Marquee card

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A marquee card was a splashy rare card that appeared in early Magic: The Gathering sets, and did something Magic had never done before.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Mark Rosewater got the idea from the popularity of Jester's Cap in the Ice Age. A marquee card could go into any deck (usually an artifact, but it could in theory be a landcolorless spells didn't exist yet).[2]

The tradition of creating marquee cards petered out in Tempest when the Rules Manager kept Mark Rosewater from printing "Helm of Volrath", which would later be Mindslaver.[3] For various reasons it couldn't be done. Rosewater tried it again years later in Mirrodin where he got it through.[4]

List of marquee cards[edit | edit source]

Set Card Description
Ice Age Jester's Cap[2] Remove cards from opponent's deck.
Alliances Helm of Obedience Gain control of a creature from opponent's deck.
Mirage Grinning Totem[2][5][6] Cast cards from opponent's deck.
Visions ?
Weatherlight ?
Tempest Volrath's Helm (not released)[5] Take control of another player and play his or her side for a whole turn.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (January 12, 2019). "What is a marquee card?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. a b c Mark Rosewater (May 5, 2014). "Journey to the Center of the Set, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (May 24, 2018). "What was the last large set to have a marquee card?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  4. Mark Rosewater (October 05, 2012). "What were the marquee cards in previous sets?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  5. a b Mark Rosewater (August 16, 2010). "Gimme a Hand". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Rosewater (April 14, 2003). "Jamuraa, the Merrier". Wizards of the Coast.