Can You Dig What I'm Sayin'?

Posted in Arcana on October 20, 2014

By Mike McArtor

Mike first played with Ice Age and became the copy editor for DailyMTG.com in December 2011. Before DailyMTG, he was an editor on D&D's Dragon magazine for four years.

Welcome to Things Are Not As They Seem Week here at DailyMTG. Today, let's combine the week's theme with a Khans of Tarkir card that is popular not only in Standard, but also in Vintage.

Enough preamble. Let's set the stage with the actual card:

That looks pretty cool, right? Sultai noblewoman delving into the Æther to do some divination magic? In fact, because this is an Arcana, let's have a bigger look at that art piece:

Dig Through Time | Art by Ryan Yee

Yeah, that's really cool, but...things are not as they seem! Let's zoom in on the bowl she's divining in:

What the...? Is that an eye?

Nope!

It's two eyes. Check out the art description:

Clan: Sultai
Color: Blue spell
Location: Any Sultai location, such as a gloomy temple interior
Action: This spell allows a Sultai mage to look into a pool of water and see the past—and perhaps the future. Show a Sultai noblewoman peering down into a bowl of glowing blue-tinted water. As we look over her shoulder, we can see that the bowl is actually a zombie's head with the top sawed off. We see just a hint of a UB dragon's silhouette emerging from a storm in the surface of the water.
Focus: The Sultai mage, and the bowl of glowing water
Mood: Fascinated. She knows knowledge is power, and this is the ultimate form of knowledge.

Artist Ryan Yee played around with the composition a little bit, as can be seen in the sketches for the art. Would you like to see those as well?

Of course you would!

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