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Q: What is the most reprinted nonland card in Magic?
A: From Trick Jarrett, Editor-in-Chief for DailyMTG.com
This question struck my fancy as I've always been fascinated with this same thing. The answer used to be Stone Rain, but it hasn't been printed since Ninth Edition. At that time, it had been in twenty different sets and products.
To answer this I went to Del Laugel, Head Editor for Magic, and her reply was Giant Growth. According to Del, Giant Growth has been printed twenty-three times (including its 2006 promo version, and not including its place in Magic Online-only sets).
From the Ask Wizards archives, originally asked on Nov. 28, 2006.
Q: I have been wondering why an emotion as strong as love has not been represented in any card, yet Hatred gets one? Is love confusing enough to print? Also, where in the color pie would love be?
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A: From Brady Dommermuth, Magic creative director:
I'll answer the easy part of your question first, Mauro. If you use the Greek words for various kinds of love, then eros, passionate love, is definitely red, and sometimes black. Agape, brotherly love, is white. Philia, fondness or appreciation, can go in just about any color, depending on its context—even loveless blue. As for why love isn't represented on cards very often... well, Magic is a game about spell battles, and cards tend to represent things that would have a use in such a battle. Just as there's not much use for florists or picnics in a magical battle, there's not much use for love, either. That doesn't mean we don't try to represent love when we can, though.