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The Future is Now: Part I

Ages and ages ago I promised that I’d do some articles running down the futureshifted cards featured in the Time Spiral block. Specifically, 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)


Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
Tarmogoyf is an insanely good card (as we’ve seen in Modern and some eternal formats) so I doubt it’d be safe for a Standard legal set. However, in a set with the right makeup, as in less easy ways to fill your graveyard, it could be made into a more fair card. Fun sets such as Battlebond or Conspiracy could give Tarmogoyf a canonical home.

Possible Plane(s): Dominaria 8
Tarmogoyf belongs to the creature type Lhurgoyf which only has 8 total printed cards. All of the planar set printed ones belong to Dominaria over various sets with the first being printed in Ice Age (Poor Saffi) and additional ones being printed in Odyssey and Planar Chaos. This isn’t a 100% guarantee of Tarmogoyf being in Dominaria but it’s more than likely thus the high, but not definite, score.

Grove of the Burnwillows

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 6
Grove of the Burnwillows is a weird card but it’s not inherently game-breaking. It was good due to the interaction between it and Punishing Fire. Without a similar way to abuse it this would actually be pretty safe in limited. The main issue is that making your opponent gain life every tap isn’t a good effect, making it a feel-bad rare pull and it would likely need a cycle to go with it. This could be problematic in a flavor sense. Grove is already on shaky ground, Red gaining your opponent life isn’t normal. So what would a cycle of these even look like?

Possible Plane(s): Lorwyn: 5; Moag: 5
The art style and the fact that the flavor text mentions seasons in a poetic manner hint me towards Lorwyn (if you want justification read Bitterblossom). However, there’s nothing in the art, name, or text hinting at Lorwyn so it’s a 50/50 with Moag, a plane from Planechase. Moag is home to The Fields of Summer and the art on the plane card gives me a similar vibe to Grove, it’s not much but it’s enough for me to wonder.

Horizon Canopy 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
Canopy is a good card, a pain land that has onboard cycling is a sweet deal. Canopy runs into a similar issue as Grove, a cycle would be necessary. That’s not inherently bad but it’s pretty damn good. I just don’t know if WOTC wants to risk it.

Possible Plane(s): Pyrulea: 10
We actually have full confirmation on this plane. Pyrulea is featured in Planechase and the art used on its card “Horizon Boughs” WINK WINK, is just an uncropped version of Horizon Canopy’s art.

Dryad Arbor

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 2
Do I even need to explain why this score is so low? Dryad Arbor is confusing and has caused controversy by its appearance. This is one of those cards that’s good in concept but in reality, doesn’t quite work out. The futureshifted frame made it stand out from other lands or creatures but From the Vault gave us a look at what it would be with a modern frame, and it’s a problem. It looks way too much like a land, which actually was used to a player’s advantage during an event a while back. People have been calling for a ban on the specific printing of Dryad Arbor. Thus a reprint is unlikely unless a new frame is made.

Possible Plane(s): Lorwyn: 4
There are no real hints to a solid plane here but the flavor text, the typing, and the art on both versions give me a Lorwyn vibe. It’s a low score but Lorwyn is the only plane I can think of that fits.

Bridge from Below 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
Bridge from Below is a card that makes new players unhappy, an enchantment that does nothing when it’s on the battlefield is counterintuitive. However, it’s another card that’s not inherently broken.

Possible Plane(s): Alara: 4
The art from the original doesn’t give many hints and since there’s no flavor text we have no clues at all. The good news is that the newer art resembles (vaguely) The Maelstrom on Alara. This is by no means confirmation but the fact that Bridge from Below’s ability seems at home on Grixis helps this theory for me

Daybreak Coronet 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
While not a broken card it just doesn’t seem likely. Multiplayer sets don’t want this since it’s only really powerful one on one. However Standard might want this under some specific circumstances so I’m willing to give it a chance.

Possible Plane(s): Theros:
The original art doesn’t offer us many clues but we lucked out here, Coronet has a solid planar tie. Both times it’s been reprinted the art and flavor text has featured Brimaz, a character we know heralds from Theros, thus we have solid reasoning to anchor this card to Theros.

Street Wraith 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
Cycling as a mechanic is pretty dang popular, the main reason this score isn’t higher is that we just saw it come back on Amonkhet. In the future, I fully expect if Cycling returns Street Wraith will be right there with it. The only hindrance though is that it has Swampwalk, an outdated mechanic. This is a big drawback since I can’t really imagine R&D bringing Landwalk back.

Possible Plane(s): Fiora: 6
The flavor of Street Wraith screams Fiora to me, everything from the art to the flavor text is very Paliano. There’s no real confirmation here though so for now this remains a guess.

Korlash, Heir to Blackblade 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 1
Poor Korlash. The name and flavor are so cool yet the ability is so unplayable and lame. Grandeur is cool in theory but it also shuts off this and other cards with it to the main players who would use it, EDH players. It’s still playable, it’s got solid stats in a mono-black deck, and regenerate is nice, but still it’s not gonna happen. Regenerate, Grandeur, and Legendary status basically seal Korlash’s fate as a never to be reprinted card.

Possible Plane(s): Dominaria: 10
The original blackblade canonically resided on Dominaria, in fact, the Blackblade itself (although reforged) was just picked up on Dominaria a few years back. There’s no discussion here, 100% Dominarian.

Graven Cairns 

Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 7
A similar score to any other filter land, they’re pretty powerful but also pretty safe. Filter lands don’t net you mana they just give you fixing and they’re not as good as other options. I think honestly it’s more than likely we’ll see Filter lands return in the future.

Possible Plane(s): Lorwyn:10 Zendikar:10 Ulgrotha:10
Graven Cairns is weird since we’ve canonically seen it on three planes. According to its original flavor text, it’s on Ulgrotha since it directly references the Sengir Vampire family. We’ve seen it on Lorwyn for its first planar print, thus solidifying its existence there. And on Zendikar it was printed as an expedition land with Zendikari art, so we know it exists there too. 

Well, that’s it for part one, tune in next month for the next selection of timeshifts!
Feel free to let me know what planes you think these cards might be from in the comments below! 
You also can find me on Twitter @East2Westmtg or email me at
As always I’ve been East2West, your resident timeshifter and planar chaotic, and I’ll see you guys on the battlefield!
Oct 14, 2021 by East2West

Spooktoberfest Returns

Spooktoberfest is back! This year we've got another amazing Earnable Avatar to give away! Cardsmith Artist @Globert-the-Martian created Gorvul, the Twisted for the 4th Annual Artful August, and we loved it so much we decided to award TWO Avatars from this years contest! That's right, if you want a little Gorvul in your life, head on over to @sorinjace's Halloween 2021 Contest and submit an entry. That's the only way to earn this amazing new Spooktober Avatar!

Featured Cardsmiths

This month's first Featured Cardsmith has been making cards, well, a lot of cards for a while and even though they don't visit the forums and join in on the challenges, we wanted to make sure everyone got an opportunity to take a look at what TreiberZ has been up to, so please go check out some of their cards and leave a few favorites on your favorites!

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Dom_Rocks is up next as our second Featured Cardsmith this month! This Cardsmith joined the forums back in 2018 and has been a fixture on the forums ever since... and they have nearly amassed 400 cards! We put a few of our favorites down below, so feel free to check them out and stop by Dom_Rocks' main page to discover even more!

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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!

Oct 02, 2021 by Corwinnn, & Tomigon

MTG Cardsmith Custom Card Plays Cameo Role in New Val Kilmer Documentary


Magic The Gathering brings so many people together, but who knew that a couple’s love for the game and the movie “Tombstone” would allow the stars of the game, and actor Val Kilmer to align?


Well, that’s what happened in 2019 when MTG Cardsmith user Messifan91 used the website editor to create a card honoring Kilmer and presented it to him at a “Tombstone” event outside Austin, Texas. The moment is caught on film in the new Val Kilmer documentary, “Val”, which can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.


The documentary is a revealing look at the actor, his career that spans four decades, his complex family life from childhood to now, and his recent struggles following his battle with throat cancer that has severely hindered his ability to talk.


At about the 53-minute mark of the film, Kilmer is seen signing autographs at the “Tombstone” event at J. Lorraine, Texas, Ghost Town. Messifan91, or Justin, and his wife, Heather, can be seen meeting Kilmer and presenting him a Magic card. Justin explains that it is a Magic the Gathering card. MTG Cardsmith aficionados recognize this is a custom card, and Justin used to create it.


“Our favorite movie has always been ‘Tombstone,’” Justin said. “We just loved Val as Doc (Holliday), and (we) even had our honeymoon in Arizona and got to go to Tombstone and saloon hop for a couple of days.


“The little town was a perfect replica of an old west town and Val really mingled with the people there and was so charismatic. There was even an outdoor screening of Tombstone and Val himself introduced it and sat with the crowd to watch. Everyone was given toy cap guns to shoot into the air at certain parts during the movie. It was an absolute blast.”


Justin and Heather paid a little extra for the “Meet and Greet” with Kilmer. Justin brought two different cards he created on, one for Kilmer to sign; the other as a gift to Kilmer, but the event hosts almost didn’t let him through with both.


“They were like, ‘Sorry, Val will only sign one item per person,’” Justin said, “and I said that one was a gift for him and they seemed pretty surprised by that.”


Kilmer is now in remission, but the movie demonstrates his struggles during treatment and now. And that goes into Justin’s process for making the card.


“As for the inspiration behind the card itself, it mainly just made it as a testament to his battle with cancer,” Justin said. ”As an encouragement, but also as a totem of victory for him. That's why there's that win-con (win-condition) in there. I also wanted to grasp his humanity, and the importance of feeling that victory for him as a person, hence the second ability.”


Making a Magic card for Kilmer, combining their love for “Tombstone” and Magic The Gathering brought everything full-circle for Justin and Heather.


“My wife and I have played MTG for many years,” Justin said. “It's one of the things that brought us together and holds strong in our relationship like glue.”

Sep 01, 2021 by MTG Cardsmith

CCC: Strange Brew

This month I want to do something I haven’t done in awhile, talk about what decks I’m actually playing! I tend to brew most of my own lists since I do primarily play casual, so whether you’re looking for some cool ideas as to what decks are out there or you just want a peek into my deck boxes, I’m proud to present my current decks!

I have eight commander decks total at the moment, with seven of them being fun but nothing to really write home about. I have two more in the works that are a bit experimental, but I’ll drop those lists when they’re finished. For now if you’re interested in them, here’s those seven below.
  1. Ayara, First of Lochthwain - Zombie Tribal
  2. Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer - Morphs
  3. Belbe, Corrupted Observer - Colorless Ramp
  4. Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer - Token aggro
  5. Marwyn, the Nurturer - Elfball
  6. Lord Windgrace - Lands
  7. Oros the Avenger Mono-White Mardu

But the deck that I really want to highlight today, the reason I wanted to write this article, is because I finally completed a deck that’s been something of a pet project for me. Planeswalkers of all ages and demographics, let me introduce you to Turnless Obeka.

Turnless Obeka


1 Anger
1 Arcane Denial
1 Arcane Signet
1 Arcanis the Omnipotent
1 Archfiend of Depravity
1 Ashnod's Transmogrant
1 Barren Moor
1 Bloodchief Ascension
1 Blue Sun's Zenith
1 Brainstorm
1 Buried Ruin
1 Canyon Slough
1 Castle Vantress
1 Chronatog
1 Chronatog Totem
1 City of Brass
1 Command Tower
1 Counterspell
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Diabolic Tutor
1 Dimir House Guard
1 Dimir Locket
1 Dimir Signet
1 Disrupt Decorum
1 Dragonskull Summit
1 Drowned Catacomb
1 Empowered Autogenerator
1 Engulf the Shore
1 Eon Frolicker
1 Everflowing Chalice
1 Exotic Orchard
1 Fabricate
1 Fatespinner
1 Fellwar Stone
1 Fevered Visions
1 Force of Will
1 Forgotten Cave
1 Frantic Search
1 Gilded Lotus
1 Glimmervoid
1 Hedron Archive
1 Hero's Downfall
1 Inventors' Fair
5 Island
1 Izzet Locket
1 Izzet Signet
1 Key to the City
1 Leyline of Anticipation
1 Lonely Sandbar
1 Long-Term Plans
1 Machinate
1 Magosi, the Waterveil
1 Mass Diminish
1 Memnarch
1 Memorial to Genius
1 Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
1 Mischievous Chimera
2 Mountain
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Narset, Parter of Veils
1 Negate
1 Nymris, Oona's Trickster
1 Obeka, Brute Chronologist
1 Opt
1 Portcullis
1 Prismatic Lens
1 Propaganda
1 Reliquary Tower
1 Reshape
1 Seat of the Synod
1 Shimmer Myr
1 Silent Arbiter
1 Sly Instigator
1 Smoldering Marsh
1 Sol Ring
1 Star Compass
1 Stunt Double
1 Sunken Hollow
3 Swamp
1 Swiftfoot Boots
1 Talisman of Creativity
1 Tectonic Reformation
1 Temple of Deceit
1 Thought Vessel
1 Timesifter
1 Unwinding Clock
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Vault of Whispers
1 Vedalken Orrery
1 Wavebreak Hippocamp
1 Witching Well
1 Worn Powerstone
Now you might be asking yourself “Turnless Obeka? What the heck is that?” Well the entire deck is built around cards like Chronatog and Chronatog totem that allow us to skip our turn! The deck literally requires Unwinding Clock to function, as that card combined with our large amount of mana rocks ensures that we’ll be playing clean on our opponent’s turns. It’s also preferred, although not fully necessary, to have Vedalken Orrery or Leyline of Anticipation out as well. The deck has a lot of tutors to ensure we can get the pieces we need to start using our opponent’s turns as our own. The deck wins through cards like Fevered Visions, Bloodchief Ascension, and even Memnarch on rare occasions. It’s been an amazing deck to brew, and even more fun to play. If you’ve got a playgroup that needs a shakeup, I cannot recommend this strategy more highly!

What’s your favorite EDH deck you have? Let me know in the comments below! 
You also can find me on Twitter @East2Westmtg or email me at
As always I’ve been East2West, your resident Ajani fangirl and Green’s enemy color pair, and I’ll see you guys on the battlefield!
Aug 17, 2021 by East2West

The 4th Annual Artful August

Welcome to The 4th Annual MTGCardsmith Artful August!!

Artful August is BACK! Just in time to get you out of your doldrums!

Just like the previous three Artful August Challenges, we're looking for your Original Custom Artwork Cards to help us celebrate the month of August! Show us what you've created for this years challenge! Last year we added more prizes to give you more opportunities to win, and that hasn't changed! And just like we have in the past, we're going to dedicate the Featured Space to Custom Art cards and Featured Cardsmiths!

Where do you enter your Artful August submissions? Just click the image below and you'll be whisked away to a world where dreams come true!

Featured Cardsmiths

Who better to feature this month than one of our resident artists, crawdadswelcome! Not only does he make wonderful art, he makes some pretty good cards as well. We've picked out a few that we think you'll like, so please check them out and slather them with favorites!

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Our second Cardsmith for August is TheDukeOfPork. We love to see Cardsmiths who show passion and growth from their humble beginnings, all throughout their Cardsmith career, and TheDukeOfPork is one of those creators! We think you'll love these five cards from TheDukeOfPork as much as we do, and we're looking forward to seeing these gather a lot of new favorites!

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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!

Aug 01, 2021 by Corwinnn, & Tomigon
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