Test your knowledge of these "functionally identical" Mirage cards

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(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.

Wild Elephant Feral Shadow Femeref Healer
Bay Falcon Zebra Unicorn Azimaet Drake
Ekundu Griffin Dwarven Nomad Giant Mantis
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