Very interesting letter of the week response today. I think calling Phyrexia a metaphor for anything in reality is stretching things a bit, but the general philosophy Doug expresses here is exactly why Ravnica is my favorite MTG world (and the one I tapped as being most deserving of a return in my GDS letter response, though that was more about the sheer untapped potential of a world defined by overpopulation and the diversity of ten guilds plus several smaller mystical organizations). Phyrexia is a black-hat entity, very well-done but not precisely realistic; Ravnica, however, shows exactly what happens when the march of progress becomes more important than preserving human lives or ecological systems. Murder has been legalized by the guilds, partly because a lot of them are red or black, but mostly because Ravnica is full, and in desperate need of population control. That's a hop-skip-and-jump away from where the Chinese already are and where America soon will be if it continues to grow as it is doing.PS - I'm extremely happy that Magic has gotten its first Dais and Censer in this set. More versimilitude via the utilization of magical tools resembling those in real-world occultist traditions, kthxbye.
As far as the benefit of the rest of Magic is concerned, gold cards in Legends were executed perfectly. They got all the excitement a designer could hope out of a splashy new mechanic without using up any of the valuable design space. Truly amazing.
--Aaron Forsythe's Random Card Comment on Kei Takahashi
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I am disappointed with the classification of Soliton in the tofu category. Doesn't anybody study physics anymore?
Interesting to hear the origin of some of the words in Scars of Mirrodin. So is Myr pronounced Mur, Meer, or what?
The term myr comes from myrmidon, which is a henchman or follower—appropriate for this race of eager-to-serve artifact creatures.
3. MYRMECOLOGYmyrmecology, (1902), n. The scientific study of ants.Aren't those people at Wizards clever? Ants, myrmecology, myriapod, myr…who knew the creature type actually had its roots in a real word?
Argent isn't tofu--it's a real word used in heraldry for white/silver.Certarch is pretty much definitely a blend, probably of cert- from certain and -arch the Greek prefix for chief/prime/head. (Cert- could also be from a Latin word for 'to contend', but the other meaning makes more sense with Vedalken culture.)