Debunking Rumors

Posted in Arcana on April 1, 2010

By Wizards of the Coast

There are a lot of rumors swirling around the Internet about Rise of the Eldrazi, and today's Magic Arcana is devoted to debunking some of them.

All of the following is completely true, as far as you know.

  • Rise of the Eldrazi does not contain any hybrid mana symbols.
  • The word "artifact" was not purposely omitted from the type line of Walking Atlas.
  • The average converted mana cost of Rise of the Eldrazi cards is not 12.
  • The Eldrazi will not be novelty oversized cards, due to potential difficulties concerning shuffling.
  • There is no "secret" keyword mechanic that has not yet been previewed.
  • The Comprehensive Rules will not be amended to state that altering the color of a card's border alters that card's color, and Eldrazi cannot gain colors in this fashion.
  • Rise of the Eldrazi is not in fact the long-lost "real" third set of the Mirage block, nor was it found in a filing cabinet in Aaron Forsythe's office.
  • There are 248 cards in Rise of the Eldrazi. There is no secret 249th card that appears only in foil.
  • The "level up" mechanic is not based on the Wizards of the Coast staff promotion process, nor vice versa.
  • There is no single theory that can fully describe every Magic interaction, no matter how complex and nuanced it is.
  • Rumored mechanics lifetouch and deathlink do not appear in Rise of the Eldrazi.
  • Collecting a complete foil set of Zendikar block both on Magic Online and in paper Magic does not entitle you to one (1) free Richard Garfield. Because that would be slavery, and slavery is bad.
  • Fall of the Eldrazi, a 145-card expansion, will not be released worldwide on Friday, May 29, 2010.
  • The original sketches for the Eldrazi Spawn tokens were not sent back due to being "X-rated."
  • There is no "RYZ of the Eldrazi" shoe design.
  • [contraption joke]
  • Hasbro has no plans for a My Little Eldrazi tie-in.
  • No card in the set creates a 3/5 colorless Catoblepas token. Accordingly, no such token has been printed.
  • "Dredge" is not an acceptable name for decks which do not contain the dredge mechanic.
  • There is no secret connection between Ravnica's Gruul Clans and Zendikar's Guul Draz vampires. Or is there? No, there isn't. (Maybe.)
  • Mark Gottlieb does not drink.
  • The set's original design file was not the result of a dare to see who could get the most ridiculously large creature printed.
  • Magic R&D is not running out of ideas.
  • Magic R&D is not running out of ideas.
  • The "rebound" mechanic was not stolen from NBA Showdown.
  • After conquering Zendikar, the Eldrazi are not going to Disneyland.
  • Kozilek is not the long-lost son of Commodore Guff, and there are no obscure storyline hints to support this theory, particularly not on page 237 of J. Robert King's Apocalypse.
  • It is not true that things born in magma are not always angry. They are.
  • It is not the case that the Prerelease won't be totally awesome!! Am I right, guys???
  • There is no secret fourth text box on all the levelers that is accessible only to Premium members.
  • Leveler will not be reprinted with the "level up" mechanic. Root-Kin Ally will not be updated with the creature type Ally.
  • The production of Rise of the Eldrazi was not cursed.
  • Zooming in on a high-resolution version of the art of Emrakul, the Aeons Torn will not reveal that Emrakul is drinking a delicious Pepsi. Mmmm, Pepsi.
  • Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre is not Tiago Chan's Invitational submission. It hardly looks like him at all.
  • No cards in Rise of the Eldrazi were accidentally printed with their playtest names intact. Neither Nagle-Bodied Troops nor Ginger Snap appear in the set.
  • It is not true that anyone who sends us a story about their dog via our web form will receive a copy of Baneslayer Angel.
  • In the event of an emergency, Rise of the Eldrazi cannot be used as a flotation device.
  • It is patently false that the Eldrazi are colorless because our printer ran out of purple ink.

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