Friday, June 17, 2011
Leak Sauce #18 New Planeswalker: Ral Zarek
Leaking info to you and bringing the discussion.
A huge thanks goes out to Nitz in the forums for playing around with the files in Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 to find this. Basically, this guy doesn't appear to exist in the game "yet" nor have we ever heard of him in any storyline but his artwork and decklist are files in the game itself. There's a chance that he may be future DLC and everyone's hoping that he'll be printed as a real card.
His name is Ral Zarek and he's a Blue/Red mage. You may also notice that his clothing and steam punk devices fit the style guide for the Izzet League from Ravnica perfectly. Keen eyes can also compare the different Plains from Ravnica to Ral's background. The Plains of Ravnica also show a massive cityscape, (since Ravnica is one giant city that stretches across the entire Plane) gothic architecture (Orzhov), and floating castles.
In the current storylines, Ravnica is no longer a city of guilds and it's not closed off from the other Planes anymore. Jace and Gideon have both been known to visit there for different reasons (I'm not going to waste time explaining that right now) and there is chance that the Plane itself might be revisited in a future set.
It's also important to note that just because this artwork and character are obviously of Ravnica origin doesn't mean that he'll show up in a Ravnica set. The original five Planeswalkers were printed in Lorwyn even though they've never been there and Sorin Markov most likely isn't shown on Zendikar in his card art. If we're lucky then Ral Zarek might be printed in Innistrad and his backstory will simply include that he was born on Ravnica or perhaps visited there at the very least. Planeswalkers are not tied to any individual Plane thanks to the very thing they're known for: Planeswalking.
For those of you curious about another new Planeswalker that doesn't have a card currently then I suggest you take a look at this older link here:
Kiora Atua is also from Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 and she also shares a color with Ral since she's a Blue/Green mage. She commands leviathans, krakens, and other creatures of the deep as well as the tides themselves.
This is Kylak signing out and hoping Ral and Kiora get printed ASAP!