Card of the Day - May, 2003

Posted in Feature on May 1, 2003

By Wizards of the Coast

Card of the Day - vendredi 30 mai 2003

Shock Troops

Mercadian Masques common.
This card's name is a play on the fact that its activated ability has the same effect as the card Shock.

Card of the Day - jeudi 29 mai 2003

Icatian Javelineers

Fallen Empires common.
During design, this card did not have the tap as part of its cost, but designer Chris Page built a deck of nothing but Plains and Icatian Javelineers and proved it was a problem. (The card would have been a better white Mogg Fanatic.)

Card of the Day - mercredi 28 mai 2003

Trap Digger

Scourge rare. This card is named after the card it emulates, Pit Trap. Its ability essentially turns lands into Pit Traps.

Card of the Day - mardi 27 mai 2003

Intrepid Hero

Urza's Saga rare.
During design, this card was a Legend named "David, Giant Killer" after the biblical tale "David and Goliath." Its legendary status was revoked during development.

Card of the Day - lundi 26 mai 2003

Aven Brigadier

Onslaught rare.
This card was originally designed as an enchantment, but was changed because R&D believed that "lords" feel better as creatures. Note that Bird Soldiers get +2/+2 from this card.

Card of the Day - vendredi 23 mai 2003


Scourge uncommon.
Edgewalker is the first card that reduces the number of colored mana that cards cost to play.

Card of the Day - jeudi 22 mai 2003

Treetop Scout

Scourge common.
This was originally designed to be a blue card, but was moved into green to line up with Treetop Rangers and Elven Riders.

Card of the Day - mercredi 21 mai 2003

Goblin War Strike

Scourge common.
Scourge does have one repeat, and it is this card, which first appeared in Portal Second Age.

Card of the Day - mardi 20 mai 2003

Day of the Dragons

Scourge rare.
If you put Day of the Dragons' comes-into-play ability on the stack and then Disenchant it, all your creatures will be Dragons permanently.

Card of the Day - lundi 19 mai 2003

Guilty Conscience

Scourge common.
Guilty Conscience deals the damage to the creature as opposed to the creature dealing it to itself. The card started out doing the latter, but that caused unwanted loops.

Card of the Day - vendredi 16 mai 2003

Krosan Constrictor

Torment common.
The Constrictor was originally going to be a repeat of Warthog, then a repeat of Pygmy Allosaurus, but eventually got it's own identity.

Card of the Day - jeudi 15 mai 2003


Tempest rare.
Thumbscrews was made to be a reverse of Black Vise, but having it deal scaling amounts of damage was too good, so it was significantly watered down.

Card of the Day - mercredi 14 mai 2003

Wirewood Hivemaster

Legions uncommon.
The Hivemaster's text contains the word "nontoken" to prevent an easy infinite combo with Artificial Evolution.

Card of the Day - mardi 13 mai 2003

Divine Intervention

Legends rare.
Divine Intervention was banned from sanctioned play for a long while because the DCI wanted to discourage people from trying to get draws.

Card of the Day - lundi 12 mai 2003

Urza's Rage

Invasion rare.
The "can't be countered" text on Urza's Rage differs from that on Obliterate. Urza's Rage cannot be countered by spells or abilities, but it can be countered by the game rules. If the Rage's target becomes illegal (if it's sacrificed or gets protection from red), the Rage is countered.

Card of the Day - vendredi 9 mai 2003


Legends common.
The original designed intent of Seeker was to just make the creature unblockable, but the developers thought it would be "cooler" if the card mirrored Fear. Quite a bargain at four mana! Not!

Card of the Day - jeudi 8 mai 2003

Dromar, the Banisher

Invasion rare.
The original ability for Dromar was 2WUB: Return target red or green permanent to the top of its owner's library. Development made all the Invasion Dragons have abilities that triggered on combat damage instead. Attack!

Card of the Day - mercredi 7 mai 2003

Bane of the Living

Legions rare.
For a while, the Bane was uncommon in development. But it was causing such havoc in limited games that it was moved to rare.

Card of the Day - mardi 6 mai 2003

Capture of Jingzhou

Portal Three Kingdoms rare.
Many P3K cards were simply remakes of other popular Magic cards with new flavorful names. This card is functionally identical to the Tempest favorite Time Warp.

Card of the Day - lundi 5 mai 2003

Moorish Cavalry

Arabian Nights common.
Trample is clearly not a white ability. Moorish Cavalry is one of only three white commons with trample; the other two are Elephants.

Card of the Day - vendredi 2 mai 2003

Zodiac Dragon

Portal Three Kingdoms rare.
From rules guru Stephen D'Angelo: "When played under non-Portal rules, the text should be read as "When ~this~ goes to a graveyard from play, you may return ~this~ to its owner's hand." The "from play" clause keeps the Dragon from being a combo with cards like Wild Mongrel.

Card of the Day - jeudi 1 mai 2003

Nicol Bolas

Legends rare.
The Legends Elder Dragons were based on dragons from designer Steve Conard's Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Nicol Bolas was the oldest of these dragons, clocking in at 20,000 years.

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