Titan of the Pact Token

No, that title isn’t mixed up.  I’m trying out Pact of the Titan in my Sarkhan the Mad deck (for Planeswalker Jousting). So, if I’m making a pact with a titan, then he must be “the titan of the pact”:

Token Giant Pact 44a
My first inclination was to just alter the vanilla 4/4 red giant (Fomori Nomad) from Future Sight.

Token Giant Pact 44b

Then, as I searched the Internet to see if anyone else had done anything else for this token, I came across a reference to this image as potential token art. It’s obvious that this guy is wielding the same axe you see in the original card art, but I can’t find any actual token using this art—official or otherwise.

Token Giant Pact 44r
After making the first version, I realized that there was nothing to really indicate his redness, so I made a version with a red border. Whatever suits your fancy!


House Dimir (The Guilds of Ravnica #6)

Thematically relevant cards for a unified Dimir deck (including cards from both Ravnica and Return to Ravnica blocks) in the Guild Battles format:

Watermarked Cards:

Bloodletter Quill
Circu, Dimir Lobotomist
Clutch of the Undercity
Consult the Necrosages
Dimir Aqueduct
Dimir Cutpurse
Dimir Doppelganger
Dimir Guildmage
Dimir House Guard
Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir Machinations
Dimir Signet
Dizzy Spell
Drift of Phantasms
Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Ethereal Usher
Glimpse the Unthinkable
Induce Paranoia
Lurking Informant
Mindleech Mass
Muddle the Mixture
Netherborn Phalanx
Psychic Drain
Ribbons of Night
Roofstalker Wight
Shadow of Doubt
Shred Memory
Szadek, Lord of Secrets
Tattered Drake
Twisted Justice
Watery Grave

Error (Trial // Error)
Rise (Rise // Fall)
Breaking (Breaking // Entering)

Bane Alley Broker
Call of the Nightwing
Coerced Confession
Consuming Aberration
Deathcult Rogue
Dimir Charm
Dimir Cluestone
Dimir Guildgate
Dimir Keyrune
Dinrova Horror
Duskmantle Guildmage
Duskmantle Seer
Far // Away
Hands of Binding
Haunter of Nightveil
Hidden Strings
Horror of the Dim
Last Thoughts
Lazav, Dimir Mastermind
Mental Vapors
Midnight Recovery
Mind Grind
Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker
Mortus Strider
Nightveil Specter
Notion Thief
Paranoid Delusions
Pilfered Plans
Psychic Strike
Reap Intellect
Shadow Slice
Soul Ransom
Stolen Identity
Trait Doctoring
Undercity Plague
Warped Physique
Watery Grave
Whispering Madness
Woodlot Crawler

Art/Flavor Text:

Cerulean Sphinx
Peel from Reality
Vedalken Dismisser
Wizened Snitches
Infiltrator’s Magemark
Seal of Doom
Wit’s End

Stealer of Secrets
Destroy the Evidence
Chromatic Lantern
Incursion Specialist
Death’s Approach
Gateway Shade
Murmuring Phantasm

Other Candidates:

Belltower Sphinx
Dream Leash
Halcyon Glaze
Hunted Phantasm
Lore Broker
Mark of Eviction
Snapping Drake
Surveilling Sprite
Telling Time
Tunnel Vision
Zephyr Spirit
Blood Funnel
Clinging Darkness
Dark Confidante
Hunted Horror
Moonlight Bargain
Thoughtpicker Witch
Undercity Shade
Vindictive Mob
Woebringer Demon
Cloudstone Curio
Grifter’s Blade
Spectral Searchlight
Crystal Seer
Hatching Plans
Vedalken Plotter
Abyssal Nocturnus
Leyline of the Void
Restless Bones
Enigma Eidolon
Psychic Possession
Spell Snare

Conjured Currency
Crosstown Courier
Faerie Imposter
Hover Barrier
Skyline Predator
Assassin’s Strike
Daggerdrome Imp
Necropolis Regent
Perilous Shadow
Stab Wound
Tavern Swindler
Underworld Connections
Codex Shredder
Rogue’s Passage
Diluvian Primordial
Keymaster Rogue
Leyline Phantom
Metropolis Sprite
Mindeye Drake
Sage’s Row Denizen
Totally Lost
Way of the Thief
Ballustrade Spy
Dying Wish
Lord of the Void
Sepulchral Primordial
Shadow Alley Denizen
Smog Elemental
Undercity Informer
Wight of Precinct Six
Glaring Spotlight
Millenial Gargoyle
Prophetic Prism
Skyblinder Staff
Maze Glider
Runner’s Bane
Wind Drake
Bane Alley Blackguard
Fatal Fumes
Ubul Sar Gatekeepers

Transguild Courier
Transguild Promenade
Sword of the Paruns

I’m open to suggestions or debate.

Into the Scrapheap? Episode 10 (A Farewell Cameo)

The Return to Ravnica block didn’t just make the Invasion Cameos obsolete once, but actually twice. 3 mana for a simple 2-color mana-producing artifact was the old standard:

Seashell Cameo Drake-Skull Cameo Bloodstone Cameo Troll-Horn Cameo Tiger-eye Cameo

Now you get the same thing plus you can turn it into a creature, with the Keyrunes:

Azorius Keyrune Dimir Keyrune Rakdos Keyrune Gruul Keyrune Selesnya Keyrune

Or you get the same thing plus you can turn it into a new card, with the Cluestones:

Azorius Cluestone Dimir Cluestone Rakdos Cluestone Gruul Cluestone Selesnya Cluestone

Not to mention that you get access to all 10 2-color combinations in both of these!

This is a classic example of “strictly better”… which is a little sad, as I’m such a big fan of the Invasion set. At least the art on the cameos is better, IMHO.

UPDATE (June 2019): A new Ravnica block means more upgrades (two cards!):

Boros Locket Dimir Locket Golgari Locket Izzet Locket Selesnya Locket

We should also note that the original invasion cameos were (arguably) upgrades on the old Ramos cycle, which only did one color for three mana:

Tooth of Ramos Eye of Ramos Skull of Ramos Heart of Ramos Horn of Ramos

The invasion cameos were also surpassed by the Alara obelisks:

Obelisk of Bant Obelisk of Esper Obelisk of Grixis Obelisk of Jund Obelisk of Naya

These were expanded upon (into other color combos), and upgraded, in the Khans of Tarkir set:

Mardu Banner Temur Banner Abzan Banner Jeskai Banner Sultai Banner

Plus, Dragons of Tarkir, brought bigger versions of the Keyrunes:

Ojutai Monument Silumgar Monument Kolaghan Monument Atarka Monument Dromoka Monument

Finally, there have been single card upgrades to these whole cycles (Why play one particular color combination when you can play them all?). Manalith set a new standard:


This was strictly upgraded less than a year later:

Mana Geode

And then (arguably) upgraded again:

Fountain of Ichor

There was also this, if you play Commander:

Commander's Sphere

Giant Adephage Token

I learned a fun old word from this Magic card: Adephagia, a voracious or insatiable appetite (for food or certain foods).

Giant Adephage

I recognized the ‘phage’ part – it’s from Greek, and means eater, but couldn’t really make out the Ade- part: eater of fruit drinks? Haha. 

The OED to the rescue, then! The word itself is rather obsolete now, but came from post-classical Latin, adephagia, which was derived from the ancient Greek ἀδηϕαγία, gluttony, related to ἀδηϕάγος, greedy. Kudos to the Magic creative team for adapting this word to Magic.  Here are some token copies to play with, complete with some ancient Greek and Latin (mostly) quotes about greed:

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The Gruul Clans (The Guilds of Ravnica #5)

Thematically relevant cards for a unified Gruul deck (including cards from both Ravnica and Return to Ravnica blocks) in the Guild Battles format:

Watermarked Cards:

Battering Wurm
Bloodscale Prowler
Burning-Tree Bloodscale
Burning-Tree Shaman
Feral Animist
Ghor-Clan Bloodscale
Ghor-Clan Savage
Giant Solifuge
Gruul Guildmage
Gruul Nodorog
Gruul Scrapper
Gruul Signet
Gruul Turf
Gruul War Plow
Killer Instinct
Petrified Wood-Kin
Rumbling Slum
Savage Twister
Scab-Clan Mauler
Skarrg, the Rage Pits
Skarrgan Firebird
Skarrgan Pit-Skulk
Skarrgan Skybreaker
Stomping Ground
Streetbreaker Wurm
Tin Street Hooligan
Ulasht, the Hate Seed
Wild Cantor
Wreak Havoc

Run (Hit // Run)
Pure (Pure // Simple)
Blood (Flesh // Blood)

Armed // Dangerous
Borborygmos Enraged
Burning-Tree Emissary
Clan Defiance
Disciple of the Old Ways
Feral Animist
Frenzied Tilling
Ghor-Clan Rampager
Ground Assault
Gruul Charm
Gruul Cluestone
Gruul Guildgate
Gruul Keyrune
Gruul Ragebeast
Gruul War Chant
Pit Fight
Primal Visitation
Pyrewild Shaman
Rubblebelt Maaka
Rubblebelt Raiders
Ruination Wurm
Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
Savageborn Hydra
Scab-Clan Charger
Scab-Clan Giant
Signal the Clans
Skarrg Goliath
Skarrg Guildmage
Skinbrand Goblin
Stomping Ground
Viashino Shanktail
Wasteland Viper
Wrecking Ogre
Zhur-Taa Ancient
Zhur-Taa Druid
Zhur-Taa Swine

Art/Flavor Text:

Crash Landing
Weight of Spires
Protean Hulk

Savage Surge
Cinder Elemental
Structural Collapse
Alpha Authority
Burst of Strength
Predator’s Rapport
Rust Scarab
Clear a Path

Other Candidates:

Hammerfist Giant
Rain of Embers
Stoneshaker Shaman
Birds of Paradise
Bramble Elemental
Carven Caryatid
Fists of Ironwood
Goliath Spider
Hunted Troll
Primordial Sage
Scion of the Wild
Vinelasher Kudzu
Grifter’s Blade
Leyline of Lightning
Living Inferno
Beastmaster’s Magemark
Earth Surge
Leyline of Lifeforce
Predatory Focus
Primeval Light
Silhana Starfletcher
Stalking Vengeance
Wurmweaver Coil
Ogre Gatecrasher
Elemental Resonance
Fertile Imagination
Verdant Eidolon
Magewright’s Stone

Lobber Crew
Tenement Crasher
Utvara Hellkite
Aerial Predation
Axebane Stag
Five-Alarm Fire
Gatecreeper Vine
Giant Growth
Rubbleback Rhino
Seek the Horizon
Towering Indrik
Wild Beastmaster
Worldspine Wurm
Ember Beast
Molten Primordial
Ripscale Predator
Crowned Ceratok
Giant Adephage
Sylvan Primordial
Tower Defense
Saruli Gatekeepers

Transguild Courier
Transguild Promenade
Sword of the Paruns

I’m open to suggestions or debate.

A Ravnica Christmas Carol

So, I think we can all agree that if Scrooge and Marley lived on Ravnica, they would be members of the Orzhov Syndicate. So, when Teysa makes Spirits out of the dearly departed, I imagine them to look something like Marley’s ghost:

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Trostani’s Amigos

Grisly Spectacle

Trostani’s Summoner puts out three different tokens. These guys (the knight, the centaur, and the rhino) must get used to hanging out together, so I imagine them as three friends working as a team:

Three Caballeros:

Token Trostani Knight A Token Trostani Rhino A Token Trostani Centaur A


Three Amigos:

Token Trostani Centaur B Token Trostani Rhino B Token Trostani Knight B

Yes, I know, I just blatantly rip off the features of other people’s tokens – I admit it; I have no artistic talent of my own. Consider it an homage to the creative genius behind these designes.