The Binding of Isaac, an impossible rule to follow, the Bible, and other oddities about Magic: The Gathering that you might not know
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It’s not the first time we’ve taken a look at The Thousand and One Magic Curiosities: The Gathering, but if you’re looking for a list of topics to liven up your next game, today we bring you more Magic Curiosities you might have you didn’t know
Yes, I’m saying more because at its time we already published a list of 17 Magic curiosities here, but if you want more, we’re sure you’ll find many more in our Magic Chronicles that you can use to educate your colleagues about the Best to impress madness over magic.
The letter dedicated to Albert Einstein
When Phil Foglio was commissioned to do the art for Presence of the Master – they changed their minds on Urza – it sure didn’t take long for him to find the perfect master to bring it to life. It’s certainly one of the most original and beautiful arts in Magic: The Gathering — as well as a card that can come in handy, countering every enchantment while it’s in play.
Magic in the Army
There appears to be a large community of Magic players among the US military stationed abroad, a hobby that once led Wizards of the Coast to organize a military league that soldiers could join after signing up for duty. This gave them two subscriptions to period magazines, personalized merchandise, and card packs and expansion envelopes for just $50 a year.
The card with the most impressions
Aside from Basic Lands, the card with the most versions and impressions is Giant Growth, with a total of 44 different versions in different sets. He’s been with us since alpha and doesn’t seem to have any intention of leaving the set.
Winners with their own cards
During the celebrations of the Magic Invitational, a tournament that brought together the top 16 players from the previous year, the special prize for the winners was the opportunity to help create a card and put their face on it. 11 players managed to earn this honor.
Tribute to a deceased pet
As we learned in our Magic Easter Egg special, the game’s artists introduced many real-life references when creating their cards, but none quite as endearing or special as Charming Cat (Charmed Stray). The cat that appears on the first line is Chris Rahn’s cat, who died at the age of 17.
The strongest creature is a 16/16
Enormous Error has been pulled out of the blue with a price tag of 10 mana, which is actually more affordable than you’d think. The key is its summon ability, which lets you tap your own creatures to add a point to your mana pool. A deck full of cheap creatures and potagia magic, an Impervious Greatwurm drops to the table, which is a 16/16/ indestructible.
And the weakest creature a -1/-1
Spinal Parasite might not be a great looking artifact, but it’s more useful than it looks despite being -1/-1. Five-cost, Beetle comes into play with a +1/+1 counter for each color of mana spent to pay its cost, and you may remove two +1/+1 counters to take a counter from a permanent remove card of your choice. Not that bad.
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Censored Chinese letters
It’s not the first time we’ve talked about Chinese censorship in other media in VidaExtra – in fact, we’ve dedicated a special to their hostility towards skeletons – but little did I know that Magic has also seen the art of some of its cards modified to suit the Asian customs.
The fastest ban
Five minutes. That’s how long it’s been since Wizards of the Coast banned the otter Lutri, the Spellchaser (Lutri, the Spellchaser). Never before had a map been banned before its release, but they soon saw that its use would be almost mandatory in Commander and they wanted to prevent people from chasing the map if sooner or later it would be made illegal for that mode would .
The Binding of Isaac
The Binding of Isaac game has an item called Spirit of the Night, whose name and appearance are inspired by the Magic: The Gathering card of the same name from the Mirage set. The card’s fame, in turn, inspired another creation called Kohlrabi of the Night for one of the Un-Set collections.
The letter designed by the creator of Minecraft
Although Markus Persson has taken a back seat in the video game industry, there was a time when he was one of the big voices in the industry. From Wizards of the Coast, they wanted to honor his Minecraft creation by giving him the opportunity to design a map. Aggressive Mining is the letter we owe him.
The Bible in Magic
There was a time when the lyrics to the cards came from actual books. Among the options chosen is the Bible, which quotes “The unclean spirits went out, they went up into the swine; and the flock ran wild… – Mark 5:13″.
Special artist cards with a white back
As a gift for your collaboration, Wizards of the Coast test letters will be sent to the artists who worked on it. These cards have the particularity of having an all-white back, making them a collector’s treat.
There’s one rule that’s driving the Magic pro community crazy. A devastating lesson that seems to have no real application in reality. Rule 104.3F provides that a player who wins and loses at the same time loses the game. Game experts have been trying for years to see if they can create the perfect combination to use with today’s cards and rules.
A very special pirate
Admiral Beckett Brass isn’t just a card with spectacular art, it also has a very special story behind the work of Jason Rainville. As a thank you, the artist painted his mother as a fearless pirate.
And with a picture of the coolest lady in all of Magic: The Gathering, we say goodbye until next week’s special. Play!
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