Card of the Day - May, 2005

Posted in Feature on May 2, 2005

By Wizards of the Coast

Card of the Day - mardi 31 mai 2005

Agonizing Memories

Weatherlight uncommon. Inspired by Painful Memories from Mirage, this card was named by the simple question "what's worse than ‘painful’?" No comment yet on whether you can expect to see "Excruciating Memories" in a future set.

Card of the Day - vendredi 27 mai 2005

Shield of Kaldra

Darksteel rare. The Mirrodin block prerelease cards are remarkable for several reasons. First, they are the first block to feature alternate art on each of the prerelease promo versions (something that has continued through Kamigawa block). Second, they are the first prerelease cards to be non-creatures. Finally, Shield of Kaldra is the first Magic card to reference a card that hadn’t even been printed yet! (Click here to see the Mirrodin block promo versions.)

Card of the Day - jeudi 26 mai 2005

Stone-Tongue Basilisk

Odyssey rare. Following on the heels of the dead language Invasion block promo cards, this block featured cards printed in non-Roman scripts. The Basilisk is in Arabic, Laquatus's Champion is in Cyrillic, and Glory is printed with Hebrew text. (Click here to see the promo versions.)

Card of the Day - mercredi 25 mai 2005

Raging Kavu

Invasion rare. The prerelease promos for Invasion block were printed in three different dead languages. Raging Kavu is in Latin, Questing Phelddagrif is in classical Greek, and Fungal Shambler is printed in Sanskrit! (Click here to see the promo versions.)

Card of the Day - mardi 24 mai 2005

Lightning Dragon

Urza’s Saga rare. The promo card from Urza’s Saga, Lightning Dragon was the first premium (foil) prerelease promo card. Foils weren’t available in booster packs until the next set, Urza’s Legacy.

Card of the Day - lundi 23 mai 2005

Dirtcowl Wurm

Tempest rare. Tempest was the first set to feature a special promotional card for prerelease competitors. The promo version of Dirtcowl Wurm features the word “Prerelease” and the Magic “M” stamped in gold leaf.

Card of the Day - vendredi 20 mai 2005

Ivory Tower

Antiquities uncommon. One of the very best life-gaining cards ever printed, Ivory Tower's presence heavily influenced any formats it was legal in. After reading first World Champion Zak Dolan's diary of the event, it's no surprise that Betrand Lestree of France claimed this card single-handedly defeated him in the title match against Dolan!

Card of the Day - jeudi 19 mai 2005

Multani, Maro-Sorcerer

Urza's Legacy rare. All Maro-Sorcerers are avatars of specific forests. Multani is the avatar of the Yavimaya Forest.

Card of the Day - mercredi 18 mai 2005

Gerrard's Wisdom

Weatherlight uncommon. Considering that the game is based on dueling mages, it's surprising that only two tournament-legal cards in Magic have ever referenced duels in their flavor text. (The other is the Ice Age version of Counterspell.)

Card of the Day - mardi 17 mai 2005

Cursed Rack

Antiquities uncommon. Affectionately nicknamed “Stuffy” around the office, the unfortunate character on this card makes appearances on several other older cards as well. In fact, he shows up in such unlikely places that it's entirely possible we missed one or two! The other ones we were able to find were: The Rack, Black Vise, Leshrac's Rite, and Wall of Wonder.

Card of the Day - lundi 16 mai 2005

The Rack

Antiquities uncommon. Of the 7,514 different Magic cards, only 12 start with “The”. You'd think cards starting with “The” would be singular in nature, but only 4 of them can't normally show up in play in multiples – The Abyss, The Lady of the Mountain, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, and The Unspeakable. (Though The Cheese Stands Alone would certainly like to be the only copy in play!)

Card of the Day - vendredi 13 mai 2005

Mending Hands

Betrayers of Kamigawa common. Through some strange coincidence, 3 of the 7 cards with “hand” in their name involve the number 4 in their abilities. (The other two are Mending Hands and Initiates of the Ebon Hand, counting Oracle text.) A possible nod to hands having four fingers? You decide!

Card of the Day - jeudi 12 mai 2005

Order of the Ebon Hand

Fallen Empires common. This (and its white version) redefined the power curve for two-casting cost creatures. Then Ice Age came along and added another version, which gave black and white access to 8 outstanding weenies before even going to White Knight or Black Knight. Collectively, these were referred to as the “pump knights” (even though the Fallen Empires versions were Clerics).

Card of the Day - mercredi 11 mai 2005

Hand to Hand

Tempest rare. The idea behind this card was to create attack phases where there were no surprises, just brute force fighting.

Card of the Day - mardi 10 mai 2005

Sleight of Hand

Seventh Edition common. This card was first printed in Portal Second Age. Because that was a beginner’s set, there were no instants, just sorceries. Given other cards printed at the time, it’s possible this would have been instant had it appeared in an expert set instead!

Card of the Day - lundi 9 mai 2005

Initiates of the Ebon Hand

Fallen Empires common. Though variations on washing mana were quite common for black in Magic’s earlier days, this ability has become considerably more uncommon in recent years.

Card of the Day - vendredi 6 mai 2005

Erhnam Djinn

Judgment rare. It can be safely assumed that Erhnam is married to the Ifh-Biff Efreet, since they were named after Richard Garfield's sister Elizabeth (who, when she was young, couldn't pronounce her name) and her husband Herman (anagram of Erhnam).

Card of the Day - jeudi 5 mai 2005

Goblin Warchief

Scourge uncommon. This ability was inspired by the cycle of Familiars in Planeshift, which were in turn inspired by the Medallions in Tempest. The Medallions were inspired by Stone Calendar from The Dark.

Card of the Day - mercredi 4 mai 2005

Grinning Demon

Onslaught rare. The name of this happy little fellow (as well as the return of Demons to Magic) was snuck out in the August 2 Ask Wizards .

Card of the Day - mardi 3 mai 2005

Prodigal Sorcerer

Alpha common. After being in the base set for seven editions, this ability finally left blue; the replacement in Eighth Edition was Anaba Shaman.

Card of the Day - lundi 2 mai 2005

Serra Angel

Eighth Edition rare. The name "Serra" was chosen to evoke "serrated"; Richard Garfield wanted a name that would imply a warrior.

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