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Commander 2013 Flavor Rejects

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Twentyish cards have my touch in Commander (2013 Edition), but behind those published bits of flavor is a veritable landslide of flavor rejects. Today, I’m sharing the rejects behind my pieces that won. Every finished, successful card name or line of flavor text is a journey. For some flavor to make it to print, others have to take one for the team and get binned. That said, I mean . . . I don’t know why anything I write would ever be rejected—it’s like pure etherium flowing from my fingers. It’s like Gaea pooped and I turned it into words. It’s that damn beautiful. But whatev, they can’t print all my genius. There’s simply not enough room on the cards.

Planeswalker Branding

Planeswalker branding has been criticized, and for my part, I try to imbue them with as much individuality and unique voice as possible. It makes me sound like an old fart, but back in the day, cultural icons had a lot more personality. The greats in entertainment media were known almost as much for their quips and character quirks as they were known for their actual performances. I’d like to bring that Charles Barkley quality that says, “I am not a role model,” to the Magic planeswalkers.

“Go get me another Rockstar.” –Jace Beleren

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

Serene Master

“Serenity is rooted in the moment when you can look at an opponent and say, ‘Wow, my body is totally better than yours,’—of course, this happens to me all the time.” –Gideon Jura

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

“True riches can only be acquired via Powerball, slots, or video poker. And betting on dachshund races. And mah jong. The Kentucky Derby. And blackjack, or Keno.” –Sarkhan the Mad

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

“They stopped eating after our pre-dinner entertainment . . . which was a Miley Cyrus and Griselbrand duet. Oh well, more food—and giant metal balls—for me.” –Liliana Vess

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

Ophiomancer

I’m an asp man.” –Sorin Markov

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

“Asp” is just a pretty poor word for flavor because it sounds like ass. I remember the R&D name for this card was Asp Charmer . . . which, with my sophomoric sense of humor, made me want to submit the titles Asp Grabber, Asp Handler, and Asp Breaker of Xathrid. Maybe even Asp Connoisseur—though maybe not since there’s no sacrifice outlet or ability. Luckily, someone else came up with the more elegant “Ophiomancer”—so no Asp manipulation necessary.

Curse of Predation

“Curse of Inhalation”

“True hunters need to relax a little before the hunt.” –Garruk Wildspeaker

CARD NAME AND FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

Flavoring Commander

Since this is a product targeted at a group with (generally speaking) a higher Vorthos quotient than average, I knew artistry of writing and color-pie-appropriate content would be appreciated. As such, I strove to incorporate those elements and give Vorthos the intellectual challenge s/he craves by tying in culture and current events—while still, you know, keeping things classy.

Curse of Chaos

“Curse of the Red Light Special

CARD NAME: REJECTED

Curse of Shallow Graves

“Zombie EMT Training Program” (A knight is choking, and she can’t get up!)

CARD NAME: REJECTED

Roon of the Hidden Realm

Black rhinoain’t extinct. Black rhino just exiled. Black rhino comin’ back wit’ Jitte and a *bleep* elephant Hammer to trample your poachin’, pollutin’ ass. Black Rhino EOT. Black Rhino Eternal. Don’t f*** with Black Rhino. Peace.”

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

Gahiji, Honored One

“Gahiji, Punk Backstabber”

CARD NAME: REJECTED

“Many of Jort the Thunder-Mad’s peers wondered how a mage’s parents could be so cruel as to name their kid ‘Jort the Thunder-Mad.’”

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

Surveyor's Scope

“Surveyor’s Anything-but-a-Scope?”

CARD NAME: REJECTED

Terra Ravager

“Land-Scrabbling-Claw-Kitty-Cow . . . Thing”

CARD NAME: REJECTED

Hooded Horror

“If armies are too busy trying to figure out what the hell you are, they can’t fight back.”

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

Diviner Spirit

“Frenemy with tentacles with benefits.”

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

I remember this card’s R&D name was Ophidian Spirit. Obv the Ophidian part was moved to the Charmer, so this became a Diviner thing. The “habitat” part of my accepted flavor text definitely felt stronger with the snake-reference card name, but it still works fine. You want it to hit you, but you don’t. It’s blurred lines on a stick. I thought about saying, “’No means maybe.’ – Robin Thicke,” since I made fun of Miley earlier, but that’s just crass.

“There is nothing more disgusting than my taste in ex-boyfriends.” –MJ

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

Tidal Force

“Tide with Bleach!”

CARD NAME: REJECTED

Darksteel Mutation

“Even Mirrodin’s dung beetles will endure.”

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

Order of Succession

“B*** Please”

CARD NAME: REJECTED

“Well that’s pretty, Crosis, but I really wanted something a little bigger . . . and, you know, princess-cut, and in platinum . . . ” –the Future Mrs. Crosis

FLAVOR TEXT: REJECTED

 


 

Till next time, may Magic be your faithless looting when your epic dragon-marriage-proposal just isn’t enough.

-MJ

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