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Card of the Day - October, 2012

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Card of the Day - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Palliation Accord Dissension uncommon. "Palliation" is a real English word, derived from "palliate," to make a crime appear less serious. Even the Azorius are willing to cut a criminal a deal sometimes.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Righteous Authority Return to Ravnica rare. The symbols that surround the creature in the art for Righteous Authority also appear in the Azorius guild symbol. They're called "law runes" and were developed for Return to Ravnica.

Card of the Day - Monday, October 29, 2012

Isperia, Supreme Judge Return to Ravnica mythic rare. Normally, sphinxes avoid getting involved in petty squabbles. But Isperia was convinced to become guildmaster of the Azorius after the dissolution of the Guildpact resulted in crime and chaos running rampant across Ravnica.

Card of the Day - Friday, October 26, 2012

Chub Toad Ice Age common. Back in the days of Ice Age, it was common for card names to contain hidden puns or references. Chub Toad is an anagram of "Bad Touch," which has no greater significance than being a phrase people in R&D used to say a lot.

Card of the Day - Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kukemssa Pirates Mirage rare. The flavor text for Kukemssa Pirates contains an excerpt from the "Love Song of Night and Day," a poem that's spread across seventeen cards in Mirage and Visions. Read the whole thing here!

Card of the Day - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Batterhorn Return to Ravnica common. Batterhorn is kind of the Ravnican version of the phrase "A bull in a china shop." It's risky to have open-market bazaars when there are giant monsters wandering around the city.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Haunted Crossroads Mercadian Masques uncommon. Traditionally, burying someone at a crossroads is supposed to keep them from rising from the grave. With Haunted Crossroads, that's been turned on its head. Which is actually another traditional way to keep people from rising from the grave!

Card of the Day - Monday, October 22, 2012

Jungle Patrol Mirage rare. When Jungle Patrol was first printed, the tokens it made had two creature types: Wall and Wood. The "Wood" part was moved to the tokens' name in the April 2010 Update Bulletin.

Card of the Day - Friday, October 19, 2012

Kitesail Magic 2013 uncommon. Kitesails can be seen in the art of several other cards, from the obvious (Kitesail Apprentice) to the surprising (Kor Skyfisher). On a plane as dangerous as Zendikar, it makes sense that people might feel safer off the ground.

Card of the Day - Thursday, October 18, 2012

Seller of Songbirds Return to Ravnica common. Seller of Songbirds provides a look at the everyday life of a guildless Ravnican citizen. Not everyone is a Lich Lord or a Grand Arbiter, you know!

Card of the Day - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chimney Imp Mirrodin common. You think you're good at making decks? Mark Gottlieb once spent an entire column making decks that made good use of Chimney Imp!

Card of the Day - Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hideous Laughter Champions of Kamigawa uncommon. If you've ever wanted to see what it would look like if several ratfolk were driven mad by magic laughter, look no further than Hideous Laughter.

Card of the Day - Monday, October 15, 2012

Winds of Change Legends uncommon. The flavor text on Winds of Change comes from the days when real-world quotes were allowed on expansion cards. Ella Wheeler Wilcox was the poet who wrote, "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone."

Card of the Day - Friday, October 12, 2012

Towering Indrik Return to Ravnica common. Indriks were first introduced in the original Ravnica block when Indrik Stomphowler appeared in Dissension.

Card of the Day - Thursday, October 11, 2012

Guttersnipe Return to Ravnica uncommon. "Guttersnipe" is a real word for a child who lives in the streets, although it originally referred to an actual snipe (the bird) that picked through the trash in the gutters.

Card of the Day - Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Launch Party Return to Ravnica common. A "Launch Party" used to be the weekend that a new Magic set went on sale. But now that's called the "Launch Weekend" and the promo card is tied to that weekend's Friday Night Magic. Otherwise this would have been the Card of the Day for last Friday!

Card of the Day - Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Syncopate Return to Ravnica uncommon. Syncopate got its name because it's a combination of Power Sink and Dissipate.

Card of the Day - Monday, October 08, 2012

Soul Tithe Return to Ravnica uncommon. Soul Tithe is just the latest tithe-themed Magic card. In the past, players have been able to tithe blood, mana, and nothing in particular. There's even an Elephant Wizard who enforces the tithing of spells!

Card of the Day - Friday, October 05, 2012

Captain Sisay Invasion rare. Sisay was the original captain of the Weatherlight, but when she was abducted by Volrath, Gerrard took over the ship to lead the crew on a rescue mission. These events formed the basis of the Weatherlight saga.

Card of the Day - Thursday, October 04, 2012

Seed Spark Ravnica: City of Guilds uncommon. Seed Spark originally gave its caster X tokens, where X was the converted mana cost of the artifact or enchantment it destroyed. This turned out to be so good that people were afraid to play artifacts at all, so it was toned down a little.

Card of the Day - Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Seeds of Strength Ravnica: City of Guilds common. By saying "Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn" three times, Seeds of Strength allows its caster to pick the same creature three times or split the bonus up between three different creatures. Or even give one creature +2/+2 and another +1/+1. This also applies to Common Bond!

Card of the Day - Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Grove of the Guardian Return to Ravnica rare. When Grove of the Guardian is sacrificed, it replaces itself with an 8/8 green and white Elemental creature token with vigilance. To picture what this might look like, consider Risen Sanctuary.

Card of the Day - Monday, October 01, 2012

Trostani, Selesnya's Voice Return to Ravnica mythic rare. The triune dryad, Trostani, rules Selesnya. The Selesnyans, however, would say she is ultimately led by the will of Mat'Selesnya herself. Each of the three dryad identities that comprise Trostani embodies a particular Selesnya value. The left head is Life, the center head is Harmony, and the right head is Order.

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