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 Amonkhet’s uncommon cards: Vizier of Tumbling Sands.

The Card Name:

Vizier of Tumbling Sands

  • 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 tumble (verb) = to fall suddenly, or to flip over in the air while falling.

e.g. “I slipped on a banana skin and tumbled down the stairs.”

Synonyms: to topple, to fall over, to trip.

 

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The Flavour Text:

“Time is like the Luxa River—though it flows in one direction, it can be diverted.”

 

  • to flow (verb) = to move like water.

e.g “The river flows to the sea.”

Synomyns: to run, to course, to stream.

 

  • diverted (adjective) = made to move or turn in a different direction.

e.g “My usual road to work was closed, so I was diverted onto another street.”

Synomyns: rerouted, redirected, deflected.

 

What do you think?:

1. Is this a good card?

2. What are your favourite “time” related cards in Magic? (Mine is Time Machine…)

3. Have you used “Vizier of Tumbling Sands” in any of your draft decks? How was it?

 

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