Happy Holidays Cards and Why I Like Them

Ever since 2006, Wizards of the Coast has made a series of foil silver bordered cards which are illegal in every format, but instead can be played just for fun and are given out to the people who work at Wizards of the Coast as well as their business partners. These cards generally are a pun of another card’s name, and will have a holiday (but generally Christmas) theme. I love the idea and find them to be really fun, and love the idea that Wizards has behind this set of cards, but I would personally like to play with them myself. Even though people are selling these cards, they aren’t all that cheap with the cheapest being a $15 card, and it ranges to around $130 for the most expensive one. Seriously, I know they’re cool and all, but I don’t want to pay $15 for a card that I can’t even use in any form of tournament gameplay. Here, I will show all 11 cards at the time of this post and will explain what I like about each of them.

2006-Fruitcake Elemental

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As the first in the series, this card is a completely awesome piece of hilarity. Personally, I know how fruitcake is a ridiculed desert as it tries to be healthy and delicious while accomplishing neither. By making it a card that you would like to receive yet give away at the same time is completely flavorful because if you still have it after the holidays, you’re basically stuck with it for the entire year. Also, I find it quite hilarious that it’s a 7/7 Elemental. Must be the compilation of every Fruitcake in the United States.

2007-Gifts Given

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While Gifts Given is the Holiday promo card, I also included Gifts Ungiven (the real card) as well just to show the similarities in the artwork and in how it functions. The card Gifts Given is the most expensive, as very few of them were ever resold to other people, and its price directly reflects it. Sitting at around $130, it would cost a fortune to play with. Besides that though, I find that this card directly reflects the true holiday spirit of asking for many different things, yet only receiving around half of them, and not even your favorites. Oh well, there’s always next Christmas and your birthday too.

2008-Evil Presents

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Sometimes, you get someone a gift that they hate. This is exactly what is represented on the card Evil Presents. The name itself is a pun on the card Evil Presence, yet it doesn’t reflect the card at all. Sitting at around $50, it must be a hard one to come by. I personally find this card to be quite realistic, as you never know whether that puppy you got your aunt will be an angel or a monster. Either way, this is just a fun card that I’m sure the people at Wizards of the Coast (and whoever else has them) love.

2009-Season’s Beatings

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While extended families are sometimes separated for a good majority of the year, most of them will generally congregate for the holiday season. However, after being separated for this long, some differences may arise. Although violence on this scale isn’t normal, it is worth pointing out that the holidays should be about fun and cheer, and not beating each other up for some disputes, although minor arguments are fine by me (Disclaimer: I do not take responsibility for any disputes you may have at a holiday party).

2010-Snow Mercy

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Clearly a snow globe interpretation of the picture shown of the card No Mercy, it definitely embodies the idea of shaking, snow globes with extra shakable parts, and an aspect of the story line on Dominaria, the original plane that Magic the Gathering was centered on. I find it a great inclusion to use the untap symbol to show a shaken the snow globe. Overall, I believe that this is a fun card that will bring a lot of laughs with it.

2011-Yule Ooze

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Oh the holidays. With Christmas Cookies, Chocolate Cream Pie and Peppermint Bark, we all might put on an extra five pounds around the holidays. However, this thing exemplifies the spirit of eating by eating whatever is in sight. This could range in anything from a human snack, to that pesky enchantment which is bothering you during the game. Nothing is safe. Keep this away from everything you love to prevent it from getting eaten.

2012-Naughty/Nice

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Being one of the more well known of these holiday promos, you can choose to be naughty or nice. By being naughty, you steal another player’s card, but by being nice you can give them one of your cards. Santa will sure be happy with you for choosing to be nice, but let’s be honest here; you can have so much fun with being naughty (Another Disclaimer: I try to promote being nice over being naughty in general. You should all be good and nice people in the real world).

2013-Stocking Tiger

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Everyone who celebrates Christmas knows the fun of dumping out a stocking full of goodies. Some stockings of Magic the Gathering players are filled with cards rather than candy, and this one is too, giving you a booster pack into your hand when it deals damage to an opponent. Its name is a homophone of Stalking Tiger, yet functions almost nothing like it. I find this a great way to spread Christmas cheer, as nothing says use your gifts given quite like a tiger that gives you a gift when he dies.

2014-Mishra’s Toy Shop

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Paying homage to the card Mishra’s Workshop, Mishra’s toy workshop looks to bring joy to your game by making toys as tokens. Who doesn’t love a card that represents Santa’s workshop? I would personally love to use this card, as it works amazingly in a token build. However, with its $30 price tag, I’ll just replace it with another land.

2015-Goblin Sleigh Ride

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Who doesn’t love a classic sleigh ride. I mean, what’s the worst that can happen? You wipe out your entire army? That’s exactly what you try to do with this card, as it allows you to send one of your biggest creatures right into your opponents lineup of cards. This is one of the more fun cards, and I feel as though I could actually get my hands on some of these as they are the cheapest right now at around $15.

2016-Thopter Pie Network

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As the most recent one in the series, Thopter Pie Network is based on a recent card in Magic the Gathering that became a fan favorite. Thopter Spy Network was a card printed in Magic Origins that truly defined Standard at the time. Wizards of the Coast realized that, and despite it having rotated out of Standard, it will always be a fun card that I’m sure sees a lot of casual play. This card hasn’t been given out yet, so there is no price on it yet. I surely can’t wait to see how this card works, and how much fun it would be to play with a fun card such as this.

Overall I have found this cards to be quite fun, despite not being able to play them at all. However, I would like to hear your opinions in the comment section down bellow. Happy Holidays everyone!