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Arabian Nights 2 Previews Part 3 June 3, 2010

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The first “multicolored” card was Sedge Troll and that theme was expanded by Kird Ape in Arabian Nights. That was about it. This sort of multicolored theme has been a hugely neglected part of Magic, but you should expect to see more of it in Arabian Nights 2. Here are three cards that show us what such a theme will be like:

persial cheetah

Kird Ape was so much more powerful than any other creature for its time that it was banned in some circumstances. Persian Cheetah isn’t necessarily better than Kird Ape, but it does come very close.


Arabian Nights 2 needs a red-green multicolored card, and Kird Ape will not be reprinted. Sawafi is the replacement, which means “Sandstorm” in Arabic. The only creature removal spells in the original Arabian Nights were green, but that issue will be remedied in Arabian Nights 2.

striped hyena

Striped Hyena likes to eat other creatures. It reflects how Arabian Nights was driven by flavor over elegance… and it used tokens instead of counters.


1. 神の一手 - June 3, 2010

What does it mean to “use a chip”? I can understand “remove a chip” much more clearly.

2. James - June 3, 2010

Back then you “used” counters, tokens, and chips. That would remove it. See Scavenging Ghoul from Beta.

3. 神の一手 - June 7, 2010

looking at the same ghoul, it would need to say that the counters remain until used.

4. James - June 7, 2010

I don’t perfectly use all the same wording as is used in the past. I suppose I could add that line, but it’s hard doing everything exactly the right way. Sometimes a little elegance is a good thing and that is one justification for refusing to do things exactly the same way.

5. 神の一手 - June 8, 2010

That is one reason I like modern templating. Since the oracle wording uses modern templating and that is errataed onto the card, I would just make the set with modern templating.

6. James - June 8, 2010

I wanted to pretend to have a set made in the past, so I wanted everything as much like Arabian Nights as possible. If Wizards made the set, then modern templating would be used.