The almost different back

Posted in Arcana on August 5, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

One phone call. That's all that came between Magic as it is now, and a less elegant game with thirty different card backs.

Arabian Nights almost had a completely different card back (as you can read about in Richard Garfield's article), but an eleventh-hour change of heart (partially due to player protests) and a last-minute phone call insured that Magic's first expansion had identical card backs to the base game. If that hadn't happened, the precedent would have led all expansions to have different backs, and who knows how matches would have played out with all that extra information… ("Hmmm… my next card is from Legends… must be Mana Drain.")

Here is a standard card back, and the lovely purple-and-gold design that was proposed for Arabian Nights.

Latest Arcana Articles

ARCANA

December 10, 2015

Best of 2015 and Holiday Treats by, Blake Rasmussen

With the holidays upon us, the crew at DailyMTG and the rest of Wizards of the Coast is going to be taking a bit of a break. But that doesn't mean there's nothing going on for you, gentle...

Learn More

Articles

Articles

Arcana Archive

Consult the archives for more articles!

See All

We use cookies on this site to personalize content and ads, provide social media features and analyze web traffic. By clicking YES, you are consenting for us to set cookies. (Learn more about cookies)

No, I want to find out more