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I love this game. I love writing about it. Compiling lists about it. Evaluating it. Sometimes, I even play it. I'm an Accidental Player.

 The Tolarian Academy of Arcane Arts and Pictures presents: THE TOPDECK AWARDS!
 The best way to celebrate 20 long years of this silly game, by rewarding all those beloved cards that, at one point or another, starred in our personal tragicomedies and psychodramas.

 Today's category: Outstanding Titan. A Titan is any creature with CMC 6 that is able to bring to the table an amount of impact and inevitability comparable to those of the namesake M11 Titan cycle. The nominations are given by color and accompanied by a brief profile of the nominees, which are listed alphabetically. Winners will be published with the announcement of the next category. Last month's winners are here.

 And the voting duty, ladies and gentlemen, is all yours.

> GO DIRECTLY TO THE BALLOTS <

> PREVIOUS CATEGORIES <


 Category A: Outstanding Mono-White Titan

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 75

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Adarkar Valkyrie
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2006
  • Birthplace: Coldsnap
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's truly selfless.

 

2. 

  • Name: Admonition Angel
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2010
  • Birthplace: Worldwake
  • Reason for Nomination: Because those exiled permanents might come back eventually, but in the meantime it's Oblivionfest.

 

3. 

  • Name: Captain of the Watch
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2009
  • Birthplace: Magic 2010
  • Reason for Nomination: Because those are 9 points of vigilant power.

 

4. 

  • Name: Deathless Angel
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: April 2010
  • Birthplace: Rise of the Eldrazi
  • Reason for Nomination: For that outfit, of course. Which also becomes indestructible, by the way.

 

5. 

  • Name: Exalted Angel
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2002
  • Birthplace: Onslaught
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's a 6-mana creature on turn 4.

 

6. 

  • Name: Jareth, Leonine Titan
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2002
  • Birthplace: Onslaught
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's actually a Titan!

 

7. 

  • Name: Sun Titan
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2010
  • Birthplace: Magic 2011
  • Reason for Nomination: Because in spite of all that warrior-ry demeanor, he's the Johnniest of the five Brother Titans.

 

8. 

  • Name: Sunblast Angel
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2010
  • Birthplace: Scars of Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: For being a wrath effect on a stick.

 

9. 

  • Name: Twilight Shepherd
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2008
  • Birthplace: Shadowmoor
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she keeps coming back, along with all your lost items.

 

10. 

  • Name: Yosei, the Morning Star
  • Rarity: Rare, then Mythic Rare 
  • Birthdate: October 2004
  • Birthplace: Champions of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: For being a Dragon in a world of Angels, and still able to take over the game more consistently than everyone else.

 Honorable Mentions: Felidar Sovereign, because alternative win-cons are cool; Mirror-Sigil Sergeant, because Rite-of-Replicates himself, over time; Patron of the Kitsune, because that's a lot of lifegain; Personal Incarnation, because it's the (senile) grandpa of them all; Spirit of the Hearth, for being a flying Leyline of Sanctity.

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 Category B: Outstanding Mono-Blue Titan

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 75

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Aetherling
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2013
  • Birthplace: Dragon's Maze
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he costs more than his older brother Morphling, but is even more committed to what he does.

 

2. 

  • Name: Arcanis the Omnipotent
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2002 
  • Birthplace: Onslaught
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he doesn't need to attack or block to impact the game.

 

3. 

  • Name: Consecrated Sphinx
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2011
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin Besieged
  • Reason for Nomination: Because even just looking at it is unnerving.

 

4. 

  • Name: Deadeye Navigator
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2012
  • Birthplace: Avacyn Restored
  • Reason for Nomination: For the incalculable amount of unspeakable shenanigans you can do with him.

 

5. 

  • Name: Draining Whelk
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2006
  • Birthplace: Time Spiral
  • Reason for Nomination: For being the Timmiest counterspell.

 

6. 

  • Name: Frost Titan
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2010
  • Birthplace: Magic 2011
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he might be the weakest of his lineage, but his lineage is strong.

 

7. 

  • Name: Keiga, the Tide Star
  • Rarity: Rare, then Mythic Rare 
  • Birthdate: October 2004
  • Birthplace: Champions of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: For giving a whole new dimension to the concept of trade.

 

8. 

  • Name: Mahamoti Djinn
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: August 1993
  • Birthplace: Limited Edtion Alpha
  • Reason for Nomination: Because before retiring, he fought many, many battles.

 

9. 

  • Name: Sphinx of Jwar Isle
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2009
  • Birthplace: Zendikar
  • Reason for Nomination: Because that's how you want your Titan-like creature: hard to block, hard to kill.

 

10. 

  • Name: Sphinx of Magosi
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: April 2010
  • Birthplace: Rise of the Eldrazi
  • Reason for Nomination: For drawing you cards while he punishes your enemies.

 Honorable Mentions: Arbiter of the Ideal, because that's a good shenanigan; Guile, because that's an insane (if hard to pull) shenanigan; Sun Quan, Lord of Wu, for giving everyone unblockable horses; Sharding Sphinx, because Thopter Army is a thing.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category C: Outstanding Mono-Black Titan

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 98

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Geth, Lord of the Vault
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2010
  • Birthplace: Scars of Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because repeatable graverobbing of both creatures and artifacts is an insane ability.

 

2. 

  • Name: Grave Titan
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2010
  • Birthplace: Magic 2011
  • Reason for Nomination: For the Zombie party he starts.

 

3. 

  • Name: Ihsan's Shade
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 1995
  • Birthplace: Homelands
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's still a scary bogeyman to white mages.

 

4. 

  • Name: Kokusho, the Evening Star
  • Rarity: Rare, then Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2004
  • Birthplace: Champions of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: Because you really want for him to die. And then come back. And then die again.

 

5. 

  • Name: Massacre Wurm
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2011
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin Besieged
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's the scourge of the weenies.

 

6. 

  • Name: Midnight Banshee
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2008
  • Birthplace: Shadowmoor
  • Reason for Nomination: Because of her slow yet relentless, one-sided board-sweeping.

 

7. 

  • Name: Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2012
  • Birthplace: Dark Ascension
  • Reason for Nomination: For hating Humans so much.

 

8. 

  • Name: Necropolis Regent
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2012
  • Birthplace: Return to Ravnica
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's the ultimate inevitability.

 

9. 

  • Name: Nightmare
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: August 1993
  • Birthplace: Limited Edition Alpha
  • Reason for Nomination: Because the old mare of the night can still hit you big time.

 

10. 

  • Name: Visara the Dreadful
  • Rarity: Rare, then Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2002
  • Birthplace: Onslaught
  • Reason for Nomination: Because nobody is better at killing than she is, but she's not just a pretty murder-face.

 Honorable Mentions: Carnifex Demon, because two of them can kill everything; Dread, because it's really vindictive; Extractor Demon, because he's Johnny Mill; Ebon Praetor, because nobody ever really understood what's happening in that picture; Helldozer, because killing lands is fun; Hythonia the Cruel, because she asks for long-term commitment, but repays it; Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis and Reaper from the Abyss, because they're good murdering Demons; Nirkana Revenant, for all that mana; Stronghold Overseer, for being the Shadow King.

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 Category D: Outstanding Mono-Red Titan

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 88

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Flameblast Dragon
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2008
  • Birthplace: Shards of Alara
  • Reason for Nomination: For giving us a free Fireball at each attack.

 

2. 

  • Name: Hellkite Charger
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2009
  • Birthplace: Zendikar
  • Reason for Nomination: Because that effect is expensive, but lethal.

 

3. 

  • Name: Inferno Titan
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2010
  • Birthplace: Magic 2011
  • Reason for Nomination: Because that's what machine guns do.

 

4. 

  • Name: Kamahl, Pit Fighter
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2001
  • Birthplace: Odyssey
  • Reason for Nomination: Because pinging for 3 isn't even pinging anymore.

 

5. 

  • Name: Moonveil Dragon
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2012
  • Birthplace: Dark Ascension
  • Reason for Nomination: For being the most elegant Dragon ever.

 

6. 

  • Name: Predator Dragon
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2008
  • Birthplace: Shards of Alara
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he likes eating Elves.

 

7. 

  • Name: Preyseizer Dragon
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: June 2012
  • Birthplace: Planechase 2012
  • Reason for Nomination: Because we're pretty sure nobody even knew this thing existed.

 

8. 

  • Name: Ryusei, the Falling Star
  • Rarity: Rare, then Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2004
  • Birthplace: Champions of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: Because damage-based board-sweeping is less impressive than what most of his Spirit Dragon brothers do, but still strong enough to warrant a nomination.

 

9. 

  • Name: Shivan Dragon
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: August 1993
  • Birthplace: Limited Edition Alpha
  • Reason for Nomination: Because nobody will ever forget him. Ever.

 

10. 

  • Name: Worldgorger Dragon
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2002
  • Birthplace: Judgment
  • Reason for Nomination:  Because he does just one thing, but it's a ban-worthy thing.

 Honorable Mentions: Flayer of the Hatebound, because when there's no more room in hell, the dead will burn you; Godo, Bandit Warlord, because he can fetch more than his maul; Mordant Dragon, because free damage is never a bad thing; Rapacious One, because it's the herald of wicked things this way coming; Rorix Bladewing, because sometimes all you need is speed; Thundermare, because it's the star of its own movie.

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 Category E: Outstanding Mono-Green Titan

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 101

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Arachnus Spinner
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2011
  • Birthplace: Magic 2012
  • Reason for Nomination: For the infinite weaving of that spider web.

 

2. 

  • Name: Force of Nature
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: August 1993
  • Birthplace: Limited Edition Alpha
  • Reason for Nomination: For being a symbol, more than anything else.

 

3. 

  • Name: Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2002
  • Birthplace: Onslaught
  • Reason for Nomination: Because when Kamahl chose to leave behind his pit fighter ways and embrace nature, he didn't mean that in a tree-hugger sense.

 

4. 

  • Name: Multani, Maro-Sorcerer
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 1999
  • Birthplace: Urza's Legacy
  • Reason for Nomination: For being a giant untargetable target.

 

5. 

  • Name: Nemata, Grove Guardian
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2001
  • Birthplace: Planeshift
  • Reason for Nomination: For the quiet but steady board-building.

 

6. 

  • Name: Primeval Titan
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2010
  • Birthplace: Magic 2011
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's bah-roken.

 

7. 

  • Name: Rampaging Baloths
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2009
  • Birthplace: Zendikar
  • Reason for Nomination: Because that's a solid use of landfall.

 

8. 

  • Name: Silvos, Rogue Elemental
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2002
  • Birthplace: Onslaught
  • Reason for Nomination: For being the first playable Force of Nature.

 

9. 

 

10. 

  • Name: Vigor
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2007
  • Birthplace: Lorwyn
  • Reason for Nomination: For being one of the most powerful game-changers in the business.

 Honorable Mentions: Cloudthresher, for the anti-flyer warfare; Essence of the Wild, for being a disappointing execution of a great concept; Gaea's Liege, because he's the clumsiest land-killer, yet still a land-killer; Hydra Omnivore, because it's amazing in multiplayer; Jedit Ojanen of Efrava, for leading a tribe of forestwalking cats; Jugan, the Rising Star, because a flyer, any flyer is a rare, awe-inducing occurrence in green; Phyrexian Swarmlord, for the conditional but extraordinary token generation; Primalcrux, for loving green so much; Terra Stomper, because it was the first, incontrovertibly strictly better Force of Nature, yet still entirely irrelevant; Verdeloth the Ancient, for the burst of life that his arrival creates.

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 Category F: Outstanding Colorless Titan

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 43

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Clockwork Beast
  • Rarity: Rare, then Uncommon 
  • Birthdate: August 1993
  • Birthplace: Limited Edition Alpha
  • Reason for Nomination: For Drew Tucker's abstract art.

 

2.  

  • Name: Duplicant
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2003
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because the new art makes exiling stuff fancier.

 

3. 

  • Name: Phyrexian Devourer
  • Rarity: Rare, then Uncommon
  • Birthdate: June 1996
  • Birthplace: Alliances
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it had to wait 14 years for the one combo that gives sense to its existence.

 

4. 

  • Name: Steel Hellkite
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2010
  • Birthplace: Scars of Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's an underrated machine of destruction.

 

5. 

  • Name: Thopter Assembly
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2011
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin Besieged
  • Reason for Nomination: Because that's a lot of Thopters.

 

6.  

  • Name: Triskelion
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: March 1994
  • Birthplace: Antiquities
  • Reason for Nomination: Because when it stopped looking like a kitchen appliance, it started being taken seriously.

 

7. 

  • Name: Wurmcoil Engine
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2010
  • Birthplace: Scars of Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's something you only want to see on other side of the board when you have Mind Control in hand.

 Honorable Mentions: Arcbound Fiend, because there's really nothing good in this category.

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 Category G: Outstanding Multicolored Titan

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 101

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Armada Wurm
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2012
  • Birthplace: Return to Ravnica
  • Reason for Nomination: Because two Wurms are better than one.

 

2. 

  • Name: Aurelia, the Warleader
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2013
  • Birthplace: Gatecrash
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's the alpha of the alpha strikes.

 

3. 

  • Name: Broodmate Dragon
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2008
  • Birthplace: Shards of Alara
  • Reason for Nomination: Because two Dragons are better than one.

 

4. 

  • Name: Experiment Kraj
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2006
  • Birthplace: Dissension
  • Reason for Nomination: For being the Johnniest finisher ever.

 

5. 

 

6. 

  • Name: Oona, Queen of the Fae
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2008
  • Birthplace: Shadowmoor
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she swings, and exile cards, and creates Faeries, all at the same time.

 

7. 

  • Name: Prime Speaker Zegana
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2013 
  • Birthplace: Gatecrash
  • Reason for Nomination: For being massive card advantage on legs.

 

8. 

  • Name: Progenitor Mimic
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2013
  • Birthplace: Dragon's Maze
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a self-replicating replicator!

 

9. 

  • Name: Prossh, Skyraider of Kher
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: November 2013
  • Birthplace: Commander 2013
  • Reason for Nomination: Because you'd never tell how many lethal uses all those puny Kobolds have.

 

10. 

  • Name: Sharuum the Hegemon
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2008
  • Birthplace: Shards of Alara
  • Reason for Nomination: For recurring Mindslaver and many other nasty things.

 Honorable Mentions: Bruna, Light of Alabaster, because she's the enchantments' fairy godmother; Defiler of Souls, because it's the bane of monocolored; Dragon Broodmother, because baby dragons are cute; Gleancrawler, because it never wastes anything; Isperia, Supreme Judge and Medomai the Ageless, because they're powerful Sphinges even if more in theory than in practice; the Primeval and Planeshifted Dragons, because every Commander players has a favorite among them; Realm Razer, because it can even end games on its own; Sovereigns of Lost Alara, for how eagerly and carsually they enroll themselves in the Eldrazi army.


Time to cast your vote!

 You can first review specific profiles here: White, Blue, Black, Red, Green, Colorless, Multicolored


And the winners are...!

 Outstanding Mono-White Midrange CreatureBaneslayer Angel!

 Runner-up: Reveillark

 Outstanding Mono-Blue Midrange CreatureMulldrifter!

 Runner-ups: Morphling, Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir

 Outstanding Mono-Black Midrange Creature: Gray Merchant of Asphodel!

 Runner-ups: Bloodgift Demon, Shriekmaw

 Outstanding Mono-Red Midrange Creature: Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker!

 Runner-up: Thundermaw Hellkite

 Outstanding Mono-Green Midrange Creature: Thragtusk!

 Runner-up: Acidic Slime

 Outstanding Colorless Midrange Creature: Karn, Silver Golem!

 Runner-ups: Precursor Golem, Stuffy Doll

 Outstanding Multicolored Midrange Creature: Blood Baron of Vizkopa!

 Runner-up: Spiritmonger

 Most Voted Creatures: Baneslayer Angel and Thragtusk!

 Runner-up: Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

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