Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dungeonstack A to Z: Jade Bear

Is it an Item card?  Is it a Monster?  Roll 1d6 to find out...

I think this guy (or girl) could introduce a fun little bit of extra variance into the game...I suppose I'll see...!

For what it's worth, fellow cardfloppers may recognize its jade-ness as a reference to a pretty classic Magic: the Gathering card:

The Statue may have gotten more than one MtG homage over the years, but the main one I'm familiar with is this one from the set Champions of Kamigawa:

Even Hearthstone has gotten in on the jade monster action, with ever-growing Jade Golems' being a key mechanic in a recent expansion...

So I guess there's something about jade.  That comes to life.  Seems cool to me.

All those 2's on the card are also a little nod to another classic MtG creature...

This original 2/2 for 2 mana has become so iconic that Magic creatures in general that match those stats and cost are referred to as "bears."


So, ah...I guess that's all on today's ursine offering.  I appreciate your taking the time to read this...and hope you'll stop by tomorrow for another Monster...!


  1. Jade is one of those things that will always be compelling to folks. I'm not sure why, other than a historic fascination. Interesting to hear how "bear" has evolved in the game of Magic to be something bigger.

    1. Y'know, I can remember as a kid, going with my family to one of those fake "gem mining" places where you get to sift through a bucket of mud and find cheap rocks they've planted, and there really was something about the ones we THOUGHT were jade that especially appealed to me. Might be interesting to look more into what the historic fascination is based on!

      Big thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. This is a fun addition to the set. I like the random nature of it.