Selecting Ninth Edition Week 13

Posted in Feature on September 6, 2004

By Staff

This is it, the final week of voting! We’ve got one card vote left, plus the finalists for the flavor text competition. But before we get to that let’s see the results from last week’s voting. In the card vote, it was Gratuitous Violence and Furnace of Rath.

Furnace of Rath wins it!
Furnace of Rath 62.9%
Gratuitous Violence 37.1%
Totals 100%

Last week’s sketches vote was Will-o'-the-Wisp, by Rob Alexander and John Avon.

The Rob Alexander sketch wins the vote!
Sketch by Rob Alexander 80.9%
Sketch by John Avon 19.1%
Totals 100%

Card Vote #13

For the final card vote of Selecting Ninth Edition, it’s the return of Glorious Anthem. Glorious Anthem was part of a contentious vote during Selecting Eighth Edition, where it beat out Crusade, a result that surprised many of the readers (and Wizards of the Coast staff, for that matter). This time the Anthem is up against Shared Triumph, which affects only one creature type, but cost one less mana and only requires a single White. Triumph is more splashable, but may sometimes help the opponent out as well. Will Glorious Anthem pull it out again to make a third core set in a row, or has Shared Triumph’s time come? Vote now and find out next week!

Flavor Text Vote

For the final vote of the promotion, we have the ten finalists for each card in the flavor text competition. The readers of sent us nearly 10,000 entries, and narrowing them all down to this list of finalists was no simple task (and not just because of the numbers involved). So here, to close out our promotion, are the final three votes of Selecting Ninth Edition. Pick your favorites and make sure to check back next week for the results as well as a complete wrap-up of all the other votes as well.


  1. Apprentice wizards spend a full year learning to paralyze opponents. Zombies spend ten seconds.

  2. It's hard to fight something you don't want to see.

  3. It passes through flesh and chills to the bone.

  4. There's no betrayal worse than that of your own courage.

  5. Fear motivates most actions-like running, for instance.

  6. "Hold on to your sword, your nerve, and your bowels."

  7. It awakens the part inside you that says "I can't."

  8. The true motivator.

  9. It makes hot blood turn to icy water, flexed muscles to wet rags, and neck hairs to needles.

  10. "Don't fear the darkness. Fear what it hides."
    -Remin, venerable monk


  1. "Once these constructs ruined the landscape. Now the landscape ruins them."
    -Druidic writings

  2. Anything built by hand is an easy target for the fist of nature.

  3. "Nature has its own way of cleaning up."
    -Fyndhorn elder

  4. A druid's green thumb is usually attached to a heavy hand and a strong arm.

  5. Progress and nature have a fragile balance. When progress advances too far, nature seeks to stop it.

  6. "Well, it also makes a very nice flower pot . . . ."
    -Arcum Dagsson, Soldevi machinist

  7. "When you gamble with Gaea, she eats your dice."
    -Reef pirate saying

  8. The plant's roots grew and shattered the machine into a thousand pieces. That year, one leaf grew for each piece.

  9. Even the lifeless carry the seed of life.

  10. The power of a single seed can shatter the work of a thousand artificers.


  1. "At first my hair stood on end. Then I smelled it burning."

  2. "They say lightning's the mother of fire. Guess what? You're about to become the father."
    -Jaya Ballard, task mage

  3. "Lightning is like a troll: you don't know what hit you till you smell it."
    -Flegren, goblin seer

  4. "You know what I like best about lightning? It's like fire, but even faster."
    -Jaya Ballard, task mage

  5. "That's the problem with the high ground," mused Grognak. "It's too close to the sky!"

  6. "More fun than a barrel of rocks! More effective too."
    -Toggo, goblin weaponsmith

  7. "Sparks fly when you're having fun!"
    -Snogg, goblin pyromancer

  8. "Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is the lightning that does the work."
    -Mark Twain

  9. This is why there are no furry goblins.

  10. "Once I saw a goblin shouting at a thunderstorm. He lost the argument pretty quickly."
    -Wandering mage

[Editor’s Note: As many had noticed, a submission slipped through that included a real world quote (contrary to the stated rules). In the interest of giving the voters (and submitters) the fairest shake, the voting for Shock has been cancelled this week. On Monday, September 13, we’ll include the corrected vote for Shock submissions, including the 11th place finisher in place of the Mark Twain submission. From there you’ll have a week to vote on your favorite. Thanks for your understanding and sorry for the delay. – Scott]

Thanks for voting and also to all who took the time to send in their flavor text ideas. Check back next week for the corrected Shock vote and the results from the other flavor text votes!

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