Description[edit | edit source]
Apart from him being a shapeshifter, details about Lazav are scarce. He (or she, or they) claims to take orders from some greater power. Lazav has a regal bearing and wears a flowing leather cloak, made from the hide of some beast that had gone extinct ages ago. He is able to warp reality and seems to attract all of the magic in his surroundings toward him.
History[edit | edit source]
After Szadek was killed and gained control over Agyrem, Lazav managed to gather what was left of the Dimir and bring them together. A ritual was supposed to allow them to commune with the previous guildmaster's spirit, however, it is unknown whether that was true or just a ruse. Since the Dimir guildhall was lost to all, they built a new Duskmantle, which replaced the old structure. Lazav continued to use most of Szadek's methods, giving both their own agents and mercenaries (one of whom is Krenko) as little information as is required to further their goals.
War of the Spark[edit | edit source]
Lazav suspected that an invader had taken over several guilds, and actively worked against them. He discovered that Bolas represented a direct threat to House Dimir's existence by rendering all its scheming obsolete. Although his greatest wish was to mount a coup and seize power over Ravnica, his greatest fear was he would have to settle to preventing one.
This came true, when he had to assist Chandra, Saheeli, and Lavinia with shutting off the Immortal Sun. He disguised himself as Chandra in the fight against Dovin Baan, using illusions and an Izzet League flamethrower to replicate the effects of her pyromancy. This deception allowed the real Chandra to sneak into Baan's facility and disable the Immortal Sun, allowing many planeswalkers to leave Ravnica. Lazav subsequently defeated Baan, blinding him with throwing stars and causing him to planeswalk away.
Along with the other guildmasters, Lazav participated in a ritual led by Nissa to resurrect Niv-Mizzet and grant him the power of the Living Guildpact. He later also impersonated Saheeli, and survived the War.
In-game references[edit | edit source]
Quoted or referred to:
- Clear the Mind
- Coerced Confession
- Dimir Charm
- Dimir Guildgate (Guilds of Ravnica, #245)
- Disinformation Campaign
- Enhanced Surveillance
- Massive Raid
- Murmuring Phantasm
- Psychic Strike
- Rakdos Trumpeter
- Senate Courier
- Serene Remembrance
- Sinister Sabotage
- Stealth Mission
- Thought Collapse
- Urbis Protector (Gatecrash)
- Vicious Rumors
References[edit | edit source]
- The Magic Creative Team (December 05, 2012). "Planeswalker's Guide to Gatecrash: Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- James Wyatt (January 2019). "The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Ravnica". Wizards of the Coast
- Nicky Drayden (October 10, 2018). "Under the Cover of Fog". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Jenna Helland (October 29, 2012). "The Azorius Ten Most Wanted". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Flavor text for Sinister Sabotage
- Greg Weisman (April 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica". Del Rey
- Greg Weisman (June 5, 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica – Operation Desperation". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.