"Helm of Volrath" Design Notes

Posted in Arcana on August 1, 2005

By Wizards of the Coast

We've seen before how Mark Rosewater carries with him a piece of well-worn paper to jot down Magic card ideas. One of these ideas was "Helm of Volrath," the card that eventually became Mirrodin's Mindslaver.

Mark Rosewater's design notes: 'Helm of Possession'
Mark Rosewater's design notes: "Helm of Possession"

In this scan you can see that he titled the card "Helm of Possession" in his notes; it was to become a splashy "marquee" card for Tempest. Instead the name Helm of Possession, and the concept of a powerful helm belonging to Volrath, became attached to this creature-stealing artifact:

Helm of Possession

The basic turn-stealing mechanic eventually wound up on Mindslaver. Interestingly, as you can see from its art, Mindslaver was still concepted as a mind-control helmet.

Mindslaver

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