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Golgothian Sylex Discussion
7 months ago
I don’t know if Karn corrupted any other planes with oil. If I’m not mistaken, Mirrodin was infected because Karn created or substantially changed the plane as it was coming into being, infusing it with phyrexian oil. That said, while I don’t think Karn simply existing on a plane for a short while would substantially effect it, Karn might have done something similar to other planes, and they could suffer similar fates.
Storyline wise, I think it’s dependent on what happens in War of the Spark. Karn is confirmed to show up, and last we heard of him, he took the Golgothian Sylex to New Phyrexian to blow it to hell. I’d think that they would explore this thread if a) Karn survives the war and b) New Phyrexian is taken care of, as he knows it’s infected and feels responsible.
9 months ago
They aren’t even hiding the huge Bolas v. Gatewatch throwdown in Ravnica 3. If they haven’t come out and said it (which they might have, I’m not sure), it’s as close to official as you can get. No Phyrexians there!
Currently, the Eldrazi are finished. Two have been killed, and the other content with imprisonment on Innistrad’s moon. Highly unlikely that they do anything with them anytime soon.
Slivers (I believe) are indigenous to Rath. They first made an appearance in Tempest block, which is set on Rath. They came to Dominaria during the Invasion, and are connected to the Riptide project, as seen in Blade Sliver. Since then, they have appeared in Core Sets (and Time Spiral, but... Time Spiral), making me think that they aren’t currently a major villain, and Wizards isn’t considering them as a major player. They are also confined to Dominaria, and we just went back with none appearing, so there’s that.
And then Phyrexia. Phyrexia under Yawgmoth is dead, and has been for years. With Scars of Mirrodin, a new breed of Phyrexians was created/was there all along. The story leaves off with the Phyrexians taking over most of the plane, and only a few remain fighting them, including Koth of the Hammer. It appears that they’re story on Mirrodin is over, considering they’ve basically won, but that doesn’t mean they are. According to Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite’s flavor text, they are aware of other planes, and want to “convert” them to. In addition, in the Dominaria story, Karn digs up the Golgothian Sylex (I think?) to blow the plane of New Phyrexia to hell. So not only can the story be taken different ways, Wizards acknowledges their presence as a current threat, unlike say Tibalt.
Ultimately, I’d say that the Eldrazi and Slivers are unlikely to be touched (unless in a supplemental set, as was mentioned), but it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Phyrexians as the next big baddie after Bolas is triumphant or defeated in the last Ravnica set.
External (non-lore wise) motivation may come from popularity. I’m not sure of exact numbers or what have you, although they exist (see: Maro’s Storm scale and Rabiah scale articles I’m to lazy to look up), but Scars block was fairly popular, and ultimately, the fan base voted for the Phyrexians to win. Infect is a very parasitic and problematic mechanic, so it’s unlikely that it’d come back, but there is much more they can do there that they could bring the Phyrexians back with it returning.
1 year ago
Neotrup Yeah, I understand that it's just a single check. But that just makes the flavor weird to me. The newly-created Lupine Prototype and the everybody-has-one Explorer's Scope are just as historic as, say, the one and only Golgothian Sylex or Tatsumasa, the Dragon's Fang.
2 years ago
I don't think it can be the Mirari, they speak of the Immortal Sun as something that was used several generations in the past, and having immense power. The Mirari would most likely have been on Dominaria or on Mirrodin at the time. I think the Immortal Sun is a Golgothian Sylex-like device that caused the downfall of the Merfolk.
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