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Points of interest[]

  • Aliban's Tower was named after an anonymous friend of the head designer.
  • An-Zerrin Ruins is the first card that allows a player to choose a creature type and truly began the continuing crusade to change creature types into more useful types.
  • Clockwork Gnomes is the first artifact Gnome and does not have the typical clockwork mechanic of adding and removing +1/+1 counters despite its name.
  • Clockwork Swarm is a miniature version of Clockwork Avian that also cannot be blocked by Walls. Despite its picture, the Clockwarm Swarm cannot fly, unlike the Clockwork Avian.
  • Didgeridoo is an Aboriginal instrument that creates a deep droning sound.
  • Ihsan's Shade was one of five uncommon former Ice Age block Japanese language cards offered as a promotion in Japan. The Ice Age block was not released in Japan.
  • Jinx was named as part of an inside joke, referencing one of the "words of power" in "The Game," played by members of the Research and Development team.
  • Leeches is the only card in Homelands to reference poison counters. In fact, this card removes poison counters, and yet the expansion contains no means for a player to gain poison counters.
  • Leaping Lizard was based on the first "joke" card that appeared online with the same name.
  • Memory Lapse was designed as part of the reverse-cantrip cycle in the Mirage expansion and was moved to Homelands after another card was removed from the set.
  • Rysorian Badger was named for editor (and assistant director of the Duelists' Convocation) Rhias Hall, who was also known at the time as "Auntie Badger".[2]
  • Shrink introduced the power reduction mechanic in green, which was later moved to blue.
  • Soraya the Falconer became more powerful when Falcon and other creature types were condensed to Bird.
  • Winter Sky is a unique card with the coin flip mechanic because both of its potential effects are symmetrical.