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Women in Magic: The Gathering
Many mistake trading card games as a male hobby, but ladies play an important role both in and outside of their lore. Magic: The Gathering fills its various planes with numerous renowned women, even dedicating one of its Secret Lair sets to some its most prominent girls.
Spanning different planes, mana colors, and even species, women sculpt the story of Magic just as much as men—but which most captivate with their beauty? These are the ten most attractive girls in Magic: The Gathering!
Card: Siona, Captain of the Pyleas
Basically Wonder Woman in card form, Siona utilizes the green/white Selesnya colors and offers an excellent aura supporter. Her stats are mediocre at 2/2, but when she enters the field, she tutors an aura to hand from your deck's top seven cards, and whenever an aura becomes attached to your creature, she creates a 1/1 soldier token.
So like a true wingwoman, she'll bring friends, not caring whether you attach your auras to her or another troop.
- Kiora, the Crashing Wave
- Kiora, Master of the Depths
- Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner
Kiora proves merfolk can be just as visually appealing as humans, and she's centered in my personal favorite color combination (green/blue). She's also got some powerful planeswalkers who can quickly access their ultimate loyalty effects thanks to green and blue's various proliferating tactics (like "Doubling Season" and "Contentious Plan").
- Master Transmuter
- Breya, Etherium Shaper
Talk about a chiseled body; Breya infused herself with etherium, sacrificing many of her biological components for a unique sculpted form. Half of it might be missing, but quality over quantity—there's no denying her special brand of beauty.
Breya's cards offer strong artifact supports; I'm particularly fond of her Transmuter's free-artifact ability, avoiding the costs of behemoths like "Blightsteel Colossus".
- Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain
- Jhoira of the Ghitu
After drinking water that had been temporally displaced, Jhoira became nearly immortal, aging just days over the course of several centuries. So her beauty is bound to last, and she carries some cool effects; her Weatherlight form draws whenever you cast a historic spell (legendary, artifact, or saga), while her Ghitu mode can suspend any card for two mana, casting it for free in four turns!
Is it just me, or does Jhoira totally look like Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) in Solo: A Star Wars Story?
- Captain Sisay
- Sisay, Weatherlight Captain
Like Siona, Sisay offers a fierce warrior centered in green/white, and she's immune to magic in lore. She matches her gorgeous looks with amazing cards; her Captain Sisay form taps to tutor any legendary from deck to hand, while her Weatherlight mode can spend one mana of each color to play legendary cards from your deck!
- Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
- Thalia, Heretic Cathar
One of Innistrad's defenders, Thalia gains the spear of infamous angel Avacyn after her demise. But despite her relatively small story role, Thalia's more than just a pretty face, carrying two excellent cards: her Guardian form increases the cost of non-creature spells, while her Cathar spell makes opposing creatures and non-basic lands enter the field tapped.
- Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief
- Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Magic's prettiest "goth girl", Drana leads a powerful vampire clan in the Zendikar plane. But despite black mana's negative reputation, she plays a heroic role in lore, teaming up with Gatewatch member Gideon against the eldrazi invaders.
Drana's Bloodchief card admittedly isn't great, but she more than compensates with her Liberator mode, which enjoys flying, first strike, and the ability to place +1/+1 counters on your attacking creatures.
3. Chandra Nalaar
Cards: Many, below are some favorites:
- Chandra, Torch of Defiance
- Chandra, Fire Artisan/Chandra, Roaring Flame
- Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh
One of Magic's central protagonists, Chandra is an iconic member of the Gatewatch, and her fire magic definitely makes her hot. Passionate and impulsive, Chandra is also compassionate and innovative, showcasing the heroic qualities of red. And with over a dozen planeswalker renditions, you're bound to find a version of her that fits your deck.
2. Liliana Vess
Cards: Many, below are some favorites:
- Liliana of the Veil
- Liliana, Dreadhorde General
- Liliana of the Dark Realms
Another iconic Gatewatch member, Liliana displays trickery and selfishness, but gradually becomes more and more heroic throughout her tale. Many fall for her tremendous beauty, even if she's pulling a reverse-Twilight, being hundreds of years old.
Like Chandra, she's got plenty of planeswalker spells to pick from, often creating zombie tokens or forcing opponents to sacrifice creatures.
1. Rowan Kenrith
- Rowan Kenrith
- Rowan, Fearless Sparkmage
- The Royal Scions
The twin sister of Will Kenrith, Rowan serves a similar role as Chandra in the Eldraine plane. She matches her stunning looks with impressive spells; her first planeswalker form partners with Will (each able to find the other from your deck when played), and the two combine for an inexpensive yet powerful duo in "The Royal Scions".
Rowan also carries a surprisingly strong prebuilt card (prebuilt planeswalkers tend to be weaker than most), with her Fearless Sparkmage spell actually carrying respectable cost, loyalty, and effect.
Magic's "Women's Day" Secret Lair Bundle
Today we examined many of Magic's most gorgeous gals, and the franchise paid homage to its iconic women with its International Women's Day Secret Lair drop, featuring alternate arts of characters like Sisay, Oona, and Narset.
Heck, many players don't realize just how many Magic characters are female, like monsters such as Emrakul and Atraxa, but for now, as we await Wizards of the Coast's next set of aesthetically-appealing women, vote for your favorite and I'll see you at our next MTG countdown!
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