"You know the old saying 'the best place to hide a tree is in the woods?' Well, then the best place to hide a book is in an abandoned Izzet research station.
It took me longer to Acquire this piece than it has any other single object I have ever tracked by at least two months. Why? Because it was in a decrepit and Arcane Laboratory of some long-deceased Nivix Academy Researchers. There was three inches of dust and debris on everything. It was like going to a library where everything was covered in fresh snow, except it smelled like old fireplace ashes. There were no authorities on my tail, no violent rabble chasing me. Just piles of books, notes, scrolls, scribblings, sketches, folders, letters, diaries, and various other written materials strewn around the massive facility. It took me eight months to trudge through the mess.
They should thank me for finding that Emmessi Tome. At least I'll put it to some use. Maybe I'll return it to them someday…if they promise to keep it on a nice, clean shelf."
—research notes, journal XLI, page 78
Don your helmets and strap on your goggles because it's Izzet Week in the Magic community! We're celebrating technology and development, blue-red mages are crafting Desperate Ravings decks, and everything is on overload! Izzet cards have been the talk of the set since Izzet Charm was first spoiled as a part of Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari, and it hasn't let up much since. In fact, some people played Izzet Charm in their Legacy decks at #SCGINVI before Return to Ravnica even came out! And no guild seems to have quite the same amount of support among Magic players as the Izzet:
Izzet rules!!!— abner_barrios (@abner_barrios) October 1, 2012
Proud member of the Izzet guild #MTGRTR— Tulio A. Peguero (@tSauriooo) September 30, 2012
Mike Byrne (@SunByrne) October 1, 2012
Why was the Izzet guild letter not from Niv Mizzet? I was so disappointed :( But the guild itself is super fun! On round 3 of 2-headed~— Laura Shigihara (@supershigi) October 1, 2012
Fantastic day for Izzet #myguild— Matthew Swink (@CrossRunn) October 1, 2012
And the Izzet Engineers didn't disappoint me, won 3 of the 5 matches and won 2 booster packs, yes!— Rawr (@RawrArf) September 30, 2012
Almost nobody played Izzet at my LGS, which is odd because that was the most popular guild on the official site.— Oestrus (@OriginalOestrus) September 30, 2012
Valeriy Shunkov (@amartology) October 1, 2012
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