Due to the mechanical and thematic focus on the graveyard in Odyssey block, the tombstone icon was designed to be featured on cards from the block's sets — Odyssey, Torment, and Judgment — so as to "make players' lives easier". The practice of placing a tombstone icon was not carried over to future expansions or blocks, but the tombstone icon has since been seen on the Time Spiral "timeshifted" reprints of Valor and Call of the Herd.
Introduced in Odyssey, the tombstone icon was featured on cards with the Flashback ability. In Torment and Judgment, the tombstone icon was used indicator of cards with graveyard-active abilities, as in the case of Ichorid and the Incarnations of Judgment (e.g., Anger).
- Tombstone Icon
- An icon that appears in the upper left of some Odyssey block cards that has no effect on game play. See rule 107.9.
- 107.9. A tombstone icon appears to the left of the name of many Odyssey™ block cards with abilities that are relevant in a player’s graveyard. The purpose of the icon is to make those cards stand out when they’re in a graveyard. This icon has no effect on game play.
- Cabal Therapy (Friday Night Magic)
- Chainer's Edict (Friday Night Magic)
- Deep Analysis (Friday Night Magic)
- Roar of the Wurm (Friday Night Magic)
- Wonder (Friday Night Magic)
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