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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 Flyer. Flying is probably the first ability every Magic player learns about, and still one of the most powerful and crucial across every format. But which particular flyers are everyone's favorites? Only creatures with a natural flying ability have been considered (so none of those who can acquire the ability later). The nominations are divided into color-based sub-categories 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 Flyer

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Akroma, Angel of Wrath
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2003
  • Birthplace: Legions
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's still the fiercest fighter on the board.

 

2. 

  • Name: Angel of Serenity
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2012
  • Birthplace: Return to Ravnica
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she causes the greatest impact upon landing, one way or another.

 

3. 

  • Name: Avacyn, Angel of Hope
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2012
  • Birthplace: Avacyn Restored
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's a harbinger of victory.

 

4. 

  • Name: Aven Mindcensor
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: May 2007
  • Birthplace: Future Sight
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he shuts down most enemy combos, pronto.

 

5. 

  • Name: Baneslayer Angel
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2009
  • Birthplace: Magic 2010
  • Reason for Nomination: Because there was a time when she was the most sought-after card in Magic history.

 

6. 

  • Name: Iona, Shield of Emeria
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2009
  • Birthplace: Zendikar
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's one of the scariest things you may face in a Magic battlefield.

 

7. 

  • Name: Linvala, Keeper of Silence
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: April 2010
  • Birthplace: Rise of the Eldrazi
  • Reason for Nomination: Because even elves lower their eyes in her presence.

 

8. 

  • Name: Restoration Angel
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2012
  • Birthplace: Avacyn Restored
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's the ultimate tactical operator.

 

9. 

  • Name: Squadron Hawk
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: July 2010
  • Birthplace: Magic 2011
  • Reason for Nomination: Because these four little guys held the whole world hostage.

 

10. 

  • Name: Yosei, the Morning Star
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2004
  • Birthplace: Champions of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination:  Because his death is your enemy's doom.

 Honorable Mentions: Archangel of Thune, Aven Riftwatcher, Blazing Archon, Emeria Angel, Eternal Dragon, Exalted Angel, Flickerwisp, Karmic Guide, Kor Skyfisher, Serra Ascendant, Serra Angel, Serra Avenger, Sublime Archangel, Sunblast Angel, Wall of Reverence, Windborn Muse, Wingmate Roc.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category B: Outstanding Mono-Blue Flyer

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Consecrated Sphinx
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2011
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin Besieged
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's card advantage incarnate.

 

2. 

  • Name: Gilded Drake
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 1998
  • Birthplace: Urza's Saga
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's often trained to come back to its master.

 

3. 

  • Name: Glen Elendra Archmage
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2008
  • Birthplace: Eventide
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he dictates your enemy's next move(s).

 

4. 

  • Name: Keiga, the Tide Star
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2004
  • Birthplace: Champions of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: Because to trade, or not to trade, to kill, or not to kill, that is the question.

 

5. 

  • Name: Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2005
  • Birthplace: Betrayers of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's your team's deflector shield.

 

6. 

  • Name: Meloku the Clouded Mirror
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2004
  • Birthplace: Champions of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: Because when the time has come and the opponent says "go", he powers up your alpha strike before you can even say "draw".

 

7. 

  • Name: Mulldrifter
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: October 2007
  • Birthplace: Lorwyn
  • Reason for Nomination: Because this little flying fishy is a card-drawing, all-time star.

 

8. 

  • Name: Narcomoeba
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: May 2007
  • Birthplace: Future Sight
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's dredge.dek's engine.

 

9. 

  • Name: Palinchron
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 1999
  • Birthplace: (Urza's Legacy)
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it often gives back more than it costs.

 

10. 

  • Name: Pestermite
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: October 2007
  • Birthplace: Lorwyn
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she was genetically engineered for combos.

 

11. 

  • Name: Sower of Temptation
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2007
  • Birthplace: Lorwyn
  • Reason for Nomination: Because that's an alternative way towards card advantage. As well as removal.

 

12. 

  • Name: Sphinx of Jwar Isle
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2009
  • Birthplace: Zendikar
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's still one of the safest, most solid choices for a finisher.

 

13. 

  • Name: Tidespout Tyrant
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2006
  • Birthplace: Dissension
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he makes for a very flashy endgame.

 

14. 

  • Name: Tradewind Rider
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 1997
  • Birthplace: Tempest
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's old-school board control.

 

15. 

  • Name: Vendilion Clique
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2008
  • Birthplace: Morningtide
  • Reason for Nomination: Because everyone wants to get access to this clique.

 Honorable Mentions: Arbiter of the Ideal, Archetype of Imagination, Augury Owl, Aura Thief, Broodstar, Cloud of Faeries, Cloudfin Raptor, Draining Whelk, Diluvian Primordial, Drift of Phantasms, Dungeon Geists, Erayo, Soratami Ascendant, Ephemeron, Ethersworn Adjudicator, Faerie Mechanist, Flying Men, Fog Bank, Galerider Sliver, Gomazoa, Illusory Angel, Krovikan Mist, Mahamoti Djinn, Mindshrieker, Mistbind Clique, Misthollow Griffin, Parasitic Strix, Phantasmal Dragon, Prognostic Sphinx, Scion of Oona, Serendib Efreet, Sharding Sphinx, Sphinx of Lost Truths, Sphinx of Magosi, Sphinx of Uthuun, Thieving Magpie, Thrummingbird, Wonder.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category C: Outstanding Mono-Black Flyer

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Bloodgift Demon
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: September 2011
  • Birthplace: Innistrad
  • Reason for Nomination: Because big midrange flyer plus card advantage equals success.

 

2. 

  • Name: Bone Shredder
  • Rarity: Uncommom
  • Birthdate: February 1999
  • Birthplace: Urza's Legacy
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the best removal-on-a-stick ever printed.

 

3. 

  • Name: Griselbrand
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2012
  • Birthplace: Avacyn Restored
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he might well be the best high-end creature in the game.

 

4. 

  • Name: Hypnotic Specter
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: August 1993
  • Birthplace: Limited Edition Alpha
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's still scary after all these years.

 

5. 

  • Name: Kokusho, the Evening Star
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2004
  • Birthplace: Champions of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's your regular win by recursion.

 

6. 

  • Name: Shadowborn Demon
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2013
  • Birthplace: Magic 2014
  • Reason for Nomination: Because you can worry about the upkeep cost later.

 

7. 

  • Name: Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2010
  • Birthplace: Scars of Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it'll kill you faster than you can spell its name.

 

8. 

  • Name: Stinkweed Imp
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: October 2005
  • Birthplace: Ravnica: City of Guilds
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's dredge.dek's ignition system.

 

9. 

  • Name: Vampire Nighthawk
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: October 2009
  • Birthplace: Zendikar
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the best offense and the best defense rolled into one.

 

10. 

  • Name: Visara the Dreadful
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2002
  • Birthplace: Onslaught
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's repeatable, unconditional killing on a big evasive body, c'mon.

 Honorable Mentions: Abyssal Persecutor, Bloodline Keeper, Butcher of Malakir, Carnifex Demon, Desecration Demon, Desolation Angel, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Faerie Macabre, Fallen Angel, Glaze Fiend, Herald of Torment, Lord of the Pit, Lord of the Void, Malakir Bloodwitch, Master of the Feast, Mephidross Vampire, Mirri the Cursed, Necropolis Regent, Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis, Nightmare, Oona's Blackguard, Oona's Prowler, Overseer of the Damned, Pestilence Demon, Puppeteer Clique, Reaper from the Abyss, Reiver Demon, Rune-Scarred Demon, Sangromancer, Spirit of the Night, Tombstalker, Vault Skirge, Will-o'-the-Wisp, Xathrid Demon.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category D: Outstanding Mono-Red Flyer

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Akroma, Angel of Fury
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2007
  • Birthplace: Planar Chaos
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she shows up faster than you expected, and she's harder to send away than you expected.

 

2. 

  • Name: Ashcloud Phoenix
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: September 2014
  • Birthplace: Khans of Tarkir
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it only dies while hiding.

 

3. 

  • Name: Bogardan Hellkite
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2006
  • Birthplace: Time Spiral
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it really unleashes hell.

 

4. 

  • Name: Chandra's Phoenix
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2011
  • Birthplace: Magic 2012
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it adds assault to injury.

 

5. 

  • Name: Flameblast Dragon
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2008
  • Birthplace: Shards of Alara
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the only dragon that actually breaths fire.

 

6. 

 

7. 

  • Name: Predator Dragon
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2008
  • Birthplace: Shards of Alara
  • Reason for Nomination: Because its favorite food is elves.

 

8. 

  • Name: Stormbreath Dragon
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: September 2013
  • Birthplace: Theros
  • Reason for Nomination: Because you won't exile it easily.

 

9. 

  • Name: Thunder Dragon
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: July 1999
  • Birthplace: Starter 1999
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a powerhouse that's been ignored for a decade.

 

10. 

  • Name: Thundermaw Hellkite
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2012
  • Birthplace: Magic 2013
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a powerhouse that will never be ignored.

 Honorable Mentions: Balefire Dragon, Chandra's Spitfire, Covetous Dragon, Dragon Tyrant, Dragon Whelp, Flame-Wreathed Phoenix, Hellkite Charger, Hoard-Smelter Dragon, Impetuous Sunchaser, Kilnmouth Dragon, Knollspine Dragon, Kuldotha Phoenix, Lightning Dragon, Moonveil Dragon, Rakdos Pit Dragon, Rathi Dragon, Rorix Bladewing, Ryusei, the Falling Star, Scourge of Valkas, Shivan Dragon, Shivan Hellkite, Siege Dragon, Utvara Hellkite, Worldgorger Dragon.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category E: Outstanding Mono-Green Flyer

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Birds of Paradise
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: August 1993
  • Birthplace: Limited Edition Alpha
  • Reason for Nomination: Because the fact that they fly is not irrelevant.

 

2. 

  • Name: Hornet Queen
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: June 2011
  • Birthplace: Commander
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she rules the battlefield.

 

3. 

  • Name: Ifh-Bíff Efreet
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: December 1993
  • Birthplace: Arabian Nights
  • Reason for Nomination: Because nobody remembers this guy anymore, but he would be huge in Modern and Standard.

 

4. 

  • Name: Jugan, the Rising Star
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2004
  • Birthplace: Champions of Kamigawa
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the biggest green flyer to date.

 

5. 

  • Name: Scryb Ranger
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: October 2006
  • Birthplace: Time Spiral
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a flying Quirion Ranger, that also stops blue finishers out of nowhere.

 

6. 

  • Name: Unyaro Bees
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2006
  • Birthplace: Time Spiral
  • Reason for Nomination: Because this and Killer Bees are as largest as a green flyer can ever get.

 

7. 

  • Name: Xantid Swarm
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2003
  • Birthplace: Scourge
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a 1-drop that stealthily stops countermagic.

 Honorable Mentions: Caustic Wasps, Cockatrice, Giant Dustwasp, Locust Swarm, Mindbender Spores, Patagia Viper, Pixie Queen, Scryb Sprites, Uktabi Drake, Uktabi Faerie, Unyaro Bees, Venomous Dragonfly.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category F: Outstanding Colorless Flyer (Emrakul, the Aeons Torn not eligible)

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Draco
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2001
  • Birthplace: Planeshift
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's still the highest casting cost available for shenanigans.

 

2. 

  • Name: Eater of Days
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2004
  • Birthplace: Darksteel
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a riddle to solve.

 

3. 

  • Name: Nullstone Gargoyle
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2005
  • Birthplace: Ravnica: City of Guilds
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it changes the rules of the game.

 

4. 

  • Name: Ornithopter
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: March 1994
  • Birthplace: Antiquities
  • Reason for Nomination: Because its beauty is in its simplicity.

 

5. 

  • Name: Platinum Angel
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2003
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because the path to winning passes through not losing.

 

6. 

  • Name: Steel Hellkite
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2010
  • Birthplace: Scars of Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the bringer of one-sided destruction.

 

7. 

  • Name: Thopter Assembly
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2011
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin Besieged
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it only waits for you to find a way to break it.

 Honorable Mentions: Dancing Scimitar, Hovermyr, Junk Diver, Pilgrim's Eye, Spire Golem, Tetravus, Thopter Squadron, TriskelavusWizard Replica.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category G: Outstanding Multicolored Flyer

 Candidates (Un-Sets not included): 

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Aurelia, the Warleader
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2013
  • Birthplace: Gatecrash
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she leads the ultimate charge.

 

2. 

  • Name: Ashen Rider
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: September 2013
  • Birthplace: Theros
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she made Angel of Despair obsolete.

 

3. 

  • Name: Cavern Harpy
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: February 2001
  • Birthplace: Planeshift
  • Reason for Nomination: Because if you need ETB triggers, she's your bird-girl.

 

4. 

  • Name: Demigod of Revenge
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2008
  • Birthplace: Shadowmoor
  • Reason for Nomination: Because revenge is a dish best served from the graveyard.

 

5. 

  • Name: Empyrial Archangel
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2008
  • Birthplace: Shards of Alara
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she only dies for you.

 

6. 

  • Name: Falkenrath Aristocrat
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2012
  • Birthplace: Dark Ascension
  • Reason for Nomination: Because all your puny humans will gladly die for her.

 

7. 

  • Name: Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2012
  • Birthplace: Avacyn Restored
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she takes inevitability to a whole other level.

 

8. 

  • Name: Hellkite Overlord
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2008
  • Birthplace: Shards of Alara
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's the heavyweight of haste.

 

9. 

  • Name: Kaalia of the Vast
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: June 2011
  • Birthplace: Commander
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she never flies alone.

 

10. 

 

11. 

  • Name: Olivia Voldaren
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: September 2011
  • Birthplace: Innistrad
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's the life and soul of the dinner party.

 

12. 

  • Name: Oona, Queen of the Fae
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2008
  • Birthplace: Shadowmoor
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she only needs infinite mana to spell a game over.

 

13. 

  • Name: Sigarda, Host of Herons
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2012
  • Birthplace: Avacyn Restored
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's the apex predator at CMC 5. And she can even stop annihilator.

 

14. 

  • Name: Sphinx of the Steel Wind
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: April 2009
  • Birthplace: Alara Reborn
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's Akroma's main contender for the title of supreme fighter.

 

15. 

  • Name: Zur the Enchanter
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: July 2006
  • Birthplace: Coldsnap
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he can fetch almost anything. And counting.

 Honorable Mentions: Angel of Despair, Aven Mimeomancer, Baleful Strix, Brago, King Eternal, Broodmate DragonBruna, Light of Alabaster, Butcher of the Horde, Chromanticore, Divinity of Pride, Dominus of Fealty, Drogskol Reaver, Horizon Chimera, Jenara, Asura of War, Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund, Krond the Dawn-Clad, Lightning Angel, Maelstrom Archangel, Magister of Worth, Magister Sphinx, Medomai the Ageless, Nicol Bolas, Nightveil Specter, Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius, Oros, the Avenger, Plumeveil, Prossh, Skyraider of Kher, Rakdos, Lord of Riots, Razia, Boros Archangel, Scion of the Ur-Dragon, Rith, the Awakener, Sharuum the Hegemon, Simic Sky Swallower, Sky Hussar, Sphinx Sovereign, Sphinx Summoner, Swans of Bryn Argoll, Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, Teneb, the Harvester, Trygon Predator, Vorosh, the Hunter, Vulturous Zombie, Wall of Denial, Winged Coatl.


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-Red Goblin, CMC 1: Legion Loyalist!

 Runner-up: Mogg Fanatic

 

 Outstanding Mono-Red Goblin, CMC 2: Mogg War Marshal!

 Runner-up: Warren Instigator

 

 Outstanding Mono-Red Goblin, CMC 3: Goblin Rabblemaster!

 Runner-up: Goblin Sharpshooter

 

 Outstanding Mono-Red Midrange Goblin: Siege-Gang Commander!

 Runner-ups: Goblin Ringleader, Krenko, Mob Boss

 

 Outstanding Mono-Black Goblin: Mad Auntie!

 Runner-up: Earwig Squad

 

 Outstanding Multicolored Goblin: Murderous Redcap!

 Runner-ups: Boggart Ram-Gang, Goblin Electromancer

 

 Most Voted Card: Murderous Redcap!

 Runner-ups: Goblin Rabblemaster, Siege-Gang Commander

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

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