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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 Human. With currently 1568 different members (Un-Sets not included, and give or take a few double results from Kamigawa flip cards and Innistrad transformers), the Human type is the most populated of all sub-types, and the 4th largest type overall after Creature (7395), Enchantment (1910) and Instant (1757), and beating Sorcery (1516), Artifact (1493), Legendary (648), and Land (488). Alone, it amounts to more than one fifth (21.2%) of all the existing creatures. Used as a default identity for humanoids that aren't supposed to belong to any particular race,  the Humans comprise some of the most recognizable creatures in the game. The nominations are divided 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.

 But first, here's the Human Hall of Fame. All the All of Famers aren't eligible for awards.

            

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 Category A: Outstanding Mono-White Human

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 574

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Academy Rector
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: June 1999
  • Birthplace: Urza's Destiny
  • Reason for Nomination: Because that's the coolest fetching that there is.

 

2. 

  • Name: Auriok Champion
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: June 2004
  • Birthplace: Fifth Dawn
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she stops so many things from harming you.

 

3. 

  • Name: Fiend Hunter
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: September 2011
  • Birthplace: Innistrad
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's removal on a stick, and more solid than Banisher Priest.

 

4. 

  • Name: Hero of Bladehold
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2011
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin Besieged
  • Reason for Nomination: Because few things pack such a punch.

 

5. 

  • Name: Loyal Retainers
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: May 1999
  • Birthplace: Portal Three Kingdoms
  • Reason for Nomination: Because they bring back Emrakul... but almost nobody owns them in paper.

 

6. 

  • Name: Mirran Crusader
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2011
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin Besieged
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he hits hard on his enemies.

 

7. 

  • Name: Mother of Runes
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: February 1999
  • Birthplace: Urza's Legacy
  • Reason for Nomination: Because Mom knows better.

 

8. 

  • Name: Serra Ascendant
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2010
  • Birthplace: Magic 2011
  • Reason for Nomination: Because if your starting life is already enough to please her, your opponents are in a very bad place.

 

9. 

  • Name: Soul Warden
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: June 1998
  • Birthplace: Exodus
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she rules her own domain along with her younger sister.

 

10. 

  • Name: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2012
  • Birthplace: Dark Ascension
  • Reason for Nomination:  Because she's the Queen of the Hatebears.

 Honorable Mentions: Aegis of the Gods/True Believer, Blade Splicer, Champion of the Parish, Ethersworn Canonist, False Prophet, Frontline Medic, Grand Abolisher, Mangara of Corondor, Mentor of the Meek, Peacekeeper, Ranger of Eos.

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 Category B: Outstanding Mono-Blue Human

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 252

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Blighted Agent
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: May 2011
  • Birthplace: New Phyrexia
  • Reason for Nomination: Because with him, it might be just a matter of a few swings.

 

2. 

  • Name: Laboratory Maniac
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: September 2011
  • Birthplace: Innistrad
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's so often the last man standing.

 

3. 

  • Name: Master Transmuter
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2009
  • Birthplace: Conflux
  • Reason for Nomination: Because Triskelion really wants to be recharged for 1 mana.

 

4. 

  • Name: Ninja of the Deep Hours
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: February 2005
  • Birthplace: Betrayers of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the sleekest of all ninjas.

 

5. 

  • Name: Prodigal Sorcerer
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: August 1993
  • Birthplace: Limited Edition Alpha
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's made of the stuff of legend, and dressed in the stuff of nightmares.

 

6. 

  • Name: Sakashima the Impostor
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: June 2005
  • Birthplace: Saviors of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's the uber-clone.

 

7. 

  • Name: Sakashima's Student
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: June 2012
  • Birthplace: Planechase 2012
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he can turn into a ninja wurm!

 

8. 

  • Name: Sea Gate Oracle
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: April 2010
  • Birthplace: Rise of the Eldrazi
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a useful effect without fancy requirements.

 

9. 

 

10. 

  • Name: Venser, Shaper Savant
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2007
  • Birthplace: Future Sight
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's the ultimate blue guy.

 Honorable Mentions: Aether Adept, Archaeomancer, Arcum Dagsson, Azami, Lady of Scrolls, Beguiler of Wills, Invisible Stalker, Lighthouse Chronologist, Lord of the Unreal, Temporal Adept, Treasure Mage/Trinket Mage, Willbender.

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 Category C: Outstanding Mono-Black Human

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 192

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Big Game Hunter
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: February 2007
  • Birthplace: Planar Chaos
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he can kill Emrakul. At instant speed!

 

2. 

  • Name: Disciple of the Vault
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: October 2003
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's like playing "find the combo".

 

3. 

  • Name: Doomed Necromancer
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2002
  • Birthplace: Onslaught
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's the Reanimator's reanimator.

 

4. 

  • Name: Garza's Assassin
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2006
  • Birthplace: Coldsnap
  • Reason for Nomination: Because kills for free, comes back with a price.

 

5. 

  • Name: King Macar, the Gold-Cursed
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2014
  • Birthplace: Journey into Nyx
  • Reason for Nomination: Because King Midas never thought about killing his enemies this way.

 

6. 

  • Name: Magus of the Coffers
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2007
  • Birthplace: Planar Chaos
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a key element to any black ramp in Commander.

 

7. 

  • Name: Nekrataal
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: February 1997
  • Birthplace: Visions
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a timeless classic.

 

8. 

  • Name: Ophiomancer
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: November 2013
  • Birthplace: Commander 2013
  • Reason for Nomination: Because you can do a lot of things with her little snakes.

 

9. 

  • Name: Royal Assassin
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: August 1993
  • Birthplace: Limited Edition Alpha
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's still "one tap, one kill", after all these years.

 

10. 

  • Name: Sadistic Hypnotist
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: October 2001
  • Birthplace: Odyssey
  • Reason for Nomination: Because if you exploit him properly, he's lethal.

 Honorable Mentions: Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Kiku, Night's Flower, Overeager Apprentice, Shadowborn Apostle, Skirsdag High Priest, Xathrid Necromancer.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category D: Outstanding Mono-Red Human

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 222

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Ash Zealot
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2012
  • Birthplace: Return to Ravnica
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's a 2-drop with a twist.

 

2. 

  • Name: Avalanche Riders
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: February 1999
  • Birthplace: Urza's Legacy
  • Reason for Nomination: Because they solve several problems, and then swing, too.

 

3. 

  • Name: Cunning Sparkmage
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: February 2010
  • Birthplace: Worldwake
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's the best pinger.

 

4. 

  • Name: Godo, Bandit Warlord
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2004
  • Birthplace: Champions of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he can find you the right tool for the job.

 

5. 

  • Name: Hero of Oxid Ridge
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2011
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin Besieged
  • Reason for Nomination: Because his alpha strikes are really hard to stop.

 

6. 

  • Name: Magus of the Moon
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2007
  • Birthplace: Future Sight
  • Reason for Nomination: Because sometimes Blood Moon is not enough hate.

 

7. 

  • Name: Norin the Wary
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2006
  • Birthplace: Time Spiral
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's the most preposterous centerpiece you'll ever build a deck around.

 

8. 

  • Name: Prophetic Flamespeaker
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2014
  • Birthplace: Journey into Nyx
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he both beats and draws you cards.

 

9. 

  • Name: Young Pyromancer
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: July 2013
  • Birthplace: Magic 2014
  • Reason for Nomination: Because when he'll become mature, he'll probably create dragons.

 

10. 

  • Name: Zealous Conscripts
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2012
  • Birthplace: Avacyn Restored
  • Reason for Nomination:  Because they mostly end up gaining control of YOUR stuff, weirdly enough.

 Honorable Mentions: Anarchist, Blood Knight, Brimstone Mage, Dragonmaster Outcast, Ghitu Slinger, Jeska, Warrior Adept, Kamahl, Pit Fighter, Kargan Dragonlord, Keldon Champion, Keldon MaraudersKumano, Master Yamabushi, Priest of Urabrask, Rakka Mar, Stormblood Berserker.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category E: Outstanding Mono-Green Human

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 159

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Argothian Enchantress
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 1998
  • Birthplace: Urza's Saga
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's still very much the untouchable Enchantment Queen.

 

2. 

  • Name: Azusa, Lost But Seeking
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2004
  • Birthplace: Champions of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: Because the moment she finds when she was seeking for, that's big trouble for your opponent.

 

3. 

  • Name: Experiment One
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: February 2013
  • Birthplace: Gatecrash
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a human ooze!

 

4. 

  • Name: Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2002
  • Birthplace: Onslaught
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's a veritable one-man-army.

 

5. 

  • Name: Magus of the Candelabra
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2006
  • Birthplace: Time Spiral
  • Reason for Nomination: Because someone has to untap all those Cloudposts.

 

6. 

  • Name: Master of the Wild Hunt
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2009
  • Birthplace: Magic 2010
  • Reason for Nomination: Because his wolves can hunt anything down.

 

7.  

  • Name: Mayor of Avabruck
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: September 2011
  • Birthplace: Innistrad
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he IS a wolf! Eventually.

 

8. 

  • Name: Melira, Sylvok Outcast
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2011
  • Birthplace: New Phyrexia
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's the sworn enemy of infect and best friend of Pod.

 

9. 

  • Name: Ulvenwald Tracker
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2012
  • Birthplace: Avacyn Restored
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he gives green a way out of bad situations.

 

10. 

  • Name: Yavimaya Elder
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: June 1999
  • Birthplace: Urza's Destiny
  • Reason for Nomination:  Because he's multiple card advantage.

 Honorable Mentions: Avacyn's Pilgrim, Baru, Fist of Krosa, Daybreak Ranger, Dosan the Falling Leaf, Gatherer of Graces, Hua Tuo, Honored Physician, Karametra's Acolyte, Kazandu Tuskcaller, Magus of the Vineyard, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Verduran Enchantress, Veteran Explorer, Whirling Dervish.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


  Category F: Outstanding Multicolored Human

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 166

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Burning-Tree Shaman
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: February 2013
  • Birthplace: Gatecrash
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she lives and breathes tempo.

 

2. 

  • Name: Captain Sisay
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2000
  • Birthplace: Invasion
  • Reason for Nomination: Because there's almost nothing she can't fetch.

 

3. 

 

4. 

  • Name: High Priest of Penance
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2013
  • Birthplace: Gatecrash
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he just asks for a little punishment.

 

5.  

  • Name: Huntmaster of the Fells
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2012
  • Birthplace: Dark Ascension
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's the gift that keeps on giving.

 

6. 

  • Name: Jhoira of the Ghitu
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2007
  • Birthplace: Future Sight
  • Reason for Nomination: Because when you see her on a Commander table, run.

 

7. 

  • Name: Orzhov Pontiff
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2006
  • Birthplace: Guildpact
  • Reason for Nomination: Because despite the convoluted mechanic, he's very good at what he does.

 

8. 

  • Name: Saffi Eriksdotter
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2006
  • Birthplace: Time Spiral
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she always makes sacrifices for her friends.

 

9. 

  • Name: Teysa, Orzhov Scion
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2006
  • Birthplace: Guildpact
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she appreciates her friends' sacrifices.

 

10. 

  • Name: Zur the Enchanter
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2006
  • Birthplace: Coldsnap
  • Reason for Nomination: Because over the years, his little trick became scarier and scarier.

 Honorable Mentions: Azor's Elocutors, Cartel Aristocrat, Daxos of Meletis, Duskmantle Guildmage, Grand Arbiter Augustin IV, Hazezon Tamar, Izzet StaticasterJuniper Order Ranger, Kaervek the Merciless, Knight of New Alara, Merieke Ri Berit, Sen Triplets, Shardless Agent, Sky Hussar, Steward of Valeron, Stun Sniper, Tajic, Blade of the Legion, Vela the Night-Clad, Vorel of the Hull Clade.


Time to cast your vote!

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


And the winners are...!

 Outstanding Mono-White ETB Creature: Restoration Angel!

 Runner-up: Ranger of Eos

 

 Outstanding Mono-Blue ETB Creature: Venser, Shaper Savant!

 Runner-up: Master of Waves

 

 Outstanding Mono-Black ETB Creature: Nekrataal!

 Runner-up: Skinrender

 

 Outstanding Mono-Red ETB Creature: Flametongue Kavu!

 Runner-up: Avalanche Riders

 

 Outstanding Mono-Green ETB Creature: Obstinate Baloth!

 Runner-up: Masked Admirers

 

 Outstanding Colorless/Multicolored ETB Creature: Solemn Simulacrum!

 Runner-up: Huntmaster of the Fells

 

 Most Voted Cards: Restoration Angel and Obstinate Baloth!

 Runner-up: Flametongue Kavu 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

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