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Feb 28 2007 1:00am
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Planar Chaos… What’s so chaotic about it anyway? What if I told you that in some alternate reality, instead of blue counter mages, we had white counter mages? Or that the discard color of choice was blue, not black? What if the most feared mass removal spell wasn’t in white but in black instead? How about red mages were feared for their ability to bounce our Dark Depths? These are the sort of questions that WoTC’s R&D (Research and Development) thought when making this set.

 

In order to add to the effect, R&D posed the question of what if Memory Lapse was in white? And, from that question the idea of a new type of “timeshifted” cards was born. Forty-five cards were brought from the past and shifted into a different color! Many different approaches can be taken on the various color schemes shennanigans found in Planar Chaos, however I will approach it in the following manner.

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price:
New Timeshifted Card Price:
Comments:

 

 Price comparisons will be done utilizing MTGOtraders for all cards available on MODO (Magic Online) and TrollandToad for cards only found in paper (Prices reflect Mint-Near Mint prices). To identify cards only avaiable in paper, the name of the card will be highlighted in black with gold lettering. Comments will include a variety of different things from flavor, random trivia,  to its viability within competitive formats such as Standard (formerly Type 2) and Extended (formerly 1.x) as these formats have a tendency to dictate prices (A dramatic example is the price change of Demonfire from a 2-3 tixs card to the 8-9 tixs card it has become due to the standard enviroment).

Table of Contents:

WHITE BLUE BLACK RED GREEN
Porphyry Nodes Piracy Charm Damnation Brute Force Seal of Primordium
Calciderm Serra Sphinx Dunerider Outlaw Reckless Wurm Hedge Troll
Sinew Sliver Ovinize Vampiric Link Blood Knight Groundbreaker
Mana Tithe Frozen AEther Kor Dirge Molten Firebird Gaea's Anthem
Revered Dead Gossamer Phantasm Melancholy Prodigal Pyromancer Healing Leaves
Sunlance Merfolk Thaumaturgist Rathi Trapper Simian Spirit Guide Essence Warden
Malach of the Dawn Primal Plasma Bog Serpent Pyrohemia Harmonize
Mesa Enchantress Serendib Sorcerer Shrouded Lore Skirk Shaman Keen Sense
Mycologist Riptide Pilferer Null Profusion Shivan Wumpus Fa'adiyah Seer

 

WHITE

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Porphyry Nodes

Porphyry Nodes TIMESHIFTED from Drop of Honey

 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $34.99
New Timeshifted Card Price: $2.00
Comments: The $33 dollar gap won't last for long with Porphyry Nodes concerned. Drop of Honey back in the day was considered to be overpowered, and as such watch out for Porphyry Nodes in upcoming Standard and Extended Decks.

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Calciderm

Calciderm TIMESHIFTED from Blastoderm

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $ 0.59
New Timeshifted Card Price: $1.25
Comments: With vanishing 4 (which by the way is the equivalent of Fading 3, check the reminder text), Calciderm is one crazy 5/5. Now all we need is for Magic to reprint Fires of Yavimaya on MODO... wait it already was!

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Sinew Sliver

Sinew Sliver TIMESHIFTED from Muscle Sliver

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $1.59
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.25
Comments: Well, nice to have ol' Muscle Sliver back. All of a sudden slivers look viable in PDC formats... (not to mention Sinew Sliver is a common, so it's pretty cheap to pick a playset up).

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Mana Tithe Force Spike
Mana Tithe TIMESHIFTED from Force Spike

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.15
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.25
Comments: Supposely Mana Tithe originally began its life as the promised white Memory Lapse. Unforunately, R&D decided that indeed, white Memory Lapse was too powerful (no kidding), so we settle with Mana Tithe. But hey, white still gets a counter.

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Revered Dead  Drudge Skeletons
Revered Dead TIMESHIFTED from Drudge Skeletons

 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price:  $0.05
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.08
Comments: White gets regeneration, and the poor guys who became skeletons in our time-space, are lucky enough to become Revered Dead.

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Sunlance Strafe

 Sunlance TIMESHIFTED from Strafe

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.25
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.15
Comments: White gets direct damage creature removal! What more is there to say!

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 Malach of the Dawn Ghost Ship

Malach of the Dawn TIMESHIFTED from Ghost Ship

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.20
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.25
Comments: Trivia! Malach of the Dawn is the first depicted Angel card that's male! (If you find an angel card that depicts a male angel, feel free to e-mail me!)

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 Mesa Enchantress Verduran Enchantress

Mesa Enchantress TIMESHIFTED from Verduran Enchantress 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.50
New Timeshifted Card Price: $1.50
Comments: Hint Hint! Try comparing the art from Mesa Enchantress with that of Malach of the Dawn... See some correlation?

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 Mycologist  

Mycologist TIMESHIFTED from Elvish Farmer

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $2.09
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.20
Comments: Trivia! Mycologist refers to scientist who study a branch of botany that deals with fungi. The People at R&D must have a dictionary somewhere...

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BLUE

 Piracy Charm Funeral Charm

Piracy Charm TIMESHIFTED from Funeral Charm

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.80
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.15
Comments: Although Funeral Charm at this moment in time costs a good deal more than Piracy Charm, expect that to change, as people realize Piracy charm is a very effective removal spell Blue! (Especially in Extended, which is full of annoying 1 toughness creatures)

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 Serra Sphinx Serra Angel

 Serra Sphinx TIMESHIFTED from Serra Angel

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.80
New Timeshifted Card Price: $1.00
Comments: Trivia! During the time of 5th and 6th edition, Serra Angel was considered "Overpowered" and thus removed from the core sets (the sets with white borders). With the advent of the internet, and the culmination of many deckbuilders, Serra Angel no longer holds such a reputation.

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 Ovinize  

 Ovinize TIMESHIFTED from Humble

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.59
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.25
Comments: Combo! Ovinize + Squire = Dead Akroma, Angel of Wrath!

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 Frozen AEther  

 Frozen AEther TIMESHIFTED from Kismet

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $1.49
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.15
Comments: Trivia! The current Standard combo deck, Soggy Pickles (a deck that combines Vesuvan Shapeshifter and Brine Elemental to prevent your opponent from untapping), was created by Brian David-Marshall who based it off an older combo deck that combined the magic of Stasis with Kismet. Maybe someone will think of something with Frozen AEther

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 Gossamer Phantasm Skulking Ghost

 Gossamer Phantasm TIMESHIFTED from Skulking Ghost     

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.03
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.08
Comments: Believe it or not, Skulking Ghost was once part of a suicide black deck that dominated. At the cost of a good portion of your life, this efficent 2/1 flyer in combination with other powerful black spells (such as Dark Ritual) ruled the formats of Magic.

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 Merfolk Thaumaturgist  

 Merfolk Thaumaturgist TIMESHIFTED from Dwarven Thaumaturgist

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.55
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.08
Comments: Trivia!Thaumaturgist is a noun that means "Worker of miracles; a magician". I suppose switching the power and toughness of a Wall of Roots would be a miracle indeed!

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 Primal Plasma

 Primal Plasma TIMESHIFTED from Primal Clay

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.79
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.08
Comments: Primal Plasma holds the distinction of being the only card in Planar Chaos that was timeshifted from an artifact! There was much debate within R&D about the creation of this card, but in the end, it was given an A-ok.

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 Serendib Sorcerer  

 Serendib Sorcerer TIMESHIFTED from Sorceress Queen

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $1.39
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.60
Comments: Trivia! Serendib is actually an old arabic name for Sri Lanka. But in this case, it just makes a really cool alliteration!

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 Riptide Pilferer Headhunter

 Riptide Pilferer TIMESHIFTED from Headhunter

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.05
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.20
Comments: Aaron Forsythe late last year announced that they would be cleaning out the creature type pool in the sets to come. With that in mind, Riptide Pilferer is definitely a possibility in future Merfolk decks, as it has an awesome ability combined with Morph as well.

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BLACK

 Damnation Wrath of God

 Damnation TIMESHIFTED from Wrath of God

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $15.00
New Timeshifted Card Price: $15.00
Comments: Black Wrath of God. The bane of all aggro decks return in spot removal black. What more is there to say?

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Dunerider Outlaw Whirling Dervish

 Dunerider Outlaw TIMESHIFTED from Whirling Dervish

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.35
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.35
Comments: Dervish - noun -a member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, as the Sufis, some of which carry on ecstatic observances, such as energetic dancing and whirling or vociferous chanting or shouting. Makes sense why it's called Whirling Dervish ....

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 Vampiric Link Spirit Link

Vampiric Link TIMESHIFTED from Spirit Link 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.08
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.20
Comments: Flavor analysis! As white is able to link its spirit to its attacks in order to refresh their own spirit, Vampiric link leeches energy away from their opponents to themselves...

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 Kor Dirge  

Kor Dirge TIMESHIFTED from Kor Chant 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.49
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.15
Comments: Flavor! Just as the Kor chanted to protect themselves and redirect damage, the Kor in Planar Chaos sing a funeral hymn to the same effect...

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 Melancholy Thirst

 Melancholy TIMESHIFTED from Thirst

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.03
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.08
Comments: A nod to the idea that one's emotions effect one's ability, Melancholy keeps you tapped out when you're experiencing this mood

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 Rathi Trapper Master Decoy

 Rathi Trapper TIMESHIFTED from Master Decoy

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.03
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.08
Comments: Flavor! Master Decoy is quite adept at diverting the attention away from others, while Rathi Trapper keeps its opponents occupied to achieve the same effect.

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 Bog Serpent  

Bog Serpent TIMESHIFTED from Sea Serpent 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.55
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.08
Comments: Trivia! the ability "CARDNAME cannot attack unless opponents has islands in play.  When you control no islands, sacrifice CARDNAME" was once called Islandhome, but after 6th edition, the ability was removed.

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 Shrouded Lore  

Shrouded Lore TIMESHIFTED from Forgotten Lore 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.41
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.25
Comments: I guess some stories were meant to be told only if one pays the right amount....

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 Null Profusion  

Null Profusion TIMESHIFTED from Recycle 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.69
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.25
Comments: Recycle was a major player in combo decks of old, but with the existence of Krosan Grip in the enviroment, good luck to anyone who tries to make a deck around this card.

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RED

 Brute Force Giant Growth

 Brute Force TIMESHIFTED from Giant Growth

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.05
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.20
Comments: Brute Force will be an aggro deck staple for years to come until it rotates out of Extended. For that reason alone, you should all get a playset of this great card.

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 Reckless Wurm Arrogant Wurm

 Reckless Wurm TIMESHIFTED from Arrogant Wurm

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $1.50
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.50
Comments: No deck needs 8 Arrogant Wurms, but if red gets some great discard engines soon, then expect to see Reckless Wurm seeing play at tournaments.

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 Blood Knight White Knight

 Blood Knight TIMESHIFTED from White Knight

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.20
New Timeshifted Card Price: $1.50
Comments: In the past White Knight has proven to be a great card, seen in Beach house aggro (Black/White) decks combined with some jitte craziness. Whether or not Blood Knight will see similar play has yet to be seen.

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 Molten Firebird  

Molten Firebird TIMESHIFTED to Ivory Gargoyle 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.69
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.60
Comments: Flavor! As phoenixes die, they are reborn into a new creation, and thus it's the sign of rebirth. This phoenix however, is so persistent in its life, you'll have to muster up some mana just to make it stop.

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 Prodigal Pyromancer Prodigal Sorcerer 

 Prodigal Pyromancer TIMESHIFTED from Prodigal Sorcerer

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.20
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.15
Comments: Trivia! Prodigal Sorcerer was given the name "Tim" as a reference to the mage who loved to blow things up in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As a throwback to this old reference, Prodigal Pyromancer is referred to as Tom, the red Tim!

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 Simian Spirit Guide  

Simian Spirit Guide TIMESHIFTED from Elvish Spirit Guide 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $3.19
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.25
Comments: Elvish Spirit Guide is a staple in a few Vintage (Type 1) and Legacy (Type 1.5) decks, expect Simian Spirit Guide to be abused simiarily.

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 Pyrohemia  

Pyrohemia TIMESHIFTED from Pestilence 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.59
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.50
Comments: If I had a choice between Damnation and Pyrohemia, I may actually draft Pyrohemia if I wanted to win. That's just how powerful it is in TTP (Timespiral x2 + Planar Chaos) drafts. If you disagree, voice your opinion!

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 Skirk Shaman Severed Legion

 Skirk Shaman TIMESHIFTED from Severed Legion

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.03
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.08
Comments: I have found Skirk Shaman to be quite playable in my U/R draft decks when I draft TTP (Timespiral x2 + Planar Chaos). Usually fear and evasion effects are worth the trouble to cast it.

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 Shivan Wumpus  

 Shivan Wumpus TIMESHIFTED from Argothian Wurm

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $2.79
New Timeshifted Card Price: $2.00
Comments: Introducing recurrable land destruction in a color with Magnivore Yay!

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GREEN

 Seal of Primordium  

Seal of Primordium TIMESHIFTED from Seal of Cleansing 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.41
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.15
Comments: Quotes! Seal of Cleansing's flavor text reads "I am the purifier, the light that clears all shadows" and Seal of Primordium's flavor text reads "I am the simplifier, the root that drags all artifice to earth". These two quotes show the different ways Green and White destroy artifacts, one by rekindling back to nature, and one purifying the shadows (keep in mind Urza and Mishra did some really evil things with artifacts and enchantments).

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 Hedge Troll  

Hedge Troll TIMESHIFTED from Sedge Troll 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.25
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.69
Comments: Trivia! There are three cards that have have off-color abilities that allow for regeneration and a power/toughness boost based on lands controlled. These three cards are Sedge Troll, Hedge Troll, and Sedge Sliver. Go figure.

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 Groundbreaker  

 Groundbreaker TIMESHIFTED from Ball Lightning

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $9.99
New Timeshifted Card Price: $4.75

Comments: The supposed savior of MGA (mono-green aggro) is found in this green ball lightning. So I offer you this Combo! Groundbreaker + Greater Good = 6 damage, 6 cards. All at the cost of 3 mana.

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 Gaea Glorious Anthem

Gaea's Anthem TIMESHIFTED from Glorious Anthem 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $2.00
New Timeshifted Card Price: $2.50
Comments: If angels singing can empower one's troop, why not nature's song?

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 Healing Leaves Healing Salve

 Healing Leaves TIMESHIFTED from Healing Salve

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $.03
New Timeshifted Card Price: $.08
Comments: This is definitely a card that with the modern color wheel, fits into green.

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 Essence Warden Soul Warden

 Essence Warden TIMESHIFTED to Soul Warden

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.40
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.25
Comments: Flavor! Soul Wardens are able to gather life energy simply from gathering souls. Essence Wardens take a different approach as they tune themselves with nature to gain similar energy.

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 Harmonize Concentrate

 Harmonize TIMESHIFTED from Concentrate

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $.08
New Timeshifted Card Price: $2.00
Comments: The flavor text shows some interesting insight. Blue is able to draw cards by concentrating on the knowledge that have within themselves, while Green draws cards by relaxing and meditating, and noticing the nuances of life around oneself.

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 Keen Sense Curiosity 

 Keen Sense TIMESHIFTED from Curiosity

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.25
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.50
Comments: Combo! Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Keen Sense = Win! and Card draw!

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 Fa Sindbad

Fa'adiyah Seer TIMESHIFTED from Sindbad 

Price Comparison:
Original Card Price: $0.20
New Timeshifted Card Price: $0.12
Comments: Hint hint! Deserves a place in Dredge decks! Also as a bonus here's some trivia. Sindbad's creature type used to read "Summon Sindbad" until it was timeshifted last year!

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And that's a wrap.

-Sebastian Park

runeliger on MODO (occasionally...)

if you want to e-mail me ::  airizel at gmail dot com

All Prices are subject to change as supply changes. These prices are up to date as of March 8th, 2007.

0 Comments

by runeliger at Sat, 03/10/2007 - 13:54
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Woah that's really cool actually. I don't get how destiny causes things to come into play tapped though. Anyway, thanks for the feedback, it's much appreciated!

Excellent by Lord Erman at Sat, 03/10/2007 - 11:00
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Excellent job Runeliger! Even the guys at Wizards couldn't have done it better. Really helping. And a small addition to all the information you gave; Kismet means Destiny in my native tongue(which is Turkish by the way). So it isn't just a name that sounds cool, it also has a meaning. Good job!

Good job by sliver heir at Fri, 03/09/2007 - 13:44
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I was hoping someone would make a database like this as I myself was wondering what some of these cards had been shifted from. The Index is a very nice touch. all in all a good article and a good resource. Great job.