A Herd of Goat Tokens

… or a Tribe or Trip of Goat Tokens, if you’re into such official naming conventions.

I’m finally getting around to making my Trading Post deck (I’m coupling it with the Bogbrew Witch combo and the Exquisite Blood/Sanguine Bond combo – how can I lose?), so I’m going to need GOAT tokens.

Trading Post Goat Token

The pre-fab goat from Wizards is actually pretty good-looking, but nowadays I see every token requirement as an opportunity. But what kind of special goats are out there that would be better than Mr. Generic Goat here? Well, Norse mythology actually seems to be full of goats: Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr were the two goats that pulled Thor’s chariot, and Heiðrún was the goat that ate the legendary tree Lærað and then produced mead from its teats. You gotta love Norse mythology!

Apparently, Yu-Gi-Oh has already tapped into this rich tradition (and I adapted it):

Token Goat YGO Tanngnjostr Token Goat YGO Tanngrisnir

If you want those in the traditional Magic frame, then here you go:

Token Goat 01c Token Goat 01b

Marvel Comics has also been into the Norse mythology action for a while:

Token Goat 01h

Token Goat 01d Token Goat 01e

Token Goat 01g Token Goat 01f

For the mead-producing goat, I’ve got some rather old school images:

Token Goat 01i
Token Goat 01k Token Goat 01j

There’s even a meadery named after her!

Go, go, goats!

Avatar of Life?

I was playing my Ajani Goldmane deck today and when I ultimated him, I realized that I had no Avatar token to put into play. There is an official token made by Wizards, but I must admit I was underwhelmed when I first saw it.
Ajani Token
I’ll admit it has grown on me a little more since I’ve looked at it, but it’s still not really what I think of when I think of something that represents an avatar of my life total. The thought that really came to mind was that I was creating a token version of Serra Avatar, which is also in the deck, by the way, so I found a close up of the avatar itself:

Token Ajani Avatar B

Why does Serra’s Avatar look like a blindfolded Samurai? That’s just not working for me either. Then I found that there was an alternate art version of Serra Avatar produced as a promo for Duels of the Planeswalkers. That art is a little better in capturing the essence…

Token Ajani Avatar C

… but I still don’t understand why she has to be blind. What about the concept of “Avatar of Life” says, “I’m blind, like justice”? For a moment I toyed with the thought that the token was a representation of Ajani’s lifeforce. I didn’t stay on this idea long, but I did come across one piece of art on the DeviantArt site that really looked like some sort of incarnation of Ajani’s spirit or lifeforce. The artist goes by the moniker dabiankwong – nicely done!

Token Ajani Avatar D

Now a thought struck me: an avatar of life is someone full to the brim with life, and its essence, right? And who best captures the idea of someone full of life? I got no further than Sir John Falstaff from Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays, and then found this excellent painting by Eduard von Grützner, which really nails it I think.

Token Ajani Avatar E

But I must admit that when I think of Falstaff, I always get the image of Robbie Coltrane’s portrayal from Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V. This was my first introduction to the character, and while perhaps he’s not the best Falstaff ever–I wouldn’t know who is, really–he is forever etched in my brain as “Falstaff”. Unfortunately, I could not find a good image to use. If anyone knows of a better one, I’d love to know of it. This will have to do for now.

Token Ajani Avatar F

And there you have my journey in search of an “Avatar of Life”. I think any one of these could serve the purpose nicely. Adieu!

White Spirit Tokens (Ravnica – Orzhov)

While the latest version of Teysa produces Black-White (Orzhov) Spirit Tokens, which I’ve already made, the original version only produced White tokens, so I needed to make some new ones.  I thought this time I would just re-use some of the Spirit art from the Ravnica and Guildpact sets to make the tokens. A lot of cards just never see any play after their limited cycle is past, and it’s a shame that some good art just becomes lost to time in that way. This is one small way to resurrect some of it. If you were playing when Ravnica came out, you can always play a guessing game connecting the art to the original card.

Teysa, Orzhov Scion Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts

 

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The Boros Legion (The Guilds of Ravnica #7)

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

Watermarked Cards:

Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
Bathe in Light
Boros Fury-Shield
Boros Garrison
Boros Guildmage
Boros Recruit
Boros Signet
Boros Swiftblade
Brightflame
Cleansing Beam
Firemane Angel
Flame-Kin Zealot
Flash Conscription
Incite Hysteria
Leave No Trace
Lightning Helix
Master Warcraft
Ordruun Commando
Rally the Righteous
Razia, Boros Archangel
Razia’s Purification
Sacred Foundry
Screeching Griffin
Searing Meditation
Skyknight Legionnaire
Sunforger
Sunhome Enforcer
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
Surge of Zeal
Thundersong Trumpeter
Wojek Apothecary
Wojek Embermage
Wojek Siren

Ends (Odds // Ends)
Hide (Hide // Seek)
Release (Catch // Release)

Arrows of Justice
Assemble the Legion
Aurelia, the Warleader
Aurelia’s Fury
Blaze Commando
Bomber Corps
Boros Battleshaper
Boros Charm
Boros Cluestone
Boros Elite
Boros Guildgate
Boros Keyrune
Boros Mastiff
Boros Reckoner
Daring Skyjek
Firefist Striker
Firemane Avenger
Fortress Cyclops
Foundry Champion
Frontline Medic
Gleam of Battle
Legion Loyalist
Legion’s Initiative
Martial Glory
Nav Squad Commandos
Ordruun Veteran
Shattering Blow
Spark Trooper
Sunhome Guildmage
Tajic, Blade of the Legion
Towering Thunderfist
Truefire Paladin
Viashino Firstblade
Warleader’s Helix
Warmind Infantry
Wear // Tear
Wojek Halberdiers

Art/Flavor Text:

Condemn
Light of Sanction
Fencer’s Magemark
Flame Fusillade
Pariah’s Shield
War’s Toll
Withstand

Angelic Edict
Assault Griffin
Explosive Impact
Furious Resistance
Knight Watch
Massive Raid
Punish the Enemy
Steeple Roc
Swift Justice

Other Candidates:

Auratouched Mage
Beacon Hawk
Blazing Archon
Blockbuster
Brace for Impact
Breath of Fury
Carom
Celestial Ancient
Concerted Effort
Divebomber Griffin
Festival of the Guildpact
Fiery Conclusion
Flame-Kin War Scout
Flaring Flame-Kin
Flickerform
Freewinf Equenaut
Galvanic Arc
Gate Hound
Grifter’s Blade
Guardian of the Guildpact
Haazda Shield Mate
Hammerfist Giant
Harrier Griffin
Magewright’s Stone
Molten Sentry
Nightguard Patrol
Oathsworn Giant
Order of the Stars
Peregrine Mask
Proper Burial
Skyrider Trainee
Sell-sword Brute
Spectral Searchlight
Stalking Vengeance
Terrarion
Three Dreams
To Arms!
Veteran Armorer

Angel of Serenity
Angelic Skirmisher
Armory Guard
Ash Zealot
Awe for the Guilds
Civic Sabre
Court Street Denizen
Ethereal Armor
Fencing Ace
Gideon, Champion of Justice
Guardian of the Gateless
Guild Feud
Knightly Valor
Haazda Snare Squad
Hold the Gates
Holy Mantle
Maze Sentinel
Minotaur Aggressor
Murder Investigation
Palisade Giant
Phantom General
Precinct Captain
Prophetic Prism
Racecourse Fury
Righteous Charge
Riot Gear
Security Blockade
Smite
Smelt-Ward Gatekeepers
Sphere of Safety
Sunspire Gatekeepers
Sunspire Griffin
Tin Street Market
Trained Caracal
Urbis Protector

Transguild Courier
Transguild Promenade
Sword of the Paruns

I’m open to suggestions or debate.