Ask Wizards

Posted in Feature on June 3, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

Ask Wizards is a weekly feature that allows you to ask us questions! If you'd like to submit your question please email it to AskWizards@wizards.com. We aren't able to answer every question we receive but if your question is good then it might show up in the coming weeks!

Q: So why is the reprint of Phage an Avatar Minion? — katduckcrossing

A: Mark Rosewater, Magic head designer:

The original Phage was just a Minion. The Great Creature Type update happened during Lorwyn with a small additional update during Morningtide. The extra Morningtide update changed her to a Zombie Minion, which is what she is in current Gatherer because the Conspiracy cards are not yet in Gatherer/Oracle. [They are scheduled to go in Tuesday, June 3, 2014. —ed.]

The card was changed in Conspiracy because the current creative team felt putting Zombie was factually inaccurate and as the card had never been printed with the word "Zombie" on it they felt okay making the change from Zombie to Avatar.

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