Prodigal Sorcerer (card)

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Prodigal Sorcerer is a blue 1/1 Human Wizard creature card with the activated ability "{T}: Prodigal Sorcerer deals 1 damage to target creature or player.". The card was introduced in Limited Edition Alpha, where its artist credit is incorrect, with Douglas Shuler misspelled as "Douglas Schuler".

Prodigal Sorcerer was introduced as a Wizard (only) in Alpha; but, in Time Spiral, it gained the Human racial creature type to complement its class creature type.

Nickname and etymology[edit | edit source]

The card is nicknamed "Tim", after the "Tim the Enchanter", a wizard portrayed by John Cleese in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and who had a talent for fire-based magic and damaging things.

The nickname "Tim" has inspired nicknames for other similar cards, such as Rod of Ruin ("Tim on a stick"), Hermetic Study ("Tim on a whim"), Pirate Ship ("Tim on a ship"), Rootwater Hunter ("Tim who can swim", "swim Tim", or "fish Tim"), Thornwind Faeries ("flying Tim"), and Zuran Spellcaster ("Zim" or "icy Tim").

In addition, like the term "ping", "Tim" may also be used as a verb to describe the act of dealing 1 damage to an object or player.[fact? citation needed]

Planar Chaos[edit | edit source]

Introduced in Planar Chaos as a red timeshifted version of Prodigal Sorcerer, Prodigal Pyromancer, nicknamed "Tom" for unknown reasons, other than "Tom" was the design file name,[1] was thought to be more appropriate given the understanding of the Color Pie then.

The card was later reprinted in 10th Edition, thus cementing R&D's position on damage-dealing creatures in red, not blue.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Aaron Forsythe. (February 2, 2007.) “Tom-Shifted: Red Tim finally exists!”,, Wizards of the Coast.