Magic: Hour of Devastation Story Concludes
Consider a minor spoiler alert in effect for the content ahead, though I’ve only hinted at the biggest reveal of the story, here.
Closing a long arc and phase in Magic’s story, Nicol Bolas easily defeats the worn-down Planeswalker collaborative of the Gatewatch, who are tired and ragged after fighting to help the population of Amonkhet survive Bolas’ return. The story is told through the perspectives of all six Planeswalkers involved, beginning with Bolas and his musings as he deconstructs the Gatewatch in an almost cathartic manner for readers. Many of the issues that have been raised about the concept of Magic having it’s own sort of Justice League come to the forefront as Nicol Bolas mentally berates and looks down upon them.
Oh, they probably had a plan. A plan, charitably, could consist of kill the dragon. Or, you burn it, you zombie it, you elemental it, you illusion it, you block it. These were all, given enough leeway, plans. And plans of similar competence had served them well enough in their recent escapades. Nicol Bolas could appreciate efficiency. Why bother being smart when the Multiverse so conveniently conspired to keep your idiocy alive?
Although readers of the story and those who have seen Hour of Devastation’s cards know that the Gatewatch are ultimately crushed by Nicol Bolas, some interesting details arose from the closing chapter that were not previously known on the cards or through the block’s accompanying art book release. When example is that when Jace Beleren attempts to attack Nicol Bolas telepathically, for a brief moment he recalls the glimpse of a lost memory that it becomes apparent is still lingering. This is important, as when Jace’s Planeswalker spark ignited, it was the result of his memory being destroyed by his former mentor in a telepathic battle. Now that it’s been revealed that a shred of those memories still exists, Jace now has a future story hook. Also importantly, there is now reason for a possible visit to his home plane of Vryn for a full expansion set, which was only seen briefly in Magic Origins.
Besides being a great read and wonderful writing, other details such as Liliana Vess choosing to leave rather than being crushed herself, and Gideon Jura retaining his arm are important details to note. Many speculated that Liliana might have lost her powers, or that Gideon was going to lose an arm due to the artwork and flavor text on the cards related to their defeat. Nissa Revane survives leaves as is known, though seemingly suffering far less than the others.
One last important detail was revealed at the end of the story, the details of which you’ll be able to read for yourself: Another known Planeswalker is under Nicol Bolas’s employ!
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