Card of the Day - June, 2013

Posted in Feature on June 3, 2013

By Mike McArtor

Mike first played with Ice Age and became the copy editor for in December 2011. Before DailyMTG, he was an editor on D&D's Dragon magazine for four years.


MolderTime Spiral common. So we're all on the same page with the flavor text, here's a quick rundown: Krosa is a forested region on the continent of Otaria, itself a part of the plane of Dominaria. We first met Kamahl as a pit fighter in Odyssey, but by Onslaught he became a druid serving Krosa.


SmokestackUrza's Saga rare. This card is an instrumental (and eponymous) part of the (in)famous Legacy lockout deck, Stax. In case you're curious about the deck but want a more... modern take... a few weeks ago, Gavin Verhey wrote about a 'stack-less Stax deck for the Modern format.


SkinrenderScars of Mirrodin uncommon. The Praetor of Unity, Elesh Norn leads the Machine Orthodoxy, the Phyrexian faction connected to white mana, under the title of grand cenobite. Sheoldred is first among the seven steel thanes, those who rule the Phyrexian faction connected to black mana. Learn more about all five of New Phyrexia's factions with the Planeswalker's Guide.

Tidehollow Sculler

Tidehollow ScullerModern Masters uncommon. A scull is "an oar used at the stern of a boat to propel it forward." Thus, a sculler is clearly someone who uses a scull. But what of Tidehollow? It's a region of the Alara shard of Esper, back when Alara was in shards, prior to it being reborn.

Echoing Truth

Echoing TruthModern Masters common. It's a little hard to see what's going on, but according to the original Darksteel art description, that's a Furnace Dragon "flying above the sea while beams of quicksilver metal shoot up from the ocean to destroy the flying creature." The location, as you probably guessed if you know the plane of Mirrodin, is the Quicksilver Sea.

Sporoloth Ancient

Sporoloth AncientModern Masters common. Let's break down this big Fungus to see what it (or at least it's name) is made of. The combining form "sporo" means "seeds or spores." Since we're talking Fungus here, let's go with "spores." And "loth?" It's a combining form used in Magic to denote, basically, "big creature." It is most commonly seen as "Baloth."

Squee, Goblin Nabob

Squee, Goblin NabobModern Masters rare. Squee's name gives us a clue as to what he's all about. The "Goblin" part is pretty obvious, right? Yup! But "Nabob?" Is that some kind of goblin word? Nope! The word "nabob" entered English via the Urdu language, where it meant a deputy or regional ruler in India. Later, its meaning expanded to encompass someone of wealth and importance.

Kokusho, the Evening Star

Kokusho, the Evening StarModern Masters mythic rare. Ever notice the clouds of gas being expelled from Kokusho's body? Maybe that's why the Kamigawans used the name "Kokusho" to describe this denizen of Takenuma—koku (黒) in Japanese means "black," and the sho here (瘴) means "miasma" or "polluted gas." (Special thanks to Ron Foster, premier play TO manager [formerly Japan territory manager], for today's entry.)

Errant Ephemeron

Errant EphemeronModern Masters common. While it certainly might look like "Ephemeron" is a name created by modifying the ending of "ephemera" (that is, something with no lasting significance), the word itself is in English as something short-lived or transitory. Given that our Errant Ephemeron here is an Illusion, that makes sense!


ReveillarkModern Masters rare. This card's name is made up of the words "réveil" (French for "awakening," from which we get our word "reveille") and "lark" (being both a bird and a source of harmless fun, hence the flying and the bright art containing feathery wings).


Sol Ring Magic: The Gathering—Commander uncommon. There are many (well, fourteen) magic rings in this game, and none of them should be used lightly! The popular Sol Ring was the first—and for a few months, only—magic ring in Magic, until Arabian Nights introduced three more. It has been printed and reprinted the second-most number of times (seven) of any ring, behind only Aladdin's Ring (eight).

Adarkar Valkyrie

Adarkar ValkyrieModern Masters rare. You likely already know that a Valkyrie is a usually semi-divine woman of Norse and Germanic mythology who decides who lives and dies in battle. But just in case you didn't, now you do! As her flavor text indicates, Magic's only Valkyrie (originally appearing in Coldsnap) has a slightly different job.

Slumbering Dragon

Slumbering DragonMagic 2013 rare. The idea of the sleeping dragon is a pretty common fantasy motif, but whence did it originate? Translations of the phrase "sleeping dragon" go back at least to Ancient China, and refer there to a chancellor and a dinosaur. Albanian myth gave us Bolla, who sleeps all but one day a year. But it seems likely that our modern concept comes from "a most specially greedy, strong and wicked worm."

Duergar Cave-Guard

Duergar Cave-GuardEventide uncommon. This not-so-little guy has a form of the "firebreathing" ability, so-called because it appears on the card, well, Firebreathing. There are sixty-ish cards in Magic that have or grant true firebreathing, and also sixty-ish cards (weird) that grant a variation thereof.

Sword of Fire and Ice

Sword of Fire and IceModern Masters mythic rare. There are sixteen Magic swords (seventeen if you count Wall of Swords), fifteen of which are artifacts. Before the Equipment subtype was created (in the Mirrodin block, whence also came the original Sword of Fire and Ice), the idea was approximated by having artifact swords tap to grant their abilities to other creatures.

Sarkhan Vol
Sarkhan VolModern Masters rare. This not-mad version of Sarkhan Vol first appeared in Shards of Alara.

Modern Masters releases today! Huzzah!

Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and ShadowModern Masters mythic rare. Sword of Light and Shadow originally appeared in Darksteel.

The Card Image Gallery is complete and Modern Masters is now in Gatherer! Be prepared for the Modern Masters release on June 7, 2013!

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror BreakerModern Masters mythic rare. The popular Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker originally appeared in Champions of Kamigawa.

The Card Image Gallery is complete and Modern Masters is now in Gatherer! Be prepared for the Modern Masters release on June 7, 2013!

Arcbound Ravager
Elspeth, Knight-ErrantModern Masters mythic rare. Arguably one of the best Planeswalkers ever, Elspeth, Knight-Errant first appeared in Shards of Alara.

The Modern Masters Card Image Gallery is complete! Be prepared for the Modern Masters release on June 7, 2013!

ProgenitusModern Masters mythic rare. The mighty Progenitus first appeared in Conflux.

The Modern Masters Card Image Gallery is complete! Be prepared for the Modern Masters release on June 7, 2013!

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