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Beautiful, cunning, and ambitious to a fault, Liliana is quietly becoming one of the Multiverse’s most magnetic dangers. She wields the blackest of black magic: necromancy. Her spells reanimate the dead and corrupt the living.

Liliana’s dark charisma is undeniable. She’s agelessly striking and sharp as the edge of a razor.

Faced the limits of her human lifespan and not content to accept her lot, she made a pact with demon lords to forever remain at the height of her health and power.

One of the demons tasked Liliana with obtaining a powerful artifact for him known as the Chain Veil. Once the object was in her possession, she felt its power instantly. She refused to give it up, and used it kill the demon, starting her on a path to destroy the remaining demons to whom she is beholden.

Liliana’s ambition has led her to interact with beings from all over the universe. But ultimately, Liliana’s greatest love and first priority is herself.

She’s convinced that everyone else is in it for themselves, too. She just thinks that she’s better at playing the game than everyone else—and maybe she is …

Some amazing artwork featuring Liliana Vess.

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Ajani Goldmane is torn between his leonin ferocity and his sense of justice. He was born on Naya and became an outcast within his own family, an albino leonin never accepted by the rest of his pride. The only person who cared about him was his brother Jazal, the leader of their pride and Ajani’s inspiration. Ajani had always shown potential as a mage and healer, but had assumed his main calling was to be a warrior in Jazal’s service. The day that Ajani’s brother was assassinated by unknown forces was the day that Ajani’s Planeswalker spark ignited, and everything changed.

No longer could Ajani worry about his problems with his pride. His quest to discover his brother’s killer has led him into a tangle of intrigue woven by mysterious forces, forcing him to broaden his skills as a warrior and to unlock new potential within himself. After thwarting Nicol Bolas’s plans on Alara, Ajani set aside his anger and began to travel the Multiverse. He became a mentor to leonin communities on many planes, including Theros.

Ajani travels to Theros in search of his old friend, Elspeth. With the help of King Brimaz, he searches the plane for the woman who has become known as the Hydra Killer. When he finally finds Elspeth, the situation is far more dangerous than he realized. The gods blame Elspeth for the state of the world. To set things right, Ajani and Elspeth journey into Nyx and battle Xenagos. Elspeth kills the God of Revels, but with dire consequences. Theros is restored to its natural state, but Ajani is furious at the gods who wronged his friend.

Some amazing artwork featuring Ajani Goldmane.

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There is no virtue in subtlety—at least not as far as Chandra Nalaar is concerned. She’s a red-magic-wielding Planeswalker, and her specialty is pyromancy: spells of fire, fire, and more fire.

Chandra’s spark ignited when she was still quite young. As she’s grown, so have her magic and planeswalking abilities. Impulsive, passionate, and short-tempered, Chandra is just as ready to explode as her ever-growing arsenal of spells.

Given her immense and unpredictable power, authority figures have sought to restrict and control Chandra, directly challenging her heated desire for independence and freedom. As Chandra’s wild inner fire encounters world after world of rules and restrictions, the results are sure to be explosive.

Some amazing art featuring Chandra Nalaar.

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Jace wields blue mental magic: spells of illusion, deception, and mind reading. With nearly unlimited access to knowledge comes the temptation of power …

Curiosity has always gotten the better of Jace Beleren. As a magical prodigy, he delved into lessons of sorcery deeper than his fellow students, succeeding to the point that even his instructors were suspicious.

As a specialist in mind magic, he can gaze into the minds of others, discovering even closely guarded secrets. This has led him down dangerous paths more than once, and as a Planeswalker, there’s a whole multiverse of secrets to discover.

His skills in illusion, mind reading, and even memory modification have flourished during his travels, giving him ever broader access to the hidden knowledge he craves.

On a return trip to Ravnica, Jace honed his abilities as a mind mage while working for the interplanar organization Infinite Consortium. With Ravnica’s ten guilds back in power, guild intrigue has reached new heights. Jace suspects a deep conspiracy involving the dragon Niv-Mizzet—a plot with secrets so dangerous that Jace’s mind magic might get him into more trouble than even he can handle.

Some amazing artwork featuring Jace Beleren.

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Brigitte Fontaine with Aleski and Art Ensemble of Chicago - Commes a la Radio

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Magic: the Gathering - Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi

If you missed it earlier this week - WotC gave a product packaging preview for Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi.  Returning green monster is Avenger of Zendikar with a new slick Eldrazi ‘Oblivion Sower’, both illustrated by Aleski Briclot.

FULL Article over here http://mtg-realm.blogspot.ca/2015/08/dd-zendikar-vs-eldrazi.html

Previous Duel Decks -

   Elves vs. Goblins (2007) (reprinted in Duel Decks Anthology (2014))
   Jace vs. Chandra (2008) (reprinted in Duel Decks Anthology (2014))
   Divine vs. Demonic (2009) (reprinted in Duel Decks Anthology (2014))
   Garruk vs. Liliana (2009) (reprinted in Duel Decks Anthology (2014))
   Phyrexia vs. The Coalition (2010)
   Elspeth vs. Tezzeret (2010)
   Knights vs. Dragons (2011)
   Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas (2011)
   Venser vs. Koth (2012)
   Izzet vs. Golgari (2012)
   Sorin vs. Tibalt (2013)
   Heroes vs. Monsters (2013)
   Jace vs. Vraska (2014)
   Speed vs. Cunning (2014)
   Elspeth vs. Kiora (2015)
   Zendikar vs. Eldrazi (2015)