2010 Magic: The Gathering World Championships Question Mark

Posted in Event Coverage on December 11, 2010

By Monty Ashley

Mark Rosewater has been running his Question Mark trivia game show at Magic World Championships for at least 75 years (EDITOR: please fact-check this). This year, it was a cross between a trivia game show and a panel discussion, as each person who answered a question correctly got to ask Mark a question in return. And we have Mark's questions right here! You won't get to ask Mark your question, but you'll get to feel clever for knowing so much about Magic.

1) How many cards in Scars of Mirrodin have proliferate? See the answer

Six. Contagion Clasp, Contagion Engine, Inexorable Tide, Steady Progress, Throne of Geth, and Thrummingbird

2) What was the first set to mention the Phyrexians? See the answer


3) Soul Foundry was originally designed in Urza's Saga but got changed last minute. The card ended up being a tournament worthy card that Jon Finkel used to win the 2000 World Championships. What card was it? See the answer

Phyrexian Processor

4) Name the four new named mechanics introduced in Mirrodin. See the answer

Affinity, entwine, equipment, and imprint

5) What was the first set to have poison counters? See the answer


6) Mirrodin is one of a few different planes to have been visited in different blocks. Can you name the two others? See the answer

Dominaria and Rath

7) Affinity was considered to return in Scars of Mirrodin. How many different things have cards had affinity for? See the answer

Six. Artifacts, Plains, Islands, Swamps, Mountains, and Forests

8) How many myr appear in common in Scars of Mirrodin? See the answer

Seven. Copper Myr, Gold Myr, Ichorclaw Myr, Iron Myr, Leaden Myr, Perilous Myr, and Silver Myr

9) Scars of Mirrodin uses charge counters. What was the first set to use charge counters? See the answer

Fourth Edition, on the Mana Batteries.

10) Fifth Dawn was the dawn of which color sun on Mirrodin? See the answer


11) What percentage of the cards in Scars of Mirrodin have a Phyrexian watermark? See the answer


12) In the previous incarnation of the Phyrexians, who was their leader? See the answer


13) Who brought the Phyrexian oil to Mirrodin? See the answer


14) Which planeswalker has appeared both as a planeswalker and as a legendary creature? See the answer

Venser and Nicol Bolas. (Venser, Shaper Savant and Venser, the Sojourner; Nicol Bolas and Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker)

15) What plane does Elspeth call home? See the answer

Bant (or Alara). She adopted that as her home after her original home was overrun by Phyrexia.

16) Name four proper nouns to appear in name of more than one set. See the answer

Alara, Kamigawa, Mirrodin, and Urza's

17) Name the only mythic rare skeleton. See the answer

Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon

18) Name a creature in Scars of Mirrodin that has a power higher than its converted mana cost. See the answer

Glint Hawk, Memnite, and Scoria Elemental.

19) Not counting evergreen keywords, keywords that appear in every set, how many keywords appear on cards with the Mirran watermark? See the answer

Zero. Imprint and metalcraft are both ability words.

20) In all of Magic, there are exactly the same number of artifacts with imprint as there are with indestructible. How many are there? See the answer


21) What is the creature type of all five "smiths" in Scars of Mirrodin? See the answer

Human Artificer

22) There are two repeats in Scars of Mirrodin that are not from Mirrodin block. What are they? See the answer

Bloodshot Trainee and Disperse

23) There is a card subtype that appeared for the first time in Mirrodin block and appears for the second time in Scars of Mirrodin block. What is it? See the answer


24) What Scars of Mirrodin card was called Robot Factory in design? See the answer

Golem Foundry

25) How many legendary cards are in Scars of Mirrodin? See the answer

Six. Ezuri, Renegade Leader; Geth, Lord of the Vault; Kemba, Kha Regent; Mindslaver; Mox Opal; Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon

26) How many of Scars of Mirrodin's fifteen mythic rare cards are artifacts? See the answer

Seven. Lux Cannon, Mindslaver, Molten-Tail Masticore, Mox Opal, Platinum Emperion, Sword of Body and Mind, and Wurmcoil Engine.

27) Of Elspeth, Koth & Venser, how many have a planeswalker card that creates an emblem? See the answer

Three. They all do. Elspeth, Knight-Errant was given errata to grant an emblem.

28) Arrest is reprinted in Scars of Mirrodin. What was the first set it appeared in? See the answer

Mercadian Masques

29) There is a card in Scars of Mirrodin that is the fifth card in a cycle. The first four cards of the cycle appeared in the original Mirrodin. What is the card? See the answer

Tower of Calamities

30) How many times does the number 6 appear on Argentum Armor? See the answer

Four. In the mana cost, twice in the +6/+6, and in the equip cost.

(Some answers were corrected after publication.)

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