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Steve Argyle - Magic: the Gathering
Modern Masters 2017 Liliana of the Veil, card # 76/249

[Overall release #112] - [Reprint release #36]

Modern Masters 2017 Edition is the third release of that limited release product line for the Magic: the Gathering card game.  It releases on March 17, 2017.  The set is comprised of entirely reprinted cards, although some cards have new illustrations.  Steve had two of his cards reprinted with his original illustrations in the set (Urbis Protector was also reprinted but given a new illustration.)  This is the first of Steve’s two reprints in the set.

This booster pack reprint was a long time coming (although it actually was reprinted as a promo about two years prior).  The 2017 Edition of Modern Masters included cards from the Innistrad and Return to Ravnica blocks for the first time.  The inevitable reprinting of Liliana of the Veil, originally from the Innistrad block, was never really questioned.  It opened for presale on starcitygames at $70 for non-foils and $130 for foils which is thankfully a sharp decrease from what you can expect to pay for the Innistrad copies.

This card is a reprint.  For more information please see my post about the original Innistard printing.

my predictions for Hour of Devastation
  • Razaketh: Welcome to the Salty Afterlife, how tough are ya?
  • Gideon: How tough am I? How tough am I? I blocked a spear-thrust from Hazoret herself!
  • Razaketh: So?
  • Gideon: With my face!
  • Razaketh: Uhh, right this way, sorry to keep you waiting. Welcome to the Salty Afterlife, how tough are ya?
  • Chandra: *rips off Nissa's "ZENDIKAR" tattoo and puts it back on upside-down*
  • Razaketh: Wow, impressive. Go ahead.
  • Welcome to the Salty Afterlife, how tough are ya?
  • Liliana: *kills Razaketh with the Chain Veil and walks in*
  • Nicol Bolas: I guess this is my job now. Welcome to the Salty Afterlife, how tough are ya?
  • Jace: I played chess with Emrakul!
  • Nicol Bolas: Get outta here. This place is too tough for you, little man.
  • Jace: Too tough for me? That's downright ridiculous. I'll have you know I did something really heroic that I can't remember, and I only lost all of my memories and planeswalked by accident!
  • Nicol Bolas: Listen, kid. I think you'd be more comfortable over at that place. *points across the Hekma*
  • Jace: Weenie Afterlife Jr's? Are you saying I belong at Weenie Afterlife Jr's?
  • Nicol Bolas: Oh, no, sorry, I was actually pointing at the place next to it.
  • Jace: Super Weenie Afterlife Jr's?!?!?!

Have you guys seen this photo?  Like I said where I saw it on facebook…

“There is nothing about this picture I do not like. Yo, Steve Argyle… this is custom tailored Minion fandom gold!”

So… head count.  Here we have Jaclyn, Minion #486, and Christine, Minion #86 (… curious numerical anomaly) posing in front of Steve’s versions of their namesake planeswalkers Chandra Nalaar and Liliana Vess.

This photo was taken at GP Las Vegas 2015.

The Gatewatch Have Failed Each Task So Far

There’s been a lot of talk on my feed about how the Gatewatch are just waltzing through the challenges they face like a home-made banner at a pep rally. While they are all currently whole in body, and the perceived threat from each plane is no longer actively threatening, follow me down this line of thought.


The Gatewatch have failed at what they have set out to do, every time.

Their name is synonymous with failure.

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Hour of Devastation

  • Again!  Good artwork at a proper size that could’ve been my icon!  I could’ve had one of the corpses flying up on the sides, or Bolas’ hand…!  Bummer…
  • Bolas is out to kill someone.  The petty peasants killed by his spell doesn’t count.  He wants someone to die directly by his hand, and they need to be worth it.
  • Deaths, screams, and blood; or something better.  #FirstWorldProblems
  • Everything Nicol Bolas wanted was entirely deserved.
    • If you think about it, he’s not wrong.  From a Green perspective, he’s just trying to restore the natural order: godlike planeswalkers.  Well, planeswalker, singular: only he deserves his power back.
  • Several decades ago he had come to the world of Amonkhet, a blighted, superstitious backworld of interest to no one who mattered…
    • No one who mattered?  That’s oddly specific… was there someone who didn’t matter that held Amonkhet in high regard?
  • Nicol Bolas has dones his homework and collected his receipts.  The Gatewatch doesn’t stand a chance.
  • They fancied themselves The Gatewatch. As though for some bizarre reason there were gates scattered throughout the Multiverse. That deserved watching.
    • Bolas brings up a very good point.
  • The heroes, Nicol Bolas thought. Bless them, each and every one.
    • This guy.  I can’t even…! I love it!
    • “I bless you.  Everyone.” – Nicol Bolas, probably.
  • Not for the first time, he wondered if these heroes would be suitable for what he required.
    • What’s this?  Plans within plans?  What else is Bolas scheming on the side?
  • Tiny perturbations prickled his mind, a cautious but insistent probing from Jace. Yes, my dear boy, find your footing, Bolas implored silently.
    • This guy.
    • “That’s right, Jace, get a foothold so I can watch your expression as your world falls out from beneath you.” – Nicol Bolas, probably.
    • Also Jace?  He’s felt Bolas’ psychic onslaught in Agents of Artifice.  WHY IS HE TRYING THIS AGAIN???
  • God, you could take all these quotes and make a theology out of ‘em. Like, “It serves one poorly to be too much the dragon: but it is no fun to be the dragon too little.”
  • Why bother being smart when the Multiverse so conveniently conspired to keep your idiocy alive?
    • Again, Bolas brings up a very good point.  They didn’t even know if the eldrazi would be killed at Zendikar, Emruakul imprisoned herself, and their plan for defeating Tezzeret was derailed and needed to be improvised.
  • Chandra and Nissa began circling around him in each direction. Yes, tactics, assuredly. He wondered how much it would crush their spirits if he applauded. Metaphorically, of course. His talons did not clap together well.
    • THIS GUY.
  • They had chosen kill the dragon. Bolas sympathized, to a point.
    • There is just the widest grin on my face from reading all of this.  It is a pure treat to read.

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Phoenix Comicon: Minion Recap - I was contracted to work with Cascade Gaming so I was able to see Steve and Kat all weekend. Got to see all the beautiful art displayed around the booth at the Hyatt, and hang out with (and finally meet in person) several other minions.

I picked up Steve’s #PHXCC exclusive playmat and had another chunk of my collection signed. My highlight of the event was getting my 5th Liliana alter, which was inspired by @jessicanigri ’s Deathwing cosplay.

One of my favorite things about hanging with @steveargyle and @katsuryn are the fun stories, anecdotes, and shenanigans that happen. They are powerhouses at the shows, and if you haven’t met them in person yet, I don’t know what you are waiting for. Steve just is a machine with signatures and alters and Kat is so good at engaging people, keeping everyone in line, and getting things done. After the con was over the Cascade Gaming crew all went out to get dinner together. I had so much fun working the con and hanging out afterwards. It. Was. Amazing! -271/23