Card of the Day - April, 2005

Posted in Feature on April 1, 2005

By Wizards of the Coast

Card of the Day - vendredi 29 avril 2005

Soltari Monk

Tempest uncommon. The shadow mechanic was originally codenamed "Astral" before it was changed to "Shadow". Then it spent some time as "Ethereal" before returning to the familiar name.

Card of the Day - jeudi 28 avril 2005

Powder Keg

Urza's Destiny rare. Not all playtest names are short: Powder Keg used to be called "Nevinyrral's Pinpoint Disk."

Card of the Day - mercredi 27 avril 2005

Death Pits of Rath

Tempest rare. Before they got their evocative title, the Death Pits were known simply as "Slaughterville".

Card of the Day - mardi 26 avril 2005

Tree of Tales

Mirrodin common. The cycle of artifact lands were originally given building names: "Windmill" for blue, "Factory" for red, "Shanty" for black, "Farmhouse" for white, and "Observatory" for green.

Card of the Day - lundi 25 avril 2005


Mirrodin rare. Many people know that this was called "Gleemax" during playtesting, but its original name was "Helm of Volrath" (a name that was also applied to the card that became Helm of Possession.)

Card of the Day - vendredi 22 avril 2005

Mountain Titan

Ice Age rare. Mountain Titan is a two-color card in two ways: not only does its mana cost require both black and red, its ability also encourages two different colors.

Card of the Day - jeudi 21 avril 2005

Soratami Cloudskater

Champions of Kamigawa common. After going through many different possibilities for this Moonfolk, R&D finally settled on "the new improved Cephalid Scout".

Card of the Day - mercredi 20 avril 2005

Stronghold Zeppelin

Nemesis uncommon. There was behind-the-scenes discussion about whether the word "zeppelin" (coined in 1900) was an acceptably "Magic" word, or if the card should use "airship" instead.

Card of the Day - mardi 19 avril 2005

Ghostly Wings

Torment common. Sometimes it was used to give a creature flying. Sometimes it was used to boomerang an opponent's creature. And sometimes it was just used as an excuse to discard a card, since Madness and Threshold were such powerful mechanics.

Card of the Day - lundi 18 avril 2005

Lim-Dûl’s Paladin

Alliances uncommon. The only Paladin with a red component, Lim-Dûl's Paladin is also one of the only two cards associated with Lim-Dûl that isn't pure black (the other one, Lim-Dûl's Vault, is black and blue).

Card of the Day - vendredi 15 avril 2005

Roar of Jukai

Betrayers of Kamigawa common. Down in the lower right of the art, you can see two villagers reacting to the bad news that the kami of the forest itself is attacking them.

Card of the Day - jeudi 14 avril 2005

Vital Surge

Betrayers of Kamigawa common. These three forest kami are being overwhelmed with magic, which is drawing out and combining their life force.

Card of the Day - mercredi 13 avril 2005


Betrayers of Kamigawa uncommon. In the art for Overblaze, a spell has superheated the talons of the kami; the samurai is frantically defending himself.

Card of the Day - mardi 12 avril 2005

Goryo's Vengeance

Betrayers of Kamigawa rare. A goryo is the vengeful kami/ghost of someone who died wrongly or prematurely. This, then, is an angry, undead oni. Scary!

Card of the Day - lundi 11 avril 2005

Hundred-Talon Strike

Betrayers of Kamigawa common. White magic of the spirit world has transformed this kami into a killing machine as its arms change to whirling blades.

Card of the Day - vendredi 8 avril 2005

Higure, the Still Wind

Betrayers of Kamigawa rare. Higure's master gave him his name to commemorate how he came to him, unmoving in the twilight breeze.

Card of the Day - jeudi 7 avril 2005

Kentaro, the Smiling Cat

Betrayers of Kamigawa rare. "Cat" is a nickname, like with Mageta the Lion. Kentaro is called that because of his grin, which does not normally indicate that he's happy.

Card of the Day - mercredi 6 avril 2005

Iwamori of the Open Fist

Betrayers of Kamigawa rare. It's a good thing that Iwamori trained his entire life to be a powerful fighter; judging by his ability, he's had to face legendary foes every single day.

Card of the Day - mardi 5 avril 2005

Patron of the Akki

Betrayers of Kamigawa rare. Although it's technically worshipped by the Akki, the Patron cares almost nothing for them, demanding great sacrifices before it indulges their requests.

Card of the Day - lundi 4 avril 2005

Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni

Betrayers of Kamigawa rare. The ink leaking from the eyes of Ink-Eyes is actually a red mist, a manifestation of the power she got from her Oni.

Card of the Day - vendredi 1 avril 2005

Zombie Assassin

Odyssey common. There are over a hundred Zombies in Magic, and yet, this is the only one that's also an assassin.

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