A Visit from the Holiday Promo

Posted in Arcana on December 6, 2013

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.

'Twas 2007,
at New York's Worlds,
and around my deck of cards,
my fingers were curled.

I faced none other than,
Magic's Lead Designer,
you know him as MaRo,
or "Mark" to be finer.

I managed a win,
a feat quite indeed,
and for it he gave me,
a Gifts Given promo: I squeed.

From 2006,
and every year since,
we've made a promo card,
and likely every year hence.

My poem ends soon,
with its rhymes quite slant,
I try as I might,
But my rhythm is scant.

This isn't for pain,
nor to cause any fear,
but actually to share,
the new promo for this year.


The above poem is a true story. I went (as a fan and member of the media) to the 2007 World Championships in New York City. While I was there I sat down and spellslung against Mark. I managed to beat him, for which I got one of that year's holiday promo: Gifts Given. I regret not holding onto the card; at the time I traded it away. I have since come to treasure each of the holiday promos I own.

Here's hoping that whenever your own Stocking Tiger enters the battlefield, under it will be an exciting booster pack!

Stocking Tiger | Art by Terese Nielsen

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