Saturday, September 24, 2011

Innistrad Trailer - Garruk Relentless vs Liliana of the Veil

Innistrad Trailer - Garruk Relentless vs Liliana of the Veil

Another awesome Magic the Gathering video, this time for Innistrad. As other previous promotional videos, the video is made of animated art found in the very cards of the set. But this is a technique that the developers seem to be improving with each set released. Animations in this trailer seem more natural than those of the Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 video (note that we are not referring to the CG animation, which is another thing).

The Wildspeaker

The biggest asset of this video, however, is in the Garruk voice-over. Garruk is apparently the most popular planeswalker, according to the polls we've done in our humble but ever-growing blog. Garruk's voice is exactly how I always imagined, a deep voice, here combined with a practical discourse, quite suitable for a man who does not waste his time in a roundabout way of words and goes straight to the point.

Wizards channel on YouTube where the video is officially hosted does note not inform the voice actor for Garruk, but some speculate it may be the same actor who voiced Arthas in Warcraft 3 or CT Carson, who voiced Kratos in God of War. If you know who actually is the voice of Garruk, please let us know in the comments. Personally, I think the voice very similar to the Barbarian of Diablo II (David Thomas).

The Hunter and the Veil

For those who are lost in Garruk's narrative, read the webcomic The Hunter and the Veil to keep updated about what is going on between Garruk and Liliana. Ok, with this video we are aware of the reasons for Garruk dropping by Innistrad, but what is Liliana doing there? Certainly not only because of her fondness for zombies (something that Innistrad has in spades)?

Our sexy dark witch is just after her soul, that she sold to some demons (actually four demons) in exchange for power and eternal youth. At least one of these demons, Griselbrand, is in Innistrad. Or at least was, since the demon mysteriously disappeared together with Innistrad protector, the archangel Avacyn. Liliana, with the power of the Veil at her disposal, wants her soul back and is after the fiend, and has the green brute, Garruk in her wake. That is, what we have here is a hunt with powerful predators chasing each other. It is as if the entire top of the food chain decided to hunt each other through the plans.

We eagerly await the unfolding of this hunt in the upcoming Innistrad set, Dark Ascension, together with another promotional video of the same quality we see here- perhaps with Garruk yielding to his dark side?