Fallen Empires tokens

Posted in Arcana on May 31, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

Odyssey may have pushed token creatures to the forefront of tournament Magic, but the biggest set for tokens (and counters) was probably Fallen Empires from 1994. There were so many cards that produced tokens and/or required counters that we issued a cardboard sheet of them in Duelist #4.

Included on the sheet were 0/1 Thrull tokens (for Breeding Pit), 1/1 Camarid tokens (for Homarid Spawning Bed), 1/1 Saproling tokens (for the myriad Thallids), 1/1 Goblin tokens (for Goblin Warrens), and 1/1 Citizen tokens (for Icatian Town).

To make bookkeeping even more of a headache, the sheet also had Time Counters (for Tourach's Gate), Net Counters (for Merseine), Javelin Counters (for Icatian Javelineers), Credit Counters (for Icatian Moneychanger), Tide Counters (for Homarid), and Spore Counters (for all the Thallids). But wait, there's more! The sheet also had +0/+1, +1/+0, +1/+1, +1/+2, +1/-1, +2/+1, +2/+2, -0/-1, -1/-0, -1/-1, and -2/-2 counters that worked with everything from Dwarven Armorer to Ebon Praetor, some of which had no relevant cards associated with them at all.

And those weren't all the counters referenced in the set! Hollow Trees used Storage Counters. Delif's Cube used Cube Counters. Thelonite Monk used some sort of nameless counter. You can be sure that R&D won't be making any more sets with quite as convoluted a system of tokens and counters anytime in the near future.

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