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Magic’s latest set is released this week, and is the first of three sets which all take place in the popular setting of Ravnica.
Ravnica is essentially one enormous city, and is controlled by 10 guilds, five of which feature in this set. The villain Nicol Bolas is disrupting the plane with his schemes, which we don’t know all of yet. It may involve moving an undead army into Ravnica while simultaneously preventing any planeswalkers from leaving, but we aren’t sure yet.
The mood in this set then is one of foreboding, and this comes through in the art. There are brighter pieces to be sure, but the overall feeling is that something is coming.
Enhanced Surveillance by Greg Rutkowski
This piece sets the mood well. The sky is overcast, people have their hoods up and their heads down, and are walking by themselves rather than in chatty groups.
Etrata, the Silencer by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
This Dimir-aligned vampire looks down on the city from he rooftop perch. She may even be the figure on the roofline in the previous piece.
Nightveil Predator by Darek Zabrocki
Another vampire from House Dimir.
Selesnya Guildgate by Dimitar Marinski
The skies may be gray, but there is still brightness in the lands controlled by the Selesnya guild, who maintain the presence of nature in an otherwise urban environment.
Midnight Reaper by Sidharth Chaturvedi
This figure is a great statement of the changes which have come to Ravnica. The city never used to be so spooky. Dangerous, sure. But not in a ‘the dark riders are abroad’ kind of way.
You can see more art at the Guilds of Ravnica card image gallery.