History of Golgari Part 4: Hail to the Queen

So we’re hitting the point in Golgari where things got interesting. See we’ve gone over the guild founder and the group that dethroned him. Now its time to go over the leader that really started to cause some chaos. Let’s take a look at Savra, Queen of the Golgari.

Savra was a consummate caster of necromantic magic. During her tenure as the guild leader of the Golgari Swarm and Devkarin, Savra surreptitiously served her hidden master, Szadek, who had helped her finagle her way to the top of the Golgari guild. Szadek used Savra to gain control of four of Ravnica’s guilds — the Boros Legion, by replacing its leaders with lupul; House Dimir; the Golgari Swarm itself, by overthrowing the remaining Sisters of Stone Death; and the Selesnya Conclave, by Savra’s becoming a member of the Chorus of the Conclave — simultaneously.

Soon after joining the Chorus of the Conclave, Savra was betrayed by Szadek, who brutally snapped her neck. Her body was then possessed by the mind and spirit of Svogthir, the Golgari parun, and, later yet, crushed and destroyed during the epic battle between the Momir Vig-created Project/Experiment Kraj, of the Simic Combine, and Rakdos, the daemonic parun of the Cult of Rakdos.

I mean you think this would be enough, but the fact is that even after her death and possessions, her legacy lived on. You see the person who replaced her as the leader of the swarm was her own brother. Jorad von Sovro.

The best part about her though was not her story, but was her card. Take a look.

See the best part about the Ravnica block was most of the cards we’re gold like Savra here or hybrids like the guild mages:

The advantage to this is that it means that most of the cards that I would sacrifice in a Golgari deck would be both black and green. The best card to use for this though is:

A creature gets a +1/+1 counter, and if Savra’s in play under your control a creature you opponents control dies.  Savra has been in my Golgari deck sense day one. She was one of the rares in the Golgari Deathcreep deck that I bought that brought me into the game. She’s one of those cards that I wish had been released as an alternate art promo.

Well that’s it for this week. As always I want to point out that the images above are owned by Wizards of the Coast. Next week we’ll look at the current guild leader and the brother of Savra. We’ll be looking at Jarod, Golgari Lich Lord.


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