So I was looking over the shards of Alara block the other day and i was thinking: "What the hell happened to mythics?", because in that block the mythic rare card was introduced and Wizards really made the mythics deserve it.
I will be discussing some mythics that dont really deserve to be mythics. Now let's look at Kird Ape. What a good card:
mana cost: R
Kird Ape gets +1/+2 as long as you control a forest
Okay so who would'nt want 2/3 on turn two? because I know i would. Even turn one with Tundra. Sweet!!
However myhtic rare?!? reallly? i dont think so maybe a rare at best but i wld say uncommon i know what you're going to say: "It was only printed as mythic rare once!" but thats once to often. I'm not saying this isn't a good card because its really great and helpful but it does not deserve mythic.
Okay no more gorillas now we're going to look at a sphinx (woooot!).
Consecrated Sphinx: 4UU
whenever an oppenent draws a card you may draw two
this is an awesome card, right? of course, BUT does deserve to be mythic? maybe so however it doesnt earn it as well as some other cards. maybe if it had a second ability like: whenever you or an oppenent has seven or more cards in hand consecrated sphinx is unblockable OR whenever you have seven or more cards in hand you have no maximum hand size
hhmmm just a thought im not saying that every mythic has to be broken or right on the verge of being so hope you read this with interest and plaease comment suggestion welcom. Thank you
Alright hold on... Kird Ape can't be counted as a "Mythic Rare" just because it was in From the Vault: Exiled because every card from that set was a mythic rare regardless of what it was originally printed(Other examples are Sensei's Divining Top and Skullclamp).
Consecrated Spinx also deserves a spot with the mythics because the card draw can be used in multiple blue combos that will result in total mill, wizards saw this and put the rarity accordingly. Also It's awesome [Report]
Kird ape (as NBonezM said) was only a mythic in from the vault. That means its only mythic in flavor terms (mythic because of its historical significance) not in rarity though that particular version is by far only as common as other mythics but you are garaunteed to get on in every box of from the vault: exiled which means it is not really a mythic.
The sphinx is mythic because anything that allows a control deck to draw two cards a turn and put the opponent on a short clock is awesome.
The final point I would like to make is that a cards awsomeness is not the only factor (or even the biggest one) in assigning the rarity of a card. What the look at in assigning the rarity of a card is the limited format (how often do we want this to show up in limited), how excited people will be to see it in a pack (will they buy packs hoping to see it), if it is a story line character (this will not allways equal mythic but usually it will), and of coursepower level (though that is the least of them). They print lots of powerful cards and all rarities and powerful mythics are usually the ones that will swing the game and bury the opponent or do some really wierd effect that few decks would use but others may find very powerful.
Also Mark Rosewater has said in the past that bad rares are needed to create the excitement of a good rare and to appeal to the people who enjoy breaking bad rares, this was before mythics but I would assume the same philosify applies. [Report]
Consecrated Sphinx Definitely deserves Mythic. Insane card advantage, no matter what your opponent does (unless they kill it). Plus, a nice flyer that can beat down the opponent, esp for blue. This effect could easily win a game, which is why it deserves to hold the mythic title. [Report]
Clearly you have never played EDH (Actually who am I kidding with out shared trauma its pretty much crap) Also speaking to the kird ape thing Ajani VS. Bolas came out and kird ape was Uncommon thus running by latest printing Kird ape is uncommon [Report]
From what can be seen from most mythics they are ment to compeletly change the tide of the battle, ie godsire, serra acendant, thrun, ect they are cards that if they hit the field in almost everycase will change how the fight has been going. but in all honesty its just how common its going to be in packs so its just a hard catrd to get and personally i'd rather crappy mythics than crappy uncommons. [Report]