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A tour through a few of the many nostalgic nods of Time Spiral.

The Time Spiral Magic Museum

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The letter I!f you read my Jaya Ballard, Task Mage preview article, then you know that Time Spiral cards can hold a big dusty chest of nostalgic nods to Magic history. We (the entire Magic team from Creative to Design to Development to Editing – the whole shebang – put in a huge amount of extra elbow grease trying to maximize the coolness of each new card by packing it full of subtle to sledge-hammering references to Magic card history, whether they be references to mechanics, characters, words, storylines, mythology, terminology, keywords, imagery, or anything else that has that warm fuzzy feeling of Magic’s Golden Age.

Of course, Magic’s Golden Age is different for everybody—depending on when you first caught the cardboard bug. I discussed this concept at length in an article called Honeymoon in Dominaria. Take a poke over there if you want to get the full meal deal. For the “on the go” generation, here’s a DriveThru snack:

A player’s Golden Age is the period in Magic’s past when that player first fell in love with the game. Players tend to look upon the cards of this time with rose-colored glasses—because these cards hold a special place in their hearts. Sunglasses_of_Urza

If you just started playing in the last couple years or so, then Time Spiral will seem all new to you – which is a good thing of its own. All the depth and history of these cards will be like fossils for you to uncover and explore. You’ll be able to trace little bits and pieces on cards to great story events, ancient flavor text, character histories, etc. Time Spiral will give you more to dig into than any other set… ever – because it’s tied to just about every other set… ever.

But for the long-timers, old-schoolers, and 5+ year Magic codgers, Time Spiral will be a weaving, winding trip down memory lane. But don’t get too comfortable, because the world is in turmoil, and the people you meet from the old days will not just be your old college buddies. You may run into a thorn in your side or an old nemesis.

The Time Spiral Magic Museum is a place newer players can visit to learn about bits of ancient Magic history as it relates to the creative elements of Time Spiral cards. It’s also a place where old-schoolers can stroll about and see what nuggets we have planted in Time Spiral from their Golden Ages.

Here’s how a Time Spiral Magic Museum exhibit looks: I’ll show you a card, Exhibit A, on the left, then list on the right all the flavor areas in which a historical reference or tie is being made. Then, if you choose to see what they are and what I have to say about them, you can click “Ask the Curator.”

I am setting it up this way because I know there are über-Vorthoses out there who like to discover all facets of Magic flavor on their own. Setting up exhibits in this way, the power is in your own hands. You can stop and listen to the curator talk about the origins of the Lhurgoyf species, or you can shuffle by with your fingers in your ears so that you may hunt down Lhurgoyf lore on your own.

Below is our first exhibit, and I am making this one mandatory for all. I want everybody to be able to see what sort of information the curator will be revealing so that they may make an informed decision whether or not to move on. Let’s begin.


Opal Guardian

Historical references:
Name, Art, Artist, Flavor Text

Ask the Curator:

The Opal Guardian is a wonderful example of intermingling the past and the present in multiple facets of Magic Creative. It combines the flavor (and mechanics too) of Abbey Gargoyles and Opal Gargoyle.

It is from these two old cards that this new one takes its form. Opal Guardian’s name is phonetically similar to both. Its art is reminiscent of Abbey Gargoyles, with a back-lit gargoyle similarly poised atop a stone wall. Opal Guardian was also painted by old-schooler Christopher Rush, the very same artist who painted the original Abbey Gargoyles. Time Spiral brings back old artists like Rush in a wonderful scenario of life imitating art.



The flavor text does not so much contain bits of the past as much as it describes it:

It was a moment in time, cast in stone—a moment whose time had come again.

I like how this flavor text is successful on its own, but even more so when Opal Guardian is considered as a link to Abbey Gargoyles and Opal Gargoyle. On top of that it is also a clever nod to the Magic nostalgia reappearing all throughout Time Spiral.

Pretty nifty, eh? Interested in seeing more? Let’s move on.


Moonlace

Historical references:
Name, Art, Storyline, Flavor Text

Ask the Curator


Sangrophage

Historical references:
Name, Art, Artist, Flavor Text

Ask the Curator


Lightning Axe

Historical references:
Name, Art, Flavor Text

Ask the Curator




Pendelhaven Elder

Historical references:
Name, Flavor Text

Ask the Curator


Scion of the Ur-Dragon

Historical references:
Name, Flavor Text

Ask the Curator

Sarpadian Empires Vol. VII

Historical references:
Name, Art

Ask the Curator


This brings us to the end of our tour for today. But this tour only scratched the surface of all the history waiting to be explored in the Time Spiral Magic Museum. Just about every card in the set is as packed with ancient flavor as each of these. I encourage you to dig into your Time Spiral cards the same way I did for you today. You will be amazed at the wonders you’ll discover.

The past lives within its pages, waiting for its time to come again.

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