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Dust Your Brooms

Time to Clean Up!

Spring is upon us and Spring Cleaning is a thing! This month we'd like to see things a little neater on the board, so we're looking for cards that destroy, exile and generally remove unwanted things. Be sure to submit your entry to the FORUMS if you want an opportunity to see it earn a Feature this month!

Let's see which Cardsmiths cleaned up this Month!

Our first Featured Cardsmith for April is theirintheattic. A smithing regular for the past two years, theirintheattic understands the game well and creates fun, flavorful and realistic cards, as well as a few legendary creatures. Check out theirintheattic's five cards below and be sure to drop some favorites on them!

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Psyre is our second Cardsmith selection for the month of April. This Cardsmith arrived almost two years ago and has managed to make more than a few cards we think you'll like! Here are just five below, but if you check out Psyre's page, you'll find even more. Be sure to drop a few favorites while you're looking around!

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Each month we're excited to highlight a few Cardsmiths that have helped make MTGCardsmith the best interactive online Card Creator. We hope you'll take some time to check out their creations!

By: Corwinnn, Tomigon & jpastor

Apr 07, 2022 by MTG Cardsmith

The Prestige

Mystery Box Prestige

The First Three Have Done It!

It only took these three great Cardsmiths a combined 565 Mystery Box entries to achieve this milestone, among many other stats. Without further ado, please help me honor these three great Cardsmiths:

  • Jadefire

  • cadstar369

  • Corwinnn

50 Mystery Box points is all it takes to prestige in the Mystery Box community, but let's take a quick peak at this milestone and these Cardsmiths' journeys to achieve this great feat.

Let's start with... 


Sitting at 50 points on the dot, Corwinnn has produced a whopping 166 mystery box entries and has earned a grand total of 90 mystery box prizes. Slapping a few points onto the total with 6 duel wins and 5 moshpit wins, Corwinnn has the 2nd most deadline points at 75. In perspective this is 15 first place finished, or 25 second place finishes. ASTOUNDING numbers. The most memorable mystery box moment for me with Corwinnn is when, after exactly 100 pages of dormancy, a perfectly timed entry arrived on page 140. Here's this post, and here's the card. Since then, Corwinnn has gone from not even in the Top 50, to 3rd Place!


Boasting the quickest prestige of any mystery boxer, cadstar has gone from 0 points to 57 points in what seems like 0 to 57 seconds. August 2021 was cadstar's first mystery box. That's 20.625 mystery boxes per month! Unreal participation from this talented Cardsmith. Tallying up at 165 entries, 119 earned prizes, and the 2nd highest competitive rating of any mystery boxer, cadstar's tenacity is ever apparent. Additionally, 18 duel wins and 69 deadline points, puts him in 2nd place all-time among Mystery Boxers. That equates to about 23 2nd place deadline finished, or 14 first place finishes. Astonishing work! Here's that first ever entry!



How do we go about describing the seemingly untouchable Jadefire? 101 mystery box points puts Jadefire's participation level at nearly double everyone else's. 234 cards have been submitted by this Legendary Cardsmith. The most eye-opening stat is that he's one of the only Cardsmiths that boasts more earned prizes than entries submitted, a jaw-dropping 246 prizes in Jadefire's pocket. Tied for the most duel wins at 18 and the most moshpit wins at 5, Jadefire is not only a hard working Mystery Boxer, but a competitive one! Get ready for the eye-watering statistic: 168 Deadline Points. This is more than double the 2nd highest in this category (34 first place finishes, or 56 second place finishes). I'm not sure if there's another Cardsmith in the community that's participated in a discussion more than Jadefire has participated in the Mystery Box Challenges, but who's counting? How can we pick just one mystery box entry from this master Cardsmith? How about just any random old card, from a random old mystery challenge...

The Mystery Box Prestige

Welcome to the select few Jadefire, cadstar369, and Corwinnn. Your participation and commitment motivates me and other community members to keep coming back for more fun. Today, we honor your role as a Mystery Boxer and a valued community member. While you won't be the last to prestige, you were the first to reach that milestone of 50 points. Cheers to your continued endeavors!

- jpastor

Our first Cardsmith this month is hileandr. A member since 2019, hileandr is a very skilled Cardsmith who’s currently working on a custom set with some cool mechanics. Not only that, but hileandr often leaves helpful feedback to others. Please enjoy these cards and be sure to add some favorites on the ones you like!

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Our second Featured Cardsmith is TalentedTalonflame. This Cardsmith has been around for about a year and loves making powerful rare and mythic rare cards, as well as an abundance of land cards. We're confident you'll find something here you find both imaginative and cool. Don't be afraid to check these cards out and put your stamp of approval on them.

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Each month we're excited to highlight a few Cardsmiths that have helped make MTGCardsmith the best interactive online Card Creator. We hope you'll take some time to check out their creations!
Mar 10, 2022 by Corwinnn, & Tomigon

CCC: The Future is Now: Part III

Only one more to go after this one so let's get right back into it! Remember: We're discussing the likelihood that they might see print in a Planar Set (A set with a fixed location, not a Masters set) and what planes they might be from! I may have missed Time Spiral Remastered but I definitely keep my promises! So let’s get into it! (Possibilities on a scale of 1-10)

Ramosian Revivalist 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 3
Ramosian Revivalist is a return to the old Rebel tutoring mechanic featured heavily in Mercadian Masques. This mechanic is highly regarded as being super horrible. The only reason this isn’t a one is that if it’s the only card in the set with the tutor mechanic, then it’s actually not super broken given the high mana value, mediocre states, and high activation cost. 
Possible Plane(s): Mercadia: 10
The title Ramosian is a reference to this big mechanical dragon that’s basically the Jesus of Mercadian religion. This means that any card titled Ramosian is definitely from Mercadia. Case closed.


Bound in Silence 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint:  3
It’s Pacifism with a mostly irrelevant tribe tacked on. If the Tribal supertype wasn’t pretty much dead in the water, I’d actually rate this pretty high.
Possible Plane(s): Mercadia: 4
So it’s a Rebel aura, Rebels are tied to Mercadia. That’s pretty loose though, but there are no hints in the art or flavor text so Mercadia is the best guess we’ve got.

Centaur Omenreader 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
Centaur Omenreader is interesting, personally, I like it but there are two reasons I don’t think we’ll see it anytime soon. First, it’s a snow creature. That’s not super bad, we just went to Kaldheim, but as a snow creature it’ll probably have to be printed in a snow set and I’m not sure how soon we’ll get one of those again. Second, the ability is pretty out there. It’s not broken, but it’s a type of design we don’t really see anymore.
Possible Plane(s): Kaldheim: 6
Given the name Omenreader and its snow supertype, my best guess would be the omen and snow heavy plane, Kaldheim. Theoretically Dominaria is also possible, but I definitely get more Kaldheim energy from the Omenreader title.

Emblem of the Warmind 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 4
While Emblem of the Warmind is a pretty fair and balanced card, it’s also pretty far off from what an aura is really supposed to do. It’s a bit confusing that just having one creature enchanted with this card gives ALL your creatures haste. For entrenched players, this card is a side note, but for new players this could cause some real bad moments. I don’t see it ever getting printed outside of some weird commander precon perhaps.
Possible Plane(s): ???
As for what plane this comes from, that’s hard to tell. The art is generic fantasy and doesn’t give any real hints. The flavor text reads similarly with no real indications. Thus the only real guess I can make is Dominaria, but even then I’m not confident enough to score it.


Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 6
Decent stats, balanced creature, hell yeah! I think if we ever go to Muraganda, we’ll definitely be seeing this card. Thing is, I kind of doubt we ever will.
Possible Plane(s): Muraganda: 10
Flavor text confirms this card is from Muraganda so we have a solid confirmation here!

Phosphorescent Feast 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 3
Chroma was the precursor to Devotion and a mechanic we’ve seen Wizards' staff not be super hot on. Now you might, rightfully, point out that the original printing did not have Chroma, but if you look at the Oracle text, it has been errata'd to now have Chroma. Even without it, this card is painfully mid, and thus I seriously doubt we’ll ever see it again.
Possible Plane(s): Lorwyn: 10 
We actually did see this card get a planar print on Lorwyn, although interestingly the flavor was changed from a pixie vibe to goblins gorging themselves. I think both arts and flavors fit Lorwyn though.

Mistmeadow Skulk 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
Mistmeadow Skulk is a decent card, but it suffers from having Protection, a keyword Wizards doesn’t really use anymore. I think if we ever see Protection return we might see this card again, but even then the plane it hails from holds it back.
Possible Plane(s):  Lorwyn: 10
So not only did we see Mistmeadow Skulk printed on Lorwyn, but Mistmeadow is a location on Lorwyn thus thoroughly tying it to the plane. Unlike other cards with more generic names, we’re unlikely to see this card outside of Lorwyn in the future.

Skizzik Surger 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 3
Damn we’re kind of an outdated mechanic. Skizzik Surger has Echo, a mechanic hated by players and Wizards alike. Echo really shouldn’t return, and even if it does Skizzik Surger is not the kind of card that should return with it.
Possible Plane(s): Dominaria: 10
All the way back in Invasion we saw a card named Skizzik printed, and we saw it get reprinted in Dominaria. These are the only Skizziks we know of, and therefore Skizzik Surger is definitely a Dominarian creature.

Spellwild Ouphe 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 6
I’m biased because I love Spellwild Ouphe. I really want it to see a reprint because it’s such a cool ability on a card with some incredible artwork. The only issue is there’s no reason this would see a reprint anytime soon since it really doesn’t seem like something players are asking for. I have hope, but I can’t really give it any higher than a six.
Possible Plane(s): Eldraine: 2 Dominaria: 5 Lorwyn: 5 
So we’ve seen Ouphes all over the multiverse actually on Eldraine, Mirrodin, Dominaria, and Lorwyn. We know from the flavor text (and context of it being a reprint) on Brown Ouphe that the Mirrodin Ouphes are not native, and even if they were Mirrodin wouldn’t have something called “Spellwild”. The name definitely sounds like Eldraine, but the only Ouphe we see there is Oko’s, and it looks totally different so I’m not sure there. Dominara and Lorwyn could both have whatever  Spellwild is, but the Ouphes there also look entirely different, so we don’t have anything definite here.

Zoetic Cavern 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 7
Zoetic Cavern used to be playable y’know, and for my money I’d love to see it come back. I think if we ever see Morph again, we’ll probably see Zoetic Cavern in the set as an uncommon for draft or something. I look forward to your return, my Zoetic friend.
Possible Plane(s): Dominaria: 5 Rath: 4 Zendikar: 3 
So Zoetic literally means “living”...which doesn’t help us much. We know Tarkir has Morph, but this cave doesn’t really feel Tarkir so we can rule that out. We also know Dominaria and Rath have Morph, but there’s still nothing really tying it to either place. However…I have a crack theory. This card looks kind of like one of the Eldrazi Wastes from Zendikar, what if the cavern is Zendikar, a plane we know is alive, slowly retaking a destroyed area? It’s possible...right?

Witch's Mist 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 3
Why does the enchantment tap? WHY DOES THE ENCHANTMENT TAP???? Yeah…I don’t think we’re gonna be seeing this anytime soon.
Possible Plane(s): Dominaria: 2
I mean we have nothing to go on here but the robes she wears kind of remind me of a Samite cleric…and idk maybe the Overmother is a remnant of some cabal magic? Idk, honestly this whole card just hurts me. I love breaking barriers, but why does the enchantment tap?

Boldwyr Intimidator 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
We actually saw some Coward/Warrior interaction in the recent Zendikar set, so I think if we ever go back to Lorwyn, we’ll probably see this guy again!
Possible Plane(s): Lorwyn: 10
Similar to Mistmeadow Skulk, this card was printed on Lorwyn and is tied to the plane by name.

Goldmeadow Lookout 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 3
We don’t really see Spellshaper type abilities these days, and even if we ever do again I doubt this card is going to be among them. Tokens of pre-existing cards are slowly becoming more of a thing, but I don’t think anyone’s clamoring for Goldmeadow Harrier tokens.
Possible Plane(s): Lorwyn: 10
Same as Mistmeadow Skulk and Boldwyr Intimidator.

Bloodshot Trainee 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
Bloodshot Trainee is kind of an underwhelming card since it’s just a 2/3 for four unless you pump it, but maybe in a set with auras/equipment or focused around Ferocious I could see this making a return.
Possible Plane(s): Mirrodin: 10
Bloodshot Trainee was reprinted in Scars of Mirrodin, but the original art very clearly doesn’t show Mirrodin goblins or setting. For now the best tie we have is Mirrodin, but we could definitely see this guy on another plane at some point.

Edge of Autumn 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 4
I love Edge of Autumn, I just wish there was a format where it could truly shine. I think that it’s in that weird power range where it’s good, but too weak by today’s standards. It’s a catch up card in a color that’s always ahead. I could see this being reprinted at some point, but I think design philosophy would have to shift for that to happen.
Possible Plane(s): Pyrulea:4 Lorwyn: 3
Given the forest whimsy of the card, I could see this on Lorwyn, but since the focus character is standing on a massive leaf I’m drawn more towards the towering plane of Pyrulea (See Horizon Canopy)

Lumithread Field

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 6
Okay so Lumithread Field is one of my favorite futureshifted cards. The art, the flavor text, the whole damn card just comes together to create a window into a world I want to see so badly!  It’s too bad that this card is just…medium. It’s one of the cards where the effect, although cool, isn’t something that really excites people enough for it to see print. A toughness buff is sweet, and the morph line is good for limited, but overall it’s just so tepid.
Possible Plane(s): Mirrodin: 4 Alara: 4
So my thoughts on this are muddled a bit. In all likelihood this shows us a new plane we’ve never seen before, but there are two very real possibilities for preexisting planes. The line “Bastion of the Suns” in the flavor text reminds me of Mirrodin, as does the vague techno theme of the art, but beyond that we’ve got no real ties there. The creatures depicted seem almost Esper in nature though, similar to the style of the Homunculi we see on Court Homunculus and on the Homunculus token. Plus to me, Morph would work pretty well for an Alara set given it would help bypass the three color cost of many cards (Similar to how it did on Tarkir).

Patrician's Scorn 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 7
I’m surprised this card doesn’t see more EDH play. It’s a really solid bit of white removal, theoretically wiping all enchantments for free at instant speed! It’s powerful, but balanced and a real contender to be seen again!
Possible Plane(s): Fiora: 5 Innistrad: 5
The flavor of the card itself doesn’t point in any obvious directions, but the vague sort of bougie vibe of the art and flavor text would land it right at home on Fiora. The other more ghostly flavor fits Innistrad perfectly, especially now that we’ve actually seen some enchantment support on the plane.

Sporoloth Ancient 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 7
It’s a pretty powerful fungus and people love them some fungus! I don’t think it’s likely we’ll ever truly see a return to the “spore counter” type of Fungi, but if we ever do then I truly believe we’ll see this guy get his day in the sun.
Possible Plane(s): Dominaria: 8
We’ve only ever seen this type of “spore counter” fungi on Dominaria, so to me that means it’s most likely where Sporoloth Ancient hails from.

Thornweald Archer 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 7
It’s a piker with Deathtouch and Reach with a relevant tribal typing, we’ll definitely see this guy at some point.
Possible Plane(s): Lorwyn: 2 Dominaria: 2 Eldraine:2
The art gives Dominaria vibes, but I can’t confidently say that. I’m basically just throwing in Eldraine and Lorwyn since both would also fit the flavor, but really this guy could go in pretty much any set with Elves.

Grinning Ignus 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
Grinning Ignus goes infinite with Birgi, and that’s about it outside of limited. In a draft environment it’s decent, it’s ability can soft ramp you and help it avoid removal. Grinning Ignus is the kind of card that’s just waiting to be abused. We’ll probably never see this guy again outside of Masters sets.
Possible Plane(s): Strixhaven:10
Grinning Ignus was printed in Strixhaven! Which is why I’m a bit surprised we haven’t seen a combo deck with it in standard rn. Someone get on that.


Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 3
I love Ghostfire. I’m an avid player of Canadian Highlander and this is one of my favorite secret techs in my Mono-Red burn deck. It may seem like a bad card, three mana for three damage is not a great rate, but the fact that it’s colorless means it gets around a lot of the traditional counterplay to burn strategies. Auriok Champion, Burrenton Forge-Tender, Kor Firewalker, Paladin En-Vec, Sanctifier En-Vec, Fiendslayer Paladin, etc. All of these cards totally fold to Ghostfire (And it’s sibling card Reality Hemorrhage). All of that said though, Ghostfire being colorless is also why it won’t get reprinted. To me that ability is too out there, plus having colorless spells without devoid would likely be a hassle. Sorry Ghostfire, but you’re benched.
Possible Plane(s): Tarkir: 8
I mean it’s a direct reference to Ugin, plus we saw Ghostfire Blade on Tarkir. I’m pretty sure this thing is from Tarkir.

Flowstone Embrace

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 4
Oh good…another enchantment that taps. I like this card, but in most cases it’s a weird immolation and the effect is pretty out there so I doubt we’ll see Flowstone Embrace again.
Possible Plane(s): Rath: 7 Dominaria :7
Flowstone is something we’ve seen before, but only ever on Rath and Dominaria, thus it’s likely this card hails from one of those two places.

Nessian Courser 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 8
It’s a flavorful vanilla 3/3. I’m pretty sure we’ll see this guy in some future Theros set.
Possible Plane(s): Theros: 10
The Nessian Wilds is a location on Theros, plus this card actually saw print in the original Theros set. It’s from Theros.

Sarcomite Myr 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 8
Sarcomite Myr is deceptively good in draft, plus it’s just overall a decent card with great art. I hope we’ll see this guy soon.
Possible Plane(s): New Phyrexia: 9
It’s a Myr, it’s grotesque, and the flavor text references Brudiclad (A myr we know is from Mirrodin). This guy is definitely from New Phyrexia, but he might’ve gone to another plane so I can’t fully endorse that with a 10.

Blind Phantasm 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 8
Strictly worse Nessian Courser.
Possible Plane(s): ???
We’ve got no clues here. The art isn’t exactly distinctive (Despite being awesome). Sorry, but this one’s a big mystery.

Blade of the Sixth Pride 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 8
Another in the set of full art vanilla creatures. This one being very aggressive as a two mana 3/1. Also interesting but we saw this referenced on Imposter of the Sixth Pride in Modern Horizons.
Possible Plane(s): ???
I mean it’s probably Dominaria, but it could be anything.

Fomori Nomad 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 6
Another of the vanilla squad, but this is interesting as it’s reprint score is low due to it’s high planar score.
Possible Plane(s): Ir: 10
The Fomori are a tribe of giants from the plane of Ir, which is basically a mana charged plane that is said to be often visited by planeswalkers. We’re unlikely to ever visit Ir, but if we do then maybe we’ll see our friend there.

And that's it for Part III! After the next article, we'll be back to our regular, non-timeshifted content.
I'd love to hear what planes you think these cards might be from in the comments below! 
You can find me on Twitter @East2Westmtg or email me at
As always I’ve been East2West, your resident full art vanilla planeswalker and tapper of enchantments, and I’ll see you guys on the battlefield!
Feb 21, 2022 by East2West

Attack of the Zodiac

February 1st, 2022

This year is the Year of the Tiger. A truly majestic creature with grace and power. This year we want to see all of your best Cat cards, with an emphasis on Tigers. Submit your best cards on this theme to the FORUMS and you could very well see your card Featured this month!

That's right! This month, everyone who enters a card on the FORUMS for our Theme of the Month challenge will earn this beautiful Avatar created by @Tomigon! Impress your friends and complete strangers when they see your cards being guarded by this hungry cat!

The time has come to reveal our Cardsmiths of the Month!

First up this month is a Cardsmith who mostly designs their cards for the much loved Commander format. If you haven't seen CS101 around, that okay because we've brought CS101 to you! Spend a couple minutes favoriting these five cards and if you like them, then check out more by CS101!

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It's hard to believe, but our second Featured Cardsmith for February has been crafting custom cards on MTG Cardsmith since 2015. If you're looking for something fun or overpowered, or fun AND overpowered, then FangQuil is the Cardsmith for you... of course there is more to this Cardsmith than just the cards I mentioned, so hand out some favorites on the cards below and then go check out some more!

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Each month we're excited to highlight a few Cardsmiths that have helped make MTGCardsmith the best interactive online Card Creator. We hope you'll take some time to check out their creations!

Feb 01, 2022 by Corwinnn, & Tomigon

The Promise of a New Day

The start of every new year always brings hope and the promise of a new beginning. We'd like to help things start off by making our first Theme of the Month of 2022 something epic, and what better way to do that than to make cards using the Epic mechanic? This month we're going to Feature some cards that use the WotC mechanic EPIC.

Please make certain to drop off you entry in the FORUMS if you want a chance to be Featured!

Now it's time to reveal our Featured Cardsmiths for January 2022!

Globert_the_Martian is our first pick of the month. Over time, this Cardsmith has gotten more and more involved on the site, and has become an annual participant in our Artful August Event every year! We've picked out a small selection of cards by this Featured Cardsmith that we think you'll enjoy, so take a few moments to check them out and drop some favorites on the ones you like. We're hoping you like them so much you'll check out even more cards by this fun Cardsmith!

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Our second Featured Cardsmith is one who a lot of you might not know, but someone who has been a fixture here on MTG Cardsmith for years! JoeMerzl has quietly made almost 700 cards. Just like we've done with our other Cardsmith of the Month, we've selected just five of their cards that we think you'll want to put a favorite on and we're pretty sure this Cardsmith has even more you'll enjoy!

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Each month we're excited to highlight just a couple of Cardsmiths that have helped make MTGCardsmith the best interactive online Card Creator. We hope you'll take some time to check out their creations!
Jan 05, 2022 by Corwinnn, & Tomigon
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