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Civic Wayfinder

scryfall.com/card/ema/161/civi

Originally printed in Ravnica for mana-fixing, reprinted several times, and functionally reprinted as Borderland Ranger. It was strictly-better’d by District Guide (+/- very niche type synergies) which can get basics or gates. Still, a solid role-player in casual decks or mid-power cubes.

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Bazaar of Baghdad

scryfall.com/card/vma/294/baza

This card is emblematic of early Magic in several ways: it’s a direct reference to a pre-existing story, it’s a land that doesn’t tap for mana, and it’s astonishingly broken. It’s banned in legacy for making Dredge decks way too good, yet not restricted in Vintage.

Also, I remember hearing that Christopher Moeller made enough money from this painting to fund a year of independent work.

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Dragon Roost

scryfall.com/card/10e/197★/dra

A clunky but very cool token-producer, and one of only a few cards in the game that can repeatedly make Dragon tokens. This printing also shows off a neat feature of Tenth Edition - some foils left off the reminder text and/or added flavor text, leading to things like this stunningly beautiful Time Stop: scryfall.com/card/10e/117★/tim

However, it was a logistical pain in the ass, which is probably why it’s never been done since.

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Graveborn Muse

scryfall.com/card/10e/145/grav

A fun riff on Phyrexian Arena, and I like the tension of how it’s good in a zombie deck but can kill you if you’re not careful; also, the only Zombie Spirit in the game

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Conjurer’s Closet

scryfall.com/card/2xm/243/conj

This is one of my favorite cards in the game, and my foil AVR copy is one of the cards I preserved when I liquidated a lot of my collection. It has beautiful art, and it’s at the perfect power level of “great value engine without being disgustingly broken at the level of, say, Deadeye Navigator”

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Soul Manipulation

scryfall.com/card/mm3/185/soul

A very elegant blue/black design, flexible but requiring some setup and circumstance to get the full value. Originally printed in Alara Reborn, the 100% multicolor set, which had some innate issues (no colorless fixing, no one-drops, base power level has to be higher) but has plenty of very cool flavor and designs.

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Æther Web

scryfall.com/card/tsp/189/aeth

In addition to using the now-deprecated Æ ligature, this card shows off several characteristics of Time Spiral block - it’s a reference to an obscure older card (Web, originally from Alpha), it has flash (keyworded here for the first time) and it references/counters another old mechanic (Shadow).

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Diabolic Servitude

scryfall.com/card/pd3/22/diabo

A riff on Animate Dead, trying to fix its way-too-high power level and its horrifically clunky templating all at once!

The exile clause prevents Worldgorger Dragon-type shenanigans, but the return-to-hand ability has interesting potential. Also, it has some wonderfully gnarly art.

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Djinn of Infinite Deceits

scryfall.com/card/cma/38/djinn

I love this card’s art, and its repeatable control-swapping effect is great, especially with the anti-headache clauses of “you can’t do this in combat” and “you won’t need to track who has which commanders and who they’ve dealt commander damage to”

This would fit very well, thematically and mechanically, in an Inniaz deck...

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Thelonite Hermit

scryfall.com/card/tsp/228/thel

Time Spiral’s riff on Deranged Hermit, with a better-supported creature type (Saprolings instead of Squirrels) but still with the old-fashioned lord templating of buffing everyone’s creatures.

Deep Forest Hermit continues the lineage: it returns to squirrels, only buffs your own, and has Vanishing as its mechanic rather than Echo or Morph.

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Electrodominance

scryfall.com/card/rna/99/elect

Very cool art and name, enjoyably goofy flavor text, and an interesting effect that nobody has any interest in using fairly. I’m not sure how popular this deck is now, but for a while it was used in Restore Balance decks as a backup way to cast that card alongside As Foretold. (Even if X=0, you can still cast a nonexistent-mana-cost spell off it!)

And hey, in a pinch you can even use it as removal.

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Clackbridge Troll

scryfall.com/card/eld/353/clac

A flavorful riff on Desecration Demon, perfectly suited to Eldraine. It loses flying and gives your opponents sacrifice fodder, but it’s bigger, hasty, and draws cards. It’s not quite enough for constructed, but I’d love to make a casual deck with this, D-Demon, and a bunch of untapping combat tricks. (And maybe Illness in the Ranks?)

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Nightmare

scryfall.com/card/m15/276/nigh

A premiere creature from Alpha, now in free welcome decks. It’s still cool as hell, but has been superseded by other monoblack payoffs like Gray Merchant of Asphodel. It was the only Nightmare-type in Alpha, and while there have been some individually powerful Nightmares since (like, say, Lurrus) the tribe has never gotten much of a coherent style or a dedicated lord.

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Darksteel Ingot

scryfall.com/card/c15/251/dark

One of the original cards with the indestructible mechanic, and now both of its abilities have been shortened with modern templating. It’s also gained some absolutely haunting flavor text - I really hope we get to check back in on New Phyrexia at some point.

Also, I love how the only Ingot in the game is immune to Ingot Chewer. scryfall.com/card/uma/135/ingo

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Undertow

scryfall.com/card/leg/82/under

Of all the (land)walk hosers, this might come the closest to being Theoretically Not Completely Awful, since there are a bunch of very good and frequently-played creatures that have/give islandwalk - Inkwell Leviathan, Lord of Atlantis, Master of the Pearl Trident, River Boa, etc.

Still, I wish the name “undertow” was available for an interesting blue griptide-style effect

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Soratami Rainshaper

scryfall.com/card/chk/89/sorat

I love the flavor of the moonfolk, but their land-bouncing mechanical identity is pretty hard to use well, since it’s either a brutal tempo loss or just begging to do awful things with Exploration and friends. Still, I’m glad we have Tamiyo to keep them in the game in some way or another.

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Gideon’s Phalanx

scryfall.com/card/ori/14/gideo

It’s expensive, and pretty obviously telegraphed if you pass the turn with 5WW open, but this is a very fun way to build up an army at once and/or wreck someone’s alpha strike.

I also quite like the flavor and gameplay of Spell Mastery, and I hope it comes back someday.

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Compulsive Research

scryfall.com/card/rav/40/compu

An interesting middle ground between Thirst for Knowledge and Divination, good when you use it fairly and great if you’re doing some Graveyard Nonsense.

Funnily enough, although we’ve seen some Strictly Better Divinations in Standard lately, and cards like Thirst for Meaning, Compulsive Research has yet to be reprinted back into Standard ever

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Soldevi Golem

scryfall.com/card/me4/228/sold

Here’s a relatively-reasonably-powerful creature from Ice Age, with some absolutely amazing art from Anson Maddocks. This kind of flavor/design has shown up more recently on cards like Chronomaton and Traxos, but I love the ominous, cyborg-y feel of this art in particular.

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Approach of the Second Sun

scryfall.com/card/akr/4/approa

A control wincon with some excellently ominous flavor, playing on Bolas’s “Sevens” motif from several of his cards.

The Remastered version has new art in light of the original artist being revealed as awful, and I think it’s genuinely better, with the smoky texturing and the flock of birds that looks eerily like locusts.

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Disenchant

scryfall.com/card/wc98/bh16sb/

This printing shows off a few interesting trends of its time - like nearly every card in Tempest, it’s part of a storyboard-style sequence detailing the entire plot, and it’s a gold-bordered card from a precon based on a recent tournament-winning decklist.

I get why both of these things are untenable now, but I’m glad they were both in the game at one point.

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Forest

scryfall.com/card/pz2/70807/fo

This is a really cool-looking bamboo forest from the Jiang Yanggu / Mu Yanling duel decks, which were Standard-legal in China and nowhere else. (However, WotC did not make any public statement on what they think counts as “China.”)

The artist, Xin-Yu Liu, illustrated three other cards for the decks, and I hope they stay on as a regular artist: scryfall.com/search?q=a%3A“Xin-Yu+Liu”&unique=art

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Gilded Lotus

scryfall.com/card/pdom/215s/gi

Originally printed in Mirrodin, providing an answer to “how much would a fair, repeatable Black Lotus cost?” It’s a quality mana rock, and this time it has flavor text that might be referencing the recent fate of Mirrodin.

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Nissa, Worldwaker

scryfall.com/card/m15/187/niss

This planeswalker is powerful, but didn’t see as much play as the latest five-mana Nissa. Also, it’s aesthetically frustrating that her abilities refer to “lands,” “forests,” and “basic lands,” rather than having more mechanical cohesion.

Also, Nissa’s face here is heavily based on Yolandi Visser, a member of South African rap group Die Antwoord: reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments

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@orb_warded_kor_warlord I'm sure we'll see them again whenever hey get around to Return to Kamigawa?

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@orb_warded_kor_warlord I've got that as an alt wincon in my Kwain "everybody draws cards!" edh deck. If I get Smothering Tithe online early enough, I can cast, redraw, and recast this in a single turn.

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@orb_warded_kor_warlord Oooh, didn't realize they'd done new art for it. I really like the change.

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