Card of the Day - December, 2013

Posted in Feature on December 1, 2013

By Mike McArtor

Mike first played with Ice Age and became the copy editor for DailyMTG.com in December 2011. Before DailyMTG, he was an editor on D&D's Dragon magazine for four years.

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Man-o'-WarVisions. For 20th Anniversary Week, we asked R&D for the most important cards in Magic's history. Ken Nagle and Shawn Main picked Man-o'-War. Ken said, "Uktabi Orangutan, Man-o'-War, and friends showcased the 'enter the battlefield'-with-a-spell effect, creating powerful creatures for tournament play thanks to their warm bodies being relevant all the time, even if the Shatter effect was not. Magic sets nowadays are full of 'enters the battlefield' abilities."

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Ajani GoldmaneLorwyn. For 20th Anniversary Week, we asked R&D for the most important cards in Magic's history. Worth Wollpert and Shawn Main picked the first Planeswalkers. Shawn explains, "Ajani Goldmane and the rest of the Lorwyn 5 represented a huge boon to the game. Planeswalkers had been central to the game's story from very early, but finally they had the opportunity to become part of the game."

Stocking Tiger
Stocking Tiger – 2013 Holiday Promo. Continuing a tradition we started in 2006, Stocking Tiger is another in our series of holiday-themed silver-bordered cards: 2006–2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and Trick's poem showing 2013. Happy holidays! :)

Library of Alexandria
Library of AlexandriaMagic Online Holiday Cube. Once again, Magic Online is presenting a Holiday Cube, running Wednesday, December 18, 2013 through Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Although it's not part of the Power Nine, many (perhaps most?) players consider the Library to be the tenth Power.

Ancestral Recall
Ancestral RecallMagic Online Holiday Cube. Once again, Magic Online is presenting a Holiday Cube, running Wednesday, December 18, 2013, through Wednesday, January 8, 2014. This year's Holiday Cube carries some serious Power.

Fleecemane Lion
Fleecemane LionTheros. Once again, Magic Online is presenting a Holiday Cube, running Wednesday, December 18, 2013, through Wednesday, January 8, 2014. One of the new additions to this year's Cube is this monstrously fun Theros rare.

Time Walk
Time WalkMagic Online Holiday Cube. Once again, Magic Online is presenting a Holiday Cube, running Wednesday, December 18, 2013, through Wednesday, January 8, 2014. And this year's Holiday Cube carries some serious Power.

Stocking Tiger
Stocking Tiger – 2013 Holiday Promo. Continuing a tradition we started in 2006, Stocking Tiger is another in our series of holiday-themed silver-bordered cards: 2006–2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and Trick's poem showing 2013. Happy holidays! :)

Library of Alexandria
Library of AlexandriaMagic Online Holiday Cube. Once again, Magic Online is presenting a Holiday Cube, running Wednesday, December 18, 2013 through Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Although it's not part of the Power Nine, many (perhaps most?) players consider the Library to be the tenth Power.

Ancestral Recall
Ancestral RecallMagic Online Holiday Cube. Once again, Magic Online is presenting a Holiday Cube, running today, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, through Wednesday, January 8, 2014. This year's Holiday Cube carries some serious Power.

Fleecemane Lion
Fleecemane LionTheros. Once again, Magic Online is presenting a Holiday Cube, running Wednesday, December 18, 2013, through Wednesday, January 8, 2014. One of the new additions to this year's Cube is this monstrously fun Theros rare.

Time Walk
Time WalkMagic Online Holiday Cube. Once again, Magic Online is presenting a Holiday Cube, running Wednesday, December 18, 2013, through Wednesday, January 8, 2014. And this year's Holiday Cube carries some serious Power.

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Ivory GuardiansLegends. Mesas have been a part of Magic since Alpha. They are home not only to pegasuses but also falcons and chickens, and upon them live both enchantresses and, according to flavor text, high priests (who are guarded by these ivory giants). On Zendikar, they are arid, but in Femeref, sacred.

Soulbound Guardians
Soulbound GuardiansRise of the Eldrazi. We know the land-loving kor of Zendikar live as nomads, but why? The world guide for Zendikar explains: "The kor are nomads not because they despise locations, but because they revere too many to stay in any one place." And: "They travel in small bands along one of several pilgrimage routes, visiting dozens of sacred sites across Zendikar. Each pilgrimage circuit takes decades, and many are lost along the way to Zendikar's dangers."

Guardians' Pledge
Guardians' PledgeMagic 2012. Building a mono-white deck with lots of combat tricks isn't hard, as white has forty-six that affect all creatures you control and thirty-four that care about individuals. White is the color of community, strategy, and defense, so a lot of its combat tricks provide various kinds of protection for its creatures, as well as boosting numbers.

Guardians of Akrasa
Guardians of AkrasaMagic 2013. Akrasa was a nation of the Alara shard of Bant, a place with only green, white, and blue mana. As the Planeswalker's Guide to Alara tells us, "Akrasa... is a land of fertile plains all put to agriculture. Several knightly orders are based in Akrasa, and its own armies are quite large. Akrasa has the largest number of ancient tower and castles of any kingdom...." Bant (and by extension, Alara) is also the first plane where we met our favorite Knight-Errant!

Guardians of Meletis
Guardians of MeletisTheros. In his "Pick a Side, Any Side" article, Mark Rosewater wrote, "the best thing Magic can show off creatively is an environment. The genre of a trading card game requires that you show lots of creatures and places and objects. This does a good job of showing off a diverse environment." This also allows us to tell little stories that aren't obvious. The art and flavor text of the Guardians tell one such easily missed story.

Thassa, God of the Sea
Thassa, God of the SeaTheros. The Mono-Blue Devotion deck is pretty powerful in the current Standard metagame. In fact, the deck so dominated the early Theros Standard that both finalists at Pro Tour Theros ran it! The deck continues to evolve along with the metagame, though, so if you are devoted to Thassa and her buddy, Master of Waves, there is still a lot of inspiration out there.

Bloodthirsty Ogre
Bloodthirsty OgreChamions of Kamigawa. Ever wonder what this o-bakemono (or ogre mage) is so devoted to? It turns out the Kamigawa world guide has the answer for us! To wit: "Ogres... are wise and reclusive. They're also evil. They worship oni (Japanese demons) with strange rituals involving fire, smoke, and blood." So there you go. One other fun fact about Kamigawa Ogres: "Scale: about 3 meters [10 feet] tall."

Increasing Devotion
Increasing DevotionDark Ascension. This Increasing card is part of a five-card cycle (cards connected in some mechanical way, usually with one in each color). Mark Rosewater shares the story of how the Increasing cycle came about in this article, which (spoilers!) originally had nothing to do with Dark Ascension.

Pious Kitsune
Pious KitsuneChampions of Kamigawa. Did you know? Kitsune is Japanese for "fox." That makes sense in context of the Kitsune cards from the Kamigawa block. Our pious little fox here benefits from the card Eight-and-a-Half-Tails, himself based on the legend of the nine-tailed fox but with his own story specific to Kamigawa!

Devoted Druid
Devoted DruidShadowmoor. The Druid has a long (well, about five years) and storied history of being used and abused by Johnny deckbuilders to create arbitrarily large numbers (with the help of +1/+1 counters), including several Lab runners on this very website. The most recent example came from Mike Cannon, who concocted a Modern-legal arbitrarily large number engine with it!

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