My opponent was dead on board next attack. With 5 mana, I could activate my Kird Chieftain on a creature that he blocked and trample damage plus my unblocked dudes would kill him. With one card in hand he could play a maximum of 1 blocker or 1 bounce/removal spell. Aetherize, his only out, lay discarded in the bin. It had removed three tokens and forced by to rebuy Chieftain and Belligerent Sliver; strong work, but it hadn't helped him stem the inexorable tide of aggressive creatures coming his way. He needed to topdeck a miracle. He untapped, drew and windmilled his play.
He extended his hand in defeat.
But why was this card even in his deck?
People Love Free Stuff
'thopter has captured players' imaginations since Antiquities. It may not quite get there on its own, but the price is right. Affinity came along and suddenly everyone had a very compelling reason to suit up the budget beater with Cranial Plating. But was Mirrodin the set that popularized the concept of "Ornithopter Aggro"?
Take a look at this entry in the back of the Ice Age rules booklet
Courtesy of Bhaelfur on Reddit.
"Our condolences to everyone who has been killed by an Ornithopter"
That number has grown in recent years, but the general sentiment seems to be the same. Are we going to see it become a 2-card Mahatmoti Djinn with Ensoul Artifact any time soon? Will the card continue to get reprinted, tanking the value of even the dozens of Antiquities copies I keep sitting on, hoping for an eventual increase? Will this plucky, powerless freebie continue to capture our collective imagination as a community?
Have you ever been killed by an Ornithopter? Post your best story below. Winner gets and Antiquities Ornithopters from me. Bonus points if your story is from before they printed Cranial Plating.