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Many of the cards in Dominaria were inspired by past Magic cards and places from past blocks set on Dominaria.

Legendary Sorceries[edit | edit source]

Each of these six spells depicts a crucial event of Dominarian history involving their namesake. These events were previously depicted in novels telling the stories of sets taking place on Dominaria.

Legendary Sorcery Associated Character Event Depicted Original Set Novel
Urza’s Ruinous Blast Urza Urza using the Golgothian Sylex to unleash the Sylex Blast; ending the Brothers' War and creating the Shard of the Twelve Worlds. Antiquities and Urza's Saga The Brothers' War
Karn's Temporal Sundering Karn Karn using Urza's time machine to go back in time to save the life of Jhoira, Teferi and Barrin; causing time to Sunder on the island of Tolaria. Urza's Saga Time Streams
Yawgmoth's Vile Offering Yawgmoth Yawgmoth promising Gerrard Capashen to resurrect his lost love Hanna if he can kill Urza in the Phyrexian Arena. Apocalypse Apocalypse (novel)
Jaya's Immolating Inferno Jaya Ballard Jaya ascending as a planeswalker thanks to Jodah and his magical mirror; burning away the evil spirits of Mairsil and Lim-Dûl that were controlling her. Alliances The Shattered Alliance
Kamahl's Druidic Vow Kamahl Kamahl killing Laquatus with the Mirari-sword; leaving it planted in the ground of the Krosan Forest to symbolically renounce his barbarian way and becoming a druid. Judgment Judgment (novel)
Primevals' Glorious Rebirth Darigaaz Darigaaz and the primevals Rith, Treva and Dromar sacrifing themselves to resurrect their final member Crosis; who in turn resurrect them all thereby completing the pantheon and unlocking their god-like powers. Invasion and Planeshift Planeshift (novel)

Sagas[edit | edit source]

Each of these fourteen enchantments depicts a historical event from Dominaria. An excerpt from thirteen of these Sagas is quoted on another card from the set.

Saga Color / Rarity Event Depicted Quoted on Quote Original Set Novel Chapter Description - Notes
Triumph of Gerrard {W} Gerrard Capashen activating the Legacy and killing Yawgmoth, ending the Phyrexian Invasion of Dominaria. Benalish Honor Guard “The true measure of all heroes is not what they achieve, but who they inspire.” Apocalypse Apocalypse (novel) Chapters I & II represent the many adventures of Gerrard that helped strengthen him.

Chapter III represents him activating the Legacy to deal the final blow to Yawgmoth.

Time of Ice {U} The Dominarian Ice Age (event). Homarid Explorer “Homarids spread northward from Sarpadia as the climate cooled, raiding coastal settlements for supplies.” Ice Age, Alliances, Coldsnap The Eternal Ice, The Shattered Alliance Chapters I & II represent the Ice Age taking over Terisiare.

Chapter III symbolizes the Thaw that ended up submerging most of what had been frozen.

The Eldest Reborn {B} Nicol Bolas being fully reborn in the material world after having been trapped between planes for centuries.[1] Lingering Phantom “True power never dies, but lies awake, waiting for its name to be spoken.” Time Spiral Time Spiral (novel) Chapter I arguably represent Bolas' power and cruelty.

Chapter II symbolizes Bolas' debilitating touch.
Chapter III represents Bolas fetching a copy of his body from a previous point in time to fully come back to life.

Chainer's Torment {B} Chainer's rise and fall inside the Otarian Cabal. Cast Down “Your life is finished, your name lost, and your work forgotten. It is as though Mazeura never existed.” Torment Chainer's Torment Chapters I & II represent Chainer's rise through the cabal ranks.

Chapter III depicts Chainer using the Mirari to enhance his dementia magic, eventually killing him.

The Flame of Keld {R} Kradak receiving the Kindling Spell from the Mountain of Keld, becoming the first warlord and founding the Keldon nation. Keldon Warcaller “The Mountain gave the Flame to Kradak to light the furnaces of his people’s hearts. The wanderers became Keldons, and he the first warlord.” The Myths of Magic (Keldon Fire) Chapter I symbolizes Kradak and his people abandoning their original land of Parma.

Chapter II shows them finding their new land of Keld.
Chapter III represent Kradak gaining the power of the Flame of Keld through the Kindling Spell.

Song of Freyalise {G} Freyalise casting the Worldspell that broke The Shard and ended the Ice Age on Dominaria, starting the Thaw. Arbor Armament “Llanowar’s boughs are ever ready To unleash an autumn of steel leaves.” Alliances The Shattered Alliance Chapters I & II represent Feyalise gathering the druids of the Juniper Order from Fyndhorn and Yavimaya to concentrate mana.

Chapter III represents the rebirth of the land after the Worldspell was cast.

Fall of the Thran {W} The destruction of the floating city of Halcyon and the fall of the Thran Empire at the end of the Thran Civil War. The Null Sphere is shown dropping a stone charger, ending the conflict between the Thran Alliance and the first Phyrexians. Evra, Halcyon Witness “Light from the Null Moon took form—a mirage made real, alone in grandeur, isolated in a world that once had been its own.” Antiquities The Thran Chapter I represents the complete destruction of the Thran.

Chapters II & III show the land slowly recuperating.

The Antiquities War {U} Urza and Mishra splitting the Mightstone and Weakstone, starting the The Brothers' War, devastating the continent of Terisiare for decades.[1] Nature’s Spiral (Dominaria) “As Argoth’s last defenders fell to Urza’s juggernauts, Titania said, ‘Nature cannot be destroyed, only changed.’” Antiquities The Brothers' War Chapter I and II represent the study, repair and duplication of ancient artifacts.

Chapters III shows the activation of the artifact creatures in the war.

The Mirari Conjecture {U} The lasting effects of the Mirari Saga on the continent of Otaria. Odyssey block
Onslaught block
Odyssey Cycle
Onslaught Cycle
All chapters represent the successive uses of the Mirari.
Rite of Belzenlok {B} The demon Belzenlok taking over the Cabal. Blessing of Belzenlok
Cabal Paladin
“My heart is not mine, it is Belzenlok’s. All hearts are his, and all blood.”
“The Demonlord has ruled every age. Every ruin, myth, and nightmare proves his power.”
Dominaria All chapters are arguably a reference to Lord of the Pit.
The First Eruption {R} The creation myth of the land of Shiv, as told by its people, the Ghitu.[2] Shiv itself hatched from an egg—"a shell of stone around a yolk of flame"—and basks in the heat of primordial Dominaria, shedding its "scales" with each new eruption. Seismic Shift “Shiv is a restless land. It heaves ash, bleeds lava, and scabs over in black obsidian.” All chapters symbolise the Eruption itself.
The Mending of Dominaria {G} The Time Spiral crisis and its heroes who gave up their spark and sometime their life in order to save the Multiverse: Freyalise, Windgrace, Karn and Teferi. Llanowar Envoy “Cherish this world in honor of the martyrs who saved it. We too must be prepared to give our lives.” Time Spiral block Time Spiral Cycle Chapters I & II represent the time rifts draining mana from the plane and bringing back individual from the past to the present.

Chapter III represents the Mending healing the land and allowing mana to flow freely through Dominaria once again.

History of Benalia {W} The founding of Benalia Benalish Marshal “Some aspire to climb the mountain of Honor. The Benalish are born upon its peak, and from there ascend among the stars.” Chapters I & II represent Torsten Von Ursus gathering knights from the ruins of the once-great Sheoltun Empire.

Chapter III symbolizes the sometime brutal tactics used to conquer and establish the land of Benalia.
The seven swords, towers and moons symbolizes the seven benalish lunar clans who rule Benalia since Torsten's passing.

Phyrexian Scriptures {B} The sacred text of Phyrexia used to indoctrinate the new phyrexian into worshipping Yawgmoth as a god. Dark Ritual (Urza's Saga) “From void evolved Phyrexia. Great Yawgmoth, Father of Machines, saw its perfection. Thus The Grand Evolution began.” Chapter I represents the compleation process.

Chapters II & III represent the goal of Phyrexia, eliminating all flesh.
The phyrexian text on the altar translates to the flavor text of Dark Ritual whose art is being referenced.

Basic lands[edit | edit source]

Expansion name shout-outs[edit | edit source]

The names of every expansion that took place on Dominaria can be seen among names and flavor texts throughout the set. (For example, Traxos, Scourge of Kroog.)

Individual cards[edit | edit source]

Card Referenced card Art Location Affiliation Character Other Set shout-out
Academy Drake Tolarian Academy
Academy Journeymage Tolarian Academy
Adeliz, the Cinder Wind The Ghitu
Tolarian Academy
(Future) Sight
Adventurous Impulse Odyssey
Aesthir Glider Karplusan Mountains
The Antiquities War The Brothers' War Antiquities
Arcane Flight Flight Tolarian Academy
Arvad the Cursed Crovax the Cursed (Urza's) Destiny
Aryel, Knight of Windgrace Lord Windgrace
Aven Sentry Benalia
Ancient Animus Multani
Baird, Steward of Argive New Argive
Baloth Gorger Obstinate Baloth Baloths
Befuddle Keldons Radha
Benalish Honor Guard Benalish
Benalish Marshal Glorious Anthem Benalish
Blackblade Reforged Dakkon Blackblade [1] Dakkon Blackblade Blackblade
Bloodtallow Candle Profane Memento
Board the Weatherlight Skyship Weatherlight (Portal Second) Age
Cabal Evangel Stronghold
The Cabal
The Order of the Ebon Hand
Tevesh Szat
Virot Maglan
Cabal Paladin The Cabal
Cabal Stronghold Cabal Coffers Stronghold The Cabal
Chainer's Torment Chainer, Dementia Master Chainer Torment
Clifftop Retreat Epityr
Cold-Water Snapper Orvada Coldsnap
Curator's Ward Blue Ward
Damping Sphere The Thran
Danitha Capashen, Paragon Clan Capashen
Darigaaz Reincarnated Rhammidarigaaz
Dark Bargain Ratadrabik of Urborg
Dauntless Bodyguard Benalish
D'Avenant Trapper D'Avenant Archer
Benalish Trapper
Order of the D'Avenant
Deep Freeze Ice Age
Demonic Vigor The Cabal
Divest Fallen Empires
Drudge Sentinel Drudge Skeletons [3] Seven Houses of Benalia
Dub White Knight [1] New Benalia
Elfhame Druid Llanowar Elves Llanowar Elhames of Llanowar
Eviscerate The Dark
Evra, Halcyon Witness Halcyon The Thran Null Moon Mirage
Fall of the Thran Armageddon The Thran
Feral Abomination Urborg The Cabal
Fervent Strike Legends
Fight with Fire Sizzle (Eighth Edition) Jaya Ballard
Final Parting Combines Entomb
and Diabolic Tutor
Fire Elemental Jaya Ballard
Firefist Adept The Ghitu
Firesong and Sunspeaker Hurloon Minotaur Hurloon
Gaea's Blessing (Dominaria) Gaea's Blessing (Weatherlight) Gaea
Gaea's Protector Consume Strength (Apocalypse) Yavimaya Phyrexians Gaea
Ghitu Chronicler The Ghitu
Ghitu Journeymage The Ghitu
Ghitu Lavarunner The Ghitu
Goblin Warchief (Dominaria) Mons's Goblin Raiders Rundvelt Mons
Grand Warlord Radha Radha, Heir to Keld Keld Radha
Grunn, the Lonely King Yavimayan Gorilla tribes
Guardians of Koilos Koilos
Healing Grace Combines both options
of Healing Salve
Helm of the Host Vesuva
Hinterland Harbor Planar Portal (Invasion) Portal (Second Age)
Homarid Explorer Homarids
Howling Golem Howling Mine
Invoke the Divine Song of All
Isolated Chapel (Dominaria) Sursi
Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain Jhoira
Jodah, Archmage Eternal Jodah Chronicles
Juggernaut (Dominaria) Urza Urza's (Saga)
Karn, Scion of Urza (token) Beast of Burden (Seventh Edition) Karn
Karn's Temporal Sundering Karn Time rifts Time Spiral
(Planar) Chaos
Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood Sengir Vampire
Keldon Raider Keldons Limited (Edition)
Knight of Grace White Knight [4]
Knight of Malice Black Knight [4]
Krosan Druid Krosa Centaurs
Llanowar Envoy Nomadic Elf Nomadic Elf (Invasion) Llanowar
Llanowar Scout Llanowar Elhames of Llanowar
Lich's Mastery Lich [5]
Lyra Dawnbringer Reya Dawnbringer
Mammoth Spider Giant Spider Alliances
Meandering River (Dominaria) Calciform Pools
Memorial to Folly Martyrs' Tomb Urza
Gerrard Capashen
Merfolk Trickster Merfolk Looter (Exodus)
Mishra’s Self-Replicator Mishra's Factory Mishra
Mox Amber Moxes [6] Visions
Multani, Yavimaya’s Avatar Multani [6]
Navigator's Compass Skyship Weatherlight Planeshift
Nature’s Spiral Strip Mine
On Serra's Wings Serra's Embrace Serra Song of All
Pardic Wanderer Pardia Beta
Phyrexian Scriptures Dark Ritual (Urza's Saga) Phyrexians Yawgmoth (Urza's) Saga
Powerstone Shard Teferi
Powerstones Urza's (Destiny)

Planar (Chaos)
Primevals’ Glorious Rebirth Primevals
Primordial Wurm Craw Wurm [6]
Scaled Wurm
The Carthalion lineage Ice Age (event)
Radiating Lightning Shiv The Cabal Legions
Rat Colony Relentless Rats [7] Phyrexians Phyrexian Invasion Unlimited (Edition)
Rescue Hurkyl (Core Set) Editions
(Portal) Second (Age)
Rite of Belzenlok Dirge of Dread
Rona, Disciple of Gix Gix Compleation
Run Amok Keld Keldons Keldon Twilight Prophecy
Sage of Lat-Nam (Dominaria) College of Lat-Nam Tolarian Academy Magic Origins
Seal Away Phyrexians Nemesis
Sentinel of the Pearl Trident Pearl Trident of Vodalia
Shalai, Voice of Plenty Voice of All Angel Voices
Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy Sisay (Urza's) Legacy
Shield of the Realm Saltcrusted Steppe of Benalia Time rifts
Shivan Fire Shivan Dragon Shiv
Short Sword Sisay
Skizzik (Dominaria) Shiv
Slinn Voda, the Rising Deep Voda Sea
Spore Swarm Yavimaya Multani Judgment
Sporecrown Thallid Thallids Sarpadian Empires Alpha
Squee, the Immortal Squee, Goblin Nabob Squee's Toy Squee
Steel Leaf Champion Llanowar Order of the Steel Leaf Freyalise Kavu
Stronghold Confessor Stronghold
Tatyova, Benthic Druid Yavimaya
Tempest Djinn Marid settlers from Rabiah. Tempest
Territorial Allosaurus Pygmy Allosaurus Ice Age (event)
Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive Choice of Damnations Clan Umezawa
Thallid Omnivore Thallids Thelon
Thran Temporal Gateway The Thran Future (Sight)
Traxos, Scourge of Kroog Kroog Dragon engines Scourge
Untamed Kavu Kavu Titan Kavu
Unwind Rewind Jhoira
Urgoros, the Empty One Hypnotic Specter Vhelnish
Urza’s Tome Thran Tome Urza Urza's (Legacy)
Vodalian Arcanist Vodalian Empire
Voltaic Servant Voltaic Key Voltaic Key
Verix Bladewing Rorix Bladewing
Tarox Bladewing
Rorix Bladewing
Tarox Bladewing[8]
Weatherlight Skyship Weatherlight [6] Skyship Weatherlight Weatherlight
Wild Onslaught Onslaught
Windgrace Acolyte Urborg The Cabal Lord Windgrace
Yavimaya Sapherd Yavimaya Thallids Sarpadian Empires
Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp Mahamoti Djinn [6]
Zhalfirin Void Zhalfir

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. a b c d Mark Rosewater (April 16, 2018). "Stories from Dominaria, Part 1". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Blake Rasmussen (March 27, 2018). "Dominaria Card of the Day: The First Eruption". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (April 06, 2018). "Is drudge sentinel an attempted fix of regeneration?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  4. a b Mark Rosewater (April 23, 2018). "Stories from Dominaria, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (April 21, 2018). "Can we get some trivia about Naga Vitalist or Lich?". Blogatog. Tumblr. An updated and fixed version. Just like the original, it was designed by Richard Garfield.
  6. a b c d e Mark Rosewater (April 30, 2018). "Stories from Dominaria, Part 3". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Interestingly, this card was first printed in Fifth Dawn and has therefore no connection with Dominaria. However, it was in itself an improved version of Plague Rats from Alpha.
  8. Wizards of the Coast (April 18, 2018). "Which characters are you hoping to open at Prerelease?". The Official Magic: The Gathering Tumblr. Tumblr.