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 Post subject: Magic Stats with Jim
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:40 pm 
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Sometimes I have random questions about Magic, like "What color has the most Gods?", "How many monoblack Spiders are there?", or "What's the most common power among creatures?"

If you think those sound boring, that's okay! No need to read further. Otherwise, come join me as I occasionally post random statistical facts about Magic cards.

Feel free to post your own, as well!

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 Post subject: Re: Magic Stats with Jim
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:51 pm 
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First of all, let's talk about Gods. As of the release of Kaldheim, Magic has 47 cards with the God creature type. Where are they from?

Gods by Plane of Origin
Theros: 22
Amonkhet: 12*
Ravnica: 1
Kaldheim: 12**

*Counting the God-Eternals as being from Amonkhet.
**Counting Valki as being a God from Kaldheim, despite the card depicting Tibalt in disguise.

Okay, how about color identity?

Gods by Color Identity
: 6
: 6
: 6
: 6
: 5
: 1
: 2
: 3
: 2
: 1
: 2
: 2
: 1
: 1
: 1
: 1
: 1

Let's simplify that. How many Gods are there in each color? (Multicolor Gods count as one point for each of their colors.)

Gods per Color (Using Color Identity)
: 12
: 14
: 16
: 15
: 12

Clearly, black is the color of Gods.

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 Post subject: Re: Magic Stats with Jim
PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:23 pm 
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Spiders are a GB tribe, right? Sure, they're mostly green, but think of all the black green spiders we've had over the years!

Well to my surprise, there are no monoblack spiders. Every spider is either green, multicolored, colorless, or red. (Thanks, Planar Chaos.)

Spiders by Color Identity
: 1
: 1
: 46
: 3
: 2
: 5
: 1

Spiders are almost as red as they are black! I'm betting black's lead will only increase, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Magic Stats with Jim
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:55 pm 
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A dissection of wurms might be interesting

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 Post subject: Re: Magic Stats with Jim
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:12 am 
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I would've pegged white as the color of gods. Black maybe as 2nd, but not black in first and white tied for last.
The lack of monoblack spiders is somewhat of a surprise too. I'm sure they'll print a blue spider at one point. They're the patient engineers of the arthropods after all.

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 Post subject: Re: Magic Stats with Jim
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:25 am 
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Barinellos wrote:
A dissection of wurms might be interesting

That does sound interesting! I'll do that next.

I'm starting to realize that there are certain stats I'm curious about that I just can't get easily from Scryfall searches. Plotting something by year, for example, would take a lot of manual effort with my current tools. I bet with the right database and scripting I could get some interesting results.

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TPmanW wrote:
I would've pegged white as the color of gods. Black maybe as 2nd, but not black in first and white tied for last.
The lack of monoblack spiders is somewhat of a surprise too. I'm sure they'll print a blue spider at one point. They're the patient engineers of the arthropods after all.

Pretty much every god has been printed as part of a complete cycle, the exceptions being Klothys, the buy-a-box Athreos, and the three grixis ones in Hour of Devastation. Kaldheim is the only set so far to treat God more like a conventional creature type, but even there it doesn't show up at lower rarities.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:59 pm 
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Wurms! First appearing in Alpha with Craw Wurm, and most recently showing up in Kaldheim with Ravenous Lindwurm, these limbless monstrosities have been a staple in green for decades. But just how green are they?

Wurms by Color Identity
: 2
: 2
: 1
: 7
: 4
: 63
: 1
: 6
: 4
: 1
: 1
: 1

Wurms per Color
: 2
: 6
: 2
: 10
: 12
: 76

That's more spread out than I expected! Wurms have always been mostly green, but back in the day, we got several interesting exceptions. I'm looking at you, Water Wurm.

What about rarity?

Wurms per Rarity
C: 33
U: 36
R: 26
M: 9

Despite not being green's one true iconic creature type, wurms have a good spread across rarities! Showing up pretty equally if we combine rare and mythic. Just for fun, let's see how this compares to hydras.

Hydras per Rarity
C: 1
U: 7
R: 37
M: 16

Okay, hydras do get a little more time in the spotlight, but I'm still pretty impressed with how many high-rarity wurms we get, given how often they appear at lower rarities as well. Good job, wurms!

Bonus question: How big are wurms?

Wurms by Mana Value (CMC)
0: 1
1: 1
2: 4
3: 3
4: 12
5: 22
6: 21
7: 21
8: 5
10: 1
11: 1
15: 1

Wurms feel most comfortable in the 5-7 mana range. The legacy of Craw Wurm lives on!

Speaking of Craw Wurm, 14 wurms are vanilla. Meanwhile, 25 wurms have trample, 1 has vigilance, and none have flying. The most expensive wurm in Magic is Wurmcoil Engine, both by cheapest printing (2XM, $15.72) and most expensive printing (Kaladesh Invention, $136.81). Some of my personal favorite wurms include Enlisted Wurm, Havenwood Wurm, and Pelakka Wurm. Also, I have no idea what Johtull Wurm is, but it scares me.

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 Post subject: Re: Magic Stats with Jim
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:42 pm 
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Johtull Wurms is, in fact, a Fungusaur.
For my money I think Wurms are way more iconic than hydra, not just in a representative color sense, but also to magic itself.
When I think of magic, there are several Wurms that come to mind, but of them the ice age printing of scaled wurm is what rises to the top.

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