Magic the Gathering is an international game, with players all over the world. Most of the game’s product is in English – why not take advantage of that to help in your language learning? There’s plenty of interesting vocabulary on a Magic card!

For example, here’s some of the words and phrases an English-learner can get from one of the strangest creatures I’ve seen in a while: Prowling Serpopard.

The Card Name:

Prowling Serpopard

  • to prowl (verb) – to hunt in a stealthy, sneaky way.

e.g. “There was someone prowling around my house last night, so I called the police”

Synonyms:  to skulk, to sneak, to stalk.


  • Serpopard (noun) = a mix between a serpent (snake) and a leopard.

e.g “Wow, I have no idea what a Serpopard is….”

Synonyms: …..Cat-Snake???

The Flavour Text:

The viziers serving Rhonas, the god of strength, maintain the menagerie of animals employed during his trial.


  • Vizier (noun) = A powerful serveant or public worker, usually in a Muslim country or culture.

e.g. “Jafar from Aladin was a vizier.”

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  • to maintain (verb) = to work so that something will continue working in a good condition.

e.g. “Jim maintains the servers so they don’t break down.”

Synonyms: to preserve, to take care of, to sustain.


  • Menagerie (noun) = a collection of captured wild animals.

e.g “Mark Zuckerberg probably has a menagerie of African animals in his garden.”

Synonyms: wildlife collection, zoo.


What do you think?:

1. Can you think of some combos with this card?

2. Did a snake and a leopard have a baby together? How did that work….?

3. Would you play Prowling Serpopard in EDH? With what Commander?


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