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Rise of the Eldrazi: Colorless Non-Artifact Creatures (I Invented Them First!) March 4, 2010

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rise of the eldrazi

I suspected that we might end up seeing colorless non-artifact creatures after seeing Eye of Ugin. I suggested the idea on facebook but I was told that it was pretty unlikely and I agreed.

eye of ugin

But now we know they will exist! How? Because we just got the biggest preview card ever seen:


Actually, this isn’t the first time we’ve had colorless nonartifact creatures. The first time I noticed them was Summoning Engine, but Sliver Queen was actually the first ever made.

summoning stationsliver queen

Summoning Engine seemed so absurd to me at the time for making colorless creatures, that it inspired me to make the following card:

transparent sliver

ghostflame sliver

Transparent Sliver’s background is from Ted Nasmith’s painting “The Glittering Caves of Aglarond” and the sliver itself was originally a Quick Sliver.

Transparent Sliver was originally published on Dragon-Warrior.com on May 31, 2004 in an article that can now be found here. I then went to Worlds 2004 in San Francisco and showed an undisclosed Wizards of the Coast game designer my fake slivers including Transparent Sliver. (I mostly just liked the photoshoppery I did. The card ideas didn’t seem overly impressive at the time.)

I never thought much about it, but it is quite a bit like Ghostflame Sliver.

Of course, Ghostflame Sliver was also “based” on Ghostflame, the first colorless spell, which did make use of a colorless border.

Was I the inspiration for colorless nonartifact spells? They didn’t exist until I showed an undisclosed individual my card and published it on the net. Perhaps the Wizards team already thought of it. After all, it’s not the most original idea in the world. But there is a chance that I was part of the equation.


1. 神の一手 - March 4, 2010

The one thing about Kozilek is that he really feels mythic. Opportunity, Feldon’s Cane, 12/12, and “I win when I attack”.

2. James - March 4, 2010

Right. It is appropriate that it’s mythic. It will have to die right away.

3. 神の一手 - March 5, 2010

I wonder if this card will make decks like Jacerator obsolete since you can just board one in. If they counter it, you get a feldon’s cane, if you discard it, feldon’s cane. It makes it hard to mill you with a deck that has a lot of forced draw power. Plus you do not care if they fog you since they still have to sacrifice 4 permanents.

4. James - March 5, 2010

There might be a way to stop it, but it will be pretty annoying.

5. 神の一手 - March 9, 2010

It triggers when you declare an attack. So outside of stifle effects or Time Stop, there isn’t really a way (yet) to stop Annihilator other than keeping the creature from attacking.