Answer to Question #1 – b. Six
The eight proper names of characters in Alpha were:
Baron Sengir, Mishra, Nevinyrral, Pashalik Mons, Serra, and Urza have all been printed as legendary creatures or planeswalkers (and Urza has been printed as both), but Chatzuk and Gaea have yet to be.
Answer to Question #2 – c. Seven
As of Commander Legends, we've seen new cards for Arcades Sabboth, Chromium, Jedit Ojanen, Nicol Bolas, Palladia-Mors, Ramirez DePietro, and Vaevictis Asmadi. Nicol Bolas has seen the most reprints, all as planeswalker cards. He had cards in Conflux, Hour of Devastation, Core Set 2019, and War of the Spark. The other four Elder Dragon legends appeared in Core Set 2019. Jedit Ojanen had an alternate-reality version in Planar Chaos where he didn't forsake the forest. Ramirez DePietro shows up as a ghost in Commander Legends.
Answer to Question #3 – a. Four
We've made legendary creatures that have referenced Dakkon Blackblade, Rohgahh of Kher Keep, Tetsuko Umezawa, and Ur-Drago. Rohgahh's son Rograkh shows up in Commander Legends, we met another wielder of the Blackblade in Future Sight, we've met two members of the Umezawa bloodline in Betrayers of Kamigawa and Dominaria, and we've met two versions of the Ur-Dragon (in Time Spiral and Commander (2017 Edition)) connected to Ur-Drago.
Answer to Question #4 – c. Two
Ayesha Tanaka from Legends has banding, and Soraya the Falconer from Homelands can grant it to Birds (originally just to Falcons, but we consolidated all the bird creature types into just Bird during the Grand Creature Update).
Answer to Question #5 – d. Lord of Tresserhorn
Lord of Tresserhorn was called "Good Buddy" because he was a 10/4. I believe he was turned in from design as a 9/4 with a different name, but we changed it to a 10/4 in Alliances development because we thought 10/4 was funnier. We then changed his name to "Good Buddy."
Answer to Question #6 – c. Phelddagrif
There was a long-running joke amongst the original playtesters that it was only a matter of time before Richard Garfield designed a flying purple hippo, so the Alliances designers (Skaff Elias, Jim Lin, Dave Petty, and Chris Page) decided to design one. Phelddagrif is an anagram of "Garfield Ph.D." The PR department, at the time, insisted that every time Richard was referenced in an article that he be referred to as "Richard Garfield Ph.D." It made Richard a little uncomfortable, so the other designers used to tease him about it.
Answer to Question #7 – b. Spirit of the Night
The original name for the card was Spirit of the Nightstalker. It was too long, so it got cut during editing down to Spirit of the Night.
Answer to Question #8 – d. Vhati il-Dal
Michael Ryan and I named all the above characters as creators of The Weatherlight Saga. Vhati il-Dal was a reference to "Bhogavati," Tempest's codename. In Hindu and Buddhist mythology, Bhogavati is a land of poisoned snakes, and Tempest originally had a strong poison theme in it which was removed by development. I forget why we changed the spelling. Eladamri was named after Michael's mother Irma and his stepfather Dale (read it backwards). Orim was originally Oram, and it was just Maro backwards. It was meant as a placeholder name, as Orim started as a more minor crew member, but we just got used to the name and it stuck. We changed it from Oram to Orim to make it a little less obvious where we got it from. Selenia was named after Michael's cat Selena, which itself was named after a character from a role-playing game Michael played in.
Answer to Question #9 – c. Karn, Silver Golem
Vanguard was a product we made many years ago for play in stores. It's a card that starts outside your deck that grants you an ability for the game and can change your starting hand size and life total. The first batch of cards for Vanguard were designed before we knew we were using the characters from The Weatherlight Saga cast on them. One of them was a card that animated your artifacts inspired by the Antiquities card Titania's Song. We put Karn on the card because it was the only character from The Weatherlight Saga that had anything to do with artifacts. Besides being an artifact, he was the caretaker of the Legacy, a collection of artifacts. He didn't really have the power to animate them in the original story, but we liked the Vanguard card, so we decided it was close enough. When we went to design Karn in Urza's Saga, we gave him his -4/+4 ability to capture his pacifism, but we needed a second ability. His Vanguard card had been popular, so we ended up making his activated ability the effect from his Vanguard card.
Answer to Question #10 – c. Jolrael, Empress of Beasts
After Teferi phased out his isle with experiments of time manipulation, it drew the attention of three wizards—Mangara, Kaervek, and Jolrael. The three ventured to the continent of Jamuraa, which led to a big war between them. This conflict was the main crux of the Mirage story.
Answer to Question #11 – c. Urza
Ever since he appeared in the name of two cards in Alpha, the audience had been requesting a card for Urza. The problem, at the time, was that Urza was a Planeswalker and we didn't yet represent Planeswalkers on cards. In the story, Urza disguised himself as a blind seer, so we decided this would be a chance for us to get Urza on a card. The problem was that most of the players hadn't read the book, so almost no one knew it was Urza and it didn't have the impact we were hoping it would have. Urza would later show up as a planeswalker card in Unstable and a legendary creature (from the past, pre-Planeswalker) in Modern Horizons.
Answer to Question #12 – b. Atogatog
Atogatog, with a different design, was going to originally appear in Unglued 2, but that product was put on hiatus and never got made. That happened late enough in the life of the product though that we had already commissioned art. Flash forward to Odyssey development. Randy Buehler told me he was interested in having a cycle of ally color Atogs in the set. I designed him a cycle of cards and included a design for Atogatog because I knew we already had the art.
Answer to Question #13 – a. Akroma, Angel of Wrath
One of the running jokes during Legions design and development was to keep adding abilities to Akroma. Cycling was in the block, so for a while, she had cycling 2.
Answer to Question #14 – b. Glissa Sunseeker
Glissa was the main character. Bosh and Slobad were her companions. Memnarch was her antagonist.
Answer to Question #15 – d. Isamaru, Hound of Konda
I was in a meeting where I was told that we couldn't make a vanilla legendary creature that would excite players. I designed Isamaru on the spot to prove them wrong. It then went into the set.
Answer to Question #16 – a. Borborygmos
Borborygmos means "a rumbling or gurgling sound caused by the movement of gas in the intestines."
Answer to Question #17 – c. Norin the Wary
Norin the Wary is the oldest. He first appeared on the card Jade Statue in Alpha. He would later go on to appear in numerous other sets. Endrek Sahr was next to appear in the flavor text of Fallen Empires as the breeder of the thrulls. Jaya Ballard and Saffi Eriksdotter both first appeared in the flavor text of Ice Age, Jaya as a task mage and Saffi as the victim of a Lhurgoyf.
Answer to Question #18 – d. Eight
Doran was part of an eight-card cycle. There were eight tribes supported in Lorwyn, and each got a legendary creature of all the colors the creature type appeared in.
Answer to Question #19 – d. Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Ulamog shows up on the most other card titles with a total of eight cards (Pathrazer of Ulamog; Spawnsire of Ulamog; Ulamog's Crusher; Pawn of Ulamog; Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger; Ulamog's Despoiler; Ulamog's Reclaimer; and Ulamog's Nullifier). Drana has five other card titles that reference her (Drana, Liberator of Malakir; Drana's Emissary; Drana's Chosen; Drana, the Last Bloodchief; and Drana's Silencer). Ob Nixilis also has five (Ob Nixilis, Unshackled; Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath; Ob Nixilis Reignited; Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted; and Ob Nixilis's Cruelty). Omnath has the least with three (Omnath, Locus of Rage; Omnath, Locus of the Roil; and Omnath, Locus of Creation).
Answer to Question #20 – b. Geth, Lord of the Vault
Geth shows up in the flavor text of three cards in original Mirrodin (Barter in Blood, Disciple of the Vault, and Vault of Whispers).
Answer to Question #21 – c. The Mimeoplasm
Muraganda, which first showed up in Future Sight on two futureshifted cards, is a prehistoric plane. The Mimeoplasm lives there.
Answer to Question #22 – d. Olivia Voldaren
Olivia Voldaren won the rare poll with the name Count Dracula. The debate that came from this incident made us create a new process where we give somewhat more realistic names to cards before doing the rare poll.
Answer to Question #23 – c. Talrand, Sky Summoner
Talrand is from Shandalar. Krenko and Yeva are from Ravnica. Odric is from Innistrad.
Answer to Question #24 – c. Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
Niv-Mizzet was the only one of the legendary creatures listed to appear on a Return to Ravnica booster pack. He also, along with Jace, appeared on the Return to Ravnica booster box.
Answer to Question #25 – c. Iroas and Mogis
Iroas and Mogis are the twins, and they are both gods of war, although of different aspects.
Answer to Question #26 – d. Rebound
Bolster shows up on Anafenza. Exploit shows up on Sidisi. Dash shows up on Zurgo. (And formidable shows up on Surrak.) Rebound does show up on Narset, but in this alternate timeline, she's a Planeswalker rather than a legendary creature.
Answer to Question #27 – a. The Gitrog Monster
One of the artists drew The Gitrog Monster during the concept push, and everyone just knew we were going to make a card out of it.
Answer to Question #28 – d. Rashmi, Eternities Crafter
Rashmi built the Planar Bridge which can connect different planes. The Planar Bridge was stolen by Tezzeret who used it to help Nicol Bolas transport his Eternal army from Amonkhet to Ravnica for his plans in War of the Spark.
Answer to Question #29 – b. Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis
Kynaios and Tiro were first referenced on the card Guardians of Meletis from Theros.
Answer to Question #30 – d. Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun
Temmet was based on King Tut (aka Tutankhamun). Hapatra, by the way, was based on Cleopatra.
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