Magic Story Review: Sundered Bond (Ikoria)

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

(Note: This article contains spoilers for Sundered Bond.) On the surface, Ikoria’s tagline: “There’s Always A Bigger Monster” is fairly straightforward. Life is simple: you fight for your survival, whether you’re a human fighting a monster or even a monster fighting another monster. Until he unexpectedly bonded with a giant dinosaur cat, Captain Lukka of Drannith would have agreed with …

MTG Character Profile: Vivien Reid

Mara Katz Magic Story

The green-aligned Planeswalker Vivien Reid will play a major role in the upcoming Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. Vivien is relatively new to Magic’s story, so not much is known about her. Let’s take a look at her life up to this point and why she’s the perfect Planeswalker to be our guide on a plane full of gigantic monstrous creatures. …

Dating the Gods of Theros

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

Theros has one of the most flavorful settings of Magic’s many planes, bringing the classic Greek myths to life with all their power and majesty. Of course, none of these myths would be complete without the presence of the Gods themselves, who tirelessly appoint champions to fight the monsters of the land. While it is important to treat these Gods …

MTG Character Profile: Elspeth Tirel

Mara Katz Magic Story

This article is part of a series of profiles of major characters in recent Magic sets. Today we’re looking at the life and death of Elspeth Tirel, a knight who fought evil and injustice across the Multiverse. Elspeth, Knight-Errant Elspeth grew up on an unknown plane that had been conquered by the Phyrexians. As a child, she was taken from …

An Intro to Theros

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

Gods, Monsters and Heroes. These are the thematic foundations of Theros, a world inspired by classic Greco-Roman myths and legends – but this time, with a Magic twist. One of the most successful and flavorful top-down design sets, Theros featured several new mechanics and an epic tale of its own. The three original Theros sets followed the story of Elspeth …

Intro to Innistrad

Mara Katz Magic Story

With Halloween on the horizon, let’s pay a visit to Magic‘s spookiest plane, Innistrad. The setting for the five sets in the Innistrad and Shadows Over Innistrad blocks, Innistrad is beloved for its gothic horror atmosphere, tribal themes, and flavorful mechanics. Creatures and Characters Innistrad is known for its ally-colored tribes, and a number of memorable characters associated with those …

Top 10 Folklore References in Throne of Eldraine

Mara Katz Magic Story

Throne of Eldraine is packed with references to classical European legends and fairytales. While all the stories in the set are centuries old, the way Eldraine presents them reflects all the different ways in which we tell them to each other, from bedtime stories to plays to movies. Here are ten of the cleverest European folklore references in Throne of …

Review: The Wildered Quest

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

After reading the reviews of War of the Spark: Ravnica earlier this year, my initial reaction to The Wildered Quest was one of cautious optimism. Kate Elliott had already done a masterful job with her work on The Chronicles of Bolas, but I was unsure whether the novel was the ideal format for Magic story. For years, the short stories …

MTG Character Profile: Omnath

Mara Katz Magic Story

This article is part of a series of profiles of the major characters in Magic Core Set 2020. Today we’re looking at Omnath, a powerful Elemental from the plane of Zendikar. Omnath is a manifestation of the chaotic mana of Zendikar, worshipped by some Zendikari communities as a creator god. For most of the plane’s history, he was believed to …

MTG Character Profile: Kaalia

Mara Katz Magic Story

This article is part of a series of profiles of the major characters in Magic’s Core Set 2020. Today, we’re looking at the life of Kaalia, a cleric caught up in the chaos following the Conflux on Alara. Lia was born in a Bant village in the years after the Conflux, when the five Shards that made up Alara merged …