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The Mana Pool Needs Creatures!

We really appreciate the feedback we’ve been getting from everyone on the Deck List Poll, which is still waiting for more votes, by the way.  If you haven’t given us answers there yet, please do so.  But in the meantime, we have another request for all of you.  We want creatures!

Our request is quite simple.  In the comments below, give us a creature.  Not only that, but tell us why you’ve chosen it.  We don’t care what sort of criteria you use.  Most favorite creature, biggest and scariest, worst monster ever, dude you’ve always wanted to play but never had a reason.  Whatever you want!  Just be sure you tell us why you picked this creature in particular.  This is a different sort of experiment than we usually do, so thanks for helping us out.

And finally, a few rules.  Nothing silver-bordered (sorry, no Un-sets allowed!), and no repeats.  If a creature has already been mentioned, please come up with something else.  That’s it!  Let us know what you’ve got in the comments below.  And keep coming back every day, we’re going to have lots more experimental questions over the next week!

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  1. crazyknight27
    September 17, 2011 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    I choose you MASTER TRANSMUTER!


    why? i love artifacts and this transmuter is an artifact that reeks of combolicious possiblities. all the while it was legal in standard, i only play transmuter decks with magister sphinx and inkwell leviathans. of course i loose all the time

  2. Tom Delia
    September 17, 2011 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Jareth, Leonin Titan was the first creature that i truly loved, the card is just amazing in all accounts,It’s my favorite card.

  3. Phil Bohn
    September 17, 2011 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate my main man, Grotesque Hybrid. It is one of my favorite creatures ever, the first foil I ever owned, and a solid card in general. His abilities are great and he is a force to be reckoned with. Thank you, and good night.

  4. Ben Ahrendt
    September 17, 2011 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Hmmm…Tough question. Guess I’d have to give props to Stonehewer Giant for being awesome. Not only is he a reasonably sized guy for a reasonable cost, his ability is also unbelievably good. He does well by me in my Kemba deck. Hell, he practically enables the deck whenever he comes out. I salute you, Stonehewer Giant.

  5. Josh McCurley
    September 17, 2011 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Swans of Bryn Argoll

    the best combo creature out there!

  6. Magnor Criol
    September 17, 2011 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Mirror-Sigil Sergeant.

    I started playing in Shards block, Conflux was the first set I ever bought cards for, and Mirror-Sigil was the first rare I opened (so yes, my first rare was mythic…unfortunately my crack-a-pack luck hasn’t been that auspicious since then).

    I still love the guy, even though I’ve never effectively been able to build a deck around him – I was too new at the game when I first got him, and haven’t gotten around to it sense.

    Still he’s awesome and a lot of fun. (And works well with Followed Footsteps, eh eh?)

  7. Jace Beleren
    September 17, 2011 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Murder of Crows.

    I love crows and this card in particular is quite flavorful not just because of it’s name but because it relates to the card’s ability of letting you loot when a creature dies.

    One crow’s sorrow, two crow’s joy, three crow’s marriage, four’s for birth. Five is for silver, six is for gold. Seven is a secret never to be told.

    The card features 8 crows.. perhaps the unspoken secret is the dying creature’s last gasp?

  8. Poisoned Fly
    September 17, 2011 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician

    This is without a doubt my favourite creature. It has one me more EDH games than I can count, and he has an awesome hat (and awesome flavour text)!

  9. Samuel Sedgman
    September 17, 2011 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Devouring Strossus has had a spot in my heart, and subsequently my Mono-black EDH deck, ever since Chewie mentioned it on the show quite a while ago. It remains awesome today.

  10. September 17, 2011 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    One with Nothing

    First rare I ever got in a booster I bought for myself. It started my interest in the game (It’s a rare but it seems terrible! What’s the catch?) So I started exploring what I could do with it. Turns out nothing, but nevermind. I’ve collected that single card ever since. So yeah. I have almost 100 One with Nothing, it’s always a laugh when somebody opens my tradebinder and sees the first 5 pages or so stocked with it. 😀

    • September 17, 2011 at 3:39 am | Permalink

      Okey. I can’t read.
      Jaya Ballard, Task Mage

      She is awesome. She is one of the first prototypes for the planeswalkers we know today. And she has that much awesome flavor text. What’s not to love?

  11. September 17, 2011 at 5:38 am | Permalink


    It was one of the first cards I saw looking through gatherer that I thought “I have to make a deck around this”. It just looked so interesting.

    (Incidentally, I recently found the deck I did eventually make out of it, and have been thinking of updating it: http://lhsi-blog.blogspot.com/2011/09/magic-deck-terravore.html)

    The thing I like about it is that there are multiple ways to build around it – get land in your graveyard, or get land in your opponents graveyard (or a mixture of both). It is such an interesting card.

  12. Myke Okuhara
    September 17, 2011 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Marhault Elsdragon. Because what with the ears and the flavor text, you know someone at Wizards just wanted to sneak a Vulcan in there.

  13. Austin
    September 17, 2011 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Hard question, very hard.
    Choose, I do, the Manic Vandal
    Fun, does he need another reason?
    Lol’s all the way.

  14. Dylan
    September 17, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Vorosh the Hunter. This guy gets big. REAL big. If you’re talking EDH here, this guy is “Timmy’s” best friend

  15. Chris Hill
    September 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Pulse Tracker

    I like vamps and this guy is great early game, pings everyone, and is cheap!!

  16. Severijn
    September 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Sheltering ancient.

    Why? Well, back when I started playing, future sight just came out. Suddenly, people in my playgroup started showing up with the mighty tarmogoyf. Just to show those sacks, I built a deck around this guy, and it smashed faces. BFF with Kulrath knight and fate transfer. And really, there is this charm to dropping a 5/5 trampler on the second turn. Just to punish that turn 1 birds/elf.

  17. Kendall Halman
    September 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Relentless Rats:

    I just built a deck with them. They’re loads of fun, and I feel like people don’t really talk about them enough.

  18. Daniel Adams
    September 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    For me? There can only be one option.

    Because when it comes down to it, Believing you are amazing is more important than actually being amazing, Yes I’m talking about The Scornful Egotist.

    What better creature can there be. I defy anyone to tell me that they did not look at this beauty for the first time and think, “What in the name of all that is- …”. He’s amazing in so many ways, the Combo potential, The Shocked horror on someone’s face when they path your Morph guy, only to find the Egotist grinning at them.

    Look at the art! He doesn’t even care he’s just smashed his way out of a Spiderstonecrab and is now decidedly unprotected and bad-ass, That my good sir is balls to the wall, (It’s ok it’s a spelunking term)

    He may not be Big, He may not be flashy, but god damn it, He’s awesome and I adore him.

  19. Robert Waycaster
    September 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Keldon warlord

    Why cause the keldons are Spartans on powerthirst!! If you ever want to read about pure badassery read the fight between them and phyrexia! Plus I have the warlord in a r/w weenie deck, combos well with pennon blade.

  20. PottsRox
    September 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Seedborn Muse- do whatever you want on your turn, and still have all your stuff available on everyone else’s turn.

  21. September 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Vesuvan Shapeshifter, no buts about it. He’s my man (my men?).

    He’s pops out cheap and colorless, then turns into whatever you need him to be. And I cannot stress enough the importance of his repeatability. Something else comes out that’s better? Woop, next upkeep, I get a copy.

  22. Jfd
    September 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Ulamog, The Infinite Gyre

    Powerful, flavorful, and game-shifting.

  23. Andrew Babcock
    September 19, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Enlisted Wurm

    I only started playing right at the end of Alara block because my friends were playing one day. They handed me the green-white intro deck and said “Here, try this.” Enlisted Wurm come out and ruined everybody. The cascade effect always seemed to follow Enlisted Wurm’s flavor text in that he has the cascade mechanic because he needs someone or something to direct the Wurm’s anger, some sort of army is unleashing the wurm upon some hapless foe. Another random first card to join the ranks.

  24. Dirk Pijnenburg
    September 19, 2011 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Blistering Firecat

    It just does not get more agressive then that.
    I love playing red and this card really says “go for it!”
    (since I will be gone at end of turn)

  25. Chris
    September 19, 2011 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Time Elemental

    It was one of the few rares from Legends that I had opened and I used it over and over and over and over again through the years to mostly annoy my friends. That funky artwork and the weird restriction on it made it interesting, too. I was bummed to see it reprinted, since mine was not as unique, but it still worked to annoy. It probably helped me really understand how powerful blue was, since it could bounce almost anything. I should probably dig this one back out and start using it again….

  26. Jake
    September 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Dragon Mage

    Okay so I know that its not the best creature ever but the idea to me is just really cool. Red is my favorite color and among red’s creatures dragons are my favorite. Dragon mage is different then other dragons since he is not just some stupid flying dragon thing but a mage. Also there I always loved his flavor text “you will bend to my will with or without your sanity” as it was always cool. Overall dragon mage is probably my favorite card and has been for a while.

  27. Banzai_Tree
    September 21, 2011 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Giant Trap Door Spider

    One of the first gold-cards I’ve ever owned, and in my two favorite colors to boot.

  28. TapThisKillThat
    September 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Grand Architect!!!

    My favorite Blue artifact lord!

    artifact spells and activated abilities cost 2 less when you tap a blue creature (preferably a blue artifact creature 🙂 ) It’s a perfect ramp for artifact/blue 🙂

    Also there’s that +1/+1 for blue creatures thing…. 😉

    • TapThisKillThat
      September 23, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      i probably shouldn’t call it a blue artifact lord considering Master of Etherium is the blue artifact lord…. my bad….

      But put these two together in a deck and…….olive oil!!!!!

  29. Phenox1707
    September 22, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Wall of Reverence!

    Why? Because a. No one’s brought up a wall before, and b. It was the starting card for my Red/White Wall deck. =)

    Hope it helps!

  30. Jamoes
    September 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Hmm I choose Aven Fleetwing

    Why? Well it won me more games in my last draft with my friends than any other card in my deck (and I had an inferno Titan!!) plus it’s common hexproof and has flying!!

  31. September 23, 2011 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Awesome! Did everyone vote on all the other questions? We need more on the Deck List Poll, we have a few ties!

  32. Garthok84
    September 23, 2011 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Hands down, I have to go with my favorite card in the game, Reveillark. I never even played it with the Mirror Entity combo. It’s just so good for getting more and more advantage as a game goes on. When 3 people end up all turning on me and the only way they can find to kill me is by decking me by Astral Sliding my own Mulldrifters…yeah, good stuff.

  33. thewachman (Mr. Suitcase on MTGCast)
    September 23, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Chimney Imp!

    He does not get enough Love!

  34. SkeetWo
    September 26, 2011 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Uktabi Orangutan

    Hehehehe… Monkey lovin.

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