Identify the Playtest Name

Posted in Daily Deck on January 2, 2014

By Trick Jarrett

Patrick "Trick" Jarrett oversees web content and social media for Magic, and acts as the publisher of DailyMTG.com and Magic content on the web. He's an ardent Commander player and lover of the game he's played since Ice Age.

During the holiday rerun weeks, we are presenting some of the year's most popular Arcana articles. It was a challenge to narrow down to just ten, so we hope you enjoy this look back into 2013!

—DailyMTG Staff




The journey for a card from concept to final card is fraught with peril. Many cards never make it out of design, and those that do make it undergo intense trial and experimentation during the development of the set. And then, even as they are being tweaked by the numbers, they gain ongoing creative tweaks as the name is finalized and the art is commissioned.

In today's Arcana I'm going to give you a playtest name of a current Theros card and you guess what card we're talking about.

1. This card was shaped by the playtest name "Passing Sneakiness." What was it?


2. This combat trick was at one time "Phalanx Formation." What was it?


3. This black creature was called the "Carnivorous Horse." What was it?


4. This defier of gods was once called "Very Angry Cyclops." What was it?


5. These party animals were once called "Frenzied Satyrs." What was it?




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