The Gatewatch in War of the Spark

Mara Katz Magic Story

Last week, we examined Nicol Bolas’s master plan for War of the Spark. Today, we turn to the Gatewatch, a team of planeswalkers dedicated to protecting the people of the Multiverse from Bolas. The Gatewatch have been through a lot lately. Formed in response to the Eldrazi emerging on Zendikar in Oath of the Gatewatch, this planeswalker super-team works to …

Ravnica and Film Noir

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

In the words of L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy: “[Film Noir] is a generically American film movement that went from 1945 to 1958 and exposited one great theme. And that theme is: ‘You’re @#$ked.’” It’s a simple phrase, but what it and Film Noir succeed in conveying is the struggle to find meaning in a world that cares less about …

Bolas’s Plan for War of the Spark

Mara Katz Magic Story

An epic battle for control of the Multiverse is about to take place on Ravnica. On one side is Nicol Bolas, a power-hungry elder dragon, and the planeswalkers who have helped him infiltrate Ravnica’s guilds. On the other is the Gatewatch, a team of planeswalkers sworn to protect the people of the Multiverse from people like Bolas. Other planeswalkers will …

Where’s Fblthp?

Mara Katz Magic Story

Fblthp (pronounced FIBble-thip) is one of the Magic fandom’s favorite characters, and probably its most famous homunculus. A member of the Azorius Senate on Ravnica, he preferred to stay in his office doing paperwork until he was called on to help catch a kidnapper. The criminal was brought to justice, but Fblthp’s adventure did not end well for him: in …

MTG Character Profile: Lavinia

Mara Katz Magic Story

This is the third in a series of profiles of major characters in the story of Ravnica Allegiance. In this article, we’ll investigate the career of Lavinia, an arrester from the Azorius Senate who became one of the most important people on Ravnica.  Joining the Senate Lavinia is all about making sure the law is upheld and justice is done. …

Orzhov Art and Representation

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

The plane of Ravnica has captured our imaginations for almost fifteen years. Ravnica is covered in urban life, and it reflects the glorious and grotesque realities of city living, from abject poverty to opulence and power. Cities change over time, and Ravnica is no exception. Despite the rapid evolution of the Simic or the ingenious inventions of the Izzet, it’s …

MTG Character Profile: Teysa Karlov

Mara Katz Magic Story

The story of Guilds of Ravnica and Ravnica Allegiance revolves around the politics of Ravnica’s guilds and leaders. Some of those officials, such as Vraska and Tajic, will be familiar from recent Magic story; others, like Domri and Lavinia, haven’t been seen in a while. In this post, we’ll look into the life and adventures of Teysa Karlov and tell …