Legendary Equipment/Artifacts in Theros

  • #1
    With Darksteel Forge tentatively revealed for M14, the prospect of important upcoming artifacts seems logical. Sure, Wizards could just be putting the card in there because it has a reasonably high price and they're trying to add more value to m14 packs, but I like to believe that they have a little more tact than that. As I'm sure anyone who is browsing this part of the internet knows, the next block is the much anticipated Theros block, a set of cards that we actually know very little about. With the Darksteel Forge reprint, though, it's hinted that artifacts may play a role in this mythologically inspired plane.

    Its already been speculated that the change in the legend rule may herald Theros as a legendary heavy block, and this coupled with a possible artifact subtheme got me to wondering what could be waiting for us in October. My ponderings brought me to the conclusion elucidated in the title - legendary artifacts may be making a return.

    Think about the context of Greek and Roman mythology. There's a plethora of items and weapons that were pivotal to the stories: Medusa's head, Hermes' winged boots, the aegis of Zeus, Hades' Helm of Darkness. All of these were powerful in of their own right, and played roles in how the myths unfolded. I don't think there will be things plucked directly from the stories and placed onto cards, but I think it's reasonable to speculate that there will be cards inspired by these items of power. A gorgon's head, a power-imbued greatsword, an all-protecting shield - all of these are things that could easily transfer to some cutting edge cardboard. Given that a lot of these items would be unique, imbuing them with the legendary supertype would be a way to make the cards flavorful and leave some room for more power. It know it has only been a year since the Scars swords rotated, but a few pieces of powerful equipment could definitely be on the horizon. I'm hopeful, especially because Civic Saber was pretty much the best equipment printed in the RTR block.
  • #2
    I think it could happen
  • #3
    Worldslayer reprint.

    But in all serious, maybe we will see allied-color swords?
  • #4
    If Theros is indeed a legendary set, yes we will see legendary equipment, artifacts, creatures.... Maybe even legendary enchantments.

    Anything is possible but equipment in a legendary Greek based set I would say is a gimme.
  • #5
    I think that theros is probably guranteed to have some legendary equipment considering how prevalent such artifacts were in greek/roman lore.

    As far as things that go well with Darksteel Forge? I'm betting that there will be nothing whatsoever that really synergizes well with the forge. IMO, Darksteel Forge is m14's Akroma's Memorial. A big artifact with a fun effect that hasn't seen print in awhile and won't interact with standard in the slightest.
  • #6
    The set does not need that many artifacts for the forge to be relevant. The gorgons of myth and the Xanthrid Gorgon of M13 are able to make artifacts out of creatures.

    This could be seen as an ability of a gorgon or an ability granted to a creature by equipping the head of a gorgon.
  • #7
    Quote from Sheff
    Think about the context of Greek and Roman mythology. There's a plethora of items and weapons that were pivotal to the stories: Medusa's head, Hermes' winged boots, the aegis of Zeus, Hades' Helm of Darkness. All of these were powerful in of their own right, and played roles in how the myths unfolded.

    How about the Golden Fleece? An artifact inspired by that would be extremely interesting.
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  • #8
    How about the Golden Fleece? An artifact inspired by that would be extremely interesting.


    A reference to the alchemy or trade interpretation of the fleece would be interesting.

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  • #9
    Too soon for artifacts. Maybe a subtheme, but not the crux of the set. I'm more privy to saying there'll be an emphasis on copying effects given their numbers in M14. Magic 20xx sets of late usually tend to give hints of the fall set's mechanical emphasis.

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  • #10
    The printing of Artificer's Hex lends more speculative evidence towards the printing of powerful equipment in the near future. While it could just be a filler/a card for eternal formats, it's reasonable to believe that there might be some pushed equipment in standard while M14 is in rotation.
  • #11
    i think if they did do equipment, it would be something like

    Poseidons Trident
    Zeus's Bolt
    Hade's Shroud
    Ares Blade
    Appolos Bow etc etc etc

    also we would have

    The Golden Fleece
    Pandoras Box etc etc etc

    i could see this becomming an artifact/equipment subtype block
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  • #12
    Quote from SiNcereX
    i think if they did do equipment, it would be something like

    Poseidons Trident
    Zeus's Bolt
    Hade's Shroud
    Ares Blade
    Appolos Bow etc etc etc

    also we would have

    The Golden Fleece
    Pandoras Box etc etc etc

    i could see this becomming an artifact/equipment subtype block


    I doubt we'll see a Pandora's Box variant, since we just saw that in Innistrad block.

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  • #13
    Quote from chrstphrbrnnn
    Worldslayer reprint.

    But in all serious, maybe we will see allied-color swords?


    Maybe allied-color SHIELDS. Someone brought that idea up on another thread awhile back, and I think it's an awesome idea.

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    Artifact--Equipment {M}
    Equipped creature has haste, indestructible, and protection from white and from blue.
    Equip 3
    (Some ability related to the mutual enemy of those colors, in this case, red. Just an idea?)


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  • #14
    Quote from Sheff
    The printing of Artificer's Hex lends more speculative evidence towards the printing of powerful equipment in the near future. While it could just be a filler/a card for eternal formats, it's reasonable to believe that there might be some pushed equipment in standard while M14 is in rotation.


    That's what I was going to post. It seems equipment will play a major role in Theros, with Enchantments and Tribal creatures.
  • #15
    Honestly, I think what we're likely to see is a new take on the Creatures Matter block, with Equipment and Auras getting much of the focus instead of creatures themselves.


    The problem with an Enchantment Block has always been that blocks need creatures. With artifacts you get a lot of artifact creatures; but WoTC has said they don't really like enchantment creatures (like we saw in Futuresight). By leaning more towards Auras and to a lesser extent Equipment, we can have an 'Enchantment Themed Block' without running into it's obvious issues.

    Moreover, a lot of our 'Enchantment Push' cards have involved playing enchantments, which seems like an answer to the standard problem of how Auras suck.
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  • #16
    I would love some new powerful artifacts and equipment in Theros, but I think Darksteel Forge was reprinted in M14 mainly due to the Indestructible rule change.
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  • #17
    It's been posted by many who seem to know things that the Gods will not appear themselves and that makes total sense

    But it also makes sense for the gifts of the Gods to be in the set, it was very common in the mythology for a Hero to receive an item or blessing from his protector.
    So yes, Athena's blessing, Spartan shield etc are very likely since there are many hints at enchantments and artifacts already
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