Monster Menagerie: Gorgons

Posted in Arcana on February 19, 2014

By Bonnie Bruenderman

Bonnie Bruenderman is a visual designer for DailyMTG. The authors write the articles; the editors edit; then she gets to add cards, images, funnies, charts, graphs... whatever the article needs above and beyond the text. She has a very nerdy sense of humor. (Someday, her illustrated mutant amalgamations shall take over the Multiverse! Patience, my pet. Patience.....)


Full of Dread.

That's how the ancient Greeks felt about gorgons. So much so that the name they gave them actually translates as "dreadful." In Magic, Gorgons are just as dreadful because they either have deathtouch or a very deathtouchy ability.

Infernal Medusa

While in myth there were only three gorgons, sisters actually, Magic makes Gorgon a creature subtype, just like Minotaur and Cyclops (there are also multiple Cerberuses). While we aren't limited to just three gorgons like the Greeks, we still have some pretty unique Gorgons.

And of course, the powerful planeswalking Gorgon:

Vraska the Unseen

On Theros, folks better keep their eyes down. Seems to me like there are gorgons everywhere! And there's something different about them; Theros gorgons have the lower body of a snake! That certainly would make it easier to tell them apart from your average femme fatale.

Before you get upset, I didn't forget about the beautifully dangerous Hythonia the Cruel—I just wanted to make sure you knew this was available:

This is all ancient history, though. What we really want to see is the new Born of the Gods Gorgon, right? Well, here she is. Don't be fooled by her pretty face, she is pretty powerful!

Archetype of Finality

This art is so beautiful! Chris Rahn really nailed it! I’d show it to you bigger, but you can actually see it EXTRA huge here because it’s today’s wallpaper!

Click to download 1280 × 960 wallpaper

And for those of you dreaming about Medusa, I can only point you here.

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