plane teleportation magic. That’s fine for some individuals, but it’s not an innate ability of every planeswalker.
A given planeswalker might become powerful and experienced enough to do almost at-will, low-risk, pinpoint planeswalks. Nicol Bolas might just be familiar with almost everywhere, such that he can just show up when he wants to, with a whoosh of air and a creepy draco-grin. (Side note: As a writer, I’m much more inclined to have an antagonist with that kind of power rather than a bamf-ing protagonist. I like watching heroes work and suffer for their goals. Writers are sadists.)
For just about any of these rules, it seems totally in-bounds to me for there to be a single individual who breaks one of the rules. Maybe Venser would have been a capable of the advanced intraplanar tele-walking you’re talking about (although not the hot-oven-resisting. Ow ow hothothot). And maybe, if things get really desperate, Chandra could throw everything she’s got into her planeswalking and zap herself all around Ravnica via a series of back-to-back planeswalks, ripping in and out of the plane and showing up in district after district. But that’s going to take a serious toll on her mana and personal will, and meanwhile the Blind Eternities are going to try to tear at her spark each time. But hey, sometimes that veggie supreme or whatever is just really worth it.
Hey Mark, I want to thank you and your team for the terrific job you guys did on Guardian of Meletis. My roommate (and best friend) is gay and he was super excited to see something like this finally happening in Magic: The Gathering. Gorgeous art, beautiful flavour. Again, great job!
We try hard to make Magic have something for everyone and that shouldn’t be isolated to just the mechanics.
I found that the previous blocks has an antagonizing planeswalker (eg. Nicol Bolas in Alara, Sarkhan the Mad in Zendikar, Tezzeret in Mirrodin, Tilbalt in Innistrand, Ral Zarek(?) in Ravnica and Xenagos in Theros). Will this be true for all future blocks?
I understand trying to make comics female friendly, but aren't you guys worried that you're going to lose your core audience which is male? In the X-books you've had more focus on the likes on these females like jean and kitty while it should be Cyclops who has been the star of the X-Men comics for years. What warrants these characters more page time than him? Jean and kitty are secondary characters. You guys listen too much to women bitching. They cause so much freakin drama in comicdom.
Wow. you are the first person who I am kind of glad asked your question anonymously because I don’t want to know you.
as a reader of my work I want you to listen to me very carefully: you have major major issues. almost every line of your question reeks of complete misunderstanding of yourself as a man and of women in general.
it’s okay to find yourself more interested in something than others, of course it is, it’s okay to like Cyclops more than Jean Grey, but for you to draw the line at women characters not being interesting to you because you are a man or that you think I am being manipulated by some bitching women is really out there.
and as a reader of the X-Men whose entire philosophy is about tolerance and understanding… you are missing the point.
Why is it with some Planeswalkers their cards are simply their names, and others come with a title? For instance, why is the first Tezzeret card named Tezzeret the Seeker, and the first Jace card, Jace Beleren?
Usually the planeswalker’s first printed iteration is just their full name. (Elspeth Tirel was her second card — that’s an exception. And Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker needed to be distinguished from his legendary creature version. It’s not a super-concrete rule — just one we tend to follow when introducing a new character.)
Thereafter, the planeswalker gets fancier card names with epithets like “the Mind Sculptor” or “the Mad.” I’m not sure Tezzeret has a last name, so he never had the firstname-lastname iteration.
Good gracious. Please tell me we'll get information on Koth and New Phyrexia sometime soon. Preferably before Scars of New Phyrexia.
From Elspeth’s perspective, the Mirran resistance is lost, and the plane has fallen to Phyrexia; there is not a lot more to tell, for now. Though it looks bleak for the Mirrans, I am not sure that Elspeth knows everything about how things went after her departure. For now it’s sufficient to know that the state of things on New Phyrexia has motivated her to seek the divine beings of Theros.
If you want to know more about what we’re talking about, read Jenna Helland’s story “The Lost Confession" over on DailyMTG.
Do you consider Ral Zarek to be an actual villain, or just Jace's rival? Having read The Secretist, Ral doesn't exactly seem evil, but he definitely isn't concerned with the good of others.
I feel that Ral is on the edge. What Ral really wants is to be recognized for his genius. That isn’t evil, exactly, unless he goes to extreme lengths to prove his superiority. He does hurt people by the end of the book, and he doesn’t spend a lot of time feeling sorry about it, but to me that’s more of an indication of how frustrated he’d become with Niv-Mizzet passing him over (and with Jace getting a lot of Niv’s attention) than with being a villain.
Certainly Ral doesn’t think he’s being unfair — in his mind, everyone else around him just keeps criminally underestimating his greatness, and keeps heaping undeserved praise on this irritating mind-mage amateur. That’s not villainy, right? But then, every villain’s the hero of their own story.
I'm glad you said that about MtG. I like it, and I like D&D, but I've always been too afraid to tell other people because all of the people who I know that play it are men who don't think girls should play it. とにかく、はじめまして！私は日本語勉強しているアメリカ人のケリーです。よろしく！^o^ I saw that you are from Japan, so I hope you don't mind if I speak Japanese to you. I need to practice since I came back to America and have few people to talk to... :(
Sorry for late to reply.
Oh, your Japanese is good. That is largely welcomed if you speak Japanese to me :D
Everytime I see you post about being bullied/getting shit from the community for being asian/a girl/drawing awesome art, I just want to simultaneously hug you until I can't feel my arms and beat all those asshole's faces in. I could maybe do both at the same time. I'd be willing to find out.
It’s not a big deal, they also entertain me in sarcastically sense ┐(´д｀)┌
And I never need your internet hug, the only thing that you can do for me is draw/write more Jace-getting-all-kinds-of-fucked-by-a-vaguely-humanoid-dragon things.
(of course it’s just a joke, I appreciate your concern <3)
Ok so Ashiok was just revealed. First, let me say that Karla Ortiz is kicking ass with the art. Second, what is Ashiok? Demon? Returned? Something far worse?
You are not kidding. Thank you Karla Ortiz:
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver art by Karla Ortiz
Ashiok (ASH-ee-ock) is a being that may have been human once, but if so, that time is now long past. Ashiok is not from Theros, but has come because of the strong power of devotion and belief of the plane’s mortals, and of its effect on its gods and Nyx. There is something special about Theros, and Ashiok seeks to reap this unique advantage.
Unlike the gods, Ashiok is not one to seek to become the object of belief. Instead this otherworldly mage seeks a twisted mirror of belief, the smoke and screams that waft from the cold corners of dream:
Ashiok is a mage of nightmare.
Ashiok’s power is to reach into the beliefs of others and find the fears that dwell inside. Ashiok knows that if fond thoughts of a god have power, then the dark phantasms spawned of fearing that god hold even more: where there is belief, there is doubt, and where there is doubt, there is the nightmare. And the world of Theros is a world full of believers.
With this power, Ashiok can summon beings born of nightmares, call them into reality, give them form. They become Ashiok’s minions, eager to please their master, freed from the dreams of the believer.
Over time, Ashiok’s power has taken a physical toll. The mage’s face has fallen away to smoky shadow. Nightmarish wisps swirl where a skull may have once resided. That these are no longer required is part of Ashiok’s enigma, and testament to the unnatural power Ashiok wields.
The nightmare weaver’s agenda is not yet known. Whether Ashiok comes to Theros for personal purposes, or as an emissary of some further force, is unclear. What is clear is that this mage is dangerous, perhaps to Therans in particular.