Witness the Change

Posted in Arcana on January 12, 2015

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, making him the one you should email if you have thoughts on the website, good or less good (or not good). He's a longtime coverage reporter and hasn't turned down a game of Magic in any format ever.

The week after previews but before the Prerelease is an odd one. Everyone is combing the Card Image Gallery taking in the newest cards, but we're still a week from getting to play with any of them and two weeks from being able to purchase any. If you're like me, you can only satiate this feeling by brewing, playing some Commander, and biding your time until you can get your hands on your new favorites (Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and Soulfire Grand Master, I'm looking at you).

But this in-between time gives us at DailyMTG.com a chance to look at the bridges between the two sets, and Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged reference each other almost manically, daring you to find all of the subtle bridges between them. So today I want to highlight one of my favorites.


Two Golems, similar-looking builds, 1,280 years apart. But there's even more to it than that. Let's look at the full art as well as the art descriptions for both.

Witness of the Ages | Art by Izzy

Setting: Tarkir

Clan: Jeskai

Color: None (artifact creature)

Location: Standing guard over a Jeskai lake area

Action: Show an ancient golem of ornate stone. It was built over 1000 years ago, and it's showing its age. Its stone is cracked in places, and the carvings have become worn smooth or broken off. Still, it's an impressive golem, over 12 feet (4m) tall.

Focus: The ancient Jeskai golem

Mood: A guardian from ancient times, now showing its age.

The flavor text shows its age as well, and it's some of my favorite from the set, as it succinctly sums up the last 1,280 years.

It strode through the clash of dragons, the fall of Ugin, and the rise of the khans.

Now check out Pilgrim of the Fires:

Pilgrim of the Fires | Art by Izzy

Setting: Fate Reforged Tarkir

Clan: Jeskai

Color: Colorless artifact creature

Location: In a Jeskai workshop.

Action: Show a golem that has just been completed by Jeskai artisans. The scaffolding has been removed and the golem has just been activated and has taken its first step out into the world.

There is some room to play with here—maybe the golem was once painted, maybe it was polished stone or gilded metal—up to you how to interpret the golem's original state.

Focus: The brand new golem

Mood: A celebration of a life's work.

Notes: This golem is the one depicted on the Huey card Witness of the Ages. This one should look exactly like it but just newer.

So the Golem in Pilgrim of the Fires is the Witness of the Ages. It's a bit sad, in a way, viewing the younger version of this time-worn golem, but it's just one of many cool bridges between Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged.

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