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Card of the Day - Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Marsh Gas The Dark common. After the cataclysmic ending of the Brothers' War, Dominaria was cast into darkness. Huge dust clouds blotted out the sun, which eventually would lead to, well, an Ice Age. But before then, the plane found itself in The Dark. The story of The Dark was tied into that of Ice Age a few years later with Jeff Grubb's popular novel The Gathering Dark.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Phyrexian Tribute Mirage rare. Even if you're new to Magic, you've probably heard of New Phyrexia, but that name implies there was an Old Phyrexia, right? Right! The Coalition's war against Phyrexians was the central conflict to Magic's first major plotline, which followed the crew of the airship Weatherlight across several of the game's earliest blocks. (Spoilers: The Coalition won!... ish.)

Card of the Day - Monday, July 29, 2013


Door of Destinies Magic 2014 Core Set rare. According to Comprehensive Rule 205.3m (July, 2013, edition), there are 224 creature types for you to choose from when you play Door of Destinies, from Advisor to Zubera. That is obviously more than we can list here, so go check out this Arcana from last year, whose list is still up to date!

Card of the Day - Friday, July 26, 2013


Slaughter Games Return to Ravnica rare. You can't spell "slaughter" without "laughter!" According to the Return to Ravnica world guide, "The Rakdos guild may be a demon-worshipping death cult, but it throws the best parties on Ravnica." It also notes that every human member "is a sadist with the soul of an entertainer. Or vice versa." Their fêtes, it turns out, are simply to die for.

Card of the Day - Thursday, July 25, 2013


Tribute to Hunger Innistrad common. Alas, poor Marella! The Innistrad world guide has quite a bit to say about the plane's vampires, but our space here is limited. They are not truly undead, for example, although they have some undead traits (such as agelessness and skin cold to the touch). Vampirism is neither a virus nor a curse, but what the vampires themselves somewhat euphemistically call a "condition of the blood."

Card of the Day - Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Stun Sniper Alara Reborn uncommon. There are twenty-four Human Archers in Magic spread across all five colors. The most common ability shared by Archers is to tap to deal damage to a creature. Tapping a creature damaged in this way is a red ability going all the way back to Falling Star, from Legends.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Thirst Mirage common. The third part of Mark Rosewater's discussion of Mirage's design on his Drive to Work podcast went up Friday. Coincidence? Well, yes. But it works out nicely! And if you'd like to learn even more about the creation of Mirage, R&D's Bill Rose wrote an article about it... way back in 2003!

Card of the Day - Monday, July 22, 2013


Hunt the Weak Magic 2014 Core Set common. Hey you, let's fight! Fight is a relatively recent addition to the list of keyword actions, but the ability goes allllll the way back to 1994, with the card Arena, first available with the novel of the same name.

Card of the Day - Friday, July 19, 2013


Manaweft Sliver Magic 2014 Core Set uncommon. You probably know what "mana" means in the context of Magic. But is "weft" an invention of the creative team? Nope! It's a weaving term for the yarn or thread carried by the shuttle across the warp. Hmm... lots of jargon there. In other words, it's the yarn or thread that makes up half a weave in cloth. So our little Sliver buddy here (and its Sliver kin) weaves mana together for your benefit!

Card of the Day - Thursday, July 18, 2013


Regathan Firecat Magic 2014 Core Set common. The "–n" ending of "Regathan" implies it is a possessive adjective, so what then is Regatha? Well, it's a plane of the Multiverse, first seen on a card with Planechase (2012 Edition)'s Mount Keralia. You can learn all about the plane by reading Fuel for the Fire, Part II and The Purifying Fire. Oh, and yes, in case you were wondering, there is a tie between Chandra (face of M14) and Regatha. But you'll have to read to find out what!

Card of the Day - Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Blood Bairn Magic 2014 Core Set common. A "bairn," as the art and flavor text suggest, is a child. Today, this word is chiefly Scottish, and has been considered as such since the early part of the 18th century, but it traces back to Old English (and Old Norse) and has been in use since at least the 12th century.

Card of the Day - Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Armored Cancrix Magic 2014 Core Set common. So, "Cancrix" is fun because it's not an actual English word but you can see where it came from: the Cancrix is a Crab, which ties in with the constellation Cancer, whose name traces back to the Latin "cancer" (crab), borrowed from the Greek "karkinos" (crab, tumor, constellation), which in turn traces back to the Proto-Indo-European root "qarq–" (hard). Whew! And "-rix?" In Magic, it's a combining form previously seen on Beasts.

Card of the Day - Monday, July 15, 2013


Seraph of the Sword Magic 2014 Core Set rare. The English word "seraph" is an assumed singular version of the Hebrew plural word "seraphim," which came to English from Latin (via Greek). You probably know (or can guess from the creature type) the seraphim are a choir (or kind) of angel. Our singular word seraph's first known appearance is in Milton's Paradise Lost, from 1667 (Book 5, in case you're curious).

Card of the Day - Friday, July 12, 2013

Witchstalker

WitchstalkerMagic 2014 Core Set rare. Which Witch does the Witchstalker stalk? Well, prior to Magic 2014's release, there are twelve blue and/or black Witches in Magic. It seems most likely, though, that this fearsome Wolf is stalking fellow M14 card, Bogbrew Witch.

The Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery is complete and the Prerelease is this weekend! Find a store near you and make sure to preregister!

Card of the Day - Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mindsparker

MindsparkerMagic 2014 Core Set rare. If you want to play this guy, you'll be interested to know there are twenty-four white or blue instants or sorceries in Magic 2014. In pre-M14 Standard, there are 156. And pre-M14 Modern? 646.

The Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery is complete and the Prerelease is this weekend! Find a store near you and make sure to preregister!

Card of the Day - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lifebane Zombie

Lifebane ZombieMagic 2014 Core Set rare. White hate and green hate are nothing new in black, of course, but the first, last, and only time we saw an ability similar to this was Talara's Bane, from Eventide.

The Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery is complete and the Prerelease is this weekend! Find a store near you and make sure to preregister!

Card of the Day - Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Tidebinder Mage

Tidebinder MageMagic 2014 Core Set rare. Prior to Tidebinder Mage, there were twelve permanents that tapped another permanent and kept it pinned down. Eleven of those had to stay tapped themselves, but Dungeon Geists was a little different!

The Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery is complete and the Prerelease is this weekend! Find a store near you and make sure to preregister!

Card of the Day - Monday, July 08, 2013

Fiendslayer Paladin

Fiendslayer PaladinMagic 2014 Core Set rare. This Paladin has a lot of work ahead of him. There are twenty-two black or red Fiends in Magic.

The Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery is complete and the Prerelease is this weekend! Find a store near you and make sure to preregister!

Card of the Day - Friday, July 05, 2013

Kalonian Hydra

Kalonian HydraMagic 2014 Core Set mythic rare. Kalonian Hydra also appears in Magic 2014Duels of the Planeswalkers.

The Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for its release on July 19, 2013!

Card of the Day - Thursday, July 04, 2013

Scourge of Valkas

Scourge of ValkasMagic 2014 Core Set mythic rare. Scourge of Valkas also appears in Magic 2014Duels of the Planeswalkers.

The Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for its release on July 19, 2013!

Card of the Day - Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Rise of the Dark Realms

Rise of the Dark RealmsMagic 2014 Core Set mythic rare. This is not the first time we've seen the Dark Realms on a card name, as a version of Liliana is of there.

The Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for its release on July 19, 2013!

Card of the Day - Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Windreader Sphinx

Windreader SphinxMagic 2014 Core Set mythic rare. Windreader Sphinx also appears in Magic 2014Duels of the Planeswalkers.

The Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for its release on July 19, 2013!

Card of the Day - Monday, July 01, 2013

Archangel of Thune

Archangel of ThuneMagic 2014 Core Set mythic rare. Thune, which we've seen on card names before, is a location on the plane of Shandalar.

The Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for its release on July 19, 2013!

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