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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

M:TG.COM - A Linguistic Look at Besieged

02-02-11 - Examining Card Title Origins of Mirrodin Besieged - Savor the Flavor - Doug Beyer


Just as you are what you devour, Magic cards are nourished by the words they contain, so it's always worth checking on the authenticity of the words therein. We checked in back in October with some of the odder words that make up Scars of Mirrodin. Now that the Prerelease is behind us and the Visual Spoiler is conveniently filled out, it's time to investigate the words and wordcraft contained in ye olde Mirrodin Besieged.

But this time, a twist! I will not didactically heave this lore upon you—no. Instead you'll get the chance to guess about each word's origins before I reveal the answer - Doug Beyer

Letter of the Week (Doug's response in the link above.)

Dear Doug Beyer,
Regarding your article "Phyrexia: The Strong and the Scattered":

We're witnessing the return of Phyrexia, but I haven't seen the Phyrexian mask on any of their cards. Has it been discarded as a symbol? (It would be a shame, it looked really cool)

Thanks.
--phaseshifter

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