Something Old, Something New

Posted in Feature on October 20, 2005

By Staff

Wizards of the Coast is in the process of moving to a new building and will return with new articles beginning Monday, October 24th. In the meantime, we hope you'll enjoy this informal week of previously run content relating to Mirage, in preparation for that popular set's upcoming release on Magic Online. Have a great week, and we'll be back to see you on Monday.

Scott Johns, Content Manager

(This article originally ran on on April 18, 2003.)

Often times a large expansion will contain repeats of staple cards. For a long time, most large sets included Stone Rain and Dark Ritual, among others. Occasionally, a set will contain a card "functionally identical" to another card, but without the same name, thus making it not a "true" repeat. For example, Barbary Apes is functionally identical to Grizzly Bears.

Below are nine creatures from Mirage. Some of them are "functionally identical" repeats of cards from earlier sets, and some were themselves copied in such a way in later sets. Do you know what each card is called in its "other" incarnation? Click each to find out.

Again, "functionally identical" means the same mana cost, power/toughness, and rules text.

War Mammoth
Dusk Imp
Samite Healer
Zephyr Falcon
Horned Cheetah
Drake Hatchling
Razorfoot Griffin
Dwarven Warriors
Giant Spider

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