Card of the Day - May, 2012

Posted in Feature on May 1, 2012

By Monty Ashley

Archwing Dragon
Archwing DragonAvacyn Restored rare. The mountains of Stensia are a treacherous place to go exploring, as the travelers in the lower left of the Archwing Dragon illustration are learning.

RuneboggleGuildpact common. When Runeboggle resolves, its caster gets to draw a card even if the controller of the targeted spell pays . However, if the targeted spell gets countered by something else before Runeboggle resolves, Runeboggle itself will be countered for having no legal targets, and its controller will not draw a card. Did you follow that?

Life // DeathApocalypse uncommon. Although all split cards are named so they make sense when you say "and" between their titles, they tend to fall in two categories. Some, like Stand and Deliver are common phrases. Others, like Night and Day and Life and Death are opposites. R&D's favorite, of course, is Research and Development.

Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling ClawsMirrodin uncommon. When Scrabbling Claws was printed, it was very similar to Phyrexian Furnace, which already existed. But the Phyrexians didn't exist on Mirrodin, so a new card had to be made. But when Scars of Mirrodin came out, the Phyrexians got to Mirrodin after all.

Legacy Weapon
Legacy WeaponTenth Edition rare. The Tenth Edition version of Legacy Weapon contains references to seventeen other cards. To see them all, read this Arcana from 2007.

StandardizeOnslaught rare. When Standardize was printed, the creature type "Wall" still had rules baggage that kept creatures from attacking. Since then, that effect has been moved to the keyword "defender," so Walls can now technically attack. But Standardize still has its restriction!

King Suleiman
King SuleimanArabian Nights rare. In Arabian Nights, there was a four-card cycle of Djinns and a four-card cycle of Efreets. Neither cycle had a white card, presumably because King Suleiman was holding them off. To this day, the only Djinn or Efreet in white is Ruham Djinn in Invasion. (If you don't count Changelings.)

Goldnight Commander
Goldnight CommanderAvacyn Restored uncommon. In one of his Making Magic articles, Mark Rosewater said that he made Goldnight Commander to give a little boost to the red/white decks.

Brassclaw OrcsFifth Edition common. The flavor text for the Fifth Edition printing of Brassclaw Orcs mentions Sarpadia. This is a reference to its original appearance in Fallen Empires, where three of the four versions of the Orcs (here, here, and here), quoted Sarpadian Empires, Vol. IV. The fourth one, which doesn't mention Sarpadia, has the illustration that made it into Fifth Edition.

Platinum Emperion
Platinum EmperionScars of Mirrodin mythic rare. Platinum Angel first appeared in Mirrodin and it said this: "You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game." When Magic returned to the plane in Scars of Mirrodin, a new platinum creature was called for. And Platinum Emperion fit the bill!

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Gisela, Blade of GoldnightAvacyn Restored mythic rare. Gisela is the leader of Flight Goldnight and was one of the few witnesses to the battle between Avacyn and Griselbrand. Her despair at seeing Avacyn trapped in the Helvault would not go away until Avacyn's return.

ElectrolyzeGuildpact uncommon. If you run acoss an Electrolyze that shows someone in a pitched battle in a city street, you've got a special promotional version that came with an issue of the Magic: The Gathering comic book.

Moonsilver Spear
Moonsilver SpearAvacyn Restored rare. The Moonsilver Spear is prominently held in the art of Avacyn, Angel of Hope, which explains where all these Angels are coming from all of a sudden.

Copperhoof Vorrac
Copperhoof VorracMirrodin rare. The tusks of Copperhoof Vorrac show up again in Scars of Mirrodin as the horns held by Copperhorn Scout.

Maalfeld Twins
Maalfeld TwinsAvacyn Restored uncommon. The necromancer "Gisa the Mad" quoted in the flavor text of Maalfeld Twins is the twin of the equally mad necromancer Geralf, as referenced on Geralf's Messenger and Geralf's Mindcrusher.

Gustcloak Runner
Gustcloak RunnerOnslaught common. When Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar made Onslaught-centric chess-themed decks for Daily MTG, he used Gustcloak Runner and Glory Seeker to represent the pawns on the grounds that they're Soldiers.

TerminatePlaneshift common. According to the flavor text, the Planeshift version of Terminate depicts the death of Darigaaz, the Igniter, when Darigaaz sacrificed himself to save the crew of the skyship Weatherlight. Learn more about Darigaaz's story here.

Commando Raid
Commando RaidOnslaught uncommon. Onslaught's Commando Raid essentially turns creatures into versions of Skirk Commando from the same set.

Predator's Gambit
Predator's GambitAvacyn Restored common. The art in Predator's Gambit shows a vampire that has been forced into the position of being hunted, rather than the hunter. But that might not last, because the vampire is getting mad!

TerminusAvacyn Restored rare. From the Avacyn Restored FAQ: "Each player chooses the order for his or her own creatures. This order isn't revealed to other players."

Flowering Lumberknot
Flowering LumberknotAvacyn Restored common. From the Avacyn Restored FAQ: "If the creature Flowering Lumberknot is paired with loses soulbond, Flowering Lumberknot will remain paired but won't be able to attack or block."

Descent into Madness
Descent into MadnessAvacyn Restored mythic rare. From the Avacyn Restored FAQ: "First you choose the permanents and/or cards from your hand that will be exiled. Then each other player in turn order does the same. Then all the chosen permanents and cards are exiled simultaneously. Players who choose after you will know what permanents you'll be exiling when they choose. They'll know how many cards you'll be exiling from your hand, but they won't see those cards."

Bonfire of the Damned
Bonfire of the DamnedAvacyn Restored mythic rare. From the Avacyn Restored FAQ: "Bonfire of the Damned targets only the player. Creatures with hexproof that player controls will be dealt damage by Bonfire of the Damned if it resolves."

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