Time Spiral overflows with allusions. Check the cards you got at the prerelease, or browse the spoiler—you’ll find resurrected mechanics, Easter egg art references, tips-o’-the-hat in both card names and flavor text, even combinations of nods to multiple past Magic cards that span all parts of the card. It would take a keen eye and accomplished Magic career for you to identify them all, but we’ll give you hints for a few—well, no, for a metric ton—of them here over the next few months. Keep an eye or two on magicthegathering.com for the continuously-unfolding allusion-fest.
Here’s a sample.
Time Spiral’s Dread Return is Zombify tricked out with a nice flashback option, but it also pays homage to a certain critter you may want to combine with it.
Check out what’s doing the dreadful returning in the art. Need a hint? It’s a creature from another black card illustrated by Kev Walker. Look closely:
Dread Return art by Kev Walker
It’s an undead Mindslicer! You might want to Zombify your already-sac’ed Mindslicers, or sacrifice one to trigger its vicious ability again… Mmm, artistic combo!