Card of the Day - October, 2011

Posted in Feature on October 3, 2011

By Wizards of the Coast

Sakashima the Impostor
Sakashima the ImpostorSaviors of Kamigawa rare. Kamigawa block was all about legends, both in the sense of "cards that can have only copy in play at a time" and "stories that have achieved mythic status." So in the run-up to the prereleases, the website told the legends behind the Legends. Here's Sakashima the Impostor's story.

Sea MonsterTenth Edition common. The Tenth Edition version of Sea Monster is one of the few cards to explicitly declare how heavy it is. So now that you know that a 6/6 Serpent is three hundred thousand pounds and that getting +4/+4 requires 100 pounds, you should be able to triangulate the sizes of other cards, right?

Phantom MonsterLimited Edition Alpha uncommon. When Magic started, flavor text was a mix of original material and (as on Phantom Monster) literary quotes. There are still quotes from the real world, but they appear only in core sets. For example, the Magic 2012 card Taste of Blood quotes Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Moss MonsterEighth Edition common. Eighth Edition marked the tenth anniversary of Magic: The Gathering and it included at least one previously unreprinted card from each previous set. For Legends, that selection was difficult, because all the really sensible cards had already been reprinted. And that's why a 3/6 got the call!

Frankenstein's Monster
Frankenstein's MonsterThe Dark rare. There's no real explanation for why there's a Magic card for Frankenstein's Monster aside from "They did things differently in the early days of Magic."

B.F.M. (Big Furry Monster)Unglued rare. The left side of B.F.M. has an 11/11 Polar Kraken dangling from its horn. The right side has a 12/12 Phyrexian Dreadnought. At the time, those were the two biggest creatures available; it would be a few years before Onslaught would feature the 13/13 Krosan Cloudscraper.

Lord of the UndeadPlaneshift rare. When Lord of the Undead was printed, its only creature type was "Lord" and it gave all Zombies +1/+1. Since then, it's been changed to being a Zombie itself, so now it gives "other Zombies" +1/+1. But if you have two Lords of the Undead on the battlefield, they will quite happily give each other the bonus.

Sengir VampireMagic 2012 uncommon. Here's a rules question from the early days of Magic. If you have a Sengir Vampire with first strike (the original question used Lance, but let's update that to Sharpened Pitchfork), how many Scryb Sprites would you have to block it with in order to kill it? Click here for the answer.

Twelve! The Sengir Vampire kills the first four with first strike, gets four +1/+1 counters, then the other eight 1/1 creatures kill it.

DrownedThe Dark common. Innistrad's blue Zombies aren't new to Magic. Even if you don't count Mistform Ultimus and the blue Changelings, there's always the strangely-named Drowned from The Dark.

Abattoir Ghoul
Abattoir GhoulInnistrad uncommon. Most ghouls just shuffle around mindlessly, eating whatever human flesh they run across. However, the Abattoir Ghoul has kept his job at the slaughterhouse, presumably because he's already surrounded by flesh, obviating the need for all that shuffling.

Geist of Saint Traft
Geist of Saint TraftInnistrad mythic rare. Although Traft died long ago, his geist still appears around Innistrad and fights demonkind. To learn more about him, consult this article by Doug Beyer.

Liliana of the Veil
Liliana of the VeilInnistrad mythic rare. The Planeswalker Liliana Vess, the ambitious death-mage, has come to Innistrad seeking a demon. She believes that if she can slay it, she'll be one step closer to being free of an infernal bargain and reclaiming her precious soul. Though her purpose here is self-serving, her mission will drive her straight into the heart of Innistrad's mysteries.

Ghoulcaller's Chant
Ghoulcaller's ChantInnistrad common. The necromantically animated corpses of the dead, called "ghouls" or "the unhallowed," shuffle mindlessly in massive hordes, seeking to devour the flesh of the living. The twisted necromancers who raise them are called ghoulcallers, and they crave the power and destruction brought be their shambling minions.

Night Revelers
Night RevelersInnistrad common. Aristocratic, richly cultured, and cruelly hedonistic, vampires comprise Innistrad's only nonhuman civilization. The four major vampire bloodlines, like noble families, control manor houses, courts, and castles. Distributed across the plane, but concentrated in the province of Stensia, vampires hunt humans for the sustenance they require and the thrill they crave: the blood of the living.

Skaab Goliath
Skaab GoliathInnistrad uncommon. Some alchemists of questionable sanity create undead by suturing together the mongrel flesh of several cadavers and breathing into them a semblance of alchemical life. These stitched abominations, called skaabs, often inspire mobs of torch-bearing villagers to purge their towns of the unnatural beings—and their creators.

Geistcatcher's Rig
Geistcatcher's RigInnistrad uncommon. The incorporeal spirits of the dead, called geists, take many forms. They can be harmless, even protective spirits who haunt the living out of a sense of duty, fealty, responsibility, or love. Or they can be specters of revenge and cruelty, appeased only by mortal offerings.

Back from the Brink
Back from the BrinkInnistrad rare. From the Innistrad FAQ: Although you're paying the card's mana cost, you aren't casting that card. Abilities that reduce the cost to cast a creature spell won't apply, and additional costs to cast that creature can't be paid.

Creepy Doll
Creepy DollInnistrad rare. From the Innistrad FAQ: If the combat damage Creepy Doll deals to a creature is lethal, you'll still flip a coin. If the creature is still on the battlefield (perhaps because it regenerated), it could be destroyed a second time, depending on the coin flip.

Ludevic's Test Subject
Ludevic's Test SubjectInnistrad rare. From the Innistrad FAQ: It's possible (though not advisable) to activate the ability of Ludevic's Test Subject enough times in response to one another that a resolving ability places a fifth hatchling counter on Ludevic's Abomination. If that happens, it'll transform back into Ludevic's Test Subject.

Sever the Bloodline
Sever the BloodlineInnistrad rare. From the Innistrad FAQ: A double-faced creature only has the name of the face that's up. For example, if Village Ironsmith is targeted by Sever the Bloodline, Ironfang wouldn't be exiled.

Angelic Overseer
Angelic OverseerInnistrad mythic rare. From the Innistrad FAQ: If you control a Human, and lethal damage is dealt to Angelic Overseer, that damage will remain marked on it that turn. If later in the turn you no longer control a Human, Angelic Overseer will be destroyed.

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