Card of the Day - April, 2011
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on April 1, 2011
Phyrexia's Core – New Phyrexia uncommon. Phyrexia's Core shows how deeply the Phyrexians have spread: even Mirrodin's Core (from Darksteel) has been converted.
Forest – Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons basic land. The Forests in Duel Decks products have all been seen before. But in Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons, the art by Scott Bailey and Mike Ploog isn't from an expansion. Instead, they're the "European Lands" from back in 2000. They got a second run in in 2008.
Phyrexian Hulk – Tempest uncommon. Phyrexians seem prone to creating 5/4 vanilla artifact creatures. The standard Phyrexian Hulk originally appeared in Tempest and it returns in New Phyrexia.
Enslave – Planar Chaos uncommon. The Planar Chaos art for Enslave shows a black-aligned wizard taking control of a red-aligned dragon. And if you look at the wallpaper-sized art, you can see some fascinating black slime oozing from the dragon's eyes. Weird!
Evil Presence – Limited Edition Alpha uncommon. Evil Presence was a part of Magic from its very first core set, and it stuck around through Fifth Edition. And except for a brief cameo in Masters Edition III, it hasn't been seen since then. Until New Phyrexia, which brings it back! Note that this should not be confused with the 2008 holiday promo card.
Mountain – Arabian Nights basic land. To fill out the sheet, Mountain was added to Arabian Nights. Consequently, "Mountain" is the most common basic land, but "Arabian Nights Mountain" is the least common. Unless you want to figure out what various Theme Decks, Intro Packs, Event Decks, and Duel Decks have done to the overall basic land count.
Shared Triumph – Onslaught rare. Shared Triumph could have been in Ninth Edition, but it was up against Glorious Anthem in the player vote. And now nobody even remembers that Shared Triumph exists. Such are the vagaries of fate.
Ruham Djinn – Invasion uncommon. Not counting changelings, Ruham Djinn is the only white Djinn in Magic. That makes it the only Djinn that would normally cohabitate with known Djinn-hater King Suleiman.
Common Cause – Mercadian Masques rare. There are two cards with the word "common" in their names: Common Cause and Common Courtesy. One is rare and one is uncommon. That seems weird.
Rare-B-Gone – Unhinged rare. Rare-B-Gone was printed before mythic rares existed, but Un-Rules Manager Mark Rosewater has ruled that it affects them just like it does regular rares.
Giant Badger – HarperPrism Book Insert. Giant Badger was one of five cards available by mailing in a coupon found in the back of a Magic novel. Giant Badger got reprinted in Eighth Edition, which finally relieved the massive Badger-related demand.
Cyclopean Tomb – Limited Edition Alpha rare. One of the more confusing cards in Alpha was Cyclopean Tomb, which was printed without a mana cost. In its Beta printing, it got its proper cost of .
Familiar chacal – Magic 2010 common. The Spanish printing of Jackal Familiar has a translation mistake on it. It says, "El Familiar chacal no puede atacar ni bloquear," which translates as, "Jackal Familiar can't attack or block." It should say that Jackal Familiar can't attack or block alone.
Unholy Strength – Fourth Edition common. The background of the Fourth Edition printing of Unholy Strength is strangely empty. This is because they took out the pentagram that was visible in the Revised (Third Edition) printing.
Flying Carpet – Fifth Edition rare. The final sentence of Flying Carpet, from Arabian Nights through Fifth Edition, destroyed it if its target went to the graveyard. For the Sixth Edition printing, that mysteriously vanished.
Phyrexian Juggernaut – Mirrodin Besieged uncommon. It seems like every culture creates its own Juggernaut. There's the original Juggernaut, which is probably Dominarian. There's Otarian Juggernaut. Even the Mirrans had their own Darksteel Juggernaut. When the Phyrexians mounted their invasion of Mirrodin, they soon corrupted the idea to come up with Phyrexian Juggernaut.
Phyrexian Grimoire – Tempest rare. Although most tournament formats allow you to rearrange your graveyard as much as you like, Eternal formats like Vintage and Legacy still require you to keep the cards where they were originally placed. Why? Cards like Nether Shadow and Phyrexian Grimoire, that's why. Well, mostly the Shadow.
Phyrexian Walker – Visions common. Phyrexian Walker was the sixth creature in Magic history to cost zero mana, after Ornithopter, Crimson Kobolds, Crookshank Kobolds, Kobolds of Kher Keep, and Shield Sphere. Since then, Dryad Arbor and Memnite have joined the list.
Phyrexian Dreadnought – Mirage rare. If you squint, you can see a little, tiny human wizard in the lower right corner of the art for Phyrexian Dreadnought. But why squint? Just check out this Arcana from 2003!
Gate to Phyrexia – Antiquities uncommon. When Phyrexia was first introduced in Antiquities, it was in the form of two cards: Gate to Phyrexia and Phyrexian Gremlins. Even back in 1994, the Phyrexians were working against artifacts!
April 1, 2011 – Gregorian Calendar day. This day marked the 91st anniversary of the birth of Toshirō Mifune. April 1 is normally the 91st day of the year, although leap years push it to 92nd. In 2011, it appeared on a Friday, which is one of the seven possibilities. In some parts of the world, the weather was very pleasant, although it was less so elsewhere.
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