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The great thing about Standard Showdown is that you can build all kinds of flavorful decks. Nahiri reaches her ultimate quickly, allowing you to rip Emrakul right out of your library! Aggressive artifact decks can crew Vehicles! Aetherworks Marvel can…summon the dead Eldrazi!? OK, so you can build some not-so-flavorful decks too. Whatever.

“Shakespeare used his magic pen one last time, writing the story of how a dashing Librarian and a gorgeous Guardian were transformed into a statue, to be awoken by the sound of Cassandra’s voice. And then he shipped us to the Library, labeled as dangerous artifacts, along with a letter explaining how to magically seal us in. Just your average slice of incredibly complex causal cake.”

Taste the Multiverse One-Ofs: Nahiri, the Harbinger

As you all know from following my blog, I love translating mechanics into flavor! Taste the Multiverse began a while back as an analysis of planeswalker abilities, so I decided to take a break from the Legendary Creatures and return to where it all started.

+2: You may discard a card. If you do, draw a card. 

Reshaping material into more useful material is common for artificers. Nahiri would normally be limited to stone, but her new card has been given a mechanical bolster by being allowed to reshape any material and not just artifacts. This ability may also represent Nahiri’s push towards a more rash nature, taking less caution and care in order to make Sorin pay for…something. All will be revealed in time.

-2: Exile target enchantment, tapped artifact, or tapped creature.

Let’s break this one down by each of the three things Nahiri can exile.

-Tapped Creature: Removing a tapped creature has been traditionally used on white cards to represent justice, at least in the eyes on the dealer. In her mind, Nahiri is righting an evil.

-Tapped artifact: Nahiri is able to purify raw earth and stone into mighty weapons. It stands to reason she can reverse the process, turning lethal weapons back to barest materials. Yet, she interestingly cannot remove most equipment.

-Enchantment: This just seems like a standard white ability for now, but I feel like this ability will be explained in coming installments of the Magic Story.

-8:Search your library for an artifact or creature card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. It gains haste. Return it to your hand at the beginning of the next end step.

This ability is a doozy! Nahiri has been using the cryptoliths to channel the plane’s mana for a singular purpose, and her ultimate ability would suggest that this purpose is awakening/bringing something very nasty to Innistrad. The “return it to your hand” portion of the ability may simply be included to keep the card from breaking the color pie, but it could yet suggest that whatever threat Nahiri sets upon the plane may be driven off by a heroic force or two…but not before it deals some serious damage.

As more plot is revealed, these abilities may very well take on new or expanded meanings.

guftders  asked:

**SPOILERS** Regarding the recently revealed Tezzeret, what about him makes him Blue or Black? He ramps, he pumps your creatures (although occasionally killing things), and then gives you more creatures for free (rather big ones by blues standards)... My general impression was that he's extremely Green for a Dimir Planeswalker.

His second ability +N/-N is a Black ability and his ultimate turning artifacts into 5/5 creatures is a Blue ability. The bend is clearly the first ability.

Blue can both play artifacts from the library and create artifact tokens and tapping for one of any color is something we do all the time in artifacts, but yes, it’s a bit of a stretch for Blue. It’s a bend though and not a break.

Magic: the Gathering - Inventor’s Fair

Inventor’s Fair
Legendary Land, Rare
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control three or more artifacts, you gain 1 life.
t: Add C to your mana pool.
4, Sacrifice Inventor’s Fair: Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only if you control 3 or more artifacts.

The copyright line at the bottom has an interesting notation - “Story Spotlight 1/5”, we should expect four others.

Also - pick up those Thalia’s Lancers to tutor this thing outta your standard constructed deck.  Beyond standard, a lot of Commander players should be happy with this card.

MaRo - ‘This is totally not metalcraft’.

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What Was In Lincoln’s Pockets The Night He Was Murdered?

When Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865, he was carrying two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher, a pocketknife, a watch fob, a linen handkerchief, a brown leather wallet containing a five-dollar Confederate note, and nine newspaper clippings, including several favorable to the president and his policies. 

Given to his son Robert Todd upon Lincoln’s death, these everyday items, which through association with tragedy had become like relics, were kept in the Lincoln family for more than seventy years. Because it is quite unusual for the Library to keep personal artifacts among its holdings, they were not put on display until 1976 when then Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin thought their exposure would humanize a man who had become “mythologically engulfed." 

Around the World in 80 Minutes: A Librarians Fanfiction

Oops, I wrote another one :-) Find the full story here, or just keep reading!

Ezekiel Jones was bored, and nothing good ever really happened when Ezekiel Jones was soul-crushingly bored, especially not when there’s a teleporting door at his disposal and no one but Cassandra to keep him in line.

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Ezekiel Jones was bored, and nothing good ever really happened when Ezekiel Jones experienced the soul-crushing boredom that he was experiencing at that current moment in time. The Annex of the Library was almost dead silent, a rarity for the normally bustling location. His sole companion, Cassandra Cillian, sat across from him at the center table, happily reading about astronomy and charting constellations. The tranquility was only broken by the occasional mutterings from Cassandra’s lips as she worked imaginary equations in front her big blue eyes, but unless she suddenly hit the floor, watching Cassandra hallucinate was only mildly entertaining, and watching her chart stars was about as exciting as he imagined watching paint dry would be.

Stone, after a little too close of a near-miss with death on their last big case, had finally decided to go home for a weekend and check in with his family. Jenkins was surprisingly nowhere to be found; Ezekiel thought he was off in the main library somewhere. Baird and Flynn had left on a case that morning, and, despite the younger Librarians’ protests, they had refused to let Ezekiel and Cassandra join them. That made Ezekiel think they weren’t really away on a case at all, but he hadn’t shared his growing suspicions with anyone yet. These circumstances had left him with nothing to do but idly spin Cassandra’s constellation globe around, which was, again, about as exciting as he imagined watching paint dry would be.

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