Card of the Day - June, 2011

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Card of the Day - Thursday, June 30, 2011

Auramancer Odyssey common. One of the hard rules of Magic card naming—with a few exceptions—is that a card's name only contains a game term if it actually has something to do with that game element mechanically. That rule, of course, can only apply to game terms that existed at the time. Even though "Aura" is now an enchantment subtype, this little 'mancer can mance any kind of enchantment, Aura or no.

Card of the Day - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Llanowar Elves – Alpha common. Giant Spider has finally emerged as the Core Set Survivor, but Llanowar Elves has a heck of a bad beat story. Beloved enough to make the cut in the modern era despite a misleadingly plural name, the Elves has been in every core set but one: Eighth Edition, when it lost out to Birds of Paradise as part of the "Selecting Eighth Edition" promotion here on the site.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Archon of Justice Eventide rare. In its original printing, Archon of Justice's rules text was eighteen words long. When it returns in Magic 2012, the new "dies" terminology will have cut that length fully in half. If this rate of text loss continues—50% every three years—by 2020 the Archon will have only a single word in its text box.

Card of the Day - Monday, June 27, 2011

Mind Control Magic 2011 uncommon. Mind Control was a reconcepting of Persuasion, which in turn was a fairly costed version of the classic Control Magic. So what kind of creature-stealing did 3 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana get you in the old days? Treachery. Not only did you steal a creature, you got to untap your lands. Seems fair!

Card of the Day - Friday, June 24, 2011

Syphon Flesh Magic: The Gathering Commander uncommon. Thanks to Magic: The Gathering Commander you can now Syphon Flesh as well as Life, Mind, and Soul. Also Spells and, um, Rhystics.

Card of the Day - Thursday, June 23, 2011

Magmatic Force Magic: The Gathering Commander rare. Magmatic Force and Celestial Force are a pair of cards from Magic: The Gathering Commander that do things at the beginning of each upkeep. Could they be related somehow to Verdant Force? Maybe!

Card of the Day - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tribute to the Wild Magic: The Gathering Commander uncommon. Although the maro-sorcerers Multani and Molimo have appeared in flavor text before, this is the first appearance of Modruni, a hitherto-unknown maro-sorcerer.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Riddlekeeper Magic: The Gathering Commander rare. Riddlekeeper is a homunculus, which is a fairly rare creature type in Magic. It looks an awful lot like it might be related to Bonded Fetch from Future Sight, don't you think?

Card of the Day - Monday, June 20, 2011

Stranglehold Magic: The Gathering Commander rare. We don't have trivia for this card; we just wanted everyone to enjoy the flavor text: "The correct answer to a barbarian's riddle is to choke on your cleverness and die."

Card of the Day - Friday, June 17, 2011

Bazaar Trader Worldwake rare. Wait a minute! That's not "trading" so much as it is "giving things away for free," right? What kind of crazy bazaar is this?

Card of the Day - Thursday, June 16, 2011

Traitor's Clutch Time Spiral common. The Time Spiral card Traitor's Clutch has the power to turn any 0/1 into a pretty good simulation of The Time Spiral card Nether Traitor. Some of the references in that block are just to the block itself!

Card of the Day - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Maga, Traitor to Mortals Saviors of Kamigawa rare. After the sack of Minamo, Maga took to wandering Takenuma while trying to learn more about oni. Eventually, as his name implies, he became more sympathetic to the spirits than to humans.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sedris, the Traitor King Shards of Alara mythic rare. Sedris was the last living ruler of Vithia, but sold his kingdom and his soul to the first demon lords. Now, he rules as a powerful lich over the land known as "Grixis"—Vithian for "Traitor".

Card of the Day - Monday, June 13, 2011

Glissa, the Traitor Mirrodin Besieged mythic rare. Glissa was held in stasis by the Phyrexians until it was time to take over Mirrodin. When the Mirrodin-Phyrexia war began, Glissa returned to the Tangle to carry out the will of her dark masters.

Card of the Day - Friday, June 10, 2011

Commandeer Coldsnap rare. "Commandeer" would be a good name for a format where instead of a Legendary general, you can only choose from Gang of Elk, Glimmerpoint Stag, and Great Sable Stag.

Card of the Day - Thursday, June 09, 2011

Zhou Yu, Chief Commander Portal Three Kingdoms rare. Zhou Yu's restriction of only being able to attack islands is probably a reference to the Battle of Red Cliffs, in which he commanded the forces that destroyed the naval fleet of Cao Cao, Lord of Wei.

Card of the Day - Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Commander Greven il-Vec Tempest rare. Greven was a main antagonist in the Weatherlight Saga. He's the captain of the Predator. And he's literally the face of Hatred!

Card of the Day - Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Cao Ren, Wei Commander Portal Three Kingdoms rare. Horsemanship is an ability that's been used only in Portal Three Kingdoms (and online Masters Edition sets that used cards from that set). It's essentially the same thing as flying, but since very few of the characters in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms had wings, it got a new flavor.

Card of the Day - Monday, June 06, 2011

Commander Eesha Judgment rare. According to the book Judgment, Eesha became the leader of the Order after Major Teroh died. Teroh succeeded Lieutenant Kirtar. Before Kirtar, it was Pianna, Nomad Captain, who was presumably the last non-Aven leader the Order had.

Card of the Day - Friday, June 03, 2011

Blighted Agent New Phyrexia common. Now that the Phyrexians have won the war for Mirrodin, the factions are turning on each other. Judging by its flavor text, Blighted Agent's unblockability is mostly used for spying on Urabrask the Hidden's sealed furnace layer.

Card of the Day - Thursday, June 02, 2011

War Report New Phyrexia common. It's been a long time since a block's plot played out entirely on cards. Back in the Weatherlight Saga, if something important happened (like Stark realizing that Volrath was possessing Takara), it was bound to be mentioned somewhere (like the flavor text of Vendetta). Some plot points still show up on cards, though. For example, War Report's flavor text contains the actual end of the Mirran-Phyrexian War!

Card of the Day - Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Etched Monstrosity New Phyrexia mythic rare. Although Etched Champion has art and a name that call back to Darksteel's Etched Oracle, it's Etched Monstrosity that has the reference to the sunburst mechanic.

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