History Of Golgari Part 1: Let’s hit the way back machine.

I play Magic: the Gathering. Anyone who knows me knows that. Anyone who knows me also knows what my colors are. Black and green. All of my decks are black and green. I started playing Magic in 2006 during the Ravnica block. The first intro deck I get was Golgari Deathcreep. Sense then I was hooked. Well the most recent block is going to be Return to Ravnica. With its return, comes my departure. I just don’t have the income to justify paying so much on a card game. I work at a gas station after all. So I decided to go out with a bang. So I’m going to write this article. It will detail the major players, events, mechanics, and as Magic is a card game it will highlight the cards. So lets hit the way back machine, and get this started with the original guild leader’s rise and fall. Lets talk about  Svogthir.

Svogthir is the parun of the Golgari Swarm, the first guild leader.

The guild started as an army of elves and outcasts that Svogthir had united, but most importantly were the undead legions Svogthir himself had raised. Svogthir fought in the name of chaos, but when the war came to a stand still, the paruns of the guilds came together. Szadek proposed the Guildpact and Svogthir was instrumental in convincing the forces of chaos in becoming signatories of the pact. He remained in charge of the Golgari for thousands of years, surviving through his mastery of necromancy, which he used to become a lich lord. Over time, he improved his physical form and his body was comprised of the remains of various powerful individuals, including the torso of Cisarzim, the Gruul parun. The only original part of his body was his head, which became indestructible thanks to his magics. Eventually, Svogthir was overthrown by five gorgons, the Sisters of Stone Death. Although he managed to kill two of them, the other three were able to rot away his body and then sealed him inside an ancient tomb that came to be known as Svogthos, the Restless Tomb. There Svogthir remained for over a century.

However, the parun reappeared at the time of the Decamillennial anniversary of the Guildpact’s signing due to the conniving of Savra, who wanted to use him to overthrow the Sisters of Stone Death. She freed Svogthir from his tomb and constructed a new body for him, which he used to defeat the Sisters, killing another two of them in the process. However, Savra betrayed him, taking over the leadership of the guild herself by unsummoning his replacement body and consuming his essence to empower herself.

But Svogthir survived still. When Szadek betrayed and murdered Savra, Svogthir’s spirit took over the treacherous elf’s corpse. He made an alliance with the Simic guildmaster Momir Vig and the two planned to wipe Ravnica clean using Project Kraj. However, Svogthir’s mind was overpowered by that of Agrus Kos, who possessed Savra’s body and used it to kill Vig. After that Kraj destroyed Vig’s lab where Svogthir was. His fate after this is unknown, but given the tenacity the necromancer had, he likely still exists.

Now the fact that he was such a big player in the story of the original Ravnica block, you’d think he must have gotten a pretty bad ass card right? Well, about that. See he technically didn’t get a card. He got one that represented him… maybe. See the card that was released was Svogthos, The Restless Tomb.

See, Svogthos was rumored to move to where ever the center of the Golgari territory was. But it was never explicitly stated if it did this because of housing the head of Svogthos. It is heavily assumed that is the reason though. My opinion? The guy managed to blend the mystical art of dendromancy (manipulation of plants) and necromancy (manipulation of the dead). I have a feeling using the plants and carcasses around the building to move it is not out of the question. Quick note about the card. Its ability of its power and toughness equaling the number of creature cards in your graveyard is shared by a couple of cards. Most notably though is a card that shares a similar ability.

Look up the legacy Dredge deck to see what kind of damage that caused. Anyway that’s all for this one folks.

The above information was provided by MTG Wiki. If your interested in learning about other guilds, or anything else Magic related I suggest you check it out. The above images belong to Wizards of the Cost. Next time, We’ll take a look at the group that dethroned Svogthir, the Sisters of Stone Death.


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