The Legion of Hill Giants

Posted in Feature on August 16, 2010

By Monty Ashley

Since the dawn of Magic, the term for a vanilla 3/3 that costs has been "Hill Giant."

Hill Giant

There have been numerous creatures at that power, toughness, and precise cost that also had abilities like Lord of Shatterskull Pass, Ogre Gatecrasher, and, um, Ancient Kavu, but the noble tradition of the vanilla 3/3 has lived on. Behold!

Hill Giant

Some would call Hill Giant the Trope Namer. It was in every core set other than Sixth Edition, Magic 2010, and Magic 2011.

Hill Giant
Hill Giant
Hill Giant
Hill Giant
Hill Giant

Tor Giant

Ice Age wanted its own spin on the Hill Giant. If it had been "Snow-covered Hill Giant," maybe it would have made it in. But instead, Tor Giant and his groovy mustache entered the scene.

Tor Giant

Ogre Warrior

While Hill Giant was in the original Portal, the other starter sets (Portal Second Age, Starter 1999, and Portal 2000) had their own version: a mean-looking ogre with a dangerous weapon.

Ogre Warrior

Barbarian Horde

Giants would have been out of flavor for the Chinese-inspired Portal Three Kingdoms, so the 3/3 du jour was instead a bunch of barbarians.

Barbarian Horde

Wild Jhovall

For Mercadian Masques, the creative team dispensed with the bipedal concept altogether!

Wild Jhovall

Canyon Minotaur

After an initial appearance in Conflux, this mighty minotaur filled the original Giant's shoes for Magic 2010 and Magic 2011.

Canyon Minotaur

Lagac Lizard

That brings us up to this year, in which Rise of the Eldrazi introduced the latest member of the Hill Giant lineage.

Lagac Lizard

Bonus Section

Other colors also sometimes get Hill Giants. Mixed in with the huge number of "Hill Giants with abilities" (or sometimes Scavenging Scarab) are a few vanilla ones. Blue has Giant Octopus (which is actually the smaller of Magic's two non-Changeling, non-Mistform Ultimus octopus creatures):

Giant Octopus

And white has two, one from Portal Three Kingdoms and one from Portal Second Age. Incidentally, check out the way Trokin High Guard is equipped. Who let a gun in here?

Shu Elite Infantry
Trokin High Guard

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