When Websites Were on Paper

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Anyone remember the days before the internet when we got our Magic edutainment in other forms? I started collecting Duelist magazine around issue 18 and I have every issue besides the first 10. I read every month cover to cover, and sometimes cover to cover many times because for about a year there was a contest where you had to find a hidden mana symbol on one of the pages as part of a contest.

On reddit today, /u/mind-feeder posted a pic from the past.



The answers are on the side, but try to solve this without craning your head to look at them. At first I thought this was obvious until I glanced at the side panel and noticed there were 3 or 4 mistakes per card rather than just one. Yikes! How many can you find?

I'll get us started - Blighted Shaman should be a Wizard.

Quicksand is missing a tap symbol and flavor text

Mindbender Spores is, I'm almost positive, a 0/1, but it's been a million years since Mirage.

How many did you find?

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