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Prototype creatures are creatures that are used to refer to an entire class of creatures with the same power and toughness and mana cost or converted mana cost (and in some cases, abilities). What makes these creature prototypical is their recurrence at common or uncommon rarity in almost all modern sets. Of these categories, Gray Ogres and Pikers are the most common (since they existed well before value bears became common) with nearly 400 and over 200 respectively.
In most cases, these are usually found with (often strong) upsides in the colors they are most common in. In most cases, multicolored cards are not considered to belong to the "corresponding" prototype.
Common models[edit | edit source]
|Bears||Grizzly Bears||2/2 for 1M||With abilities ("Value Bear"): White, Green, Black, Red |
Only at MM cost or with downside: Blue
|Elementals||Air Elemental||4/4 or bigger flyers for cmc 5, always uncommon or rarer||All colors except green|
|Terns||Welkin Tern||2/1 flier for 1M, usually with downside||Blue, some black and white|
|Giants||Hill Giant||3/3 for 3M or 2MM||Mostly red and green|
|Ogres||Gray Ogre||2/2 for 2M||All colors, but slightly more common in black and red|
|Drakes||Wind Drake||2/2 for 2M with flying||Mostly white and blue|
|Turtles||Horned Turtle||1/4 for 2M||Mostly white and blue|
|Oxes||Pillarfield Ox||2/4 for 3M||Mostly white and green|
|Cockroaches||Giant Cockroach||4/2 for 3M||Mostly red and black|
|Pikers||Goblin Piker||2/1 for 1M||All colors, but most numerous in red|
|Lions||Savannah Lions||2/1 or 2/2 for M||Mostly white, some red and black|
|Cats||Sanctuary Cat||1/2 for M||Mostly white and green|
|Squires||Squire||1/2 for 1M||All colors, mostly in white|