Naga

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Naga
Naga.jpg
Creature type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics 37 cards
{U} 45.9% {B} 5.4% {G} 35.1% {B/G} 2.7% {G/U} 2.7% {M} 8.1%
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type:"Naga"

Naga is a creature type introduced in Khans of Tarkir. They are snake-like creatures with a humanoid upper body and a serpentine lower body (similar to gorgons). They were earlier mentioned in Ravnica's storyline as well. The creative team felt justified in distinguishing naga from snakes because it is a very resonant and popular mythological creature in non-western culture, but the decision was met with mixed response.[1][2][3][4]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Amonkhet[edit | edit source]

The Naga of Amonkhet have many features of cobras, with the males sprouting larger hoods than the females. As with most races, they are among the citizens of Naktamun on Amonkhet.[5] Naga believe in a principle called the Sweetest Harmony, which describes a perfect balance between the body and the mind. Finding that balance, as they understand it, is a sure path to glory in the trials.[6] Just so, mental strength supports physical capabilities, and physical fortitude feeds mental tenacity, so neither mind nor body can exist in isolation. In the same way, the naga believe that Kefnet and Rhonas exist in interdependence, and that their trials are best conceived as two halves of a whole. Traditionally, they shed their skin before entering a trial, symbolically leaving their weaknesses behind them.[7]

Tarkir[edit | edit source]

Original timeline[edit | edit source]

The Sultai Brood of Tarkir is ruled by naga, who have made allegiances with rakshasas to gain incredible necromancy powers. The naga are ruthless and decadent, and are led by the merciless Sidisi, queen of the naga. They are descended from ancient human leaders that made pacts with the Rakshasa,[8] and for this reason bear a lot of resentment and cruelty towards humans, whom they view as inferior.[9] They themselves claim lineage to Tarkir's dragons as their ancestors as propaganda.

Naga magic deals with modification of the form, whether through shapeshifting or necromancy.

Alternate timeline[edit | edit source]

In the new timeline, the naga are forced into becoming slaves, undead or otherwise, by Silumgar as the result of a pact Tasigur made with the dragon. Under their breath, they spread the rumors that they related to the dragons in some way. The naga translators of the Silumgar clan are often the first and fastest to gain favor. They are also the first to abuse what they have earned.[10] They have been known to take liberties with their translations, thinking themselves clever.

Notable Naga[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Nāga is the Sanskrit and Pāli word for a deity or class of entity or being, taking the form of a very great snake — specifically the king cobra, found in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. A female Nāga is a nāgī or nāgiṇī.[12]

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Zombie Naga Warrior
named Tah-Crop Skirmisher
White Creature — Zombie Naga Warrior 2/1
Zombie Naga Warrior
named Sinuous Striker
Black Creature — Zombie Naga Warrior 4/4 {U}: Sinuous Striker gets +1/-1 until end of turn.
Zombie Naga Wizard
named Champion of Wits
Black Creature — Zombie Naga Wizard 4/4 When Champion of Wits enters the battlefield, you may draw cards equal to its power. If you do, discard two cards.
Naga Ninja
named Mist-Syndicate Naga
Blue Creature — Naga Ninja 3/1 Ninjutsu {2}{U}
Whenever Mist-Syndicate Naga deals combat damage to a player, create a token that’s a copy of Mist-Syndicate Naga.

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