M15 has a lot of people riled up about the story line. Now that the whole set is out, I figure I should talk a little about the implications this set has on the future of the Magic story line.
The core set usually has things from all kind of planes of existence, but this particular set pulls some interesting things together.
Avaycn was an Angel created by Sorin Markov to protect his homeland of Innistrad, and looked a lot like this:
I believe we have some story implications to deal with.
Innistrad is clearly still important – aside from just being a set that sold very well. Selfless Cathar was a servant of Avaycn, and Hushwing Gryff is also from Gavony, a province of Innistrad.
Not only that, but the new black mythic Soul of Innistrad is obviously another mention of the plane.
Being black obviously doesn’t have a huge implication on the plane – Mark Rosewater himself already said that it makes sense due to being a dark plane.
The entire Soul cycle refers to lands that don’t seem all that connected.
While these are from recent blocks (aside from Shandalar), there are plenty of other cards from other planes.
Darksteel Citadel is a location on Mirrodin (now New Phyrexia).
Convoke, the returning mechanic, was the Selesyna mechanic from the original Ravnica: City of the Guilds. And speaking of Ravnica, the new Jace is being referred to as Jace, the Living Guildpact.
It isn’t just recent planes that are being referred to now, however.
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is the resting place of the original King of Machines – the leader of the original Phyrexians. Urborg was one of the first parts of Dominaria to fall under Phyrexian control.
Similiarly, all of the reprinted painlands are locations on the Dominarian continent of Terisiare.
We know that the next block is Khans of Tarkir, but we don’t know what block will be after that. Perhaps some kind of interplanar war is incoming?
Only time will tell.
Until next time.
PS: If you guys want me to go more into the lore of Magic, I’d love to have a discussion going on about this, but no one uses the comment system that we have. If you want to, comment in the comments below, even if it’s just to say the comment system sucks.(Elspeth For the Win approves of this statement, but would like to point out at least you don’t have to make an account any more… sorry about that!)