Make your own free website on

Sphere of Magic

Know Jack About Magic?
Erratic Portals
Scrolls 1993 - 94
Scrolls 1995 - 97
Scrolls 1998 - 2000
Scrolls 2001 - 03
Scrolls 2004 - 05
Scrolls 2006 - 07
Scrolls 2008 - 09
Scrolls 2010 - 11
Scrolls 2012 - 13
Scrolls 2014 - 15
Mermaid Worship
Reading Room
The nook where I tuck away those weekly stumpers. Bring your own cranny.
  • May 26, 2008:  "No one can catch what won't be caught" was said about whom?  Answer: The lovely little Sea Sprite.
  • Jan. 21, 2008:  Can you shuffle a deck more randomly than a computer program?   Answer: I don't know--read this thread and tell me!
  • July 30, 2007:  How many cards allow you to win the game based on alternative conditions? Answer: Eight (not counting the Unhinged or Unglued)--consisting of Barren Glory, Battle of Wits, Chance Encounter, Coalition Victory, Darksteel Reactor, Epic Struggle, Mortal Combat, and Test of Endurance.
  • Jun. 11 - 25, 2007:  What is the primary difference between a Sligh deck and a Ponza deck?  "Ponza combines fast creature beatdown with land destruction instead of heavy burn." (Source: Famous Red Decks in Magic History, by Alex Shvartsman.
  • May 21, 2007:  What game combines the elements of cards and Chess? Answer: One example is Knightmare Chess.
  • May 14, 2007:  This question has no "right" answer. What type of Magic player are you? Take the test and explore your psycographic profile:
    By the way, I test out as a "Spike. Hehe!
  • Apr. 30, 2007:  Just how observant are you? The powers of observation can help in Magic, so without looking at a real penny, try to:
                                       Choose the correct penny!
  • Dec. 11, 2006 - Mar. 26, 2007:  (This question requires you to solve a series of questions to get to the final answer.) First find the converted mana cost of the only Magic card using some Samuel Langhorn Clemens wit (A). Now subtract from this number the converted mana cost of the only Magic card quoting Kipling (B) to get (C). On the Kipling card use the length of the prime subject of the flavor text (D) and subtract from it the result (C) to get a number reflecting the number of Magic cards citing the Qur'an (E). Of the number (E), find the card most royal and note the artist's name. Now find the card art by this artist that shares a color with the card used to find (A) and is banned/restricted. Are you with me so far?! Take the converted mana cost of this final card (F), and add it to the other numbers determined above. What is the total? The first MTGO player with the correct answer who challenges me to an Extended or Classic format game on MTGO, AND beats me in that game gets a free foil MTGO card. Good luck (Note: you have to do some more looking on this site to determine my MTGO nick)! 
    Answer: (A) The card is Confiscate and the converted mana cost = 6. (B) The card is Hormet Cobra and the converted mana cost = 3. (C) 6 - 3 = 3. (D) Nag is the prime subject of Hornet Cobra's flavor text, and his length = 5 (feet). (E) can be found by the equation 5 - 3 = 2. The two cards citing the Qur'an are King Suleiman and Piety. King Suleiman is the card "most royal" of these two and the artist is Mark Poole. (F) By elimination, this final card is blue, banned/restricted, and the art is done by Mark Poole, so the card = Ancestral Recall with a converted mana cost = 1.
    The total, and the final answer, is yielded by 6 + 3 + 3 + 5 + 2 + 1 = 20. No one challenged me on MTGO with this answer!
  • Dec. 4, 2006:  With regards to Magic: The Gathering Online (MTGO), what is PDC? Answer: PDC is Pauper Deck Challenge, a weekly MTG Online tourney highlighting Pauper Magic, where only commons are used to build and play.
  • Oct. 30, 2006:  Now for the sake of Halloween, if you play Frankenstein's Monster with three creatures in your graveyard, what is the highest you can get his power up to? (This question is quite easy, and if you fail, you must turn over all your MTG stuff to me instantly.) Answer: 6, by putting three +2/+0 counters on the Monster.
  • Sep. 16, 2006:  What is the surface area of Dominaria? Answer: 2.5 times that of Earth. (Source: )
  • May 8, 2006:  Break out your math and geography skills! If you laid Magic cards end-to-end lengthwise (with no space or overlap) around the Earth's equatorial circumference, how many Magic cards would you need to complete this project? Answer: First, you need to have discerned the Earth's equatorial circumference to be 24,902 miles, or 131,482,560 feet, or 1,577,790,720 inches. Since a Magic card is 3.5 inches long, that means you need 4,507,973 Magic cards to complete this task. Of course, the ones laid in the water would probably swell and drift away...
  • Apr. 24, 2006:  What Magic card actually says "it sucks" on it? Thought Eater
  • Apr. 10, 2006:  How many creatures are of the type Gnome, and what is the oldest printed Gnome by set? Answer: Eight--Bottle, Clockwork, Copper, Ersatz, Metrognome, Patchwork, Quarum Trench Gnomes, and Ticking! The Quarum Trenchers (from Legends) are the oldest!
  • Mar. 13, 2006:  What are the nine "regular" Magic languages that boosters and theme decks are released in? Answer: Chinese (simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Portugese, and Korean (Source: )
  • Mar. 6, 2006:  What future expansion will complete the ICE AGE block? Answer: COLDSNAP
  • Jan. 9, 2006:  What Magic card heals a heart? Answer: Not a single card.
  • Jan. 2, 2006:  How often is the basic set updated? The next is Tenth Edtion--so when should it be released? Answer: Assuming Wizards of the Coast doesn't change their current printing policy, a new basic set is released every other summer--so look for Tenth Edition in the summer (say June) of 2007.
  • Dec. 26, 2005:  What non-blocked 0/4 creature deals damage to a defending player based on the size of that defender's graveyard? Answer: Guiltfeeder
  • Dec. 12, 2005:  What Magic set (not counting later promos) had the first full foil set? Answer: Urza's Legacy
  • Nov. 21, 2005:  What "legacy" expansion set is Wizards of the Coast bringing to MTGO on Dec. 5, 2005? Answer: Mirage
  • Oct. 3, 2005:  Who did Zak Dolan beat to win the first Magic World Championships in 1994?  Answer: Bertand Lestree
  • Sep. 26, 2005:  When MTG Online started, what was the oldest card set available? Answer: Invasion (Oct. 2000)
  • Sep. 12, 2005:  What card is often called the "cheat?" Answer: Sensei's Divining Top from Champions of Kamigawa.
  • Aug. 8, 2005:  What card is often included in the Power Nine to make the "Power Ten?" Answer: Library of Alexandria. (Source: )
  • Aug. 1, 2005:  What cards make up the "Power Nine?" Answer: Black Lotus, Time Walk, Ancestral Recall, Mox Sapphire, Mox Jet, Mox Ruby, Mox Pearl, Mox Emerald, Timetwister. (Source: )
  • Jul. 25, 2005:  What was an Alpha/Beta Black Lotus going for back in December 1995? How much moolah for an Ancestral RecallAnswer: A range of $275 - $400 for a Black Lotus, and $100 - $135 for the Ancestral Recall (Scyre #11, p. 39).
  • Jun. 27, 2005:  What Magic card allows you "This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells."?  Answer: Piracy (Portal 2)
  • Jun. 20, 2005:  What issue celebrated five years of The Duelist magazine in publication?   Answer: The January 1999 issue. (Note: the magazine is now defunct. Wizards of the Coast moved to a more responsive Internet presence to accomplish the same function.)
  • Feb. 28 - Jun. 13, 2005:  Sabbatical! Traveling and retiring from 26+ years of Coast Guard service.
  • Feb. 21, 2005:  What is the rarest card in Magic: The Gathering? Answer: Proposal   Source: The Duelist # 6, Letters section, p. 6
  • Feb. 14, 2005:  In honor of St. Valentine's Day, what is the oldest Magic card (by release date) with the word "Heart" in the card name? Answer: Dark Heart of the Wood from The Dark expansion in August 1994.
  • Jan. 31, 2005:  How many creatures are in the type "Lhurgoyf" and what are they? Answer: Six--Cantivore (ODY), Cognivore (ODY), Lhurgoyf ( IA, 5TH, 8TH), Magnivore (ODY), Mortivore (ODY), and Terravore (ODY).
  • Jan. 24, 2005:  Here's an easy one--what expansion first used colors to denote rarity of each card? And the follow-up question, what month and year did this expansion release? Answer: Exodus, in June 1998, introduced gold, silver, and black to denote RARE, UNCOMMON, and COMMON.
  • Jan. 17, 2005:  "Flannel Gale" is an anagram for what Magic card?  Answer: Fallen Angel, of course.
  • Jan. 10, 2005:  What was the name of Magic: The Gathering in it's first initial designs?  Answer: Mana Flash! (Source: Ch. 1, pg. 5 of The Official Magic: The Gathering Strategies & Secrets, by Beth Moursund...copyright 1997, SYBEX Inc.) 
  • Jan. 3, 2005:  Wizards of the Coast had a Game Center. In 1997 they had printed (among other things) a "poker deck" for this Game Center. What illustration by what illustrator graces the Queen of Spades card in this deck?  Answer: Serra Angel, by Douglas Shuler.
  • Dec. 6 - 27, 2004:  No questions--vacation traveling and work.
  • Nov. 29, 2004:  Who said "My fondest hope for Magic is that it is the same in 30 years. That the environment is perpetually exciting, constantly evolving and that there are a similar number of serious players contributing to it. Outside of Magic, I certainly would love to design an online game that did for computer games what Magic did for card games. I don’t know if I have that in me but I love to think about it and someday may try something!" ? Answer: Too easy!  Richard Garfield said that in an interview with the UnderGroundOnline editors. (Source )
  • Nov. 22, 2004:  If all the Magic cards ever printed were put in alphabetical order, what would be the first card and what would be the last card?
    Answer: Not counting the mashed together AE of Aether this or that, and not counting Unglued or Unhinged, I name Abandon Hope as the alpha and Zur's Weirding as the omega.
    (Source: My painstaking look through many sources, of course.)
  • Nov. 15, 2004:  What card has the following flavor text: "O! call back yesterday, bid time return." --William Shakespeare? Which expansion has the best version of artwork for this stalwart of control?  Answer: Boomerang! (Several earlier versions have this text..the example here being Legends). Best version of artwork in my opinion? I'm partial to Rebecca Guay's version in the later sets.
    (Source: M:TG Official Encyclopedia (1996), p. 142, by the Editors of Duelist)
  • Nov. 8, 2004:  What Antiquities card has no expansion symbol on it, and is the card legal for play? Answer: Reconstruction, yes!  (Sources: M:TG Official Encyclopedia (1996), p. 134, by the Editors of Duelist and Scrye Issue #77, Nov. 2004, p.58)


If you've delved really deep here and are reading this, you can travel to see a really fine band.  Reward enough for a patient treasure hunter.

Got Magic?