Lost Caverns of Ixalan Pronunciation Guide
Lost Caverns of Ixalan is right around the corner on the 17th. If you haven't seen the spoilers, check them out here. The set is looking pretty phenomenal, as are the commander precons. It's a very flavorful and culture-rich set as well, pulling from several Meso-American cultures like the Mayans and Aztecs. That said, native languages like Nahuatl inspire many card names and don't exactly roll off the tongue of English speakers. So, today, I would like to give you a Lost Caverns of Ixalan pronunciation guide.
We'll review all the less-than-obvious card names and how they're pronounced. Beyond that, I'll do my best to paint a clear picture of why the names, phrases, and words sound like they do, where possible. So, without further ado, let's jump into the cards.
Lost Caverns of Ixalan Card Pronunciation Guide
After scrolling the LCI spoiler list for the main set and the commander precons, I landed on around 15 cards that may give players trouble trying to get out correctly. Now, at this point, I must say that I'm not a linguist or expert in Meso-American languages or culture. So, if you are, and I make a mistake, forgive me. That said, the pronunciations below come from some extensive research, help from ChatGPT, and collaboration with some fluent Spanish speakers.
Ojer Pakpatiq, Deepest Epoch
Pronunciation: O-jer Pak-pa-teek, Deepest Epoch
Inti, Seneschal of the Sun
Pronunciation: In-tee, Se-ne-shal of the Sun
Abuelo, Ancestral Echo
Pronunciation: Ah-bway-loh, Ancestral Echo
Amalia Benavides Aguirre
Pronunciation: Ah-mah-lee-ah Ben-ah-vee-des Ah-gwee-re
Bartolomé del Presidio
Pronunciation: Bar-toh-loh-may del Pre-sid-ee-oh
Itzquinth, Firstborn of Gishath
Pronunciation: Eetz-kwinth, Firstborn of Gish-ath
Sovereign Okinec Ahau
Pronunciation: Sovereign Oh-kee-nek Ah-how
Envoy of Okinec Ahau
Pronunciation: Envoy of Oh-kee-nek Ah-how
Ramirez DePietro, Pillager
Pronunciation: Ram-ir-ez De-Pee-et-roh, Pillager
Clavileño, First of the Blessed
Pronunciation: Clah-vee-lay-nyo, First of the Bless-ed
Promise of Aclazotz
Pronunciation: Promise of Ack-lah-zots
Xolatoyac, the Smiling Flood
Pronunciation: Zoh-lah-toy-ak, the Smiling Flood
Nicanzil, Current Conductor
Pronunciation: Nee-kan-zil, Current Conductor
Pronunciation: Pant-lah-zah, Sun-Favored
There you have it, folks, my Lost Caverns of Ixalan pronunciation guide. I hope you found it helpful and can sit down and play the cards with confidence. Overall, most aren't too hard once you've read them over a few times. If you're an authority on the languages in question, comment and let me know how these are. If I missed any cards you're struggling with, let me know, and I'll try to help you.
Now, here's a bonus question: How do you pronounce? I know a handful of players that gracefully refer to her as "Queso" because they'd rather not take a crack at the name. And that, my friends, is why I know this guide will be needed.