26, Mar, 21

We're Not Sure What This Card Is Actually Called

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Who doesn't love a good printing error? Also, what do we call this card, and which one do you prefer?
Article at a Glance

We’re all very happy to once again be in the midst of yet another preview season, and Strixhaven spoilers look absolutely incredible so far, so we’re here for it.

We’ve seen that Liliana is coming back in disguise as part of a giant game of Cluedo or something, and we’re completely in love with the Mystical Archive too, because how could you not be.

However, it’s not all going completely to plan, and it seems that one card, at least, is very confused about its name, and so are we.

Are you collecting or conducting?


As you can see above, Zaffai is a cool card, and the kind of thing that we’re absolutely going to build a Commander around.

Zaffai, Thunder Conductor reads, “Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, scry 1. If that spell’s mana value is 5 or greater, create a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token. If that spell’s mana value is 10 ore greater, Zaffai, Thunder Conductor deals 10 damage to an opponent chosen at random.”

Now, if you pay attention, you’ll notice that the text says Zaffai, Thunder Conductor, not Thunder Collector.

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So which is it?

Now, first of all, this person looks a lot like David Bowie, and that’s awesome, but, and this is the key thing, the artwork clearly shows them conducting in front of people with thunder and lightning behind them.

This would suggest, as per our expert analysis, that they’re meant to be the Thunder Conductor, and we’re guessing that Thunder Collector is either a different card, or more likely, an earlier version of this one.

Either way, oops on this slipping out after what is no doubt a lot of work. But hey, we all make mistakes.

Which name do you prefer though?

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