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The 30 Coolest Magic Cards (10-1)

The 30 Coolest Magic Cards 20-11
The 30 Coolest Magic Cards 30-21

Honorable Mention: Door to Nothingness
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Nothing like making someone lose the game in the simplest way possible. I really appreciate the art and flavor text combo. Interesting that you don't just win the game, but an opponent of your choice Loses. The more cards that come out abusing mana production the better this card is going to become.

10. Vampire Nighthawk
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This thing is just such an amazing card. The name the Batman/Dare Devil pose over the city. Damnation(the card art) looming in the background. The Zendikar block also gave us Daggerback Basilisk, so it's not hard to see why this thing is not only so powerful but so cool.

9. Demonic Tutor
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The best search card of all time. It just rules. 2 mana to get the best card for your situation. Beautiful. This card's name/art(along with others) did cause a few religious parents uneasy feelings about the game(probably, I have no evidence of this).

8. Timetwister
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Not as powerful in my mind as Time Walk. Actually it's probably the least powerful of the 9. Timetwister is cooler than it's brothers though. The art is great. The ability is strong and fun as well. A Feldon's Cane and a Wheel of Fortune all rolled into one.

7. Sliver Queen
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Silver mama really isn't too much of an issue to cast in most sliver decks(Gemhide Sliver for example). Fun art. The flavor text is something. 7/7 for 5 if you can cast it is beyond a great deal and the ability to generate more babies is even better.

6. Damnation
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Black actually got a wrath of god. A very powerful effect but just as bad for mono black as it is for white. Supreme Verdict is really a better color choice. It would look so much worse on a white border.

5. Progenitus
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The art is so epic, almost gives me chills. Reminds me of the Godzilla enemy King Ghidorah. Why is one of the necks not in the picture? Protection from everything must a be one of a kind ability. The flavor text really fits. Play with tooth and nail and win the game. What the hell is a Hydra avatar?

4. Necropotence
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This was thee card back in Ice Age(except maybe Jester's Cap). At least no other card in history has single handedly slaughtered me more than this one. There is no way to come back from the amazing card advantage that comes with it. Phyrexian Arena is pretty broken as well, but not as close as this. Oh, this art in particular looks pretty great, the other art not as much.

3. Emrakul the Aeons Torn
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Not the most expensive card in magic, but this might have the silver medal. The most terrifying squid tentacle island since the ending of Evolution the movie. 6 abilities. This thing is the tits. Art is basically a large Dreamcatcher.

2. Chaos Orb
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Something requiring physical activity to perfect was a broken concept from the get go. One of a kind. It led to the Chaos Confetti card. The art is just fantastic - a vomiting fireball! A mono artifact! Whatever that is(legendary I think before that was a thing on artifacts). Put your cards into giant sleeves to ensure victory.

1. Storm Crow
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The most amazing thing to happen in the history of ever. No, actually I don't get everyone's joke with this thing. Of course it sucks.

No. Wait. The Real #1. Phelddagrif
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It's a purple hippo! How neat! The Richard Garfield anagram. 3 colors! That is so rare. And 3 abilities. 4/4 for 4...and a legend...

For Really Real Number 1: Juzam Djinn
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No doubt my favorite creature of all time. He just reeks of everything that is awesome. The flavor text, the amazing art. It's really about what the card does though, and in this game it's rare to find something with this much value even 20 years later.


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