Flavor Text Quiz: Real or Fake? #1

Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018
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Magic’s flavor text is one of the most important parts of what makes a Magic card what it is. Besides helping to flesh out the fictional worlds of the Multiverse, flavor text can also bring characters to life in memorable ways, or allow the designers of the game to sneak in some humor and whimsy into their grimdark fantasy realms. Is your inner Vorthos ready to take a dip in the sweet sweet waters of Lake Flavor Text? Prepare yourself for the ultimate flavor text challenge: Are the flavor texts below real or fake? Scroll down to begin!


#1. Basic senses like sight and taste are reserved for those in power.

#2. There’s more than one way to crack a skull.

#3. “I’m in charge now!”

#4. “I could promise you a quick death. But it would be a lie.”

#5. “Once more into Devil’s Breach, soldiers. I want another devil tail for my collection.”

#6. With Tezzeret judging, the Inventors’ Fair is anything but.

#7. Go big and go home.

#8. “Your creations are effective, Sheoldred, but we must unite the flesh, not merely flay it.”
— Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

#9. It has two paws and one maw.

#10. “Show them. Show them how hot your fire can burn.”
— Liliana Vess, to Chandra Nalaar

#11. “Smarter than death? Let’s see you outsmart my mace, necromancer!”

#12. There are two punishments in en-Kor culture, to be burned, or to be spurned. Every en-Kor has chosen to be burned without hesitation.

#13. She’ll make you a deal you can’t refuse. And if you do refuse it, she’ll make you another deal. One you’ll wish you could refuse.

#14. “You keep talking, but the only words I’m hearing are ‘go’ and ‘fast’.”

#15. Bores ruin a party. Boars are party to ruin.

#16. “I will join you so that you will not yet join me.”

#17. It is the thing that goes bump in the night.

#18. “When the world is running down, you make the best of what’s still around.”

#19. Their language may be a cacophonous agglomeration of chittering snorts and mad barking, but the message they send is all too clear.

#20. “Try this on for size!”


Answer key:

#1. This one is REAL. It’s on Phyrexian Revoker, from the set New Phyrexia.
#2. This one is FAKE.
#3. This one is FAKE.
#4. This one is FAKE.
#5. This one is REAL. It’s on Thraben Valiant, from Avacyn Restored.
#6. This one is FAKE.
#7. This one is FAKE.
#8. This one is REAL. It’s on Skinrender, from Scars of Mirrodin.
#9. This one is FAKE.
#10. This one is REAL. It’s on Diabolic Tutor, from Kaladesh.
#11. This one is REAL. It’s on Ash Zealot, from Return to Ravnica.
#12. This one is FAKE.
#13. This one is FAKE.
#14. This one is FAKE.
#15. This one is REAL. It’s on Crashing Boars, from Exodus.
#16. This one is REAL. It’s on Drogskol Shieldmate, from Eldritch Moon.
#17. This one is REAL. It’s on Mindslicer, from Odyssey and Ninth Edition.
#18. This one is FAKE.
#19. This one is REAL. It’s on Heckling Fiends, from Dark Ascension and Conspiracy.
#20. This one is FAKE.

If you scored…

16-20: You are the living embodiment of Vorthos! Or you work in the flavor text department. If you’re in the second group, hello!

10-15: Your coin flipping worked to your benefit! I can think of one goblin it ain’t so lucky for.

5-9: Your coin flipping worked out poorly! Are you the kind of goblin who’d lose their thumb in a wager, then come right back with “double or nothing”?

0-4: You are fuel for the Magmaw! That’s not related to your performance on the quiz, it’s just a general fact.