Card of the Day - November, 2010
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on November 1, 2010
Teferi's Imp – Mirage rare. Cards that phase out do not go to the exile zone. Instead, the game treats them as though they do not exist. They can’t affect or be affected by anything else in the game except for rules and effects that specifically mention phased-out permanents.
Urza's Blueprints – Urza's Legacy rare. The blueprints in Urza's Blueprints are for the creation of the Skyship Weatherlight. When Urza had built it, he needed the perfect captain, so he started a long-term breeding plan that eventually produced Gerrard Capashen.
Whippoorwill – The Dark uncommon. Despite its name, creature type, and art, Whippoorwill does not have flying.
Hunting Moa – Urza's Destiny uncommon. According to Wikipedia, the moa were eleven species of flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. They're said to have gone extinct by around six hundred years ago, although some cryptozoologists believe there are still a few out there.
Zodiac Rooster – Portal Three Kingdoms common. When it was printed, Zodiac Rooster was only the third Plainswalker, after Giant Slug and Righteous Avengers. For the first time, there were more Plainswalkers than cards that Great Wall Lord Magnus!
Dong Zhou, the Tyrant – Portal Three Kingdoms rare. The storyline of Portal Three Kingdoms is much more elaborate than most sets', since it's based on the Three Kingdoms Romance. For example, Dong Zhou, the Tyrant was killed by Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms after Diaochan, Artful Beauty convinced each man that she was in love with him and being abused by the other.
Planeswalker's Mischief – Planeshift rare. The handsome fellow on Planeswalker's Mischief is Bo Levar, also seen on Gainsay. Bo Levar is one of the old-timey planeswalkers like Commodore Guff and Lord Windgrace.
Gaddock Teeg – Lorwyn rare. As originally designed, Gaddock Teeg had only the top ability. But it wasn't clear how that should apply to X spells, so a second ability was added to just prohibit X spells entirely. Simple!
rathi Berserker – Legends uncommon. Strangely, this card is unrelated to the other Rathi cards. Although it's printed as "rathi Berserker," the actual name of is rathi Berserker. Apparently the typesetter didn't know what to do with Æ (which is called a ligature, if you're interested) so it didn't make it onto the card.
Tor Giant – Ice Age common. Although Hill Giant has appeared in almost every core set, it was replaced with the identical Tor Giant in Ice Age. Even the name is a functional reprint, since a "tor" is a "high craggy hill."
Frankenstein's Monster – The Dark rare. Frankenstein's Monster combines two things that no longer happen on Magic cards: direct references to the real world and combining different kinds of counters. What a weird card.
Invisibility – Eighth Edition uncommon. Invisibility was responsible for one of the weirder decisions from the early days of the DCI. Because it created a combo that was considered dangerously powerful, the powers that be decided to ban ... Juggernaut.
Cyclopean Mummy – Fourth Edition common. Although "Selecting Xth Edition" was a web feature invented for Eighth Edition, the public sort of had a say in an earlier set. Cyclopean Mummy was voted "Worst Card in Fourth Edition" in a consumer survey, then mysteriously disappeared from Fifth Edition.
Lesser Werewolf – Legends uncommon. Both Lesser Werewolf and Greater Werewolf are 2/4. The difference is in the size of the counters that they create.
Vampire Aristocrat – Magic 2010 common. Vampire Aristocrat's specific type of aristocracy is left undefined, so it's not clear if it's a Duke, a Marquess, or even a traditional Count. Considering the stats, though, it's doubtful that the Vampire Aristocrat outranks Baron Sengir.
Frazzled Editor – Unhinged common. Although it's printed as "Creature — Human Bureacrat," Frazzled Editor is actually a Bureaucrat. The editor in the art just hasn't gotten up to the type line yet. Unfortunately, other Aysen Bureaucrats aren't bureaucrats anymore, so it doesn't really matter either way.
Spellbook – Magic 2010 uncommon. Spellbook was originally designed as a "cleaned up" version of the Alpha card Library of Leng. They kept the easy-to-understand part and got rid of the complicated second clause. Much better!
Cursed Scroll – Tempest rare. Cursed Scroll was designed to have a mini-game feel, with a built-in moment of tension as its controller activates it and hopes to pull the named card. Like many such cards, of course, it was at its best and most efficient when the mini-game was rigged. Thus, most memories of Cursed Scroll involve not fun and tension, but repeatable burn to the face.
Barrin's Codex – Urza's Saga rare. Barrin's Codex belongs to Barrin, Master Wizard, the father of Hanna, Ship's Navigator, who was part of the crew of Skyship Weatherlight. Because Barrin and Hanna didn't get along, Barrin didn't join the crew, instead sending his apprentice, Ertai, Wizard Adept. Much later, Phyrexians managed to turn Ertai into Ertai, the Corrupted.
Mangara's Tome – Mirage rare. Many of the early tomes had names that were references to real people. Jalum Tome, for example, was named for Joel L. Mick's initials. Mangara's Tome took it a step farther, since Mangara is an anagram ... for "anagram."
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