Circle of Pi

Posted in Arcana on March 14, 2014

By Trick Jarrett

Patrick "Trick" Jarrett oversees web content and social media for Magic, and acts as the publisher of DailyMTG.com and Magic content on the web. He's an ardent Commander player and lover of the game he's played since Ice Age.

Today is Pi Day. In American notation we write the holiday as 3/14, which leads to this nerdy name for the day. In honor of the day, I want to talk to you about circles, rings, and other corner-less shapes.

To talk about the Circle of Protections we have to go back to Ninth Edition. Up to this set, when the five original Circle of Protections were printed it was always all five; with Ninth Edition that was changed to only feature white's two enemy colors: Black and Red.

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However, the original Circle of Protections are far from the only round objects in Magic. How about Oblivion Ring? It was first printed in Lorwyn and unless you were paying attention you might have missed the ring:

Oblivion Ring | Art by Wayne England


Circles are a regular appearance in Magic, showing up in art regularly even if the card isn't named with something round. I'm sure as you go digging through card art you'll discover circles you never noticed before, perhaps at quite a... surprising ratio?

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