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A skinned card is a Magic: The Gathering reprint card that features a non-Magic IP themed "skin".[1] This skin consists of themed alternate artwork and flavor text, and an additional card name.

A skinned Titanoth Rex

Description[]

Skinned cards were first featured in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths with a Godzilla theme. The name of the original card is featured in a small font below the Outside IP name of the card in the title bar. The alternate name in the title bar is considered flavor text and has no effect on game play. Rules text always references the original name in the secondary title bar, never the skin name.[2]

The skin treatment can be considered a Showcase, and is only used on reprints. This is distinct from the Universes Beyond treatment, which may feature mechanically unique cards that can be rebranded. Crossovers that have the skin treatment are thus always not part of Universes Beyond. If thay are, they have the triangular holofoil stamp that characterizes that sub-brand.

Rules[]

From the Comprehensive Rules (November 19, 2021—Innistrad: Crimson Vow)

  • 201.5. Promotional or alternate-art versions of some cards feature a secondary title bar below the name line. The card’s name as listed in the Oracle card reference is displayed in the secondary title bar, and an alternate name appears in the upper left corner. For the purposes of deck construction, game rules, and effects, these cards have only the card name specified in the secondary title bar. The alternate name is considered flavor text and has no effect on game play.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (November 19, 2021—Innistrad: Crimson Vow)

Alternate Name
A different name used on promotional or alternate-art versions of some cards. This name has no rules meaning. See rule 201.5.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (November 19, 2021—Innistrad: Crimson Vow)

Secondary Title Bar
A smaller name line with the Oracle reference name of a card which has an alternate name in its upper left corner. See rule 201.5.

List[]

Release Name Skin theme # cards Main article Universes
Beyond
2020-04 Godzilla Series Godzilla 18 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths/Box Toppers {Cross}
2021-11 Dracula Series Dracula 18 Innistrad: Crimson Vow/Box Toppers {Cross}
2021-11 Secret Lair Drop Series: Arcane Arcane 4 out of 7 Secret Lair Drop Series: Secretversary 2021 {Tick}
2021-11 Secret Lair Drop Series: Welcome to Castle Dracula Dracula 3 Secret Lair Drop Series: Secretversary 2021 {Cross}

References[]

  1. Mike Turian (April 2, 2020). "Collecting Ikoria". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast] (November 10, 2021). "Innistrad: Crimson Vow Release Notes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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