10 Worst Magic the Gathering Cards of All Time

10 Worst Magic the Gathering Cards of All Time

These cards are the worst of the worst, the bottom 10 cards of all time.

Magic the Gathering has been around for a long time and thousands of cards have been printed over time. It is my duty to document the 10 biggest mistakes in magic card history. These are, infact, the worst cards I could find…

#10

Nameess Race – 1994

Don’t even bother reading the microscopic print on this one unless, you’re playing against a pure white deck. May I suggest a Minion of the Wastes if you are truly interested in this card? This card is a 100% dead draw unless you’ve got a solid chunk of life, and your opponent has a solid chunk of white permanents, which is not a likely combo. Too bad it looks and sounds so cool. (a good sideboard at best)

#9

Zephyr Spirit – 2005

Huh? 6 mana for this? is this card misprinted?! There’s about 500 other casts that cost the same and could potentially win you the game. not only is this card a 0/6 for the cost of a normal 5/5 or even a 5/6 flier, it goes back to your hand after you use it!

#8

Leeches – 1995

One of the infamous Homelands rares, this card sucks. It sounds kinda cool, but take into consideration that there were, like 2, cards that produced poison counters when this card was printed. And the way poison counters work, you still take damage when the counters are added, so, assuming all the creatures that damaged you were 1/1’s, to remove 8 poison counters, you would have a net loss of 16 life already. And who uses poison counters anyway?

#7

Untaidake, the Cloud Keeper – 2004

I remember getting one of these in a booster once. First I struggled attempting to say the name correctly several times. Then I got excited, because Legendary usually implies “good” and continued reading. And I read it again. Huh? Wouldn’t it just make more sense just to put, um, a normal land in? and 2 colorless isn’t going to help you in a sticky situation…

#6

Mudhole – 2001

What a dead draw. Bleh. This card has been the punchline of bad magic card jokes since the day it was printed. Maybe the shutdown to that Life from the Loam deck you are playing, but besides that it belongs nowhere but this list.

#5

Seafarer’s Quay & All it’s friends – 1994

They made one of these for each color. This cards has been deterring magic players from the game since 1994. Need I say anything else? Yuck.

#4

Wood Elemental – 1994

Hmm. 4 mana to cast a 0/0. If I sacrifice my UNTAPPED forest it’ll be a 1/1 for 5. I could morph up an Exalted Angel for less than this guy, and save my land. You’d be crazy to ever even consider using this card in a deck. the best use for it would be storm fodder. oh wait, it costs 4!! … The bicycle spokes would be the best place for this one.

#3

Break Open – 2002

Umm. This card can be played maybe one in a hundred games and certainly has drawbacks if it is played. How would you feel about flipping up a Krosan Cloudscraper on the third turn. Ouch. What’s the point?

 #2

Sorrows Path – 1994

Besides being obsolete, this card is confusing. And why is it a land? yea it might be cool to switch two blocking creatures, but it is definitely not cool to kill yourself and all your small creatures. Talk about a pain land. ouch. … I think I used one of these to scrape the black stuff out of the bottom of my toaster oven once…

#1

Great Wall – 1994

A perfect card for the paranoid Magic player. How many cards are there with plainswalk anyway? The answer is 1 when this card was printed (a 3/1 for 4W). Now I think they have added a green rooster, an antelope (click for ridiculous examples) and a red creature, but that wasn’t until several years after this card hit the market. Thank God it’s not taking up the rare slot. It’s a good thing I scrapped that plainswalk deck idea…

thanks to magiccards.info for picture references

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m, posted this comment on Mar 15th, 2009

add phyrexian tribune to that list

Grinning Demon, posted this comment on Mar 30th, 2009

Bob’s Your Uncle is the most mornonic magic player ever. he has no idea what is good. all he knows about mtg is what he reads online. he has no ability to play, no useful insight on mtg, and no life.

Here is a list of things as useful as him: a wet band-aid, the cast of a sci-fi channel original movie, being able to play guitar hero on expert level, a collection of pocket lint, tight jeans on a fat girl, mustard-flavored ketchup, a nerf gun at a shooting range, a solar powered flashlight, meat vegetable flavored meats, and learning how to play the recorder.

He is a waste of human life and the poster child for abortion.

David, posted this comment on Apr 7th, 2009

sorry! The cards you mentioned are not bad at all!
Please be more serious

dude, posted this comment on Jun 15th, 2009

@ david
I dare you to use any one of those cards with 4 copies of it. I guarentee you that it will be a dead card. Although only about 2 or 3 of them actually have a use for theme decks, he is serious but these cards just aren’t he worst.
1. Nameless race: A good card for a side deck which involves black and haste. With trample it’s actually more sick. Or play blue and mill oppopnent for a beatstick 4 mana.
2. Zephyr spirit: Although not entirely a really bad card, it’s not bad in the kamigawa block. The card still really sucks against trample but it’s one of those cards where you block a really big creature and it won’t die. But of course if a big creature is out already i don’t know how you were surviving all this time to get this thing out or the opponent is just playing around with you for fun.

Ok the rest of the cards are bad but they aren’t THE worst. They may have to some extent a good use for it (probably in the future). There are a lot more worse cards than this, you should probably do more research first though.

Henry, posted this comment on Jun 19th, 2009

I was dissapointed to not see Browse on this list, it’s a blue card with a converted mana cost of 4 with its ability costing the same.
“Look at top five cards of your library and put one of them into your hand. Remove the rest from game.”
This card is liable to screw you over more times than it will ever help you.
It’d be one thing if they were just sent to the graveyard where you could possibly bring them back later and then I could see it being used in a black-blue deck, maybe but the fact that it removes the other four from game and isn’t from one of the parody sets (its sixth edition) makes me wonder if this wasn’t designed to be a useless card.

me, posted this comment on Jul 24th, 2009

I believe Browse was also used in a classic control deck schem back when it came out.

DaQ, posted this comment on Nov 18th, 2009

I believe you missed pale moon from nemesis, it is pretty bad, but its also a rare, which was another slap in the face

anonymous, posted this comment on Jan 2nd, 2010

another useless card is the Scornful Egotist
(unless someone found a use for it)

kcameron, posted this comment on Jan 28th, 2010

Frontline sage…ugh

kcameron, posted this comment on Jan 28th, 2010

..and nameless race would be AMAZING in a black lifegain deck..and looks like Zuko from Avatar:the last airbender…so that makes it cool too lol

Megabug, posted this comment on Feb 6th, 2010

Chimney imp.
Worst card ever.

sonotabi, posted this comment on Feb 7th, 2010

mudhole might not be so bad now that wwk has manlands.

Disgruntled, posted this comment on Mar 21st, 2010

Magic blows anyways, it’s been dead for a while now, besides all the lifers who will play no matter how bad the game gets. It’s gotten to the point where uber powerful card weren’t good enough so they changed the rules. Oh well it had a good run.

bob, posted this comment on Mar 28th, 2010

How about Aladdin’s Lamp?

rare
10
Artifact
X : The next time you would draw a card this turn, instead look at the top X cards of your library, put all but one of them on the bottom of your library in a random order, then draw a card. X can’t be 0.

Also,
break open still sucks but doesnt deserve 3rd,
when there are cards that have effects like when turned face up counter target spell, its wasted.

Stephen Belanger, posted this comment on May 27th, 2010

I’d disagree with mudhole. It’d absolutely destroy my landfall deck, since it relies on being able to shuffle lands from my graveyard back into my library.

Screw that, posted this comment on Aug 19th, 2010

I got to tell you that I have a landfall deck and was thinking about that being a good card against it. But then I thought, why would you need it other than if you are making an anti-landfall deck. That deck would be useless otherwise, so noone would ever use it. And even if somone did use that card against my landfall deck, the graveyard for me is the done deal. After something ends up there it never ends up back into play unless an opponent did something otherwise.

Landfall decks should not revolve around the graveyard. Sorry bout that. If you want a deck that revolves around the graveyard make a spirit deck.

screwthat, posted this comment on Aug 19th, 2010

I got to tell you that I have a landfall deck and was thinking about that being a good card against it. But then I thought, why would you need it other than if you are making an anti-landfall deck. That deck would be useless otherwise, so noone would ever use it. And even if somone did use that card against my landfall deck, the graveyard for me is the done deal. After something ends up there it never ends up back into play unless an opponent did something otherwise.

Landfall decks should not revolve around the graveyard. Sorry bout that. If you want a deck that revolves around the graveyard make a spirit deck.

Nathaniel, posted this comment on Sep 2nd, 2010

Yeah, Mudhole would only be good if your opponent is sacrificing land to gain life and using Crucible of Worlds…

Nathaniel, posted this comment on Sep 2nd, 2010

Also, use Wood Elemental in a cheap green deck with lots of land and creatures that come out cheap and use Crucible of Worlds again…I mean, common…think before you name cards as useless…

Nathaniel, posted this comment on Sep 2nd, 2010

And with Break Open, you could turn a creature an opponent controls face up with a R/U deck and then also on the stack counter it so there…

Mike1229, posted this comment on Sep 3rd, 2010

@ nathaniel, you can not counter a card when it is morphed up because it is already in play. Counterspells only can be effective in response to a cast, not an activated ability (morph in this case). As for wood elemental. If you want to build a deck around it, all power to ya :)

veteran, posted this comment on Sep 5th, 2010

Obviously none of you have ever heard of a little card known as “didgeridoo” the card is by far the most worthless card i have ever seen, and i have been playing magic for about 8 or 9 years now, so thats saying something. its an artifact for 1, but get ready for the comedically absurd effect! pay 3 mana: put a MINOTAUR from your hand into play!!!! how useful! here’s a fun fact- there were a whopping total of 3, thats right 3! minotaurs in the homelands set in which didgeridoo was released! but wait, it gets better folks, one of them costs 2 mana, and the other 2 cost 4, so the most mana you would ever even save is 1 mana. I DARE someone to find any remotely useful strategy for this card! WORST CARD EVER MADE HANDS DOWN.

Notbob, posted this comment on Sep 30th, 2010

just noting that leeches won’t be bad anymore, because of infect!

Kodanshi, posted this comment on Oct 5th, 2010

Notbob, that’s exactly what I wanted to say! Especially as there are no ways in Scars of Mirrodin to remove poison counters.

Phellddagriff (a.k.a. flying purple hippo), posted this comment on Oct 7th, 2010

welll vetran if its a one cost artfact its not usless,
Tolarian Academy is one reason another is fodder for archbound ravenger… if a artfacts cheep and dosent have a disadvantge its usefull (granted i would much rather run a shield sphere, which is pretty much my all time favrite card)

Dragon5911, posted this comment on Nov 6th, 2010

I can build a deck to kill u with about 7 of the cards on this list, bad by them selves but not useless enough. If u dont like sorrow’s path send them to me its actually a good card with stuff like deathtouch wither and infect

cloudskater, posted this comment on Dec 2nd, 2010

o lord, people are DEFENDING Wood Elemental AND MUDHOLE?! Someone put me back in the freezer for another ten years.

This list is GREAT, all these cards are AWFUL. Yeah they have their uses but they are so limited….you’re not going to waste your time with them.

Valmar, the Bloodcheif of Marli, posted this comment on Dec 8th, 2010

Well donno bout the other cards but Leeches isn’t a bad card, in fact I hate it, lol, heres the deal, I was playing a friend and I was playing my Sliver deck which had 4x Virulent Sliver(s) in it! He had a life giving deck! He was up to 67 life with 6 poison counters (me thinking sweet I can beat his @$$) and it be comes his turn, and (BOOM!) he busted out Leeches! So it same him, SO THEY SHOULDN’T BE ON HERE!!! And I am on Grinning Demon’s side!

Tyler, posted this comment on Jan 17th, 2011

Leeches is now much better thanks to the infect mechanic, but that was implemented after this article. Great article and choices of awful cards!

Valmar (mad.hatter13@yahoo.com), posted this comment on Mar 25th, 2011

I can FAIL this!

10) Nameess Race
Why it is useful, ummm a game I was watching of old friends/players that J played it in his life giving mono black deck, as D had a weenie mono white deck needless to say J had 164 life, D’s deck had 33 white spells (cards), and only had 4 out, 13 in his graveyard, J played Nameless making it a 15/15, his life was 159, d’s 2/2 and 1/2 died turn one plus 11 life gone, WOW next turn dead! FAIL

8) Leeches
Why a friend/player had 3 of them in his life giving white/green deck, and beat my all colored Sliver deck, duh Virulent Sliver, and with this new block having infectious, ummm and no means of removing the poison counters FAIL FAIL FAIL!

6) Mudhole
YES I’LL BE DEFENDING IT, landfall decks and there is an enchatment a friend/player I know that lets you play lands from your graveyard! FAIL

4) Wood Elemental
YES I’LL BE DEFENDING IT ALSO, Ummmm as stated I have that friend/player with an enchatment that lets you play lands from your graveyard! Soooo PUMP him up! And nathaniel had a point with him! FAIL!

I mean I could go all day with you! DUMB ASS!

Mike1229, posted this comment on Mar 25th, 2011

@Valmar. This could be fun. Give me the 10 worst cards you can think of and I’ll think of ways to use crucible of worlds or obscure circumstances to make them better. I’d love to see a list, who knows?, I might learn something

Sam Urban, posted this comment on Mar 27th, 2011

@Mike lol awesome reply to that guy, you are an awesome magic player, really learning a lot from your articles

ddd, posted this comment on Apr 21st, 2011

poison counters nowadays are dealt instead of doing damage to life for creatures with infect. if a player gets hit by a 5/5 phyrexian juggernaut, that player takes damage only in for of poison counters, but do not take damage to their life total.

Felrona, posted this comment on May 8th, 2011

There are a bunch of useless cards that I come across since I began playing even in the newer sets. Makes me wonder why they even print some of them.

christian, posted this comment on Jun 14th, 2011

Two words:
Razor Boomerang

christian, posted this comment on Jun 14th, 2011

oh, and by the way, razor boomerang is standard…*massive sigh…

JC, posted this comment on Jun 16th, 2011

@veteran:

Didgeridoo has one practical use: Conspiracy.
Put any creature from your hand into play for 3 mana, use as many times as you like? Yes please. If you get lucky and can combo out a Power Artifact on top of that, you have the ability to play any creature you draw for 1.

Cheers.

Bensonator, posted this comment on Apr 5th, 2012

Add last chance to the list it reads that at the end of your turn you lose the game

TT, posted this comment on Aug 11th, 2012

What a joke… You use Break Open on you OWN Krosan Cloudscraper… Use your head.

Han Solo, posted this comment on Dec 13th, 2012

How, for the love of god, is Island Fish Jasconious not on the list!!?!?

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