In It to Twin It

Posted in Arcana on February 10, 2015

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.

A lot of personal firsts for players came out of Pro Tour Fate Reforged, including Spain's first PT winner, Antonio Del Moral León. Congratulations, Antonio! Check out the full coverage for that story and all the others! So, yes, this Arcana was inspired by the Pro Tour.

More specifically, this Arcana was inspired by talk about this truthful viceroy from New Phyrexia:

Deceiver Exarch | Art by Izzy

Color: Blue creature (Phyrexian)

Location: Phyrexian island location

Action: This is one of five Phyrexian "exarchs," which are like lieutenants to the Phyrexian leaders. This one should be more blue-aligned, so give it elements of bluish chrome. Maybe this one has neural tissue suspended in 2-3 "jars" that are attached to its spine, like the "jar skites." Its staff ends in some sort of chrome surgical device or needle mechanism.

Focus: The Phyrexian "exarch"

Mood: Devious, sadistic.

Folks were talking about Deceiver Exarch because of its combination with this single-minded red enchantment from Rise of the Eldrazi:

Splinter Twin | Art by Goran Josic

Color: Red spell

Action: We'd like to see a "mirror" composition of a human female adventurer and her twin. One version of the adventurer is all business, but the twin has a red glint in her eye and looks like she intends to make some trouble. In reality the twin is a temporary creation of magic, so if you want to show the twin as semitransparent or sparkling somehow, for example, that would be fine.

Focus: the adventurer and her wild-eyed double

Mood: As though her suppressed emotions took on a life of their own.

That potent combination brought Antonio victory at Pro Tour Fate Reforged! But wait, neither of those cards are from Fate Reforged, the set we're all most hungry to play with and know about. Don't worry, Fate Reforged got plenty of talk over the weekend. In particular, this fine upstanding gentleman:

Tasigur, the Golden Fang | Art by Chris Rahn

Setting: FATE REFORGED TARKIR

Clan: Sultai

Color: Black Legendary Creature

Location: Sultai pleasure palace.

Action: Show the legendary leader of the Sultai, Tasigur. He is the inheritor of the vast Sultai fortune. He is only 15 or 16 years old and has been coddled, pampered and flattered, resulting in him being a cruel and unfeeling ruler. He's a pale, slender youth, often wearing elaborate jewelry and adornments—thin gold chains, gold rings, etc.—some of these adornments he pierces into his flesh.

His favorite weapon is a long whip that is tipped with small, silver razors which he uses on those who displease him or when he's bored and desires a bit of bloody playtime. He is usually carried about the Sultai palace on an ornate platform borne by zombies. Rarely are his feet allowed to touch the floor, rather zombies lay before him like an undead carpet as he walks along their bodies.

Show him looking cruel and disdainful at the camera, daring us to displease him.

Focus: Tasigur the Cruel.

Mood: The worst kind of royal. You want to strangle him but he's too well protected.

And in case you wanted a reminder of what these cards actually do, here they are:

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