Cards that hold a special place in your heart.

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Posted on Aug. 4, 2020, 2:26 a.m. by TypicalTimmy

Do you have any cards that hold a special place in your heart? Perhaps it is of a fond memory from how you acquired it? Maybe it's a card you drafted and you won every game with it? Maybe it's a card that represents something special to you?

I think it is safe to say that all players, from those who have been here for 20+ years to the players who began just now, have at least one card that is special to you.

If you'd like to share, that's what this forum is for. As a community, I think we get a bit too hung up on people being "right" or "wrong", being "competitive" or "casual", being "kind" or "toxic".

We are a community. So let's come together and take a moment to appreciate the game for what it is.


  • Aurelia, the Warleader was one of my very first mythics when I started playing. Between her and Iroas, God of Victory, I quickly grew a deep affinity for combat matters. It's possible that these two shaped the player I am today - wanting to cast giant bombs and attacking relentlessly. Those, with Avenger of Zendikar gave me a deep and fond connection toward token-based strategies and combat-matters based themes.

  • Savage Ventmaw was a Dragon I pulled in a booster pack I found at Walmart. The insane glee I found from such a thing was immense. Being able to attack with a giant Dragon that pays for my next giant bomb is something I honestly still can't get over. Any chance I get, I include this card in my decks. This is probably where I got my Timmy mindset from, if I am being honest. :) Still my #1 favorite Dragon in the whole game. I honestly don't think this will ever change :3

  • Satyr Hedonist and Generator Servant may seem like garbage cards, but in my early days of playing, these cards ramped me into seriously huge plays. I quickly realized that with Generator Servant, nothing says that both mana must be spent on a creature spell in order to give it haste - only one portion needs to. This means you can potentially give haste to two creatures, if you can. The jank I have put together with these two is probably, along with Savage Ventmaw, why I have a passion for Gruul - hence the coloration of my username.

  • Gift of Orzhova is a card that holds an incredibly special place in my heart. My dad was a lot of things, some good and some bad. One thing he was though was an artist, in a sense. He was a craftsman. He knew woodworking, masonry and stained glass. He taught me stained glass and it was a moment of my childhood that helped me get through the hard times. When he passed, I inherited all of his equipment. Now, due to unfortunate economic situations I have been forced to sell it all, but that doesn't matter. Items and money mean almost nothing to me. I have the memories, knowledge and skills. I still know how to do stained glass, and when I buy my home next year I'm going to set up in the basement just like my dad did. He passed away of cancer in 2009, and seeing these angelic wings made of stained glass brings a tear to my eye every time. Love you, dad.

  • One more. I absolutely LOVE Minotaur. It's my favorite tribe, even more so than Dragons. I hope we get stronger representation later on for EDH, but I have a very dirty Modern deck that destroys a lot of opponents. Regardless, when Ixalan introduced us to our first (on cardstock, that is) Minotaur Planeswalker, I can't even describe how happy I was. So, I picked up the Angrath Planeswalker deck, the one with Angrath, Minotaur Pirate one. And I shit you not, the booster pack that came with it had Angrath, the Flame-Chained in it. OH. MY. GOD. I know it might mean nothing to most of you on here, but seriously that made like my entire week. Also gotta give a shoutout to my boy Neheb, the Worthy and his other additions. And yes I know of Sethron, Hurloon General, and he's great and all but... we need more support in the +99, you know? A single Rageblood Shaman, Felhide Petrifier and Kragma Warcaller does not a good deck make.

I love Atla Palani, Nest Tender (many of you may have heard me mention her), and my EDH deck around her is my favorite and pet deck. another card is Vizier of Deferment. I really like its effect, and it was one of the first cards that I pulled out of a booster pack.

August 4, 2020 2:53 a.m.

Oloro_Magic says... #3

Well TypicalTimmy, I don't think I can come close to the honestly quite touching memories of your father that you share and how magic has come to occupy a place for the cultivation of memories, I do agree with your general sentiment behind making this post. I hope it sticks! This seems like a really wholesome way for the community to come together so thank you for that.

For me the card that holds the most prominent place in my heart is Sigardian Priest hands down. I remember making admittedly very bad limited decks with this card, as well as putting it in a deck when a bunch of friends were just starting magic. It became a bit of an inside joke in that friend group that Sigardian Priest was the best card ever printed, that its ability was always relevant. Of course this wasn't true but it provided hours of laughs simply because I put it in a deck to play with a group of friends that were looking to play fun casual magic, in many ways its the card that broke me a bit more out of my shell and made me commit to being a more active voice on whatever I put my mind to. In honor of the memories it has provided, and regardless of the fact all those people have since moved or stopped playing magic I have made a habit of routinely buying them out, it has been a while since I took a tally but we are somewhere close to 500 foil and non-foil copies at this point; a truly stupid monument to a truly stupid joke.

The other cards I have to single out are Deja Vu, Ad Nauseam, and Library of Alexandria. All three of these cards speak to me personally. I'm a classicist by training with research focused on the city of Alexandria, so the last one should be largely obvious, Ad Nauseam and library linked my interests so to speak so they will always hold a place that is special to me. For Deja Vu I've always loved that quote, as in many ways it is what I research but also horribly far off the mark as history also seeks to identify anomalies and from there, in the work I do, situate those anomalies within a new pattern. So yes its repetition, but at the same time that is mischaracterizing a vital part of the process. The seemingly contradictory nature then never fails to get me thinking about this challenge the discipline as a whole faces, and thus provides a great tool for self-reflection.

One more I would be remiss to not mention is Gravity Negator, I simply find the art on this card incredible, nothing more, I can't help but admire it.

August 4, 2020 2:56 a.m.

jaymc1130 says... #4

Squadron Hawk is very near and dear to my heart from the Caw Blade era about a decade ago. So much value, so much consistency.

Goblin Sharpshooter really pushed the goblin tribal decks into top tier competitive around the Mirrodin era and this was the deck that earned me my first GP day 2.

Taiga was the first dual land I ever cracked in a pack. 4 packs later I got a second copy. No 8 year old has ever been happier than I was in that moment.

Frost Lynx has always seemed to be a good luck charm for me in drafts and I've earned many, many a tournament win IRL and online piloting decks that ran a couple copies over the last decade or so.

August 4, 2020 3:53 a.m.

King_marchesa says... #5

Vizier of the Menagerie was the first mythic I ever pulled (actually my friend opened the pack so...) but it has a special place in my heart anyways. Another card that I like is Brightling I love this cycle of creatures and I pulled this one not too long ago. It's kind of a pet card for me.

August 4, 2020 7:55 a.m.

EleshNornsFs says... #6

Consuming Aberration:Many years ago, my best friends introduced me to MTG. I knew my father had the book Arena on his shelf, so I mentioned it to him. He got so excited when I said that my friends taught me how to play, so he immediately started digging through his closet for his old collection. He had been playing since Alpha and I am told he had a few lotuses. Unfortunately, as he dug about, he remembered that he had to sell it all in 97, when he had a baby on the way. So he took me to Walmart to get some precons. We had the choice between the Gruul or Dimir decks from gatecrash, so he grabbed the former and I grabbed the latter. Consuming Aberration was the foil headliner of the deck. Ever since then, if Ibuild a deck that can fit it, I put in as many as I can.

Nekusar, the Mindrazer: When C13 came out, one of my friends cashed in on the True-Name Nemesis situation. He bought a couple of the decks, sold the rares, and handed me one of what was left. I built around Nekusar, because he seemed a lot more interesting than Jeleva. That was the start of my EDH obsession.

And finally, one of the Phyrexian Islands from Mirrodin Besieged. It looked so stinking cool and when my friends called it Phyrexian, a word I hadn't heard before, I had to know more. I drove head first into the lore and cards, rushing to my LGS to grab a playset of promo Sheoldreds (she was only a dollar or two at the time) and trading for as many Phyrexian cards as I could. And I never looked back. It will always be my favorite plane/set/flavor/style, and in many ways, my playstyle has reflected Phyrexian ideology ever since then.

August 4, 2020 8:28 a.m.

Unlife says... #7

Realmwright was the first foil I ever opened (I love shiny cards), and I loved the effect, when I was starting out it was in a lot of decks.

Phyrexian Unlife before I found out about modern and power levels, I thought the card was such a cool idea (it helped that I was introduced to infect early on and have throughly enjoyed the mechanic ever since) and the artwork on the card was amazing

Borborygmos Enraged he's the commander I've had the longest, and his deck has come a long way from himself and 99 basic forests and mountains when I first started out. Plus its a lot of fun to throw lands at people

August 4, 2020 8:30 a.m.

DeinoStinkus says... #8

Thraximundar was the first commander I had.

Gift of Orzhova was actually in my first good deck, a Gatecrash Limited deck. My favorite card from it was a promo Angelic Skirmisher.

August 4, 2020 8:45 a.m.

While I am sure I haven't played the game as long as many of you i still have some favorite cards. I started playing at sleep away camp when a friend gave me a deck full of 1/1s and boy did i love that deck, it brought me into the color white. The first commander game I ever saw as also at that camp, and One of the commanders was Sigarda, Host of Herons and after i saw it i knew angels were my absolute favorite tribe. For the rest of that camp i tried to get was many angels as i could, and i only got one. it was a foil Angel of Deliverance and that was my new favorite card and cemented angels as my favorite. When i got home i spent countless hours on amazon looking at all the different angels i could get. Avacyn quickly became my favorite character and that led to innistrad becoming my favorite plane, so to answer the original question, Archangel Avacyn  Flip is my favorite card because it shows many parts of who i am as a magic player.

August 4, 2020 8:49 a.m.

FSims81 says... #10

When I first started playing the game back in middle and high school my favorite decks were always mono-black and the heavy lifter for most of those decks was Hymn to Tourach. It got to the point that my small play group hated it so much that we went from playing kitchen table magic to suddenly they wanted to enforce the ruling at the time that had Hymn on the restricted list. Love that card, I know a functional reprint will probably never happen but it would be so fun.....for me.

August 4, 2020 9 a.m.

Massacar says... #11

Lavinia of the Tenth was the very first commander I drafted. She was one of my only legendaries starting out, and my friend wanted to teach me EDH, so I drafted around her. Ended up doing well with her all things considered.

Runaway Steam-Kin has to be one of my favorite standard cards. It's the little engine that could, and this time the "could" was "[email protected] you up."

The first box of magic cards I bought got me Ugin, the Spirit Dragon (I had gotten planeswalkers before that from trades and loose packs) and that started me on collecting planeswalkers.

August 4, 2020 9:34 a.m.

For me I'd have to say Mind's Desire and Krark-Clan Ironworks hold a special place in my heart. Desire was the first deck I was able to beat a much better player than myself with when I first started playing. Ironworks on the other hand gave me my only ptq top 8 in the old extended format. It was the only deck I had built at the time and still try to make work in legacy to this day.

August 4, 2020 11:03 a.m.

abby315 says... #13

I might be the only person who fondly remembers Siege Rhino, but it was the first-ever Magic card I got extremely excited about. It also won me my first-ever pre-release. Also, Shaman of the Pack. I miss Origins elves so much!

August 4, 2020 11:21 a.m.

One of the first cards I ever played with, that really hooked me on the themely-aspect of magic was a fallen empires Icatian Javelineers. Not a great card, but the art, mechanics, and general feel of that card made me feel like I was holding a weird old magical relic. I love that older-style art. Painted cards are infinitely better than the new super-touched-up-electronic stuff. Same goes for a lot of those weird old artifacts, like the old mana batteries.

August 4, 2020 12:11 p.m.

saluma says... #15

I have a few cards I hold close to my heart. First up is Assemble the Legion. I used to utterly destroy my friends when we all where new to the game, (around return to ravnica), and before we really understood the importance of removal.

Next up is Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker. Ever since I laid eyes opon him I've loved him. I play with at least one version of him in all decks I can.

Third card is The Chain Veil I really love planeswalkers and my favorite EDH deck is a 5 color superfriends deck. The ability to activate PW's abilities multiple times per turn gets me almost giggling.

August 4, 2020 12:44 p.m.

FSims81 says... #16

Another one for me is Poison-Tip Archer. I had a super fun elf-ball deck in standard that absolutely loaded the board with Elves and then I would cast Find / Finality to target one of the Archers and it was usually enough to wipe the board on both sides. Trigger city, especially if I ended up with multiple Archers on the board first.

August 4, 2020 12:54 p.m.

Daveslab2022 says... #17

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite was my first ever pull from a booster- so that was exciting. My buddy flipped because he saw it was a mythic and explained it was the best rarity you could get. Obviously the ability was pretty sick too.

My favorite cards, however, due solely to flavor, and spice are

Dark Confidant dude absolutely oozes flavor, and he was created for Bob Maher, who I’ve heard is a really cool guy. So double points.

Bitterblossom is also perfectly flavorful for black and the set it was printed in. Also that original art is excellent good.

Thoughtseize holds a special place in my heart, winning me a “major” tournament (an SCG Open IQ only like 50 dudes but it was supposed to be bigger, won me a free entry and a bye in the first round of the SCG Open, where I absolutely tanked and went 2-4, including my bye win lol.).

And lastly Crackling Doom. Was an auto 4 of in all my mardu decks during KTK standard and it smashed Siege Rhino for days.

August 4, 2020 12:55 p.m.

Woiteck says... #18

Almost 20 years ago I read a super long article about Magic in some magazine. It was my first introduction to the game and it focused on the individual colours and their philosophy. It was since then that I fell in love with black. And the card that was there to illustrate black was Laquatus's Champion, which I felt was awesome-looking compared to the cards that represented the other colours (I actually don’t remember any of those other cards, but that’s saying something about them more than it is about me, ha!). And so I consider Laquatus's Champion to be THE card that got me into this game. Funnily though, I only got a copy of it when it was reprinted in M25. Needless to say, I love playing it even though it's not very powerful in today’s Magic.

August 4, 2020 1:07 p.m.

TypicalTimmy says... #19

Woiteck, Rite of Replication in EDH.

Oops ;)

August 4, 2020 1:25 p.m.

BodhiQL says... #20

My first ever MTG tournament was a Theros draft. I had played kitchen table type Magic with my dad and friends but this was the first time I had ever gone into a local game store to play. My pack one pick one was Purphoros, God of the Forge, and I still have that copy today, and I’ve even gotten it signed.

The first time I got 1st place in a tournament was at a Return to Ravnica block draft. I remember winning the final game with a Master of Cruelties to get my opponent to 1 life, then finishing him next turn with a hasty Rakdos Shred-Freak.

August 4, 2020 4:27 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #21

My first magic experience me and my two buddies were baked out of our trees, and it was Shards of Alara block. My buddy had a couple Shards decks built up, Naya Godsire, Jund Hellkite Overlord and Grixis Prince of Thralls and they all used the same mechanic with Demon's Herald et al. I honestly don’t remember the rest of the decks at all but by the end of the night my buddy was on top of the fridge taking a picture of the battlefield littered with these three clunky beginner decks. There’s a reason I value my Japanese foil Godsire so highly.

Bloodthrone Vampire was the centre of this janky aristocrats deck I built during Zendikar/Scars of Mirrodin for the Mirrodin Besieged Game Day, my first real build for a tournament. I remember running out the first day Rise of the Eldrazi was out between (or possibly instead of attending) my uni classes to specifically buy a playset of these vampires. Anyway, the deck also starred Abyssal Persecutor and Sarkhan the Mad, but the real power came from Act of Treason and the vampire. I stole just enough wins in a pre-Batterskull CawBlade world to Top 8 and still have my Black Sun's Zenith promo to show for it, which is another one of my favourite cards.

August 4, 2020 11:30 p.m.

MagicMarc says... #22

My favorite artifact:
A very long time ago, my favorite artifact was Icy Manipulator. The original artwork hooked me. Back when artifacts got turned off when they became tapped this card was a great answer for nearly everything that would get put into play that could hurt you. And it was always relevant.

My favorite creature:
Once Arabian Nights happened, The Khabal Ghoul became my favorite creature. For 1 mana, a creature that could just keep growing? Pair them with Royal Assassins and grow them like crazy. If playing with white, add Spirit Links to the ghouls. They just added an ever growing threat to your board and were very flavorful.

My favorite instant:
Capsize has been my favorite ever since it's first printing back in 1999. This is repeatable denial at instant speed in an opponent's end step, targets any permanent and is in a color filled with protection for it. I believe it's a perfect example of what blue magic is. Versatile and another form of permission. And if unanswered, it will stop any strategy across the table from you. Since it can even bounce lands, it's never a dead draw really.

August 5, 2020 1:13 a.m.

RiotRunner789 says... #23

Grave Pact ninth edition is my favorite card. It was the first rare I ever pulled and it does everything a black card should. It rewards you for filling the yard and punishes opponents for doing so. It could only be better if it has 4 black pips instead of 3, not for devotion but because black magic is the best.

Hissing Miasma: I don't think this is the first card strictly with this effect but I do believe it is the first one that only hurt your opponents. I loved running this card. It was too flavorful thinking my opponents creatures may choke to death just to attack me.

Souls of the Faultless: Simple and effective. If you hit me you'll be hitting yourself and only helping me. This guy saved me in plenty of games and made Orzhov my favorite guild.

August 5, 2020 10:03 a.m.

Massacar says... #24

Tagging back in here because I can't believe I forgot one of my favorite, and most widely used card, of all time.

Elixir of Immortality is one of the best cheap uncommons in all of MTG in my opinion. This little drink of water can be so helpful for a lot of decks, and its low cmc and activation cost makes it easy to utilize.

I first saw this back during one of my first FNM's and my opponent was using it in their control deck. I've loved it ever since.

August 5, 2020 12:34 p.m.

Caerwyn says... #25

Iridescent Angel was one of the first mutlicolored cards I opened in a pack. Overcosted though she was, I thought the protection from colors was awesome and often tried to jam her into decks. This was also in the days when the internet was extremely slow and there was no reminder text, so we all just took it on faith that the person teaching us the game knew what "protection" meant. They didn't, and we had protection being way more powerful than its already powerful self.

Battle of Wits. One of those cards that I pulled in a pack, said "this is awful" and then "how can I play this? The answer? A 250 card pile of junk I had from cracking packs (most of my collection) with my single copy of BoW in it. I won with it exactly once then retired the deck for good, knowing it had served its purpose.

Karona, False God. Both an interesting character an a bad card with jank potential? Hooray! This is another card that I opened in a pack and immediately fell in love with.

August 5, 2020 12:56 p.m.

Brutal_B says... #26

I don't know the exact circumstances but it was me and Dude left from a 4 man EDH pod and Dude had a Consuming Aberration and a Fleet Swallower. Aberration was very large and I had finally gotten rid of the Swallower after he attacked with it a couple times. I was playing an early version of my Eldrazi deck. I had just got Endbringer out and it was doing work! Drawing me cards on my turn and tapping down dude's Aberration on his upkeep. Endbringer ultimately won me the game. Now at my LGS, the winner of the second game always got a cool promo card. The one that was offered up that night ended being Endbringer. What a coincidence right?

August 5, 2020 2:18 p.m. Edited.

shadow63 says... #27

Sylvan Ranger the first magic product I bought was a 2011 deck builder's tool kit and out of one of my packs I pulled a foil one. I still have it almost 10 years later

August 5, 2020 10:13 p.m.

DemonDragonJ says... #28

Akroma, Angel of Wrath is not only my favorite creature, but my favorite card in the entire game; I started playing in 2003, with the release of Eighth Edition, so she was still new at that time, and she is the primary reason that white is my favorite color and that angels are my favorite creature type. She may be expensive, but no other creature in the game has as many keywords as she has, and I still feel that she has withstood the test of time fairly well, whereas many other creatures from the early years of this game have become victims of power creep.

August 5, 2020 10:49 p.m.

Raknulfr says... #29

For me it is Thicket Basilisk . It was one of my very first cards and I always had pet Iguanas since I love them so much. I´m a sucker for "Fun-and-cool-art">"Strong stuff" anyway so I took my little 6-legged Iguana friend in every deck I currently played at the time and I do this to this day, I always bring that 1x Basilisk I got all those years ago with me when playing. Also, green back in the old days was always go big or go wide and he was just something so different (along with Cockatrice) to have this awesome mechanic that is a constant threat. Yes, with deathtouch being a quite standard keyword nowadays it isn´t special at all, for me it was just SO cool back in the day! So yeah, he has obviously a special place in my heart to this day!

August 6, 2020 7:48 a.m.

magwaaf says... #30

Jackal pup - turn 1 pup has won me a so many games lol Fire blast, dropped 3 of these on someone in 1 turn who thought he had me locked with his walls deck

Cursed scroll - from crushing control and then every goblin hating mono white pro red deck at legacy worlds...

I loved sligh lol

August 6, 2020 6:40 p.m.

magwaaf says... #31

Jackal pup - turn 1 pup has won me a so many games lol Fire blast, dropped 3 of these on someone in 1 turn who thought he had me locked with his walls deck

Cursed scroll - from crushing control and then every goblin hating mono white pro red deck at legacy worlds...

I loved sligh lol

August 6, 2020 6:42 p.m.

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