Card of the Day - October, 2002

Posted in Feature on October 1, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

Card of the Day - jeudi 31 octobre 2002


Onslaught uncommon.
Originally Infest was a sorcery version of Engineered Plague (choose a creature type, that type gets -1/-1 until end of turn). That effect was no fun and too disruptive to the set.

Card of the Day - mercredi 30 octobre 2002

Doomed Necromancer

Onslaught rare.
It is interesting to note that one of the Necromancer's creature types is Mercenary, meaning he can be fetched with cards like Cateran Enforcer and Cateran Slaver.

Card of the Day - mardi 29 octobre 2002


Weatherlight rare.
When Abeyance was first released, it was ruled that it could stop lands from being used for mana, making it a virtual cantrip "skip your turn." It has since been ruled that tapping land for mana cannot be stopped.

Card of the Day - lundi 28 octobre 2002


Antiquities uncommon.
The Thran race were used extensively in the story of the Weatherlight, but their first official mention comes in the flavor text of Su-Chi.

Card of the Day - vendredi 25 octobre 2002

Gorilla Pack

Ice Age common.
With the popularity of Call of the Herd recently, 3/3 for three mana seems like the baseline for green creatures. But the first green 3/3 for three didn't appear until Ice Age, and it was handicapped with "foresthome."

Card of the Day - jeudi 24 octobre 2002

Natural Selection

Alpha rare.
Library manipulation was originally thought to be a green ability, as evidenced by this card and Legends' Sylvan Library. Natural Selection was made blue and improved as Portent, an Ice Age common.

Card of the Day - mercredi 23 octobre 2002

Howling Wolf

Mercadian Masques common.
The "howling" mechanic (which allows you to search for additional copies of a creature) debuted at Masques and was limited to green cards. In Onslaught it bled to all five colors.

Card of the Day - mardi 22 octobre 2002

Silvos, Rogue Elemental

Onslaught rare.
One early development version of Silvos had him as a 9/9 trampling regenerator for 3GGGG.

Card of the Day - lundi 21 octobre 2002


Ice Age rare.
The name "Lhurgoyf" doesn't mean anything… it was made up by the Ice Age team because it "sounded Scandinavian."

Card of the Day - vendredi 18 octobre 2002

Brink of Madness

Urza's Legacy rare.
The man pictured in the art is a sleeper agent named Kerrick, the leader of the "Phyrexian Bubble." He and his Negators attemted to siege the Tolarian Academy, but were defeated by Urza and Multani.

Card of the Day - jeudi 17 octobre 2002

Soldevi Steam Beast

Alliances common.
The Steam Beast, along with Phyrexian War Beast, were illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz. Sienkiewicz is a well-known comic artist, and had done work on Batman, Superman, and the New Mutants, in addition to other books, album covers, and movie posters.

Card of the Day - mercredi 16 octobre 2002

Parallel Evolution

Torment rare.
R&D liked the Beasts Matt Cavotta illustrated on this card that they used them as templates for the Onslaught cards Snarling Undorak and Run Wild.

Card of the Day - mardi 15 octobre 2002

Gluttonous Zombie

Onslaught uncommon
This card was originally going to be part of the cycle that contains Embermage Goblin and Screaming Seahawk -- a 3/3 regenerator for five mana that let you search for another copy of itself. But R&D wanted to showcase the "fear" mechanic more, and switched it to its current state.

Card of the Day - lundi 14 octobre 2002

Chain of Acid

Onslaught uncommon.
With all the new Chain spells, if your opponent chooses to "bounce it back" at you, you have the option of "bouncing it back" to him again, etc. It isn't just a "one time each" thing; the ability to duplicate the spell is duplicated!

Card of the Day - vendredi 11 octobre 2002

Erratic Explosion

Onslaught common.
Originally this card required you to shuffle your library before revealing cards, but R&D decided it would be more fun to allow players to try and set up devastating Explosions.

Card of the Day - jeudi 10 octobre 2002

Karmic Guide

Urza's Legacy rare.
The last line of this card's text was changed to "When Karmic Guide comes into play, if you played it from your hand, return target creature card from your graveyard to play." This avoids, among other things, degenerate Altar of Dementia combos.

Card of the Day - mercredi 9 octobre 2002

Ravenous Baloth

Onslaught rare.
The Baloth was originally a 3/4 that could only sacrifice itself for four life, but it was improved in development to make it a real powerhouse.

Card of the Day - mardi 8 octobre 2002

Trade Secrets

Onslaught rare.
"Draw up to four cards" means draw any number from 0-4. So if your opponent insists on repeating the process a large number of times, you can choose to draw 0 to avoid getting decked.

Card of the Day - lundi 7 octobre 2002

Astral Slide

Onslaught uncommon.
Astral Slide is like a reusable Liberate. If you remove a face-down creature from the game, it returns face up.

Card of the Day - vendredi 4 octobre 2002

Thoughtbound Primoc

Onslaught uncommon.
Talk about your weird combinations. The Primoc is the only Bird Beast in Magic.

Card of the Day - jeudi 3 octobre 2002


Unglued common.
Kaboom! isn't the first Magic card with an exclamation point in its name; the first ones were in Unglued: Mine, Mine, Mine!; Incoming!, and Denied!

Card of the Day - mercredi 2 octobre 2002

Hornet Cobra

Legends common.
Hornet Cobra is a good example of a "strictly worse" card; it has the exact same text and stats as Elvish Archers, but costs G more to cast.

Card of the Day - mardi 1 octobre 2002

Ixidor, Reality Sculptor

Onslaught rare.
Ixidor's original name during set design was "Vizik."

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