Ice Age/Trivia

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Points of interest[edit | edit source]

  • The plains in Ice Age, drawn by Christopher Rush formed a mural showing night turning to day and winter melting away to spring.[1]

Cards[edit | edit source]

Firsts[edit | edit source]

Strictly better[edit | edit source]

Inspired[edit | edit source]

Names explanation[edit | edit source]

  • Adarkar Sentinel, Adarkar Unicorn and Adarkar Wastes were named for Skaff Elias' friend Aditya Adarkar.[2]
  • Aurochs is an extinct ancestor of domestic cattle; prior to Coldsnap, it was the only card that had the Auroch subtype.
  • Foxfire is a phosphorescent glow produced by certain fungi that grow on rotting wood.
  • Fumarole is a hole that emits gas, usually near a volcano.
  • Hipparion is an extinct three-toed relative of the horse.
  • Hyalopterous Lemure is a ghost with glassy wings, but the art depicts a winged lemur instead.[3][4]
  • Jokulhaups in an Icelandic word referring to a type of mudslide that occurs when a volcano erupts beneath a glacier. It is actually misspelled and should be Jökulhlaup.
  • Naked Singularity is a region of extremely high density outside of a black hole.
  • Tarpan is an extinct wild European horse.
  • Thermokarst is a type of land surface that results from melting permafrost.

Anagrams[edit | edit source]

Illustrations[edit | edit source]

  • Balduvian Shaman is probably the most complicated common card ever printed. In addition, there was no style guide for Ice Age, so all the people of Balduvia look completely different thanks to the different angles of many artists. Compare Balduvian Shaman to Balduvian Barbarians and Balduvian Conjurer for examples of these different angles.
  • Disenchant: the characters on the sword blade are from an alphabet known as the "Anglo-Saxon Futhorc". They spell out "MAGIK".
  • Formation was named "Tactics" until the art came back featuring ostriches and the name didn't seem to fit anymore.
  • The illustration of Knight of Stromgald references chess: the ground is colored like a chessboard, to the left is a tower ("rook" in English), to the right another tower shaped like the chess war elephant ("bishop" in English), therefore the knight corresponds to the chess horseman (or "knight", that is the same thing); near the "war elephant tower" are two towers looking like chess foot soldiers ("pawns" in English).
  • Lost Order of Jarkeld is depicted by artwork that was commissioned for a card cut from the Legends expansion. That card was to represent one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
  • Urza's Bauble has the word "Urza" written on the bauble in its art.

Promotional cards[edit | edit source]

  • Fylgja and Prismatic Ward were the only cards in this expansion to use the old white mana symbol. This was because they were used promotionally, and so were released before the rest of the expansion.[7]
  • Goblin Mutant was one of five uncommon Ice Age block Japanese language cards offered as a promotion in Japan. The Ice Age block was not released in Japan.
  • Krovikan Vampire was one of five uncommon Ice Age block Japanese language cards offered as a promotion in Japan. The Ice Age block was not released in Japan.
  • Norritt would not be printed as a common today, as it is complicated (as evidenced by the small font used in its text box) and has abilities normally associated with uncommon and rare cards. It was used as a promotion, being given away with Scrye magazine before the release of Ice Age.

Biggest creatures[edit | edit source]

Miscellanea[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Arcana (April 8, 2002). "Ice Age Plains". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Skaff Elias (August 2, 2004). "The Dawn of Magic's Ice Age". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (November 10, 2003). "Make No Mistake". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Arcana (May 06, 2003). "Hyalopterous Wha..?!". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (January 24, 2005). "A Few Words From R&D". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Arcana (March 29, 2002). "Single-surface topology". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. a b Monty Ashley (May 26, 2011). "The History of Mana Symbols". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana (May 02, 2002). "Ancestral Something". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.