Card of the Day - July, 2002

Posted in Feature on July 1, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

Card of the Day - mercredi 31 juillet 2002

Tidal Visionary

Invasion common.
The reason it looks like a Merfolk was that it was designed to be a Merfolk. But after playtesting, R&D decided that the Merfolk deck didn't need one-cost creatures with a moderately useful ability. So the creature type was switched to Wizard to push it out from under cards like Lord of Atlantis.

Card of the Day - mardi 30 juillet 2002

Phantom Nomad

Judgment common.
This card was originally supposed to be Phantom Hound, the dead version of Patrol Hound. But art problems, and difficulty in finding a name that didn't seem too silly, prompted its alteration into a departed nomad.

Card of the Day - lundi 29 juillet 2002


Invasion rare.
See that castle burning in the background? That's Capashen Manor, Gerrard's family home, that's being razed. Since Yawgmoth knew that Gerrard was part of Urza's plan to defeat him, Gerrard's home of Benalia was one of the first to fall in the invasion.

Card of the Day - vendredi 26 juillet 2002


Urza's Saga common.
Dromosaur is an exact reprint of Visions' Raging Gorilla, but it was reconcepted as a lizard. Gorillas were not prominent during the Urza block, but lizards (mainly the Viashino) were.

Card of the Day - jeudi 25 juillet 2002

Reverent Mantra

Mercadian Masques rare.
The original name for Reverent Mantra was "Communion," but that carried some unnecessary religious baggage.

Card of the Day - mercredi 24 juillet 2002

Squirrel Mob

Odyssey rare.
Squirrel Mob originally received a bonus for each other token creature, but it was changed to only squirrels for flavor reasons.

Card of the Day - mardi 23 juillet 2002

Forsaken Wastes

Mirage rare.
Forsaken Wastes was almost the first non-creature card to have protection from a color. It was slated to have protection from white, but the rules team decided against it, and replaced it with the "lose five life" clause.

Card of the Day - lundi 22 juillet 2002


Urza's Saga rare.
Morphling was originally designed to be an update on Clone. But the rules surrounding cards that copy other cards we're really messy back then, so they took a new approach: cram tons of abilities onto it. That way, it can sort of copy things by altering itself every turn. Or just be the best creature ever.

Card of the Day - vendredi 19 juillet 2002

Boiling Blood

Weatherlight common.
Pre-Weatherlight, all "cantrips" instructed the player to draw a card "at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep." Because of the confusion that arose from forgetting to draw the card at the right time, the cantrip ability was changed to "draw a card (right now)". For a while, the new cantrips were nicknamed "fast-trips", but the vernacular has reverted back to "cantrip" since.

Card of the Day - jeudi 18 juillet 2002

Thought Lash

Alliances rare.
Before there was Battle of Wits, there was Thought Lash. This blue enchantment encouraged the use of large decks because it could prevent damage at the cost of one card per point. Decks of well over 100 cards saw tournament play when this card was legal in Standard.

Card of the Day - mercredi 17 juillet 2002

Sedge Troll

Alpha rare.
Although used often now, off-color activation costs were once almost non-existent. Sedge Troll from Alpha was the first; another wasn't printed until The Dark.

Card of the Day - mardi 16 juillet 2002

Timberland Ruins

Odyssey common.
Timberland Ruins was originally called "Elven Ruins" to hammer home the point that elves would not be appearing in the Odyssey block. But the creative team decided that was a little too harsh, and didn't want to convey the idea that elves were dead forever.

Card of the Day - lundi 15 juillet 2002

Lightning Surge

Judgment rare.
Called "Hot Damage" for most of playtesting, Lightning Surge was the victim of some last-second changes. Its mana cost was 2RR and its flashback 4RR for a long time, but the numbers were bumped up when red burn started dominating the FFL.

Card of the Day - vendredi 12 juillet 2002

Sky Weaver

Invasion uncommon.
When cycles are made, some colors get to "bend the rules" a little bit. Blue doesn't normally get 2-power creatures for 2 mana with no drawback, but since a cycle of such creatures was created, blue was allowed to have one.

Card of the Day - jeudi 11 juillet 2002


Legends common.
Occasionally a set's development team breaks up a cycle. The Legends designers decided "Fog" shouldn't be confined to green, and created a one-mana instant "Fog" card in every color. The development team killed the red and blue versions and didn't reprint the green one since it was in the base set. The white one (Holy Day) and black one survived.

Card of the Day - mercredi 10 juillet 2002

Serra's Embrace

Seventh Edition uncommon.
Sometimes one piece of a cycle breaks free and is put into the base set because it stands up well on its own. Serra's Embrace, part of an cycle of 4-mana creature enchantments in Urza's Saga, is one such card.

Card of the Day - mardi 9 juillet 2002


Legends uncommon.
Everyone is aware of the power of the legendary land Tolarian Academy from Urza's Saga; it is the most degenerate of a cycle of very good cards, including Gaea's Cradle and Phyrexian Tower. Its namesake, however, is just the opposite. Tolaria is the weakest of a cycle of mediocre legendary lands from Legends, upstaged by Pendelhaven and Karakas, among others.

Card of the Day - lundi 8 juillet 2002

Vigorous Charge

Invasion common.
Some cards are part of very subtle cycles. Vigorous Charge is one card in a cycle of Invasion common spells with kickers of the clockwise allied color on the wheel. The other four cards in the cycle are Dismantling Blow, Probe, Agonizing Demise, and Savage Offensive.

Card of the Day - vendredi 5 juillet 2002

Soulgorger Orgg

Judgment uncommon.
The original Fallen Empires Orgg had creature type "Orgg," while Trained Orgg in Seventh Edition had creature type "Beast." Soulgorger Orgg returns to "Orgg," since R&D feels it's a cool, iconic creature type that deserves its own name.

Card of the Day - jeudi 4 juillet 2002

Lightning Angel

Apocalypse rare.
Lightning Angel is the only card that is only red, white, and blue, and has garnered the nickname "Miss America". Happy Fourth of July!

Card of the Day - mercredi 3 juillet 2002

Eladamri, Lord of Leaves

Tempest rare.
Eladamri is "Irma Dale" backwards. Irma and Dale are the parents of Mike Ryan, a former employee that was the story manager during the Tempest block.

Card of the Day - mardi 2 juillet 2002

Mist of Stagnation

Judgment rare.
Rules clarification: You can untap any permanents, not just ones that you control. And you must untap as many permanents as you can. So, if the cards in your graveyard outnumber the permanents you control, you must untap some of your opponent's permanents. You choose which ones to untap. You can untap permanents that are not tapped, and you can also untap enchantments.

Card of the Day - lundi 1 juillet 2002

Griffin Canyon

Visions rare.
In some strange burst of synchronicity, Griffin Canyon was assigned to the artist Stuart Griffin. No, Kev Walker did not illustrate Phyrexian Walker.

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