Sweet Tweets: #MTGIVG
At last I have it.
When I was a young boy my parents would take me to the City Library. That was paradise. All of Ravnica's histories comedies tragedies poems songs myths and legends were there for me to examine. Like any good Izzet Guildmages my parents valued the Pursuit of Knowledge. Next to a steady job working as a thankless intern in Nivix Aerie of the Firemind or some crazed scientist's laboratory they valued the awareness of the world around us above all else. They engendered a tenacious Thirst for Knowledge in me. I will always love them for that.
And so for the better part of my life I've struggled to collect every bit of information that I could. And though it has cost me many friends loves and perhaps most importantly to my parents a nice cushy position at Nivix it is clear to me that it has been well worth it. All of Ravnica's secrets from knowledge of the Dimir during their time as The Secret Guild to the private practices of the Gruul shamans and the mysteries of the ghosts of Agyrem nothing is unknown to me. I am a Delver of Secrets the likes of which this city has never seen.
I knew it would lead to trouble. While researching the Rakdos I was chased through Tin Street by a dozen Death Cultists and an Igneous Golem. Sure I was attempting to take a small piece of their shrine but it was for Private Research! And that was nothing compared to the time the Novijen Sages caught me sneaking out of the Growth Chamber…
But I didn't mind a little danger. No risk no reward.
But one tome was conspicuously missing. One fragment of Ravnica's history like a missing piece of a nearly finished puzzle frustratingly eluded me. Like a silhouette slipping out of the corner of my eye I would see him in the shadows of the words on the page. He would show up here and there during the city's major events perhaps not expressly referenced but most certainly present. I didn't know his name. I didn't know his motives. But I knew he was there.
But now I have this the result of my hard work; my years of diligence have now paid off. I have more now on him than I have ever had before.
Now I know his name.
Few things have made Magic players more excited than a possible future return to the city plane of Ravnica and now that we are officially Returning to Ravnica the Vorthoses in the community are ecstatic.
Central to the upcoming story in #MTGRTR are the leaders of a pair of Guilds that are featured in the upcoming Duel Deck: Izzet vs. Golgari. Niv-Mizzet the Firemind is a character who is well known by most players since he made his first appearance in the original Ravnica block (in Guildpact) and was reprinted in From the Vault: Dragons. He even appears on an extended art foil version! And beyond his paper printings (and his flavor text) Niv is a character central to the story of the first Ravnica block.
But so is Jarad Golgari Lich Lord. When last we saw Jarad he was a conflicted Guild leader who had battled his sister Savra Queen of the Golgari and teamed up with Agrus Kos Wojek Veteran and friends to defeat her and Szadek Lord of Secrets. He also spent the better part of Dissension recovering his son Myc from Rakdos the Defiler but then was killed by Lysolda the Blood Witch in a fight. But he isn't gone forever (since haunting is commonplace in Ravnica) since now he is Jarad Golgari Lich Lord neither living nor dead without his original memories and with no emotion…and with a couple of new powerful abilities on his card!
Although we only know two of the cards in #MTGIVG so far and one of them is a reprint there's quite a bit of discussion already as we get warmed up for a Return to Ravnica:
— Ortiz. (@ortiz_marquez) August 8 2012
#MTGIVG AAAAAAAAAAAW YEEEEEEEEEEEAH! El dia 7 de Septiembre nuevo duel deck! Izzet vs Golgari!
Can't wait for— Josh Rudolph (@TheK1ngDarius) August 8 2012
Jared Golgari Lich Lord seems like a beast in Commander. Wow!— brendan weiskotten (@bweisko) August 8 2012
Jarad is AWESOME.— Connor Wright (@Hettena_Connor) August 8 2012
Jarad the Unexciting.— Jason Clark (@RealEvilGenius) August 8 2012
Jarad. Hrm. Not sure if he's stronger than Glissa The Traitor or Savra but definitely a fun Dredge general.— Jack LaCroix (@JackLacroix) August 8 2012
Jarad Golgari Lich Lord. Google it. Let your mouth form a nice round "O" shape like mine is right now. Catch the drool with your free hand.— Oestrus (@OriginalOestrus) August 8 2012
I can't help but think of Jarad Golgari Lich Lord as "Jarad from Subway" despite it being a terrible pun :(— Usman (@UsmanTheRad) August 8 2012
So Niv-Mizzet is getting a reprint? Frack Yeah!— Trevor Gulley (@darkr3x) August 8 2012
The new Niv Mizzet doesn't have his awesome flavor text? This is a dark dark day for math.— Chas Andres (@chasandres) August 8 2012
This is gonna be even more wicked if niv mizzet becomes standard legal again.— Scott Camp (@PSNfreak1524) August 8 2012
As most of you know the biggest gaming convention on the planet @Gen_Con is fast approaching. And while many plan to attend 'The Best Four Days in Gaming' there will be one notable exception. Vintage luminary Rich Shay will be skipping the event which has played host to the #Vintage World Championships since the very beginning for fear of theft. Stealing has always been an issue in the Magic community.
Personally I collected a full playset of Urza's Legacy and most of the foils when I was young. One day while I was trading in a full card shop and with my prized binder a short distance away it disappeared. At Grand Prix Chicago I was sitting next to Ben Weinberg when he got his backpack stolen by one of a ring of thieves who was caught by the judge staff and taken into custody. That time the bad guys were caught but all too often that isn't the case. Therefore I can't blame him for skipping the event even if it is a tad disappointing that one of the top players in the format won't be there to contend for the title.
Here are some thoughts from Twitter on the topic:
Evan Erwin (@misterorange) August 8 2012
Check out my last RT. I'm super paranoid about theft at Gen Con. Much much worse for Vintage players.— Lauren Lee (@mulldrifting) August 8 2012
— Michael Mills (@dartarus) August 8 2012
@misterorange it's just one of many reasons I will never ever attend a con. Too many stories of too many people acting like damn fools.
I like how everyone is now suddenly worried about security for Gencon. Casually a week before it begins. Vintage players have been on it— Mark Hornung (@womba_) August 8 2012
— Mark Hornung (@womba_) August 8 2012
@mulldrifting pasttimes announced security measures they were taking to improve security for T1.5 & T1 Champs. They said it is sectioned off
Dear vintage players fanny packs.your welcome.— Kellen Huber (@cavemankellen) August 8 2012
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