On today’s Good Morning Magic, Gavin Verhey addresses a common question from Core Set 2021 — what’s the deal with Garruk’s Gorehorn?
The question first arose shortly after the launch of Core Set 2021, when fans noticed that Garruk’s Gorehorn was the only creature in the set (and Magic history!) to feature absolutely nothing in the text box.
According to Verhey, the decision to leave the textbox entirely empty was made to keep consistency with the set’s other showcase cards, as it would have been the only one to feature flavor text. It also gives some uniqueness to an otherwise normal common.
Over the course of Magic history, there have been several cards which feature either no text box at all, or no text but other graphic elements (such as the green mana symbol on Dryad Arbor). Garruk’s Gorehorn, however, is the first card to have nothing at all in that designated space.