Which MTG Creatures Make the Best Pets?

Michelle Rapp Community

Due to recent events, many of us have had to practice self-isolation and quarantine ourselves in our own homes. For better or worse, this new way of life can be a lonely one…but does it have to be? Perhaps this might be a great time to bring a new special someone into your world – someone whose presence, affection and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Navigating the Politics of Commander

Michelle Rapp Commander

For many players (myself included), Magic is a hobby that helps folks relax in their off time. Whether you’re at an FNM, a side event at MagicFest, or on Arena, Magic can be an escape from the boring, banal realities of our 9 to 5 jobs. However, when it comes to multi-player formats (especially Commander), it can be super beneficial …

Serra in Modern Horizons

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

With the dawn of Modern Horizons, the Magic community is looking forward to not just seeing a boost of new cards in the format, but also revisiting old worlds and seeing familiar characters. Wizards of the Coast chose to announce the set with a planeswalker that any Vorthos or older player would be excited to see: Serra. Rendered beautifully by …

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 …

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 …

Top 5 Magic Story Moments of 2018

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

This year has been a momentous one in the history of Magic Story. We saw some intense shifts in characters we’ve known for decades. We met new, exciting characters and received insights into the most and least powerful denizens of the Multiverse. Given the many stories we’ve seen this year, it’s hard to pick just a few that are memorable. …

The Compassionate Liliana Vess

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

Liliana Vess is one of the most complex characters in the Multiverse. She’s a deathless Planeswalker who controls the dead; eternally youthful, but centuries old. And while she may be powerful and self-possessed, she owes a debt to the darkest demons in the Multiverse – and to one particular dragon. The Gatewatch arc marks a transformation for Liliana: she’s no …