Card of the Day - June, 2010

Posted in Feature on June 1, 2010

By Wizards of the Coast

Exotic Orchard
Exotic OrchardConflux rare. Are you enjoying the Summer of Multiplayer? Good! If you're thinking about whipping up a deck for Archenemy, may we recommend including an Exotic Orchard? It can be very satisfying to use your opponents' mana capabilities against them, you know.

GravediggerTempest common. This Gravedigger is not an employee of a cemetery, which is good, because it would probably present a conflict of interest to employ a zombie. Instead of putting creatures in graves, Gravedigger takes them out. And gives them a new, shambling unlife in the bargain!

Goblin Balloon Brigade
Goblin Balloon BrigadeNinth Edition uncommon. The giant inflatable toad is the most memorable thing about the Ninth Edition version of Goblin Balloon Brigade. So when the card comes back for Magic 2011, it will have the same art but new flavor text: "The enemy is getting too close! Quick! Inflate the toad!"

Xun Yu, Wei Advisor
Xun Yu, Wei AdvisorPortal Three Kingdoms rare. The Oracle text for a lot of Portal cards contains the sentence "Activate this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared." This is because Portal used a cut-down version of Magic rules that didn't have a postcombat main phase or instants, so the combat tricks tended to say "On your turn, before you attack ...."

Xira Arien
Xira ArienMasters Edition III rare. Although Xira Arien's flavor text mentions a costume, the creature type "Insect" suggests those wings aren't just for show. It's established in Assassin's Blade that Xira is, in fact, a eumidian insect. Anyway, who says insects can't wear costumes occasionally?

Xathrid Demon
Xathrid DemonMagic 2010 mythic rare. Xathrid Demon would like to remind you that it's the Summer of Multiplayer, and would also like to know if you have any creatures you'd like to sacrifice in order to cause pain all across the table.

Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed
Xiahou Dun, the One-EyedPortal Three Kingdoms rare. According to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, when Xiahou Dun got Cao Xing's arrow in his left eye, he pulled the arrow out and ate his own eyeball to frighten his enemies!

Xantid Swarm
Xantid SwarmScourge rare. Ever wonder just how big Xantid Swarm can make Our Market Research Shows That Players Like Really Long Card Names So We Made This Card to Have the Absolute Longest Card Name Ever Elemental? Doug Beyer once did the math and found 725 creatures in the swarm. But it's possible he missed a couple.

Topsy Turvy
Topsy TurvyUnhinged rare. Because Topsy Turvy doesn't reverse the order of steps within phases, a three-card combo of it, Opalescence, and Mistmeadow Witch should be able to create a single endless turn, going forward and backward forever.

Fortune Thief
Fortune ThiefTime Spiral rare. Many Time Spiral cards are loaded up with references to old cards, like Fortune Thief's reference to Ali from Cairo. But you have to look pretty carefully to notice that the Fortune Thief stole Ali from Cairo's turban and the pendant!

Pulse Tracker
Pulse TrackerWorldwake common. You know who's excited about the Summer of Multiplayer? Pulse Tracker! This sassy little vampire just loves having multiple opponents. The more the merrier!

Alchor's Tomb
Alchor's TombLegends rare. Alchor's Tomb was supposed to be Alchor's Tome, a book that would belong to a D&D wizard played by Wizards of the Coast founder Peter Adkison. But the artist misread the title and poor Alchor suddenly turned up dead.

Mana Tithe
Mana TithePlanar Chaos common. Force Spike first appeared in Legends (1994), then hit the core set in Fifth Edition (1997) and Seventh Edition (2001) before making a colorshifted appearance as Mana Tithe in Planar Chaos (2007). It's been a long ride!

TerrorTenth Edition common. The creepy Tenth Edition art depicts a human's body jumping out of its skin, while the skeleton jumps out of the body. Scary!

GigadrowseGuildpact common. Gigadrowse just naturally lends itself to complicated situations. Like elaborate puzzles. Such as, for example, a couple of these puzzles from 2006. Enjoy!

MeglonothConflux rare. For the Summer of Multiplayer, why not renew your friendship with Meglonoth? No one will be attacking you with this monster on your side!

DodecapodTime Spiral timeshifted. The name "Dodecapod" literally means "twelve feet." And the creature depicted in the art does, in fact, have twelve arms and legs. You might have to squint to see some of them, though.

MillikinOdyssey uncommon. Millikin and Manakin are clearly related, and they might be the same thing. By comparing them, we can learn that milling your own deck is apparently a benefit worth losing one point of power for.

Order of the Sacred Bell
Order of the Sacred BellNinth Edition common. Ever wish you could know more about the sacred bell? This story about Jugan, the Rising Star will edify you!

Second Sunrise
Second SunriseMirrodin rare. The 2006 Extended combo deck that combined Second Sunrise with cards like Mossfire Egg was called, of course, "Sunny Side Up." Did you notice that it continued the "breakfast food" theme of Trix, Fruity Pebbles, and Full English Breakfast?

Farewell to Arms
Farewell to ArmsUnhinged common. It can be challenging to play Unhinged when you've got Working Stiff and your opponent has Farewell to Arms. It makes Mesa Chicken practically unplayable, for example.

Old Man of the Sea
Old Man of the SeaArabian Nights rare. The original type line for Old Man of the Sea read "Summon Marid." A marid is an Arabian water spirit and not, as some have assumed, the first name of the Old Man in question.

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