Guilds of Ravnica block
Description[edit | edit source]
It is not a block in the traditional sense, because there is no mechanical overlap and the sets are drafted on their own. Blocks were abandoned in 2018 with the introduction of the Three-and-One Model, but that didn't mean that consecutive expansions couldn't be set on the same plane.
The series consists of Guilds of Ravnica (), Ravnica Allegiance () and the as yet unnamed set codenamed "Milk". The first two each are focused on five of the ten Ravnican guilds. They are what you would expect a return to Ravnica to be and it needed to be two to fit in all the guilds. The third set will focus on the culmination of the Bolas Arc, the storyline around the fight of the Gatewatch against Nicol Bolas, and not on the guilds. The latter is its own unique thing.
The following guilds are represented in each of the first two sets:
- Guilds of Ravnica: House Dimir (), Selesnya Conclave (), Izzet League (), Golgari Swarm (), and Boros Legion ().
- Ravnica Allegiance: Azorius Senate (), Cult of Rakdos (), Gruul Clans (), Orzhov Syndicate (), and Simic Combine ().
Storyline[edit | edit source]
The guilds fight internally between the forces pulling them toward or away from Bolas's influence. In the end, five fall under his influence, and five don't. The five guilds that fall to Bolas all have a planeswalker leading the guild. Guilds of Ravnica and Ravnica Allegiance are mostly concurrent with Ixalan and Dominaria so the Gatewatch is busy elsewhere storywise.
Guild Kits[edit | edit source]
The first two sets (Guilds of Ravnica and Ravnica Allegiance) are accompanied by Guild Kits. Each Guild Kit features a 60-card preconstructed theme deck flavored after one of the featured guilds, combining cards from every Ravnica set released so far. The reprints aren't Standard legal. The Kits are packaged with appropriate pins, stickers, and spindown life counters.
Mega cycles[edit | edit source]
|Guild leaders||Lazav, the Multifarious||Trostani Discordant||Ral, Izzet Viceroy||Vraska, Golgari Queen||Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice|
|Guild champions||Etrata, the Silencer||Emmara, Soul of the Accord||Niv-Mizzet, Parun||Izoni, Thousand-Eyed||Tajic, Legion's Edge|
|Guildmages||House Guildmage||Conclave Guildmage||League Guildmage||Swarm Guildmage||Legion Guildmage|
|Shock lands||Hallowed Fountain||Watery Grave||Blood Crypt||Stomping Ground||Temple Garden||Godless Shrine||Steam Vents||Overgrown Tomb||Sacred Foundry||Breeding Pool|
|Guildgates||Azorius Guildgate||Dimir Guildgate||Rakdos Guildgate||Gruul Guildgate||Selesnya Guildgate||Orzhov Guildgate||Izzet Guildgate||Golgari Guildgate||Boros Guildgate||Simic Guildgate|
|Lockets||Dimir Locket||Selesnya Locket||Izzet Locket||Golgari Locket||Boros Locket|
References[edit | edit source]
- Wizards of the Coast. (May 18, 2018.) “2018 Spring Announcement Day”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (May 18, 2018.) "Are blocks back soon or do you just not have a word yet?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (2017 June 12.) “Metamorphosis 2.0”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (May 18, 2018.) "Going back to Ravnica is exciting, but getting 3 consecutive Ravnica sets...", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (September 10, 2018.) “Guild to Order, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (May 20, 2018.) "As you look to revisit Ravnica three times, will there be an article on how the same plane will feel like 3 different blocks, instead of one 3-set block?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (September 11, 2018.) "The five guilds that fell to Bolas would each have a planeswalker, beholden to Bolas.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (September 11, 2018.) "So, are there only 5 planeswalkers in guilds + allegiance, and all of them are from the 5 guilds that are Bolas-aligned?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Gavin Verhey. (November 1, 2018.) “Building the Guild Kits”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (May 18, 2018.) "Will the reprints in the Ravnica Guild kits be Standard legal alongside Ravnica 3.0?", Blogatog, Tumblr.