Wizards Asks: 3/31/2009

Posted in Feature on March 31, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast

What's your favorite legendary creature, and why?

Kenneth Nagle

Kenneth Nagle: One could argue that a legendary creature has the most flavor potential of any Magic card, representing a character with a unique proper name and a flavor text quote.

Skeleton Ship is the first legendary creature I purposely added to my first deck, my Norritt deck (I still have it together). It would later be joined by Nebuchadnezzar, quite a legendary name indeed, but not particularly legendary all-around.

At one point in Magic I was disparaging my fatties, and I declared that Wizards of the Coast was incapable of printing a powerful legendary creature that costs six or more mana. Almost in defiant response, Onslaught was released, and a nasty lady name Visara the Dreadful invaded the Cabal Coffers–based black decks of our multiplayer metagame.

What's more, the single most impressive Magic card I've ever seen was the preview of Akroma, Angel of Wrath. I was working late on my computer science program in the Mississippi State lab alone. Upon reading it twice and mentally absorbing the luminescently crisp image, I uproariously laughed all the air in my trumpet-blasting lungs, the cackling slowly decrescending until it was droned out by the humming of PCs in sleep mode. I sighed and said aloud to no one, "Wow. I'm impressed. I'm very impressed." (Yes, this is true.)

In fact, a set later there was an entire Pro Tour where the fatties ruled the world. Check out Randy Buehler's recap. There are designers inside R&D (I won't name names!) who believe Magic would be a better game if this kind of Pro Tour was "normal" instead of "an experiment."

Kamahl, Fist of Krosa

But my favorite and most "legendary" creature remains Kamahl, Fist of Krosa. Bullet list time:

  • He's green. Thumbs up!
  • He used to be red (Kamahl, Pit Fighter). He's one of those "evolved" legendary dudes. You might not know that if you're not immersed in Magic's elements.
  • The red 6/1 became the greener 4/3. He retained his 7 total power and toughness (a statistic we unofficially call "heft" inside R&D).
  • The "Fist of Krosa" moniker is, in my opinion, a creative homerun.
  • Flavor text: "My mind has changed. My strength has not." Having read the Judgment novel (where Kamahl slams his Mirari-pommeled sword into the ground as seen in Mirari's Wake), I see Thriss, Nantuko Primus's training served Kamahl well.
  • Kamahl learned how to cast the spell Overrun. Badass!
  • By animating lands, he can make his own temporary army, or save himself from Chainer's Edict, or even kill your opponent's lands with Goblin Sharpshooter or their own Wrath of God!

While not officially part of the Jareth, Leonin Titan / Arcanis the Omnipotent / Visara the Dreadful / Rorix Bladewing / Silvos, Rogue Elemental cycle of Pit Fighter Legends, I've always personally displaced Silvos with Kamahl, Fist of Krosa as the green Onslaught rare legendary 6-drop creature of that cycle. While there are certainly creatures more powerful, more epic, and more famous, Kamahl, Fist of Krosa remains my favorite and, to me, the most "legendary" creature.

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