Playtest names find new homes

Posted in Arcana on October 7, 2003

By Wizards of the Coast

As MagicTheGathering.com readers know, during the early stages of a card's R&D life cycle it is given a playtest name. Sometimes this temporary name sticks, and winds up on the finished card. Most often it's replaced with a new name at the time it's associated with its new art.

But sometimes these replaced playtest names sneak their way back into Magic. Consider these four Mirage playtest cards and their real equivalents. Then look at the names of the playtest cards -- can you remember on what cards all those names ended up?

This playtest card...
Carrion Wurm?
In Mirage became...
Barbed-Back Wurm
But the name became...
 
Carrion Wurm
This playtest card...
Replenish?
In Mirage became...
Fallow Earth
But the name became...
 
Replenish
This playtest card...
Phyrexian Tribute?
In Visions became...
Forbidden Ritual
But the name became...
 
Phyrexian Tribute
This playtest card...
Iron Golem?
In Mirage became...
Lead Golem
But the name became...
 
Bosh, Iron Golem

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