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Of course, every card in Legends that created a permanent change suggested you "use counters to mark the change". Like Aisling Leprechaun.
Posted By: longwinded (12/13/2010 9:35:54 PM)


This card has become infamous in my playgroup, and is the inspiration for an old running joke. Whenever someone asks a question about the rules or the game state, we refer them back to the sagely advice on Quarum Trench Gnomes.

"How much life do you have left?"
"Twelve. Use counters."

"Who's turn is it?"
"Steve's. Use counters."

"When Steve leaves the game, do I get my Reanimated creature back, or is it exiled?"
"I don't know; you should check the comprehensive rules... Use counters."

It has seriously improved the group's attentiveness towards the game. Thank you, Trench Gnomes!
Posted By: voyager1 (1/23/2012 6:13:02 PM)


I didn't know Dr. Seuss also went by Dan Frazier...
Posted By: Mr.Wimples (3/10/2012 11:11:59 PM)


Look how happy that gnome is. He's living the dream. The dream of making your lands generate useless mana.
Posted By: LordRandomness (5/2/2013 5:47:27 AM)


@Deepfried-Owls: No, because proliferate doesn't move counters between permanents, it just adds more to the same permanents.

But more importantly, the text doesn't tie the ability to the counters -- even if you "use counters", they don't do anything, so removing them with eg. Vampire Hexmage doesn't make the land return to normal.
Posted By: Aquillion (6/14/2013 3:07:33 PM)


"Use counters."

They're good for protecting a combopiece or controlling the board.
Posted By: Kirbster (7/1/2010 9:06:24 PM)


Agreed, the oracle text does not match up with the original intent of the card. It clearly says "use counters." Very clearly. I can't believe people aren't up in arms about this change in functionality.
Posted By: GainsBanding (10/26/2010 12:18:27 AM)


To this day this is the only nonartifact Gnome creature in MTG.
Posted By: Tahazzar (7/25/2010 7:49:52 AM)


A decent card, although I would rather just use Flashfires on their plains for the same CMC...This does have great flavor and art though...
Posted By: Guest57443454 (12/4/2009 2:32:16 PM)


haha, i love the printed text! "use counters" :D
Posted By: Mode (12/30/2008 7:29:24 AM)


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