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Card of the Day - March, 2011

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Card of the Day - Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pistus Strike Mirrodin Besieged common. In 2007, Doug Beyer counted the creatures on Xantid Swarm and came up with 725 creatures. Pistus Strike might have more, but since it can't block a certain Unhinged card, we don't need to check.

Card of the Day - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Phyresis Mirrodin Besieged common. Note the word "compleat" in the flavor text for Phyresis. This is not a typo for "complete." Not only is "compleat" a real, albeit archaic, word, it has a specific meaning for the Phyrexians. As Doug Beyer explained in a recent Savor the Flavor article, it refers to the state of being "perfected" by the Phyrexians.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Revelation Chronicles rare. Revelation is a World Enchantment (which was originally called an "Enchant World"), a special kind of permanent that works kind of like Planechase. See this Arcana for the full scoop on how World Enchantments work.

Card of the Day - Monday, March 28, 2011

Lightning Dragon Urza's Saga rare. The first set to have premium foils randomly inserted in booster packs was Urza's Legacy. But in the previous set, Lightning Dragon was the Prerelease Card, and it was the very first Magic card to get the premium foil treatment.

Card of the Day - Friday, March 25, 2011

Tower of Calamities Scars of Mirrodin rare. Back in Mirrodin, there were four Tower cards. It took some time, but Scars of Mirrodin completed the cycle with Tower of Calamities.

Card of the Day - Thursday, March 24, 2011

Omega Myr Mirrodin common. Alpha Myr is a 2/1 and Omega Myr is a 1/2. Sadly, even if Beta Myr through Psi Myr existed, Magic wouldn't have the numbers required to represent their powers and toughnesses.

Card of the Day - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Galvanic Key Mirrodin common. Galvanic Key is a reworking of Voltaic Key, except that it references Luigi Galvani rather than Alessandro Volta. Or they might just both be using terms related to electricity, rather than 18th-century Italian physicists. That seems more likely.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chrome Mox Mirrodin rare. According to this Arcana from 2004, you can see Karn's reflection in Chrome Mox. But since that arcana also claims you can see Britney Spears in Black Lotus and was on April First, it's possible that it's lying.

Card of the Day - Monday, March 21, 2011

Chalice of the Void Mirrodin rare. At the 2001 Magic Invitational in Cape Town, South Africa, Gary Wise submitted a card called Artifact of Doom to be made if he won. He didn't win, but R&D liked the card and turned it into Chalice of the Void. Wise's original version cost 2 Mana instead of X ManaX Mana, but that got changed pretty quickly.

Card of the Day - Friday, March 18, 2011

Dwarven Warriors Fifth Edition common. The original concept of Dwarven Warriors was that they'd be Dwarven Miners, who dig a tunnel to allow a small creature past the enemy lines. But the art showed armor that was a bit too impressive to belong to common miners, so they got promoted.

Card of the Day - Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rashka the Slayer Homelands uncommon. Christopher Rush requested to do the art for Rashka the Slayer. "I wanted the Baron Sengir but he was taken, so I took the character that wanted to kill him," he explained in Duelist 7.

Card of the Day - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Urza's Bauble Ice Age uncommon. The original flavor text for Urza's Bauble read, "This margin will not permit a description of the ingenious bauble." But it turned out to be too accurate: it wouldn't fit on the card.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Volrath's Stronghold Stronghold rare. According to Duelist 23, Volrath's Stronghold is big enough to hold "a dozen Polar Krakens, a score of Phyrexian Dreadnoughts, and still have enough space for a football field." And that's just the living quarters!

Card of the Day - Monday, March 14, 2011

Soulshriek Mirage common. Soulshriek was originally named "Damien's Cry," a reference to Bill Rose's howling cat.

Card of the Day - Thursday, March 10, 2011

Animate Artifact Masters Edition IV uncommon. Originally, Animate Artifact could affect artifacts that were already creatures, but when it was printed in Revised, it got the sentence "Has no effect on artifact creatures" added to its rules text.

Card of the Day - Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Sword of Kaldra Mirrodin rare. Speaking of Living Weapons, how about a sword that can eventually generate something to carry it? It requires Shield of Kaldra and Helm of Kaldra to work, but to be fair, Kaldra is a bit more impressive than a 0/0 Germ.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Ensouled Scimitar Fifth Dawn uncommon. While Dancing Scimitar is always a creature (which may or may not have a soul), Ensouled Scimitar is a sword that become a creature (but always has a soul). What is it with scimitars?

Card of the Day - Monday, March 07, 2011

Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas Mirrodin Besieged mythic rare. Wondering how Tezzeret the Seeker became a slave of Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker? Part of the story can be seen in the web comic The Seeker's Fall.

Card of the Day - Friday, March 04, 2011

Virulent Wound Mirrodin Besieged common. In the art for Virulent Wound, the goblin (named "Gerkk," apparently) shows his infection in the form of the huge boils that cover his back. And he's trying to get back home, which, of course, will only spread the disease.

Card of the Day - Thursday, March 03, 2011

Skinrender Scars of Mirrodin uncommon. Note that it's called "Skinrender," not "Skinrenderer." It rends skin, rather than rendering it.

Card of the Day - Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Juggernaut Masters Edition IV uncommon. When Extended was first created, Juggernaut was banned, due to its alleged unstoppability when combined with Invisibility. That was a different time.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Pit Scorpion Legends common. The first appearance of poison in Magic was on Pit Scorpion and Serpent Generator in Legends. Those two cards, along with The Dark's Marsh Viper, were also in Fifth Edition, which was the last core set to include poison.

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