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This card belongs in a MUSEUM!!
Posted By: SarcasmElemental (7/19/2012 8:41:06 AM)


Useless if judged by its printed abilities... horrifyingly powerful if one knows its backstory.
Posted By: Radagast (10/23/2012 1:55:08 PM)


Notice this is legal in Commander.

You will only destroy something with this once in your life. But if you use this to surprise-explode someone's fancy black-border Urzatron... well, let's just say they will never forgive you. And they will never forget.


For true badassery, recur this with Reconstruction and Drafna's Restoration.
Posted By: Salient (4/4/2013 6:45:12 PM)


The comp rules update for M14 changes how this works. Now it will destroy every card whose first printing was in Antiquities:


Expansion symbols are no longer a characteristic. Magic cards are recognized as individual game pieces by their English card names. One of the central tenets of that system is that all cards with the same name are considered the same for deck building and play purposes. This system lets us reprint cards, print promo cards, and have cards appear in many languages. But three older cards referred to cards from a specific expansion, and that runs contrary to the system. The Arabian Nights Bird Maiden and the Fourth Edition version should be the same, but City in a Bottle says they're not. In fact, it makes the original version worse!

So, cards will no longer refer to expansion symbol as a characteristic. The three cards that used to do this (City in a Bottle, Golgothian Sylex, and Apocalypse Chime) will receive errata in a future update to refer to ... (see all)
Posted By: Zetan (7/15/2013 7:29:53 AM)


The original reason for Golgothian Sylex and City in a Bottle was because they wanted players to be able to control the use of cards outside of the core set.

Obviously, as the game grew, such cards became completely useless, and really it's good they stopped doing it after Antiquities. Could you imagine if there were cards like this for every expansion?? It'd be insane.

Oh... forgot about Apocalypse Chime in Homelands... I think I purposely forgot, lol...
Posted By: Dr_Draco (9/25/2009 9:50:51 AM)


This baby loves my opponents Workshops :)
Posted By: Pontiac (3/18/2011 4:07:29 PM)


@ Guest57443454: I agree, the card does nothing to explain why it does what it does, but was its significance already decided at the time of print or if it was a later storyline revision?

For those who are quite justifiably missing the connection between a ceremonial bowl and mass destruction, the flavour behind this is that it's an ancient artifact of unknown origin which Urza uses to end the Brothers' War, by creating the explosion which kills Mishra, destroys the forest of Argoth and ignites Urza's planewswalker spark. How it works is never really spelt out, although it involves him channelling energy through the bowl of the sylex.
Posted By: stygimoloch (11/21/2009 7:28:04 AM)


It doesn't kill reprints. Only cards that actually have an Antiquities expansion symbol. What about Chronicles cards? Nobody seems to know.
If it were costed more efficiently, you could hose Workshop decks with this in Vintage. Ehhhh.. actually, probably not.
Posted By: GainsBanding (10/19/2010 12:30:17 AM)


wish there was one of these for Urza Block
Posted By: Kryptnyt (3/13/2010 5:09:25 PM)


Very weak for a card that represents an artifact in the novel (The Brother's War).
It should destroy everything on the board (except library).
Nevinyrral's Disk is better although it only destroyed the City of Urborg.
For an artifact that caused the Ice Age in Dominaria, it's very weakly represented in card.
Posted By: getz19 (6/14/2011 7:30:28 AM)


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