hastyfacsimile  asked:

Hey mark, it’s my 18th birthday (finally). Could I get some trivia on Glissa the Traitor?

All I remember about Glissa the Traitor is she went through a bunch of different designs. We tried playing around with the mana pool like with her first card, but it didn’t feel right.

Happy Birthday!

anonymous asked:

About the question about planeswalking into butts (which by itself it's such an amusing concept) you said Glissa used this technique to kill a vampire. You say Glissa, the traitor? the one that was "Once Mirrodin's brightest hope. Now Phyrexia's dark champion."? is she a planeswalker? what? now that she's a phyrexian, she lost her spark?

Okay, so this is a few questions in one.

Short Version: The very same Glissa. She had a spark, but never ascended. The entire plot of the originally Mirrodin cycle revolves around Memnarch trying to capture her so that he can steal her spark.

Her friend, Bruenna, a wizard who criminally never got a card, had given her an artifact that basically had some pre-charged spells (flight, limited teleportation). She used the teleportation spell on the Mirran Vampire Yert, which esploded him.

Anyway, Memnarch and Glissa later fight and tumble into the mana core and die. His spark transference device is still operational, however and Glissa’s spark (and the souls of everyone on Mirrodin) end up going in to Slobad. Slobad gives up the spark to bring his friends back to life, but the elder generation brought over with the Soul Traps are still gone, returned to their home planes (exceptions being Glissa and Slobad).

So, she lost her spark much earlier to Slobad, who had it for like five minutes before giving it up to revive everyone. When Glissa returned to the surface, the remaining elves basically blamed her for everything that happened (cause everyone who could vouch for her was gone). Then she got captured and compleated by Phyrexia, and doesn’t remember much about her own history.

Long Version: I just finished posting my summaries of the story.

Budget Combo of the Day: Glissa, the Traitor & Executioner’s Capsule
Breaking the Bank at: $2.45 (as of 2/16/16)

Having Glissa out on the field is pretty good, having a reusable murder button is even better. Use the Capsule to destroy an opponent’s creature, then immediately get it back with Glissa(since part of the activation cost is sacrificing the Capsule, it’s in the graveyard when Glissa triggers).


The Steve Argyle Magic: the Gathering Master List


Player Rewards Promo - Ponder

Shards of Alara - Sunseed Nurturer, Yoked Plowbeast, Naya Battlemage

WPN Promo - Woolly Thoctar


Conflux -Kranioceros, Matca Rioters, Scattershot Archer, Child of Alara

Alara Reborn - Lavalanche, Mayael’s Aria, Slave of Bolas

Planechase - The Hippodrome (oversized)

2010 Core Set - Hive Mind

Zendikar - Arrow Volley Trap, Celestial Mantle, Guul Draz Vampire, Vampire Lacerator, Chandra Ablaze

Duel Decks: Garruk vs. Liliana - Snuff Out

Zendikar Game Day Top 8 Promo - Emeria Angel


Worldwake - Admonition Angel, Everflowing Chalice

FNM Promo (April) - Bloodbraid Elf

Rise of the Eldrazi - Dawnglare Invoker, Emerge Unscathed, Bloodthrone Vampire, Kozilek’s Predator

Archenemy - Everflowing Chalice (reprint)

2011 Core Set - Angelic Arbiter, Bloodthrone Vampire (reprint), Liliana’s Caress

From the Vault: Relics - Nevinyrral’s Disk

Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret - Everflowing Chalice (reprint)

Scars of Mirrodin - Seize the Initiative, Barbed Battlegear, Bladed Pinions


Mirrodin Besieged Prerelease Promo - Glissa, the Traitor

2011 Convention Promo - Bloodthrone Vampire (reprint)

New Phyrexia - Praetor’s Grasp, Glistener Elf

Commander - Angelic Arbiter (reprint), Damia, Sage of Stone, Damia, Sage of Stone (oversized, reprint)

FNM Promo (July) - Jace’s Ingenuity

2012 Core Set Buy-a-Box Promo - Chandra’s Phoenix

From the Vault: Legends - Kresh the Bloodbraided

Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas - Slave of Bolas (reprint)

Innistrad - Bonds of Faith, Liliana of the Veil, Night Revelers


Dark Ascension - Chosen of Markov / Markov’s Servant, Deadly Allure, Falkenrath Torturer

Avacyn Restored - Killing Wave, Somberwald Sage

Planechase 2012 - Bloodbraid Elf (reprint)

2013 Core Set - Bloodthrone Vampire (reprint), Flames of the Firebrand, Serpent’s Gift

Return to Ravnica - Conjured Currency, Bloodfray Giant, Explosive Impact, Deathrite Shaman


Gatecrash - Angel (token), Urbis Protector, Soul Ransom

Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt - Vampire Lacerator (reprint)

2014 Core Set - Flames of the Firebrand (reprint)

Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters - Bonds of Faith (reprint)

Commander 2013 - Nevinyrral’s Disk (reprint)


Journey Into Nyx Defeat a God Challenge Deck - Ecstatic Piper

Conspiracy - Deathreap Ritual

Vintage Masters (MTGO Only - not physically printed) - Deathreap Ritual (reprint), Nevinyrral’s Disk (reprint)

From the Vault: Annihilation - Child of Alara (reprint)

Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning - Arrow Volley Trap (reprint)

Khans of Tarkir - Whirlwind Adept, Monastery Swiftspear, Briber’s Purse

Commander 2014 - Everflowing Chalice (reprint), Nevinyrral’s Disk (reprint)

Duel Decks Anthology - Snuff Out (reprint)


Fate Reforged - Lotus Path Djinn

Fate Reforged Prerelease - Briber’s Purse (alternate art, reprint)

Dragons of Tarkir - Spidersilk Net

2015 Regional Pro Tour Qualifier Promo - Liliana of the Veil (reprint)

Modern Masters 2015 - Bloodthrone Vampire (reprint), Vampire Lacerator (reprint), Kozilek’s Predator (reprint), Matca Rioters (reprint), Everflowing Chalice (reprint)

Magic Origins - Patron of the Valiant

2015 World Cup Qualifier Promo - Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi - Bloodthrone Vampire (reprint)

Commander 2015 - Illusory Ambusher, Dawnglare Invoker (reprint)


Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed - Bonds of Faith (reprint)

Eternal Masters - Deathrite Shaman (reprint), Nevinyrral’s Disk (reprint)

Commander 2016 - Lavalanche (reprint), Everflowing Chalice (reprint), Nevinyrral’s Disk (reprint)

Planechase Anthology - The Hippodrome (oversized, reprint), Bloodbraid Elf (reprint)


Aether Revolt - Night Market Guard

Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions - Meekstone

Modern Masters 2017Liliana of the Veil (reprint)Soul Ransom (reprint)

Amonkhet - Soul-Scar Mage (date-stamped pre-release printing),  Forsake the Worldly, Soul-Scar Mage, Enigma Drake

Archenemy: Nicol Bolas - Slave of Bolas (reprint), Soul Ransom (reprint), My Laughter Echoes (oversized), What’s Yours Is Now Mine (oversized)

Commander Anthology - Angelic Arbiter (reprint)

Hour of Devastation - Chaos Maw (date-stamped pre-release printing), Riddleform, Chaos Maw

Iconic Masters - Emerge Unscathed (reprint), Illusory Ambusher (reprint), Monastery Swiftspear (reprint)

anonymous asked:

Hi! Do you play commander? If you do which decks are you favorites?

You must be new here. I currently have 19 decks:

They’re all fun in their own way. Kozilek is the one I dump the most money into and the only one of the list above that shows the exact version of the cards in the deck. All the foil rares available with a prerelease stamp have the prerelease stamp. Tapped Out doesn’t have those versions separate for some reason. Working on foiling out the whole deck. It’s gonna look so pretty.


Day 5 Bonus: The Unsung Heroes.

For the last post of the challenge, I’m revisiting some pieces that didn’t quite succeed in the world, but were valuable to my growth as an artist. Not every piece can knock it out of the park. But keep swinging.

Glissa’s Portrait
A study for Glissa, the Traitor. This piece was an exploration in mixing organic and mechanical elements. Which is a super-fun challenge. I think I will, one day, apply this concept to my Mountain Dew Cybervixens Save Scruffy Bologna world. Which I imagine very few of you have any about. In my cruelty, I’ll just leave that as a cryptic tease.

Zillis Scout 
An illustration all the way back from 2006. I learned a lot about composing with light, and balancing color, while working on this piece. Moving from warm to cool, retaining volume while using soft light sources, and using occlusion shadows.

Shadar Kai 
A piece for Dungeons & Dragons, that did not entirely work out like I’d hoped. The lesson I learned here, was not to go too far with details and design. Because this image is so saturated with details that it’s a mess. Any given piece of it has cool little things, but as a whole, it’s overwhelmingly busy. The composition and mood are obliterated. This was a lesson to me to remember to let some things stay loose, simple, or empty. To create areas of focus, and let other areas fall into the background.

Each piece is a step forward. Whether it succeeds or fails to be what you were aiming for, there is something to be learned.


Steve Argyle - Hand drawn Magic cards

These are the eight Magic cards hand drawn by Steve Argyle included in the Child of Alara fully hand drawn Commander deck from this video!

The cards Steve Argyle did and where they are in the video are:

Child of Alara - 0:45

Deathrite Shaman - 3:17

Glissa, the Traitor - 3:24

Damia, Sage of Stone - 4:39

Somberwald Sage - 5:19

Liliana of the Veil - 5:37

Nevinyrrals’s Disk - 6:30

Jace’s Ingenuity - 8:24