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Lord is an obsolete creature type[1][2] for creatures with an occupation of high class or power within a structure or organization.

Lords conferred boons to other members of the same creature type, usually without conferring such boons to themselves, however. This is why lord became an informal term for any creature or other permanent which has this ability. Even after the creature type was defunct. Due to their support for creature types and appreciably influential impact, lords are often integral to tribal decks.

The lords Lord of Atlantis, Zombie Master, and Goblin King, which appeared in Alpha, were the first of several lords, most of which would grant a power/toughness bonus of +1/+1 and an additional bonus, such as a keyword ability (e.g. landwalk, regeneration, haste, shroud).[3][4]

The creature type was dropped due to inconsistency between card names and the use of this type, gender issues (Lady being the correct female form), and so it would not be confused with the so-called "lord" abilities of creatures who grant effects to other creatures according to their creature types, colors, or other attributes.[5]

Most "lords" have since had their creature subtypes changed to better reflect the character's race and class. For instance, Lovisa Coldeyes was originally printed as a Human Lord, then changed to a Human Barbarian, and most recently changed to simply a Human.[6][7]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The term "lord" originates from an obsolete creature type that is featured as a creature type on numerous older lords;[8] although artistically depicted as being of the creature type for which they granted bonuses, these lords were often not of the same creature type. This was, however, changed by the time of the Grand Creature Type Update, when the "Lord" creature type was no longer supported and removed, and most of the older lords received appropriate creature types as well as errata (often an "other", as in "Other Goblin creatures get +1/+1", as opposed to "Goblin creatures get +1/+1") to preserve their original intended functionality.

Rules[edit | edit source]

  • Certain Lords grant bonuses to multiple creature types (e.g., Lovisa Coldeyes). In these cases, a creature that is of at least one of those creature types gets the benefit once (e.g., +2/+2 and haste), regardless of how many of those subtypes it has.

Creature type lords[edit | edit source]

Unless specified, Lords grant +1/+1.

Any creature type[edit | edit source]

These lords typically allow the player to choose a creature type to buff.

  • Adaptive Automaton
  • Brass Herald — +1/+1 to type chosen, and searches/draws from top four cards of library all cards of chosen type.
  • Cover of Darkness — Lord type enchantment that grants fear.
  • Door of Destinies — Lord type artifact that grants +1/+1 for each charge counter on it.
  • Etchings of the Chosen — +1/+1 to type chosen, and can pay {1} and sacrifice a creature of the chosen type to give another creature Indestructible.
  • Icon of Ancestry — +1/+1 to type chosen, and searches/draws from top three cards of library for one card of the chosen type.
  • Karona, False God — Grants +3/+3 when attacking. Changes controller every turn.
  • Metallic Mimic — Grants a chosen creature type a +1/+1 counter when they enter the battlefield.
  • Mistform Warchief — Reduces the cost to cast any creature that shares a type with it by {1}. Can change its type until end of turn.
  • Morophon the Boundless — Grants +1/+1 to type chosen, and reduces the cost of all spells of the chosen type by {W}{U}{B}{R}{G}, if applicable.
  • Obelisk of Urd — Lord type artifact that grants +2/+2.
  • Paliano Vanguard — Conspiracy (of noted types)
  • Radiant Destiny— Lord type enchantment with ascend that grants +1/+1 to any chosen creature type, with an additional granting of vigilance if you have the city's blessing.
  • Rally the Ranks — Lord type enchantment.
  • Shared Triumph — Lord type enchantment.
  • Steely Resolve — Lord type enchantment that grants shroud.
  • Umori, the Collector — reduces the cost to cast chosen card type by {1}.
  • Urza's Incubator — Lord type artifact that reduces cost to cast any creature of the chosen creature type by {2}.
  • Vanquisher's Banner — Grants +1/+1 for a chosen creature type and lets you draw a card whenever you cast a spell of the chosen type.

Aetherborn[edit | edit source]

Angel[edit | edit source]

  • Herald of War — Reduces the cost of all Angel spells by {X} based on the +1/+1 counters on it. Also for Humans.
  • Lyra Dawnbringer — Other Angels you control get +1/+1 and have lifelink.
  • Starnheim Aspirant — Angel spells you cast cost {2} less to cast.

Archer[edit | edit source]

  • Greatbow Doyen — Archers also damage a creature's controller whenever they damage a creature.

Barbarian[edit | edit source]

Bat[edit | edit source]

Bear[edit | edit source]

Beast[edit | edit source]

Berserker[edit | edit source]

  • Lovisa Coldeyes — Also for Warriors and Barbarians, grants +2/+2 and haste.

Bird[edit | edit source]

Cat[edit | edit source]

Centaur[edit | edit source]

Cleric[edit | edit source]

  • Akroma's Devoted — Grants vigilance.
  • Edgewalker — Reduces the cost of all Cleric spells by {W}{B}, if applicable.
  • Cleric of Life's Bond — Whenever another Cleric enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.
  • Orah, Skyclave Hierophant — Whenever Orah, Skyclave Hierophant, or another Cleric you control dies, return target Cleric card with lesser converted mana cost from your graveyard to the battlefield.

Crab[edit | edit source]

Dinosaur[edit | edit source]

Dog[edit | edit source]

  • Pack Leader — Has "Whenever Pack Leader attacks, prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn to Dogs you control."

Dragon[edit | edit source]

Dwarf[edit | edit source]

Elemental[edit | edit source]

Elf[edit | edit source]

Eldrazi[edit | edit source]

Eldrazi Spawn[edit | edit source]

  • Broodwarden — Eldrazi Spawn creatures you control get +2/+1.

Faerie[edit | edit source]

Fungus[edit | edit source]

Giant[edit | edit source]

Goblin[edit | edit source]

Golem[edit | edit source]

Griffin[edit | edit source]

Horse[edit | edit source]

Human[edit | edit source]

Illusion[edit | edit source]

Insect[edit | edit source]

Kavu[edit | edit source]

Knight[edit | edit source]

Kithkin[edit | edit source]

Kobold[edit | edit source]

Kor[edit | edit source]

Legendary[edit | edit source]

Lhurgoyf[edit | edit source]

Merfolk[edit | edit source]

Minion[edit | edit source]

Minotaur[edit | edit source]

Myr[edit | edit source]

Nightmare[edit | edit source]

Orc[edit | edit source]

  • Orc General — Conditional (for {T} and sacrificing an Goblin or Orc) until end of turn.

Ooze[edit | edit source]

Pegasus[edit | edit source]

Pest[edit | edit source]

Pirate[edit | edit source]

Rat[edit | edit source]

Rigger[edit | edit source]

Rogue[edit | edit source]

Samurai[edit | edit source]

Saproling[edit | edit source]

Satyr[edit | edit source]

Scarecrow[edit | edit source]

Shaman[edit | edit source]

Skeleton[edit | edit source]

Sliver[edit | edit source]

Most Slivers are essentially Sliver lords. The most notable ones are three of the five {W}{U}{B}{R}{G} Slivers:

Snake[edit | edit source]

Spider[edit | edit source]

Spirit[edit | edit source]

Soldier[edit | edit source]

Squirrel[edit | edit source]

Thopter[edit | edit source]

Thrull[edit | edit source]

Treefolk[edit | edit source]

Vampire[edit | edit source]

Wall[edit | edit source]

Warrior[edit | edit source]

Werewolf[edit | edit source]

Wizard[edit | edit source]

  • Adeliz, the Cinder Wind — Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Wizards you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.
  • Final Iteration — Wizards you control gain +2/+1 and flying.
  • Inalla, Archmage RitualistEminence: Whenever another nontoken Wizard enters the battlefield under your control, if Inalla, Archmage Ritualist is in the command zone or on the battlefield, you may pay {1} If you do, create a token that's a copy of that Wizard. The token gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. Tap five untapped Wizards you control: Target player loses 7 life.
  • Kaza, Roil Chaser{T}: The next instant or sorcery spell you cast this turn costs Variable Colorless less to cast, where {X} is the number of Wizards you control as this ability resolves.
  • Naru Meha, Master Wizard
  • Stonybrook Banneret — Reduces the cost of all Wizard spells by {1}. Also for Merfolk.

Wolf[edit | edit source]

Zombie[edit | edit source]

Zombie tokens[edit | edit source]

Un-Lords[edit | edit source]

Color lords[edit | edit source]

Color lords are lords that boost all your creatures of a certain color instead of a creature type. According to Mark Rosewater, color lords are popular, but Wizards doesn't have the chance to make them often in all colors.[10] Unless specified, Lords grant +1/+1.

Colorless[edit | edit source]

White[edit | edit source]

Blue[edit | edit source]

Black[edit | edit source]

Red[edit | edit source]

Green[edit | edit source]

Multicolor[edit | edit source]

Any color[edit | edit source]

  • Caged Sun — Color chosen as it enters the battlefield. Adds 1 additional mana of the chosen color whenever a land you control is tapped for mana of the chosen color.
  • Crown of Convergence — Shares a color. Grants conditional (as long as the top card of your library is a creature)
  • Gauntlet of Power — Color chosen as it enters the battlefield. Adds 1 additional mana of the chosen color whenever a basic land is tapped for mana of the chosen color.
  • Hall of Triumph — Color chosen as it enters the battlefield.
  • Heraldic Banner — +1/+0 to color chosen as it enters the battlefield, and can tap for a mana of the chosen color

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Keyword lords[edit | edit source]

Unless specified, Lords grant +1/+1.

Combined creatures[edit | edit source]

Creatures with no abilities[edit | edit source]

Creatures with bushido[edit | edit source]

Creatures with deathtouch[edit | edit source]

Creatures with defender[edit | edit source]

Creatures with first strike[edit | edit source]

Creatures with flanking[edit | edit source]

  • Cavalry Master — Grants an additional instance of flanking.
  • Telim'Tor — Grants a conditional +1/+1 when it attacks to any creatures with flanking attacking with it.

Creatures with flying[edit | edit source]

Creatures with infect[edit | edit source]

Creatures with lifelink[edit | edit source]

Creatures with menace[edit | edit source]

Creatures with modular[edit | edit source]

  • Arcbound Overseer — At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature with modular you control.

Creatures with shadow[edit | edit source]

Creatures with trample[edit | edit source]

Creatures with vigilance[edit | edit source]

Other lords[edit | edit source]

Some lords care for other characteristics than creature type, color, or keyword. Unless specified, Lords grant +1/+1.

+1/+1 counters[edit | edit source]

Artifact/Artifact creatures[edit | edit source]

Commanders[edit | edit source]

Creatures you control[edit | edit source]

Enchantment-Related[edit | edit source]

Equipped creatures[edit | edit source]

Face down creatures[edit | edit source]

Keyword-Granting lords[edit | edit source]

These Lords grant keywords without a buff to power and/or toughness.

Land/Land creatures[edit | edit source]

Planeswalkers[edit | edit source]

Non-token creatures[edit | edit source]

Secret Lair spells[edit | edit source]

Snow creatures[edit | edit source]

Token creatures[edit | edit source]

Instant and Sorcery spells[edit | edit source]

Arcane[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast (January, 2008). "Ask Wizards - January, 2008". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (September 03, 2014). "Are there any creature types considered "dead", so to speak?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. Mark Rosewater (March 19, 2012). "Lord of the Things". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Zac Hill (March 23, 2012). "Lordly Might". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Brady Dommermuth (January 2, 2008). "What exactly is the reasoning behind getting rid of the lord creature type?". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. "Magic: The Gathering Oracle Changes - Masters Edition to Lorwyn". Yawgatog. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  7. "Magic: The Gathering Oracle Changes - Return to Ravnica to Gatecrash". Yawgatog. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  8. Mark Rosewater (January 07, 2008). "But Wait, There's More". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Randy Buehler (May 02, 2003). "The Undead Dragon". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Mark Rosewater (July 14, 2014). "Card Duty, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Marshall Sutcliffe (July 2, 2014). "Setting Up the Paragons". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.