Card of the Day - May, 2014

Posted in Feature on May 1, 2014

By Mike McArtor

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

Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
Ajani, Mentor of HeroesJourney into Nyx. In "Journey's End," Monday's feature, we find out the tragic end of Elspeth's journey: Ajani carries his friend Elspeth back into the mortal realm, where she can be claimed by Erebos.

Read more of Elspeth's story in Godsend (Part 1; Part 2).

Solidarity of Heroes
Solidarity of HeroesJourney into Nyx. From "Journey's End," Monday's feature: "Heliod blames Elspeth for Xenagos's ascension, and she is forced to flee.... Her friend, Ajani, finds her in the wilderness and offers to help."

Read more of Elspeth's story in Godsend (Part 1; Part 2).

Daxos of Meletis
Daxos of MeletisTheros. From "Journey's End," Monday's feature: "Elspeth goes to live in Heliod's temple compound in Meletis. Daxos, an oracle of Heliod, becomes her friend and mentor."

Read more of Elspeth's story in Godsend (Part 1; Part 2).

Godsend
GodsendJourney into Nyx. In "Journey's End," Monday's feature, we learn that Heliod transformed Elspeth's sword into a spear, which then became known as Godsend.

Read more of Elspeth's story in Godsend (Part 1; Part 2).

Elspeth, Sun's Champion
Elspeth, Sun's ChampionTheros. From "Journey's End," today's feature: "Elspeth and Daxos defeat Polukranos. Elspeth becomes Champion of the Sun and earns renown throughout Theros."

Read more of Elspeth's story in Godsend (Part 1; Part 2).


Backup Plan – Conspiracy. From the "Developing Conspiracy" article: "If you like neither opening hand Backup Plan offers you, you can still take mulligans (and the first mulligan in multiplayer is free)."

The Conspiracy Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Conspiracy releases on June 6, 2014.


Cogwork Librarian – Conspiracy. From the "Mechanics of Conspiracy" article: "During the draft, there's no stack, turn order, or priority. You may find it helpful during the draft to make sure all players draft and pass booster packs at the same time."

The Conspiracy Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Conspiracy releases on June 6, 2014.


Rout – Conspiracy. There are 145 reprints in Conspiracy, some of which have new art. See more examples in this Arcana.

The Conspiracy Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Conspiracy releases on June 6, 2014.


Magister of Worth – Conspiracy. From the "Mechanics of Conspiracy" article: "Players can't do anything once the vote has begun. That is, you can respond to Magister of Worth's ability, but once it starts resolving, you can't interrupt the vote by casting a spell or activating an ability."

The Conspiracy Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Conspiracy releases on June 6, 2014.


Brago, King Eternal – Conspiracy.

Brago is king of the High City of Paliano. Learn how he came to his current ghostly state in "Betrayal," by Nik Davidson.

The Conspiracy Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Conspiracy releases on June 6, 2014.

Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Jace, the Mind SculptorWorldwake. So powerful a Planeswalker he's banned in Modern, Jace helps win in Vintage!

The Vintage Masters Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Vintage Masters releases on Magic Online on June 13, 2014.

Channel
ChannelLimited Edition (Alpha). One of the game's early, and famous, combo wins used Channel alongside Fireball.

The Vintage Masters Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Vintage Masters releases on Magic Online on June 13, 2014.

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NecropotenceIce Age. Across multiple years and format, Necropotence was the card to beat, as Mike Flores explained in "Necropotence."

The Vintage Masters Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Vintage Masters releases on Magic Online on June 13, 2014.

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ScrublandLimited Edition Alpha. Scrubland is just one example of the ten original dual lands.

The Vintage Masters Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Vintage Masters releases on Magic Online on June 13, 2014.

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Black LotusLimited Edition Alpha. As a member of the Power Nine, Black Lotus is one of the most iconic and inspirational cards in Magic.

The Vintage Masters Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Vintage Masters releases on Magic Online on June 13, 2014.

Colossal Heroics
Colossal HeroicsJourney into Nyx. Heroics comes, of course, from hero, a Greek word that passed through Latin (and maybe another language) into English. It meant in Latin what it means to us. In Greek, it meant "demi-god." Its singular was heros or heroe and derived from the PIE root *ser-, "to protect." And colossal comes via Latin from the Greek kolossus, meaning "big statue." Its origin is unknown.

Lightning Diadem
Lightning DiademJourney into Nyx. A diadem is an ornamental headband used as a crown. The word follows the fairly typical Greek to Latin to French to English path, and its meaning has remained fairly constant. Ancient Greeks created the word to describe the headband-crowns of Persian kings, which Alexander the Great adopted, from their extant word diadein, meaning "to bind around."

Feast of Dreams
Feast of DreamsJourney into Nyx. The word feast comes to English from Middle English, which got it from Latin via Old French. Latin picked up the word from the PIE (Proto-Indo-European) root dhes-, pertaining to "religious concepts." The same PIE root that eventually gave us "feast" also provided Greek with theos, or "god."

Battlefield Thaumaturge
Battlefield ThaumaturgeJourney into Nyx. As Gavin Verhey alluded to when he previewed this card, a thaumaturge is "a miracle worker." It is an Ancient Greek word brought to English via Medieval Latin in the 18th century, and is related to the word thaumaturgy, from thauma (marvel/miracle) and "-ergos/-ergon" (working).

Aegis of the Gods
Aegis of the GodsJourney into Nyx. The original Aegis was a protective item (often interpreted as a shield) owned by Zeus but sometimes wielded by Athena. It's a little unclear. What is clear, though, is that the word spread to Latin and thence unto English, where today it is used in the sense of protecting something (e.g., "under the aegis of").

Oakheart Dryads
Oakheart DryadsJourney into Nyx. Setessa (as you probably know) is one of the three poleis of Theros . It is largely populated by women and children, and is closely associated with the god of harvests, Karametra. Setessa has not been spared in the war between mortals and their gods, but its well-trained warriors have acquitted themselves well.

Forgeborn Oreads
Forgeborn OreadsJourney into Nyx. While he is talked about quite a bit in flavor text, Purphoros himself just lets his hammer do the talking. The god of the forge makes his mark in the block, though, both with cards named for the forge and those bearing his name.

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