Building the Guilds – Golgari Swarm

Posted in Feature on October 26, 2018

By Chris Gleeson

Chris is the copy editor for DailyMTG. If the Ts are dotted and the eyes are crossed, he dun goofed.

For every set we release and every world we visit, the Creative team creates a world guide that covers the history of the groups and characters living on the plane. The concept sketches in the world guide are then used by the talented artists from around the world to realize the creative vision for the set and give life to the cards.

To create Guilds of Ravnica, the Creative team revisited the guilds, updating their typical outfits for Ravnica's current weather (autumn) and filling in details on leadership changes and new character developments based on the overarching storyline.

In the gallery below, you can see just a few of the pages this team created to guide the artists as they brought Guilds of Ravnica to life. Enjoy!


The Golgari are a pragmatic guild who are unafraid of the concept that death is a reality of life. The idea that others see the two as opposing forces is naive sentimentality to the Golgari Swarm. They are about the long view. In the end, everything crumbles and rots, and from that rot springs new life.

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