Q:How would you describe the Blind Eternities so I can build a mental image of them?
Ah yes, the mysterious, timeless non-space that lies between the planes. Okay. First imagine the square root of a negative number. Then picture an eleventh-dimensional solid with that many sides that is somehow humming the Flight of the Bumblebee backwards. Then stuff that whole theoretical construct into a temporal bottle rocket and fire it into a sped-up Big Bang of unfettered imagination, and then squash it down to a momentary singularity of nothingness that is somehow simultaneously infinite and eternal at the same time, and somehow both a specific place and the exact opposite of whereness at the same time, and then add a dollop of nacho cheese. Then give up trying to build a mental image of the Blind Eternities because nuh-uh.
Q:Hey Doug,I was wondering if there are currently any openings in the creative department? I've loved magic for years and as a recent graduate am wondering if there are any job/internship opportunities at Wizards of the Coast? Thanks, Michael G.
When we have openings, they are always listed right here:
If you ever want to work inside the halls of Wizards of the Coast, I would keep that link handy. Click through all the job descriptions. Read the requirements and the job details. Then, and this is the tricky part: become an expert in the kinds of skills that we need! Become the person we would be desperate to have, apply for the right position at the right time, and maybe you can come help us make awesome things!
Q:So, "Khans of Tarkir"... are the Khans the clans or the clan leaders? If one, is there a Tarkirish word for the other?
A fine question. To clarify, there are five clans (the Abzan, the Jeskai, the Sultai, the Mardu, and the Temur), and the in-world Tarkir term for clan is just “clan.” Each clan has a leader, and that leader is called the khan. So the set title refers to the leaders of the five clans.
Q:Hey doug! I was in the front row of the sdcc panel it was unforgetable! It was awesome to meet you and shake your hand! I asked mark but i figured youd know what the deal with arcanis is?! I was to young for lore back then but howd he leave the pits?
So glad you enjoyed the panel! Awesome to meet you!
Arcanis is the “face card” of the Cunning side of Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning, facing off against Zurgo Helmsmasher, khan of the Mardu clan (the clan that embodies the speed of the dragon). But Arcanis is not actually on Tarkir—he’s just a powerful legend from Magic's past who happens to be very cunning. A handful of cards in that Duel Deck are previews of Khans of Tarkir, but Arcanis isn’t one of them.
(It’s sort of like how Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters featured Sun Titan vs. Polukranos on the packaging. Polukranos was a preview of the then-upcoming Theros set; Sun Titan was just a cool reprint that fit well in the ”Heroes” side of the conflict.)
(The khan of the Jeskai, the clan that embodies the cunning of the dragon, by the way, is named Narset. You’ll meet her later.)
Q:Do any breed of Aven live on Ravnica?
On Ravnica? I don’t think so, no. Ravnica has a lot of different species on it but no birdfolk, I believe.
Q:Does your tumblr picture accurately represent the frequency with which you wear a shirt and tie?
Well, I almost always wear a shirt to work. :) But my tumblr picture does over-represent the frequency with which I rock the necktie. Tie frequency decreases in hot weather. Overcoat frequency, too.
Q:Do you think you could make a set where every single creature card was a sentient race, like Goblins, Aven, Centaurs, Leonin, Orcs etc. or do you think it's necessary for every set to show off the native wildlife like Beasts, Griffins, Drakes, Wurms and such?
Lorwyn and Morningtide came close. In that block, the strong tribal theme tended to push creature types into one of the eight relevant tribe buckets. But in general I think settings benefit from showing a variety of different creatures, both sentient and non-sentient. Beasties and monsters are great at creating the feel of a detailed world with a complex ecology. Also, beastie and monsters are great! Rawrrr.
Q:Now that we've seen some snippets of culture and outlook that were revealed at SDCC, what is your favourite Khans clan?
Aaaa! I want to talk about this, but it’s too soon to go into detail! AND I LOVE GOING INTO DETAIL. Let’s bring this up again closer to Khans preview season.
Q:Give it to me straight, Doug. Are there goblins in Khans of Tarkir?
Well, the presence or absence of goblins would depend on the ecosystem of Tarkir, the state of predator-prey relationships on the plane, the geography and mana topography of its mountainous areas, so I mean, it’s complicated—
OHHHhhh you said to give it to you straight. Well, that’s binding, so:
Yes, there are goblins on Tarkir. (I mentioned goblins during the SDCC panel.) Yay!
Q:With Teferi coming back, will there be any explanation as to how or why he is still a planeswalker? The last we saw of him was when he gave up his PW status.
Remember when I answered a question a while back about seeing past versions of characters? Your question is a good example of why that’s tricky to do. But here’s the scoop: the Teferi planeswalker card in the next Commander product represents Teferi from before he gave up his spark to seal the time rift. Currently Teferi continues to be without his spark, but we thought players would enjoy seeing a card of that earlier planeswalker state, despite the tricky chronology.