Nominations for Mirage Casual Card

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CPA Trash Man
Brushwagg, Urborg Panther, Lion's Eye Diamond, Illicit Auction, Zirian of the Claw.

As I looked through the set list, thses 5 cards sprung out to me as the best contenders.

Brushwagg: It's a funny art that has always made me smile. Plus, It's essentially non-lethal in combat. As one of my friends used to say when he played with him "He doesn't want to hurt anybody. He just wants to come out and play".

Urborg Panther: Spirit of the Night is one of the most famous old-time biggies of magic. However, while he may be a nice fattie, the big thing that I loved about him was this concept of sacrificing creature to search for him. Urborg Panther was the key, as it was the one with the ability to search. No other creature in Magic had this concept before. I recall trying vigorously to make a deck work to fish out my only Spirit using this triple card combo. It starts with the Panther's unique (at the time) ability.

Lion's Eye Diamond: Not any particular reason, but it gave casual players their own version of Black Lotus, which at the time had skyrocketed a few hundred dollars in the past year or so. Most of the serious players I knew scoffed at the card (not for long, though) and it was our casual table that tried to work around it. We did unsuccessfully, but had fun doing so.

Illicit Auction: Red gains creature control. What? Oh! It gains GAMBLING creature control! I like this as casual because it adds another aspect of the game. We have had gambling in the past in the form of coin flipping, but I don't think we had players give the ability of bidding something, let alone your life. I had a friend with a sick white/red life gain deck. He'd have something like 50-60 life and then Illicit Auction the best monster on the field and offer 10 life to start. It was nice.

Zirian of the Claw: C'mon, who DOENS'T like cheap dragons?

In the end, my nomination will be Urborg Panther. I found my arguement for that card most warranted. Now, Spirit of the Night will still probably be nominated by someone, but rememeber that it's THIS guy that made casual guys love him.

Ransac, cpa trash man


Isengar Tussle
Auspicious Ancestor
Benevolent Unicorn
Blinding Light
Celestial Dawn
Civic Guildmage
Dazzling Beauty
Divine Offering
Divine Retribution
Ekundu Griffin
Enlightened Tutor
Ethereal Champion
Favorable Destiny
Femeref Healer
Femeref Knight
Femeref Scouts
Healing Salve
Iron Tusk Elephant
Ivory Charm
Jabari's Influence
Mangara's Blessing
Mangara's Equity
Melesse Spirit
Mtenda Griffin
Mtenda Herder
Noble Elephant
Null Chamber
Pearl Dragon
Prismatic Circle
Rashida Scalebane
Ritual of Steel
Sacred Mesa
Sidar Jabari
Soul Echo
Spectral Guardian
Teremko Griffin
Unyaro Griffin
Vigilant Martyr
Wall of Resistance
Ward of Lights
Zhalfirin Commander
Zhalfirin Knight
Zuberi, Golden Feather

Ancestral Memories
Azimaet Drake
Bay Falcon
Bazaar of Wonders
Cerulean Wyvern
Cloak of Invisibility
Coral Fighters
Daring Apprentice
Dream Cache
Dream Fighter
Energy Vortex
Ether Well
Hakim, Loreweaver
Harmattan Efreet
Kukemssa Pirates
Kukemssa Serpent
Memory Lapse
Merfolk Raiders
Merfolk Seer
Mind Bend
Mind Harness
Mist Dragon
Mystical Tutor
Political Trickery
Power Sink
Prismatic Lace
Psychic Transfer
Ray of Command
Reality Ripple
Sandbar Crocodile
Sapphire Charm
Sea Scryer
Shaper Guildmage
Suq'Ata Firewalker
Teferi's Curse
Teferi's Drake
Teferi's Imp
Tidal Wave
Vaporous Djinn
Wave Elemental

Abyssal Hunter
Ashen Powder
Barbed-Back Wurm
Binding Agony
Blighted Shaman
Bone Harvest
Cadaverous Knight
Catacomb Dragon
Choking Sands
Crypt Cobra
Dark Banishing
Dark Ritual
Dirtwater Wraith
Drain Life
Dread Specter
Ebony Charm
Feral Shadow
Fetid Horror
Forbidden Crypt
Forsaken Wastes
Grave Servitude
Gravebane Zombie
Harbinger of Night
Infernal Contract
Kaervek's Hex
Mire Shade
Nocturnal Raid
Painful Memories
Phyrexian Tribute
Purraj of Urborg
Ravenous Vampire
Reign of Terror
Restless Dead
Sewer Rats
Shadow Guildmage
Shallow Grave
Shauku, Endbringer
Skulking Ghost
Soul Rend
Spirit of the Night
Tainted Specter
Tombstone Stairwell
Urborg Panther
Wall of Corpses
Withering Boon
Zombie Mob

Armorer Guildmage
Barreling Attack
Blind Fury
Blistering Barrier
Builder's Bane
Burning Palm Efreet
Burning Shield Askari
Chaos Charm
Cinder Cloud
Consuming Ferocity
Crimson Hellkite
Crimson Roc
Dwarven Miner
Dwarven Nomad
Ekundu Cyclops
Emberwilde Djinn
Final Fortune
Flame Elemental
Goblin Elite Infantry
Goblin Scouts
Goblin Soothsayer
Goblin Tinkerer
Hammer of Bogardan
Hivis of the Scale
Illicit Auction
Kaervek's Torch
Lightning Reflexes
Pyric Salamander
Raging Spirit
Reckless Embermage
Reign of Chaos
Searing Spear Askari
Spitting Earth
Stone Rain
Subterranean Spirit
Talruum Minotaur
Telim'Tor's Edict
Torrent of Lava
Viashino Warrior
Volcanic Dragon
Volcanic Geyser
Wildfire Emissary
Zirilan of the Claw

Afiya Grove
Armor of Thorns
Barbed Foliage
Canopy Dragon
Crash of Rhinos
Cycle of Life
Early Harvest
Fallow Earth
Femeref Archers
Giant Mantis
Gibbering Hyenas
Granger Guildmage
Hall of Gemstone
Jolrael's Centaur
Jungle Patrol
Jungle Wurm
Karoo Meerkat
Locust Swarm
Lure of Prey
Mindbender Spores
Mtenda Lion
Natural Balance
Nettletooth Djinn
Preferred Selection
Quirion Elves
Rampant Growth
Roots of Life
Sabertooth Cobra
Seedling Charm
Seeds of Innocence
Serene Heart
Stalking Tiger
Superior Numbers
Tranquil Domain
Tropical Storm
Uktabi Faerie
Uktabi Wildcats
Unseen Walker
Unyaro Bee Sting
Village Elder
Waiting in the Weeds
Wall of Roots
Wild Elephant
Worldly Tutor

Asmira, Holy Avenger
Benthic Djinn
Cadaverous Bloom
Circle of Despair
Discordant Spirit
Emberwilde Caliph
Energy Bolt
Frenetic Efreet
Grim Feast
Harbor Guardian
Haunting Apparition
Hazerider Drake
Jungle Troll
Kaervek's Purge
Leering Gargoyle
Malignant Growth
Phyrexian Purge
Prismatic Boon
Radiant Essence
Reflect Damage
Rock Basilisk
Savage Twister
Sawback Manticore
Sealed Fate
Shauku's Minion
Spatial Binding
Unfulfilled Desires
Vitalizing Cascade
Warping Wurm
Windreaper Falcon
Zebra Unicorn

Acidic Dagger
Amber Prison
Amulet of Unmaking
Basalt Golem
Bone Mask
Charcoal Diamond
Chariot of the Sun
Cursed Totem
Elixir of Vitality
Fire Diamond
Grinning Totem
Horrible Hordes
Igneous Golem
Lead Golem
Lion's Eye Diamond
Mana Prism
Mangara's Tome
Marble Diamond
Misers' Cage
Moss Diamond
Patagia Golem
Paupers' Cage
Phyrexian Dreadnought
Phyrexian Vault
Razor Pendulum
Sand Golem
Teeka's Dragon
Telim'Tor's Darts
Unerring Sling
Ventifact Bottle

Bad River
Crystal Golem
Crystal Vein
Ersatz Gnomes
Flood Plain
Mountain Valley
Rocky Tar Pit
Sky Diamond
Teferi's Isle


The Tentacled One
I nominate Kaervek's Torch. It looks degenerate with Channel, but I think that's Channel's fault, not the Torch's. Any other time, it makes a nice alternative to Fireball/Disintegrate/etc. that is less likely to just be Counterspell'd or Misdirection'd.


There's surprisingly few cards I remember from Mirage with much affection. I guess those can be summarised as Tombstone Stairwell, Forbidden Crypt, Hakim Loreweaver, and the AWESOME Floodgate. If I had to put one of those cards in a deck it would be Floodgate, and perhaps that's why I won't nominate it - it's all about winning games, not having fun.

I think I'm going to go blue though, and have Hakim Loreweaver. I remember at the time having GREAT fun with Hakim and Crown Of The Ages to recur enchantments and throw them all over the place... "ooh, a Control Magic, let me just pull that out of the graveyard and stick it on your guy...". Even today there's decks I use Hakim in when I'm playing for fun. Plus he looks the daddy.


CPA Trash Man
Nominations so far:
Urborg Panther: Ransac
Kaervek's Torch: Oversoul
Hakim Loreweaver: Gizmo
Illicit Auction" orgg

Ransac, cpa trash man


Baazar Of Wonders: Cannot really give a great argument for this. But I think it is one heck of a Casual Card!


Staff member
Eh? Nothing really stood out in Mirage. It was the introduction of cheap replacements for cards that people really liked. I mean, they tried to give us cards diamonds for those of us that missed moxes and lotii, but they were really REALLY cheap (meaning expensive and lame) replacements.

I guess, if I'd have to pick one, I'd go with Amber Prison. It was like an Icy Manipulator with an attitude! It was a great way to shut down critters you didn't like.


"Lion's Eye Diamond = WotC employees eating the wrong brownies..."


CPA Trash Man
Nominations so far:
Urborg Panther: Ransac
Kaervek's Torch: Oversoul
Hakim Loreweaver: Gizmo
Illicit Auction: orgg
Bazaar of Wonders: DarthFerret
Amber Prison: Ferret

Ransac, cpa trash


Nothing Special
I nominate Polymorph for the following reasons:

1) Great flavor captured in the mechanic - one creature is turning into a different creature
2) Great picture - the freaked out bunny by Robert Bliss, one of my favorite artists
3) Great flavor text - and it goes along with the picture
4) It brought creature destruction to blue in a way that made sense for blue
5) It inspired a whole run of cards with a similar ability, such as Riptide Shapeshifter, Proteus Staff, and Reweave

Killer Joe

New member
"Nominate/vote" they're close in spelling, you know what I meant. :rolleyes:

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Staff member
I'm gonna squeeze in a nomination and put forth Waiting in the Weeds. Cats are cute!

And now it's closed for voting.
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